The Stinger


Teacher Tenure is Harmful to Students’ Education

Teacher tenure could retain potentially ineffective teachers and damage a student's education.

Karen Abdelmalek, Staff Writer

January 28, 2019

Teacher tenure is a policy found in 47 states that protects a teacher’s position in a public school after three years of work.  Tenure essentially allows teachers to have immunity from being fired -- unless under extraordinary circumstances like sexual harassment. Most K-12 schools follow the tenur...

People Change, Accept That

Former Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has been criticized for comments he made in the past.

Dante Bernhardt, Video Editor

January 23, 2019

When it comes to the Internet, nothing is ever truly dead, and old posts that resurface years later may kill the careers of those who said them. Majority of jobs are given to those who have a strong grasp on basic skills required for each occupation. For instance, lifeguards need to know how to swim,...

An Electrifying Movement

Electric cars like Tesla's models are an alternative to conventionally powered vehicles.

Enrico Magtoto, Staff Writer

January 17, 2019

As time progresses and fossil fuel reserves decline, the automobile industry is looking for more cost efficient and renewable ways to power vehicles. There are various types of renewable electricity: solar, hydroelectric, geothermal, and wind. These sources are combating the need for fossil fuels...

Trump’s Border Wall is Detrimental to Desert Wildlife

The collared pecary is among one of the species that could be put in danger by the construction of the new border wall.

Eric Burschinger, Staff Writer

January 17, 2019

As political figures in Washington continue to debate the effectiveness, morality, and cost of the proposed border wall, the issue of the effects on desert wildlife remains absent from discussion. The wall along the US-Mexican border was originally proposed by President Donald Trump, and it would...

Save Students, Support Gun Control

A picture of a gun illustrated by Cassie Tran, staff writer.

Karen Abdelmalek, Staff Writer

December 20, 2018

After each school shooting, there comes a short-lived period of time in which politicians and citizens alike attempt to solve the issue of gun regulation; however, we must focus on controlling the distribution of guns rather than resorting to outlandish solutions. Over the past decade, America has seen a sig...

A Guide to College Applications

College Applications can be stressful to some seniors, so here is some advise to help you through it.

Ian Lattimer, Staff Writer

November 15, 2018

As summer ends and the school year begins, seniors start to work on college applications, which can be a complicated and stressful process. Most admissions involve providing SAT scores, ACT scores, AP scores, a school transcript, personal essays, and an interview. Before you begin your essays,...

Education Is a Right, Not a Privilege

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Gaby Jose, Staff Writer

June 13, 2018

As the school year comes to a close and graduation is upon us, seniors are often posed with the question, “What college are you attending?” It may seem like a harmless question, but what countless people are not aware of is the conflict some seniors go through, especially those who are undocumented immi...

Reverse Racism: a Myth, a Lie, and an Excuse

A Black Lives Matter protester holds a sign in support of singer Beyonce during a rally outside the NFL Headquarters building in the Manhattan borough of New York, Feb. 16, 2016. Reuters/Carlo Allegri

Marcella Barneclo, Staff Writer

May 31, 2018

Racism is not a topic that is easily discussed within America and our inability to host these vital discussions often leads to a number of misconceptions and blatantly incorrect concepts that can cause a significant amount of controversy. Allow me to set one thing straight: reverse racism does not exist. ...

Infinity War: Movie Review

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The 15 covers of Entertainment Weekly, featuring the cast of the new marvel movie Infinity War, put together to create the Avengers logo in the background.

Jaclyn Kim, Staff Writer

May 31, 2018

The new Marvel film, Infinity War, was released in theaters on April 27, 2018. Directed by the infamous Russo brothers, Anthony Russo and Joseph Russo, Infinity War has been considered the third most expensive film ever made with a budget of $318 million. From the opening weekend alone, the ...

When will we learn, America?

SILVER SPRING, MD - FEBRUARY 21:  Students from Montgomery Blair High School march down Colesville Road in support of gun reform legislation February 21, 2018 in Silver Spring, Maryland. In the wake of last week's shooting in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed, the students planned to take public transportation to the U.S. Capitol to hold a rally demanding legislation to curb gun violence in schools.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Marcella Barneclo, Staff Writer

February 28, 2018

The recent school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, located in Parkland Florida, claimed 17 innocent lives. Students around the United States are no longer standing idly by, they are rightfully demanding change. There have been 290 school shootings since 2013. From 2009 and 2016, there have been 1,187 victims of mass shootings, 843 of wh...

21 Pieces of Advice for the Class of 2021

Juniors and seniors stand together as they prepare for the powderpuff game.

Danielle Arntson, Guest Writer

December 20, 2017

Now that I’m a senior, I can confidently say that high school is nothing like TV says it is. When I began my first day of school as a freshman, I was a little disappointed to see that everyone was just like me— confused, scared, and wondering why we already had homework. My freshman year may have...

Censoring Our Learning

Newbury Park High School student Tam Le speaks out against the newly installed amendment regarding censorship at a district board meeting.
Photo courtesy of @ReporterDawn on Twitter.

Marcella Barneclo, Staff Writer

December 19, 2017

The board of the Conejo Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) passed an amendment on Nov. 14 — written by one of the board members, Sandee Everett — allowing parents the choice to opt their child out of certain books previously required in schools' English curriculum. The policy was a significant...

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