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ASB hosts annual TP Idol contest for TPHS students

The annual ASB-sponsored TP Idol contest was held in the quad during lunch from May 2-5, and Hannah Uzi (11) won first place on the last day of the competition. To reach the finals, contestants went through an initial round where they were evaluated by three teacher judges: Jacqueline Niddrie, Lars Trupe and Marinee Payne.  “[The grading criteria] were tone, pitch, style and actual voice,” Niddrie said. “It was a scale of one to five. There were four categories and we just added up points.” After the first round of competition, the top three singers were chosen to compete in the finals, held on ...
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TPHS Foundation hosts first Spring Fling community event

Spring Fling, a community-building event, was held by the TPHS Foundation for the first time in the TPHS east quad on June 1, 2017  from 5-8 p.m. in conjunction with Athletics Physicals Night, after the Falconer went to press  According to the TPHS Foundation Executive Director, Nicole Baril, Spring Fling was held as “an opportunity for parents, students and staff to get together as a community.” The event was free, while TPHS athletes could pay $25 at the event to get an annual physical, required for athletic participation. “[The TPHS Foundation is] trying to encourage parents to come to school, b...
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District drug program educates parents and students

A drug seminar for parents and students sponsored by the SDUHSD Recovery Education Alcohol Drug Instruction, or READI, was held in the TPHS gym on May 3. Introduced by READI supervisor and District Substance Abuse Counselor Joseph Olesky, the main presentation was given by forensic expert and toxicologist, Sarah Urfer, who is also the lab director of Boulder, Colo. diagnostic laboratory ChemaTox. Urfer, who often testifies in court cases regarding the evidence, processed by the ChemaTox lab, shared many stories about drug use and discussed the dangers of different kinds of common drugs with an emphasis on marijuana, and the tet...
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Art show by TPHS Art Department to be held in Learning Commons

The TPHS Art Department will stage its annual art show, “For Art’s Sake” June 5-8, featuring art pieces by TPHS students. According to art teacher Emily Moran, the show will open to the public on Monday, June 5 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., with Kelly Coward’s culinary students catering the event. “Then, [on] Tuesday and Wednesday, the show [will be] open for the rest of the school to come by and take a look,” Moran said. “Then, [the art classes] start taking [the art pieces] down on Thursday, June 8.” The Art Department is excited to use the new Learning Commons to showcase the stu...
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SoCal shark sightings rise

Shark sightings and encounters have spiked in the past month across Southern California. Notable sightings ranged from the shark attack that took parts of Orange County local Leeanne Ericson’s  leg to the sighting of 25 sharks off the coast of  Capistrano Beach, 15 of which had surrounded a group of paddleboarders. According to Paul “Doc” Anes, who has been giving shark diving tours since 1994 for his company San Diego Shark Diving, the increase in shark sightings is a result of a growing shark population and increased  awareness of sharks due to “drones, beach patrols and coast guard pa...
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Water contamination sparks Falconer investigation

After three schools in the San Ysidro School District were found to have levels of lead above EPA regulations in their drinking water, the Falconer tested the water quality of the E Building’s traditional water fountain, the B Building girls bathroom sink and the B Building Rob Machado Foundation FloWater water dispenser next to room 65, in March.  The testing, conducted independently through a free of charge kit from The Home Depot submitted to RainSoft, a company that sells water purification systems, found that the amount of total dissolved solids, or TDS, organic and inorganic particles suspended in the drinking ...
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Shockney replaces Resendes; Thornton reassigned

Assistant Principal Robert Shockney assumed former TPHS Assistant Principal Vidalia Resendes’ administrative responsibilities on May 15 after Resendes transferred to El Cajon Middle School, while former TPHS Assistant Principal Garry Thornton was reassigned to Canyon Crest Academy as an assistant principal.  Shockney, who has worked in the SDUHSD for 12 years, was a teacher at Diegueno Middle School and then an Assistant Principal at Carmel Valley Middle School before moving to TPHS. According to Coppo, the reasons for the reassignments cannot be disclosed even to staff members, as it is confidential human resources ...
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$40,000 in scholarships awarded to seniors

The TPHS Scholarship Fund, formerly known as Dollars for Scholars, hosted its 30th annual awards night for senior recipients on May 17 at Solana Pacific Elementary School.  The night began with light refreshments, followed by an hour-long ceremony honoring 58 graduating students selected by the TPHS Scholarship Fund Board to receive scholarships. Parents, family, business-owners, other donors and school administrators also attended. “The night was fun and celebrated everyone’s achievement in high school,” Principal’s Scholarship recipient Eric Yu (12) said. “It was very heartwarming and made...
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Falcon Accolades

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2017-2018 ASB Election Results

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