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Steamers and viewers come together to speak about the streaming community

By Ardan Bramall and Toli Gonodanov-Meydbray Staff Writers Summit Denali freshman Jon Gonzales has seen major effects on people who religiously watch streamers, including a shift in political opinions. Nevertheless, this has not stopped him from enjoying streams and streaming himself to this date, saying that being introduced into the community has heavily improved his life. An article posted by

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Staff and students feel underrepresented at Denali

By Cooper Afendakis, Meiru Chen, and Sophia Garcia  Staff Writers Many staff and students have expressed a lack of cultural representation at school. Some were hesitant to express their cultural identity mostly due to fear of judgment from other students. We interviewed a couple of students and staff on their opinion of cultural representation at school. Around the world, culture

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Summit Denali teachers discuss how they feel about youth sports

By William Giblin and Ariana Perez Valencia  Staff Writers The major mental and physical health benefits of youth sports outweigh its negative effects on education.  No one better knows the effect sports have on students than teachers. Many teachers at Summit Denali feel strongly about this topic.  Summit Denali English Literature teacher Matthew Sigler speaks about how he feels sports

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Summit Denali students choose skateboarding

By Jennifer Curry Staff Writer Summit Denali sophomore Liel Zapesotsky said, “Skateboarding is the light of my life.” Skateboarding is such a big interest for so many people everywhere. This includes many students at Summit Denali. Summit Denali sophomore Jacob Mendez said, “Skating is a reliable method of transportation and a good way to exercise,” meaning this can be a

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PE As a Required Class: Tahoma Students Weigh the Pros and Cons

PHOTO CREDIT: Alan Kotok via Wikimedia Commons By Sophie Vu and Celeste Willey Staff Writers  Physical education (PE) is a required course at most schools. However, Summit Tahoma, a public charter school, does not offer PE as a class. To keep up with students’ health and to combat rising obesity rates, many American schools make PE a priority. According to

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Freshman history teacher talks about screen time

By Adrianno Carias, Aaron Varela and Jerry Wang Staff Writers Freshman history teacher Sven Engvall said students stay on Chromebooks for about 4-5 hours a day. Students have mixed opinions on that amount of screen time; it is hard to balance the amount of time students spend on Chromebooks. Summit Denali students experience more screen time than students from other

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Bay Area schools fight student poverty with extra aid

By Ardan Bramall, Toli Gonodanov-Meydbray, Sean Quigley and Cayden Tsai   Staff Writers Summit Denali Education Specialist Dr. James Rozman saw a homeless elementary-school student’s attendance rise after the student developed bonds with her teachers. He saw this as evidence of the idea that creating connections with students could help treat student poverty. According to a study jointly conducted by

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Union leaders and Denali students reflect on SPS reopening policies

By Keith Dinh and Angela Hwang Staff Editors Summit Denali reopened for in-person classes on April 1, following negotiations between the teachers’ union and the administration. The negotiations concluded on March 29 with the teachers being allowed to return voluntarily.  In March, students were given the option to return to in-person classes. Those who chose to go back remain in

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Denali teacher recalls her journey to becoming a teacher

By Nihitha Palacherla Staff Writer Ms. Albassam enjoys teaching students, but she faces a challenge in online learning. In the past year, schools have shifted in-person classes to online school. Many students feel stressed and anxious to be back to in-person classes, but have you wondered what teaching online is like for teachers at Summit Denali? Denali Biology teacher Lobna

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