Category Archives: Expeditions

New Expeditions course allows students to give back to their community

By Molly Pigot and Jennifer Valencia 

Everest Managing Editors 

The course Community Service, which will be offered in the school year 2018-19, is bringing something new and different to the Expeditions course catalog. This course will be taught by Delaney Jures. It will be a partly off-campus, all-day course.

This course will be in close collaboration with the already existing Expeditions course Human Rights, which is taught by Zoe Marinkovich. Students will have the opportunity to help their communities and to find topics they are truly passionate about.

See below for a video about this course:


Students learn about hip hop and about how to DJ

By Katherine Enriquez-Navarette, William Kramer and Daniela Sanchez

Staff Writers

In Audio Production, students learn about how hip hop started and about the elements of hip hop. “The classroom environment is very chill,” Everest freshman Ivan Medrano said.

Most students reported that they joined the class to learn how to DJ. For Celebration of Learning, the class made videos on the elements of hip hop. Students also participated in DJ performances.

Audio Production teacher Anthony Gomez said his expectations are that students won’t just learn how to DJ, they will “know what your passion is and figure out what you want to do in life.”

See below for a video about this course:

Students enhance creative skills through Drama courses

By Romuz Abdulhamidov, Philippe De Jesus, Angel Flores and Jhancarlos Rodriguez

Staff Writers

Drama class helps students carry out their creative skills in the form of acting. The teachers’ support motivates students to do their best when acting.

The Intro to Drama showcase, led by Estrella Esparza-Johnson, executive producer of Estronemicas DMR, will be held in the Mt. Pleasant theater at 7 p.m. on May 15.

The Advanced Drama showcase, led by Ron Johnson (also known as Mr. Jay), shows the progress many students have made since they started by allowing them to perform on stage in front of their peers. That show will be held in the Mt. Pleasant theater at 7 p.m. on May 17.

The entrance for both drama showcases is free.

“The overall importance of drama is not just teaching people and students how to tell stories; but, I think it also – through the collaboration that you do in theater and in drama – you teach people how to be better human beings,” explained Mr. Jay,  Advanced Drama teacher and Estronemicas DMR creative director.

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The flyers shown above (and below) were created by the student-led marketing team from the Intro to Drama course. 

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Students designed flyers in multiple languages to best serve the Rainier community. Being a part of the student-led marketing team is just one of the roles students learn to play in the drama program, which allows Rainier students to learn about how to write, direct, stage and promote their own original work. 

The marketing team worked to use social media and old-fashioned bulletin boards and flyers to spread the word to fellow students, and other community members, about the drama showcases. 



See below for a video about the drama program at Rainier:

UPDATE: The video below offers a look at the student panel that followed the Intro to Drama showcase on May 15. The Advanced Drama class will offer a similar panel following their May 17 showcase. VIDEO PRODUCER: Molly Pigot


Theater brings the world together

Drama classes promote individuality and self-expression

Theater instructor shares his experiences in the industry

Student offers thoughts on Advanced Acting course

A drama teacher defends her craft

Art affects lives

By Maddie Artap, C.C. Logan and Skylar Peters 

Staff Writers

Art is something we all have in common, no matter our backgrounds or whether we consider ourselves to be talented. Art connects us to one another with its impactful messages and mysterious shapes and colors. We can all relate to art, which makes sense since it has been in human culture since the very beginning. Alicia Palacios, a freshman at Summit Prep, said, “Art brings people closer […] something they have in common.”

Here at Summit Preparatory Charter High School, we have a Visual Arts Expeditions course where students embark on art projects each time Expeditions comes around. We asked a few students from the class some questions about how visual art has affected their daily lives.

Many of us use art to channel and express our emotions. Art can change our emotions to make us feel more serene and calm, happy and excited, or still and melancholy. The mood in a piece of artwork is caused by the emotions an artist felt while creating the piece. Daniel Garcia, a sophomore at Summit Prep, said, “Art helps me stay focused and positive and always very energetic.”

Current events affect modern artwork; for example, the 2016 election inspired political cartoons that people drew to express their inner thoughts and opinions while making others laugh. People create murals in the streets to send a message to those passing in hopes of creating change in their community.

Life lessons can be taught through art, such as persistence and patience. Artists learn to never give up and to persevere; some of the most famous art pieces were never finished, such as the Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci, which he painted for years up until his death. Eliza Insley, a sophomore at Summit Prep, said, “I’ve learned how to manage my time and persevere through my mistakes.”

Art is a universal language which we use all the time; whether we are artists or just fans, we can all understand art. Art impacts our day-to-day lives and inspires us to create.

Whether we notice it or not, art impacts our lives every day in a significant way that connects us to others all over the world.

See below for a video profile of the Visual Arts Expeditions course at Summit Prep:

Intriguing Psychology class helps students understand human behavior

By Maddie Artap and Skylar Peters

Staff Writers

In the Expeditions Psychology course at Summit Prep, students study the brain and learn what is happening in the brain when certain behaviors emerge. The purpose of this course is for students to learn why people act the way they do and to apply that knowledge in their daily lives. Walker Rowe, a junior at Summit Prep, said students “can learn a lot about other people.”

For their Celebration of Learning project, Psychology students picked a topic to study based on the prompt “Why do people…?” For example, “Why do people listen to music?” Students then learned all the information they could to answer the prompt and made a tri-fold to explain their topic to visitors. Students who enrolled in this course walked away with new information to better understand the thinking process and the actions of other humans in their lives.

See below for a video about this course:

Featured image (at the top of this post): Sophia Nuanes, a Summit Prep sophomore, works on her poster about why people are narcissistic.

Students practice different aspects of filmmaking

By Jon Garvin and Kai Lock

Staff Editors

Acting, screenwriting, directing and many more tools are taught to students in the Intro to Video Production course, which is offered by the Summit Expeditions team. Students who take the course learn different parts of filmmaking.

Vincent Nelson, the Intro to Video Production teacher, explained: “In my class, we make short films. Every week it’s a different project, so it can be like a mockumentary, documentary. It can be animation, for clay animation stuff. It can be a drama, a comedy, a film noir, whatever you want.”

See below for a video about the course:

Featured Image (at the top of this post): Summit Prep sophomore Osmar Ortiz and freshman Vanessa Carrillo act in their mockumentary. 

Cooking Fundamentals gives kids the skills necessary to make their own meals

By Seann Brick, Oscar Burgos, Alexis Pereznegron and Marvin Varela 

Staff Writers

The purpose of the Cooking Fundamentals Expeditions course is to help out students by teaching them the basics of cooking. This is important because in the future they’re going to need to learn how to cook to survive.

Their Celebration of Learning project was to show the students’ parents the work that they have done. They showed them the dish that they made for their final project.

See below for a video about this course:

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