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BREAKING NEWS: Summit Public Schools announces plan for faculty-wide salary freeze

By Evelyn Archibald Shasta Editor-in-Chief Note: Summit Public Schools is closed for Summer holiday the week of Jun. 29 to Jul. 6. This article was edited to include  emailed statements from CEO Diane Tavenner that were received post-publication. On Thursday, June 25, Summit Public Schools (SPS) announced during a public Zoom board meeting (minutes to be posted) that salaries would

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Thousands join Black Lives Matter protests across the Bay Area

By Alaya Scarlett Staff Writer George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. Tamir Rice. Trayvon Martin. Samuel Dubose. Eric Garner. Akai Gurley. The list goes on. Countless lives have been taken due to the institutionalized racism that remains prevalent in the world, especially the United States. People all across the country have been protesting beginning May 26, the day after George

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Summit Public Schools has not decided what to do with Rainier’s estimated $500,000 in savings

By Jacob Kahn-Samuelson and Judy Ly Editors-in-Chief In a Q&A meeting, following the announcement that Rainier would close, community members advocated to use Rainier’s remaining reserves towards transportation support for students who wanted to transfer to Tahoma, in south San Jose.     A community member asked where Rainier’s financial reserve was going. In response, SPS Chief of Staff Kelly Garcia said

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Tahoma prepares for a large number of Rainier transfers next fall

By Kyle Fujisaka and Judy Ly  Staff Editors As students finish their school year online, Rainier students count down the days before their school closes permanently. Last fall, SPS administration announced Rainier will permanently close on the last day of school, leaving 244 of the 313 students displaced. 133 of those students plan to enroll at the nearest Summit Public

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Finding beauty and building relationships during quarantine

By Alina Raykovich Staff Writer Over the past two months during quarantine, I have been finding ways to busy myself. I have been taking numerous assessments, watching Netflix and taking photos. Through these activities and the trips that I’ve taken with my family, I’ve developed an appreciation for the beauty of our world and grown closer to the people around

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Milagros Morris stays resilient

By Evelyn Archibald and Mytrisha Sarmiento  Staff Editors Milagros Morris, Spanish II teacher at Summit Shasta, has been a strong and recognizable presence on campus since joining last school year. “Some people think that I’m – that I look shy, but I am not. I am very outgoing, I have an outgoing personality. I have a great sense of humor,

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Michelle Mogannam lives life on the edge

By Evelyn Archibald and Mytrisha Sarmiento  Staff Editors When Michelle Mogannam, the tenth grade history teacher at Summit Shasta, was asked about one of her most treasured memories, she was unconvinced at first. “What? Oh, god, there’s so many,” she said. “Who has a favorite memory?” She asked, dubious.  But after thinking, she smiled and said, “My grandpa, he was

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