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The Foothill Dragon Press

The Student News Site of Foothill Technology High School

The Foothill Dragon Press

Foothill Techs annual Winter Formal began on Dec. 16, 2023, with an enchanting Yule Ball theme. The venue was decorated in icy blue and stark white lights, glitter, balloons and candles on every table.

Dragons have a magical night at the 2023 Winter Formal

Layla Solomon, Writer December 17, 2023

On the night of Dec. 16, 2023, the sun set on the vacant, empty lot of the Ventura County Fairground, soon to be interrupted by the hustle and bustle of a swarm of students from across the school district,...

Within Ventura Unified School District (VUSD), awareness is being raised concerning the amount of students enrolling into the districts schools for the 2024-2025 school year and beyond.

Concern raises within VUSD about the impending enrollment decline

Bailey Basurto, Reporter December 4, 2023

With the annual School of Choice Event at Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) on Nov. 16, 2023, the lingering problem of declining enrollment within the Ventura Unified School District (VUSD)...

While students mull around during their hour-long lunch, staff members are reminded of a huge inequity between Foothill Technology High Schools (Foothill Tech) schedule compared to those of Ventura High School (Ventura) and Buena High School (Buena): the lack of hours to prepare for class due to the significant more time Foothill Tech teachers spend with students. With the School Site Council (SSC) planning to meet on Nov. 30, 2023, to vote on the potential of switching Foothill Techs schedule to 100-minute class periods, thus shortening the lunch period while also allowing the teachers more preparation time, Foothill Tech staff waited to hear the results. With the final result of six votes of no and five of yes, the new schedule was not passed and teachers are left with the question of what comes next.

School Site Council votes against bell schedule changes for the 2024-2025 school year

Maggie Lay and Ella Asher December 2, 2023

On Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023, at 7:30 a.m. in Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech)’s conference room, the School Site Council (SSC) voted against a proposed change to the bell schedule for the...

Due to CIF labor pay disputes, soccer referees of all high school games, including Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech), decided to go on strike. Members of Ventura County have stepped up to help the local soccer community, saving their 2023 to 2024 high school season.

CIF soccer referees boycott 2023-2024 season over failed negotiations for higher pay

Ella Asher, Reporter November 23, 2023

Due to a dispute over a pay increase, California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section soccer referees have boycotted the 2023-2024 soccer season. Referees from other sports such as basketball,...

Rhea Gill 25 and Joshua Gelman 26 sit down and talk about Foothill Techs Associated Student Body (ASB) program and many future school events that will be happening in the 2023-2024 school year.

ASB President Rhea Gill and Vice President Joshua Gelman speak on their values as presidents, and what the future holds for the school year

Maggie Lay, Reporter November 22, 2023

On Nov. 16, 2023, Rhea Gill ‘25, Associated Student Body (ASB) President, and Joshua Gelman ’26, ASB vice president, gave a formal address to highlight their values and goals for the future of their...

As the School Site Council (SSC) hosted the second meeting concerning the potential bell schedule change, students and teachers were able to join in and give public comments. Teachers focused on the emotional toll the current structure took on them, while members of meeting debated on prioritizing student interest. Neverless, Foothill Technology High School’s (Foothill Tech) student and staff are patiently waiting for the final decision of the potential bell schedule change for the 2024-2025 school year.

Student Site Council holds second meeting on new bell schedule proposal

Ailanie Martinez, Assignment Editor November 20, 2023

Following the proposal of matching bell schedules with Ventura Unified School District (VUSD)’s traditional high schools, the Student Site Council (SSC) held their second meeting over the issue on Thursday,...

On Nov. 17, 2023, the three cohorts of Bioscience came together to compete for the gold crutch in the annual Bioscience Olympics. This years first place went to Cohort 18, second place went to Cohort 19 and third place went to Cohort 20.

The annual BioScience Olympics creates fun competition between cohorts

Aubrey Alderman, Reporter November 19, 2023

On Friday, Nov. 17, 2023 the BioScience Academy hosted its annual bonding event, the BioScience Olympics. It happened after school from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., where all of the academy participated...

Freshman at Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) During their F.I.R.E. class students also have the opportunity to travel to another classroom to work with their fellow classmates on school projects or homework assignments. Before traveling to another class, freshmen are expected to ask permission and sign out from their teacher or their leader.

Wings of success: The Class of 2027’s seamless soar into high school

Ella Asher, Reporter November 16, 2023

The transition from eighth grade to ninth grade is a formative step for all students. It can prove to be a very challenging time as ninth graders learn to adjust to the demands of high school. The fear...

As students and administration spend time standing in the sunny quad conversing during their lunchtime, teachers are advocating a switch of the school schedule to bring equality to all the teachers in the Ventura Unified School District.

Student Site Council meets to discuss potential bell schedule change for 2024-2025 school year

Ailanie Martinez, Assignment Editor November 12, 2023

On Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023, in the conference room of Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech), the Student Site Council (SSC) met to discuss the formal proposal to adopt the same bell schedule as...

Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) students hold up their hands during the song Party in the U.S.A. by Miley Cyrus at the A Nightmare on Day Road dance. The evening of Nov. 3, 2023 was filled with fun and excitement for every student in attendance.

A Nightmare on Day Road creeps in to conclude Foothill Tech’s spooky season

Kalea Eggertsen, Writer November 6, 2023

As the Halloween season comes to a close, the dance that students of Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) had been waiting for arrived at last. On Nov. 3, 2023, A Nightmare on Day Road crept...

Students and families of Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) gathered together to celebrate Día de los Muertos on Nov. 2, 2023. With various types of traditional food, along with folklórico dancing and games, the night was a memorable and honorable tribute to those who have passed on.

Foothill Tech families celebrate Día de los Muertos: A commemoration of the deceased

Maggie Lay, Reporter November 5, 2023

On Nov. 2, 2023, Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) held a Día de los Muertos event for students and their families to commemorate loved ones who have passed away and to feature Latine culture...

On Oct. 31 2023, students of Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech) were encouraged to dress up and enjoy some sweet Halloween treats provided by their peers and teachers at Trunk or Treat. Fun costumes were displayed such as Willy Wonka and his Oompa Loompas, shown by Kelsey Stolworthy 24, Ashlyn Mullin 24, Kaili Garrett 24 and Taylor Liston 24.

Trunk or Treat brings students together for the spirit of Halloween

Aubrey Alderman, Reporter November 3, 2023

After an exciting fall break for Foothill Technology High School (Foothill Tech), Dragons returned to the annual Trunk or Treat on Oct. 31, 2023, hosted by the Associated Student Body (ASB) in the school...

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