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Leading the Blind

Cindy, a four month old Labrador Retriever, sunbathes while her raiser, Karen Brown, watches. Cindy is training to be a guide dog.
April 12, 2019

I look toward my raiser, eyes shining. I wag my tail with excitement. She gives me treats from her pocket for good behavior. I’m training to be a guide dog. “The job of puppy raisers is to teach...

Course Ahead | Episode 1: Jovita Mi

Course Ahead | Episode 1: Jovita Mi
April 9, 2019

In our newest podcast series, Greg Haessner and Akhil Vemuri tackle the UPA courseload and the effect it has on its students. In this episode, Haessner and Vemuri interview UPA junior Jovita Mi about her...

It’s Not About the Name

It’s Not About the Name
Teachers reminisce about the lessons they took away from college.
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...

Getting That Good Grade

Getting That Good Grade
Studying for tests and quizzes can be a challenge, so here are some tips and tricks on how to do your personal best
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...

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.
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...

Anxiety From a Teacher’s Perspective

Anxiety From a Teacher's Perspective
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...

Navigating Through Difficulties

Navigating Through Difficulties
How students and teachers cope with long commute times to and from school
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...

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.
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.
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...

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).
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...

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. 
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...

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. 
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...

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