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Big Plans Following Reseeding Renovation
Major project timeline passes first mark with the reseeding of the back grass.
By: Annika Dahlberg and Isabella Osborne
The constant battle with the back field is nearly over. The uneven ground and bird feces that once were a major safety issue have now been replaced with safe, level grass.
Campus Classrooms Finally Cooling Down
Pioneer and San Jose High School are receiving new air conditioning units that will be completed by the time school resumes in the fall
By: Katie Nguyen and Lauren Luescher
As school days begin to climb in temperature, classrooms echo with the familiar roar of the old Airedale air conditioning systems.
WASC Mid-Cycle Visit Shows Improvement
After the March 22 Pioneer review, accreditation results show growth in the five key areas
By: Lauryn Luescher and Katie Nguyen
After a full examination during the 2013-2014 school year, Pioneer was given five critical areas of need in order for the school to become a more inclusive learning environment, according to the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
Resource Teacher Taken Into Custody by San Jose Police
John Hayden arrested, illegal images found in his home
By: Katie Nguyen and Andrea Winters
Thursday afternoon, with school still in session, Principal Herbert Espiritu received notification that the San Jose Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children task force was looking into resource teacher John Hayden for alleged criminal activity. After school, Hayden, 41, was taken into custody by local police officers.
SJUSD Halts Staff Hiring
Hiring freeze implemented to avoid overspending budget
By: Andrea Winters
According to Math department chair Patrick Bernhardt, San Jose Unified School District has lost 400 to 500 students in the past few years, but since the start of this school year, it is estimated that 900 students have left the district already. With 700 more expected to leave, the district will likely lose upwards of 1,500 students by the start of next year. SJUSD serves over 30,000 students total.
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
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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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