It’s Not About the Name

It’s Not About the Name

Alexandra Rozmarin

March 11, 2019

Science teacher Christopher Lucas drank his first alcoholic beverage at a Stanford party in 1997. The then-16-year-old college freshman downed the Jägermeister given to him by a fraternity boy and immediately clutched his chest in pain. College is about exploring, and whether referring to a...

Getting That Good Grade

Getting That Good Grade

Desiree Pekar, Reporter

February 15, 2019

Study Tips: Breathe in a specific scent through your nose, as it is actually scientifically proven by Mark Moss from Northumbria University to help you remember content better. They used the scent of rosemary to help strengthen the pupils’ memory. While studying for finals, spray a certain pe...

Coding Clubs Spark Interest Among Boys and Girls Alike

Tiffany Tran (9, left) and Kyla Ulug (7) attempt to run Tran's Python program, The Gay Agenda.

Ishan Madan, Web Manager

February 13, 2019

Prior to the 2018-19 school year, UPA was a notable exception to the long list of Silicon Valley high schools with computer science clubs. That changed starting this school year, as UPA has doubled its computer science learning opportunities. In addition to the existing Intro to Computer Scien...

Anxiety From a Teacher’s Perspective

Anxiety From a Teacher's Perspective

Rasleen Saran, Publicity Manager

February 12, 2019

Anxiety, a prominent issue among teenagers, has negatively impacted school and personal lives. English teacher Andrea Aquino has personally dealt with anxiety and hopes to help teenagers cope with their concerns. “Over the years I have been teaching, I have been more open about my struggles wi...

Navigating Through Difficulties

Navigating Through Difficulties

Rafael Castillo, Managing Editor

January 29, 2019

 It is Wednesday, and AP Biology has a zero period. Only one student lives 30 minutes away, but with traffic, it takes her an hour. She wakes up at 5 a.m., and she walks drearily into her zero period class just on time. She has the whole school day ahead of her and is running on fumes. This was the routine for ...

Then and Now: Sheila Billy

In her first year at UPA, English teacher Sheila Billy is impressed by the desire of her students to learn as well as the professionalism of the staff. In the past, she worked at Miramonte High School as an English teacher.

Emily Hung, Co-Editor-in-Chief

October 5, 2018

Emily HungOctober 5, 2018Then and Now: Sheila Billy...

Delving Into the World of Science and Anime

Reo Sato participated in a photoshoot last June for professional photos to use for his job applications. He used this photo when applying for a teaching position at UPA.

Emily Hung, Co-Editor-in-Chief

September 20, 2018

His eyes dart around behind his black-rimmed glasses, with his dark hair pulled back in a bun. Reo Sato sits on the four-legged stool in front of his chemistry class, sharing his knowledge of the subject with his students. Little do they know that he was almost five years old when he moved from Japa...

From Training Dogs to Teaching Students

Aislinn Reid (middle) and her clients hike and practice leading while walking their dogs in Santiago Oaks Regional Park in January 2017. Reid walks her dog, Ayr, accompanied by dogs Ernie and Darby (left and right).

Emily Hung, Co-Editor-in-Chief

September 18, 2018

When Aislinn Reid received a job offer as a world geography teacher at UPA, she decided to leave behind her border collies — Skye and Ayr — at her home in Long Beach. She recently moved into a room in Campbell to begin her teaching career here.   Reid had applied to 52 jobs located as far as the Oregon border ...

Spicing Up the Spanish Department

Spanish teacher Aimee Verapinto graduating from her Master's program at Santa Clara University. She is standing with her two children, Matias (left) and Savanna (right), and holding her nephew, Gabriel. 

Bianca Lang, Social Media Manager

November 17, 2017

Aimee Verapinto, one of UPA’s new Spanish teachers, teaches Spanish 2 and Spanish Immersion. Although she grew up in the Bay Area, she received her undergraduate degree at the University of Oregon. Upon returning to the Bay Area, she obtained her master’s degree at Santa Clara Univ...

Looking Through the Lens as a Teacher

Science teacher Vaishali Patil at Bay Point celebrating New Years with her friends and family in December 2016. 

Bianca Lang, Social Media Manager

November 17, 2017

Vaishali Patil, a new addition to UPA’s science department, teaches biology and life science. She has a master’s degree in science and a bachelor's in education, both from universities in India. She immigrated from India in 1999 and took additional courses in the United States req...

One Serve + One Pass + One Spike = One Point

Math teacher Esther Chen in Amsterdam enjoying a vacation.

Emily Hung, Editor-in-Chief

November 15, 2017

After spending the 2016-17 school year coaching middle school girls and boys volleyball, Esther Chen joins UPA this year as a Math 8 and Integrated Math 3 teacher. Teaching Experience Prior to teaching at UPA, Chen taught at Brownell Middle School in Gilroy for one year. ​ She received...

“Enseñar Literatura es Mi Pasión”

In September, Spanish teacher Nicolas Mendoza traveled to Puerto Rico to be a part of a humanitarian project. 

Bianca Lang, Social Media Manager

November 13, 2017

Nicolas Mendoza, a new Spanish teacher, teaches one English Language Development (ELD) class and four Spanish 3 classes. He attended San Jose State University to earn a bachelor’s degree in Spanish, and he cleared his credential at the Reach Institute for School Leadership in Oakland.​Outs...

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