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Administration Responding to Posters
Pioneer students and staff take positive action against recent negative political messages
By Melody Beam
On February 24, over a dozen white supremacist flyers were posted on the walls around campus. Three weeks later, on March 10, a poster for diversity week in the girls’ bathroom outside room 150 was vandalized with messages reading “Defend your white heritage” and “Kill Muslims.”
Aiming to Bridge the Communication Gap
The SELAC program works toward informing parents of ELL students about educational opportunities
By Beatriz Lopez and Lauryn Luescher
Parents of English language learners at Pioneer are still unaware of the programs their children are enrolled in classes designed to improve their English fluency.
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.
Student Parking Lot Accidents on the Rise
Pioneer’s student parking lot is not protected from hazardous accidents both day and night
By Mathew Andrejka and Maddi Kidder
Twice a day, approximately 180 cars rushing and out of Mustang Lane before and after school, joined by Pioneer staff members, parents dropping their students off , and any visitors who may be on site.
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.
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