Attention seniors – Please pick up your graduation tickets from Mrs. Peggy before school, after school or during lunch.
Yearbook – Get your yearbook early! The yearbook signing party is this Friday, May 13 from 1 pm-3 pm. Cost is $3. Remaining yearbooks will be sold for $75 at the party. Quantities are limited. Those who don’t go to the party, regular yearbook distribution is Monday, May 16. We will be selling concessions.
Wishing you bought a kiss goodbye bear for a senior? Well you still can for this week and this week only kiss goodbye bears will be sold during A and B lunch. Don’t miss out on your last chance to get one.
Come watch the Iron Man Volleyball game after school today at 2. The entrance fee is $2 for fans, and $1 for players. It is one of the most intense games of the year, so come support your class in this exciting event. Watch the Seniors try to pull off their third win in a row! Have a great day!
On Wednesday 13, 2016 boys and girls jr high soccer played Ranchero Middle School. Both teams did exceptionally well but they both ended up tying. The girls were up 1-0 the whole game but got scored on in the last 5 minutes, leaving the game to end 1-1. The guys just ended up as a 0-0 game. They had lots of shots but the opposing teams goalie was good.
Class of 2019 – Class of 2019 will be having a fundraiser at BJ’s restaurant on Thursday April 14th all day. You must present the flyer at the restaurant. You can get the flyer at the office or any class member of 2019.
Uniforms are past due, you need to tun them in ASAP.
High School – If you are interested in playing student vs staff basketball game, sign up with Zander, Skylar, or Lakenya by 4/18.
There is a mandatory meeting Friday 04/08/16 in room 405. Meeting is from 1:45 to 5:15 pm.
8th Grade field trip
Field trip to Knott’s Berry Farm is on May 9th. Tickets will be $65 per person. You can pay On Tuesday’s and Thursday’s with Mrs. Karina – Cash only.
Orchestra – Orchestra audition have began. If you are a wind or percussion player and are interested, sign up with Mr. O’Rane in room 606 to schedule a time to audition. Final lists will be released at the end of the year. We have fun, exciting and challenging music for next season. Come try out.
High School ASB – The Iron man volleyball game is this Friday! Come watch the boys in each class compete in the most intense match of the year. It will be in the gym after school. $2 to get in $1 for players.
Japanese Culture members – All Japanese Culture members, every Friday will have a meeting for 10 minutes starting at the beginning of B-lunch. Please see Angelina Harvey or Briana Hugnh for more info.
Class of 2019 – Come and support Class of 2019 at by eating at Panda Express on Saturday, February 27th. You must present a flyer which you can pick up at the front desk in the office. See Keirt Sirgh for more details.
CSF – HS students interested in CSF, Spring Membership Drive starts today! Pick up an application from your English teacher and return it along with your receipt for your five dollar membership to Mr. Powell. By Thursday March 3rd. Seniors must submit an application to graduate with honors.
This year the boys soccer team is the sole champions of the Cross Valley League. A couple of years ago they were tied with Riverside Prep for first but this year it is all to themselves. They are undefeated this year for league with an unbelievable record of 10-0-2. They have 10 wins and 2 draws. They have also a total of 54 goals this season, only being scored on twice.
Hello jags, the U.P. soccer boys are to play Victor on 2/11 which is Thursday. The game will be at 5 pm and it will be away. Every year U.P. has lost against Victor however this year we plan to break the losing streak. Come support the team at Victor’s campus. Hope to see you there.
This year the boys soccer team were undefeated champions and they have qualified for CIF. CIF stands for California interscholastic Federation. It a playoffs tournament. If you lose you are out. There are 5 rounds and on friday next week, boys soccer have their first round at home at 3. Come support and enjoy the game.
The night of January 10th 2016, singer, songwriter David Bowie dies at age 69 after his struggle with liver cancer. Exactly two days before his death, he released his 25th and final album titled Blackstar. It was also the day of his birthday. Although after the devastating news of his death, many people gathered, sang, and lit up candles to a mural of David.
David Bowie had a weird and unique way of singing and speaking to his fans through his music. Everyone loved him for that and that is why he will be missed and never forgotten by his fans.
ASB – Winter Formal tickets are now on sale; $40 without ASB and $35 with. Tickets stay at this price until February 4th so get your tickets now.
Help make valentine’s Day Cards for the elderly today in Ms. Faison’s room after school. Anyone is welcome (1/26)
Class presidents will be having a meeting in room 701 after school to talk about taste of UP.
Class of 2017
Junior girls and boys wanting to participate in powder puff there will be a meeting on Friday January the 22nd in Mrs.By’s room during B lunch.
ASB ~ What if your the one who helps America rethink high school? Bring you ideas, big or small, during B-lunch to project XQ team at our survey booth.
Multi-Cultural assembly ~ Mandatory assembly cultural meeting on Friday January 8th in Mrs.Faisons room during B-lunch. If you want to perform in the assembly you have to attend the meeting.
Hello, Jaguars! This is Ashley Langston and Megan Villa. This is our first blog of the new year; to commemorate 2016 we are going to give you some healthy and delicious snack recipes. This week we have for you Baked Mozzarella Bites and Strawberry Oatmeal Bars.
Baked Mozzarella Bites
- 1/3 cup panko (or any bread crumbs)
- 3 sticks of mozzarella string cheese (1-ounce each)
- 3 tbsp egg substitute
- cooking spray
- 1/4 cup low-sodium marinara sauce
- Preheat oven to 425°F
- Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Add 1/3 cup panko to pan, and cook for 2 minutes or until toasted, stirring frequently. Remove from heat, and place the panko in a shallow dish.
- Cut mozzarella sticks into 1-inch pieces. Dip each piece of cheese in egg substitute and roll in panko. Place cheese on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 425° for 3 minutes or until the cheese is softened and thoroughly heated.
- Pour the marinara sauce into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH for 1 minute or until thoroughly heated, stirring after 30 seconds. Serve with mozzarella pieces.
Strawberry Oatmeal Bars
- 1 3/4 sticks salted butter (cut into pieces)
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cup oats
- 1 cup brown sugar (packed)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- One 10 to 12-ounce jar strawberry preserves
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Butter or grease a 9-by-13-inch rectangular pan.
- Mix together the butter, flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder and salt.
- Press half the oat mixture into the prepared pan. Spread with the strawberry preserves.
- Sprinkle the other half of the oat mixture over the top and pat lightly. Bake until light brown, 30 to 40 minutes.
- Let cool completely, and then cut into squares. Enjoy.
It costs 41 cents per year per American citizen for NASA’s entire Curiosity program.
This week’s topic is continued from the series of ” 9 Things You’re Doing Wrong on Social Media”. It has to do with a little flaw some social media users contain…
5. Over Hash-tagging
Explanation: Though hash-tagging is common these days, it is constantly being over used. The use of the “hashtag” is to label pictures or events with a topic, but many use it to just simply try to relate their content with everything. There is nothing wrong with that but there is a downside to it, in doing that with your posts or blogs it makes it confusing for others to recognize which category or topic your posts truly belongs in. Say you got a new dog and you hash-tag it all of the following: ” #cute, #mine, #dog, #soft, #amazingday…the list could go on but I will stop there, but which one would you click on to get to similar posts? This is when confusion plays a role, when the other viewers try to click on a hashtag and it doesn’t lead them to related content. This is because everyone involved with social media does it, therefore nothing is categorized in the same topic and different things come up. Just be aware of how you label things in consideration for the other viewers as well as yourself.
There is a JSA meeting this Friday in Dr. Elder’s room. In light of president Obama signing an executive order regarding gun control on Tuesday Januray 5th, this weeks debate is gun control.
Hello Jags! On friday january 8, the girls basketball team played the Riverside Girls Basketball at away. The girls won the game pretty easily. They are also gonna play ace on tuesday January 12, at 5:30. The game will be away.
Hello jaguars, if you have been keeping up with the sports news then you know about the great U.P win against R.P 2-1. The next game will be against ACE, this school is competitive as well and it will be home so you can come support tomorrow. The game will be at 3 tomorrow, hope to see you there, have a great day jags.
ASB – Winter Formal tickets are now on sale; $40 without ASB and $30 with. Tickets stay at this price until February 4th so get your tickets now.
Baseball Tryouts – Baseball tryouts will be this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Thursday´s try out will start at 2:30 on the old Cobalt Middle School campus.
Graphic Design Club
There’s is a mandatory graphic design club meeting on Tuesday in Mr. Colon’s room from 2-3 p.m.
The mock trial award banquet is Thursday Jan 14th.
Finals – This whole week we will be having finals. On Monday go to periods 2, 4, and 6 for 2 hours each period. On Tuesday go to periods 3, 5, and 7. On Wednesday go to period 1 for 2 hours, and then continue like any regular Monday.
On Thursday the finals are over but we will be having an Homecoming assembly. It’s also the end of the semester and then we go to Winter break.
- Humans spend a third of their life sleeping. That’s about 25 years
- Parents of new babies miss out on 6 months worth of sleep in the first 2 years of their child’s life.
- The record for the longest period without sleep is 11 days.
- Sleeping less than 7 hours each night reduces your life expectancy.
- Only one-half of a dolphin’s brain goes to sleep at a time.
- Some Deaf People Make Sign Language in Their Sleep.
- Before alarm clocks were invented, there were “knocker-ups” who went tapping on client’s windows with long sticks until they were awake.
- It’s impossible to sneeze while sleeping.
- Sleeping on the job is acceptable in Japan, as it’s viewed as exhaustion from working hard.
- During World War One , a Hungarian man was shot in the frontal lobe, making it impossible for him to fall asleep. He continued to live a full, sleepless life.
Hello jags! On Thursday, the 10th of December, the U.P’s boy soccer team took home their first win in the Cross Valley League. The result was 5-0 and their next game is home against Excelsior on December the 15th so come support the team. In other news, the first game against Riverside unfortunately ended in a draw 1-1 , but they will play again in January. That is all for today jags, have a great Christmas break.
Class of 2016 – attention class of 2016, if you’re interested in attending winter formal, Prom, the pool party, or Grad night, you can still purchase these events at the discounted price until 12/17. After that, the price will go up. If you have questions please see Dr. Elder.
JSA – will be having a meeting on Friday in Dr. Elders room. This week’s topic will be “Transgender Restrooms.”
Color Guard – support your Color Guard friends by buying Krispy Cream donuts, They will be selling on December 1st through the 10th. Buy your donuts now!!!
ASB – the student vs. staff volleyball game is this Friday during school. It is $1 to get in. If you signed up with Chelsy, Lilian, or Lakenya to play you may change to your athletic clothes after checking in with your 6th period teacher. If you have any questions ask Lakenya Riley.
Spanish club members must sign up for shifts and donations. There will be a mandatory meeting on Thursday in Mr. Garcia’s room, B-Lunch.
The drama departments production of white Christmas will be on December 2, 3, and 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the multi-purpose room. Tickets are $8 pre-sale, $10 for students and $13 for adults at the door. Don’t miss out on this musical.
Hello, Jaguars. This is Ashley Langston and Megan Villa. This week we begin our winter recipe series, beginning with Candy Cane Hot Chocolate and Snowball Cookies.
Candy Cane Hot Chocolate
- 4 cups of milk
- 3 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 4 peppermint candies (crushed)
- 1 cup whipped cream
- 4 small candy canes
- In a pan, heat milk until hot, but not boiling.
- Whisk in the chocolate chips and crushed peppermint candies. Stir until smooth.
- Pour into four mugs. Top with whipped cream.
- Add a candy cane to each mug and enjoy.
- 2 cups flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup butter
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 bag powdered sugar
- Heat oven to 325 degrees F.
- Combine all ingredients except powdered sugar in a bowl. Beat at low speed until well-mixed.
- Roll dough into 1-inch balls and place them on a cookie sheet. Bake for 18 to 25 minutes.
- Cool for 5 minutes; roll in powdered sugar while warm and again when cool.
- About 24,000 people are killed by lightning strikes around the world each year
- Stevie Wonder had his first number one hit song on the Billboard Hot 100 at age 13.
- Scientists are relatively close to creating human organs with 3D printers.
Beard hair is as tough as copper wire.
- Hillary Clinton hasn’t driven a car since 1996.
- A woman can get pregnant while she is already pregnant.
- A scientist in Antarctica got a date through Tinder with a girl camping just 45 minutes away.
- Marilyn Monroe had an IQ of 168.
- Martha Stewart became a billionaire while she was in prison.
Cats sleep for 70% of their lives.
Hello jags! As you know the Oak Hills Tournament is annual and this year U.P made it to fourth place. Unfortunately they lost to Oak Hills 2-1 and another loss versus Vista del Lago on a last minute goal. This put them in the lower bracket where they won against Granite 2-1 with the fourth place title. That is all for today, stay updated because Tuesday will be the first league game against Riverside, our rivals.
Hello, Jaguars! It’s Ashley Langston and Megan Villa once again. This Wednesday we have school off to honor those who are serving and have served in the war. This week’s recipe is dedicated to all of our veterans: Lemon Poppy Sugar Cookies.
Lemon Poppy Sugar Cookies
Ingredients for Cookies:
- 1/2 cup butter (softened)
- 3/4 cup icing sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 tbsp finely grated lemon zest
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp poppy seeds
- 2 cups flour (have a small bit extra set aside to roll the dough in)
- 1/2 tsp salt
Ingredients for Icing:
- 2 large egg whites
- 4 cups icing sugar
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- red and black food coloring
- poppy seeds (for sprinkling)
- Beat butter, sugar, vanilla, lemon zest and juice until combined. Beat in flour, salt, and poppy seeds. Form dough into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 2 hours, or until firm.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface and roll out to ¼-inch thickness. Cut out cookies using different shaped cookie cutters (if desired). Transfer to a baking sheet and refrigerate for 30 minutes
- Bake 10 to 12 minutes until the edges just start to brown. Remove from oven and cool completely
Directions for Icing:
- Beat egg whites until firm but not dry.
- Add icing sugar and lemon juice. Beat to combine. Add more lemon juice if too thick or more icing sugar if too thin.
- Use food coloring to dye a large portion of the dough red, a small portion blue, and the remaining white.
The rare form of expressing emotion through the combination of letters is simply an art. Writing to most people is a book report or an essay your English teacher assigns, but it is more than that. Writing is an essential part of the average human day due to the amount of letters and numbers you see on a daily basis. Then you have the handful of people who use writing as an escape or rather take everyday use as an inspiration. Most writers use something broad within an average day to a deep meaning that could specifically target every person in multiple ways. A well known author, John Green, grasps emotion for the reader to relate to. John Green targets the young audience more than ever due to his radical and explicit criteria that he uses within his literature. If you wish to read any of John Green’s work here are two popular books: Paper Towns and The Fault in our Stars. If you want to feel some emotion or relate to writing I highly recommend you read poetry.
- 347,000 Tweets are sent every minute.
- Twitter is more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol, according to a study.
- “Friend stalker” was one of the early names considered for Twitter.
- The FBI has a Twitter slang dictionary.
- The official Twitter account of @Sweden is given to a random citizen every week to manage.
- In 2013, a fake tweet temporarily wiped out US $130 billion off the stock market.
- A day’s worth of Twitter posts would fill a 10-million-page book.
- Every tweet Americans send is being archived by the Library of Congress.
- The CIA reads up to 5 million tweets a day.
After Michael Jackson’s death hit the news, he was mentioned in 5,000 tweets per minute.
- Cuba was caught sending weapons to North Korea in 2013.
- Benjamin Franklin invented the bifocals eyeglasses in 1784.
- 51% of Americans fear snakes, more than any other thing in the world.
- There’s a nightclub inside a prison in Venezuela.
- A survey found that almost 9% of Americans fear zombies, which don’t even exist.
- There are approximately 3.04 trillion trees on earth.
- Two tablespoons of honey would be enough to fuel a bee’s entire flight around the world.
- Tuberculosis killed 1.5 million people worldwide in 2014, making it a larger cause of death than AIDS.
- Miami is the only major U.S. city that was founded by a woman.
- Lead was used as an artificial sweetener in Ancient Rome.
There will be a food drive from November 16-20. Come donate your food cans. Which ever class donates the most, it will go towards your score for class competition. So far 2018 is in the lead for the class competitions.
Class of 2016
Attention class of ’16 the next payment on your senior package is due Monday. If you have any questions see Dr. Elder.
Junior High ASB
Attention 7th and 8th graders, class t-shirts and sweatshirts orders are now due by Thursday 11/19. See Ms. Karina on Tuesday or Thursday from 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m
Class of 2019 – will be hosting a skate night, at holiday skate on Thursday November 19th 6:00 – 8:30. The cost is 8$ at the door. Contact Nolan if you have any questions.
Seek to inspire – will be having a meeting today at lunch. (11-16-15)
Drama Department – are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Come and see the drama department production of the white Christmas December 2,3,and 5th at 6:30 in the multi-purpose room. Tickets are 8$ pre-sale 10$ for students and 13$ for adults at the door. Don’t miss out on this touching musical.
JFC – is will be having a meeting on Friday instead of today. Also, JFC will be hosting a movie on Friday after school from 2-4 pm in room 701. They will be showing God’s Not Dead. Everyone is welcome.
Hello jags, as you know, the girls volleyball team was defeated last Saturday. The defeat was in third round of CIF, it was a good game however the other team managed to win. However , the team still accomplished making it to the 3rd round which is really good, boys soccer went to 3 rounds last year too. That is all for volleyball but don’t worry, boys soccer will win CIF this year, have a great day.
JSA is hosting a meeting Friday after school in Dr.Elder’s room.
Student vs. Staff Volleyball game is coming up December 4th so sign up soon. Spots are limited. Freshmen must sign up with Lakenya Riley, Sophomores with Chelsy Garcia, and Juniors with Lilian Lopez. Seniors can sign up with Lakenya too.
Class of 2019
Attention! Your class sweatshirts are now being resold! Last day to buy is November 12th. Sweatshirts are $25. Please see Sophia Kim if you have questions.
Do Something Club
– This week is Victorville recycle week! Bring bottles and cans to contribute to this amazing cause that will help eliminate waste in our environment. You can drop the cans and bottles off at a recycle area. There will be various competitions where you can enter in a video, poster, photo, or sculpture based on recycling. You can also win up to $400. You can contact Mandy Shek for more information.
– Attention to the Do Something members! There will be a meeting Friday after school in Mr. Placentia’s room 305. We will be voting for committee leaders so we hope to see everyone there!
There is a JSA meeting Friday after school in Dr. Elder’s room. This week’s topic is “Resolved, Donald Trump should be president.” Also Spring State is $180, plus $50 for taxes. You can now pay for Spring State.
Boys soccer tryouts will start on Wednesday and Thursday of this week! Get your athletic packets or you will not be able to try out.
2017 will be selling Halloween Grams for $3 during A and B lunch this week, through Wednesday of next week. Treat your Friends!
Fright Night is Saturday October 24th from 6 to 9:45 pm. The cost is $5 and that includes 1 maze, burger, chips and the dance. You may wear a costume. Get your friends to come!
Spanish Club – is having a meeting on Friday in Mr. Garcia’s room during B-lunch.
Do Something Club – will be having a quick meeting after school in Mr. Placentia’s room 305.
Fright night – is on Saturday Oct 24 6 pm to 9:45 pm. The cost is 5 dollars which includes a burger, chips, dance, and 1 maze. Whichever class that comes the most will win a free jean day.
ASB – Fall festival is on October 30, 2015. 5 – 8:30 pm. 1$ at the door, food is 1$ each.
Seniors don’t forget there is a senior fiesta Thursday after school until 4. We will be having tacos and piñatas.
Attention all interact members! Don’t forget that there will be an Interact meeting Thursday during lunch in Mrs. Faison’s room.
Flag football games are October 26, 27, 28, and 29th.
General ASB – Fall festival is this Friday from 5-8:30 pm. Come on out and bring your friends and family for great foods, games, and more. Everyone must pay $1 for admission to get in.
Yu-gi-oh Club – is having a meeting on Fridays in Mrs. By´s room. Come on down to throw down.
Do something Club – Are you interested in community service and scholarship opportunities then come to the do something club in Mr. Placentia room 305. Their will be a informational meeting Thursday and Friday.
General ASB will be having a club meeting. All clubs presidents must attend to discuss what every club will be selling for fall festival.The meeting will be in Dr. Elder´s room 403.
You dont have to be a doctor to save lives. Come donate blood on October 22nd! If you are interested in donating please speak with Kristine Espinosa, Clarrissa Soriano, Shawnee Gbur, or Brianna Hernandez. You must be 16 or older to apply. If you are 16 a permission slip is required.
Boys HS soccer tryouts are scheduled to start on October 20th. Get your athletic packets or you will not be able to tryout
Flag football games are October 26, 27, 28, and 29th.
Flag football – Flag football has been rescheduled for 10-26, 10-27, 10-28, and 10-29. We are sorry for the inconvenience, but due to problems it has been postponed. For more info you can contact Owen Hill, Pouya R, and Robby Charelton.
Do Something Club – Are you interested in community service and scholarships opportunities? Come to Do Something Club. There will be a meeting Friday after school from 2:00-3:00 in Mr. Placentia’s room 305. All grades are welcome.
University Prep. Color Guard – U.P Color Guard is hosting a Crispy Cream fundraiser this week for $10. For those of you with a sweet tooth, locate your fellow flag team members on campus and help support them.
There is a JSA meeting this Friday in Dr. Elder’s room. This weeks topic is, “Should you be considered a citizen just because you are born on US soil?”
The class of 2017 will be selling class shirts and sweatshirts until October 9. Prices are $15 for shirts and $25 for sweatshirts, $35 for both, and $4 for a customization. If you want to see the design, see Jose Garavito or Scotlyn Price.
University Preparatory is collecting coat donations all week! Make sure to bring coats, sweaters, and jackets and donate them to your class box.
Class of 2017
The class of 2017 will be selling class shirts and sweatshirts until October 2. Prices are $15 for shirts and $25 for sweatshirts, $35 for both, and $4 for a customization. If you want to see the design, see Jose Garavito.
On Thursday October 1, there will be a meeting during A and B lunch for flag football in the gym. Meetings will be 09/30/15 through 10/02/15. The games will be 10/05/15 through 10/09/15. It is $1 to watch each game and $2 to enter the tournament. For more information see Owen Hill.
Want to MESAround with robotics and engineering? Come to Mr. Colon’s room after school on Thursdays. Join MESA now!
Spanish Club – On Wednesday (9/30/15), Thursday (10/1/15), and Friday (10/2/15) mornings there will be Spanish club meetings in Mr. Garcia’s room during B lunch.
ASL – ASL will be having a meeting on Wednesday morning (9/30/15) and Thursday morning (10/1/15) during B lunch in Mrs. Petruschin’s room.
University Prep. Color Guard – U.P Color Guard is hosting a Crispy Cream fundraiser this week for $10. For those of you with a sweet tooth, locate your fellow flag team members on campus and help support them.
In this article, I will be discussing the usage of read more breaks and italicizing words, explaining briefly how these features are used and their purpose for being used. These types of articles will appear regularly in the future to help assist you in utilizing this medium to express your voice to its maximum potential.
In this year of cross-country, Mr. Petersen was chosen to be in cross-country as a head-coach. It is his first time to do cross-country at this school. He says the runners are very tough, especially for the temperature we have, and that they don’t give up no matter what. Mr. Petersen enjoys doing cross-country with the students. He has discovered many fast runners in his two weeks of doing cross-country and is very impressed. As a child, his father was a marathon runner and he would always run with his father. He never did cross-country throughout his younger years or his adult years, that is until now.
– Anyone who is interested in going with Junior State of America to Fall State. There are 7 days left to get your money in. The cost is $125 plus $10 for taxes. If you have any questions please see Dr. Elder in room 403.
Class of 2019
– Attention class of 2019, the deadline to buy your class t-shirt has been extended until September 24. Please pay Mrs. Peggy in the office. If you want to see the shirt design or have any questions please see Sophia Kim.
Girl Basketball team
– The girls basketball team will be having conditioning Tuesdays and Thursdays in the gym at 2:00 pm. You can only participate if you have a physical packet. High school girls only.
- The “cheerleader effect”, the theory that girls look more attractive in groups, is scientifically proven.
- If you die in Amsterdam without any friends or family left to attend your funeral, a poet will write a poem for you and recite it at your funeral.
It costs US$30,000 to have your star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood.
- One share of Coca-Cola stock purchased in 1919 for US$40 would be worth US$9.8 million today.
- The longest plank ever was held for 5 hours and 15 minutes.
Your lungs can hold up to 5 minutes worth of oxygen.
The top speed of the Bugatti Veyron is limited not by the engine, but rather its tires exploding.
When awake, the human brain produces enough electricity to power a small light bulb.
Alcohol doesn’t make you forget anything. When you get blackout drunk, the brain temporarily loses the ability to create memories.
Jack Dorsey is the wonderful mastermind behind the online world of Twitter. In Dorsey’s early adult years, he had drafts of what has become a huge success today. He was very productive in his teenage years and even came up with a dispatch software that is still used by some taxicab companies today. This man had his whole life’s blueprint written in pen before the age of eighteen! It started with a scratch of paper and some thought bubbles but that is what has evolved into a “tweeting” online community. Surprisingly, his software was called Obvious before it grew into its right and well deserved name of Twitter. Dorsey shared that he always found it interesting the way you can communicate with people through technology and he wanted to make that possible from anywhere at any time. He did a great job at taking his thoughts and putting them into motion. As we can see everyone now uses his genius invention. A shocking fact is that he was a college drop out! He went to several colleges before dropping out, but just think, he “risked his life” for all you tweeters out there.
Steven Spazuk is a French artist who uses mediums that aren’t very common in the art world: fire and soot. Spazuk has been painting for years, but has only in the last decade or so taken up painting with fire. He has provided in a video that his paintings are spontaneous, as he lets the fire and imprints guide him rather than guiding the fire. Because of this, every piece is unique and he follows shapes he sees. If it looks like it could be a face, it becomes a face; if it looks like it could become a bird, so be it. It’s a bird. As far as I’ve discovered, one of his last works (2011) was a self portrait comprised of individual pieces put together to form his face. There are 272 pieces and the portrait is about 2×3 meters (about 6.56×9.84 feet). He uses a variety of tools from needles to brushes to feathers to create all kinds of textures (he’s even painted his own face with acrylic paint and stuck it to canvas and a candle afterward to create another kind of effect). There are a couple of websites below for more information and videos as well as pictures. Altogether though, this is one of my favorite pieces so far because of how unusual and unique it is. Using fire, something unpredictable and dangerous, to create something beautiful and admirable is fascinating to me (and I’m sure you could find some kind of metaphor in that), so I thought I’d share.
Hello, Jaguars! This is Ashley Langston and Megan Villa, once again. This week for our University Prep food blog we interviewed one hundred University Prep students, of varying grade levels, on their ice cream preferences. Students were asked whether they preferred vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, Cookies n’ Cream, cookie dough, coffee, mint chocolate chip, Rocky Road, Neopolitan, or any other ice cream flavor.
From the pie chart, it is evident that Cookies n’ Cream and cookie dough ice cream were the most popular ice cream flavors, receiving 19% and 18% of votes respectively. Mint chocolate chip ice cream was runner-up with 15% of votes. Chocolate and vanilla were tied for third place, with 13% of votes. The other flavors, strawberry, Neopolitan, coffee, Rocky Road, and other, were the least popular, each receiving less than 10% of the votes.
Class of 2017
2017 will be selling class shirts and sweatshirts until October 2nd. Prices are $15 for shirts, $25 for sweatshirts and $35 for both, and $4 on each if you would like to customize. If you want to see the design see Jose Garavito.
Come see the hilarious comedy “Apostrophes” September 24 and 25 at 7 p.m in the multi-purpose room. Pre-sale tickets are on sale now for $2, tickets will be $3 for students and $5 for adults at the door. Don’t miss out on the comedy!
With the latest release of The Taken King, I believe Destiny has been ruined and there is a reason. It is now DLC dependent. You can do the regular story for Destiny and crucible but everything else needs DLC. I figured this out yesterday when I tried to play Destiny. I went to Gamestop and got a 40 dollar prepaid card to get Destiny. I logged in and tried to get The Taken King but realized since I don’t have the other two expansions I cannot get The Taken King. I played for a while but soon realized it was pointless. You cannot get anything the vendors sell because you need Legendary Marks which I believe you can only obtain with the DLC: The Taken King.
Hello jaguars, looks like there will be a junior high volleyball team. Tryout dates and information will be coming soon for the ones who want to play. Have a good day jaguars.
Tags-Alex Orduño, Johan Padilla
- The stripes on each tiger are unique, like human fingerprints.
- Within three days after death, the enzymes that once digested your dinner begin to eat you.
- It snowed in the Sahara Desert in 1979.
- Goldfish can’t close their eyes as they have no eyelids.
- When the “Elephant Whisperer” Lawrence Anthony died, a herd of elephants arrived at his house to mourn him.
- A blue whale’s heart can be as large as a car.
- Edison electrocuted an elephant in 1903 to prove Tesla’s AC current was dangerous.
- Elephants are pregnant for 2 years.
- Only one-half of a dolphin’s brain goes to sleep at a time.
- The Apollo 11 had about 20 seconds of fuel left when it landed.
Destiny’s second year started yesterday with a lot of changes to the Tower and some tweaks to gameplay. The update took me five hours to download, so here are the changes that I am aware of.
- Eris Morn was moved
- You can earn reputation with the Gunsmith
- The Speaker now sells Ghost Shells
- Near some vendors there are consoles or vaults that store specific items (exotics, armor shaders, ect.)
- You can store more bounties
- You can level up normally (gaining experience)
- There is an increased vault space
- Cloaks, bonds, and marks give you defense
- All damage and defense have been reduced
- More inventory space
- You can turn in bounties from anywhere
- Ghost shells give you defense
- For one week only: you can play Taken King crucible
- Light has changed; it is now the overall damage and defense together
- A quest screen was added
- Crucible now has a mercy rule
Hello jags, recently our volleyball varsity girls had a victory over Silverado High School. The game was close and intense, after the game the sports news team interviewed volleyball player Sabrina Zuniga.
Q: Was Silverado a tough opponent?
A: I would say the only competition we had was against the outside hitter. But other than that I would say we played really well under pressure.
Q: Do you think in any way the crowd helped you win?
A: Yeah, the crowd always helps us. They keep the energy up, and it helps people on the court.
As you see the volleyball player was very confident in answering these questions and gave us an insight into what the volleyball team feels over the win and the cheering from the crowd. That is all for today jags, have a great day!
Melanie Hoff is an artist who uses bleach, salt water, wood, and 15,000 volts of electricity to produce some amazing creations. She attaches electric cords to a sheet of plywood, then applies a massive amount of electricity that fabricates fractal-like patterns in the wooden board. These fractals can also depict something that resembles lightning, so I thought with the storm on September 8th it was a conveniently relevant topic. Since I wasn’t able to find more information on the topic other than how she was able to produce it, this week’s article is cut a little short fact-wise. In the respect of an opinion, however, how cool is that?! Someone thought, “Hey, I bet it would be cool to electrocute some wood,” and she was definitely not wrong. To me, this is art on a new level (even though some of you might have seen this before) and I really thought the idea was random and fascinating.
Hello, Jaguars. It is Ashley Langston and Megan Villa once again. This week we interviewed one-hundred-and-sixty-one students, of varying grade-levels, on what their favorite desserts were. The students we interviewed had a choice of cake, cookies, pie, ice cream, cupcakes, brownies, or frozen yogurt.
It seems that most University Prep students prefer ice cream to any other dessert, seeing as it has 32% of the votes. Brownies is the runner-up, with 22% of student votes. The third most popular choice was frozen yogurt, with 17% of votes. The other desserts, cake, cookies, and pie received only 10%, or less, of the votes.
JSA- Junior State of America members, are you interested in going to fall state? Then you need to come and have your money and your parent permission slip in immediately. It costs $135 + tax. There are only 17 spots left. If you have any questions you should go see Dr. Elder in room 403.
Mock trial- If you are participating in Mock trial then you should go see Dr. Elder ASAP.
Class of 2016
Attention class of 2016, there is a class meeting regarding cap and gowns, invitations etc… in the Multipurpose Room Thursday, September 10th, immediately after school.
Want to MESAround with engineering and mathematics? Come to Mr.Colon’s room after school on Thursdays and join MESA. All grades welcome!
Jaguars have asked and wondered consecutively over the past couple of years whether or not our school, University Preparatory, will ever get a football team. Journalism’s sports news team asked our athletic director, Mr. Zimmerman, and he informed us that as of now the team is not confirmed, but we may get one in the next 2 years. Let’s hope for the best, jaguars, and keep pushing for football. Sincerely, your UP sports news group.
There will be three events for the senior class during the month of September. The first event, on September 10th, is a senior class meeting to discuss important details. On September 15th, Herff Jones will be on campus to sell caps and gowns. Finally, on September 25th, a fundraiser will be held in honor of Bruce Springsteen’s birthday; the event is titled “Brucemas”. For more details on these events, see Dr. Gary Elder in room 403.
All students with an early-out schedule must leave campus. If students choose to remain on campus they will be enrolled in another class.
Mr. B will be tutoring math for grades 7th, 8th, and 9th grades. Mon, Tues, Thurs. from 2-3 pm
Hello Jags! As a journalist covering our school sports, it is my duty to inform you that Boys Basketball Tryouts are now over. For those of you who were fortunate to tryout Tuesday, Wednesday, or both, cross your fingers and hope for the best because on Friday, September 4th there will be a list holding the names of the athletes who have made first cuts! Stay updated jags because there are two more cuts! For those that are curious on who will be on varsity whether you tried out or are simply interested in our basketball team, feel free to visit this site and be informed. Upcoming events will be volleyball games, stay tuned!
Hello, this is University Prep Journalism student Ashley Langston. This week for University Prep’s blog I interviewed students to see what their favorite restaurants were. I also asked students why they like that specific restaurant and what their absolute favorite dish from there was. Unsurprisingly, I received a variety of different responses and opinions.
Aley S., a University Prep senior, says she loves to eat at The Cheesecake Factory, because it has a nice atmosphere and a widespread menu. Her favorite dish to order is their pasta. Another senior, Jasmine C., enjoys Olive Garden and all of their delicious soups; her love for Italian food makes it the perfect place to eat.
A vast majority of the students I interviewed also share Jasmine’s love for Olive Garden. Jacqueline C., an eleventh-grader, said, “The food is really good. I love Italian food.” Jacqueline only goes to Olive Garden on special occasions, but when she does she orders their ravioli.
Other popular responses were places that make hamburgers and fries, like Red Robin and Apollo’s. Danica B. loves the Avocado Burger they sell at Red Robin and says “they make good burgers.” Cecilia M., however, prefers the burgers they serve at Apollo’s.
Other students, like Veronica S., prefer restaurants where there are many different types of food. “My favorite restaurant is Hometown Buffet, because you don’t have to pick just one thing and hate it. You can try a bunch of stuff,” Veronica said; she recommends their pot pie.
It is evident that University Prep students all have different tastes and food preferences, and it is quite interesting to see just how unique we all are.
Hey Jaguars it’s Megan, and I’m a junior attending U.P. I’ll be blogging about different types of food. I’ll be asking students around the campus about their favorite places they prefer to eat, the types of food they like to eat, any places they enjoy to hangout, and more. Also, every now and then I’ll blog about a specific restaurant and an employee who I’ll be interviewing to get an insight of their job. I’m taking in requests for any restaurants around locally.
Hi Jags!!!!! My name is Ivette Cruz and I’m 14. I’m in Journalism and I am going to be posting weekly about UP’s daily announcements.
Hey Jaguars! I just wanted to tell you guys that this year there will be a soccer team for Junior High! More information will be forthcoming, so stay tuned-in. That is all, have a great day Jaguars!
Hello, I am Tiarra and I will be updating things about social media with my group every week. My specific goals are to keep the most recent things happening at school on our website, from the school clubs to the school events happening on and off campus. I also want to achieve updating announcements and clearing up any news that may have been misinterpreted because of changes or postpones. As being part of a group one of the things we want to do are interviews and getting to know students more. An example of what we would ask or interview students about is student opinion on things such as sites or apps they use through social media.
The multi-platform game Destiny (Playstation and Xbox) was created by Bungie and released on September 9, 2014. Destiny is a first person shooter/RPG. It has three main classes you can play as: the Titan, the Hunter, and the Warlock, each with two subclasses you can choose from. Once the Taken King DLC is released you will have 3 subclasses to choose from.
Destiny has very awesome multiplayer but doesn’t have a very great story mode, in my opinion. Leveling up in Destiny takes a large amount of grinding (playing for large amounts of time to get items). For the first 20 levels you can level up by gaining experience (which also levels up your subclass), then the next 14 levels you will need to collect armor that has Light in them which is the very cause for grinding. Without DLC leveling up is very hard once you get to level 32 because you will need to get etheric light (which is very difficult to get) to get to level 34.
The multiplayer also has some flaws. One major flaw is that people have overpowered weapons that will take you down in an instant even though all weapons do the same damage in regular Crucible (multiplayer PvP). The second major flaw is the award system Bungie implemented. It is a random number generator that awards based on chance, rather than based on your skill. So even though you do the best on the team you can get nothing on the rewards screen and the worst players can get the best weapon in the game.
All in all I believe Destiny is a very great game.
Hi, I’m Jacob. I’ll be writing about sports throughout this school year. I hope to be able to capture the most memorable moments of this years sporting events in my writing. I chose to write about sports since it is my passion and sports have been a part of my life since I was very young. My team and I hope to report on try-outs, returners, stats, injury reports, and team schedules. Hopefully you can enjoy every aspect of our writing of this 2015-2016 school year.
Hello, I am Tionie, and I am working with the social media group. As a group we will be uploading blogs on everything Social Media every week. One of my goals is to keep the school updated on the important events going around on campus. For example we would like to go around taking surveys and getting to know our classmates more. This will allow my group to post things the students would like instead of boring old content that students would not read. As a whole we would post interesting up-to-date news our classmates need to know.
Hello. I, Leonel Bautista, and my group, will be talking about social media content and anything relating to social media. We will be responding to the people for any social media related questions. We will cover any changes and or activity done with social media: updates, features, pages, and latest trends. We will provide rich and fresh content to the people instead of stale news that no one would want to read. Social media will be our focus and we will gladly take surveys around campus and have a poll with a variety of topics. One example of the surveys we will ask will be the hours or an estimate of hours you yourself will spend on social media.
My name is Johan C. Padilla. I’m doing sports in this session. I like soccer, eating, sleeping, and all that stuff. I am fourteen years old. I live with my cousins and I have no pets. My middle name is Carlos. My favourite colour is black. I am Mexican. I have one brother and one sister. In the sports section I will give information about the game times, the game scores, the people who made it in tryouts, etc. I hope this will help in 2015-2016 school year and I will try to get a lot of information on this.
- Nelson Mandela was banned from entering the U.S. and needed a special waiver until 2008.
- In 1977, 3 men attempted to steal Elvis Presley’s remains for ransom. That’s why his body was moved to Graceland where they are monitored by security.
- A city in Texas renamed itself to”DISH, Texas” in order to receive free Dish Satellite service for 10 years.
- Snakes use their tongues to smell.
- Catnip is a natural cockroach repellent.
- Around Central Park, New York, it can cost almost US$300,000 a year just for the right to operate a hot dog stand.
- Milk stored in the freezer will stay safe for consumption indefinitely.
- A baby is born on its predicted due date just 4% of the time.
- If a zebra is attacked, its family will come to its defense circling the wounded zebra and attempting to drive off predators.
- The Guinness World Records stopped awarding the fattest cats or any other animal to discourage deliberate overfeeding.
Hey jags, I’m Luis Leon! I love video games and board games, but I like video games more. In this blog I will focus on gaming news, do game reviews (I hope), and interview many students here at U.P., and I will post weekly. My favorite console is the Xbox One because it helps me relax. On Xbox I play with many games with many friends. My favorite games to play are: Halo: the Master Chief Collection, Destiny (I have a level 34 Hunter that’s a bladedancer and a level 29 Warlock that’s a sunslinger), Titanfall, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. I am planning on getting Halo 5: Guardians, The Taken King DLC for Destiny, and/or Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.
Are you interested in robotics, mousetrap cars, glider design, bridge design, 3D modeling, engineering, Math, and Science? Then you should come to the Mesa club to try out your skills in Mr. Colon’s room 402, after school. (First you should talk to Mr. Colon because his due date is 8/18/15)
Kanye West recently announced, with what has been described as a “confusing” speech, at the VMA awards, that he will be running for president in the year 2020. His proclamation on his plans for joining the election in 2020 has brought up many questions and such confusion as to what his speech was really about. Essentially, he was on the stage because he was honored with a lifetime achievement award but failed to acknowledge his accomplishment through his opinionated message. Instead of thanking the people who honored him with the award, he “brolisticly” explained his thoughts on, well we don’t know, that’s where the confusion came in.Though many people can’t quite understand his message, we do know for sure he said he was running for president in the year 2020. It has been said that he was a bit of intoxicated before arriving at the event. Results of a poll on ” How do you feel about Kanye running for President in 2020?” have left some surprising answers. The options of choice included, “It will have a negative affect on the U.S”, “It will be successful”, “It will be unsuccessful”, “He’ll make a great President” and other. Thirty six percent of people think it will be successful, 27.27% people said he’ll make a great President, 18.18% of people said it will have a negative affect on the U.S and it will be unsuccessful. Whether he really runs for president or not, it’s looks like he has the majority voting for his success.
Hey Jags! Today I interviewed Simon Martinez. Simon is in the cross country. He’s been doing cross country for 3 years now. He told me that in cross country they run 4 miles a day. That is all, have a great day Jaguars.
As soccer being a dominate sport over other sports in my blogs, I decided to interview the starting striker of last years varsity soccer team, Oscar Quintero.
Question: What do you expect this year for boys soccer?
Answer: To go undefeated again all season.
Question: What are your goals for CIF?
Answer: To win and score the most goals.
Question: What are your goals for season?
Answer: Score a goal every game.
As you can see, striker Oscar Quintero is confident and sets the bar high. This mentality is of a winner, hopefully the striker will lead University Prep into CIF victory this year. That is all for todays blog.
Hello, Jaguars; this is University Prep Journalism students, Ashley Langston and Megan Villa. This week for University Prep’s food section we interviewed one-hundred-and-fourty-five students of all grade levels on their favorite fast food places. We let them choose from seven choices: In-N-Out, Carl’s Jr., McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Subway, and Jack-in-the-Box.
It would seem that the most popular fast food place amongst University Prep students is In-N-Out, which a oustanding 65.3% of students chose. The runner-up was Subway, with 13%; third most popular was Jack-in-the-Box, with 7.9% of votes. The other fast food resturants, Carl’s Jr., McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s weren’t nearly as popular, each receiving less than 6% of the votes.
Every now and then I’ll do a list of games I think are awesome (lists of 5 and 10) and why I think they’re the best, plus a brief paragraph of what the game’s about. If I’m doing a list of five the rating scale will be as follows: 5 being an awesome game and 1 being the best.
Interact Club – Hey jags, do you want to make a difference in our community? If so, then come join Interact club in Ms. Faison’s room after school (We first have to see with Ms. Faison if she will take new member’s because of its date 8/25/15).
Mesa Club – Are you interested in Robotics, Mousetrap cars, Glider design, 3D modeling, Engineering, Math, and Science? Then you should go join the Mesa Club room 402. (First you’ll have to talk to Mr. Colon because of his due date 8/18/15)
JFC (Jaguars for Christ) – Come and join JFC for a time of prayer and Bible study. Mr. Salazar is in room 701. (They already had the meeting on 8/25/15 so you’ll have to go and talk to Mr. Salazar.)
Green Club – Anyone interested can come join Green Club in Mr.Colon’s room 402. (because of its due date Aug. 27, Thursday, you’ll have to talk to Mr.Colon about joining in) Everyone is welcomed.
U.P Fun Facts
- Like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is different.
- There is a hotel in Sweden built entirely out of ice; it is rebuilt every year.
- Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
- On average, Americans eat 18 acres of pizza everyday.
- Romans used to make toothpaste from urine.
- A cockroach will live nine days without its head before it starves to death.
- An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.
- Lightning strikes the earth about 8 million times a day.
- A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
- All porcupines float in water.
So for the top 5 restaurants I went around our campus asking students of all grades levels what their favorite restaurants were. The most common restaurants that appeared were:
5. Samarai Sushi
4. Golden Corral
2. Olive Garden
1. Red Lobster- And the winner is Red Lobster. Surprising that everybody’s favorite dish isn’t really a dish at all but instead an appetizer of their famous Cheddar Bay Biscuits.
Attention all Jags, the office has been repeating this announcement, “All students with an early-out schedule that don’t have any classes must leave the campus. If students choose to remain on campus they will be enrolled into another class.” If you’re an early out student you must leave at the end of your schedule.
Hello my name is Alex Orduno. For journalism I plan to give you all sports news in this 2015/16 school year. What I will be covering is all sport scores. I also will tell you guys when the tryouts are and who scored. Another thing I will be covering is injuries. Have a great day Jaguars!
Hello, I am Ashley Langston. I am in the eleventh grade and this is my third year of Journalism. I plan on covering food facts and articles. This year I plan on looking into what type of food University Preparatory students enjoy eating and cooking; if the students here have any special recipes they enjoy cooking, I would also like to look into that. If possible I will try to interview the popular and new restaurants in the High Desert and see what plans they have for the future, food-wise, and what their personal recommendations are for food. On campus, I’m going to interview students of all grade-levels and see what their favorite restaurants, recipes, and dishes are. I would also like to do articles on international and cultural foods, because I think it is important to take pride in one’s culture and, thus, one’s food. I hope that everyone will be able to share their culture and that we can all learn from each other’s differences.
Hi, I’m Aley. I’ll be updating my blog with art news, local and not. I really enjoy the fine arts, so that will be my main focus for this site. You can expect things regarding painting, ceramics/sculpting, drawing, etc. Take your basic definition of art and that’s what you will see here. I will upload weekly, unless I specify otherwise. Thanks for viewing and I’m excited to share what I find with you guys!