July 24, 2017

Three clubs join to mentor Twain students

by Perla Jiménez, La Voz Editor Students from a variety of extracurricular activities, including Students Helping Accept Diversity in Every Situation (S.H.A.D.E.S), Operation Snowball and Latino Club had the opportunity to mentor a group of fourth grade students from Mark Twain Elementary School. The mentoring program aims to set positive role models for the elementary students to look up to and confide in. WHS students will not tutor or teach the students, but they will  work on creating a trust-based relationship with them. “The (Twain) kids were in awe,” Raymundo Galarza, social worker, said. They asked me ‘and we’re gonna…

SHADES presents annual variety show, “Good Time”

by Erik Hernandez, Staff Reporter The annual variety show, on Nov. 17 and Nov. 18, keeps the tradition of being a way for students to express themselves through acts. “There are many different acts such as acting and singing, they all let kids express themselves,” Daniel Glowa, senior, said. This is his fourth year in the variety show, and he did the variety this year a custom of four years in the variety show. ”We give out $1,000 scholarships to two shades club members who we feel deserve them,” Bertha Sanchez, student advocate and Students Helping Accept Diversity in Every…

SHADES volunteers at annual Make a Difference Day

Photos by Frida Valdés, Feature Editor Students Helping Accept Diversity in Every Situation (SHADES) volunteered at Make a Difference Day on Oct. 27 at Riley Elementary School.  SHADES, along with other community organizations, set up Halloween-themed games and activities for children, including children with special needs.   Students in SHADES ran the prize table and Bozo buckets station.

Zapata leaves Spanish classes to be mother

by Perla Jiménez, La Voz Editor The next school year, Joanne Amador-Zapata, Spanish teacher, will no longer teach AP Spanish language to better care for her newborn. Ms. Zapata said she felt “bittersweet.”   She also said it feels “nice” because her son will be born, but she feels attached to her students. This year, apart from teaching AP, Ms. Zapata teaches Spanish 4 and 5, sponsors Students Helping Accept Diversity in Every Situation (SHADES) and helps organize and plan the Display of Cultures. AP classes add responsibilities that general-level classes do not. “General-level classes do not have study groups…

Sanchez supports students’ aspirations, cultures

by Robert Perales, A&E Editor Despite having an busy schedule, Bertha Sanchez, social worker, continues to help students succeed throughout their high school careers. Ms. Sanchez works with various clubs at WHS including Students Helping Accept Diversity in Every Situation (SHADES), Latino Club and the Mentor Program. “She (Ms. Sanchez) wants to keep students involved. She helps students not only in education, but she also does her best to help students fit into the community. We want them to graduate and walk out of here with more than just a solid education, “ Marilyn Harrison, Instructional Assistant, said. In the…