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Opinions On Being Back In School 

By Martin Gonzalez & Christian Bernal

Being back in school may be a difficult transition from distance learning, we wanted to know the opinions on how students feel about being back in school. A survey was given to students to see how they felt about the transition. They were asked if they had felt comfortable being back in school and the results were 57.6% of the students who took the survey said that they do feel comfortable to be back in school, 36.4% of the students say that they kinda feel comfortable to back in school and 6% of the students said that they do not feel comfortable at all.

We had felt that maybe students are having a tough transition being back in school, so we wanted to see if being back in school was more difficult than online learning. The majority of the students had said that being back in school is easier than online learning because they are able to receive better help through face to face assistance and not just through a computer. The rest of the students say that it is more difficult because since we go to a military school we have more responsibilities than a regular student would have, students say that it was easier and because it was not as stressful to be in online learning then in person learning.

Being in online learning did separate a lot of students from their friends because not being able to see each other. The students were asked how they felt about returning to school and seeing their friends. Majority of the students had said that they were excited to be reunited with their friends and to be able to talk face to face, 24.3% of the students said that they were on the fence about it, and 12.5% said that they weren’t excited at all to see their friends. Being on distance learning was very different from in person learning because the student didn’t have that face to face help that they can receive back in school. The students were asked which subject is the most difficult in person learning then from online learning. The majority of them responded that math was the hardest subject with the runner up being language arts. Students have a difficult time right now because they have to transition back into school and have to struggle with subjects that felt so different from online learning to in person learning.

Being back in school with masks, 55% of the students say that they don’t like wearing masks but they understand why they have to wear them. 32.5% of the students say that they like wearing masks in school. 12.6% of students say that they hate wearing masks in school. In addition to that, almost all of the students are saying that it’s easier being back to school than doing online learning because they don’t have to worry about wifi issues and sleeping, and about 82.4% say that they would rather be back in person compared to the 17.6% that they would rather be back in distance learning.

Freshman Perspectives at SEA

by Itzmali Vasquez

The pandemic affected a lot of people’s daily lives. One of the groups most affected by the pandemic were students, especially the ones after quarantine ended and returned to in person learning at school. Incoming freshmen have never experienced a high school environment, in addition to not being on a campus in nearly a year and a half. 

We surveyed freshmen at Southeast Academy on why they wanted to attend and what their expectations were. Student responses varied from wanting more structure to improving themselves; some even expressed interest in military and /or law enforcement. We surveyed them on their thoughts and struggles coming into a high school environment and how COVID affected them. The responses that we received varied from grades dropping, not being with friends, or being with other family members. Surprisingly, 21.4% shared that COVID did not affect them at all. 

When asked how they felt about attending school in person, some said that it felt good being in class and hanging out with friends and better than having a screen in front of their faces. About 64% of students say that they feel more productive without the distraction of phones, and many enjoy hanging out with their friends again. Students’ negative responses were that they felt weird, anxious, and stressed. Some even had a feeling of hating school. 

This year is a unique one for our current freshmen. Having to come back to a school environment that is entirely new after being gone for more than a year is a challenge, but one they will surely overcome.

Opinion: Problems with P.T. Field at SEA

By Rigo Macias and Daniel Espinoza

What does privilege mean to you? Southeast Academy has a lot of problems on the campus and it includes a lot of items that need to be remodeled and it doesn’t get the attention that it deserves. We have been given hand-me-downs while the district helps out other schools, allowing them to get new items every year. Where are the resources for SEA? Southeast Academy has not been remodeled, which it badly needs and students are also getting injured every year because of the numerous holes in the grass. John Glenn just got a new field and it made their campus look very impressive, while Southeast hasn’t gotten anything from the district. We need a new field because so many cadets have gotten injured and we don’t have a voice here because the district never listens and this needs to change. Student voices matter. The following are a few comments about this issue that were brave enough to speak up.

These are some of the questions asked of Cadets and their thoughts about our P.T. Field: 

  1.  Do you feel safe running on the grass at P.T.? 

Cadet Martin Gonzalez: “I don’t feel safe at all when I run on the field at P.T. and I’m constantly looking out for holes in the grass worried about rolling my ankle. This is not fair because John Glenn never has to worry about the issue.”

  1. Do you have any likes or dislikes about P.T.? 

Cadet Bernal: “I am very motivated to workout because the workouts are very intense and I learned through the challenging workouts how to push myself to my limit and not give up.”

  1. Have you or someone you know at Southeast Academy gotten injured while running on the field at P.T.? 

Cadet 2nd Class Bandera : “Yes. When we were running a mile for the PT test, Cadet Macia and I were running together. His ankle got stuck in a hole and he rolled it. Luckily everything was okay.”

  1. How challenging are the workouts at P.T.? 

Cadet Johnny Quezada: “PT has been really challenging but it is getting easy day by day for me and I want to get in shape.” 

  1. Do you have any solutions to fix the problems at Southeast? 

Anonymous: “Funding from the district so we can make our school look very appealing.” 

  1. Should we be required to work out in the P.T. field?    

Anonymous: “If safe, yes. I’m just a little frustrated that cadets at Southeast Academy keep on rolling their ankles constantly and I just want to stop worrying about it and hopefully the district comes up with a solution soon. “

We are not asking for a lot, just what we know that we deserve. Students shouldn’t have to worry about possible injuries they could sustain while exercising. Southeast students have enough on their plates as it is. We need this problem addressed. It’s the right thing to do.

SEA 9/11 Ceremony

By Diego Avalos

The tragedies were massive. 2,996 people died and over 6,000 were injured after the tragedy that ensued the morning of September 11, 2001. Two aircrafts struck the Twin Towers in New York City and one struck the Pentagon in Washington D.C. The final plane also known as flight 93 landed in a field in Pennsylvania after attempting to crash into the White House. 19 Al-Qaeda members were the hijackers of the four different aircrafts, the most notorious of them being Osama bin Laden. This has been America’s most tragic event so far (the day of September 11, 2001). It affected Americans daily lives severely in many different ways. 

Every year Southeast Academy High School has a ceremony to remember all of the lives that were lost on that tragic morning. This ceremony consists of emergency responders, Norwalk city council, and the cadets of Southeast Academy. The ceremony also includes the flag folding team, and a 30×20 foot flag held up by two cranes. Many cadets take pride in partaking in the ceremony, and some cadets come around 5:30 to help set up for the ceremony.

There was a massive change to our ceremony this year because of COVID-19 health and safety measures that were in place. Usually there are fire fighters, police officers, and emergency responders who attend the ceremony. Another aspect that was missing from previous years was the presence of John Glenn’s band and color guard. The changes made to this year’s ceremony resulted in a much shorter memorial, but not in any way less important. 

Mayor Perez, a guest speaker at the ceremony this year, helped cadets understand the value of the ceremony a little more. When cadets know that the mayor will come, it symbolizes that the ceremony is something important- so important that even the mayor attends. She has spent most of her life in Norwalk and decided to run for mayor, since she believes that it is important to have someone who will put everyone’s perspective into practice and tries to figure out the best situation for all of Norwalk’s residents. She considers what is best for everyone using programs to help the community grow stronger.

After the ceremony, everyone goes back to class with the thought of all who lost their lives that day. Many of our guests paid tributes to our fallen heroes. This tragedy forever changed Americans’ daily lives. After this event all Americans were traumatized for a while, but we  stood as one nation, and 20 years later, we still do.

Spooky Traditions

By: Diego Avalos, Jacob Quintana & Itzmali Vasquez

Around fall there is a holiday most of the kids are happy to celebrate. The holiday is Halloween where kids can express themselves through the costumes they wear. Whether the costume is scary, funny, or creative, people always find a way to enjoy and have fun on Halloween night. We asked freshman and senior cadets about what they did for Halloween.

About 80% of the freshman and senior cadets celebrate Halloween. One of the many activities people partake in and is very common amongst the younger generations–trick or treating. 54.9% of the cadets plan on trick or treating this year. Out of all of the cadets’ favorite candies, the Hershey’s Bars were favored above the rest. Aside from eating delicious candy, Halloween is also a great way to spend time with family and have fun.

Another fun thing to do during the Halloween season is going to theme parks to experience frightening mazes or just generally get the thrill from the park actors. Out of all of the amusement parks, Knott’s Scary Farm got the majority vote as the most visited amusement park during the Halloween season. Although the prices are high and guests deal with the long lines of an amusement park, people still visit these attractions seeking the thrilling blood rush of being chased around by scary actors.

Overall, Halloween is a great time of year to go out and experience all the different activities that there are to enjoy. So this Halloween, whether you trick or treat, go to an amusement park, or just simply stay home and binge watch scary movies or shows. Whatever you do, though, make sure to stay safe.

Red Ants, Potholes, and No Water Fountains. . . OH MY!

By Naidy Cuardras & Betsy Carranza

For the past years, Southeast Academy has had many issues that should be taken into consideration. We do physical training for less than an hour around 4-5 days a week. Discipline is something that many students learn here, however due to the presence of red ants and potholes in our field, this has recently become a health and safety concern. Many students have been injured as a result of these red ants and potholes. Potholes cause cadets to trip and twist their ankles, while red ants inflict severe discomfort and burning (itchiness). Mrs. Johnson, a math and Physical training teacher at Southeast Academy, said “It’s horrendous. This issue has been brought up by the school faculty and nothing has been done. We’re not asking for a big football field… just a track. That way they have a clear path that won’t cause any injuries. ” Ms. J has been out there herself and has avoided going out since, mostly due to the swarm of red ants that will bite her again. Melody Castro, a Southeast Academy junior, is one among the numerous kids that has been injured in the grass area.

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At Southeast Academy High school we are constantly staying hydrated. In fact, it is a part of our uniform to bring water bottles with us. When it comes to P.T. (physical training), Southeast cadets are always on their feet. The majority of the time, students finish their water bottles and have to constantly refill them.  Yes, there are drinking fountains, but do they actually help? When we look at our fountain stations, we can see that half of them don’t function, and the water doesn’t come out. In this school, a water filter would be quite useful because the water supply is inequitable for Southeast Academy cadets. Staying hydrated and having to complete P.T. without water is a risk, since dehydration may lead to many cadets passing out. The fountain itself is likely covered in germs, in addition, the tap water could likely become polluted with chemicals and bacteria. The more individuals who come in contact with the fountain, the more contaminated it becomes. With a water dispenser, we would just place a water bottle on the dispenser and water would flow. 

As a cadet at Southeast, I feel that we should have a change similar to what John Glenn has surrounding its football field. We hope to create little but meaningful improvements, not just for ourselves, but also for future Southeast Academy High School cadets. WE WANT THINGS TO BE DIFFERENT! It is not fair for any student to have an unsafe environment at school. Some schools get more of what they need for students, while others are left with less resources. Isn’t it true that we’re all one and the same?

Interview: Meet Dr. Padilla

Interview and story by Jacob Miranda

On September 10th, our new principal, Dr. Jennifer Padilla, allowed me to interview her as a way for us to better understand her goals at this school. During the interview, she was very proud of us and what we have accomplished while she was away. Nevertheless, she wants everyone to succeed, and wants to let everyone know that no matter what, her door is always open. She allowed me to record the conversation, and the full Q and A is below: 

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Q1: Where did you go to High School and College? What type of degree(s) did you get?

A: I went to Victor Valley High School, and I graduated in 1996. I got my AA degree at Victor Valley Community College, and then I transferred to Cal State San Bernardino, where I got my Bachelor’s degree in language arts. I got my credential and masters degree with Chapman University and then my doctorate from Pepperdine University.

Q2: What did you originally plan to do as a career? When did you realize you wanted to work in education?

A: I decided on teaching kind of on a whim. I remember being in my high school counselor’s office and them asking me, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and I thought, “I don’t know… I like language arts, I like theater and drama, maybe I’ll be a teacher.” And at that time we didn’t have a lot of access like you all do now with, you know, the internet and being able to really research a career. I think I decided based on what I knew, and that was school. I’d been in school, so I decided really early, at like age 17, that I wanted to be an English teacher and I just did that.

Q3: I heard that you were here at Glenn before as the interim principal. Where did you work before that? And what did you do after that before returning?

A: I taught for about ten years before I came to NLMUSD. Then as an administrator, I started at Norwalk High School as the “Dean of Students” for a couple of years. Then I was promoted to assistant principal over here at Glenn. I was here for five years as assistant principal and then the principal took another job [during the second semester], and that’s how I became the interim principal for a few months before I moved on to be a middle school principal in another school district for a while. I did a few other things, but I came back home!

Q4: What do you plan to do differently compared to when you were here five years ago? What do you plan to keep the same?

A: I feel like some things have stayed the same but so much has changed since I was here last that I don’t know that I can fully answer them now. Unfortunately, I do know that Glenn has always had a lot of people in the community and surrounding areas have really this negative perception of Glenn. I’ve heard it from parents and community people, like “Oh, that school.” But I know and the people who are here know that that’s not true; we know that Glenn is a great place. There’s a lot of great things going on here. I think that one of my biggest goals is to help the community and the people who don’t know to better understand that it’s a good place and we have a lot of great things happening for students. I would say that’s my biggest goal.

Q5: What do you believe is your favorite part of Glenn?

A: The people. I was telling someone the other day that I didn’t realize how much I missed the students and teachers here. I had an opportunity to go and experience and explore other districts and there’s something really special that feels like a family here at Glenn. There are wonderful things about academics and we have some great programs and academies but it’s definitely the students and staff that I enjoy the most.

Q6: What is your average, non-principal life like? Do you have any pets, children?

A: I have my husband and my three little girls that are 7, 6, and 5. So, I’m very busy being a mom when I’m not here. I would say that most of my off time is doing that. You know, you have all those mom things that have to be done, right? They are my world, outside of work, for sure.

Q7: If you could give the students one piece of advice (life, school, etc.), what would you say?

A: You can either work hard now or work hard later. Don’t be afraid and set goals for yourself. Everything you do on a day-to-day basis should be working towards reaching those goals. So, if your goal is to graduate high school, then every action you take should help you with that. Focus on those things, but have fun, keep a balance. Enjoy being a teenager, but definitely keep focus, and it will happen.

(Dr. Padilla hard at work in the principal’s office. photo by Jacob Miranda)

Club Rush Day a Success

By Daniela Galindo

JGHS had an energetic and festive day on Thursday, September 15 thanks to Club Rush Day, which gathered students in the quad. A total of 13 clubs participated, some of which offered snacks when you joined the club or when you followed them on social media, such as the Key Club which gave out lollipops, AVID and CSF clubs which gave delicious chocolate, and the Journalism Club which handed out chips.

If you have strong opinions you should consider joining the Debate Club; or if you are looking to get community hours, CSF, AVID, and Key Club can help you with that. Joining a club will make your High School experiences unforgettable. In the clubs you can meet people that have the same interests as you, for example the Anime Club. 

During the event, Mr. Wroten played an important role as the DJ. Thanks to him, it was a very energetic event. Students were singing to the songs whether they were at the club tables or having lunch somewhere else in the school. It would have been sad to hear the bell ring, meaning the club rush had come to an end, but the DJ made the great decision to play “El Caballo Dorado,” a song that everyone knows and dances at parties. It didn’t matter what everyone was doing because they stopped to dance to this song, students were happy to see Dr. Padilla and other staff members take part in this dance.

(Photos by Mr. Higgins)

Opinion: Stop Fighting on Campus

By April Zavala

As we all know, John Glenn High School had a rough start to the 2021-2022 school year. By the second week of school there were approximately five altercations on campus. It saddens me, as this is not the reputation a student should want for their school. Every physical altercation that occurs on school grounds has to be reported to the district office, who keep strict records and keep track of our school’s positive and negative attributes on a dashboard and on things like the WASC Report.

This will ultimately reflect poorly on the community. Is this the reputation you want for your community? Sure, many of you could seemingly care less about our school’s reputation, but we need to acknowledge that our peers are working hard for their education. For many who plan on going to College or University, the reputation of our school is extremely important. It is not fair for those who worked exceptionally hard all four years of high school to build a good name for not only themselves, but for John Glenn, just for someone to ruin it with their careless actions. Distractions like these make it hard for us to feel motivated and want to continue to attend school when these fights continuously occur. 

Something we must keep in mind are the responsibilities we hold as students. We are here to learn. We are not here to start problems with one another. Sometimes, we can’t control who we like or who we don’t like, nor can we control who likes or dislikes us. What we can control is how we handle these situations. Since we will all be going out into the real world in a few years, we must learn to handle things maturely. This could be as easy as being the bigger person and letting the situation go, or you could even talk things out.

Here are some things you can keep in mind: when someone makes you mad or upset, it is hard to look them in the eye, and I understand the feeling of wanting to take that anger out on them, but something that helps is giving yourself time away from that person. If they continue to talk about you or do you wrong, be the bigger person and ignore them.

Once it gets to the point where you feel that you can’t control your anger much longer, try talking to someone. Our counselors here at John Glenn are great people to vent to about any situation you find yourself in. If you don’t feel comfortable speaking to your counselor, try talking to a friend, a family member, or even your favorite teacher.

Something we must take home with us at the end of the day is, we are almost adults, and it is important we start acting more maturely and with responsibility. Because remember, once you turn 18, fighting is a crime. We must not allow fighting to become a comfortable solution to minor inconveniences.

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