As summer sixteen comes to an end, the beginning of the school year kicks off. The nerves, excitement, and sadness that always come with back to school returned to the Newport Harbor students as September 6, 2016 arrived. Once the first few weeks went by the students became more acclimated to their school schedules and doing what it takes to get to their classes by the time the bell rings. “Coming back to Harbor for my junior year I was most worried about the classes I was going to take. This year I am enrolled inAP US History which is a harder class to take and requires a lot of work. But surprisingly it has not been that hard and the chapter summaries are every other night which is nice” shares Betsy Calder. Back to school also means getting to rekindle friendships that were out of touch during the summer, but also meet new people. “The beginning of my school has started off pretty good, I am enrolled in some classes that I have found interesting, meeting new people, playing water polo, and love the teachers I got. This year I am most looking forward to meeting other students!” says Kaela Whelan. Through the transition of summer to fall and vacation to school there are many transitions that happen within each school year. One of the most anticipated changes for Harbor students is sophomore to junior, the year Harbor students can finally go off campus for lunch and are considered upper classmen. Rusball Venalonzo reveals that, “Being a junior at Newport Harbor High School feels really cool because it means you are almost done with high school, but also have more responsibilities that are challenging like test prepping. The best part of being an upperclassmen is probably not having to worry about leaving campus, and becoming more mature with more responsibilities.” Back to school time has started to come to an end as the month of October is right around the corner, the students have made it through the first month and can look forward to see what the rest of 2016 and 2017 have in store for them. Written By: Andie LeeContinue
Since summer is approaching, we wanted to know what people's plans are. Rachel, a Freshman, is looking forward to spending most of her days at the beach this summer and also playing a lot of tennis. So far she has no travel plans but will probably end up going to Palm Springs or Catalina for a weekend this summer.
Nikki, also a freshman is looking forward to going to the beach as well and is also planning on spending most of her summer relaxing and not having to worry about school.
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Few students at Newport Harbor go to Coachella- however many want to. Cost, time, and a place to stay, are constant struggles in the overpriced festival season. I decided to share my past Coachella experiences, in order to establish a better definition of Coachella, other than the typical “music festival” response. Credibility Note: I have been to Coachella twice- Weekend Two VIP 2015 & Weekend One GA 2016.
Many students are currently making the decision; IB or AP? We are here to help sophomores with this decision. When I first came to Harbor, I asked many people what “IB” was. I was never given a straight answer and was always confused as to what it entailed. Well, here is information that may aid you in your decision:
Valentines Day can either be viewed as a loving holiday or just a cheesy excuse to celebrate. We decided to ask students about their views on the holiday and compare their views. First, we asked the girls perspectives, one of which was Betsy Calder, a sophomore, shared her thoughts with us on Valentines Day. She said that it is anything but a cheesy holiday and she loves all aspects about it. Her favorite part about Valentines Day is the flowers and bouquets that are gifted. Betsy believes that everyone in a relationship should celebrate Valentines Day! Another sophomore, Maddie Ciano, believes that Valentine's Day "would be great if everyone had a significant other. But seeing as that is obviously not the case, Valentine's Day seems to be a commercialization opportunity for most restaurants and stores. It is a great money-making opportunity and if you love someone you should show it to them everyday and not just on February 14." Well said, that's right, you should show your significant other that you care for them everyday. If you don't have a Valentine, then just hang out with friends. In the photo, Ciano is pictured on the RIGHT with a friend. Written by: Jordan Golden & Kate LaGrandeurContinue