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This Month in History: October Events through Time

By Carlos Lopez

As we approach the end of October, I wanted to highlight some memorable events that have happened in the month of October in recent years:

  1. October 3, 1990 –  Reunification of East and West Germany. The West German flag was raised above the Brandenburg Gate at the stroke of midnight.
  1. October 4, 1957 – The Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, the 1st artificial Earth satellite into elliptical low Earth orbit
  1. October 13, 2010 – The Copiapó mining accident in Chile comes to a happy end as all 33 miners arrive at the surface after surviving a record 69 days underground. This has since been made into a 2015 film called “The 33”.
  1. October 4, 2022 – Yankees’ Aaron Judge hits homer No. 62 to break AL record set by  Roger Maris with the 1961 Yankees.
  1. October 6, 1993 – After 9 seasons & 3 Championships with the Chicago Bulls, Michael Jordan announces his retirement from the NBA. He would return on March 18, 1995 and lead the Bulls to another 3-peat.

Famous birthdays

  • Bill Gates – October 28, 1955
  • Eminem – October 17, 1972
  • Bob Odenkirk – October 22, 1962
  • Bruno Mars – October 8, 1985
  • John Lennon – October 9, 1940

Opinion: Unprepared ASB Not Representing Our Students

By Stany Hernandez

From the start of the school year, many students at John Glenn High School feel that ASB hasn’t done their job very well.

The issues of timeliness and preparedness are things that turn off students from participating. When things are poorly planned, it gives the students the impression that other school events will be just as bad, despite ASB’s best efforts. It leads students to believe that the school has nothing good to offer, making school spirit drop in the process. We deserve to have a student government that represents what we want and creates the best high school experience for us possible to make us proud to be John Glenn Eagles.

However, this responsibility does not solely lie with ASB, but rather the students as well. ASB needs help and they can’t do it alone. Students don’t want to be involved, yet still seem to blame ASB when they don’t have any fun. You can’t call something “cringe” or “wack” when you don’t even give yourself a chance to enjoy it. We’re allowed to do silly, dumb things, even if others may judge us. As long as you’re having fun, it’s always worth it.

If you feel school spirit is dropping, do something about it. We have so many programs and activities that have the potential to expand your view of this school besides being “boring.” Spirit comes from all of us, and you play a part–even in your indifference.

School spirit is one of the things our campus most struggles with. Although it has become normal for students to not participate in school activities, it is incredibly alarming how little people care. Arguably, the biggest part of ASB is to improve and promote the school spirit, so when students have the lowest opinion of school that we’ve ever seen, there should be sirens going off that there’s something to be fixed, and frankly ASB is not responding well. When there is poor execution, the end results are bound to be less than what is expected. People want to get involved, improve on school spirit, if and when ASB plans events thoroughly, in a timely manner. Many students want to get involved and improve school spirit, but ASB needs to plan events more thoroughly to allow them to build on it. 

We first saw this lack of planning play out in the coordination of the “Senior Sunrise.” If you aren’t a senior, perhaps you aren’t aware of what happened during the event. Students watched the sunrise from the gates of the schools because nobody was there to open them up, and once somebody was there, we sat silently on the field waiting for the sun to fully come up. There was no music, no posters until everybody had left, and food wasn’t provided until much later. One student remarked, “Senior sunrise was … okay. It wasn’t really anything special.”

Shouldn’t it have been special? While it wouldn’t necessarily be something that ASB needs to go all out for, it still would have elevated the first senior experience of the year and made it memorable, if there had been more preparation. Instead, it left a poor first impression of ASB on this year’s seniors.

Homecoming events also experienced poor planning, as key figures were informed of things at the very last minute. When it comes to homecoming royalty, the changing of the previous process has been viewed as unnecessary. Instead of being inclusive, the new process has scared many underclassmen from running in future years. ASB tried to fix something that wasn’t broken, and many members of ASB also felt that it wasn’t a necessary change.

For the majority of the candidates’ campaigning, they were kept in the dark as to when voting took place, or many other details regarding the event. We were made aware of the existence of a pep rally the day before it was set to happen and of our placement on the football field (in a message sent to the entire student body, we were told to meet in the ASB room during first period). Teachers were not informed of a Friday pep rally until the morning of the event, and many were confused about the day’s schedule, which also included an earthquake drill. Previous homecoming court candidates were at least given a rough outline of what to expect through the application process, voting, and rallies and events, and it seemed that more teachers and adults were aware of the information well ahead of time.

None of this is to undermine the efforts of the ASB students creating countless posters for the quad and to decorate at football games. It is also important to highlight ASB’s struggles because of the pandemic. Last year, there were a lot of COVID restrictions, so we couldn’t obtain the full experience our school has to offer because of it. A faculty member reflected on this point, saying, “ASB has faced tremendous difficulties this year so I feel that considering those difficulties, they are performing admirably.” The faculty member also mentioned that, “The last few years have been extremely difficult–not just for students and staff but also for clubs and organizations. It definitely takes a while to get back into the swing of things. I think they’re doing the best they absolutely can. I think we’re seeing some of those rewards, but also there’s room for growth.” ASB is dealing with a lot of changes and struggles, of which we could be of service to. 

Possible solutions to ASB’s issues that would soften the harsh perspective that students have on them (if they accept our constructive criticisms and concerns) include the following: One solution would be to simply plan things a month or a month and a half ahead of time. This is just to account for any hiccups that may be encountered and to get ahead of any issues as they arise. Schoolwide events should have at least a week’s notice, but normally we would like to have a two-week’s notice. A good rule of thumb for big events is to assume that everything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Think of any possible question about the event and figure out possible solutions ahead of time, so you have all the answers and nobody is left confused.

Another suggestion would be to ask for student opinions or feedback regularly. We should encourage a place where students can submit their quarrels or requests about events they think could be enjoyed by the student body. Members of ASB should be known and recognized so people could know where to direct their questions and input to, but a form or anonymous feedback box would keep things organized.

The senior class has been the only ones to experience an ASB that hasn’t been impacted the entire term due to COVID, and we should be the ones to give that experience back to the underclassmen. I implore this senior class of 2023, especially, to get involved and keep these Eagle traditions alive. Anyone who feels especially spirited and wants to help towards this effort should join ASB or become a class senator and do what you can towards this effort. ASB will never have too many people, so consider joining and talk to Mrs. Cruz in room 704.

Opinion: New Pick-Up System at Glenn is Confusing

By Em Holy

At the beginning of the school year, John Glenn High School input a new pickup system and many people have found it confusing and unnecessary. 

This new system was a sudden change that almost no one was informed of prior to  the change. Many parents were only made aware as they arrived to pick up their kids, but almost none of the student body was told.

Many parents and children were left confused at the end of the day. Some people couldn’t find their parents and were left wandering around the parking lot. This also caused a lot of traffic because no one knew the correct place to go.

This lack of communication with the student body and parents was definitely a failure on the faculty’s behalf, but many feel like the entire situation was completely unnecessary and preventable.

A student, Moth Vera said, “There’s other things the school should be worrying about, there was nothing wrong with the pickup system.”

Another concerned parent also said, “I don’t see how it makes anything safer or better, and not everyone follows the system.”

The general consensus is that this change was unnecessary, it wasn’t broken, so why fix it? It shows a level of organization within the school’s problems and priorities. There are bigger issues concerning the school and its students. The school should take more time to look into maybe changing other things would be more beneficial to all students.

ed. note: Below is the information that was shared to our Eagle parents and families in early September:

Please be reminded of the important changes to our Pick-Up procedures:

Your child’s SAFETY is our priority. To avoid the danger caused by congestion near the crosswalk and the front of the school, we are asking that you adhere to the new guidelines for after school pick-up. Our goal is to keep everyone safe, especially our Eagles and Bulldogs, and we thank you for following the guidelines below beginning Tuesday, September 6th.

PICK-UP (After School)

Students who…

  • Walk to School: Exit Gate 4.
  • Ride the School Bus: Exit Gate 4.
  • Are picked up in a car by a parent/guardian: Exit Gate 1 (by the gym).

Parents/Guardians please….

  • ENTER the first gate by the tennis courts off of Shoemaker Ave.
  • Use the turn-around to pick up your child by Gate #1
  • Exit through the gate by the MPR
  • At no time, should a driver be:
    • parked any red zone(s)
    • double parked anywhere on Shoemaker or Foster
    • parked in the middle of the street
    • Waiting in the front parking lot where the busses pick up
    • Crossing a double-yellow line to make a u-turn
  • Be mindful of the crosswalks on Shoemaker and Foster
  • Slow down for crossers
  • Do not enter the Staff Parking Lot

Opinion: Dress Code Inconsistent

By Leslie Cardenas

While the dress code is made to encourage a positive learning environment, it frequently is used inconsistently and targets girls more than guys.

“I believe that the dress code system is a double standard; guys are allowed to wear and show certain things and certain parts. But when girls are showing or wearing something it’s seen as inappropriate or distracting,” said Daniel Flores.

The sexualization of young women’s bodies is a great issue when it comes to the dress code. Crop tops, tank tops, shorts, and skirts are all seen as “distracting” or “immodest” whenever a young woman is seen wearing them. Meanwhile, if a young man is seen wearing any of these it is not seen as such. Many students believe that this clothing that is socially seen as “immodest” isn’t really immodest. 

A few weeks back, California went through a massive heat wave. This heat wave hit temperatures as high as 100 degrees. Many people could be seen around campus wearing tank tops and shorts. But because of the dress code, girls were more cautious when wearing said tank tops. “The fact that this heat wave was super bad and they were still kind of being strict about it.” said Adriana Zaragoza. Girls brought cover-ups just in case a staff member told them to cover up. While the girls had to be cautious, the guys did not need to do a double-take when it came to getting dress-coded.

The dress code is also often used inconsistently. According to the handbook, many trends around campus, like sagging and pajamas, are not allowed. Yet, you rarely see people getting dress-coded for these kinds of things. “I feel like it’s starting to become an eyesore of seeing dudes with shorts hanging down and at some point, you’re hoping they have something underneath,” said Jimmy Jimenez.

The school has offered some solutions to the dress code. During the 2019-2020 school year, slides and open-toed shoes were taken off the dress code and were allowed to be worn to school. The school is taking proposals to change the dress code once again. This year, the school should allow any type of tank tops like cami tops and spaghetti straps to be worn.

Opinion: Restrooms Make Students Uncomfortable

By Jacob Gonzalez

Students at John Glenn High School are disgusted and uncomfortable with their student restrooms. On a normal day at school, students sometimes need to go to the restroom. The problem with it is that they don’t even feel comfortable doing so. The school restrooms are something you can’t even describe.

It is gross for the boys’ restroom when there is trash everywhere and graffiti on the walls. The restrooms are too small and all the stalls feel so small. When inside a stall there’s often no toilet paper, and the toilet paper that is used is so cheap it’s too delicate for use.

For the womens’ restroom it is also similar. I’ve interviewed a couple of female students and they’ve told me that it is sometimes so gross that they can’t even do their business. Girls say that there are hygiene products on the floor or even on the toilet.

I interviewed a student whose name is Mikalya. She is a 12th grader here at Glenn and she also agrees with my opinion. She thinks that the school restrooms need to be open more often and there should be more trash cans in the bathroom area. Students would say they would use the office restroom because there is privacy and that it is cleaner and just better in general.

With the restrooms we are given, it isn’t that the janitors don’t clean it right. The janitors here are great; they do their job as best as they can. Rather, it is we the students who don’t take care of our restrooms. It is disappointing that there are some of us that are more mature than others. It isn’t hard to be clean and respectful to our restrooms. We the students should keep our stalls clean and pick up after ourselves.

Opinion: JGHS Needs More Sports Involvement–Here’s How

By Edmundo Manriquez

Involvement in sports at John Glenn High School is declining. Why? Most of our sports fail to win games, win titles, or make it to the CIF playoffs, and why is that?

I believe it’s due to the high workload and expectations that the student athletes have to get in order to play for the school. Student athletes are not able to continue sports due to having low grades, and for that reason, many are not able to continue playing their sports.

Most student athletes who are in sports don’t do advanced classes or strive to gain a higher GPA, and that is due to having to dedicate most of their time in their sport and having to decide which to sacrifice, which is either sleep or doing homework for their classes. Student athletes have a certain amount of time to get a GPA of 2.0 and if they don’t get to that requirement they will not be able to participate in that sport for the entire season of that school year.

As a student athlete, ways to overcome these problems is to communicate with your teacher and let them know that you may be busy or overwhelmed and most of the time they will understand. It is very important to let your teachers know ahead of time or they will mostly deny your requests.

Use your time in school wisely, use the time you have in class to finish up schoolwork so you don’t have to work as much at home. Communicate to your coaches, let them know that you may not be able to show up due to school work, and most of the time they will be understanding. Just make sure you let them know beforehand or else they will think that you are irresponsible and will affect how future practices work.

The Difference Attendance Makes at JGHS

By Cesar Martinez

Over the years, John Glenn High School has dropped in overall students & transfers, while tardiness and absences have increased. Just last year, there were a total of 991 students enrolled, but we currently have only 861 students. This is a 130 student drop.

There has been a trend in the past few years of absences and tardies. The amount of students that are tardy to classes have increased a lot since last year. This year, only 2 or 3 students have been sent to El Camino (continuation high school) because they are crowded with students from other campuses. The only thing that has stayed level is the overall transfers to other schools.

A big consequence of student attendance dropping is the school doesn’t get as much funding as before, which ends up forcing the school to cut teachers, courses, and programs. So, students aren’t the only thing that have decreased over the years– teachers have also been laid off, or they were forced to transfer to another school or district. For example, as recently as the 2017-2018 school year, there were nine English teachers; however, because of attendance droppage, today there are only four English teachers.

One way for us to stop students and teachers from leaving Glenn is to reach out to the community and show them why they should come to Glenn more than anywhere else, like Norwalk High or another district. Students should care about better enrollment and attendance because we will get more funding for the school, which means we will have more activities and more school attraction. With more students attending, we could offer courses that other schools have, like culinary arts, wood shop, automotive classes, more music, drama, and art choices, and further pathways that would benefit students in their lives. Sports would also be more competitive, which also brings in more money.

Activities to do in Norwalk

By Jason Leyva

Are you looking for something fun to do in Norwalk? These November activities are fun for individuals, friends, or your whole family. They all offer new experiences that you won’t forget, and they are a ton of fun. Here are seven great activities you can participate in, according to the website for The City of Norwalk.

So you’re looking for something fun to do over November? This list includes activities that you can do with friends or by yourself. Experience is not needed for these events as they are beginner friendly. They all offer new experiences that you won’t forget and they are tons of fun. Some come on and check the activities out. From the official website, I collected 7 activities that you should try. Here they are: 

 #1. Visit the Norwalk Arts and Sports Complex 

In this complex you can do a variety of physical exercise activities such as basketball, rooms, etc. As a feature you can also have a personal trainer to help you. You can also donate food to help families in need.

#2. Try the Aztec Dance Event

In this activity you learn the basics of how to dance like the Aztecs while getting in a good workout. Ages of 5 and above can participate in the activity and can participate for free. The event will be held on a Thursday at 7:15-9:15. The date the event will be held on is Nov 29- Dec 15.

#3. Try the “paint class and a glass” event 

In this activity anyone who doesn’t know how to paint or does know how to paint a little bit or a lot can attend. In this activity anyone can attend because you are painting with an instructor step by step, in the end you will leave with a masterpiece. Stay in the night for bonus work for a predetermined  painting. The event will be held on Nov 18 on a Friday at 7-9:30p. The fee for entering this event is $25.

#4. Piano for beginners 

In this activity you learn the basics of playing the piano such as finger placing, rhythms, etc. Anyone who is age 5 and above can attend and you must provide for your own instrument (keyboard piano) and you must buy a 15 dollar book on the first day of class. The event will be held on Tuesdays from 4:15-5:10 pm on October 18-Nov 15. There will be a $60 fee to enter the class.

#5. Yoga for life 

In this activity you are getting in a gentle exercise from yoga. This activity focuses on all the primary focuses of yoga which is balance, endurance, peace, flexibility, etc. To attend the event you need to bring a mat, small towel, water and comfortable clothing. The event will be held on a Tuesday from Oct 18- Nov 8 at 6:30-7:30p. Anyone who is age 14 or above may attend with a parent and there is a $28 fee.

#6. Friendsgiving Potluck 

In this activity you celebrate the thankfulness of Thanksgiving by having a “Friendsgiving Potluck.” The Norwalk events website explains, “More details and information about the event will be given out later when we are approaching the event.” As of now, we know that anyone between the ages 13-18 can attend and you can enter for free. The event will be held on a friday on Nov 18 through 6-9:30p.

 #7. Tae Kwon Do

In this activity you will learn the fighting skills of the Korean style martial arts tae kwon do, you also learn the terminology and respect associated with tae kwon do. Anyone between the ages 5-18 can attend the event. The event will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from Oct 17- Nov 11 or Nov 28-Dec 16. The event will be from 5:30-6:30p and there is a $50 fee to enter between Oct 17- Nov 11, or you can pay a $40 fee from Nov 28-Dec 16. 

*Honorable mentions: 

•Visit the D.D Johnston Hargitt House Museum 

When you visit this museum you are visiting the house of one of the first families in Norwalk. The activities that you can do inside the house are pumpkin painting, a trail tour, games, and more.

Visit the Los Angeles County Fire Museum 

This museum is dedicated to the history of the Los Angeles County Fire Museum where you can view 60 antique fire engines, as well as many other pieces of Los Angeles history of firefighting.