<![CDATA[The Equestrian - Features/Opinions]]>Wed, 18 Nov 2015 20:39:28 -0800EditMySite<![CDATA[Students Prepare for the Future: College Q&A by Yesennia Villa ]]>Fri, 19 Jun 2015 21:14:43 GMThttp://www.cmhsnews.com/featuresopinions/students-prepare-for-the-future-college-qa-by-yesennia-villa
On May 3, 2015, the College Q&A meeting presented by Ms. Hatch took place. This meeting was optional and was held during tutorial until the end of nutrition. The students gathered around and asked questions that would benefit them once they start college. There was information about how many units you have to take, how to register for your classes this fall, and much more. As a result, the students walked out of the meeting knowing so much more than before and gained important beneficial information for college.
Below are some of the common questions the seniors asked.

Q: Why are some classes 1-2 credits? Is it because they are easy?

A: They may be 1-2 credits because of how much time it takes for a class, maybe they don't give a lot of homework or because the class is easy, it depends.

Q: What's the maximum amount of classes you can take?

A: For a semester system, the most classes that you can take is 18 units, if you're a full time student. It's ranges from 12-18 units.

Q: How do I know what classes to take?

A: You go to the university or college's catalog and use "ctrl f" to navigate PDF Catalogs. Classes for freshman is the 100 level.

Written and photographed by Yessenia Villa

<![CDATA[The Great Debates by Veronica Thai and Madeline Villnueva]]>Thu, 18 Jun 2015 03:21:17 GMThttp://www.cmhsnews.com/featuresopinions/the-great-debates-by-veronica-thai-and-madeline-villnuevaPictureKatie Carney as the constructive on the first day of debates
Between June 9th and June 12th, Mrs. Lindfors’s 11th grade AP Rhetoric class held the annual series of debates at Costa Mesa High School. These arguments involved controversial and abstract topics such as: the existence of absolute moral truth, the inherent nature of humankind, the presence of altruism, and whether humans are shaped by nurture or nature.

Teams consisted of four of five students, and each team argued either for the affirmative or the negative. Sections of the debate included the constructive, which was the introductory; the cross-examinations, each team’s chance to disprove the other side’s evidence; the rebuttal, a chance to salvage what was destroyed by the cross-examiners; and the conclusion.

After roughly three weeks of energetic preparation, groups presented their cases in front of an audience of four or five classes; the entire library was crowded with students and teachers alike. Some students had even asked to be excused from their 3rd and/or 4th period classes just to witness their friends participate in these vigorous debates, and surely were not disappointed.

Many of Mrs. Lindfors’s students engaged the audience with vivid gestures and passionate tones. Some cross-examinations were so enthralling and intense that the audience even rose in protest when time was called abruptly.

Overall, however, these “great debates” truly lived up to their title. Every student did his or her best at the podium, even in the presence of such a large audience. Even Mrs. Lindfors, who taught AP Rhetoric for the first time this year, expressed her absolute joy and pride in her class.Many students now look forward to the debates next year. They are surely an event to look out for.

Team captain Sam Swanson with Ivan Shikhelman, Tia Gordon, Barbara Hernandez, and Damon Javan
Team captain Miles Keiler with team mate Montana Martin.

Written by Veronica Thai
Photos by Madeline Villanueva

<![CDATA[What's your Favorite Senior Memory? by Madeline Villanueva and Veronica Thai]]>Wed, 17 Jun 2015 08:30:58 GMThttp://www.cmhsnews.com/featuresopinions/whats-your-favorite-senior-memory-by-madeline-villanueva-and-veronica-thai As the last days of senior year are coming to an end, we asked some of the CMHS seniors to recollect all of their experiences that they have made at Mesa and to select their most memorable memory. Here is what the seniors have to say.

Lesley Diaz: “Nutrition at the sport with Jazmin, Trevor, Michael, Daniel, Cat, and Brian.”
Sean Tolliver: “Beating Estancia at Battle of the Bell 2013.”

Greg Gekchyan: “Wrestling team.”
ohn Gekchyan: “Going to CIF for wrestling.”

Max Nguyen: "When Mr. Harper re-named me Jeff Cho."
Catherine Kricorian: “Senior takeover, it was amazing to see all our classmates come together and enjoy the beginning of our senior year.”
Mica Penazzi: “Olguin’s class for 3 years.”

Cristian Soriano: “When I milked the cow.” 

Jayson Baker: “Winning League Finals for track in the 800m.”

Gorden Huynh: “Winning Battle of the Bell and winning League.”
Valentine Castellano: “Taking finals.”

Tatsuki Kamba: “Seeing Ducks.” (Novel)
Alexis Dasca: “Howell’s class junior year with Janelle.”
Elizabeth "Ellie" Aguilar: “The greatest senior takeover of all time.”

Joseph Wase: “The Kissing Booth of Santa’s Village sophomore year.”

Jon Jesudasen: "When I was in the play where I was the Ugly Duckling. But really just anytime I got to perform and do what I love, whether it was singing or acting."
Below are some other seniors that would like their favorite memories to be heard.
-Daniel Suarez: “The parties.”

-Francisco “Franky” Olivares: “It was all a daze.”   

-Francesca Bertella: “Turn up with Tania.”

-Tania Jaramillo:2nd period with the ‘Frankies.”

-Luis Ramirez: “6th period with Jafel.”

-Rodrick Edwards: “Performing 12 Angry Jurors.”

-Evan Stechauner: "Going to New York and performing in Carnegie Hall."
The last year of high school consists of the unforgettable bonds and memories created with their fellow classmates and teachers. It is the year not to be forgotten, the final year of their young and carefree life as high schoolers. As they move onward to their future life ahead of them, may they never forget all the merry, emotional, and crazy experiences they have etched in their memory for years to come.

Written and Photographed by Veronica Thai and Madeline Villanueva

<![CDATA[A New Addition to the Simon Scholar Family by Veronica Thai and Madeline Villanueva]]>Tue, 16 Jun 2015 16:27:37 GMThttp://www.cmhsnews.com/featuresopinions/a-new-addition-to-the-simon-scholar-family-by-veronica-thai-and-madeline-villanuevaPicture
After hundreds of CMHS students applied for the Simon Scholar Foundation, students were filled with anticipation in finding out who would officially be the next group of Simon Scholars. After a tough selection process, the Simon Family Foundation has finally selcected the next generation of Simon Scholars: four boys and four girls (Jesus Bravo, Estevan Bahena, Arleen Canas, Erie Carrasco, Brittany Ka, Emily Olvera, Xally Varela, and Elijah Lemna). This would be the second set of sophomores at Costa Mesa High School to enter the program, which highlights a $16,000 needs-based scholarship.

More than that, however, it also offers other pronounced benefits, such as a Mac book, SAT classes from the Princeton Review, and a San Francisco college tour—all for the price of nothing. After having learned about this program in January, many sophomores eagerly submitted their applications for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Nahomy Lopez, an eleventh grader who received the scholarship last year, voices her hope for the new scholars: “I was familiar with Brittany Ka,” who is one of the four females to attain the scholarship this year. “I helped her with her interview, and I helped her fill out her application.” Both being members of the CMHS dance team, they knew each other very well, to the point where Nahomy was even one of the first to know that Brittany was accepted into the Foundation.

The Simon Family Foundation is a newly introduced program in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. As a first-generation Simon Scholar at CMHS myself, I can attest to the unique benefits this scholarship offers. In a struggling economy, many families cannot afford higher education for their children. This program was established for the sole purpose of helping families overcome financial obstacles and for students to achieve the American dream.

Being the only eight at CMHS to receive the scholarship this year, the sophomores were filled with excitement and anticipation as they were welcomed into the ever-growing family. We immediately decided to have a chat with three of these excited Simon Scholar winners: Jesus Bravo, Brittany Ka, and Emily Olvera.

Q: What do you expect from the Simon Family Foundation?

Jesus Bravo: I expect the college coaching and career help, and I’m really excited for the summer and see how it goes for the Simon Scholar and meet all the new people.

Brittany Ka: I’m looking forward to the college prep classes and the trip to colleges.

Emily Olvera: I expect to earn a lot of experience from the Simon Scholar Foundation, hopefully gain many friends from getting to know everyone, and interacting with new people from other schools. And I’m looking forward to the fall retreat and the summer conference because that’s really where you get to hear other people’s stories and that’s pretty exciting. 

Q: What were you and your family’s thoughts on receiving the scholarship?

JB: Well my brother was really excited for me; my mom was less excited but really excited either way. I don’t think she really knew what the scholarship was, but she was really excited. I was extremely excited [that] I started screaming in the house, so it was a great day.

BK: They were very excited and happy for me.

EO: I was very excited and my mom started crying [while] thanking Jesus and she was like praying because she was so happy for me because she obviously can’t pay for college for me so she was very thrilled and I was just really happy.

Q: What college(s) do you wish to go to?

JB: I want to go to UCLA.

BK: Stanford, UCLA, or UCI.

EO: I wish to go to UC Davis, Oregon, Brooklyn NY, or Hawaii State.

Q: How do you think the Simon Scholarship will assist you in attending that college(s)?

JB: Well the $4,000 a year would be pretty nice to help out with the [college] tuition, also for the textbooks. So yeah, it would help out a lot.

BK: The prep classes and getting involved with different colleges on the trips. Oh, and especially the money.

EO: Well they have a lot of college prep which can prepare you for like SAT and the PSAT. I’m a really bad test taker so I feel like that’s going to really help and motivate me to do better in those so I can actually get into a college.

Written by Veronica Thai and Madeline Villanueva
Photos provided by Simon Family Foundation

<![CDATA[The Best AP Test Resources to Help You Pass (With Only Some Misery) by Luna Chavez]]>Tue, 26 May 2015 06:33:06 GMThttp://www.cmhsnews.com/featuresopinions/the-best-ap-test-resources-to-help-you-pass-with-only-some-misery-by-luna-chavezPicturePictured above: List of things you should be doing!
We all want to be as prepared as possible for AP exams that are approaching rather quickly. But maybe studying from the textbook or notes you took earlier in the year isn't enough. 

One of the best ways to study is using the AP review books, but there are many to choose from!

 There are the “Crash Course” AP review books. These books are best for last-minute studying because they are known for containing only the information necessary to pass the exam. They do not go into detail but they do have a practice exam, which can be accessed online.

The “Kaplan” AP review books give an overview of the material, so it’s not comprehensive. Most of the books contain a couple of practice exams. They also include advice from AP teachers and students who took the exam.

“The Princeton Review” books are the most popular. These are known for giving a more comprehensive review of the material. Most have two full-length practice tests and strategies for taking the exam. 

The “Barron’s” AP review books also contain practice exams and for most, contain an online practice exam. They cover all topics in detail, which makes them almost like the actual textbooks. Therefore these are not for students who want to do last minute studying.

The “5 Steps to a 5” AP review books focus mostly on the test-taking methods. Also, most include different study plans. They do not focus on covering all the material. These are less dense and good for studying about a week before the exam.

These aren't the only AP review books out there but these are most well-known and the most used. Other than the prep books, there are also some practice questions for all of the AP courses provided by the College Board.

Another great source of studying is CrashCourse on YouTube. CrashCourse has videos that cram in tons of information in about ten minutes. Most of the courses offered as a series are humanities or science. This source is great if you want to review topics in a small amount of time.

Make sure to use your time wisely and not give in to procrastination. The best way to study is to make it fun! Find what works best for you and remember to relax.

The Princeton Review, one of many prep books available.

Written by Luna Chavez
Photos by Luna Chavez

Youtube channel CrashCourse hosted by John Green
<![CDATA[At the Finish Line...Or So You Think by Raymond Andrade]]>Tue, 26 May 2015 06:24:56 GMThttp://www.cmhsnews.com/featuresopinions/at-the-finish-lineor-so-you-think-by-raymond-andradePicture
When the end of the school year is discussed it’s typically associated with hopes of parties and movies every other day in class, hot tubing in the back of a friend’s car in the school parking lot, as well as sun-tanning on the library roof. Basically, all those things that just say “summer”. Now when it's senior year and it's coming to a close, just take those images, multiply them by fifty, and put them on speed because that’s how excited we get! The end is so close and it really can’t get that much worse than applying to college right? Wrong, guess again folks! All those who think they’ve got it made… take one step back. What we all so conveniently overlooked was that little-itty-bitty-teensy-weensy thirty day blip on the calendar unofficially known as “Last Minute Curriculum Cramming for Testing” time. Whether it's AP testing (or for all we care, nuclear weapons testing), those thirty days are the worst days of any student’s life. You think it’s bad before you’re a senior? It’s worse as one! In fact, never before has a student ever felt like they have been dragged so long through the hellish underworld abyss that is last minute curriculum cramming.

Prior to this point and time in the school year, maybe there was some cramming here and there for a little quiz or a test that was important, but in general, the cramming sessions were few and far between. Now,  during what I endearingly call the “Cram-ocalypse,” those cramming session are every single second, minute, hour, weekday, and weekend nonstop until you take those stupid tests (the tests that, should you fail, translate to an extra $6000 per botched test in college). Not a very comforting thought. The stress of passing the test alone however, is not enough. What we students really need to keep our spirits high are hours and hours of homework, essays, and group projects each night. If you are thinking in your head, “Wow! That sure sounds like all the teachers I have!" it’s because those ARE the teachers you have. Every teacher “understands” that we're busy and they all “get” we have other classes and commitments, but they still insist on handing out more and more work just because they have now run out of time and need to shove the last bits of information down our throats with as much speed and finesse as possible. Just by saying “I understand,” they have now legitimized their assigning of more work. If only that worked for everything in life, so the next time I wanted to go steal a Ferrari off the lot, I would just be able legitimize my action to the manager by letting him know I “understand” it’s illegal but I just downright don’t care! 

Well teachers, now you know how we feel for real. We are done with all of this extra assignment junk. Finished. Done. Now if for some reason you find you are NOT done, you may happen to one day gaze out the window of your class or be walking down the hall and see me, in your car. And when you do, remember: I understand. 

Written by Raymond Andrade

<![CDATA[An Open Letter to CMHS on Sleep by Loralee Sepsey]]>Thu, 21 May 2015 14:45:07 GMThttp://www.cmhsnews.com/featuresopinions/an-open-letter-to-cmhs-on-sleep-by-loralee-sepseyHello CMHS/MS students, faculty, staff, affiliates, and/or casual readers of The Equestrian:

It gives me immense joy to say that some of my best memories were made during my six years at Costa Mesa Middle/High School, from falling off of the podium in marching band and falling (twice) on the old Lyceum stage to falling on rainy days en route to Mr. Ryan’s for free pancakes before CST testing and falling on dry days scrambling to the lunch line when it was hot wings and fries day. But a different kind of falling permeated these memories and so many more—falling asleep.  Picture
I would doze off in various classes and accidentally stab myself with the point of my pencil. I’d ask Mrs. Gilboe to let me nap in the old color guard room during my home period and spend downtime in drama rehearsals sleeping on one of the ratty Lyceum couches backstage. I would scramble frantically to finish my homework the period before it was due because I had decided the night before that sleep was more important than academics. I am no stranger to the intense and insane pressure high school students are put under (I mean, I only graduated a year ago). I mean, how can a normal 14 to 18 year old student achieve straight A’s in all of their classes, participate in as many extracurricular activities as humanly possible, hold an after school job, complete all 40 required community service and then some to get a certificate signed by Obama, receive perfect scores on standardized tests, and apply for college and scholarships? Something must be sacrificed and this sacrifice, made by me and I’m sure many of you, is sleep.

Sleep isn’t taught in schools. I don’t know if much has changed in the year I’ve been out of the California public school system, but I don’t remember a single lesson devoted to sleep, or even a single teacher mentioning sleep at all—so we kind of forget about it. We are told in passing how important sleep is, but it is never emphasized as much as eating your five-a-day or getting an hour of physical activity in every day, despite the “triumvirate of health” being made up of sleep, nutrition, and exercise.

Let me repeat this mantra to you, ingrained into my head from my Sleep and Dreams class by the fabulous Dr. William Dement, a pioneering scientist in the field of sleep study:

Drowsiness is red alert.

Sleep is made up of two main stages: NREM (non-rapid eye movement) and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, oscillating between the two stages throughout the night. REM is easily classified as the stage of sleep where you can easily see a subject’s eyeballs move rapidly beneath their eyelids (try this on your parents in the middle of the night), but it is also the stage in which muscle paralysis occurs, a mechanism that ensures your safety—although many sleep disorders exist where this paralysis either does not occur or occurs past the sleep stage. Brain activity often increases during REM sleep, and research shows that most lucid, or highly realistic, dreaming occurs during REM sleep, yet it’s not limited to this stage. Hypnagogic hallucinations are essentially lucid dreams that occur right when you are falling asleep and before sleep paralysis sets in, causing you to physically act out your dreams; this has caused serious injury or even death to these patients and their family members. NREM is the stage where you don’t have rapid eye movement under the eyelids. There is less brain activity in NREM sleep than REM sleep, and your muscles still have some activity.

So why does getting enough sleep matter?


Drowsiness occurs when you have built up a large number of hours of lost sleep, also known as your “sleep debt.” It’s pretty simple math, actually. According to the National Sleep Foundation, teenagers between the ages of 13 to 17 need 8 to 10 hours of sleep per night—yet only 15% of teenagers report sleeping at least 8 ½ hours every night.

So say you start out your week with 0 hours of sleep debt. Pretty good, didn’t have a busy weekend, slept in a bunch. You have a huge test on Tuesday, so you only get 5 hours of sleep on Monday night. You have a drama rehearsal that takes up all your time on Tuesday, so you get 6 hours of sleep that night. If we use 8 hours as the bare minimum needed for you to have an adequate amount of sleep, then by Wednesday you’ve already accumulated 5 hours of sleep debt you need to make up—and by the looks of your demanding schedule, you’re not going to be able to get that any time soon, and it’s just going to keep increasing and increasing until you drop into exhaustion.

Sleep deprivation is dangerous. When you’re sleep deprived, you are as impaired as driving with a blood alcohol content of .08%. I’m sure you’ve all heard about the danger of driving while drowsy: falling asleep at the wheel results in 1500 deaths per year, and there are an estimated 100,000 crashes per year related to driver fatigue. Sleep deprivation is also detrimental to your health. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the consequences of teenagers not getting enough sleep include:

  • A limitation on your ability to learn, listen, concentrate and solve problems. 
  • Make you more prone to pimples.
  • Aggressive or inappropriate behavior such as yelling at your friends (that’s mean)
  • A desire to eat too much or eat unhealthy foods like sweets and fried foods that lead to weight gain
  • Illness, not using equipment safely or driving drowsy.

The National Sleep Foundation also conducted a study that correlates mood with sleep deprivation, using a Multiple Sleep Latency Test (MSLT), which times how long it takes for a test subject to fall asleep. The faster you fall asleep, the more sleep deprived you are. According to the study:

“The NSF poll calculated depressive mood scores for each of the 1,602 poll respondents by measuring adolescents' responses to four mood states (using a scale of "1" to "3" where 1 equals "not at all" and 3 equals "much"):

  • Felt unhappy, sad or depressed;
  • Felt hopeless about the future;
  • Felt nervous or tense; and
  • Worried too much about things.

The results showed that about half (46%) of the adolescents surveyed had a depressive mood score of 10 to 14, 37% had a score of 15 to 19, and 17% had a score of 20 to 30; these scores are considered low, moderate and high respectively. Most notably, those adolescents with high scores ranging from 20 to 30 were more likely than those with lower scores to take longer to fall asleep on school nights, get an insufficient amount of sleep and have sleep problems related to sleepiness. In fact, 73% of those adolescents who report feeling unhappy, sad, or depressed also report not getting enough sleep at night and being excessively sleepy during the day.”

Yikes. This is definitely not good. So how can you get enough sleep, balance your responsibilities, and have a social life/watch a lot of Netflix? Here are some solutions from the National Sleep Foundation:

  • Make sleep a priority. Please don’t brush it off! You need it!
  • Take naps! Naps are fun! Naps are good! Just remember to plan them carefully, and don’t sleep too long or too close to your normal bedtime.
  • Keep a sleep journal! Mark how many hours you get a night and when you go to sleep.
  • Keep your room a sleep haven: cool, quiet, and dark. Buy a blindfold and ear plugs if you need to!
  • Don’t drink coffee too close to bedtime.
  • Do not drive when you’re sleepy.
  • Establish a bedtime! Keep a regular sleeping pattern!
  • Don’t eat, drink, or exercise within two hours of bedtime. Don’t do homework before bed either, and in the hour before you go to sleep, please avoid TVs, computers, and cell phones—I know that’s hard, I always go on Instagram right before bed, but at least try to keep it to a minimum.
  • Pull a Pavlov and establish a nightly routine to get you ready for bed: take a shower, brush your teeth, read a book…
  • Make to-do lists or keep a diary! This will help relieve some stress, and let you fall asleep easier.
  • Peer pressure your friends into getting enough sleep too. Everyone talks about all-nighters—brag about your good night’s sleep!
In conclusion, my dear CMMS/CMHS friends, please get some sleep. It’ll make you happier, more alert, less stressed—and it may even save your life. And never forget: Drowsiness is red alert!

Written by Loralee Sepsey

<![CDATA[Let's Tick Talk About the New Clock by Emma Chapel and Makena Seal]]>Tue, 05 May 2015 03:40:33 GMThttp://www.cmhsnews.com/featuresopinions/lets-tick-talk-about-the-new-clock-by-emma-chapel-and-makena-sealPictureThe finished clock tower
The most recent and noticeable change at Costa Mesa High School has been the construction of our new clock tower at the front of the school. The sound of chiming bells can now be heard every hour at CMHS. It seemed to take a long time for the preparation of building the clock tower, but it was put up rather quickly over spring break. The tower was a part of the original renderings of what the front of the school was supposed to look like after being redone. A combination of the district and the architect that CMHS worked with made the final decision to construct the clock tower. Dr. D’Agustino, former CMHS principal who works at the district, was also a part of the decision on the clock tower. It is believed that the idea of the clock tower came from Newport Harbor High School, however there is barely any resemblance between the two. 

There have been mixed opinions on the clock tower. Jianna Florek, a CMHS sophomore, says, “It doesn’t look good compared to the design of the school… It makes the front parking lot look awkward.” Another student doesn’t like the fact that “there still isn’t air conditioning in all the class rooms and we probably spent a ton of money on the clock tower.” When asked her opinion on the clock tower, Mrs. Delzer, the Activities Director, stated, “I like the idea and the concept of the clock tower and I love the way that it chimes, but I just wish it would blend a little bit more with the architecture of the school.” Several sophomores think that the clock tower looks cool and modern. A CMHS senior believes “the clock tower is a great addition to our campus. It’s sort of an iconic thing that other high schools in our area have.” Most parents like the fact that another screen was added to the front of the school as it acts as a second marquee. 

It is not noticeable at first glance, but the top of the clock tower was supposed to be a mini replica of “The Dome,”a CMHS landmark. Many students thought this was cool when they found out about it. However, another aspect that a couple students have complained about is the fact that the chimes do not coincide with the bell schedule, for it is supposed to ring every hour and it is a minute or two off. 

All in all, there are differing opinions on the clock tower. Some feel that it’s innovative and futuristic-looking but does not fit in with our school. Others highly dislike it and believe it was a waste of money. And some students like the clock tower and think it is a great addition. 

The clock tower from a distance. Does it clash with the architecture?

Written by Emma Chapel
Photos by Makena Seal

<![CDATA[What Did You Do Over Spring Break? by Manuel Morales]]>Wed, 22 Apr 2015 23:13:53 GMThttp://www.cmhsnews.com/featuresopinions/what-did-you-do-over-spring-break-by-manuel-morales

Videos by Manuel Morales
Editing by Natalie Tetreault

<![CDATA[CMHS Looks to the Future: Open House 2015 by Emma Chapel and Makena Seal]]>Thu, 09 Apr 2015 21:49:23 GMThttp://www.cmhsnews.com/featuresopinions/open-house-by-emma-chapel-and-makena-sealPictureMany of CMHS activities had a booth to provide information including Swim Team and Water Polo
Another successful Open House came and went last Thursday night on April 2nd. According to the Activities Director Mrs. Delzer, Open House was as successful as it could be considering the fact that the Festival of Learning had just happened the night before. For a lot of our families, its hard for them to commit to two nights, but I feel like for our other programs that were not featured at the Festival of Learning, it was a great opportunity for them to showcase their programs. I definitely think that the Middle School is having a very successful evening,stated Mrs. Delzer near the end of the night.

Open House is a chance for families to explore and observe the potential programs that their children can participate in next year or are participating in currently. It is also a good opportunity for parents with prospective students to find out about Mesas selection of programs and its academics. Several of the programs that were showcased during Open House include Delta/MESA, Project Lead the Way (PLTW), the Academy of Creative Expression (ACE), the Environmental Marine Academy (EMA), and the Business Academy. The athletics coaches and boosters also had booths set up outside of the big gym. The dance team performed throughout the night in the dance room and many of the parents enjoyed watching them. The Virtual Enterprise students from the Business Academy set up a booth outside their classroom and explained their virtual business which will compete in New York. The Environmental Marine Academy let kids dissect sea urchins and squid. They also had a bearded dragon, named Godzilla, that kids could pet. Children were also allowed to play with salt water-powered cars that the academy students built. Delta had several science experiments on display for the parents to observe.

If they wanted, families were given tours of the whole school by high school ASB students at the beginning of the night. These tours gave parents a quick glimpse of what the school is like and how it is ran. Afterwards, parents could revisit any department or program that they wished to get more details. Both high school and middle school ASB members were positioned around campus to answer any questions parents might have. The night went smoothly and CMHS had a great Open House.

Several booths were placed outside the Big Gym

Written by Emma Chapel
Photos by Makena Seal

ASB students acted as tour guides for visitors