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White Supremacist, Nazi Posters Appear
Messages from online hate groups posted on campus walls morning before Winter Recess
Pony Express Editorial Board
On the final day of school before President’s break, a week celebrating the founders of a country that fought world wars against fascism, students and staff were greeted by signs celebrating a decidedly different government style on Friday.
Opening Educational Doors on Campus
Beth Stafford's original tutoring program blossoms into homework hubs for students to get help
By: Melody Beam
Last semester, English teacher Beth Stafford began an academic program for English enrichment students that struggle in other classes, such as Physics and Algebra 1.
Accreditation Follow Up
Western Association of Schools and Colleges return to Pioneer
By: Everett Bang and Katie Nguyen
The Western Association of Schools and Colleges is coming back after three years to reevaluate Pioneer as part of its accreditation process. Previously, Pioneer received its six year approval from WASC to provide valid diplomas to their students and this year, the mid-cycle one day visit is to check up on the school’s progress.
Losing The Connection
Power outages leave schools with no communication
By: Lauryn Luescher
As classrooms become more dependent on technology, district-wide network and power outages leave students and teachers stuck in the dark and the district searching for a solution.
Battle to Maintain Grass May Soon Be Over
The poor condition of the back field is finally addressed as turf is being considered
By: Annika Dahlberg and Isabella Osborne
Pioneer’s back field has taken an extensive beating from athletes, students, and various weather conditions in the past few years.
Camera System Arriving Second Semester
The Measure H bond is supplying 10 to 12 more security cameras to campus in spring 2017
By: Matthew Andrejka and Lauryn Luescher
On the morning of the 2016 election, Nov. 8, students arrived on campus to see stenciled graffiti opposing Donald Trump on the wall of the PAC. Five months earlier, after graduation, buckets of white paint were used to vandalize classes on the west side of campus, including the classrooms of Jake Hernandez and Karen Fahrner.
Seniors Ready to Get Their Voices Heard
Pioneer's graduating class weighs in on this year's presidential election for the first time
By: Maddi Kidder and Beatriz Lopez
When many of Pioneer’s class of 2017 were born, President William Jefferson Clinton held office, soon to give way to George W. Bush. Nearly 20 years later, another Clinton is on the ballot, the former President’s wife, former Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Dress Code up for Debate
District altered the dress code with safety as the main concern
By: Lauryn Luescher and Katie Nguyen
After debate during the 2015-2016 school year, the San Jose Unified School District updated its dress code policy and language to emphasize safety as the primary concern, removing restrictions that some felt were unnecessary or biased against specific genders.
Springing into a New Curriculum
The changes and effects brought forth by the use of SprigBoard
By: Annika Dahlberg
During the 2015-2016 school year, Pioneer math students used the College Board’s SpringBoard materials in their courses and selected English classes piloted their version of the same program.
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