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Alumni discuss roommates, school politics, and more on annual college freshman panel (videos included)

Alumni discuss roommates, school politics, and more on annual college freshman panel (videos included)

Harrison Moon and Chardonnay Needler

January 6, 2018


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Fourteen alumni from the class of 2017 returned to their high school alma mater on Jan. 5 to discuss everything from roommates to school politics at the annual freshman panel.  The 14 present were Nicole Wolkov (George Washington University), Emory Shi (Dickinson College), Kaeleigh Valverde ...

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


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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 ...

Juniors, seniors take annual trip to Ashland, experience Oregonian life (video and slideshow included)

Juniors, seniors take annual trip to Ashland, experience Oregonian life (video and slideshow included)

Sahej Claire, Chardonnay Needler, and Harrison Moon

October 12, 2017


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Each year, juniors and seniors travel to Ashland, Oregon, for four days during the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Students watch plays, explore the town of Ashland and experience outdoor activities such as whitewater rafting or bicycling. This year’s featured play was Shakespeare’s “Julius Cae...

Black Team crushes Red Team at annual Ancil Hoffman picnic (slideshow included)

Black Team crushes Red Team at annual Ancil Hoffman picnic (slideshow included)

Chardonnay Needler, Online Editor-in-Chief

September 16, 2017


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On Sept. 15 the green fields of Ancil Hoffman Park transformed into a battleground: the Black Team (freshmen and seniors) and Red Team (sophomores and juniors) were poised to battle it out at the annual SCDS Ancil Hoffman Capture-the-Flag game. Four quarters and one hour later, the Black Team was victo...

Traditional Friday morning meetings come to an end, giving students more social time (slideshow included)

Traditional Friday morning meetings come to an end, giving students more social time (slideshow included)

Héloïse Schep, Reporter

April 21, 2017


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For those who grumble about high-school morning meetings a new school policy just made Friday mornings a whole lot better! Instead of attending the usual morning meetings, students can now relax, eat a snack and talk to friends during their 20-minute break on Fridays, beginning on April 14.   ...

Painter’s friends fake his death in high-school drama written by Mark Twain (slideshow included)

Painter’s friends fake his death in high-school drama written by Mark Twain (slideshow included)

Jackson Margolis and Jacqueline Chao

April 12, 2017


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In past SCDS productions senior Daniel Hernried has played both a young, egotistical, charismatic Spanish painter and an over-sensitive, intelligent artist. This year, Hernried is walking on familiar ground as he will be Jean-François Millet, an impoverished but gifted French artist. Millet, as wel...

Educate. Inspire. Take Action.

Educate. Inspire. Take Action.

Adam Dean, Jack Christian, and Jacqueline Chao

April 7, 2017


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On April 7, three Octagon staffers competed in the Online News Package contest at the National High School Journalism Convention in Seattle, Washington. Their assignment was to create a multimedia news package about the Holocaust Center for Humanity. Three years ago, former social studies ...

Coconut cream, pecan, Dutch apple earn bakers recognition, extra credit in Pi Day pie competition (slideshow included)

Coconut cream, pecan, Dutch apple earn bakers recognition, extra credit in Pi Day pie competition (slideshow included)

Sonja Hansen and Benett Sackheim

March 20, 2017


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On March 14, Student Council organized a bake-off. About 15 pies were entered, but only three impressed the judges enough to earn the first, second and third prizes. Sophomore Tori Van Vleck's coconut cream pie won first place, juniors Nina Dym and Pria Nijhar's pecan pie with cinnamon roll crust earned...

Sophomore chemistry students tag along on fourth graders’ trip to Sutter’s Fort (slideshow included)

Sophomore chemistry students tag along on fourth graders’ trip to Sutter’s Fort (slideshow included)

David Situ, Reporter

March 9, 2017


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This year’s fourth-grade trip to Sutter’s Fort can’t be called a class trip anymore; they weren’t the only grade there. From March 1-2, the fourth-grade class took their annual trip to Sutter’s Fort. This year, as part of an experiment due to the lack of fourth-grade parents because of the class’s small s...

Passport Lunch raises hundreds for Breakthrough; African drum circle performance gets students moving (slideshow included)

Passport Lunch raises hundreds for Breakthrough; African drum circle performance gets students moving (slideshow included)

Sonja Hansen, Online Editor-in-Chief

February 25, 2017


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Students and faculty got a taste of dozens of cultures, Feb. 23-24, during the high-school Passport Lunch and a performance from the Fenix Drum and Dance Company on the following day. On Feb. 23 high-school advisories and language departments held the annual Passport Lunch to fundraise for Breakthrough...