Hiram Johnson High School is currently looking for a new principal. Recently, the community held a meeting to discuss what the expectations and characteristics the district should look for when hiring the principal for the school.
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In this video, a FSA1, which is a lunch lady that works at Hiram Johnson, talks about the food they serve and how she believes that comparing it to other fast foods nutritional facts it is sometimes the same.
Last Monday, President Obama launched a national conversation on mental illness. His administration estimates that there are 45 million Americans currently suffering from some sort of mental illness.
President Obama would like people to reduce the stigma on mental illness and for more people to come forward if they’re suffering from of some type of mental illness such as depression, post-traumatic stress, and schizophrenia.
President Obama said, “We all know somebody — a family member, a friend, a neighbor — who has struggled or will struggle with mental health issues at some point in their lives.”
Also on that day, a website, mentalhealth.gov, was launched to help aid people suffering from mental illness and for people who have received help to share their success stories so other people will forward.
Ruth Sauceda, a lunch lady at Hiram Johnson High School’s cafeteria said, “I think it’s sad because imagine everyone you see is out to hurt you or you can’t trust anyone because of what you’ve been through.”
Sauceda thinks that their should be more awareness about mental health and law enforcement especially should be more careful.
“Just imagine all the mentally ill people who have been killed or injured by law enforcement because of the state of mind they are in, if we are aggressive now imagine someone that isn’t in their complete state of mind,” said Sauceda.
The President’s ultimate goal is for people to not be scared of coming forward with their mental illness.
“We need to see it that men and women who would never hesitate to go see a doctor if they had a broken arm or came down with the flu, that they have that same attitude when it comes to their mental health,” said Obama.
Locally, Sacramento was chosen as one of five pilot sites for mental health awareness conferences. On July 20th, residents will have a chance to participant in a day-long dialogue at the Sacramento Convention Center. Accesslocal.tv will cover the event.
By Austin Saephan
When asked, “Who are you in Hiram Johnson High school?” Tuigamala said, “The girl with the ukulele.”
Senior Ruta Tuigamala was born and raised in American Samoa. Tuigamala is seventeen years old. She came to America in August 2009 and started her high school experience. She said, “I thought it would be fun.” Tuigamala speaks Samoan, a little Hawaiian, and a little Tongan.
Tuigamala said, “What I love about California is when I go shopping, it has discounts. I love swimming, the beach, and rugby with friends and family.”
Tuigamala said, “I miss my parents. They stay at Samoa to take care of my grandma and their store. I also miss my grandparents.”
When asked would you rather be here or back home, Tuigamala said, “Here, you get freedom for everything and Samoa there are limitations. Students don’t get beat in California.” After high school, Tuigamala will be attending Sacramento City College and is majoring music.
To make her California life experience perfect, Tuigamala said, “I would bring my dad here because he spoils me.”
Ruta enjoys the high school’s free lunch application and the freedom.
When asked to summarize all four years, good and bad she said, “In freshman year, I passed all my classes with A’s and B’s; but I was scared to meet new people.”
Tuigamala said, “In sophomore year, I had my best friend Mindy Xiong, but I had my first fight.”
Tuigamala said, “In junior year, I came out of my shell. I had my last fight and had to go to probation for six months and do some community service.”
Tuigamala said, “In my senior year, I found my girl, Lakia Young; but my parents tried to break us apart because they didn’t like that I was dating a girl.”
Tuigamala said, “I will miss Mrs. Kim and Mrs. Devereux.”
Mrs. Devereux said, “Ruta is an amazing poet and when she reads her own lyrics in class everyone would listen. Ruta may be quiet but she never backs down on anything, she doesn’t like when I call her out in class but she makes up for it.”
To be successful is something almost all students at Hiram Johnson desire, but only some truly strive for it. These students are the ones with friends and family to support them in anything they choose to become. This unique program provides a safety net of support on campus, and so anyone who falls they catch.
Hiram Johnson High School’s cafeteria supervisor Suzie Holquin has been disrespected before and she thinks it’s unfair and wants none of it.
“I want zero tolerance on it. We provide healthy meals for them and they get out of context,” Holquin said.
When students disrespect Holquin she responds calmly.
“I take it in calmly and listen to what the students say but if they don’t listen we call campus safety which has had to happen before.”
Holquin doesn’t like her coworkers feeling unsafe because of students showing disrespect towards her and her workers.
“I don’t want my ladies to be scared to serve students. I do have one lady who was scared for her life. I don’t find that fair when we serve students.”
There have been incidents where she actually had to call campus safety because of the student’s behavior.
“We had to call campus safety to pinpoint the students, they were spoken to and made to apologize,” Holquin says. “The student didn’t realize how bad he scared my employee.”
Holquin said students usually show disrespect towards them when the service is running slow. “If we’re not fast enough or if one of my employees can’t understand what the student is saying and have to continue to asking.”
Holquin wants students to know the lunch ladies try their best to serve them and they deserve respect.
“I feel like the student should treat us like their parents, and if my children acted that way I wouldn’t permit it, I don’t condone their disrespect whatsoever,” said Holquin.
By Yvonna Williams
20 Hiram Johnson students were surveyed in a computer class about their history of smoking marijuana. Out of those who admitted to having smoked marijuana, 11 claimed to have started smoking in elementary school. 3 of those students said they were smoking by age 7 or 8 years old because members of their family smoked.
Many started smoking weed in junior high school. One student said, “I smoke because it makes me relax. ” Another student said “It relieves stress.” Some smoke because they feel like it and they’ve been through a lot in their past.
9 of the students surveyed believe marijuana is healthy for you while 8 of the students believe it is unhealthy.
Most students say smoking marijuana made them feel great. One student said it made him feel, “Bad, thats why I quit.”
One student said”I get to look back in time when I did and realize how much of a dumb person I was. After I stopped, my grades went from C’s to A’s and I’m proud of that. I’ve been more involved in school and I’m helping other students at a community center to persuade them to stop smoking.”
8 students have stopped smoking or planned to stop soon and 9 students don’t plan to quit. 9 students claim to smoke everyday.
6 students say they are setting a bad example for younger siblings. One student said “My family smoked around me since I was born so I don’t think its good or bad its normal.’’
By Felicia Vasquez
Hiram Johnson High School Student, 17
The Health and Medical Sciences Academy at Hiram Johnson is one of the Sacramento City Unified School District’s most valuable educational programs. Students in the academy are exposed to various careers in both the health and the medical field. During their years in high school, participants are given the opportunity to do hands-on work such as running events, working with health and medical field professionals, and running labs in science classes only available to HMS students. In addition, when HMS students enter their senior year they are given the chance to apply for several internships which provide even more experience in the field that they have been studying throughout high school.
One internship HMS helps their students obtain is with a local non-profit called Harvest Sacramento. Interns for Harvest Sacramento work all year long with a group of underclassmen. Each individual group is responsible for planning and executing a project of their choice which improves their school community in some way. As interns, the seniors are responsible for running the activities that the group has to perform together to get to their goal. This internship allows them to branch out as leaders and improve both their public speaking and social skills.
Another internship offered to HMS students is at Briarwood Healthcare, a nursing facility for elderly disabled patients. While interning for Briarwood, students are able to see how a healthcare facility works and experience a hospital setting environment for themselves.
by Philip Chappell
Was last season a fluke or is Hiram Johnson High School basketball regaining its crown?
Johnson Varsity basketball has opened a lot of eyes in the Sacramento metropolitan area.
Coach Stefan Villegas has changed the atmosphere around when it comes to HJHS basketball.
When asked was this season a fluke he said, “It was a big turnaround for our players and program.”
Coach Villegas thinks that they are coming back to the playoffs and that his players are hungrier than ever.
In the NBA, you have the Miami Heat and they have the “big 3” including Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James. Hiram Johnson has there own big 3: Sophomore Vonte Grant, Junior Donald Jackson, and Junior Charles Mills.
According to Donald Jackson, he believes “The future is very bright because we have a lot of young players that have a lot of potential.”
According to Charles Mills, “Vonte brings a lot of energy to the game and he has the skill set of a varsity caliber type player.”
Coach Villegas is excited for the upcoming season. He communicates with his players everyday.
The big 3 appreciates Coach V because he is a great motivator teacher and Coach.
A study recently released by The Center For Civil Rights Remedies talks about suspension rates in middle schools and high schools in United States. Shockingly, 2 million students were suspended in the 2009-2010 school year. That is one out of every nine students, and most of these suspensions were for minor infractions.
This a big concern for all of United States and also for Sacramento City Unified School District, which has a suspension rate of 17% compared to the national suspension rate of 12%. To put it into a more local perspective let’s compare Hiram Johnson High School and C.K. McClatchy High School.
Hiram Johnson had an enrollment of 2,153 students and they suspended 724 students for a 33% percent suspension rate. Of those 724 suspensions, 404 were because of minor infractions such as disrupting class or tardiness. Suspension for this kind of behavior, commonly referred to as “willful defiance”, is ultimately a decision made by the teacher and administrator, and many believe is hardly ever a reason to suspend students.
Out of those 724 suspended students, Hispanics and Blacks make up around 70% of suspensions, while Whites only make up 8.5% of the school suspensions. That means 7 out 10 suspensions are either towards Blacks or Hispanic students, with not even 1 being towards Whites.
C.K. McClatchy has an enrollment of 2,198 students and they suspended 226 students for a 12.1% suspension rate. Of those 226 suspensions 136 were for minor infractions or “willful defiance”.
Of those 226 students suspended, Hispanics and Blacks again made up 70%. Whites were 15.6% and Asians 4.4%. This school only has 174 Black students which is 7% of the total school enrollment, but they account for 26.7% of the schools total suspensions; the combined suspension rates of Whites, Asians, Natives and Pacific islanders. Also consider that C.K. McClatchy kicks students out who are academically not doing well, so this accounts for the low suspension number and rate.
None of the numbers mentioned above were for serious behavior or criminal actions, because that would lead to expulsions. Both schools had no expulsions.
Those are shocking numbers considering the fact that the dropout rate in United States is 16%. Also, a recent study shows that if a student gets suspended just once in their first year of high school the odds that he or she will drop out goes up to 32%.
In the 2009-2010 school year, the Sacramento City Unified School District issued 8,047 suspensions, and around 5,600 were towards Hispanics and Blacks, and more than half those 5,600 were because of “willful defiance.”
This should be of grave concern to everyone, considering how suspensions lead to dropouts which leads to no jobs which ultimately lead to students ending up in jail as adults.