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Mr. Kough to return from Afghanistan on March 25th

By ALICE ZHOU Staff Writer Assistant Principal Mr. Kris Kough, who has been absent for a military tour in Afghanistan since April 2018, returned home from his deployment at the end of February. Kough was deployed in Afghanistan as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army National Guard, and advised the Afghan Corps Commander and the...

UHS AcaDeca team qualifies for second consecutive state competition
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UHS AcaDeca team qualifies for second consecutive state competition

BY VINCENT WOO Staff Writer The UHS Academic Decathlon (AcaDeca) team qualified for the statewide California Academic Decathlon for a second consecutive year. The state competition will run from March 22 and 23 in Sacramento. Teams from sixty schools will travel to the state capital to compete for three spots at the national United States...

Staff vote to maintain current schedule for 2019 – 2020 school year
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Staff vote to maintain current schedule for 2019 – 2020 school year

By ALICE ZHOU Staff Writer UHS staff voted to maintain the school’s current schedule next school year rather than switch to an 8-Period Block Schedule, with 61% in favor of the current schedule and 39% in favor of the 8-Period Block on Tuesday, March 12. Originally, the Leadership Team, including all department chairs, two counselors,...

Schedule adjusted for testing during the week of 03/04
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Schedule adjusted for testing during the week of 03/04

  By CATHERINE RHA Staff Writer   During the week of 3/04, the schedule will be adjusted to accommodate for administration of the PSAT 8/9, PACT, and CAST exams, as well as Senior Activity day. IUSD decided to administer the PACT this year in order to diversify testing opportunities for students, as an extension of...

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Teacher Strikes Highlight a Growing Demand for Public School Reform

BY VINCENT WOO Staff Writer The ongoing teacher strikes in Denver, Colorado and Oakland, California are a part of a greater national movement for the advancement of public schools. Teacher strikes have become increasingly common in the United States; recent strikes reflect similar struggles between teachers’ unions and teachers. The ten-day Los Angeles teachers’ strike...

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Federal Workers Wary of Possible Second Government Shutdown

BY SOPHIA BALKOVSKI Staff Writer Americans may face the possibility of another government shutdown if a compromise on border security is not reached by February 15. While bipartisan congressmen work to pass a budget compromise to avert another shutdown, federal workers anticipate the loss of future paychecks. According to economics teacher Nora Seager, “40-45% of...

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Plans for Feminine Hygiene Product Dispenser are Ongoing

BY CARLY ZHOU Staff Writer Recently, a team of students presented an initiative to the Associated Student Body (ASB) to install dispensers for free tampons and pads in female bathrooms. The organizers currently are in deliberation about whether or not funding would come from Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) or the school, and if they...

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Curriculum changes in the Science Department

BY CATHERINE RHA Staff Writer Current and incoming freshmen will now be required to take Biology, Chemistry, and Physics in order to graduate. The curricula of these classes have been changed in order to integrate Earth and space sciences as well as adhere to the Next Generation Science Standards, which are the new science education...

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Irvine CubeSat Program Launches Second Satellite in the Span of One Month

  BY SOFIA BUITRAGO-YEPES Staff Writer The Irvine CubeSat STEM Program (ICSP) launched IRVINE02 on Monday, December 3, following several weather-related delays. The satellite, launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc, California on a SpaceX Falcon9 rocket, which, according to Cubesat member senior Yarin Heffes, can travel 10,000 km/h and can return to earth...