Tag Archives: Human Sexuality

Human Sexuality prepares Denali students for the future

By Ibrahim Ayub

Staff Writer

When students first hear about the Human Sexuality class, some cringe. Nonetheless, students at Denali feel that this class is very important for their future. In the course, students are taught ways to prevent STDs, how the human reproductive systems work, facts about teen pregnancy and concepts behind healthy relationships.

“I know stuff that I didn’t know before. Some of that stuff, unlike other classes at school, you can use it in real life,” Denali junior Emerson Sanchez said. He believes he will use this knowledge in the future.

“It’s been useful for me because it has taught me how to check if I have STD, and that is really important,” Denali junior Pedro Estrada Tellez said.

See below for a video about the Human Sexuality course:

Human Sexuality allows students to explore new ideas

By Jannaya Garcia and Priya Kaur

Staff Writers 

Summit Tahoma offers a class called Human Sexuality as an Expeditions course that allows students to expand their definition of sexuality. In this course, students are able to learn about anatomy, reproduction, methods of safe sex and the emotional and physical responsibilities that come with it. Tahoma freshman Jasmine Castillo explained: “You get to learn about it comfortably.”

The purpose of this class is to educate students in a safe environment through hands-on projects and group work. One of the hands-on projects students enjoyed the most was building parts of the body with a model. This allowed them to explore different concepts through a physical representation.

“It’s really based around figuring out your values and your opinions and knowing yourself better so you can make healthy sexual decision-making,” instructor Rebecca Breuer said.

See below for a video of the Human Sexuality course:

Human Sexuality course educates students about their developing bodies

By Juan Ambrosio, Osvaldo Ayala and Brayan Lozano

Staff Writers

Human sexuality is the way someone expresses themselves sexually, due to past experiences, physical and emotional behaviors and their biological sex. In the Human Sexuality course, students talk about experiences they have had during puberty, as well as other subjects such as safe sex, how their bodies are changing and other delicate topics.

Rebecca Breuer is the Human Sexuality teacher at Summit Rainier. This is her first year teaching here, and she is very excited to provide a safe environment for students to open up.

Rainier senior Ashley Cuellar explained that her course experience included learning new information about the parts of her body. She said, “We learn about the human body and learn about most common STDs.”

Rainier senior Francisco Lopez said his experience is very different from others. “Learning about the human body is pretty cool,” he said, adding that “class discussions can be sometimes awkward.”

See below for a student perspective on the Human Sexuality course:


Human Sexuality teaches students to be comfortable with themselves

By Melissa Domingo and Mytrisha Sarmiento

Staff Writers

Human Sexuality is an Expeditions course that focuses on teaching students how to be comfortable with their own sexuality and that of others. Students learn a variety of concepts related to being a person in a society filled with labels and injustice.

The Human Sexuality teacher, Bea Daily, said, “It’s about sexuality and gender and what it means to be a sexual human in the world … It’s kind of pretty broad and very inclusive, I would say.”

Shasta freshman Rocky Conway said Ms. Daily is very open and comfortable with the topics they learn in class. She said, “Ms. Daily is very adamant about making kids feel comfortable [when it comes to] to talking about real-life things that we don’t always get to talk about at home or within our friend groups.”

See below for a video on the Human Sexuality course:

Featured image (at the top of this post): Shasta freshman Tiffany Alfaro showcases her Human Sexuality project.

Human Sexuality teaches about protection and prevention of pregnancy

By Juan Cerda, Marvin Garcia and Claudia Mendoza

Staff Writers

The Human Sexuality course is based in part on students being taught about protection and how to prevent unwanted pregnancy. They are also told about resources they could use in case of pregnancy and options they could take.

For Celebration of Learning, students made posters about issues related to the human body. For example, one student wrote about a woman who sought surgery due to insecurity about her appearance.

Students also learn about sexually transmitted diseases. “They taught me that there are specific things that are done that can cause AIDS or any other type of disease,” one student explained. In addition to discussing issues related to human anatomy and reproduction, students also learn more about how to foster healthy relationships.

See below for a video about this course:

Summit Prep offers a look into the human experience with Expeditions

By Jon Garvin

Staff Writer

Celebration of Learning is an annual showcase put together by the Expeditions team where students and parents come together to learn about the different courses. Students in the Anthropology, Ethnic Studies, Girl Rising and Human Sexuality classes explored different aspects of culture and the human experience. Here are some things they displayed at the Celebration of Learning:


Anthropology is a class taught by Noelle Easterday. “Anthropology is the study of human beings in the past and the present, hopefully looking towards the future,” she explained. For the annual Celebration of Learning, students created an Anthropology museum. “They’re curating their own museum of artifacts that they have chosen from their own life that they feel represent their culture,” Teacher Easterday said.

Here’s a look at some of the student exhibits:


Summit Prep freshman Kayla Mora explained the objects she chose: “It represents a lot of my culture. We like dogs, we love to have fun with board games and we use objects to represent our religion.”


Summit Prep freshman Gerardo Rodriguez also explained his choice in the objects he brought: “Instead of bringing something really big, they were simple.”

Here is a look at what other Anthropology students did:

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Ethnic Studies

Ethnic Studies is a class taught by upperclassmen at Summit Preparatory Charter High School. The purpose of the class is for students to learn more about themselves and about other people. This class covers history that isn’t taught in regular classes. Students talk about the media and current issues, discussing how the media portrays different people. 

The students’ last project consisted of a social experiment related to an issue that they saw in the world. Based on the results of that experiment, they proposed a way to fix that issue. For example, one student proposed that talking to people more about gay rights would improve how people in the LGBTQ community are treated. 

For their Celebration of Learning project, students picked an issue to research and explained why they chose that issue. Here’s a look at what they presented:


Summit Prep freshman Daniel Garcia said, “We’re working on LGBT rights because they aren’t receiving enough rights because of their sexual orientation.”



Summit Prep sophomores Vanessa Contreras and Alexa Vargas chose to research mass incarceration. Contreras said, “We picked the topic of mass incarceration because one in three black males get incarcerated.”

Here is a look at what other Ethnic Studies students researched:

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Girl Rising

Girl Rising is an Expeditions class in which female students learned about “feminist issues and the female body,” according to Cynthia Dubridge, a Summit Prep freshman. The students in the class presented videos on feminist issues, from female genital mutilation to sex trafficking. Anyone who identifies as female and is concerned about issues relating to their gender can join the class to learn more. 


The lineup of performances presented by students in the Girl Rising course shows the numerous issues that women face.


Summit Prep junior Denisse Fierro presented a short film titled “My Body No Shame.”

Human Sexuality

Human Sexuality is an Expeditions class taught by Lia Pinelli. In this class, students learn about sexuality, anatomy, sexual orientation, sexual identity, birth control and relationships. For their last project, students picked a topic they’ve learned about in class and created an educational video to teach other people about the topic. For the Celebration of Learning showcase, students created a presentation to talk to parents about sex and why they should talk to their kids about sex.


Summit Prep sophomore Tatiana Love and freshman Irene Valencia talk to parents about how parents should talk to their kids about sex.


Summit Prep freshman Victor Aguilar-Mendoza talks about sexual orientation.

Staff Writers Andrea Pena, Raul Martinez and Nicholas Reed contributed to this article.

Expeditions students explore their passions

By Cindy Aviles

Staff Writer

Expeditions classes allow students to explore many subjects they are passionate about. There were many diverse classes that presented at the Celebration of Learning on May 11, giving students and parents from Summit Public School: Rainier the opportunity to see what other students care about and what they have worked so hard on during Expeditions.

AP Art: Taught by Eli Cetto

The AP Art class at Summit Rainier is full of talented and ambitious students striving to achieve college credit for their work. The class is taught by Eli Cetto, a professional artist from the Bay Area. She has pushed students to reach their full potential by offering constructive criticism to make sure each student has the best portfolio when submitting to the College Board.

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On May 11, during the annual Celebration of Learning night, students from the AP Art class were able to showcase the work they have been producing in class for the eight weeks of Expeditions.


Journalism teacher Elizabeth DeOrnellas looks at some of the art produced by Rainier senior Max Sanchez.

Intro to Art: Taught by Eli Cetto

Students in this class are given the chance to create art in various mediums and are taught the basic skills of composition. During this class, they were given the chance to learn new things and to create meaningful pieces.

Students in the Intro to Art class presented a range of pieces. 

Here’s what some students had to say about their work: 

Rainier freshman Sophie Gao said, “Art is fun and suffering.”

“I like art because it’s like a fun class to take and also you get to try new things that you don’t really get to do, I guess,” Rainier sophomore Angel Chavez said. “There are also different types of art, and sometimes we get to do different art styles. It’s just a fun class.”

Rainier freshman Gabriela Morales Garcia said,  “I made more than I expected, and I had a lot of free time to make more art.”

“Art makes me feel happy. I like art because there’s no boundaries and no limits,” Rainier freshman Elliott Alejo said. “What inspires me is a community itself, what other people lay out in front of me.”

Here are some additional images of the art created by students in this course:

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Yoga: Taught by Regina Garcia

Students in the Yoga Class created posters that displayed different yoga poses, how to do them and what their benefits are. Here are a series of posters that the students made, describing meditations and poses:

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Holocaust: Taught by Lissa Thiele

In this class, students speak deeply about what the Holocaust was and about the impact of other traumatic events. During Celebration of Learning, small artifacts and posters that the students created were on display.


This picture shows the creativity the students put into their project.


The exhibit displayed a series of images from Japanese internment camps.


Students created a gallery display for visitors.

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Rainier sophomore Andy Nguyen discusses the exhibit with seniors Anthony Nguyen-Pham and Hunter Lindstrom.

Here are additional images of the exhibit created by the Holocaust course:

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Human Sexuality:  Taught by Lia Pinelli

In this class, students talk about the reproductive system and are given a space to talk about things in Human Sexuality that might seem uncomfortable to talk about to others. They learn a lot from this class, which is basically a sex education class, and their presentation included such topics as how to handle coming out and how parents can learn to have conversations with their children in a comfortable and accepting manner.


Rainier sophomore Katherin Vasquez explains her slides on healthy relationships to the parents.


Students talk with the parents about the reproductive system to normalize terms used in Human Sexuality.


Teacher Assistant and Rainier senior Maya Jaquez gives a small speech about Human Sexuality and her experience in the class as she introduces the class.

Girls Rising: Taught by Lia Pinelli

This class allows girls in our school to come together and talk about issues that women face. This class allows girls to grow a small community that helps them personally. They talk about issues that they might face and how certain issues can be handled.




This program shows the names of the students in the Girl Rising Class who gave a series of presentations about problems that women face and created videos related to women’s issues.







Rainier freshmen Madelin Morales and Lariza Flores give a presentation about girls and education. This presentation explained how some women take education for granted, while many girls around the world don’t have access to education. Many women face barriers just to receive education and jobs.


The Girl Rising class attracts a crowd during the Celebration of Learning.


Rainier junior Faith Martinez gives a presentation about abusive relationships. She created a video with a series of interviews. People interviewed were given a scenario of an abusive relationship and students answered if it is an abusive relationship or not. A hot line for abusive relationships is also given at the end of the video.

Staff Writers Ashley Venegas, Cristian Trujillo, Isaiah Garcia, Max Sanchez, Ariana Medina, Alex Bonnett, Harmandeep Dhaliwal and Janniven Hernandez contributed to this report.