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The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

The School Newspaper of West High School

West Signals

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, Staff Writer 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, Staff Writer 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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A rally was held on February 20th at Los Angeles State Historic Park to magnify the recent violence targeting the Asian community. Anti-Asian and Pacific Islander attacks all over the country have significantly increased as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo courtesy of Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times.

West Must Stand Against Asian and Pacific Islander Racism

Lauren Ng, Co-Editor-in-Chief March 17, 2021

   New York City. Denver. San Francisco. Oakland. Orange County.     Torrance.    Around the country, racist attacks against the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community have increased and intensified since the start of the COVID-19...

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An anti-vax protester criticizes the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the Dodger Stadium vaccination site. She is one of many demonstrators who participated in a protest on the afternoon of January 30, assembled by the organization Shop Mask Free Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of The Los Angeles Times.

Dodger Stadium “Scamdemic” Protest: A Controversy Over Rights and Freedom

Lauren Ng, Co-Editor-in-Chief February 19, 2021

   As hundreds waited in long lines of vehicles to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, anti-vax protesters were present right beside them. On January 30, approximately 50 demonstrators arrived at Dodger Stadium’s COVID-19 vaccination site: one of the largest...

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Herd immunity prevents cases of a virus from spreading among individuals because if there is a high enough number of immunized individuals, the chances of a carrier of a disease coming into contact with someone susceptible to the disease decreases dramatically.

The Importance of Vaccination

Westley Kim, Staff Artist January 18, 2021

   A child is sitting down inside a doctor’s office. The doctor holds  a syringe filled with something — the child doesn’t quite know what. Scared of the needle, the child whimpers a little as the nurse gently dabs alcohol-coated gauze on the...

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Kodi Lee winning America’s Got Talent in 2019 provided inspiration for people who shared many of his identity traits, being blind, autistic, and Asian-American. None of these traits are shown that often in mainstream media, so his victory is seen as a win for diversity because it provides so many people of marginalized groups hope and security.

Diversity in Media and Why it Matters

Westley Kim, Staff Artist January 11, 2021

    We all strive to be recognized, to have our identities validated. One way this works is seeing someone we share one or more traits with portrayed in a well-known work of fiction. However, in many of these works — whether literature or television,...

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