The School Newspaper of West High School

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The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

West students celebrate the school’s annual Homecoming dance, an event tied to the decades-old tradition of Homecoming King and Queen. Photo courtesy of Marina Soen (12).

Homecoming Court and LGBTQ Inclusivity

Eli Fauni, Opinion Editor November 16, 2022

Every year high school students await homecoming season to nominate their peers for the much anticipated court. Students involved in school activities like sports, clubs, and leadership race for the chance at the titles of Homecoming King and Queen. But...

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In order to prepare for the SAT and ACT, many students purchase prep guides and workbooks, dedicating precious time to studying in hopes of scoring well on these standardized tests. Test prep was once a universal part of the high school experience: The SAT and ACT were previously regarded as absolutely necessary for anyone going to college. It would take six years and a global pandemic to change the test’s mandatory status.

Me, Personally, I Wouldn’t Take That (the SAT and ACT)

Sean Toomey, Staff Writer November 16, 2022

After nearly 60 years, the University of California has decided to stop requiring SAT scores in its admissions process. Good.     The writing was on the walls. For years, talk of a "test-blind" world rumbled in board meetings and classrooms, bolstered...

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The Little Mermaid is a Disney classic, a household name with a special place in popular culture. Its live action remake, starring Halle Bailey as Ariel, is being criticized heavily for using a Black woman to portray Ariel. However, there are also many that say that her skin color does not detract from the value of the source material.

Disney’s Casting Controversy Over “The Little Mermaid” Live Action Remake- and the Racism Rooted Behind It

Natalie Ou, Staff Writer November 7, 2022

   Disney movies are a beloved staple for many children across the globe. The beautifully hand-drawn animations, charming characters and comedically wicked villains have won the hearts of millions across America, with their influence being spread to...

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As the summer heat simmers, fall drinks come back to play. Pumpkin spiced lattes and all classic seasonal fall flavors are welcomed back as winter waits its turn.

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice!

Bella Levinson, Staff Writer September 21, 2022

Starting on August 30, the most wonderful time of the year returns. No, I am not talking about Christmas; Pumpkin Spice Season is back! Saying goodbye to summer and hello to autumn, the pumpkin spice drinks are officially back in action. After a long...

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Masked and distanced students take notes in Mr. Collins’ Biology class as he presents a lesson. Just because Omicron hit its peak, it doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods yet: Masks should still be on and distancing regulations should still be in effect. The sooner we all cooperate, the sooner that classes can return to normal.

The Challenge of Teaching in a Pandemic

Sophia Yoshimura, Staff Writer February 18, 2022

   For two years now, our teachers have faced extreme pressure and changes that no employee of their importance should have to endure. We know this issue originates from the pandemic, and all the circumstances that came with it: for some this included...

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As cases spike due to the highly contagious Omicron variant, many are wondering whether or not schools should stay home. However, cases will continue rising unless school goes back online, and student voices fight against staying open. Dominic Disloquez (11) commented, “I understand that education is important but this is one of the worst times for COVID, and there are too many families that are suffering from this.”

Should We Go Back Online?

Sarah Han, News Editor February 15, 2022

   There’s nothing I can say about the pandemic you haven’t heard before. I never want to hear the words “unprecedented” or “new normal” ever again. At this point, we’re all sick of it. Even still, the number of cases are rising and COVID...

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New year, new me! New Year’s resolutions are a great way to set goals for the upcoming year. Students share what resolutions they made and how they plan on measuring their achievement progress.

New Year, New Resolutions

Sarah Han, News Editor January 17, 2022

  “Five, four, three, two, one! Happy New Year!” As the clock strikes 12, people all over the world hug their loved ones, turn their calendars, and celebrate the beginning of a new year. A valued tradition that many observe is New Year’s resolutions:...

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Science teacher Mrs. Chambers keeps a list of questions that scientists should never stop asking on her whiteboard for all students to see. Mrs. Chambers believes that the structure of the science education system “beats the joy” out of learning science the right way.

The Essence of Science is Vanishing from AP Science Classes

Anika Agarwal, Staff Writer, Staff Photographer January 6, 2022

   Do you miss the five-year-old child in you who used to ask questions all the time: “Why? Why? Why?” I do. Many students  have become so overwhelmed with their schoolwork and extracurriculars that the essence of curiosity in their science classes...

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​​Bringing the club back to West High after a one-year hiatus, GSA/SAGE board members promise a safe, judgement-free space for LGBTQ students in school. ICC Representative Rachel Pham (11) encourages LGBTQ students of West High to join: “SAGE creates an environment for those who need to connect with people that are in similar situations. Fellow LGBTQIA+ students can help each other out by joining!” Photo courtesy of Bethany Shim (11).

Creating LGBTQ Safe Spaces in Schools

Elise Fauni, Staff Writer October 13, 2021

   Every first and third Friday of the month, dozens of students fill Room 3204 of West High to the brim, coming together as GSA/SAGE (Gay-Straight Alliance/Sexuality and Gender Equality). Though categorized as a “special interest club,” GSA/SAGE...

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COVID-19 vaccines have been a controversial topic among many school districts. TUSD has taken steps to track down student vaccine records without mandating that students must be fully vaccinated, and contact tracing has been strictly enforced to make sure that the COVID-19 virus does not shut down TUSD schools again. TUSD has required mask-wearing in all indoor settings and social distancing, which has helped tremendously with COVID-19 cases in TUSD schools. Students and parents anxiously anticipate the day when schools will return to normal; but whether we take that first step of vaccinating all students is for TUSD to decide.

Implementing COVID-19 Mandates Could Truncate the Pandemic

Anika Agarwal, Staff Writer, Staff Photographer October 1, 2021

   Masks up, sanitizers packed, three feet apart: the drill for the 2021-2022 school year. Schools throughout the country have reopened, despite the global pandemic, out of necessity for schooling.    The distribution of vaccinations to students...

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Right after her 16th birthday, Paityn Yamasaki (10) made it a priority to get vaccinated. She explained how getting a vaccine is a simple procedure: “It’s a very easy process and can go by quickly depending on how busy they are. Make sure to bring your school ID and birth certificate so they can identify you.”

Why Students Should Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

Lauren Ng, Co-Editor-in-Chief April 25, 2021

   “April 15, 2021, in the state of California, is not Tax Day,” Governor Gavin Newsom declared. “It’s ‘Vax Day.’”     Since then, all Californians aged 16 and up have become eligible to receive their COVID-19 vaccines. What does...

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Asian American hate is not new. And with the normalization of abusive and racist 
comments and stereotypes, its become harder and harder to recognize racism and hate. But hatred has no place in this country. Now is the time to embrace our differences, not turn them down. So speak out, make your voice heard, and educate yourself.

Enough is Enough

Shrutika Ezhil, Staff Writer April 2, 2021

   We’ve all been there. We’ve all seen it, or worse, done it. Fingers pulling at the corners of their eyes, exaggerated gibberish flowing from their mouths. This was a light-hearted joke. This was teasing. This was racism.     On March 16,...

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