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Six teachers’ plans for retirement range from researching Native Americans to volunteering at the MIND Institute

Six teachers’ plans for retirement range from researching Native Americans to volunteering at the MIND Institute

Chardonnay Needler, Business Manager
February 10, 2017 • 4,438 views
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For many, this year seems like the end - and the beginning - of an era. AP European History teacher Daniel Neukom, director of admission Lonna Bloedau, English teacher Ron Bell, history teacher Bruce Baird, AP Studio Art teacher Patricia Kelly and lower-school teacher Anita Kassel would agree. They all have announce...

From Anna Ellison to Alex Ellison: Alumnus explains his transition from a female to a male

From Anna Ellison to Alex Ellison: Alumnus explains his transition from a female to a male

Nicole Wolkov, Page Editor
February 3, 2017 • 639 views
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When Alex Ellison graduated from SCDS in 2008, he was called Anna. During high school, he wrote for the Octagon, played bass in the jazz band and rowed for Capital Crew. He was also a big Spice Girls fan, attending their reunion tour show in San Jose his senior year and writing a funny review of it. Dur...

Becoming part of history, alumni participate in Women’s Marches around the world

Becoming part of history, alumni participate in Women’s Marches around the world

Sonja Hansen, Online Editor-in-Chief
January 29, 2017 • 448 views
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On Jan. 21 millions of people marched in the U.S. and around the world in Women's Marches in response to president Donald Trump's inauguration. Among the millions were some SCDS alumni, who shared their stories. Zoe Dym, ‘16, in Honolulu, Hawaii “It was so amazing. The whole time I was thinking, ...

Why fine arts teachers say AP Music Theory isn’t happening

Why fine arts teachers say AP Music Theory isn’t happening

Chardonnay Needler, Business Manager
January 20, 2017 • 363 views
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The school offers a wide range of electives, from AP classes to the analysis of scientifically inaccurate movies. Yet the debate over adding an AP Music Theory class next year makes it evident that some electives require more commitment, focus and, more importantly, time, than others. Over the years, students have com...

Being a boy in ballet means less competition for roles, more leniency and fewer expenses – but the stigma surrounding male dancers continues

Being a boy in ballet means less competition for roles, more leniency and fewer expenses – but the stigma surrounding male dancers continues

Annya Dahmani, Feature Editor
January 3, 2017 • 528 views
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Freshman Jackson Margolis has ballet at 4 p.m. Realizing that he’s going to be late, he decides to wear his school clothes. Once he arrives at the Sacramento Ballet studio, he warms up on the barre with ankle weights and stretches. He then does four pirouettes, landing them perfectly. Margolis looks around the room. There a...

Composing Castro’s obituary: a story 30 years in the making that says a lot about newspapers

Composing Castro’s obituary: a story 30 years in the making that says a lot about newspapers

Chardonnay Needler, Business Manager
December 15, 2016 • 564 views
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Glenn Garvin, Octagon adviser Patricia Fels’s former boyfriend at Stanford University, currently works for the Miami Herald as a reporter. Fifteen minutes after the death of one of the most infamous and influential Latin American leaders was announced, a more than 270-inch long obituary detailing the figurative rises a...

Disproportionate budget cuts frustrate elective teachers, students who fundraised last year

Disproportionate budget cuts frustrate elective teachers, students who fundraised last year

Marigot Fackenthal, Print Editor-in-Chief
November 4, 2016 • 409 views
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In recent years, the school’s overall budget has been about $10 million. This year, due to a drop in enrollment, there was an approximate $500,000 decrease, according to head of school Lee Thomsen. In other words, the total budget went down by approximately 5 percent. This led to cuts across the sch...

Women still discriminated against in engineering; alumna faces lower pay, unconscious bias, harassment in workforce

Women still discriminated against in engineering; alumna faces lower pay, unconscious bias, harassment in workforce

Marigot Fackenthal and Sahej Claire
May 10, 2016 • 646 views
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For all the future female engineers out there, I’ve got some good news and some bad news.  The good news is this: your field of choice is an amazing one, and you’ll like your work a lot. Engineering will offer you a wide range of jobs, and you are more than capable of succeeding in every one of the...

Je suis Charlie. Je suis Paris. Je suis Muslim. Half a world away from war zones, students singled out for religion

Je suis Charlie. Je suis Paris. Je suis Muslim. Half a world away from war zones, students singled out for religion

Madison Judd, Print Editor-in-Chief
April 14, 2016 • 722 views
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Search “Muslims” on Google images, and the results reflect the growing anti-Muslim sentiments in the world. The first 15 images include groups of Muslim men praying, a cluster of smiling girls wearing hijabs (head scarves worn by Muslim women), screaming men rioting in the streets, a r...

Breaking the Rulindo Myth: It’s time to lay down the facts about our sister school (slideshow included)

Breaking the Rulindo Myth: It’s time to lay down the facts about our sister school (slideshow included)

Marigot Fackenthal, Page Editor
April 8, 2016 • 954 views
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“Hey, guys! So next week, we’ll be doing Passport Lunch! Remember to bring $7! The money is going to Rulindo.” I clap absentmindedly for the speaker, whom I can’t even see. I don’t really know what she’s talking about - something something Rio Linda. People at morning meeting are always...

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