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High school celebrates last day of school with breakfast, art presentations, Glass Knife (slideshow included)

High school celebrates last day of school with breakfast, art presentations, Glass Knife (slideshow included)

Mehdi Lacombe, Editor-in-Chief

June 6, 2018


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After a long year of work, high school students got some time to celebrate their efforts on June 6. On this minimum day, classes were held for only 20 minutes each - just enough for teachers to give students their final grades, and, in some classes, their final goodbyes. In between classes, students cou...

Octagon brings home 19 awards from San Francisco journalism convention (slideshow included)

Octagon brings home 19 awards from San Francisco journalism convention (slideshow included)

Sahej Claire, Online Editor-in-Chief

April 17, 2018


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The Octagon staff traveled to San Francisco, April 12-14, for the annual spring National High School Journalism Convention. The event was sponsored by the Journalism Education Association and the National Scholastic Press Association. Octagon staffers participated in 18 write-off competitions, earn...

Soft snow at state competition handicaps skiers (slideshow included)

Soft snow at state competition handicaps skiers (slideshow included)

Larkin Barnard-Bahn, Business Manager

March 12, 2018


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When team captain junior Luca Procida and freshman Colin Usrey arrived at Mammoth Mountain on March 3 to ski and train, the mountain was closed due to an avalanche. And because of the soft snow, the training scheduled for the next day was cancelled too. “I knew that under these conditions,...

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 ...