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Call to Action

On March 14, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:17 a.m., TPHS students, joining students from about 2,800 other schools across the country, marched to the quad from their third-period classes to participate in the National School Walkout organized  by the Women’s March Youth Empower organization. The walkout was described as a “call to action for Congress to pass gun control legislation,” according to the event’s official website. Each minute of the walkout was dedicated to one of the 17 students and teachers killed during the mass shooting at  Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.  ...
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Umabe and Hargraves named Teacher and Employee of the Year

Japanese teacher Sato Umabe won Teacher of the Year and ASB Accounting Assistant Patricia Hargraves won Classified Employee of the Year on Feb. 27 and 26, respectively. “I feel very honored, especially among all the hardworking teachers here at Torrey Pines,” Umabe said. “A lot of teachers sent me congratulatory emails and personally congratulated me, and I’m very honored to have been selected.” As TPHS’ employee and teacher of the year, Hargraves and Umabe will now be in the running for SDUHSD’s employee and  teacher of the year. The winners of the district competition will go o...
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Possible security changes after TPHS threat

A TPHS freshman was taken into police custody on Feb. 22 after making threats against the campus in class and online, and four days later, a former TPHS student now attending another school in the district was also taken into custody for making older, unrelated threats unknown to officials until now, according to Principal Rob Coppo.  In both cases, students reported the threats to the TPHS administration, who alerted the San Diego Police Department.   Sarah Matthews* had one class with the freshman, and said multiple classmates reported the student after he began “showing signs.” “I think t...
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TPHS Spoken Word poets perform at CATE

Three students from the TPHS Spoken Word Club, as well as other students from around San Diego County, attended and performed at the annual California Association of Teachers of English Conference on Mar. 9 to discuss topics using spoken word performances. Started by Robin Kong (‘17), in her sophomore year, the Spoken Word Club allows students to learn and express the form of poetry known as spoken word. “Spoken word is a mixture of poetry and the art of performing,” Lisa Callender, the faculty adviser of the club, said. “It can oftentimes be a lot more rhythmic, but it’s enjoyable because it has...
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Sophomores no longer allowed to take AP Chem, double chemistry block introduced

Starting in the 2018-19 school year, sophomores will no longer be allowed to take Advanced Placement Chemistry as a full-year course and will instead choose from College Prep Chemistry, Honors Chemistry or a double chemistry block of Honors Chemistry first semester and AP Chemistry second semester. According to Principal Rob Coppo, the idea of adding Honors Chemistry was proposed this year by the science department. “It had been floating around a little bit in previous years, but [the Honors Chemistry class] really got talked about seriously this year,” Coppo said.  California, along with other states, has ...
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Sophia LeRose raises $44,450 for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, wins “Student of the Year” award

On Feb. 24, Sophia LeRose (12) was named “2018 Student of the Year” by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The annual competition is hosted by the LLS for seven weeks when students compete to raise the most money for LLS. According to the LLS’ website, all of the funds raised go to “[helping] find cures and [ensuring] access to treatments for all blood cancer patients.” LeRose’s inspiration for joining the contest was honoring her grandfather, who was diagnosed with — and died of — leukemia in Sep. 2017. Since her grandfather’s move from Chicago to San Diego seven years a...
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Senior Zachary Zheng dies, memorial service in April

Zachary Zheng (12) died over the weekend of Feb. 10-11 from causes that have not been revealed to the public. Principal Rob Coppo sent an email out to inform families on the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 13, but did not specify the  student was Zheng, and it contained no other information because “the family is asking that we respect their privacy fully at this time,” according to the email. Zheng’s parents preferred not to be contacted for this story. “We had confirmation [about Zheng], I believe, late Tuesday,” Coppo said. “We announced to staff and to families Tuesday afternoon and the...
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SDUHSD will not renew Naviance contract in ‘18-’19 and beyond

The SDUHSD-wide subcription to Naviance, a program used to help students determine how and where they should go to college and help teachers send their commendation letters to colleges, will not be renewed and will be replaced by Google Classroom and other free online resources. Naviance has been used by district students, teachers and counselors to simplify the process of applying and sending documents to  colleges. It also houses a high school’s graduates and where they were accepted to college, giving applicants an idea about which colleges they could reasonably expect to be admitted to based on their scores and t...
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Crossroads of the West Gun Show held at Del Mar Fairgrounds, protesters gather near entrance

The Crossroads of the West Gun Show was held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds from  Mar. 17-18, despite objections from community members prior to the event, who ultimately organized a protest on the corner of Via de la Valle and Jimmy Durante Blvd. Protesters gathered on both sides of the street, near the fairgrounds entrance, and held signs and recited chants  from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday.  Angry that the gun show was being held in their city, especially because of the Feb. 14 shooting that left 17 dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in  Parkland, Fla., residents of Del Mar and other areas o...