The Octagon

‘Mother figure of middle school’ remembered by faculty, staff after end of cancer battle

‘Mother figure of middle school’ remembered by faculty, staff after end of cancer battle

Chardonnay Needler, Online Editor-in-Chief

January 14, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

According to middle school science teacher Aleitha Burns, the world got a “little bit heavier” this past Dec. 31 after Barbara Johnson, former assistant to the head of middle school, died after a long cancer battle. Her memorial service will be Friday, Feb. 2, at 4 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church (2425 Sierra Blvd). Called the ...

Sophomore’s father nominated by President Trump to serve as U.S. Attorney for second time

Sophomore’s father nominated by President Trump to serve as U.S. Attorney for second time

Elise Sommerhaug, Reporter

January 9, 2018


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McGregor Scott, father of Mac, ‘17, sophomore Spencer and seventh grader Mitchell, has been chosen by the President of the United States to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California for the second time.   Q: What is the job of the U.S. Attorney? A: The 50 sta...

Despite frequent reminders, Latin teacher’s yearly spring Italy trip canceled (slideshow included)

Despite frequent reminders, Latin teacher’s yearly spring Italy trip canceled (slideshow included)

Larkin Barnard-Bahn, Business Manager

December 22, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

At morning meetings in the fall, Latin teacher Jane Batarseh often described activities planned for the trip to Italy she had organized with the Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study. Batarseh partnered with the institute, which was originally given a large grant by Harvard University, because all ...

UPDATE ON UC EDUCATIONS: What’s changed with international students?

UPDATE ON UC EDUCATIONS: What’s changed with international students?

Sonja Hansen, Print Editor-in-Chief

December 20, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

This is the second article in a five-part update on UC Educations, the third-party organization that organizes their stays in the States. Click here for the questions and problems that last year’s international students raised, which were published in the final issue of the 2016-17 Octagon. Since August, internat...

Students torn over controversial net neutrality repeal

Students torn over controversial net neutrality repeal

Mohini Rye, Feature Editor

December 19, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

High school teacher Sue Nellis kicked off her AP U.S. History class Dec. 14 by returning and then discussing the most recent test. Junior Blake Lincoln was chosen to read his short answer aloud as an example. But before he started, he nonchalantly threw in another key piece of information - one pertai...

SPOTLIGHT ON SEXUAL HARASSMENT: As allegations surface in journalism, film, tech, academia, alumnae tell their own stories

SPOTLIGHT ON SEXUAL HARASSMENT: As allegations surface in journalism, film, tech, academia, alumnae tell their own stories

Katia Dahmani, Print Co-Editor-in-Chief

December 16, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase

Fresh out of college, an SCDS alumna finally landed a job at a news desk, where she worked long hours with a male co-worker. But she eventually earned the label of being a “disloyal employee” because she asked to be switched to a different news team and was denied. Fortunately, she qui...

Girls’ and boys’ soccer teams unify after decades apart

Girls’ and boys’ soccer teams unify after decades apart

Mehdi Lacombe, Page Editor

December 14, 2017


Filed under News, Showcase, Sports

For the first time since 1992, both boys and girls will play on the varsity soccer team. The team will play in the boys’ league since the league allows girls to play on boys’ teams but not the other way around. Boys’ coach Matt Vargo is working with former girls’ soccer coach Georg...

Smashing victory for boys’ basketball leading up to tournament

Smashing victory for boys’ basketball leading up to tournament

Katia Dahmani, Print Editor-in-Chief

December 13, 2017


Filed under News, Sports

Opponent: Delta High School   Location: Delta   Final score: 91-22, Cavs’ win   High scorer: Senior Reggie Fan with 29 points.   Defensive triumph: The Cavs limited the Delta Saints to only 4 points in the first quarter.   Inside info from Fan: “I ...

Q&A: As Thomas Fires spread to Santa Barbara, Zoë Bowlus, ’16, heads home early with finals postponed until January

Q&A: As Thomas Fires spread to Santa Barbara, Zoë Bowlus, ’16, heads home early with finals postponed until January

Chardonnay Needler, Online Editor-in-Chief

December 11, 2017


Filed under Features, News, Showcase

Zoë Bowlus, ‘16, attends the University of California, Santa Barbara, which is about 25 miles east of the radius of the Thomas Fires in Santa Barbara County. In a Dec. 10 email to the UC Santa Barbara community, chancellor Henry Yang announced that due to the “uncertainty” accompanying the fires, final exams scheduled for the week ...

Chomp away for charity – CLSU raises hundreds for Breakthrough through taco-eating contest (slideshow included)

Chomp away for charity – CLSU raises hundreds for Breakthrough through taco-eating contest (slideshow included)

Kristine Schmitz, Reporter

December 10, 2017


Filed under Features, News, Showcase, Slideshows

Junior Nate Jakobs came in first in a taco-eating contest sponsored by the Chican@ Latin@ Student Union (CLSU) on Dec. 8, downing seven tacos in  1 minute 30 seconds. Junior Yelin Mao came in a close second, followed by English teacher Jason Hinojosa. “(I started) with (eating) three (tacos ...