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Hate crimes on the rise in recent years

March 8, 2019 6:05pm | George Reddon, '19

With the election of President Donald Trump came a disturbing rise in general hate and malice in America. From violence at Trump rallies to swastikas painted on the side of homes, many have attributed this outward and open hate to the rhetoric of the President. […]

Drug usage increasing; shows shocking similarities with past

March 8, 2019 5:18pm | Taylor Clark

In 1971, President Richard Nixon identified drug abuse as “public enemy number one in the United States.” On October 26th, 2017, President Trump declared the opioid crisis a national public health emergency. A year later after President Trump’s remark, the U.S. was officially home to the […]

Parkdale to offer sign language, dance as electives in upcoming school year

March 5, 2019 7:25pm | Elizabeth Castillo, '20

With registration for all students now open, many are trying to figure out what electives they could take that would appeal to their interest and be beneficial towards their future.  Beginning in the 2019-2020 school year, Parkdale will be offering new electives including dance for […]

Teen distracted driving leads to crashes

March 5, 2019 5:45pm | Rebeca Flores, '20

Driving distractions, including texting, talking on the phone and even eating, can lead to a number of consequences, like serious injuries and even deaths. One distraction that many teens commonly know of is the use of cellphones while driving, a major issue that many don’t […]

Latino club celebrates culture and unity

March 5, 2019 4:46pm | Jailyn Munoz, '20

Many schools have clubs to get students involved in after-school activities, ranging in interest from robotics to religion. At Parkdale, students have the option of becoming a member of the Todos Unidos Latino Club (TULC), where members stay after school and do activities including fundraising, […]

New photography teacher dances his way through school year

March 4, 2019 5:33pm | Nijah Smith, '19

Mr. Jamaal Gamble, the new photography and webpage design teacher at Parkdale, went viral in October 2018 after he was videotaped having a dance battle with a freshman student, Ahman Trasada, right in front of the school– after school hours, of course! Before moving to […]

Kamala Harris runs for 2020 election

March 4, 2019 5:15pm | Yanci Zavala, '19

On January 21, which was also the U.S.’s observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Day, California Senator Kamala Harris announced she would be running for president in 2020. Her campaign “For The People” consists of Medicare for all, progressive tax reform, green energy, and more. […]

Teen parenthood presents many challenges

March 4, 2019 4:57pm | Ashley Vazquez Ramos, '20

Although parenthood at Parkdale may not appear to be very common, PGCPS has a program called the Adolescent Single Parent Program that provides resources to young parents to help them stay in school.      “The services are available for students [but] I feel like one […]

Lack of technology poses problem in classrooms

March 1, 2019 6:14pm | Divine Okon, '20

With the ever-growing dependence on technology in everyday life, it is no surprise that devices have become a huge part of academics, as well.  But what happens when a course is technology-centered but doesn’t have the materials needed for students to succeed? According to the […]

Students and teachers differ over importance of homework

March 1, 2019 6:05pm | Treasure Nesbitt, ‘20

Students today are facing large amounts of stress, deriving from depression, anxiety, and family and/or relationship issues. As if these weren’t enough things to stress out students, the overbearing weight of academic performance is forcing some of them to crack under the pressure. In “By […]