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New Clubs for a New Start

New Clubs for a New Start

Jenica Pham, Reporter

February 7, 2019

Some people feel anxious when they first attend UPA, and they might not know if they will find a place to belong to in this new school environment. But a variety of new clubs have been established at school tailored to the interests of the student body. If students want to learn more about Vietnames...

Movie Night: A Tradition Not Forgotten

Movie Night: A Tradition Not Forgotten

Betty Nguyen, Reporter

January 21, 2019

Jenica Pham Once a tradition at UPA since 2010, Movie Night enabled students to watch the latest blockbuster films with their friends and family. The films shown at Movie Night included “Wonder Women,” “Shrek,” “Maze Runner” and more. Additionally, students earned volunteer hours by s...

Comedy: A New Type of Sport

Players participate in an improvisational game by finishing each other's sentences.

Emily Hung, Co-Editor-in-Chief

January 21, 2019

The whistle sounds. “Reverse,” Christine Welsh-Buck, the coordinator for UPA’s ComedySportz high school league team, says. The players on stage—seventh graders Nicole Eike, Adam Janse and freshman Julia Wong—perform their actions in reverse as their teammates watch, dissolving in laug...

All Blue

Kristian Crowther, Multimedia Manager

November 17, 2018

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

The sun shines through the smoke-filled sky in the Bay Area. It could be until next week when the smoke begins to clear out, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Betty Nguyen, Reporter

November 17, 2018

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

The Instagram page of the fake ASB account claims the official account was experiencing issues. The account has been gaining followers since it was first created on the night of Nov. 11.

Emily Hung, Co-Editor-in-Chief

November 12, 2018

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

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

Most of the cast and the choreographer of

Natalia Alvarez, Staff Writer

July 11, 2018

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

July 1, 2018

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

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

Arielle Rose-Finn (10) was stationed in Pratt and displayed the art she had done in class to parents. She stands in front of the work she is most proud of: a paining based on the song

Bianca Lang, Social Media Manager

April 26, 2018

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