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BREAKING NEWS: Three small brushfires erupt in Ventura County

BREAKING NEWS: Three small brushfires erupt in Ventura County

Olivia Zoll, Reporter

June 10, 2020

During the second day of a heat influx in Ventura, a brushfire erupted at approximately 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 10. Named the Elizabeth Fire, the brushfire between Ventura and Santa Paula has burned about 250 acres as of 3:45 p.m. Since the fire broke out in a deserted area, it was hard to acce...

Worldwide protests held for Black Lives Matter Movement, Ventura County follows

A large banner was carried in remembrance of the late George Floyd.

Olivia Zoll, Reporter

June 9, 2020

On June 7, 2020, around noon, hundreds of protestors flooded the streets of Ventura, shouting chants and raising signs in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.  This particular protest, held at the Ventura Government Center, was donned the “Ventura County Black Out” and the flyer stated tha...

Annual anticipated Air Guitar made virtual due to COVID-19

Air Guitar was held virtually this year on YouTube instead of the usual on campus festivities.

Olivia Zoll, Reporter

June 2, 2020

Air Guitar, an annual event highly awaited by many Foothill Technology High School (FTHS) students and teachers alike, was cancelled this year due to the unprecedented effects of COVID-19. Although you won’t be able to watch the acts with your friends while getting extremely sunburnt, or half asleep...

Seniors are recognized virtually during the Senior Awards Night celebration

Emcees Melanie Lindsey and Justin Frazier switch off announcing different awards.

Olivia Zoll, Writer

May 31, 2020

Senior Awards Night is typically a night full of pride and joy; a night where seniors are awarded for all their hard work amongst family and friends. The class of 2020, the class that made history, received a different form of celebration. Due to COVID-19, Senior Awards Night could not happen in its ...

Everything you should know about upcoming virtual and in-person senior events

New plans for senior events are announced in the midst of school cancellation.

Emma Yakel, Reporter

May 28, 2020

As the COVID-19 outbreak swept the nation and the world, causing closures and social distancing measures, it has also swept the typical celebrations of seniors right along with it. As the end of the 2019-20 school year quickly approaches, the class of 2020 has been left to question whether events such as ...

Update: Edgenuity restored after system-wide shutdown

After a period of being offline, Edgenuity is back online for students to use. Photo credit: Edgenuity

Adler Striegel, Assignment Editor

May 23, 2020

On May 18, 2020, Edgenuity worked to resolve a network issue that prevented students from working on their classwork. According to an Edgenuity status page, on May 18, 2020, the system was down at 7:57 a.m MST and services were restored at 5:52 p.m MST.  According to the Edgenuity twitter page, the...

News Brief: Edgenuity experiences system-wide outage

Edgenuity is offline as students work their way through the end of the school year online, halting their progress.

Adler Striegel, Assignment Editor

May 18, 2020

On May 18, 2020, students logging on to Edgenuity found that the online platform was not working. An email and phone call was sent out by the Ventura Unified School District (Ventura Unified), notifying parents and students that there is a system-wide outage.  “We are working with the company but do no...

Ventura protesters call for an end to California shutdown

A woman participating in the protest holds a sign that states,

Adler Striegel, Reporter

May 2, 2020

At noon on May 1, 2020, a large and passionate group of protesters gathered outside the Ventura County Government Center, demanding a full reopening of California. This protest comes more than a month after Governor Gavin Newsom issued a stay at home order due to COVID-19. Similar protests were held on the same day across California in Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Francisco.  Protesters gathered on the corner of Victoria Avenue...

Ventura Unified school board decides on new grading policies for second semester

The Ventura Unified school board released their decision on April 28.

Emma Yakel, Reporter

April 30, 2020

On April 28, the Ventura Unified School District (Ventura Unified) school board enacted new grading policies for middle schools and high schools for the second semester of the 2019-20 school year in the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, school closures and the ultimate shift to online learning. Their decision came after a committee determined the best approach to the situation after careful consideration of the ...

BREAKING NEWS: California schools likely to remain closed for the rest of the school year

BREAKING NEWS: California schools likely to remain closed for the rest of the school year

Olivia Zoll, Reporter

March 31, 2020

On March 31, a call and email were sent out to parents and guardians in the Ventura Unified School District (Ventura Unified) regarding the announcement made by California State Superintendent Tony Thurmond earlier that evening.  “Due to the current safety concerns and needs for ongoing social distancing it curre...

Former Superintendent, Dr. Joe Spirito, passes away

Former Superintendent, Dr. Joe Spirito, passes away

Adler Striegel, Reporter

March 28, 2020

On March 26, 2020, former Ventura Unified School District (Ventura Unified) Superintendent, Dr. Joseph (Joe) Spirito passed away. An email was sent out on behalf of Ventura Unified Superintendent Roger Rice, notifying the Ventura Unified team that Spirito had died. The email also served as a reminder...

BREAKING NEWS: Ventura Unified will move to online instruction until May 4, 2020

BREAKING NEWS: Ventura Unified will move to online instruction until May 4, 2020

Ethan Sequeira, Reporter

March 19, 2020

On March 18, an email and phone call was sent out to families of students in the Ventura Unified School District (Ventura Unified) stating that students will continue to be out of school until May 4. According to teacher Cherie Eulau, long-distance learning appears to be starting from March 27 and onwards. This...

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