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Octoberfest cancellation is due to safety

By Kelly Ye



Photo taken by : Ben Sheh

 

Korean club sells Kimbap.

 

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Octoberfest is an annual school-wide fall festival for all students and staff at ALHS.

This year, the event was planned for October 21st. Unfortunately, something unexpected happened in San Francisco, and ALHS decided to reschedule Octoberfest.

 

On October 18th, a shooting occurred outside of June Jordan School For Equity in the Excelsior district. On October 19, ABC7 News reported that four male suspects ran from the scene and were currently at large. Multiple shots were fired, and four students were shot and injured.

 

Due to the situations, the SFUSD community worried about students’ safety and decided it was best to move the festival to a calmer time.

 

Sharimar Balisi Manalang, the ALHS principal, said, ¨We are linked to June Jordan because we have kids here who live in that area and who also know the kids that got shot. I didn’t feel safe to release so many kids out into the street. They could go anywhere. There was a shooting happened in DoubleRock on the same day as Octoberfest. I am glad that I made that decision. It’s due to safety.¨

 

Balisi met with her administrative team, which consists of three assistant principals and consulted with them, as well as ASB, to made the final decision of cancelling Octoberfest and rescheduling it.

 

Cancelling Octoberfest affected our school community. The announcement was made two days before the festival, so most clubs already finished their preparations for Octoberfest.

The vice president of Chinese Cyber Journal Club (CCJ), Xianan Chen, said:¨We planned everything already. We decided what to sell and all the positions for that day were planned. We had people signed up to set up, to sell, and also to clean up. We even bought all the materials already. ¨

 

Their club bought mochi for Octoberfest, but the cancellation caused them to be unable to sell them. Club members were sad as they were excited to help and get volunteer hours.

 

Some students think that there was no need to cancel Octoberfest.

 

Catalina Yu Li, a senior student that planned to go to Octoberfest, was upset. She is stressed because shootings are happening all around us, and we don’t have any solution to stop them yet. Yu Li thought that cancelling Octoberfest was not a good solution; we should think of other ways instead.

 

Yu Li laments, ¨The shooting made us concerned, but cancelling Octoberfest and rescheduling it is useless. What is the difference between now and then? The cancelling shocked me, I planned to buy food and have fun out there. So sad that they made the decision of cancelling.¨

 

According to Balisi, we should show our support to June Jordan. She felt it wasn’t the time to celebrate.

 

Balisi also mentioned, ¨Octoberfest or Fall/Spring Fest is meant to have clubs raise money or to build a sense of community. When students are mad because they want a free day then people don’t understand the purpose of Fall Fest. ”

 

Fall Fest has been rescheduled. Instead of ‘Octoberfest’, we have the Fall Fest on November 18th. The clubs have their chance to raise money again.

Lunch pilot program makes Lincoln even brighter

 

By Meghan Robinett


Photo taken by : Meghan Robinett

 

Sophomore Isaih Wallace getting lunch.

 

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It’s lunch time! Students rush down to the cafeteria to try to get a good spot in line to get lunch or one of the comfy tables.

 

During the summer, a new remodel of the cafeteria was completed. The cafeteria is now called the new dining room as part of the lunch pilot program Lincoln is participating in this year.

 

The SFUSD Project Manager, Lauren Heumann, stated in an email, “Lincoln is one of 12 schools (six middle schools, six high schools) included in a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to test new ways to improve the school food experience. This includes the new dining space redesign (new graphics and paint, and furniture to provide a variety of seating options); two new ways to get lunch, a vending machine (coming soon) and mobile cart; and a mobile app we're designing, where you all will be able to pre order meals, see the menu, rate the food, provide feedback and get nutrition information about our meals (coming next semester).”

 

The cafeteria was remodeled with more, new tables, small comfortable couches and school-spirited wall designs.

 

More and more students are now using the cafeteria as a place to eat lunch and socialize with friends.

 

Cynthia Chang states, “The cafeteria looks more modern and nicer.”

 

Sarah Cai, another senior adds, “I see more and more students come in the cafeteria to eat lunch since the remodel because it’s more comfortable for kids to eat.”

 

Since students have to wait in such huge lines in the cafeteria to get lunch, there is another alternative to get lunch, the mobile cart that started October 6. The mobile cart is located right in front of the transgender bathroom on the first floor. Students may receive lunch from there entering their pin. These are the same lunches the cafeteria serves. Every day there is a new lunch menu, however whatever the lunch is, students must still get milk and one fruit. On average, every day, the mobile cart serves 25-30 lunches a day.

 

Another big part of the pilot program is the mobile app which is coming. The mobile app will allow students to pre-order lunch meals instead of waiting in huge lines. When students pre- order their lunches, they will be able to pick it in the cafeteria without having to put in their pin.

 

The reason for this is because loads of students either don’t remember their pin or type it in wrong. This causes the people serving lunch to look up the student's name which, that takes time. With the mobile app, the lunch lines will go even faster. Along with faster lunch lines, students will be able to rate the food and give feedback on what they ate that day. This will help the USDA determine what kinds of foods students like to eat and which not. With students opinions, the USDA hopes to improve the quality of students lunches.

 

The mobile app is also a way to get students interested in what kinds of nutritional facts are in their food. With the mobile app coming out next semester, the USDA is hoping students will have a better lunch experience.

 

The vending machine is also coming next semester. The vending machine will be located in the cafeteria. Students will still type in their pin and then choose what kinds of foods they would like by pushing in codes for each food. They will still need to get at least one fruit and one milk before getting the main dish. The vending machine will only be serving cold foods such as sandwiches and wraps.  

 

Nicole Chui, a senior, says, “I think the pilot program is a good idea to encourage more students to eat a healthy meal.”

 

Nurse’s background shapes who she is

By Meghan Robinett


Photo taken by : Meghan Robinett

 

Nurse Genevieve Evenhouse working on her computer.

 

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When students do not feel well or are in pain, they will normally go to room 184, the nurse’s room. Many students might be wondering to themselves, who is this woman sitting in a chair working on her computer. Until this year, nurse Stuart Dick used to be Lincoln’s school nurse for a few years. Over the summer, Dick decided he wanted a more smaller environment to be in because he had been in such a huge school for years. This year, Dick works at John O'Connell as a school nurse, and taking his position is nurse Genevieve Evenhouse.

 

Evenhouse had been a school nurse at Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts (SOTA). She had been working at SOTA since 2009 and before that at Paul Revere, a kindergarten through eighth grade school.

 

Evenhouse has been warmly welcomed by the Lincoln community. She states, “So far, so good being a school nurse. Knowing a lot of students has been fun and getting to know a lot of different things Lincoln does is pretty fascinating.” Evenhouse refers to the different things Lincoln holds such as the traditions and events.


Different from Dick, who specializes in stress reduction, Evenhouse specializes in sexual and reproductive health, along with women’s health.

 

Evenhouse was born in the Philippines, and got her bachelor’s degree at Liceo de Cagayan University. Then got her master’s degree in nursing from New York State University.

Evenhouse's background is working with the Global Health Service Partnership of the United States Peace Corps. She traveled to several countries including Guinea West Africa, Zambia, Southern Africa, Guyana and her most recent travel was to Uganda.

 

Partnering with the Global Health Service Partnership of the United State Peace Corps, Evenhouse taught reproductive skills to learning medical students.

 

Before coming to Lincoln, Evenhouse took a leave of absence from July 2015 to July 2016, Evenhouse spent some time in Uganda.

 

In Uganda, Evenhouse learned a new language and about how nurses work in Uganda, treating their patients. She had the best time making new friends that will last her a life time.

 

Evenhouse has a variety of interests when she is on her free time. She loves to work out and stay healthy. Aside from working out, Evenhouse enjoys reading books of all kind, especially romances, along with paranormals. She also likes volunteering outside the country and showing her nursing skills to students who aren’t as fortunate to learn nursing.

 

During the school day, Evenhouse works closely with the Wellness Center and students. Kristen Edmonson, the Wellness Center coordinator, says, “She’s very different from nurse Stuart, I love working with her.” Along with Edmonson, who helps give Youth Outreach presentations to homerooms, Evenhouse does the same. Also, Evenhouse participates in YOW meetings and gives feedback to YOW’s on how their presentations can be better or if there is something to add.

 

The transition from working at SOTA to Lincoln has been both very different and very similar. Evenhouse states, “SOTA has block schedule every day and Lincoln doesn’t.” She also goes on to say, “Imagine missing one day of class at SOTA, you’re missing so many minutes, that’s equivalent to missing one block day at Lincoln. That's a lot of school. But at SOTA, it’s every day.” Also, Lincoln is so much bigger than SOTA, which only has 650 students, Lincoln has more than 2,000 students.

 

Sports is very different from SOTA. During the time, Evenhouse worked at SOTA, there was no sports team. When Evenhouse got to Lincoln, she was surprised how much support and encouragement the administration and teachers give to the students when they have games. Experiencing Evenhouse’s first Bell Game was quite a one to remember for her. Evenhouse had a lot fun watching the game. SOTA doesn’t have a Bell Game, instead they have Field Day. Field Day is a day where kids participate in sports activities and to have fun because SOTA doesn’t have sports.

 

Evenhouse will continue learning about the Lincoln community and will strive being the school nurse this year. She will also share all her knowledge she gained through other countries to the many students who will see her this year.

Juice Cart builds connections between special ed students and Lincoln community

By Sandra Chen


Picture taken by : Sandra Chen

 

Special education students and Ms. Junker deliver the juice.

 

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   During fifth period on a Tuesday, Madison Junker and a few of her special education students have already prepared their Juice Cart and are ready for their delivery. As they walk quietly along the hallways, they deliver juices to the corresponding rooms that placed orders.

 

   Earning a profit from the Juice Cart business is not the main objective according to Junker, the special education teacher who runs the Juice Cart. Most importantly, it helps the special education students practice transportation, communication, kitchen and grocery shopping skills through preparing and making the juice.

 

   Junker says, “For some students, walking is not their favorite activity, so this [delivering juice] is a motivation for us to walk and get exercise.”

 

   Delivering juice is an opportunity for the special education students to explore the school. Some of the students have never traveled around the whole school because they usually stay on the first floor or in their classrooms. Moreover, the Juice Cart associates the special education students with our Lincoln community. While the students are delivering juice, they usually have conversations with the teachers or staffs who have ordered the juice. It builds a relationship between the special education students and other teachers in Lincoln.

 

   The Juice Cart delivery happens every Tuesday during fifth period and Thursday during fourth period. Now, the Juice Cart is open for everyone including students, faculty, and parents. Placing an order is as easy as filling out an Abe’s Juice shop order form, which is located in the main office by the teachers’ mailboxes and dropping it off into Madison Junker’s box. Besides that, ordering juice in person with Madison Junker in room 165 is an alternative choice.

 

   The Juice Cart offers Fruit Juice for one dollar and Green Juice for two dollars; the size of the juice is 10 oz. The Fruit Juice will be a healthy blend which consists of apple, orange, pear, watermelon, pineapple or cantaloupe. The Green Juice adds vegetables such as kale, spinach, or carrot to the Fruit Juice. Also, the juice can be selected with or without ice.

 

   Students who make the juice enjoy their service to our lincoln community.

 

   JJ Khin, one of the students who makes the juice, says, “Making juice is fun, and I very enjoy it.” She gives friendly smile to the teachers who receive the juice.

 

  “I really like the green juice.” says Sara Falls, one of the regulars of the juice cart. “ And it is a pretty good deal. Two dollars for green juices is like... you know I go to the farmers market and get green juice for like six dollars or some crazy price. So this is very affordable and delicious.”

 

   The Juice cart gives a valuable opportunity for special education students to contribute in our Lincoln community. They put their time and effort on making and delivering juice. Junker and her special education students will continue making healthy and delicious juice for the Lincoln community.

Lincoln responds to June Jordan incident

By Charlotte Hamm


Photo taken by : Lynn Lee

(Left to right) Glenda Pineda, Diana Avelino, Fatima Campos, Briana Sos, and Leilani Martinez show their support for June Jordan through their girl's group.

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The shooting occurred at approximately 3:17 P.M. on October 18th, 2016 in the parking lot of June Jordan School of Equity. Four students were injured, but police believe one of the victims were targeted. The targeted victim survived, but is reported to be in critical condition. The four other students were hurt, but nothing life threatening.

 

Senior Jesus Hernandez who knows some people attending June Jordan commented, “One thing that I noticed is that not a lot of students were wanting to go back to June Jordan.”

 

Along with students at June Jordan, some students at Lincoln have felt nervous about attending school since. Due to the fights at Lincoln High during the previous weeks, some students feel something similar could occur here.  Even though June Jordan is very far, the impact can be felt miles away.

 

Rose Lee, a senior at Lincoln said, “I feel like it [the shooting] can happen at any school because it was targeted.”

 

Although Lincoln is a fairly safe community, frightening situations do take place here. The biggest act of violence most can remember are the fights that occurred several weeks ago on campus, which also involved outsiders. Some speculate these fights are related to the June Jordan individuals involved in the shooting.

 

Hernandez, who has attended Lincoln for all four years, commented, “I was surprised about that week, [that] there were all the fights because normally I don’t see that happen around here.”

 

Although Hernandez was not directly affected by this incident at June Jordan, he knows some who attend June Jordan and felt an array of emotions, as do many other Lincoln students and faculty.

 

As Peer Resource teacher Morgan Wallace said, “I think it [the shooting] affected a few students very deeply and it affected a large amount of students in a less deep sort of way.”

 

Although some students know those directly affected by the shooting, many do not. That does not stop many at Lincoln from supporting June Jordan.

 

A poster hangs near Lincoln’s main office where students and faculty can write messages to June Jordan. In addition the signs made by various teachers and clubs show the compassion they feel for the situation at hand. These gestures make Lincoln’s support apparent.

 

The rumor that the event was caused due to “beef on social media” is also a noticed concern of Lincoln students who have heard this. The continuous consequences of social media continue to be unraveled.

 

When I asked Wallace, who has been apart of SFUSD his whole life upon attending kindergarten, if violence in schools is more apparent now, he brought up a study.

 

He explained, “Data around violence, violent crimes is way down over the past 40 years, but it's more reported on and we have faster media so we hear about more. That doesn't necessarily mean more is happening, though.”

 

Although June Jordan is on the other side of town, it is still a part of SFUSD. That means more precautions are also being taken at Lincoln to prevent a similar incident from occurring on campus. One measure that was taken by security was the postponing of Fallfest to November to ensure there would be no outbreaks of violence.          

 

Wallace explained, “There’s more police, security is around more, and there’s more of a lookout for outsiders on campus.”

 

Security has began to supervise students off campus, especially at lunch when many students are walking around the neighborhood.

 

These noticeable changes are a step in the right direction to promote safety both inside, and outside of school.

Lincoln sets out to solve math teacher shortage problem

By Maggie Baird


Photo by : Maggie Baird

 

Math teacher Ramiro Raygosa guides several students through a tough Algebra problem.

 

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Over 35 students and one teacher all crammed into one classroom is what you can expect to find when you walk into any math class at Lincoln High School. The school is packed with thousands of students ready to fulfill their math credits. However, their demand faces challenges being met. The teacher shortage in the math department at Lincoln reached its peak when the school lost two teachers at the end of the 2016 school year.    

 

Lincoln would suffer the consequences when not one, but two math teachers resigned last school year. Jenny Arietta taught Geometry and Precalculus, while Kim Hartung taught Algebra I and II. The empty teaching positions led to problems affecting the math department staff, students, and the Lincoln community as a whole.

 

With less math teachers, comes more responsibility from current teachers at Lincoln. In an act of desperation, the school is searching for teachers who prove to be at a sufficient enough level in math to take on the teaching positions even if they’ve had no experience teaching the subject.

 

Susan Kelley, a teacher and head of the math department at Lincoln, expressed her thoughts on the matter at hand. The need for math teachers is no new concept. Kelley stated, “I started teaching in 1984, and even then there were math teacher shortages.”

 

Additionally, Kelley explained the situation involving the missing Geometry teacher. “There is no one to fill the Geometry teaching position! We have been looking everywhere for so long. The math department staff is going out of our minds. We are interviewing everyone, even non-fully credentialed math teachers. Good teachers at Lincoln like Ms. Longshore, who has been teaching Spanish for a long time, are being asked to teach math for the first time because we really need more teachers,” Kelley exclaimed.

 

Due to complications, a non math credentialed day-to-day substitute is filling the Geometry position, and Lincoln continues to have difficulties solving the dilemma.

 

Kelley explained, “We hired a Geometry teacher, but they decided to take another job in Oakland. But because they gave an official yes, we had already made the official class. Now that there’s a class, there has to be a teacher; so we have no choice right now but to keep the current sub.” She analyzes the challenge Lincoln faces adding, “It’s a tough decision. Do we keep the sub in hopes of finding a full time teacher, but continue to pay them for not actually teaching or cancel the class all together but increase larger class sizes even more?”

 

Furthermore, less math teachers result in larger classroom population. Up to 41 students are jammed into one class. Not only does this create a busy environment to learn in, but also creates struggles between teacher and student relationships. The student teacher ratio of about 36:1(on average in Lincoln math classes) “makes it difficult for students to get individual help from their teacher,” Kelley states.

 

However, the teacher scarcity is not only a dangerous issue within Lincoln. Vice principal Lance Tagomori states, “Each year there is a math teacher shortage; this year, it’s particularly bad within the entire school district.” Furthermore, the entire state of California is caught in the middle of a teacher shortage. In fact, from 2014-2015, over 2,400 classes were ran by teachers with short-term or provisional permits in California.

 

Multiple reasons as to why the math teacher shortage has reached a summit are being discussed. Some factors that come into play include low pay, focus on standardized testing, and vigorous amount of time and effort. Kelley weighed in on subject saying, “Teaching is high stress, low pay, nasty things said about you in the newspaper.”

 

Like many other San Francisco schools, Lincoln continues to struggle with the seemingly never ending math teacher shortage dilemma. Everyday brings new hope the school will find someone to fill the Geometry teaching position. In a last plea of despair Kelley exclaims, “If you are interested in teaching math or know anyone who is, please please please come to Lincoln!”