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Portola Pilot

The student news site of Portola High School

Portola Pilot

The student news site of Portola High School

Portola Pilot

Special education students learn how to use assistive technology tools. Technology in special education classrooms helps teachers better understand the social and emotional needs of their students by teaching them how to use communication applications like Proloquo and Lamp.

Persistent Shortage in Special Education Staff Results in District Vacancies

Arnav Chandan, Staff Writer
September 23, 2021

The statewide special education staff shortage this year can be attributed to some of the stress and challenges associated with teaching special education, according to the California Teachers Association. However,...

A sign on Irvine Blvd. urging California voters to vote “no” in the Sept. 14 recall election. With an increasing shift to the left, the majority of California’s 45th district voted to keep Newsom in office according to the New York Times.

Gov. Gavin Newsom Wins Recall Election, Defeating Those Who Wanted Him Out

Ryan Jung and Aadi Mehta
September 22, 2021

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom of California won Sept. 14’s recall election, securing a solid majority to remain in office through January 2023, a loss for most conservatives and moderates who wanted a...

Though she’s coached Pep Squad since the 2018-19 school year, this year is Mackey’s first as a certified teacher at Portola. “Really, it was my first year being here that actually shifted my life plan. I started coaching here, and it made me want to become a teacher,” Mackey said.

Cheer Coach Allie Mackey Steps into New Chapter at Portola High

Justin Tang, Back Page Editor
September 21, 2021

It’s a big leap forward for head cheer coach — and new dance teacher — Allie Mackey. This school year is the first that Mackey will teach Dance 1 and her first as a full-time teacher, having earned...

Portola High alumna and The Cup employee Anika Garg greets local customers with a smile as fellow employee Chan Hee prepares an order of baked goods on Sept. 18. Most of The Cup’s customers are Novel Park residents and regulars, contributing to the familial atmosphere.

The Cup Coffee Shop Brews Up A Concoction of Connections

Tara Vatandoust, Staff Writer
September 20, 2021

With a menu that boasts both hot and cold brews, flavored teas and numerous baked goods, the Cup has cemented itself as a neighborhood icon of Novel Park. Local residents tend to pour into the Cup on their...

 “Spider-man No Way Home will be the fourth film in Stage 4 of the MCU, while being the 3rd entry into the 3rd live action film series of the classic comic book character.

‘Spider-Man No Way Home’ Trailer Hits Home for Marvel Fans

Tyler Kim, Staff Writer
September 13, 2021

Just like Marvel’s hit villain from the 2019 film “Avengers: Endgame,” the release of the “Spider-Man: No Way Home” trailer was inevitable as it leaked across social media platforms on Aug. 22. Dubious...

Boys’ Water Polo Makes Waves Against Cypress High at Game of the Week

Boys’ Water Polo Makes Waves Against Cypress High at Game of the Week

Celine Lee and Kayla Moshayedi
September 10, 2021

Boys’ water polo (9-0) won 19-5 at the non-conference Game of the Week match on Sept. 2 at the pool against Cypress High.  Eight of the 11 players on the roster contributed to the 19 goals on the scoreboard....

Students gathered in the mosh pit and formed a circle while jumping to the music, “Baby” by Justin Bieber. Most ASB members were found in the center of the pit holding flashlights, surrounded by the three other graduating classes.

Welcome Back Dance makes Comeback after COVID-19

Kayleen Kim and Shaina Taebi
September 3, 2021

After a year and a half of online and hybrid school, students gathered in the quad from 7 to 10 p.m. for the school’s first annual Back to School Dance since the pandemic hit. Over 450 students attended...

S1 Episode 05: Cultural Touchstones: How Do You Honor Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage?

Cara Chan, Celine Lee, and Nate Taylor
June 2, 2021

The Portola Pioneer is the official news and culture podcast of the Portola Pilot, aiming to foster a sense of community and provide a unique storytelling medium to its listeners. For...

Senior Ashley Presnell currently plays attacking positions on the field. Starting as a midfielder her sophomore year, she built her skills over her junior and senior years to be well-suited for the position. “As someone who plays on attack, I wasn’t a high-scoring player in previous years, so for me, my personal battle was taking more shots on goal, and that’s something that I’ve worked towards improving all four years and I finally feel confident about it this year,” Presnell said.

Senior Ashley Presnell Sticks to the Sport She Loves

Claudia Lin and Bia Shok
June 1, 2021

With sturdy goggles masking her face, senior Ashley Presnell clutches her lacrosse stick as she sprints across the field, cradling the ball and weaving her way through the opposition’s defense players....

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