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Holocaust and Genocide Expeditions students share their experiences

By Micah Tam

Staff Editor

In honor of Celebration of Learning, Summit Prep senior Milo Kemper and Summit Prep sophomore Adam Graziani imparted their personal views of the impact their Holocaust and Genocide class has had on them.

In the Holocaust and Genocide class, students learn in-depth about different aspects of the Holocaust and about genocides that occur around the world. Throughout the year, students get the chance to hear first-hand the experiences of Holocaust and genocide survivors. For example, this year Deng Jongkuch, a Darfur survivor, as well as a survivor of the Cambodian genocide, came to Summit Preparatory Charter High School to talk to students.

Holocaust and Genocide Expeditions teacher Lissa Thiele explained why she teaches her course: “I knew that I was going to be working in the field of Holocaust and genocide in some sort of way – to ensure that these things never happen again and to find out that they continue to happen right this second. Not on my watch. And, as a Jewish person, you cannot just stand up for one person and not stand up for all.”

To see more about the course, watch the video below:

College Readiness helps students find background information about colleges

By Mayely Arteaga, Diego Lopez and Andres McLean

Staff Writers

The purpose of this course is to give students necessary information about colleges. The course supports students in figuring out what steps they will need to take in order to apply to the colleges they are interested in. Students from this course also get a chance to learn how to get financial aid and how to best navigate the application process.

See below for a video about this course:


Journalism students learn to communicate

 By Karina Ramirez and Karen Salazar

Staff Writers

Journalism is a way to share the news with our community. It is also an Expeditions course where students talk about current events that are happening and do professional writing such as articles that contribute to the community at Everest Public High School.

Journalism students learn useful things like writing structure and grammar; they also complete hands-on activities and improve their ability to create great content.

Celebration of Learning is an event after school where parents and students go to view the work that students did during Expeditions. The Journalism class showed a playlist of student-created videos and set up stations for visitors to view the student-produced website.

See below for a video about this course:

Note: Journalism became part of the Expeditions course offerings in the 2016-17 school year. For the 2017-18 school year, there were three journalism courses offered: Journalism, Advanced Journalism and Multimedia Journalism.

For the 2018-19 school year, all introductory students (anyone who has not previously taken a journalism course at Summit Public Schools) will be enrolled in a new course called Multimedia Political Journalism. As in school year 2016-17, the first round of Expeditions will focus heavily on political coverage in advance of the November elections. The subsequent three rounds will continue to include current event discussion, but the journalism production work will shift to additional student-selected topics. 

Here’s a look at the 2017-18 Multimedia Journalism class at Rainier (video produced by Cecelia Carrillo):

Here’s a look at the 2017-18 Journalism and Advanced Journalism courses at Rainier (video produced by Nicolas Medina):


Everest journalism program expands



Students learn the aspects of filmmaking

By Jennifer Mota and Jennifer Ruvalcaba

Staff Writers

In the Video Production class at Everest Public High School, Estrella Esparza-Johnson teaches her students how to take videos and photos correctly. She also makes sure the students work in groups and individually on the projects; however, Ms. Estrella grades all students individually so one student won’t do all the work. Also, when they are filming they use their phones instead of cameras. For Celebration of Learning, the class set up stations to screen their films.

Video Production TA and Everest senior Lynette Huerta explained, “In Video Production, the project the students worked on taught them how to take videos and photos at the perfect angle you need to do it in.”

See below for a video about this course:

Psychology Explorations helps students better understand themselves and others

By Paula Piva

Staff Writer

The Psychology Explorations Expeditions course allows students to learn about psychology while also learning about themselves. By learning about the brain and its different processes, as well as exploring different personality traits, disorders and therapies, students gain insight on their interactions with others.

For Celebration of Learning, a night where students showcase the culmination of their Expeditions projects to parents and members of the school community, Psychology Explorations students chose a psychological disorder to study and found a test and therapy to diagnose and treat the disorder.

When asked about what he hopes students take from this course, Psychology Explorations Expeditions teacher Vaughan Wilkin said: “I think getting who you are and why you are that way, and feeling more comfortable with it, would be a great starting spot.”

See below for a video about this course:

Students are taught how to teach and plan in Education Pathways

By Keith Dinh

Staff Writer  

Education Pathways is a course that teaches its students how to make their own lesson plans, teach other students and learn more about the political, or even historical, aspects of teaching. On top of that, the course allows students to have hands-on experience in teaching. This course is not only for students who want to become teachers, but also for students who want better planning skills, improved persuasion skills, and a way to polish their skills at interacting effectively with other people.

This year, Education Pathways’ Celebration of Learning projects consist of posters that the students put together to show what they have learned through the course of this year. The posters depict how each student’s thoughts on the course have changed through the year, and some even display their future career goals that utilize many of the teachings they have attained from this course.

Maritza Aguirre, a freshman at Summit Rainier, said, “Education Pathways is kind of weird, because she is teaching you how to be a teacher and teaching you about the education system. So what I’ve learned so far is kind of what teachers are thinking about when they’re planning their lessons, how they interact with students and just the problems in education today.”

See below for a video about this course:

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