Written by Cecilia Ymaz, Sophomore at CVHS


Never in my life would I have imagined sitting at my desk for more than 7 hours a day and joining classes through my laptop. Adapting to the new normal has been a unique experience that has taught me a lot about taking care of myself. Digital platforms like Zoom have been implemented into my everyday life in positive ways. Today, I hope to share with you the most memorable parts of quarantine that I highly recommend adding to your weekly to-do list!   


  • Take advantage of online platforms to socialize with your friends.

I have mentioned this before in my blog about making every day ten times better. After almost an entire year of staying at home, I have learned to cherish the Zoom calls I have with my friends almost every day. So far, I have tried Zoom karaoke, online games (skribbl.io, Kahoot!, GamePigeon, etc.), and have experimented with fun virtual backgrounds. I highly recommend taking the time to socialize with your friends at least a few times a week because it helps you in improving your mental health. Even if you are too busy with school assignments, schedule a time to study with your friends and listen to calming music. 


  • Join a club at our school.

You can also MAKE friends at after-school meetings hosted by our school’s virtual clubs. There are many new and ongoing clubs at our school looking for members to join and enjoy the fun activities they have to offer.  To name a few, Dance Club, Model UN, and Bilingual Students of CVH are some of the clubs that meet every week! Being at home almost 24/7 has reduced so much of the physical interactions shared at school. Join some of the virtual extracurriculars we have at school and learn something new! If you want to find out more about the current clubs at our school, check the ASB’s Instagram page (@cvhs_asb) to see our Club Week posts.


  • Learn how to cook at home.

Cooking is a life skill that EVERYONE needs to know. If you give it a try, cooking can be extremely fun — and delicious! Take advantage of all the time we have at home by utilizing your kitchen and creating wonderful memories at home. Studies show that cooking can help us with our mental health and serve as a therapy to some. By accomplishing new recipes, learning how to be creative with food, and connecting with others through cooking, this vital skill for life also keeps us mentally healthy. If you are interested in learning how to cook, check out this article with 55 recipes you can try at home.


  • Stay active by taking walks on a regular basis.

It has been at least 11 months since we have been stuck at home. Distance learning has likely taken a toll on your mental health and mindset at some point. I cannot stress enough how important it is to get some sunshine every day. Even if it is just for thirty minutes, going outside can support you physically and mentally. Plus, it has been proven that your immune system is strengthened when you go outdoors and exercise. 


Don’t let this pandemic discourage you! While we can’t control some of the challenges we face, we have the opportunity to grow from them. Make the most out of this time we have at home by trying new things that will bring positive impacts into your life. Most importantly, do not give up. 

Written by Jiesi Hernandez Flores, Sophomore at CVHS

 

Hello, I am the game designer for a videogame being created at the moment. Me and my team are made up of a coder, a pixel artist, a playtester, and me, the designer/writer. Our team is missing 1 member, this member being a composer to make the game soundtrack. If you are interested in joining the team and being the composer, then put this code in google classroom for the interview “evoyfud”. We hope to see you there and thank you for reading this.

Spartan Athletes,

This is a reminder that we are currently clearing athletes for the following sports: boys and girls track and field, boys and girls tennis, and boys and girls swim & dive. We clear Monday through Thursday from 3pm-4:30pm. The final day to clear for boys and girls swim and dive is Thursday, February 25th. For the remaining sports, the last day to clear is Thursday, March 4th. Clearances take place in the K Street parking lot on a drive-thru basis.

Parents and student athletes are asked to remain in their cars at all times and follow all COVID guidelines including wearing a face mask. Parents and student athletes will enter the parking lot in the entrance closest to the Little theater (It is the first entrance if you are headed east or the last entrance if you are headed west). We ask that you complete the clearance process before you come and bring the appropriate documentation which includes printing out the athlete profile as well as the COVID paperwork. You and your parent must sign and date both forms! We will have a printer onsite in the event that you need to print your confirmation.

In order to participate, please go to registermyathlete.com and register for these sports only. If you registered earlier in the year, your registration is incomplete as there is an additional COVID waiver that will need to be printed and signed (by hand). Please note that we will need an updated physical as they are only good for 365 days and need to be valid through the duration of the season. Here is a link to the District Physical Form so that you can print it out for your sports-physical appointment. athletics.sweetwaterschools.org/files/2016/07/SUHSD-Physical-Form.pdf

Please click here for the instructions on how to clear your athlete through register my athlete: tinyurl.com/clearanceinstructions.
Furthermore, if you cannot get a sports-physical appointment through your health care provider, I was able to confirm that South Bay Urgent Care will be doing walk-in appointments for $25. Just walk-in with the district physical form.

South Bay Urgent Care
1628 Palm Avenue
San Diego, CA 92154

****Lastly, in order to participate, the student-athlete will have to submit a negative COVID-19 Test. The test must be taken after February 1st. Here is a link to testing sites around San Diego, many of which are FREE of charge. You will need to bring a copy of your negative COVID test to your coach after you have been cleared.
www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/hhsa/programs/phs/community_epidemiology/dc/2019-nCoV/testing/testing-schedule.html

If you have any further questions, you can contact:


Craig Wilson
Athletic Director
Chula Vista High
craig.wilson@sweetwaterschools.org

DiAnne Cabe
Assistant Principal of Student Activities
Chula Vista High School
Dianne.cabe@sweetwaterschools.org

Please read the attached letter about this year’s picture day for underclassmen in grades 9-11. Please read it thoroughly. This will be the ONLY opportunity to take underclassmen photos and obtain your student ID. We will work with the attendance office to clear any student that attends picture day.


We look forward to seeing you in early March.


Click on this link to see the attached letter.

 

Have a great weekend!

Written by Cecilia Ymaz, Sophomore at Chula Vista High School

 

“Why are we spending billions of dollars on space exploration when we could use the money for the major issues we currently experience on our home planet, such as world poverty, world hunger, and climate change?” “Why are we exploring space when we haven’t even explored every nook and cranny of Earth?” “What is the purpose of spending hundreds of millions of dollars on spaceflight when there have already been several disastrous spaceflight mission failures?” It’s possible that you have stopped to consider these questions and think that space exploration is useless. But, it is likely that you believe that exploring outside of our planet shows true value in benefitting the world and our quality of life. So, what exactly makes space exploration so significant?

Knowledge is an indispensable tool that gives us the opportunity to create better solutions to our obstacles. There are several remarkable inventions as a result of space exploration. For example, CAT scans and MRI scans are a product of NASA’s digital signal technology. This medical advancement helps individuals receive the proper care they need because illnesses can be diagnosed and treated more effectively. NASA has also contributed to the creation of prosthetics, heart and insulin pumps, surgical robots, and substantially more. Furthermore, there are currently 31 operational satellites in the GPS constellation that help us in our everyday lives and expand what we know about Earth. Not only is it highly depended on for day-to-day navigation, but without GPS technology, we would lose the opportunity to research natural disasters and how to better research meteorology. Additionally, satellites support scientists in monitoring the signs of climate change and pollution in the environment, helping us take action that is more effective. Therefore, space technology pays off in the sense that it is applied to the improvement of life on Earth.

On top of that, innovation is stimulating the economy as astronautical research continues to pave the way for the development of increasingly efficient space technology. Advances in space exploration have led to an expanding space sector, rapidly increasing the number of jobs available in the space industry. This has caused major growth in national economies, promoting breakthroughs in vital research that can make an impact on the current issues we face on Earth. As more opportunities and revenues are generated by space projects, this has resulted in higher-quality education for future generations to take advantage of. Now, more than ever, students are becoming increasingly interested in science and technology. STEM education is pushing the boundaries of innovation and encourages the quest to explore outer space. This only continues the cycle of how space exploration continues to spark breakthroughs that come down to Earth. Space exploration is an investment in abiding prosperity on Earth.   

Can the expenditures of billions of dollars on the space industry be justifiable when there is human suffering on Earth? Well, science is the basis for action, and the future is in the stars. So, before you ask, “Why should we care about outer space?”, first consider how one small step for man was a giant leap for mankind. 

Written by David Hatz, Retired Teacher and Coach

 

         Whenever I watch TV news and the topic is a court case, the newscaster almost
invariably will say that the accused pled guilty/not guilty. Wrong! The past tense of plea is
pleaded. The accused pleaded guilty/not guilty.
         Sadly, many TV viewers don’t care. A poll several years ago revealed that 63 percent of
respondents preferred using pled, thus proving once again that the majority isn’t always right.
         But while pled may be the preferred usage, grammarist.com notes that pleaded is the
standard form:
         “Pleaded is the standard past-tense and past-participial form of the verb plea. Pled has
always been considered incorrect by usage authorities, but it’s so common that we have to
accept it. … But because pleaded is much more common and is unanimously accepted by all
dictionaries and usage authorities, it is safer than pled. And it should be noted that pleaded is
preferred by an especially wide margin in publications known for high editorial standards.”
         OK, there is your grammar lesson for the day. Now on to the fun stuff.


Body Parts Can Serve as Powerful Verbs

         When learning the parts of speech, most of us remember a noun is something that
“names a person, place, thing, idea, action, or quality.” With that in mind, we know body parts
are nouns because, well, they identify parts of the body.
         But heads, faces, knees, elbows, and the like can also be used effectively as verbs. Let’s
take a tour of the body to prove the point.
         You can head a company, but if things go wrong you will have to shoulder the blame.
         When we make poor choices, we eventually have to face the music.
         A good leader will back his employees, but if he doesn’t toe the line management can
skin him.
         You might eye someone suspiciously, or wait for the police to finger a suspect.
         Sometimes people strong-arm others to remove them from positions of authority. But
be careful, or you might be the next one to get elbowed out.
         I don’t always sing along with the radio; sometimes I just mouth the words.
         Be careful when nosing around in someone else’s business because they may not
appreciate it.
         When I can afford it, I like to foot the bill when I go to dinner with friends.
         In baseball, a fast runner can leg out an infield hit.
         With AP exams looming on the horizon, many students need to knuckle down so they
will be well-prepared.
         If you need to get somewhere but don’t have transportation, you can thumb a ride; or
you can ride with me if you can stomach my endless puns.


What’s Your Name?

         I have devoted space in previous blogs to the importance of clarity in both the spoken
and written word. Ambiguities and vagaries can lead to misunderstandings that often are
humorous and/or embarrassing.

         Herewith for your reading pleasure is an amusing exchange between a job applicant and
a prospective employer.


Applicant: “My name is Erik with a k.”
Employer: Writes it down. “And your last name?”
Applicant: “With a k.”
Employer: “No, I got that, Erik. What’s your last name?”
Applicant: “My last name is with a k.”
Employer: “Wait … your name is Erik Erik?”
Applicant: “My last name is With a K.”
Employer: “OK, wait a minute. So, to clarify …”
Applicant: “My last name is literally the phrase (uses air quotes) ‘Withakay.’ It’s all one word.”
Employer: Looks exasperated and finishes writing. “Now, Erik, please review the document to
make sure I’ve got everything right.”
Applicant: Reads the document, then says: “Not quite. … I spell Eric with a C.”
         I wonder if he got the job?


Parting thought: Until next time, I offer you some unsolicited but sage advice: Think before you
speak; read before you think.

Written by Sheyla Rodriguez, Junior at CVHS

 

Two years ago, I was firmly convinced I was expected to be flawless as a straight-A student. I always
perceived it as a straightforward process, pay attention, ask questions, ace the test, get the A. Proficient grades are said to reflect your understanding of the given subject. Whether it is a letter, a percentage, or a rank, students are always graded by what I call the “smartiness scale” Although one should indeed strive for that A, satisfactory grades do not always reflect the student’s good grasp of a subject. Straight A’s do not mean that the student is not lost or struggling. Sometimes they are simply afraid to speak up.


I wholeheartedly believe that every student can pass a subject with the proper amount of support. But
what about those who are seemingly excelling? Are they truly passing? Many straight A’s students are
afraid to admit that they do not know something. Speaking from my own experience, I have always been labeled as the “nerd” and this has pressured me into living up to the title.


Here is the truth, being a straight A’s student does not mean you are truly learning. Indeed, some high
schoolers who are constantly pressured into fulfilling the straight A’s students’ expectations might be
just as lost as students with a C.

 

Why? There is a clear misconception with the word “learning” where it is replaced with the word
“passing” If you pass your test with a perfect score, it is deemed you learned the content taught in class. But is that true? In a system where failing the tests gets you nowhere, many have realized that if they retain the information for the exam, they will pass. In the long run, the material does not stay. Of
course, some students might not relate to this, but many do. Are they learning? Perhaps, maybe they
are just passing. The usage of the phrase “I passed the class” points to this realization. Students regard classes as chapters in a book, once they read them, some may not care to go back. They store the information long enough to pass the tests and as they enter higher grades this information is somewhat forgotten.

 

No matter where you stand on the smartiness scale, you are the one aware of your strengths and
talents. Maybe math is hard, but you excel at music, perhaps you bombed that calculus test, but you just had a bad day. Do not feel that you must surpass your teacher’s expectations if you are that straight A’s student. Get rid of that fear of disappointing others if you do not understand something.


Learning is not about earning good grades. Still, I acknowledge how important they are for those who
dream of going to big universities like me. The point is, do not let a letter define you.


Especially during these times, it is 150% okay to feel tired, drained, or unmotivated. Your mental health
and well-being should be at the top of your list. Do not allow stress and expectations to overwhelm you. Do not let the straight A’s or straight C’s define your competence. Ask questions if you have them, say you are lost when that chemistry problem obliterates your brain cells.


AP student or not, A-student or not, we all have our passions, responsibilities, and priorities. If you like
your grade right now, perfect. If you do not, remember that you can change it. Do not exist to please the
smartiness scale. Distinguish learning from passing, learn for the sake of your future and not just to pass one test. Persevere, acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for the career you dream of. In the end, you are the one who chooses to check in with your teacher or counselor, reach out to friends, run a mile, blast some music. You are the one who knows what helps you. Remember that it is okay to not be okay, no matter where you stand in the smartiness scale.