All Blue

All Blue

Kristian Crowther, Multimedia Manager

November 17, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase

At around 10 a.m on Nov. 16, just as the ten-minute break was about to end, students in the Learning Center found themselves shoved inside random classrooms by faculty. On the final day of instruction before the highly anticipated Thanksgiving break, the heavy smoke outside was not the only threat th...

Smoke, the New Bay Area Norm

Smoke, the New Bay Area Norm

Betty Nguyen, Reporter

November 16, 2018


Filed under News, News Brief, Showcase

Smoke from the recent wildfire — Camp Fire — in Butte County is drifting into areas all the way to San Jose. As a result, schools from around the Bay Area canceled classes on Nov. 16, but UPA  — located in Santa Clara County — continued school despite poor air quality, leaving students...

Official ASB Account Impersonated

Official ASB Account Impersonated

Emily Hung, Co-Editor-in-Chief

November 12, 2018


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The Associated Student Body (ASB) has been using its Instagram page, @upa.asb, this school year to inform both students and teachers about upcoming events such as dances, spirit weeks and carnivals. On the night of Nov. 11, ASB members were notified that their Instagram account had been impersonated. For the fi...

ASB Elects Approach the New Year With New Ideas

ASB Elects Approach the New Year With New Ideas

Annie Zhang, Staff Writer

July 14, 2018


Filed under Multimedia, News, News Brief

Elections for ASB came to a close as winners were announced on May 25 during the Senior Send Off rally. UPA welcomes the new ASB president for the 2018-19 school year: Krizel Tomines; Vice Presidents: Kyle Lopez and Isabella Cayabyab; Secretary of Spirits: Arin Flandez, Francesca Dizon and Julia Khinno; ...

Relentless Matchmaking, Conquering Hardships on Stage

Relentless Matchmaking, Conquering Hardships on Stage

Natalia Alvarez, Staff Writer

July 11, 2018


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Actors gathered in the Horton on March 17, 23 and 24 to finish setting up or to invite guests into the auditorium for the show Emma!. The cast’s family members and friends arrived to see the work put into the production rehearsals, which started in December 2017. The play, based on a versi...

Improvements and New Policies on the Horizon

Emily Hung, Editor-in-Chief

June 30, 2018


Filed under News, News Brief

In November 2017, UPA selected students from every grade level to participate in the first school-wide focus groups. In the span of four meetings, students and Director of Student Services Andrew Yau came together to decide on improvements and new policies to implement in the upcoming 2018-2019 s...

News Brief: PowerSchool to Replace Schoology Next School Year

Natalia Alvarez, Staff Writer

June 23, 2018


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In the 2018-2019 school year, students will no longer be using Schoology to check their grades or receive announcements. This year, math and computer science teacher Nicole Sebek attended trainings and participated in trying out PowerSchool Unified Classroom to identify its benefits and determ...

Leading While Learning

Leading While Learning

Bianca Lang, Social Media Manager

April 26, 2018


Filed under Multimedia, News, News Brief

Reactions to the Blackout

Reactions to the Blackout

Emily Hung, Editor-in-Chief

April 18, 2018


Filed under Multimedia, News

On April 18, there was a blackout across campus in the middle of third period at approximately 10:48 a.m. Click on the circles on the upper-left corner of each photo to see where each person was and their story of the blackout. ...

News Brief: 17 Minutes for 17 Victims

News Brief: 17 Minutes for 17 Victims

Bianca Lang, Social Media Manager

April 14, 2018


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Seventeen people were killed by shooter Nikolas Cruz on Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. ​To remember those who died, UPA students and staff were encouraged to participate in a voluntary school walkout on March 14, one month after the Parkland shooting. They stood in s...

News Brief: The World in One Mind

News Brief: The World in One Mind

Natalia Alvarez, Staff Writer

March 12, 2018


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During lunch on Jan. 26 and 30, eighth grader Andrew Crabtree and the members of the Geography Club sat in Harvard participating in the Geography Bee. Crabtree enjoys learning about different aspects of the world and competing against others, which led him to create this year’s Geography...

DRO-PR for Victims of Hurricane Maria

DRO-PR for Victims of Hurricane Maria

Ruchika Singla, In-Depth Editor

March 5, 2018


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Major Leagues Hacking organized a twenty-four hour hackathon for female high schoolers in the Bay Area, hosted at Medallia--a software company--from Jan. 27 to 28. When freshman Kaitlin White’s father suggested that she enter the free contest, White did not know what to expect. She had ...

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