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Shimizu Higashi High School students visit Lincoln

by Stephanie Chu

 

            On Tuesday, Dec. 4th, the Shimizu Higashi High School students returned to Abraham Lincoln High School on their annual trip from Japan to the United States.JapaneseVisitation.jpg

                Shimizu Higashi High School is one of the top high schools in the Shizuoka Prefecture of Japan. The high school hosts an annual winter trip in which they visit Lincoln High School to see our Biotechnology program and participate in a cultural exchange program with Lincoln Mustangs who are studying Japanese.

                The Japanese visitors were greeted by the Lincoln community, which held up signs with their names and the Abraham Lincoln banner. After a brief welcome orientation given in English and Japanese, the visitors attended a tour led by Lincoln Mustangs studying second, third, and fourth year Japanese.

                The first part of the tour consisted of visiting classrooms, such as special education, biotechnology, and Japanese 1.

 “It was challenging getting over the language barriers, but when you realize that you understand what they are saying and answer their questions, the feeling of accomplishment is satisfying,” said junior third year Japanese student Judy Ho.

                The school’s orchestra and cheerleaders performed for the visitors during the luncheon in the library. The second part of the tour consisted of touring the school grounds, such as visiting the football and track field. Afterwards, the students went back to the library for the cultural exchange.

                The rest of the afternoon was dedicated to the cultural exchange between the Japanese students and Lincoln students, who each prepared a presentation of their own culture.

                Our Lincoln students prepared presentations on how Thanksgiving is celebrated in America, Pictionary, arts and crafts, and American comics. One group made turkey hands while another group compared the similarities and differences between American and Japanese comics.

 The Japanese visitors presented Japanese manga, anime, and cultural icons in Japan. They also presented and wrote Japanese characters in calligraphy, showing our students how to write certain strokes in different characters. Some of the Japanese students also had the opportunity to gobble up delicious apple pie.

 “I asked them to show us some Japanese games and jokes. Since there was difficulty in explaining a game, we just forgot about it and decided to take group pictures and chitchat instead,” said senior Sarah Liu.  "They [the Japanese visitors] all looked tired and sleepy from the time difference, but during the activities, everyone became really lively and jumpy."

                 As the day of activities was coming to an end, the Japanese visitors exchanged emails and gifts with the students. Before entering the bus to go back to their hotel, the Shimizu Higashi students said their last goodbyes and took a group picture.

                “The Japanese visitation promotes a deeper understanding of the Japanese and American culture. We were able to bond and created long lasting friendships,” said senior and Japanese Culture Club Co-President Kimiko Inoue. ­

Odysseyware takes over Cyber High

by Charles Wat

 

Students that failed a class are given the opportunity to take the new online recovery program, Odysseyware.IMG_2664.JPG It was launched in fall semester of 2012 and replaced Cyber High. A different grading system in Odysseyware persuaded staff at Lincoln to select it over Cyber High.

The major difference between Cyber High and Odysseyware is the grading system. Cyber High’s grading system is completely established on multiple tests. For Odysseyware, test count for only 20% of a student’s grade while 80% of the grade is centered on multiple quizzes.

Odysseyware does not allow students to go ahead in their lessons unless they pass their current one. For example, passing Unit 1 and 2 is mandatory to proceed to Unit 3 in a course. Passing Unit 1 then jumping onto Unit 3 is not allowed, but Cyber High allows that. This should not affect passing rate, as every student taking the same course will be tested on the same unit test at a specific given date. As Junior Counselor Betty Hom says, “Students just need to try. If they put honest effort in and take notes, they can pass.”    

Students with an F or D in math, English or history have the opportunity to recover their credits by taking Odysseyware. It costs $80 for students without free or reduced lunch to take a course and $32 for free and reduced lunch. A full refund is given out to students who pass their online course in Odysseyware.

  Odysseyware offers the same online courses as Cyber High. Odysseyware offers math, English, and history. Odysseyware also offers College and Career and Health Education for students that would like to take it online instead of in school because it’s not an A-G course. It will also help AVID and academy students meet graduation requirements due to the elective courses they are taking. Odysseyware does not offer any science, foreign language or art courses for students at Lincoln because not all abilities can be tested online, such as labs for science, verbal skills for foreign language, or sketches for art.

Odysseyware is an opportunity for students to recover lost credits. Students take quizzes online to prepare for the unit test on campus at Lincoln’s computer lab. In order to graduate from Lincoln, students need 230 credits. Utilizing and passing a course on Odysseyware as a credit recovery option puts students one step closer towards graduation.

Passionate teacher strives to end dolphin slaughter

by Michael Nguyen

 

Sometimes referred to as “The Dolphin Lady,” Biology teacher Cynthia Fernandez strives to make an impact on ending the slaughter of dolphins in Japan. trainer, hand down throat.jpgOver the past few years at Lincoln High School, Fernandez has been doing presentations about the atrocities of the captivity and slaughter of dolphins every year, which she presents in her classroom and other classes as well. Aside from that, she also does presentations at middle schools with the assistance of Lincoln seniors Jenny Kha and Grant Ly. Fernandez is passionate about spreading awareness of the dolphin slaughters and ending these horrific acts. 

Fernandez became a biology teacher in her love for the environment and animals, as well as her deep concern for endangered species. Fernandez wants to inspire the future generations to have an appreciation for our environment and to protect the natural world we all share. “I enjoy having the opportunity to share information with young people because I truly believe that the future of our Earth is in the hands of the young people and I know young people can make this world a better place.”  Fernandez also assists in programs such as the Ric O'Barry Dolphin Project and Save Japan Dolphins to further help fight against the slaughter of dolphins.

During Christmas break Fernandez traveled to a small town in Japan called Taiji. The town specializes in hunting dolphins for either butchering or capturing for training to become performing dolphins where they undergo a horrible process of taming. Fernandez arrived in Japan and stayed at a small hotel in a town 15 minutes away from Taiji, and every morning she would travel to the cove to update her observations to social media sites for the Ric O’Barry Dolphin Project. Fernandez would wait at the cove until she spotted any hunting boats leaving the docks to hunt for dolphins. She would then await the hunting boats to return which varied from either 45 minutes to 4 hours. The hunters would either come back with nothing, or they would return with their boats in formation to corral the captured dolphins to the cove where they would be slaughtered. The hunting boats used large metal rods that went underneath the water and would be banged on with hammers to cause the dolphins to become frenzied as they desperately try to flee the disorienting noise, leading them to cove and their inevitable deaths. Before slaughter, nets would be placed around the cove, locking in the helpless dolphins, and trainers would go out and inspect the dolphins to see if any were fit for dolphin training which were usually females or younger dolphins. The rest of the dolphins were then pushed into the shore where fishermen awaited them and pulled them by their tails to be slaughtered under their tarps. Fernandez says “Once under the tarps, I couldn't see them but I could hear them thrashing in the water as a long metal spike was driven into their blowholes.  After it went silent, I could see blood in the water where the tarps were.” The Japanese go to a great extent to censor the slaughter of dolphins to the world and prevent any taking of pictures or videos of the dolphin killing. “They cover up the killing, they cover up the dead bodies as they transport them as they don't want pictures to be taken” says Fernandez. A police officer also followed Fernandez everywhere she went for what the Japanese police said, was for her “protection”, however many of those who live in Taiji do not take too kindly to protesters against their way of life. Fernandez would continue to do this everyday while updating the social media sites on the daily massacres and capturings of dolphins in Taiji until she finally left Japan to return back to San Francisco and back to Abraham Lincoln High School where her experiences in Taiji will help change the future of not only the dolphins, but also the decisions of us. 

Fernandez also plans on doing an assembly at school as well as continuing to do her presentations to help spread the awareness of the horrific acts against dolphins that are occurring everyday.

Passionate about her fight against dolphin slaughtering and striving to spread the awareness of their mistreatment, Cynthia Fernandez deserves to wear the title of “Dolphin Lady”, with pride.

PSTA grants teachers’ wishes.

by Hans Oberschelp

 

Rie Tanaka’s Japanese students avidly use their 25 new dictionaries. IMG_2517.JPGTanaka, Lincoln High School Japanese teacher received grant money for new dictionaries from the Parent Teacher Student Association. Tanaka stated, “My students use the dictionaries to look up words for their oral skits. They are very useful. Some students buy the same dictionaries for their home.”

Last year Asaya Landa, science teacher at ALHS applied for $1000 in grants for school supplies. “I am very happy because kids with skills in computer science and engineering can develop their skills,” said Landa.

The labs teach a variety of topics, and can be taught as labs, or used as demonstrations in lectures. “The labs are very safe, and they teach concentration of solutions, chromatology, and allow students to learn about the structure of atoms. Some students who are advanced can do the labs, and the labs can be [used as] a demonstration. I am very grateful.”

Every year ALHS’s PTSA gives grants to teachers, coaches, and staff from almost every department in the school. Rie Tanaka, Asaya Landa, Daniel Kim, Jenny Arietta, Valerie Ziegler, Susan Kelley, and Tristan Arnold are just a few of the teachers who have received grants from the PTSA in the last year.

According to Lili Mok, president of the PTSA, “We give grants when we see they will benefit a large student body. The PSTA has funded new drums to the Drum Corp, new camcorders for AOIT, and new lockers for football.

Of course, not all submitted grants are approved. Mok stated, “[For] school supplies, we would like teachers to present a wishlist.” Teachers post wishlists of generic  supplies that parents may be able to donate on ALHS’s website. As of January 16th, there are 22 unique requested items of teachers’ wishlists, ranging from colored pencils to refrigerators.

So who ultimately says “yae” or “nay” to grants? “For grants under $500, people within the PTSA board decide. For grants over $500 all the PTSA members vote,” said Mok. All members of the PTSA, including students are allowed to vote. Mok noted, “If you were a member you too could vote at a general meeting.

Grants are paid for with money from a variety of sources. The majority of the money comes from PTSA fundraising campaigns, though a small amount comes from PTSA membership fees, employers matching funs, and third party fundraising.

Lincoln Log has imposters!

by Gloria Jeung

 

Lincoln students have been impersonating the journalism staff.

Students and teachers of Lincoln High School have reported that people claiming to be Lincoln journalists have been taking pictures of them and interviewing them.

In one incident, Lincoln Log's journalist, Justin Fung, met with two of the fake journalists. "There are two in particular who take photos,” Fung said. “They put their phones up, and they take a photo of me, and I ask them why they're taking photos and they'd say, 'Oh, I'm part of journalism.' But I know they're not in journalism because Ms. Falls has one journalism class and they're not in it.

 

Fung explains when the incident took place. “Probably towards the beginning of Thanksgiving break was the first time [they started doing this].”

The English Language Learning department head, Fan Fang, was interrogated by one of the fake journalists about the ELL program, class activities and teachers. "He said he was from Lincoln Log, and he wanted to find out some information on the EL department,” said Fang. “I asked him what kind of information he would like. First he asked me to show him the class schedules because I have the master schedule here. I asked him what he would like to do, and he said he would like to take some pictures of the students."

 

Fang said he trusted the imposter and gave him all the information he wanted.  "Yeah, I trusted him because I've seen Lincoln Log people come in and identify themselves as a Lincoln Log reporter," said Fang. “[They] came here three times and it all happened last month (in November)."

 

Students believed to be the imposters were contacted, but they failed to respond to requests for interviews.

The students of the journalism staff all have press passes to show proof that they are part of the newspaper. The idea of the press pass was to show proof of being a staff member of the newspaper, but apparently no one except the Lincoln Log staff knew about the press passes.