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Highlands to use TPHS parking lot

The Del Mar Highlands Town Center has leased the TPHS parking lot for use as an employee parking zone over winter break to accommodate the expected influx of patrons during the holiday season. Employees will be shuttled to and from TPHS and the Highlands. "Specific stores bring in specific customers," said Elizabeth Schreiber, vice president and general manager of the Highlands. "We want to ensure that each of those stores has enough close parking." The seasonal arrangement began last December, according to Schreiber. The first lease went smoothly, Schreiber and SDUHSD Executive Director of Facilities Russ Thornton said, and prove...

Sand replenished at local beaches

Eight area beaches have received approximately 1.4 million cubic yards of fresh sand to counter natural erosion through the Regional Beach Sand Project, which started on Sept. 7 and ended Dec. 8. In an interview with KPBS business and environment reporter Erik Anderson and San Diego Association of Governments project manager Shelby Tucker, they explained the necessity, process and goals of the Regional Beach Sand Project. "The shoreline erodes about a foot per year," Anderson said. "Ten years ago, there were beaches that didn’t have any sand at all." Beaches remained open throughout the project, and work is now complete at Imperi...
PALs adviser Don Hollins sits with speakers during a Red Ribbon Week assembly. The guests spoke to students about their personal encounters with substance abuse.  
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PALs host Red Ribbon Week

The Peer Assistant Listeners hosted their annual Red Ribbon Week last week to raise awareness about drug and alcohol prevention. The program featured assemblies, each slightly different, every period for two days. The assemblies consisted of 17 different speakers, many of whom are recovering drug addicts, and four of whom are TPHS alumni; the mother of a former TPHS student, Patrick Frantz (‘07), who died of an accidental overdose, also spoke. There were also four speakers specializing in teen drug and alcohol abuse, including Carolyn Caietti, an assistant supervising judge at the San Diego Superior Court Delinquency Division; prob...
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Academy players inelegible for next season

  The U.S. Soccer Development Academy has extended the season of the Academy league to 10 months and now prohibits high school athletes from playing for their schools if they choose to remain on the Academy squad.   "I don’t like it; I don’t agree with it," forward Garrett Heine (12) said. "I want to play [for TPHS], and I might not be able to do that this year."   The Academy season now coincides with the start of the high school winter soccer season, preventing "key players" Heine and defender Rui Adachi (12) from returning for their final season at TPHS.   "To lose that this year is a big loss, but I al...
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TPHS junior organizes mass Secret Santa event

A TPHS Secret Santa gift exchange event  is being organized by Jeff Ding (11) on a Facebook page that had 184 participants when the Falconer went to press. The exchange will take place Dec. 21. "Felix Lee (11) and I were talking about [making a Secret Santa event] as a joke," Ding said. "Then I actually did it, and [it has] worked out pretty well so far." Ding hopes that the event will create new friendships, help students reconnect with old friends, and help "break down" the cliques at TPHS. "I’m a junior, and so I only have one year left at TPHS," Ding said. "I want to make [my high school experience] last and do something fun ...
reach for the sky: The varsity dance team performs at halftime during the Homecoming Game on Sept. 28. The week prior, they were notified of the removal of lyrics in their music.

Dance team lyrics removed

Parents allegedly complained to administrators about inappropriate lyrics in the TPHS dance team’s performance at Back to School Night on Sept. 27. According to JV dance team member Alice*, the team was notified an hour before the Homecoming Game that they would have to remove all inappropriate lyrics from the songs played during their routine. "There were a variety of concerns from parents, and we received a few emails," Principal Brett Killeen said. "We learned that there were some lyrics [in the performance] that had denotative and connotative issues in terms of appropriateness." "You Shook Me All Night Long" by ACDC, "Smells ...
Striking up the band:  “The Domino Theory” band members Lucas Doucette (12), Pranav Perimbeti  (12) and Matt Paddock (12) perform original songs at Artist Quarters.

Talent shown at Artist Quarters

The second Artist Quarters of the 2012-2013 school year was held by Lucas Doucette (12) and his sister Lauren Doucette (‘08) on Friday Oct. 26 at the Solana Beach Presbyterian Church. Artist Quarters is an open event hosted every quarter where artists can showcase their talents. According to Lauren, Artist Quarters was started around 5-6 years ago by some members of her church. "It kind of diminished after the church member who started it left," Lucas Doucette said. "For [my sister and I], this is our second Artist Quarters. We got together in January and thought we should bring it back. We are really interested in bringing togeth...
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Speech and Debate and A-Team schedules restricted

New schedule restrictions on speech and debate, academic team and other clubs limit competitions they can attend this year, due to liability issues for the school and the desire to raise team spirit. "This is a year in transition," said speech and debate coach Rachel Krause. "What we’re doing now is making sure that all school policies are being followed." These policies affect all programs at TPHS, including speech and debate, academic team, quiz bowl and others seeking off-campus activity, as the district would be held liable for any potential damages if students compete as part of TPHS. "Students who have been participating in...
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Potential changes to CST delayed

The new California State Standardized Test proposed by National Core Standards, previously expected to replace the current California Standards Test in the 2014-2015 school year, will likely not be implemented as planned. The decision for a possible change came when new state educational standards were released in August 2010. According to the SDUHSD, the California state government wants to change the CSTs to reflect the newly implemented standards, using a new test that would be similar to the SAT. However, according to Principal Brett Killeen, the state will not implement the test in the 2014-2015 school year as previously proje...
TPHS Jazz Combo A members Sean Elliot (12), Fransisco Jo (10), Zach Siegal (10), and Kurtis Shaffer (11) playing at La Costa Roasting on Oct. 27. The combo played for Banding Together, a music charity organization.

TPHS students perform at Youth Helping Youth concert

TPHS jazz combo A performed in the Youth Helping Youth concert series at La Costa Coffee Roasting on Oct. 27 to benefit Banding Together, a charity dedicated to providing music therapy, mentorships and instruments to youth with special needs. "Two TPHS students [David Laudicina (12) and his brother Donald (’12)] were a part of the series last year with a private band of theirs," jazz band director Amy Willcox said. "It seemed like a great way for the kids to get experience performing outside of school [functions] and show them what kind of good that music can do. And it was." The band played for about two hours on Saturday night i...