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Students use marijuana despite risks

The Oracle

April 16, 2012

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By Amrita Moitra and Annie Tran: Chasing after the infamous hazy high is a popular pastime for youths. For some, it is a controlled act, but for others, it is a habit that interferes with their lives. The burgeoning use of marij...

Teens hesitant to talk sex with parents

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April 16, 2012

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By Samantha Donat: “Everyone’s doing it.” Well, not everyone (although, according to The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, 46 percent of high school students are).  But even if teens aren’t ...

In Response

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March 27, 2012

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Written by World Language Department Instructional Supervisor Anne Jensen in response to factually incorrect information that was part of an article arguing the ethicality of native speakers taking language tests: The World Language...

Board debates new graduation criteria

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March 16, 2012

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By Ben Atlas: This spring, the school board is on schedule to discuss and enact policies that will make A-G requirements, needed for admission to a University of California (UC), mandatory for graduates. This policy would add two ...

Auditions to showcase Bay Area bands

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March 16, 2012

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By Emily Yao: For students who are serious about music and aspire to be musicians, the Hurricane Music Festival Auditions is the perfect opportunity for bands to demonstrate musical talent. Auditioning groups get a chance at ...

Teen dance planned for March

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March 16, 2012

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By Lawrence Chen: Stemming from a desire for more teen-oriented community activities, Palo Alto youth groups will be holding a dance called Hit the Lights on Mar. 31 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Lucie Stern Community Center...

WASC to reevaluate campus

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March 16, 2012

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By Rebecca Alger: The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) will be visiting campus for their triennial evaluation on Mar. 22. WASC’s purpose is to ensure that each school is meeting its proper standards and im...

Q & A on construction

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March 16, 2012

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The Oracle: What construction projects are going on? District Facilities Bond Manager Bob Golton: We have active construction at both Gunn and Paly. The construction contracts issued at each campus are about $25 million each. At Gunn,...

New courses to offer more variety

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March 16, 2012

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By Zoe Weisner: Three new classes have been added to the course catalog this year: Facing History and Ourselves, Individual Fitness and Far East History and Culture. While Facing History and Ourselves and Far East History and Cu...

Second Everytown held in February

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March 16, 2012

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By Erica Lee: For the first time ever, Gunn held a second Camp Everytown during the spring in conjunction with Paly. This combined camp was held from Feb. 29 through Mar. 3. While Gunn usually does not have a second Camp Everyto...

The Oracle examines teacher dismissal process

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March 12, 2012

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By Utkash Dubey: In light of the recent firing of physics teacher Eric Hickock, The Oracle decided to examine the process of hiring and firing teachers in the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD). According to Princip...

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