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COVID Can’t Stop Your Future

by Amya Felix, Student Life Editor

Every senior wants to remember their last year of high school, but the class of 2021 has it rough. 

The senior class hasn’t spent one day on campus together this school year. They haven’t had the opportunity to make lasting memories together as a graduating class.  And the high ranking SEA seniors haven’t had the chance to personally mentor and encourage the younger up-and-coming leaders on campus. 

As March comes to a close without a clear answer on whether or not school will resume on campus, it’s looking less likely that the class of 2021 will get those opportunities at all this year.

However, as much as the pandemic has taken away from them during their last two high school years, it won’t steal away their bright futures.  So, we’re taking this time to recognize their accomplishments and celebrate their future plans. They deserve that much. 

Let’s give a BIG SHOUT OUT to our amazing SEA seniors (and some of our JG senior peers too) who have received college acceptance letters and to those choosing either the community college or military path.  Note: The following list does not represent the entire senior class; however, it does include all of the seniors who responded to our survey.

College Path

  • Cynthia Almanzar – CSULA, CSULB, CSUPoly, CSUF, CSUDH
  • Gerardo Vera Barajas- CSULB, UCI
  • Jael Benitez – CSUPoly ; CSU Northridge, CSULB
  • Melanie Carranza – CSU Poly,  CSUDH 
  • Hailey Coliz – Penn State, San Diego State
  • Brieana Flores – Cerritos College 
  • Silvia Herrera – CSU Channel Islands, Cerritos College 
  • Edward Lozano – CSUDH
  • Shaianne Mak – Cerritos College 
  • Gisell Martin – CSULB,  CSUS, CSUDH
  • Alejandra Mireles – Cerritos College 
  • Alondra Miranda – East LA Community College
  • Angelica Moreno – Cerritos College  
  • Angelica Nieto – UC Merced, CSUPoly, CSULB, CSUF, Cerritos College
  • Matthew Ramirez – Cerritos College 
  • Vanessa Ramos – Cerritos College
  • Oswaldo Rodriguez – Cerritos College
  • Valeria Rodríguez – CSUDH
  • Tanya Rubi – Cerritos College
  • Diana Ruiz – Fresno State, CSUDH, CSUF and GCU 
  • Isaiah Saavedra – Cerritos College
  • Chanmarafine Som – UC Berkeley 
  •  Kushal Tavva – CSUPoly,  UCSC, UC Merced, UCR, UCI, UC Berkeley 
  • Carson Torres – CSUSM
  • Mia Veran -CSUSM and Cerritos College 

Military Path

  • Priscilla Cardenas – United States Marine Corps 
  • Joseph Felix – United States Marine Corps 
  • Johnathan Hernandez – United States Marine Corps 
  • Daniel Nava – United States Air Force
  • Matthew Ortiz –  United States Marine Corps 
  • Melissa Rizo – United States Navy 
  • Anthony Viramonte – United States Marine Corps

Play Ball! JGHS/SEA Athletes Return

By Priscilla Cardenas

Friday, March 13, 2020. Does that date sound familiar to you, California? That was the date everything changed: the whole state, and most of the country, shut down. 

We didn’t know it then, but that would be the last day any of us students–any of us athletes– would step on campus that year. 

This shutdown is tough on everyone, but it is especially tough on the athletes like me who have been anxiously waiting to get back together with our team, back to our second families. 

My Story

An athlete all throughout high school, I played both volleyball and basketball. And like most student athletes, I dreamt of senior year.  I looked forward to being a senior and playing ball with my teammates. 

Early on, I made a promise to myself that in my senior year,  one of my teams–or hopefully both– would go to CIF.

We almost achieved that dream last year during my junior year. Both  my volleyball team and my basketball team came close. We were one volleyball game and one basketball game away from going to CIF. But we didn’t make it. My teammates and I were devastated, but we told ourselves 2021 was going to be our year. 

But COVID shattered that dream too. 

Today

Flashforward a year later to March of 2021, and we are FINALLY getting a chance to be back on campus and back with our teams! 

Personally, I am so happy! But I am not the only one. 

“How do you feel to be back with your team and to be playing football again?” I asked Senior football player Anthony Lira. 

“It’s an amazing feeling just simply because I’m able to come back and be reunited with my teammates after a long year of being under quarantine in the whole pandemic. It’s just uplifting and brings back so much spirit to each player.”

-JGHS Football Captain Anthony Lira

Sports bring so much passion to high school campuses and allow students to build lasting relationships. 

We know our teammates are there for us during the blood, sweat, and tears of everyday practice and the wins or losses of every game too.

I am excited to be back, and I am anxious to see how the season goes for all of the sports teams this year.

We are in the fourth quarter; we are down 3 out of 4; but the game is not over. We are in this ‘til the end!

Click here to learn more about JGHS/SEA athletic schedules.

Staff spotlight: Custodians

By Jimmy Gomez

One year has passed since the COVID-19 pandemic started, and finally, the reopening of schools is starting to become an even greater discussion. Custodians have played an important role in the reopening of schools and are helping prepare for hybrid learning in order for the students and staff to feel safe to return to school.

Even though health workers and law enforcement are crucial during these times, we can not forget about our custodial staff. Our custodial staff consists of: Carlos Feliciano (Head Custodian), Robert Lopez (Day Custodian), Daniel Vargas (Night Lead Custodian), Anthony Zaragoza (Night Custodian), and Paul Galvan (Night Custodian).

At school, they have been preparing and setting up the classrooms and other parts of the campus, which has made it reassuring to return to school. “We have been trying to keep busy setting up for hybrid learning and taking care of other projects that are not possible during regular class hours and days,” says Mr. Galvan. Some of the actions they have taken to prevent more COVID-19 cases from arising at school are setting up each desk with clear plastic dividers, measuring & separating desks to make sure they are 6 feet apart, and having marked stand-by lines for entrances and exits.

The custodians have also made sure that all the classrooms and offices are deep cleaned and disinfected after being used by any staff. They have also been adding air purifiers to all rooms, gyms, and offices and have been removing any extra furniture to make as much space possible. Mr. Zaragoza stated, “As a custodian it’s just preparing for new safety measures we must take to make sure students and staff can return to school and feel safe to want to come back.” 

The pandemic has also affected the custodial staff and the work that they do. They no longer have students to take care of, which is an important part of their job. Mr. Zaragoza says, “Covid has been tough, with the schools being closed and the world being closed, it’s given me little options to do anything.” Others have lost loved ones or family members. I’m sure that most of us, if not all, can relate to this. And it has not been such a grand experience. However, they have found ways to distract themselves and do things that they love.

I am sure that I can speak on behalf of the seniors of this year’s graduating class that we are thankful for them because without our custodians, there wouldn’t be any possibility that we could return to school. Some of us have lost our motivation, but returning to campus as a student for the last time is meaningful to us. It is important that we remind ourselves that our custodians work very hard to make sure that we are safe and comfortable at school. Not only during this pandemic, but also during “normal times.”

The Bugle thanks them all for their work and the actions they have taken in order to make us feel safe.

Congratulations to Our UC-Bound Eagles

By Aideth Palacios

Hello John Glenn Eagles, 

We have made it through March, and it’s now time that UC’s have notified students of their acceptances. We have other students who have also shared where it is that they would like to attend, but their decisions aren’t final. Many are still waiting for their FAFSA or perhaps another school they had in mind. On the following list, however, I’m proud to congratulate many of our seniors, who have shared their UC acceptances with me:

UCLA 

Monserrat Juarez

UC Irvine

Heidi Olmedo

Valery Montinola

Fatima Castillo

UC Merced

Andrea Arias

UC Santa Cruz

Andrea Gonzalez

Alyssa Chavez

Jacob Hernandez

Arlett Renteria

Ximena Cabrera 

UC Riverside

Monserrat Juarez 

Alyssa Chavez

Jacob Hernandez

Ashley Manzano

Destiny Perez

Valery Montinola

Fatima Castillo

UC San Diego 

Aideth Palacios 

Karina Flores

Heidi Olmedo

Monserrat Juarez

Valery Montinola

Jimena Urena

Andrea Arias

UC Santa Barbara 

Alyssa Chavez

Karina Flores

Arlett Renteria

Keanna Elisaldez

Natalie Luna

Fatima Castillo 

UC Berkeley

Karina Flores

Valery Montinola

UC Davis

Heidi Olmedo 

Keanna Elisaldez

Andrea Arias 

We are anxiously waiting for our students to now commit to their dream college! With that being said, we are closely getting to the finish line and we are almost there, just a few months away from attending our dream schools. I’m proud to say that we have all worked hard for this day to come, and we are excited to see a new beginning.

I would like to introduce some words of our John Glenn seniors:

“I’m most likely going to commit to UC Berkeley. I want to become a pediatrician because I feel like I have a great connection with kids.”

-Karina Flores

“I have committed to Cal State Long Beach, and I chose to major in criminology to become a forensic investigator. After that I would like to go to law school to become a lawyer. I’m choosing to pursue this career because I want to bring justice to the country.”

-Daisy Chiquito

“I am like 97% sure that I will commit to UC Santa Barbara. I would like to become a veterinarian technician because I love animals and I want to be of help to them.”

-Arlett Renteria

“I haven’t completely made my decision yet, but I will most likely go to Cal State Dominguez Hills. I applied for business in marketing. I chose this because I like working with others and also because math is my strong suit, so I feel that business is a good fit for me.”

-Flor Castillo

Class of 2021 Graduation Plans

By Ximena Cabrera

It has officially been a year since every student in California went into quarantine on March 13, 2020. We were all told it would only take two weeks for everything to return back to normal, but it has been over a year, and we have not returned to school yet.

Multiple school events were completely cancelled, the graduation for the class of 2020 included. Now, seniors in the class of 2021 are starting to wonder if their graduation will be cancelled as well; or if, since schools are slowly opening, they will figure out a way for us to have an in-person ceremony. The school administration has been open to answer any questions the students have about the graduation or any other senior activities through scheduled interviews or via email.

After interviewing Mrs. Choi, one of the Vice Principals of John Glenn High, it was concluded that the school administration has not yet been determined if the class of 2021 will have an in-person graduation ceremony or any other senior activities. During the interview, Mrs. Choi said, “I would like to know what the students would prefer, and based on their votes we would go with that option, if it’s possible. This ceremony is for the seniors and their families, so I would like to hear from students and then go from there, obviously keeping safety in mind.” She is encouraging students to express their ideas with the school administration, since they are considering what the students would prefer, but they are also keeping their safety in mind (Feel free to add your voice here in the comment section).

Mrs. Choi also mentioned that they are planning on honoring the seniors with a Senior Awards Night. “We are planning on honoring the seniors with a Senior Awards Night. In terms of a format, we are not sure, but it probably won’t be anything in person.”

Based on the information Mrs. Choi gave to me, it is still possible for the seniors to have an in-person graduation and some of the senior activities, if they plan everything thoroughly and are allowed to do so. They could have the usual ceremony in the stadium, keeping all the students and staff six feet away from each other, and allowing only one or two family members per student. They could also split the class of 2021 graduation ceremony into two or three different groups so there are fewer people present in the stadium. The school administration could do a live stream during the ceremony so that the family members that were unable to witness the graduation in person could watch at home.

Several schools are opening once again with certain precautions, as well as theme parks such as Disneyland, and our local MLB stadiums. Local grocery stores, such as Stater Bros., have a limit of 195 people in the store, not including all their employees. The number of Covid-19 cases has drastically decreased in the past few months, and the amount of people getting vaccinated keeps increasing more each day. All of these examples are giving the seniors hope.

Ed. Note: The Bugle will update the graduation possibilities as soon as we hear anything new. Stay hopeful!

Opinion: Elementary Schools are Reopening

By Evelyn Aquino

Starting this Monday, March 29, preschool through 2nd grade students in the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District returned back to campus for in-person learning on a hybrid learning schedule. 3rd to 5th grade students are expected to be back after spring break on Monday, April 12, 2021. Parents were given the option to either return their kids back to in-person school or continue digitally online.

In my opinion, schools should not reopen yet; instead, they should focus on how to improve for the following school year instead of possibly putting kids at risk of getting the virus right now. If one person–either a student, teacher, or staff member–got the virus, they would have to close again or send multiple people into quarantine, which could possibly lead to kids falling behind once again. It will also take time for students to adjust to the sudden change of going from online to in-person, and there are fewer than 40 days of school left.

Although young kids are less likely to transmit the virus, it is still important that the schools continue following safety precautions. They should still be 6 feet away from each other while wearing masks, and teachers and custodians should clean any surfaces that the students would most likely touch, such as the door handles, desks, books, and any electronic devices.

It was believed that many parents didn’t want their children to return to school when cases were at the peak. Now, around 50% of parents want their children to return to school since cases are decreasing and L.A. County is slowly reopening since it approached the red tier. Opening schools in general was something that wasn’t settled knowing the risks of getting the virus. Reopening elementary schools was the first approach because they only stay in one room all day.

Young kids will most likely have difficulties following the same precautions an adult has to follow. It is also a concern for kids with special needs. Most might be capable of following safety protocols, but others might not.

It might be better if schools didn’t reopen for the rest of the school year; but the opening has begun, and now we wait and see how things go.

Should Students Return to Campus?

By Mathew Ruiz

Despite the pandemic going on, Covid-19 is affecting thousands of people each day. Focusing on school, I believe that it is best for students to stay home because it can protect their health and their families. If a student tests positive for Covid and is at school, that student is putting everyone at risk, including their family at home. There is a vaccine for Covid from Pfizer or Moderna, and this helps for people who have little chance of getting the virus. Right now, however, almost every school in California is doing online learning which is especially good for children since they are at such a young age.

•Teachers getting vaccinated?

Many teachers want to be vaccinated so they can go back to work, but few have gotten vaccinated due to limited supply. Taking the vaccine can give you mild to severe side effects such as fatigue, fever, or body aches, but many teachers say it’s worth it. I believe that despite the vaccine for teachers, we should still stay home because if a student has the virus at school then it could spread to others.

Covid is a virus that we have never seen before in our time. Thousands of people are dying from it every day because of how contagious this virus really is. It is very important for every single person outside to wear a mask because the virus can spread so easily with just one breath.

Therefore, it is best for us to stay home despite the fact that learning in school is much easier than having to do a Zoom with other classmates. In the end, our health and families are more important.

Second Semester Tips: How Can You Re-focus and Stay Organized?

By Mario Ruiz

Learning how to stay organized, stay focused, and get things done are must-haves when it comes to school. This can help you in many ways, by achieving your goals, and getting good grades for the semester. The more you practice, the better you get.

Getting Organized

What you want to do when it comes to getting better grades is to organize your stuff. Being organized makes everything so much better. It helps you work way faster, and it will not waste your time when you have to look for your stuff. Keep your work and assignments organized by a subject. If it helps you more, keep your work in a binder.

Organize Your Space

What you need to better focus yourself is to be at a good workspace, but make sure it is quiet enough to focus. What I recommend is to work at a desk, or at a table where you can put your things and spread out your work. Make sure you also have a place where you can focus more quickly. Put some earphones on, and listen to peaceful music. This will help relax the body, and will clear your mind to help you better focus yourself.

Organize your time

Buy a planner, or even make your own planner at home to keep track of assignment due dates and times that the teacher gives, or even for things you need to do outside of school. Write down all of your assignments for the subject, and make sure to always write down when they are due. Mark dates for when you have tests; this will help a lot. But you also want to study for them. Don’t do things at the last minute because you will spend more time trying to do that assignment. But one main thing to prepare for any sort of test is to study!

Getting Focused 

The biggest things to avoid are distractions. What I have learned is that when i’m multitasking, I tend to be less focused. Some people concentrate better when it’s quiet. Or others listen to music in the background to help them focus. Take breaks in between. Taking short 5-minute breaks can help your mind. Get up, stretch, and move from your desk or table. Motivate yourself. Motivating yourself will make you want to work harder, and it will make you want to accomplish more of your goals.

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • Make a calendar of things and when they are due.
  • Make a note of your assignment deadlines.
  • Know the expectations of you and your teachers.
  • Take breaks. Trust me, it will help you!
  • Don’t do your work at the last minute–you will struggle.
  • Have the proper materials organized.

The Quarantine Diaries: Part 3

All diary entries submitted are from the students of the Shoemaker Bugle. For confidentiality of our personal lives, we’re using code names instead of just the plain “anonymous.” The diaries are for readers to feel less alone and have someone to relate to.


Dear Diary,

I made a big change in my life and I think it might have been the best thing I have ever done for myself. At the cost of my grades, I decided that I would simply do what I want. My grades have never been worse, but I don’t care and it is so refreshing not to care. I feel like I put so much pressure on myself when I tried to keep up with school and at first it was easy, but as time went it just got harder.

-Goob


Dear Diary,

My grades have never been worse. It’s not like I do it on purpose; I just feel so off. I am not myself. School feels like it’s getting tougher, I don’t have motivation to do much really. I really want life to go back to normal, to be honest. Hopefully soon I get more motivation and start to do things I love. I really miss it.

-Squidward


Dear Diary,

I’ve overcome my procrastination phase. Seeing my final grade for semester one made me disappointed in myself. I could have done a lot better. I didn’t make a plan to get better grades this semester but only to do the work the day it’s assigned, or at least start it. Once I open an assignment, I loathe doing it so much I rush myself through it to get it done as soon as possible. It has worked so far, only with weekends being actual weekends for me, I don’t open my laptop until school starts on Monday, so sometimes the Sunday homework piles itself up.

Other than school, life is becoming entertaining. I started journaling, reading, and watching TV again, but if anything gets boring after a few minutes I stop and listen to music instead. 

Graduation is letting itself through the door soon and I’m happy as I am frightened. I still do not want to go to college, but with the non stop talk about it from my parents, I’m bound to go. I might just drop out the first semester. I hope I don’t, but I know myself and I can see it in my future. Sometimes you have to do what you don’t want to do.

-James Dean

Self-Care Every Day Keeps the Stress Away

by Amya Felix

Students, are you feeling worn out after completing–or even just staring at– an enormous amount of homework? Teachers, do you ever just want to scream at the top of your lungs? 

If the answer is yes, you’re not alone.

The year 2020 has taken over (and by taken over, I mean obliterated) our social lives and pretty much everything else we loved or needed to do to keep ourselves calm and bring joy to our lives. 

As much as we want to scream out loud or throw a giant textbook against the wall, there are other ways to relieve stress that can heal our minds, bodies, and souls. So instead of carrying the heavy burden of stress everywhere we go, let’s take a look at some activities that will help make us feel calm and at ease.

Music

Music is something that few can resist when feeling blue or frustrated, and it doesn’t much matter what genre of music you listen to. Music is an emotional cure that can make you feel peaceful and soothe your soul. According to Vedic educator Adam Brady,Using specific pieces of music or melodies [can actually assist] with healing and helping to settle the mind.” Music has the ability to increase our dopamine level, breathing, and heart rate. So, whether you’re cleaning, cooking, doing homework, or even working out, music will always have your back!

Bath Time

Have you ever dreamed of having your very own personal spa? Well, there’s this wonderful invention called a bathtub. That’s right, taking a bath can not only cleanse your body, but can clear your mind from anything you’re going through.

Although scented candles, bath oils, and fancy soaps, are always a nice touch, there are other inexpensive or free ideas to try out. For starters, turn off your overhead bathroom light and plug in a small night light. Don’t have one? Bring in a low-light lamp and place it on the floor. No matter how you accomplish it, the idea is to reduce the lighting so that you have a calmer more relaxing experience. 

No fancy oils or bath bombs? No problem. If you have baby oil in the house, you can add a few drops. This will soften harsh water, and help your skin feel silky smooth. Just be careful when you stand up because it can make the tub slippery. Now choose your favorite or regular bar of soap. Before lathering up, take some deep breaths and allow the sweet fragrance of the soap to work it’s magic.

Your bath time doesn’t have to be fancy or pricey to be enjoyable or relaxing, it just has to be planned. With a few minutes of prep time, you can create the soothing environment you need to help wash away your worries.

Yoga

It’s such an uncomfortable feeling when your body is aching because you’ve been sitting in one place all day long. Yoga is a great way to relieve this type of pain and can keep you stress free. It’s also a wonderful way to help a body stay in terrific shape. Check out this video:

Skin Care

This last self-care suggestion is also a great daily habit to develop because having healthy and clean skin is definitely something almost everyone wants to accomplish and maintain. No matter your gender, good skin and skincare is important. And, it can be quite therapeutic. 

Every evening, whether it be the moment the warm water gently splashes your face or the moist heat of a warmed up cloth is placed against your skin, the feeling is the same: almost instantaneous decompression and de-stressing. Take the time to truly enjoy this daily nighttime routine.If you’re in the mood for some fresh face masks or products that will make your skin glow, check out Best Skin Care: Target. Target’s online shopping store provides you with great products for affordable prices. Their que bella spa masks are awesome, and they run from $1 to $2.50 each. Plus, you can get two spa treatments per package, so make the most of it. Invite your sister, brother, mom, or friend to join you for some “us time” and pampering. Or, simply put the open package into a plastic baggie and seal it up ‘til next time.

que bella spa masks from Target
Life gets extremely stressful, and these past twelve months have been chaotic and beyond stressful for us all. So remember, every now and then plan a break, make a time to relax, and enjoy your moments of stress-free bliss. You deserve it!
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