Former presidential aid relates 9/11 experience to



Former presidential aid relates 9/11 experience to
Skyline High School
Dallas ISD
7777 Forney Road
Dallas, TX
Issue 1
Vol. 41
October 7, 2011
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Former presidential aid relates
9/11 experience to students
>>by Madelein Morales 2012
Former president George W.
Bush aide Terry Abbott visited
the Man and His Environment,
Advanced Social Science cluster,
August 31.
Channel Eight WFFA and Dallas
ISD selected Man and His Environment Cluster for Mr. Abbott’s
speech because of the Cluster’s
well known involvement with Political Science, current events, and
World Affairs.
DISD Public Communications
Director John Dahlander asked
Principal Harold Wright if Man and
His Environment would be eligible
for Mr. Abbott to visit the students.
“I based my decision due to the
background of the cluster and
knowing they deserved an incentive for all their hard work,” Mr.
Wright said.
The purpose of Mr. Abbott’s
visit was to reflect and relate his
personal experiences with former
President Bush on the day of the
9/11 disaster.
“I flew down to Florida with the
President on September 10th,” Mr.
Abbott said. “My one and only time
on Air Force One was September 10, 2001.”
Mr. Abbott related his personal experience as he was
on the plane and described
the tension that was felt in the
classroom when it was found
that America was under attack.
On September 11, 2001,
Mr. Abbott was with President
Bush when he discussed the
“No Child Left Behind” legislation with the students in the
elementary school.
Mr. Abbott, along with the rest
of the officials, was informed
Students and Dr. Martha Williams look on as former presidential aide Terry Abthat two airplanes had crashed bott speaks about his experience during the 9/11 attacks. Photo by M. Morales.
into the World Trade Center
for Secretary Paige and me to get
Towers in New York City.
event that changed the future of
around,” Mr. Abbott said. “We didn’t
For about an hour Mr. Abbott
shared his unique experiences with
“His speech made me realize that have anything.”
Thanks to Mr. Abbott, the stuthe Man Cluster students and took
there is more to the story than what
dents received a vivid description
time to answer questions from the
I had thought,” sophomore Rodariintrigued students.
ous Daniel said. “I learned that any of those fateful events and were
“We appreciate the opportunity to moment can be your last so live life able to visualize the time of 9/11.
The event was also presented
share the first hand experience of
to the fullest.”
during the local news at night on
historical events with our students,”
Mr. Abbott also remembered
Channel Eight.
Man and His Environment Law
when President Bush flew back to
Footage is also able to find it in
instructor Joe Wicker said.
Washington. He had to stay behind
the following link: http://www.wfaa.
The students stayed engaged
along with Secretary of Education
com/home/related/Bush-officialwhile Mr. Abbott spoke and as they Rod Paige.
remembers-traveling-with-the-presleft the classroom they knew and
“I had to borrow the hotel van
understood more about the tragic
and go to a K-Mart to buy clothes
UT Southwestern trip inspires students
annual compensation of $186,044,
and physicians practicing in
medical specialties earned a total
median annual compensation of
The health care field will only
continue to grow.
Health care will generate 3.2
million new wage and salary jobs
between 2008 and 2018 in response to the growth in the elderly
“Ten of the 20 fastest growing
occupations are related to health
care,” Ms. Olivares said. “We’ll always need doctors because people
are always getting sick.”
Students walked down a long
hallway to enter the well-known
Parkland hospital where they got
to see what the average histologist
does day to day. Histologists specialize in examining and studying
Students also got to visit the
gross room, where physician’s assistants were examining severed
body parts.
“I liked the pathology/gross
room,” senior Erica Navarrete said.
“We saw a fetus and a mangled
hand. Now I’m sure I want to be a
For lunch, students had the op
Story cont’d on p. 8
See ‘Anatomy’
October 7, 2011
Science teacher Kamilah
Crouch’s anatomy and physiology
students embarked on an educational journey on Monday, Sept. 19,
and Thursday, Sept. 22.
The field trip took place at UT
Southwestern where students got
to see different medical departments, and different medical positions.
The experience began in a room
at UT Southwestern, where Mayra
Olivares, director of student affairs,
talked with students about the
costs of medical school and what it
takes to get into the medical field.
“Med school can range between
$150,000 to $200,000 for the entire
thing,” Ms. Olivares said. “You’ll
have to pay tuition for med school
for four years, and afterwards you
start your residency and you no
longer have to pay tuition.”
Although pricey, the benefits of
going to med school include obtaining a job that pays well.
According to the Medical Group
Management Association’s Physician Compensation and Production
Survey, median total compensation
for physicians varied by their type
of practice.
In 2008, physicians practicing
primary care had a total median
>>by Rose Kimball 2012
Unintended consequences
of new construction
>>by Rose Kimball 2012
Shouldn’t a bigger cafeteria
mean shorter lunch lines and no
tardies? One would’ve thought so,
but this particular theory seems
The new school year signaled a
new cafeteria with a large section
dedicated to seniors.
Even though two lunchrooms are
now being occupied, the lines still
seem just as long, and the tardies
seem just as frequent.
So how is it that the cafeteria
doubled in size and the lines remain frustratingly long?
There could be a number of reasons for the cafeteria issue.
Could the students be moving too
slowly in line?
Decision making is a tough
process for some people, so even
when standing in line there will
always be that one student who
spends two minutes deciding on
whether he wants the nacho platter
or the burger.
It’s hard to pinpoint what’s really
holding up the lines, but the fact
that enrollment is high could be the
obvious cause.
This concept not only applies to
lunch lines, but also to the overcrowding that occurs in the hallways during passing periods.
Students come in tardy after
lunch for three reasons.
The first reason is some students
don’t receive their lunches until the
final minutes of lunch.
The second reason is students
spend too much time talking to
their buddies and not walking fast
The third reason happens after
lunch and in front of the courtyard
doors. Over-crowding seems to be
inevitable in a school with more
than 4,800 students.
Everyone tries to rush into two
doors once the lunch bell rings,
and this creates havoc. Students
will push, shove, and many walk
too slowly, holding up the time it
takes for students to get to class.
Should underclassmen be al-
lowed to sit in the senior area?
Seems like a good idea, but the
new cafeteria is already crowded
with plenty of students, all seniors.
Changes have been made, but
further changes are needed to fix
the situation.
From what it seems, more space
didn’t really make a difference.
Senior expectations, contract, and deadlines start new year
Required testing must be completed prior to participating in activities
>>by Patricia Tamayo 2012
& Maryory Morales 2012
The Seniors were in for some
surprises when the new senior contracts were released with additional
rules and regulations.
The question is, are seniors really ready to go back to school?
With teachers demanding supplies and counselors changing
schedules, high school life may
become quite a handful the first few
weeks, especially for seniors.
“Schedule changes really have
made an impact on me, senior
October 7, 2011
ties the following six weeks.
“We have AP classes to worry
about, homework, projects, and
work,” senior Lynda Herrera said.
To attend the spring senior activities he/she must register for the
SAT or ACT, complete all of the
remaining portions of Career Cruising, and register through Apply
Texas and Common Application by
February 24, 2012.
“I worked hard my junior year so
senior year all I had to think about
was college,” senior Stephanie
Sam said.
Community service is also mandatory for seniors to participate
and graduate on time.
All seniors are required to
complete 20 hours of community
service each semester totaling 40
hours per year.
Seniors should be warned! Rules
and Expectation Contracts are
available in the office and given by
your English teacher.
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Cynthia Ochoa said. “I’ve been
taken out and put in classes the
first two weeks and its been stressing me out more than I expected it
Skyline also added new rules to
the senior contract, making seniors
a hot mess.
Taking Career Matchmaker on
Career Cruising is now mandatory for seniors to participate in the
October Senior Activities.
A senior who also receives a
failing grade on his/her report card
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>>by Daniel Moreno 2012
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Art teacher Robert Ostrowski now
holds an Art Club in room G-21 for
students interested in joining and
wanting to participate in activities
on Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30
“The reason for creating the Art
Club was to get students together
and to visit art schools and help
them with their applications and
portfolios,” Mr. Ostrowski said.
Students now have a chance to
join the Art Club after school, and
many have expressed interest.
“We had a meeting on the first
day and about 25 students showed
up and it was great,” Mr. Ostrowski
said. “We didn’t even announce
it and we had a good amount of
people show up.”
Alongside doing projects, there
are many more things that the Art
Club wants to be able to do in and
outside of school.
“The type of things we want
to do are service projects, like
decorate the up and down arrows
by the school’s stairways, and go
to museums and art colleges,” Mr.
Ostrowski said.
The first project the club started
working on was a model of the two
towers that were attacked on 9/11
in New York.
The towers were constructed out
of cardboard boxes and students
created plastic hands that are
reaching up from the bottom to
signify the people who died on the
A/B block returns to normal
Students, teachers, schedules settle into routine
>>by Rose Kimball 2012
Art Club students created a model of the Twin Towers attacked on 9/11.
The plastic hands represent those who died. Photo by A. Martin
day of the attack.
Students who join the Art Club will
have many opportunities to show
and improve their art abilities and
be involved with art.
Seniors aim high, achieve more
>>by Yesenia Calvillo 2012
& D'Arika Green 2012
The Class of 2012 is seeking to
do more than previous classes.
With the arrival of the senior
contracts, there has been a lot of
confusion as well as excitement
from various upperclassmen.
“The questions are overwhelming, but I like to tackle them one
at a time,” senior student body
president Trang Huynh said.
This year’s seniors are required
to complete 20 hours of community service in order to attend
There are concerned students
who have to balance school with
work and extracurricular participation; therefore, their availability
would be limited.
Huynh is helping by contacting local businesses to ask about
volunteer opportunities. Then she
notifies the seniors of upcoming
“The community service is preparing us for the real world, and
it allows us to give back to others
as well as the environment,” senior Aaliyah Greene said.
Seniors have many goals for
the 2012 year.
“I am determined to pass more
of my classes and focus more on
graduation,” senior Edgar Briones
Most of them are planning to
attend college, and above the top
choices of majors include Business Marketing, Fashion, and
Culinary Arts.
The seniors feel that this year’s
class is more united, more talented, and more responsible than
previous classes.
“We will create memories that
will make the year better,” senior
Judith Carmana said.
Seniors are anticipating the fall
picnic, which is to be held Oct. 12
at Double D Ranch.
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As many have noticed, Skyline
has changed as the new school
year unraveled itself. In the process students have received a new
cafeteria and a new gym scheduled
to open this month.
In addition to the physical changes, internal changes have occurred
as well.
I.S.S, or in school suspension,
is now known as the learning lab,
and our A/B schedules drastically
changed from the previous year.
Teachers have also become security guards in a sense, seeing as
Skyline lost a handful of its security
from last year.
Out of the many transitions in
which Skyline has endured, the
new A/B block seemed to be a
huge problem to many students
and teachers.
From the Thursday before Labor
Day to the days proceeding, students got to enjoy three straight
B-days in a row, and that’s to those
who really enjoy their B-days.
Teachers, however, were not
happy with this arrangement, as
many A-day teachers had to go
back to their teaching curriculums
to teach classes that were three
days behind their B-day classes.
“The new A/B schedule is horrid,” AP English teacher Sheryl
Anderson said. “My B-day classes
are light years ahead of my A-day
classes, and I’m confused, which
isn’t a good thing to happen for a
The decision to change the
schedule was proposed and
confirmed by the Central Office,
which, in a sense, mandates
school schedules and keeps track
of attendance.
“The Central Office was having
so many problems with last years
snow days and all the days needed to make up that they proposed
a new A/B schedule which was to
be put into place at the beginning
of the 2011 school year,” principal
Harold Wright said.
Booker T. Washington was on an
A-day while we were on a B-day,
and many schools within the Dallas area were completely off sync
with each other.
The many issues created by the
new schedule ultimately led Mr.
Wright to go revisit the previous
year’s schedule.
A and B-days will now alternate
according to the traditional A/B
block design. For example, if Friday were a B-day, Monday would
be an A-day.
The schedule will surely get everything back into equilibrium.
Starting Monday, October 3, the
schedule returned to its original
Art club open to all students
New cafeteria opens for seniors
from Latino to rap and even pop.
Although the cafeteria has
changed, the food selections and
Over-crowding should no longer
options remain the same.
be a problem now that Turner EngiStudent’s say if the food is upneers have completed construction dated and modified the cafeteria
on the new cafeteria and remodwill rival top notch schools.
eled and updated the old cafeteria. In addition to the cafeteria, there
A new area has been added so
is also a new courtyard, which
students now have more space to
features tables where students can
get their lunch and eat.
sit and socialize.
Since both cafeterias have been
To provide even more space,
combined as one, there are in total
certain spots of the cafeteria have
six lines and three seating areas.
been pushed back and renovated.
“I really enjoy the designated
The new design has given the
area for the seniors,” senior Gonschool more prestige and these
zalo Escandon said.
updates are needed to keep the
They also play a variety of music
school functional.
>>by LaDarius Burch 2012
Staff Writer
See You At The Pole
October 7, 2011
>>by Darrell Lewis 2012
Asst. Editor
What began as a small group
gathering in Burleson, Texas back
in 1990 has grown into a nationwide event. See You At The Pole
is an annual gathering of Christian
students of all ages at a flagpole in
front of their local school for prayer,
scripture reading and hymnsinging, during the early morning
before school starts.
Skyline’s very own Bible Club
has participated in the event over
the past few years. The club members and sponsors gather around
the school’s flag pole every 4th
Wednesday of September and pray
for a list of things.
Unlike most school’s who only do
this in the morning, Skyline participates in the morning and the afternoon as well, giving both members
and non-members a chance to join
in whenever they feel the need to.
“It feels good to be around likeminded people,” senior Julian Vigil
said. “I really enjoy being with this
club and I’m looking forward to the
While the group is praying,
everything and everyone around
them continue to go about their
Many schools across the nation
mark the area around the pole so
that the prayer group can have
their privacy, but Skyline keeps
the area open, allowing the club to
show that they are not ashamed to
express their religion.
“When you’re praying, you kind
of forget about everything that’s
going on around you,” Bible Club
sponsor Ms. Neilson said. “It’s
almost as if we’re in a capsule and
the only people around you are the
ones in the circle, but the other kids
respect us and give us our space.”
See You At The Pole is student
led and is a great way for students
to express their religion at schools.
If you have any interest in learning more about the Bible Club and
all of their events, meetings are
held every Thursday in Rm.G57.
Membership is open to anyone of
Christian faith or to anyone interested in learning more about the
Seniors enjoy their new split-level cafeteria. Photo by H. Lucero
Rainbow Raiders provide support
>>by Diana Briones 2012
Staff Writer
The Rainbow Raiders, otherwise
known as GSA or Gay Straight
Alliance, is a club full of love and
The teachers in charge of this
club include Health teacher Angela
Reddick and English teachers Britney Mayfield and Shannon Wagoner who have volunteered their
time to provide a safe club for gay,
lesbian, bisexual, trans gender,
and heterosexual students.
Despite popular belief, you do
not have to be gay to join the club.
This club was created for the sole
purpose of providing support for
gays in many different ways.
One idea they’ve got is to mark
certain classrooms around Skyline
as a “Safe Room” where GLBT
kids can hang out if or whenever
they are being bullied. Unfortunately, everybody has their own views
and beliefs and some teachers do
not accept this idea.
They’ve got other ideas as well,
such as a Halloween party for gays
and their supporters to creating
shirts to represent and advertise
their small club as well.
Secretary of this club, sophomore Aime Trevino says that being
in the club is like “being in an environment where you are accepted
for who you are.”
The club’s motto, “Love Has No
Gender,” is fully appraised by all its
Teachers cover hall duty, more
>>by Horacio Lucero 2012
& Alma Galvez 2012
Due to recent reductions of
school funds, teachers have
been assigned to help cover the
duties of the hall monitors who
were let go over the summer.
The number of hall monitors
went from 20 to six.
As a result, teachers now have
to give 30 to 45 minutes of what
originally was reserved for their
planning period to fulfill their new
“I’d rather do the duty and
make sure nobody gets in
trouble than to waste 30 min-
utes,” said physics teacher
Allison Parker. “I don’t like it,
but I don’t hate it.”
This implementation of
teachers into lunch and hall
duties seems to be working.
Lunch lines are moving faster,
student tardies have reduced
and teacher student relationships are being developed.
“I like my duty,” Pre-cal and
Math Models teacher Joseph
Kimotho said, “It takes time
away from grading but gets
me involved with my students
and brings organization to the
Area districts revisit
cell phone policy;
DISD unchanged
>>by Lacenia Calloway 2013
Staff Writer
Fashion Cluster members, Ana Trejo and Maryory Morales help scrub
a Mustang at a recent fund raiser. Photo by D. Wade
Fashion Cluster holds car wash
>>by Maryory Morales 2012
Staff Writer
Senior Fashion Cluster girls held
a car wash at the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church on Sept. 10.
The car wash was a charity
event organized by the Women’s
Helpful Apparel Team (W.H.A.T),
a nonprofit organization for young
Seniors’ Ana Trejo, Cynthia
Jaimes, Maryory Morales, and
Devin Wade came together to raise
money for the Dallas Life Foundation, another organization that
administers the homeless.
“It’s for a good cause,” senior
Devin Wade said.
With a goal of $2,000 for a
venue and fabrics that will be used
for a fashion show to raise more
money, the ladies and some helpful
friends were able to raise $160.16,
with many generous donations also
“The car wash was successful,”
senior Ana Trejo said. An estimate
of 30 cars were washed that day.
“We have great hearts, and all
we want to do is accomplish the
goal everyone says we can’t; a
truly worthy cause,” Cynthia Jaimes said.
Spanish Club meets weekly
>>by Maria Garcia 2012
Asst. Editor
October 7, 2011
The Spanish Club sponsor,
Jose Sologuren, has done it once
again. The Spanish Club is up and
running, gathering together
every Tuesday
from 4:30 to
5:00 p.m.
“We are
very excited
to get things
started this year
around,” Spanish Teacher Mr.
Sologuren said. “ Seeing old and
new faces is great. The more, the
Mr. Sologuren encourages Skyline students to become involved
and be a part of the club.
“We’re here to help the students,” Mr. Sologuren said. “Everything done here is done to help
the students and the community.”
The Spanish Club is about giv-
ing back to the community. With
that being said, they do enforce
community service duties.
“Every first Saturday of each
month we visit the Cathedral,”
Mr. Sologuren said. “We help distribute breakfast to the
community. It’s
an experience
like no other.”
This not
only helps the
students complete their 20
hours of community service, but its helps them develop
new skills to come in contact with
people that need help.
They help the community,
something everyone should do
and should be proud of.
It’s never too late to get involved and help the community.
Stop by P-18 and speak to the
sponsor, Jose Sologuren, to be a
part of the Spanish Club.
While Dallas ISD is still in full lock down with their cell phone
policy, other school districts are upgrading and giving high school
students more freedom to use their cell phones for school work and
personal usage.
Richardson ISD students are now able to use their phones between classes and during lunch according to a recent article in the
Dallas Morning News.
“It would be cool if we could use our phones during lunch,” junior
Kristi Kennebrew said.
Through those two times of the day, they are allowed to use Twitter and Facebook, and their phone will not be confiscated or taken
They can listen to music, but only one earplug can be in their ear
for safety reasons.
At Skyline people will get their earplugs confiscated if they are visible, and if we have phones out, they’ll be confiscated.
“I have already got my phone taken up because my teacher saw
my ear plugs hanging out of my pocket,” sophomore Victor Timmins
The students would have to start a petition to get the principal to
think about letting Skyline students use their phones during lunch or
between classes.
Ten random students were asked if they were able to use their
phones for school purposes, for research or for dictionary purposes. About 70 percent of the students said they were permitted to
use their electronic devices .
“I’m able to use my iPhone to look up words in English,” sophomore Kevin Cook stated.
Statistics show that cell phones are a way that teenagers can
communicate with other individuals. According to a Pew Research
Center study, 84 percent of teens say that cell phones make it easy
to communicate with others.
The following paragraphs give more facts that Pew Research
Center have discovered about the use of cell phones.
Texting is the second most common use of cell phones, following
checking the time; 65 percent of high school students use their cell
phone in school. One-fourth of text messages sent by teens are during class hours, and 42 percent of teens say they can text with their
eyes closed.
One study shows that teens under 18 years old send and receive
2,779 texts a month.
Teens send and receive five times more text messages per day
than adults. Those who send and receive more than 50 texts a day
also tend to be heavy users of voice calling, and also 54 percent
of teens use text messaging as daily communication, and only 38
percent will call on a cell phone.
Until the Dallas ISD cell phone policy changes or upgrades, the
same policy still remains.
“The District prohibits the use of cellular phones and pagers/beepers at all schools during the instructional school day,” stated the
2010-2011 Code of Conduct booklet.
For more information on teenagers using cell phones visit the
website listed below:
October 7, 2011
You saw it last year and
here it is again, the Skyline Infinite Playlist. Here
you are given the chance
to match the given playlMr. Fonseca
Mr. Awalt
Monika Molina
Peter Trinh
Photos by N. Ramirez Playlist by M. Garcia
ists with the correct person,
allowing you to be creative and have fun. Be the
first, e-mail your answers
[email protected]
Playlist #1
Aerosmith- Train Kept Rollin’
Jason Aldean- Dirt Road Anthem
Jimmy Eat World- The Middle
Kenny Chesney ft. Grace Potter- You
and Tequilla
Metallica- For Whom The Bell Tolls
Playlist #2
Boston- Don’t Look Back
Iron Maiden- Aces High
Linkin Park- Breaking The Habit
Linkin Park- Paper Cut
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Playlist # 3
Foster The People- Pumped Up Kicks
Neon Trees- Animal
Nirvana- Heart Shaped Box
Snow Patrol- Chasing Cars
The XX- Infinity
Playlist #4
Deadmau5- Animal Rights
Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic ZerosHome
Eminem- Space Bound
Girl Talk- Let It Out
Ratatat- Loud Pipes
>>by Dominique Rider 2012
& Wilson Gonzalez 2012
The Culinary Arts department
begins the school year with a new
teacher who has a very healthy
view on life.
“I’m inspired by food. It makes
me happy,” head Chef Celisse Rodriguez said. “I’m a fat girl at heart,
so being around food is the best
job to be in.”
Chef Rodriguez is happy to join
the staff as the instructor for the
Culinary Arts’ juniors and seniors.
“She pushes us, has tons of ambition, and wants each of us to be
the best we can be,” senior Albert
Preza said.
Chef Rodriguez heard about the
open position from former instructor Chef April Barney.
Both teachers are members of
the Texas Chef Association and
met through the program.
Showing her preference over
pasta Chef Rodriguez made
Chicken Ricotta, one of her favorite
“My students loved it, and I love
the students,” Chef Rodriguez said.
They are all so fun and engaging.”
Chef Rodriguez has already
began to collaborate with other
departments in the school, such
as the Drama Club. She and the
Culinary Arts Cluster are planning to cater the club’s Open Mic
Love Night which will take place in
Although Chef Rodriguez is new,
she has been welcomed to our
school with open arms by both
students and teachers alike.
“Food is the one item that brings
Culinary Art’s new artist
From left, Alberto Preza, Cynthia Ochoa, Chef Rodriguez, and Abril Garcia. Photo by N. Ramirez
the world together,” she said
from the
Green Team
help with
Photo by M.
2012 Varsity Cheerleaders. Photo by D. Lewis
Varsity cheerleaders adjust to change
>>by Kyndra Jones 2012
Staff Writer
>>by Maria Arriaga 2012
& Michelle De La Cruz 2012
October 7, 2011
This year’s Green Team began
with over a hundred students on
Wed., Sept. 7 after school in the
cafeteria and will continue every
Wednesday after school from 4:305:30 p.m.
The Green Team is open to all
Skyline High school students. Any
student can go and it’s not mandatory to go every Wednesday.
“We are a very open group, like
hippie dippy, no real rules,” Ms.
O’Donnell says.
The Green Team was started four
years ago by former student body
president Evelyn Garza ‘09 and
architecture instructor and sponsor
Peter Goldstein. Ms. O’Donnell also
formed a part of the Green Team
for over three years.
This is a group effort, not only are
the teachers helping out by taking
the recycle out of their classrooms,
but also the custodians help us out.
“I would like to give a shout out
to all the teachers and custodians
who support us,” Mr. Goldstein
Our mission is to recycle, but
our main purpose is not only to
be green but also to have a clean
“School is our home away from
home,” Mr. Goldstein said.
We hope to spread the word
about recycling not only in school
but also at home.
Last year the Skyline Green Team
collected 76 tons of recyclable materials, the most in the DISD!
The Green Team hopes to keep
collecting more recyclable materials and to keep being green
throughout the year.
The cheer leading team has
begun a new era. In the previous
years, two captains have always
been enough, but for this year’s
cycle four captains have taken
the responsibility.
“Having so many captains
benefits the squad because each
of the captains bring different
strengths and strong dynamics,”
cheer leading coach Domanica
Purdy said.
In previous years, the squad’s
expectations differentiate from
the present season.
“We are aiming to gather cheer
scholarships by winning competitions,” senior Heaven Odanga
Coach Purdy’s expectations
stayed the same. She expects
a combined GPA of 3.6 and no
discipline or attendance issues.
“Grades are never an issue
because cheering is my passion,
and I will do whatever it takes to
cheer every Friday night,” senior
Kierra Haynes said.
When asked to define teamwork
as a whole the team described
it as putting aside differences to
guarantee greatness.
Our school cheerleaders not
only support all athletic organizations but are also positive role
models to the community.
“Cheerleaders are angels,
we’re the only humans that fly,”
coach Purdy said.
Adjusting to change is never an
easy task, but the varsity cheerleaders make it look easy.
Green is the new black
New debate
coach has high
>>by Laura Jaquez 2012
Staff Writer
Mayor’s Program accepting apps
for summer internships
>>by Monica Scruggs 2012
& Kiara Lewis 2012
Education is Freedom is a dedicated team providing comprehensive college access services.
They provide help to students,
such as helping with scholarships
and financial aid.
Education is Freedom has
teamed up with the Mayor’s
Intern Fellows Program. If you
are a sophomore or junior, you
are eligible to sign up for the
This 8-week paid internship
program provides students with
the opportunity to work in some
Dallas’s top companies and
Register online at http://www. The deadline for applications is Dec. 31, 2011 and the
internship period is June 11
through August 3, 2011.
Education is Freedom
changes lives by increasing the
number of under served youth in
Dallas who graduate high school
and pursue a higher education.
EIF offers the most comprehensive college planning
program in Dallas through a
dedicated team of school-based
Child Care Cluster involves teaching
October 7, 2011
>>by Maira Alonzo 2012
& Aimee Cardenas 2012
Working with young children
seems easy right? “You got to
have patients,” junior Kathia Tzab
Child Care Cluster involves
teaching and interacting with children while preparing them for kindergarten. So far the cluster has
been working on reciting words
and practicing on writing the letters
of the alphabet.
Once you’re a sophomore you
get to work with kids and in junior
year you get to teach them. “What
makes it more interesting is you
teach them and they look up to
you,” Kathia said.
This year they plan to take the
children out to the Dallas Library,
Farmers Market and skating. They
also plan on selling Child Care Tshirts and hoodies.
“Its an awesome cluster!” Kathia
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Taylor Norwood is the new
debate coach and is in his
second year at Skyline High
School, but his first year teaching Debate and speech.
He went to Baylor University
and was the president of mock
trial team there.
His experience with Debate
is strong, and he participated in
competed in debate all through
high school, in Tallisbug, TX.
He won two state cross exDebate coach Mr. Norwood looks
amination events and also one
forward to a good year. Photo by A.
persuasive exempt.
From a small town to a big
school like Skyline was quite a
September 24, 2011 and the Sky“I enjoy working with students”
line Classic is November 5, 2011.
Mr. Norwood said, “Debaters are
This year’s topic is space exthe smartest students.”
ploration. Resolved: The United
His expectations for the debate
States Federal Government should
team are to be very competitive
substantially increase its exploraand win contests.
tion and/or development of space
Debate has a lot of new people
beyond the Earth’s mesosphere.
and we will need to work hard.
Anybody interested can go to
“Debate is a mental challenge
you don’t get from a lot of other
Practice is after school Wednessources,” he said.
days for beginners and Thursdays
The President is Lauren Loper.
for experienced debaters.
The Arts Tournament was held
Anatomy students meet professionals
>>by Rose Kimball 2012
Cont’d from p. 1
--opportunity to choose
between burgers, Subway, and
even Starbucks. The lunchroom
was filled with doctors and all
types of people in different
medical fields.
Last on the agenda was a
lecture with a pharmacologist,
one who specializes in making
medicine. She lectured students
on the history of pharmacology
and recent advances in pharmacology.
“The field trip was an educational experience,” Mrs. Crouch
said. “Students got to witness
a few of the many professions
in the growing medical field,
and they got to see what these
people do on a regular basis.”
Sponsored by the Stars
program, 60 students attended
the field trip. Because of the
number of students, the field
trip had to be separated into
two days.
“Going to UT-Southwestern
made me realize how much I
want to get into forensic science,” senior Heisy Servellon
said. “It was so interesting, truly
an amazing experience.”
>>by Diana Briones 2012
Staff Writer
Photo cluster students Andrea Hogg and Maya Calloway check out
photo equipment. Photo by D. Briones
Photography goes digital
>>by Naomi Ramirez 2012
& Amber Martin 2011
The photography cluster is going
from film to digital. With all the new
advances in photography technology, the cluster has decided to get
with the program and go full digital
for most classes.
Could the decision have been
influenced by the fact that Kodak
will soon stop producing any kind
of film? The industry is only using
film made for artistic purposes and
not for commercial photography.
Photography teacher James
Crittenden decided the transition
was badly needed, but he has very
limited supplies.
“I may not have many supplies
that help me with going full digital, but I am very grateful for what
they’ve given me,” Mr. Crittenden
Mr. Crittenden still plans to teach
the intro to photography students
film photography since he feels that
film is still a very important subject
when it comes to learning professional photography.
He will mainly stick to 4x5 photography since it’s the most professional form of film, according to Mr.
In the future he plans stop the
use of film completely because at
some point there will be no need
for film, even for artistic purposes.
“The industry is moving fast and
I need to keep up with it,” Mr.
Crittenden said. “You rarely see
anyone use film anymore. It’s all
digital even the portfolio’s have
become digital. Photographers now
have their own web sites instead of
Now all he can hope for is a bit
more support from school funding
so he can get some more cameras
and computers to go full-on digital.
“Well back in my day…” is a
frequent sentence starter we
hear from our grandparents and
older loved ones. Throughout
the decades, many things have
changed. Bread no longer costs
a mere five cents and technology
has greatly advanced.
After the end of World War II in
1945, society began to change
drastically, and the United States
was right smack in the middle of
all the changes.
Cars and televisions would
soon become a common household items and evolve from the
luxury they once were.
Fashion morphed into a closet
full of colorful, psychedelic suits
and dresses from 1950 to 1960.
Politics took a big hit when
Martin Luther King Jr. stood up
for the rights of African Americans
and countless protestors spoke
up against the Vietnam War.
A gasoline crisis greeted the
1970s and The Beatles were no
From bobby-socks to iPads
‘Times they are a changin’
longer number one on the charts
as Led Zeppelin, with their heavy
riffs and fast rock and roll, took
over the music world.
Your hair could never be too big
and there was never enough hair
spray going around in the 1980s.
Ronald Reagan went from being an actor to leading an entire
country and the Berlin Wall was
finally destroyed.
Then the 1990s came along,
when all of the current students at
Skyline were born, and our childhoods began.
Most of us knew nothing about
political reform and technological
advances from the years before.
Time goes by in the blink of an
eye and with it brings changes.
From Obama being the first black
president in office to the new
iPad. From 1950 to 2011, many
changes have been seen and
there are sure to be many more.
As fads come and go and society evolves, we must sit back and
enjoy life and accept changes as
they come.
Google+ provides a new social network to rival Facebook
everyone of their friends.
Popular games are also available
to play like Angry Birds, Sudoku,
Zynga Poker and Bejeweled and
users can submit their high scores
for their friends to see.
Another feature from Google+
is Hangouts which allows users to
October 7, 2011
The internet’s most widely used
search engine now provides one
more feature: Google+.
Google+ is a new social network by Google that was released
in late September.
This social network pairs friends
into circles, or groups, in however
manner they are connected to the
Google+ allows users to update
their status and photos and share
it with their choice of circles or
video chat with up to nine of their
friends from a computer or mobile
An app is available for the
Android, Apple and Windows
devices with an optional Instant
Upload feature that uploads pictures to the user’s profile as soon
as they are taken from a mobile
phone’s camera.
Google+ is easy to use with a
simple layout and less complicated than Facebook.
The new social network from
Google gives users a new way
to communicate with friends and
>>by Daniel Moreno 2012
Staff Writer
Drake stars in Degrassi.
The original teen drama
>>by Wilson Gonzalez 2012
Staff Writer
Timeless classic still a thrill
>>by Dominique Rider 2012
Staff Writer
Breathtaking, spine tingling,
heart pounding, and tear jerking. All of these are words that
may be used to describe The
Lion King.
After seeing the movie again
for the first time in almost ten
years, my view on the film has
still has not changed.
With amazing music, such an
interesting story, and wonderful characters, children and
parents of all ages will surely
enjoy this timeless classic.
“It’s a nice movie that
teaches you how to move on
from your past because you’re
destined for something greater,” junior Linda Nguyen said.
After raking in a whopping
26.9 million dollars its opening weekend, The Lion King
completely dominated its competition, beating out movies
like “How does she do it?” and
“The music gave me hope for
the world,” said senior Alejandra
Perez. “If animals can come
together then so can humans.”
With music from the great
Elton John, there is something
for everybody. The best thing
about the movie coming back
to the big screen is that all the
proceeds from the movie will be
donated to help starving children
in Africa.
No matter what your movie
preference, you will surely love
this timeless classic.
October 7, 2011
Degrassi, the Emmy nominated
Canadian television show that
gave birth to the teen drama genre,
recently finished its summer block
of its widely anticipated eleventh
Tackling issues that most shows
shy away from, Degrassi continues
to shed light on problems the average teenager goes through without
the glamorous aspect of shows like
Gossip Girl or 90210.
“I like that the show is honest and
genuine when it portrays teenagers because there are a lot of
teen shows out there where all the
characters are rich and beautiful
and they all look like super models.
We want the teenagers to be normal and do things that people do
around the world,” actress Aislinn
Paul said in an interview with Clev-
Degrassi shows the hardships
teens must face in their daily lives
as they struggle to be accepted for
who they are.
Degrassi depicts the hardships of
teen parenting, adoption, college
rejection, eating and mental disorders, as well as the effects divorce
has on teenagers.
Being the first teen centric show
in existence, Degrassi has always
gone above and beyond what’s
been expected to keep the shows
name fresh as well as keeping their
issues relevant to stay popular
among teen audiences.
“Once you start watching it,” senior Alejandra Perez said. “You’re
Although the show is currently
on hiatus with the cast filming the
second block of the Degrassi, the
show returns in February 2012 with
an hour-long special in October.
Return of The Lion King
Junior guard Kelvin Coleman races onto the field with the state
flag. Photo by Darrell Lewis
Skyline senior receiver Thomas Johnson is interviewed by football
recruiter Gerry Hamilton. Photo by Darrell Lewis
>>by Wilson Gonzalez 2012
Staff Writer
Back from a summer of practicing and competing in the youth
Summer Bowling League, many of
Skyline’s bowlers are ready to jump
back into the game and improve
their skills in the sport.
“The varsity girls team were
district champs, going to Plano
for regionals. They placed fourth,
missing State by 10 pins,” coach
Eric Enocksen said about last
year’s bowlers.
Starting on June 2, members
of the school’s bowling team met
at USA Bowl weekly in order to
participate in the youth Summer
Bowling League.
Participating in the league, many
bowler’s averages increased as
they learned new techniques that
helped improve their game.
“At the beginning of the summer,
we had a bowler whose average
was around 70 pins per game,
and by the end of the league she
had increased her average by
50 pins,” coach Enocksen said.
Due to the increase in averages, coach Enocksen has stated
that he would like for students
to continue participating in the
league in the years to come.
Although bowling is not a
popular or well-recognized sport
here, the team’s members are
each competing for over 6 million dollars in scholarships that
can be used towards books,
tuition and other college necessities.
“Tryouts for the 2011-2012
team will continue up until late
October, with practices starting on September 21 at 6:30 at
USA Bowl on 10920 Composite
Dr.,” coach Enocksen said at the
team’s first meeting for returning
and new members.
Bowling team participates
in summer league
The 2011-12 swim team lined up for a group photo. Photo by A. Galvez
Swim team increases members
>>by Judea Nobles 2012
Staff Writer
“We will be really competitive with
a strong returning senior class,”
Coach Boggs said. The swim team
is coming back with a positive mind
after last year swimmers got disqualified for a false start.
This year the swim team hope to
place in top 10 at regionals. The
team has grown since last year and
is equipped with more swimmers,
which should give them a chance to
score more points in each match.
Coach Boggs said he was amazed
with the number for swimmers on
this year’s team.
They have 15 returning members
and 13 new members. This makes
a record number of swimmers since
Coach Boggs has been coaching at
Skyline High School.
“I am excited for the season to
start. I believe we can make regional’s with all the talent coming in,”
returning swimmer Horacio Lucero
They are ready to beat Woodrow
Wilson their rivals in swimming.
Junior spikes volleyball team to victory
Lady Raiders open season strong
>>by Lacenia Calloway 2013
Staff Writer
Class of 2012 enjoying the view of themselves on the giant
Mitsubishi screen in Cowboys Stadium. Photo by M. Salmeron
October 7, 2011
The Raiders competed against Cocoa Beach Florida at Cowboys
Stadium Sept. 5. Photo by M. Salmeron
The Lady Raiders defeated
the Sunset Bisons
17-25,on Sept. 27
after Junior Iysha
Shaw spiked them
to victory,ending
the game with nine
spikes total.
The Lady Raiders
fight through every
game with their
best efforts to come
out on top.
To win a volleyball match you
have to win three out of five
“When you are up two games,
just know you can win the third
one,” varsity player Sa’Vone Wil-
liams said.
The Lady Raiders varsity volleyball team is lead by coach
Lauren Bruscato and assistant
coach Michael
The Lady Raiders have already
been in action, and
they have already
begun playing
district games.
“The 9-5A district
is a volleyball
district filled with
great competition
from the Richardson schools,”
head coach Bruscato said.
Watch them as they pave their
to victory in district and all of
their future games.
Raider football starts strong
Solid defense provides added value
>>by Darrell Lewis 2012
& Dwayne Lewis 2012
Seniors Nancy Ramirez and Susie Ayala enjoy the first game of the year
at Cowboys Stadium. Photo by M. Salmeron
The Raider football team exits the tunnel before their game against
Cocoa Beach, Fl. Photo by Darrell Lewis
October 7, 2011
The varsity football team
opened up the 2011-2012
season with a spectacular 5-0
record. The team came into
the season with many people
doubting their potential, but
they started off fast and
quickly proved to the doubters that they still have what it
takes to win.
“Much wasn’t expected
from us,” senior wide receiver
Jordan Turner said. “But we
just continued to believe in
ourselves and our team.”
The Raiders have produced
some of the best defensive
talents in the state.
This year’s defensive team
proved to be very solid in
their opening games, allowing
an average of 10.25 points
through their first 4 games.
The offense also contributes
to victories with their highflying talents, averaging 41.5
points a game.
One such victory came
against a school out of Cocoa
Beach, Florida who were
heavily favored in their Labor
Day game during the Kirk
Herbstreit National Football
Classic. After giving up a
score on the opening kickoff, Skyline managed to pull
together and win 36-20.
“I thought it was going to be
a one way game,” head coach
Reginald Samples said. “We set
ourselves around our defense,
but we are better as an overall
Last year, the Raiders started
off the season 0-2, losing to Bell
Glades Central 6-0 and St. Thomas Aquinas 31-3. They quickly
found themselves against the
ropes but turned things around to
win 9 straight games before being
upended by DeSoto 38-0 in the
2nd round of playoff play.
“This start gives us a lot of confidence going into the rest of our
season,” senior defensive tackle
Blake Hawley said. “Wins against
these tough teams help us keep
our eyes set on getting that state
Much is expected of this team,
not only athletically, but academically.
“It is very important that these
guys go to college and get an
education,” Skyline principal Harold Wright said. “Athletic abilities
are not forever.”
The football team has only
begun the season, but they’re
playing as if they’ve got something to prove to all the doubters
out there. With a majority of the
team being seniors, you better
believe this team will be gunning
for their chance at becoming state
Seniors sat together in the Cowboys Stadium to cheer on their varsity team while
also displaying their class spirit. Photo by M. Salmeron
Head Coach Reginald Samples walks onto the field before
Skyline’s Labor Day game against Cocoa Beach, FL.
Photo by Darrell Lewis