BSU Baldy View Outreach Program
We would first like to thank everyone who contributed books in the past few weeks. Our collection was very impressive and the variety was absolutely perfect for our event.
On December 19-20th, the Black Student Union went to Baldy View Elementary School to read stories, make gingerbread houses and spend time with Mrs. Martinez’s 2nd grade class. The moment was spectacular and we would like to thank Arlene Jones (Coordinator), Mrs. Martinez and her class for such an awesome experience. As you can see in the pictures, the kids had a great time and although some of the houses won’t stand the test of time, the memories will.
The BSU is small in numbers, however large in spirit. We were able to share experiences and learn about students who will one day walk through the gates at Upland High School and we believe that making this connection will remind them that giving back is a part of who we are. I am very proud of our future leaders and would like to share with you a little of our past two days.
Remember, our meetings are held every Thursday in room D135 from 3pm-3:30pm sharp. We are always looking for donors and people who would like to help in any way that you can. If you would like more information, please contact:
Dwight Rogers- Advisor (Ext 310)
Alexis Stallworth- President
Please plan on attending the second ELAC meeting for the 2016-2017 school year on Friday, January 20 at 3:30 PM in room C106. We will discuss students activities. ELAC stands for English Learner Advisory Committee. ELAC is a meeting where parents/guardians of English Learners meet to advise the principal and school staff on programs and services for English learners.
Since its inception in 2005, the Bank of America Student Leaders Program has recognized more than 2,300 exemplary high school juniors and seniors who have a passion for improving their communities. The program helps students gain a greater understanding of how nonprofits create impact in the community and helps develop them as the next generation of community leaders through two components:
· A summer eight-week paid internship with a local nonprofit organization selected by the bank. This internship is designed to provide opportunities for the students to develop and apply leadership skills through hands-on work experience, while raising their awareness of community issues addressed by their Host Organization.
· The week-long, all-expense paid Student Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C. from July 9-14, 2017. Conducted in partnership with the Close Up Foundation, the Summit introduces students to aspects of civic, social and business leadership and provides them with knowledge and skills they will use throughout their life to create positive community change.
Please see the attached flyer for more information
We at Upland Public Library would like to invite you to meet Dr. Monique Saigal-Escudero, author of French Heroines, 1940-1945: Courage, Strength and Ingenuity. She will be speaking about her experience as a “Hidden Child” during the Nazi occupation of France and of the courageous women of the French Resistance. Please see the attached flyer for more details.
This event will take place on Wednesday, January 25 from 6-7:30 pm at the Carnegie Library - located right next to the Upland library.
See the attached flyer for more information
Boys Golf try-outs on Tuesday and Wednesday are cancelled. There will be a meeting to meet the new coach on Wednesday after school in the PE portable for any boys interested in trying out for golf.
UHS Theatre has auditions for the Variety Show January 18th. See Ms. Richardson for more details
UHS Theatre Department and ASB present CSZ vs. ASB. Watch the UHS Comedy Sports team compete against ASB in an improv comedy showdown.
Do you have a favorite teacher here at UHS?
Enter the Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest.
Write an essay, poem, or thank-you letter describing your favorite UHS teacher and how that person has influenced and inspired you and you will be entered into the contest for a chance to receive a $500 Barnes & Noble Gift Card. If your entry is chosen, the teacher and the school could each win $5,000 as well.
Entries are due to the library by February 24th
Download the entry form below or see your English Teacher.
The NAACP's Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.
ACT-SO includes 29 competitions in STEM, humanities, business, and performing, visual and culinary arts. Almost 300,000 young people have participated from the program since its inception.
If you are interested in participating in this program or interested in learning about the exciting things that you can accomplish, please see Mr. Rogers (Ext310) in the Attendance and Discipline office.
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Grad Night will be at Disneyland on June 14th, 2017. The following are the scheduled sale dates and prices. Sales will be in the student store.
Jan 13th, & 27th ($110, cash or check and $115/credit card)
Feb 10th, & 24th ($130 cash or check and $135/credit card)
March 10th, 24th (March is $150 cash or check and $155/credit card)
News From The Plaid
By: Anthony Lopez, The Plaid Sports Editor
Photography provided by: Benny Rodriguez, Yearbook Photographer
The 2017 Varsity Basketball regular season has officially begun, as it got started off with a controversial game between the Rancho Cucamonga Cougars and the Upland Highlanders. After a dismal second half of play, along with questionable calls and no-calls from the referees, the Cougars dismantled Upland in a 78 to 59 victory on Tuesday night. The loss also ends a ten-game win streak that started in early December for the Highlanders.
The game started off with an extremely fast tempo that is not always seen in basketball games. The first quarter zoomed by with very little interruptions. Both teams played good offense in the opening quarter. Oz Stokes and Bryce Parker were Upland’s scoring leaders during the opening portion of the match. At the end of the first quarter, the Highlanders held the lead by one point, as the score was 19 to 18. The longtime rivalry between Upland and Rancho was alive once more, and the action was just starting.
Rancho Cucamonga began to show more strengths than weaknesses, in the second quarter, as the Cougars’ defense played aggressively and forced Upland into some tough situations. Noticeable throughout the entire game, the Cougars were playing man on man ball and were strictly sticking to that plan. The Highlanders offense scored only 13 points in the second quarter, while the Cougars put up 23 points on offense. It seemed the Cougars were double teaming Highlander players as often as possible and forcing them into dicey offensive situations. It made for a tough-going on offense, for Upland. After a very defensive quarter, the score going into halftime was 41 to 32, with Rancho Cucamonga in the lead.
The third quarter kickstarted the controversial part of this game. The quarter was plagued with lots of fouls and other calls made by the referees; almost all of them were on Upland. However, from the stands, many fans didn’t see as many fouls that were called and the Upland sideline was teeming with anger. Adding salt to the wound, the Highlander team had a nightmarish third quarter. The offense couldn’t get much going, as they were plagued with turnover after turnover. Upland was able to stay in the game though, as the score ending the third was 60 to 49 with the Cougars maintaining their lead. It was hard to tell whether it was the referee’s calls that killed Upland this quarter, or if it was the amount of turnovers that landed major blows. Most likely, it was a combination of both.
With the game separated by 11 points, it was still anybody’s game to win, heading into the fourth quarter. As the action quickly picked up again, resuming its incredible fast pace, the Cougars began to run away with the score as the quarter dragged on. As if the third quarter wasn’t enough, there were still some questionable calls and untimely turnovers, proving costly to the Highlanders. There wasn’t much Upland could do late in the game to make a comeback, as the Cougars lead extended at one point, to 20 points, with a few minutes left. After a wild night, and one the Highlanders would like to forget, the final score from Upland High was 78 to 59. The loss ended the awesome 10 game win streak the Highlanders had put together during the preseason.
Oz Stokes led the way offensively for the Highlanders, as he scored 21 points throughout the game. Bryce Parker and Michael Flynn also turned in recognizable stats, as Parker scored 15 points and Flynn scored nine points, along with multiple rebounds. Rancho Cucamonga’s Kahlil McGuire was the game’s overall scoring leader, as the senior earned 24 points. All together, the Highlanders averaged 14.75 points per quarter, while the Cougars averaged 19.5 points per quarter. When asked of his thoughts on the game, Highlanders' coach, Anthony Mason, said, “Apparently, I have a misunderstanding of what the rules are because the rules they (the referees) explained to me was that you can’t ride one man all the way up the floor. That pretty much put a saddle on us tonight.”
The Highlanders next game is Friday night, as they take on the Damien Spartans at Damien High School.
By Michelle Mercado and Gabriella Campo-Poe, The Plaid Staff Writers
Even though wrestling has been traditionally identified as a “masculine” sport, some of our women on campus are proving that stereotype to be false. From tackling their best friend to the floor, to helping each other fix their hair afterwards, the Girls’ Wrestling team just goes to prove that women can really do it all and never fail to impress us.
McKenna Hutchison, one of the captains of our Girls’ Wrestling team, is petite in stature but the illusion shatters, once she steps foot onto the mat. McKenna said, “People get surprised but intrigued. And I think that’s really cool because a girl who is in soccer may be really good at soccer. But that’s it. Just soccer. It’s really common for women to play. But with wrestling, people take a step back and start asking questions because of how shocked they’ve become. A lot of people are still really receptive about it, as well. Even when I was the only girl on the Boys’ Wrestling team. At competitions, the guys on other wrestling teams will be really receptive when they see me, even though they don’t understand the dynamic of it.”
McKenna has become extremely respected in the wrestling community here and even at other schools, while competing. She continues to break boundaries and gender roles in her community. Hutchinson said, “The thing is, there’s no such thing as a ‘masculine’ sport. It’s just getting yourself out there
Anatli Smalley is also one of the Girls’ Wrestling teams’ captains. She is determined, driven, strives to improve in wrestling, and never backs down from a challenge. Even though a lot of time and work are put into wrestling, Anatli still manages to make room for those she loves and said, “I spend a lot of time with my family when I get to because I do have to spend a lot of time in the wrestling room”. Just like any other teen, Anatli has many hobbies that occupy her time, away from wrestling and school work: Smalley said, “I surf, play basketball, soccer, volleyball ...and spend time...drawing and playing the piano.” When asked to give a message to girls who desire to participate in masculine-stereotyped sports, such as wrestling, Smalley said, “I wouldn’t call it a ‘masculine’ sport at all, actually. I think that when women come into the sport, a lot of times we’re a lot more powerful and aggressive than some of the boys are. I feel like it shouldn't matter whether you're a girl or a boy. Our bodies both move the same and we can both handle the stress that it gives mentally.” There seems to be a special bond between the girl wrestlers that Smalley described as, “super close. It goes beyond friendship with all of the girls because not only is it a verbal relationship but it’s a physical relationship.”
Even today, the societal division, which has been maintained throughout the generations, of what men and women should participate in, continues to plague our society and our mindsets. The Girls’ Wrestling team shows us that no one should feel like he or she is prohibited from doing what he or she desires, due to gender stereotypes.The girls expressed that no woman should feel pressured or dominated by men, in anything that society has typically classified as “masculine.” Everyone person, no matter the gender, should be able to do what he or she loves, despite what society has traditionally said.
By: Keren Santamaria, The Plaid Staff Writer
The UHS Dance Department puts in a great deal of effort to make every show a success. Their latest show, “Dance Works” was performed last Friday at 7:30 PM. Senior Sanai West said, “The whole entire week following up to the show was nerve-racking. It took us many hours, putting choreography together and learning our limits, as a class.” She explained that the dancers stayed at school until 7 or 8 PM, several times last week, to prepare for the show. “It took a lot of work and effort to learn the routine, but getting to know everyone was a great experience. We've been through our ups and downs, and got past the differences” West said.
The dancers’ hard work showed in every performance and the audience was very supportive by constantly cheering the dancers on. “We didn't expect it to be a full house,” West continued, “but the auditorium was packed, and the line to enter the auditorium went past the F building.” The audience members were very proud of the performers, as many were carrying flowers and they stayed long after the show, hugging and congratulating the dancers for such great performances.
At the end, all of the acts took their bows, and the express team came back on stage to thank their coaches with flowers. “I would like to thank Brooke for the amazing choreography and leading us to be our best. Overall, we are all a bit closer. As this being my last year, I'm glad to take this opportunity and meet amazing people and dancers.” West said. From the graceful express performances, to the upbeat hip hop dances, it was an unforgettable show.
This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the choir production, “The Elizabethan Dinner.” Thirty years in the making, this production has seen it all and never fails to bring an extra boost of fun and Christmas Spirit into the holidays. Students and parents start preparing months in advance, in the hopes that guests will have an extraordinary experience.
The Elizabethan Dinner was the idea of Bruce Rodgers. Sophomore John Cutler, of Men’s Ensemble, said,“I believe he started it by just serving spaghetti” In fact, it is surprisingly how it started. Senior Morgan Price said, “It started in the rec room of Magnolia Park, serving spaghetti dinners. Now, thirty years later, it has developed into the incredible production it is, where we serve 250 people dinner every night.” Mr.Estrada, the current choir director, has taken this tradition and has expanded it. Every second week of December, the Upland High School Choir groups participate in and put on a performance, which they call “The Elizabethan Dinner.” The production is four days long and includes dinner, as well as multiple performances from all the different choirs. The performance gives its guests the opportunity to take a step back into the Elizabethan era, as well as listen to stunning vocalists, while enjoying their dinner.
As with other years, the huge production takes a lot of work and time to prepare. Price said,“For the choir it takes just three months to get the music down. That isn’t even including the time it takes to get the script down and the personality of the characters, which the middle class and Madrigals have to portray.” Sophomore Mya Jamison said,“This production really does take effort from everyone in the choir program. The Chorale is there to help with the food and drinks. The Madrigals are in charge of doing the main part of the show, which is acting and singing a lot of the songs. One way or another, everyone in choir plays a part to make the production happen.” Not only the students play a part, several parents and volunteers also help make the production a success. “They [the parents] help with raising money and getting enough volunteers to help out with everything. We wouldn’t be able to pull off such a large production without all the parents and volunteers,” Jamison said
Sophomore Tyler Watkins said, “Every year the choir has fun with the last night of performances. Throughout the years that I’ve been it choir nothing has really changed, except the theme of the Sunday night improv dinner. Last year, the theme was Star Wars.” Price said, “The theme this year was recent trends. We actually did the mannequin challenge, juju on that beat and other funny dance moves.”
The choir loves the guests that come and hope they have the best experience possible. Price said,“I really hope that the guests have a good time and will walk away and remember the funny jokes.” While Jamison said, “ I hope the guests realize how amazing the production is and they will want to go to see it next year.” Senior and Aria President, Celeste Moreno said that she hoped guests were given the full Elizabethan experience. Finally,
By: Kevyn Garcia, The Plaid, Staff Writer
The Hip Hop team continues to be one of the most popular performances at school rallies. Students cheer with anticipation, as the Hip Hop Team walks out and begins to dance to today’s modern hits. The students have worked hard all semester, in order to perfect their smooth moves, which they certainly demonstrated at the December 2, “Hip Hop Show.”
Many of the dancers have expressed the feeling of the team being a growing family. New members join every year and evolve into great dancers. Auditions were held last June and many students auditioned. However, only the best of the best made it on the team. Senior and first-year dancer, Precious Armendariz said, “Every family has their problems but at the end of the day, we still stick together and leave everything on the floor.”
The Hip Hop team is mostly, a student-run club. The more experienced dancers lead the team and work to pull the team together as one unit. Officers are elected to distribute responsibilities, and to provide students leadership roles. For example, the two Hip Hop Team Captains Senior, Ruby McAuliffe and Senior, David Macias, were responsible for choreographing their own dance numbers. The 2016-2017 school year is “Going to be fun and full of so many memories,” said Hip Hop President and Senior, Aris Pangan. They hope to win many competitions and give the best shows they can.
When asked about the Hip Hop Show and the work that went into it, Armendariz said, “We have some of the first rally pieces in there. We have been working on it all year. Even on Saturdays. Practice during the week is on Tuesday and Thursdays from five pm to 8:30 pm. On Saturdays, practice is from eight in the morning to three in the afternoon.”
With a ticket count of over 500, the December 2 Show was a huge success. After the final bows, the dancers were in tears after presenting their coaches and advisor, Ms. Jay, with a bouquet of flowers. As guests were exiting the building, they complimented the dancers on their impressive performance. Some of the comments overheard by audience-goers were:“One of the best shows this year.” “Their dancing was in sync to each other and the music.” “My favorite part was how cool the music sounded and how the dancers looked in the lights.” Hip Hop Team Lieutenant, Senior Selene Barragini said she was, “So thankful for these people and their constant support and love,” when referring to her friends and family that came out to see the show.
Overall, the Hip Hop team looks forward to another year full of dancing and fun. If you enjoyed the show, look out for the Winter Dance Concert on Friday, December 16th, when more great dancers and performances will be featured.
By: Rachelle Claire Ignacio, The Plaid Staff Writer
The Upland Lady Scots and the Kaiser Cats faced off Tuesday night to start off the season. Upland started the game full of energy and finished the game with a whopping score of 71-19.
Upland started the first half strong as junior #3, Essence Carrington, scored 16 points all within the first quarter. After a few fouls and turnovers, the team ended the quarter with a lead of 19-2. In the second quarter, the Lady Scots changed gears towards their defense. With less than five minutes left in the quarter, the team managed to defend the basket until the opposing team’s 30 second shot clock ran out.
Going into the second half of the game, Upland continued on with their defense and completed several more turnovers than the prior quarter. This then caused fast breaks and so the team passed on the ball and relied on junior #1, Alexis Sanchez, and sophomore #5, Mina Goss Guevara, to finish it off with their 3-pointer jump shots.
During the last quarter, the team generally played the same as the last two quarters which in the end payed off. Although since the team was not too worried about scoring, several other players had the chance to score as well. With these consistent executions, senior #22, Gabby Marlen, ended the game with a quick lay-up, milliseconds before the buzzer rang.
Upland played hard all throughout the game, even with a big lead to start. The following day, Coach J said, “I thought we ran the fastbreak really well as a team. It was kind of hard to run offense because the other team was not very good defensively, but we passed the ball well and Mina and Essence shot the ball real well.” The Lady Scots’ relentless defense and and strong offense earned them the most glorious way to start off the season.
By: Andrea Sosa, The Plaid Staff Writer
On October tenth, Juniors, Sanaa Johnson and Savannah Trujillo participated in the Alcatraz to San Francisco swim, the infamous prison in San Francisco, California. Known for its reputation as one of the hardest prisons to escape from, Alcatraz is located in the middle of the San Francisco Bay. The swim was organized by PATHSTAR that helps educate about and encourage wholesome nutrition and a stay-active lifestyle among American Indians and Alaska Natives. The purpose of the swim event was to bring awareness to health issues in Native American culture.
Sanaa Johnson and Savannah Trujillo flew to San Francisco together, without their family on October 2nd and were meant to swim October 10th. The normal age group of the race participants was from the late thirties to the fifties, which made the girls the youngest of the group.
Sanaa and Savannah wanted to participate in this swim when Sanaa’s mom, a Native American, saw the ad for the race on tv. She told the girls and they immediately became very interested. The water was at a 50 degree temp but that didn't stop them. Savannah Trujillo said, “It was fun and a new experience. I would definitely go back.” The race took a lot of preparation and both girls knew it would be long and tiring, but they were more than ready to participate. In order to prepare for this race, Sanaa Johnson said, “I went on a no carb diet. No sugar. Everything was proportioned and I had to eat a bag of salad with each meal.” According to both girls, the diet was the hardest part of the preparations that went into readying them to do well in the swim.
Sanaa said, “It was very scary and unexpected to see real-life animals in the ocean because I've never been in open water swimming. I was afraid I was going to get eaten by a shark.” On the day of the swim, Trujillo said, “I woke up at 4:00 to get ready and at 5:45 I started swimming.” Despite the difficulty of the challenge, the girls were eager to bring awareness to the cause that they came there for. So, getting up early and the very cold temperature of the waters did not stop them.
Both girls want to go back and are also very interested in swimming the Golden Gate Bridge. It is not a funded race itself, but they know a someone who can take them out on a boat, in order to swim from one side to the other. Johnson and Trujillo are also interested in bringing along more people with them to participate in this (PATHSTAR Alcatraz Swim Week) amazing experience.
By: Destinee Mondragon, The Plaid Staff Writer &
Nicoletta Domicolo, The Plaid Staff Photographer
The Boys’ Varsity Soccer team has seen many changes to the team, such as a new coach, new team members and high expectations for the 2016 season. The team consists of eleven seniors, eight juniors, four sophomores, and two freshman. The new coach or rather. returning coach, Mr. Diaz, actually coached the team from 1994 to 2004. Diaz then coached the Girls’ Varsity team, from 2006 to 2016. Now, Diaz is back and taking on the role of the main coach. His efforts seem to be paying off as the Highlanders beat the Esperanza Aztecs 2-0.
In Diaz’s opinion, the team’s biggest strength is its comradery and how it really comes together as a team. Diaz said,“The boys have all put the team’s needs first and they work and fight for one another.” The aspect that Mr. Diaz would like to work on this season is, “Getting used to the new system and coaching staff.” Mr. Diaz also said that another goal for him is to see the team become even more unified, play attractive possession-style soccer, really come together as a unit, and make sure the boys to enjoy themselves in the process. When asked which school would be their biggest competition. Diaz said, “The whole Baseline League is very competitive and all six teams are quality-sized and not easy. It will take a lot of work from the team but I know the boys will put in all the effort needed to win the games.”
The two varsity captains are Senior, Tyler Schrock and Junior, Isaac Balderrama. Captain Tyler Schrock has been part of the soccer team for all four years of high school and this is his second year as team captain. When asked how he feels about this season’s changes he said, “I feel like Coach Diaz has changed our old tactics and put more discipline into the team and I see these changes in a positive way, leading the team to success.” Schrock’s goals for his second year as captain are to make everyone better as a team and to follow previous captains’ footsteps with great leadership. In his opinion, the team’s biggest competition would be Damien High School.
Captain Isaac Balderrama has been on the soccer team for three years, and this is his first year being a captain. His goals as captain this year are, “I want to get far with the team and make it CIF finals. I want to the team to be champions and nothing less.” Balderrama believes that their biggest competition would be Damien or Chino Hills.
The boys’ first game of the season was on November 28, against the Esperanza Aztecs. Upland took the win, with a score of 2-0. The Upland boys had possession of the ball most of the time in the first half, with a great defense. Schrock showed his impressive skills and demonstrated possessive-style soccer against the Aztecs’ captain, Robbie Newberry. The Aztecs could not keep Upland’s offense away, with Schrock making the first goal, at minute 35 of the game and proving that he is a threat, no matter where he is on the field.
The second half of the game was intense with the Aztecs’ desperation to score and the Highlanders’ efforts to keep the upper hand. The Highlanders’ defense was maintained by Senior defender, Chase Hargrove, keeping the Aztecs away from the goal. Upland’s offense really came alive in the second half, with Senior, Joaquin Jaime making a cross-shot at minute 65. Despite Jaime’s best efforts, he narrowly missed making the goal. Ali Khalil made an incredible save for the Highlanders, with a 360 spin, taking the ball away from an Aztec offender. Jaime scored the second goal of the game incredibly, at minute 75, against two Aztec defenders, ending the game with an Upland win.
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