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Portola Pilot

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Portola Pilot

Comedians hosting award shows should tailor their jokes to focus attention on the achievements of their guests in the audience rather than bringing them down. “I think its inappropriate for them to be making jokes that could offend others, and instead, they should be making jokes that could make everyone laugh,” junior Anaika Nagireddy said.
Award Show Hosts Need to Step Back From Offensive Jokes
Parmin Zamani, News Editor | March 8, 2024
Recent movie musicals, including “Mean Girls” and “Wonka,” were not properly advertised as musicals, resulting in many audience members being surprised when the actors eventually broke out into song. “There was literally no singing in the trailer and I was very confused as a fan of the musical for Mean Girls,” senior Kody Lin said. “I have friends in theater that didnt know the movie itself was going to be a musical.”
Movie ‘Thespian-age’: Hollywood Should Not Hide Movie Musicals
Sonia Wang and Catherine Li | February 29, 2024
Many young Sephora shoppers spend money on expensive products in order to keep up with trends showcased online, according to math teacher Melanie Clark. “I dont really agree with young kids spending so much money on beauty products,” Clark said. “I feel like they should start at CVS and just learn how to take care of themselves. I feel like it creates an entitled generation where they think that they deserve certain things, when in reality theyre pretty expensive.”
Sephora 10-Year-Olds Are Getting Out of Hand — Here is What Should be Done
Kayley Winata and Sonia Wang | February 27, 2024
Though BookTok encases a wide range of genres and titles, novels are often recommended more for their aesthetic rather than their content, according to Varsity. Many readers do not approach these books critically and can fall into harmful patterns of romanticization that bleed into real life. “I think that some books are promoted as romances when in fact theyre promoting a lot of toxic relationships that people are now perceiving as commonly acceptable,” senior Zara Hommez said. “So I think its important to draw the line between what is constituted as fiction and what is constituted as reality.”
Novel Sensations: Booktok Fans Should ‘Read Between the Lines’
Mary Lee and Catherine Li | February 23, 2024
Portola High can implement a better rain protection system by opening up more space for students at school. “Because it’s a Southern California school, it’s an outdoor school, so there’s really not much to do to protect kids from the rain,” junior Lulu (Jingxin) Zhao said. “However, I think it would be good if we could open more classrooms during rainy days too, so kids don’t have to eat out in lunch or crowd in the gym.”
Rain, Rain Go Away: Advocating for School Protection
Maitri Allani and Claire Chan | February 20, 2024
Clubs would greatly benefit from being offered a second chance to restart their clubs in second semester. “I think that allowing these clubs to have a second chance would help them appreciate their culture and their passions, and allow students to draw closer and to keep some continuity in our own likes and values,” president of the Black Student Union and senior Gabe Mutsvangwa said.
Clubs Should Be Given a Second Chance in Second Semester
Shaina Taebi and Marianne Chan | January 18, 2024
Unconscious biases can affect anyone, including teachers, according to social studies teacher Shameemah Motala. Though she did not use anonymous grading at first, grading for the AP exams taught her to implement anonymous methods into her own class.
It's Time to Start Evening Out the ‘Grading’ Field
Michael Sun and Elizabeth Gao | January 17, 2024
Art projects can add a splash of color to coursework that is otherwise considered mundane or repetitive, increasing students’ enjoyment in the class. Visual arts teacher Mat Pace says that giving students’ chances for original artistry can enrich learning experiences and provide balance in more arduous classes.  “Taking a break from a heavy math class would be nice to just focus on a spectrum of color or something thats so different than what theyre doing,” visual arts teacher Mat Pace said. “We can put a mathematical equation in almost anything as well, so maybe when theyre thinking about that art project they’re thinking how math relates to that.”
Teachers Should Liven Up Regular Coursework with Creative Art Projects
Parmin Zamani and Jordan Hata | January 12, 2024
Environmental legislation that directly affects individuals can teach students crucial life skills that can help them with decision-making not only in the environmental sector but also their day-to-day lives.
Environmental Legislation Awareness Opens Doors for Students’ Futures
Mary Lee, Staff Writer | January 9, 2024
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