Movember has officially taken effect at La Jolla High School. Long beards, untamed mustaches, and hairy legs are noticeably visible in the hallways of campus. As the most popular unofficial school event, Movember is a way to help raise cancer awareness. By ‘unofficial’, we mean that there are no sponsored posters or bulletin announcements promoting the event. It has grown in popularity by word of mouth and on social media. Students, teacher, and faculty can all participate and enjoy watching schoolmates turn from nicely groomed humans, into unkempt mammals. You can expect to see teenage boys becoming more hairy then they already are, teenage girls showing off their extremely hairy legs, and male faculty members starting to look more like lumberjack men than teachers. Continue reading
Now that November has started, the community of La Jolla is gearing up to prepare for the upcoming holidays. The holiday season is a time to be grateful for what we have and give to those that are less fortunate. Whether it’s volunteering at a food shelter, serving dinner, or donating gifts, all help goes a long way.
The San Diego Food Bank is hard at work collecting canned food and donations for their annual Holiday Food Drive. With more than 446,000 people living below the poverty level in San Diego county, the food banks does its best to feed as many people in need. In 2010 the food bank raised over 20 million pounds of food, enough to make almost 16 million meals.
In an effort to help the San Diego Food Bank, La Jolla High School will be hosting a two-week long canned food drive. From November 11-November 22, students will be able to donate canned goods in their second period classrooms. As a long standing tradition, the class that collects the most amount of cans will win a party for their period.
Most needed items this year include:
- Canned meat & tuna
- Canned soups
- Canned fruits and vegetables
- Peanut butter
- Canned beans
- Dry cereal
To help fight hunger in San Diego, drop off non-perishable food items at a San Diego Food Bank location or make a tax-deductible contribution by visiting the San Diego Food Bank website.
During the week of October 28-November 1, La Jolla High School will be collecting used and unwanted denim to help in an alumna’s good cause.
Jessica Zuniga, a former La Jolla High School student, is currently collecting denim as part of her studies at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandise. In partnership with Cotton Inc., the Blue Jeans Go Green program has raised 986,220 pairs of jeans in the past eight years. Jessica and fellow students will recycle the jeans into denim insulation. This will be used to benefit buildings and houses for communities in need.
Donations will be accepted all week long. Two drop off boxes will be located at La Jolla High School’s front office, and also in the ASB room. For more information, check out the ASB Facebook page, visit Blue Jeans Go Green, or visit the front office directly.
La Jolla High School is located at 750 Nautilus St San Diego, CA 92037.
La Jolla High School is currently in the middle of Cancer Awareness Week. Traditionally, La Jolla High celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness week during October. In a movement to help support more victims, this week is focused on all types on Cancer. The La Jolla High ASB has planned great new events, combined with annual activities from past years.
The beginning of the school year at La Jolla High means dazzling Friday night light’s, excited students, and the highly anticipated first dance – Homecoming. The school’s annual Homecoming festivities are taking place this weekend and should be the highlight of the year for many students. Along with the football game and dance, many preparations are taken to make sure that this Saturday evening will a night to remember for years to come. Here is a first hand look at some of the businesses in La Jolla that will be helping make sure this weekend is a success.
August 23-27 is locally recognized as Anti-bullying week throughout the San Diego Unified School District. This week at La Jolla High School, students have been participating in a number of spirited activities to help create awareness and put a stop to this horrible injustice. Activities include wearing purple ribbons in support of stopping bullying, to a school wide signing of a no-bully pledge. Other lighthearted activities include ‘free hugs’ friday, ‘ask me for a compliment’ stickers, and free cookies for freshmen in order to welcome the incoming class to high school. Purple, the official color of anti-bullying week, is a standout color on campus this week. The entire school has been decorated in purple ribbons, balloons, chalk, and posters. Chalk quotes on the ground cover everything from serious statistics about bullying and dropout rates, to inspirational and motivational sayings such as, “You look BEAUTIFUL today!”.
With the new school year quickly approaching at La Jolla High, many are questioning the direction that the school is heading towards. The start of high school is an exciting time for many students who look forward to meeting new friends, catching up with old friends, and going to football games. However, this year students will notice new changes throughout the school administration. With the campus emerging from a financial scandal that occurred in the last fiscal year, La Jolla High is getting prepared for tighter guidelines and new faces on campus.
Over the summer, Principal Dana Shelburne was reassigned to a different position within the school district. Not yet having hired a new principal for La Jolla, the district has assigned interim principal Pat Crowder. As former Patrick Henry High principal, Dr. Crowder should be well equipped to adjust to La Jolla’s high level standards. Other changes include Walter Fairley Jr. returning as an interim vice principal after retiring in the 2012-2013 school year. Changes in the counseling department are drastic as well. After almost the entire counseling staff was laid off, Conrado Castro is the only remaining counselor from last year. Kristen Salehi, Gayle Shinn, and head counselor Cathy Hutchins have all been hired to help give the counseling department a fresh new look.
Many students and parents are concerned if the new school administration will be able to accommodate the high demand of help the students require. Fortunately, with years of first hand experience, the new school faculty should be able to make LJHS a brighter and better place this year. Only time will tell if the overall student body is successful with these new adjustments. Let us know what your thoughts on our local community high school changing so rapidly.
Photos: LJHS68 & Ventana Homes.