Everyday is Like Sunday

I started teaching Yearbook at SCIA last year. COVID-19 unexpectedly brought our year to a close. Due to the global pandemic we have been forced to pivot from publishing and selling a yearbook, to hopefully blogging and podcasting in the coming weeks. There is no disappointment. Instead I see this as an opportunity to work on our journalism skills.

Dragging the Shutter

School Days

Post COVID

Looks like covid is going away soon which means everything will be opening up again soon. With everything going back to normal, more traveling, booking hotel rooms, going to restaurants will the prices be going up to get the money they have lost during covid. Gas has already increased their prices since summer is coming more people are traveling and to recover from the beginning of covid. For what I know now most hotels are still the same price for booking one room and for food, but what if they change this summer. Most common places like the grocery store, clothing stores will be staying the same prices.

Will theme parks also strat increasing their prices as well? For now we haven’t seen any changes to the prices to any theme park but in California the only people allowed to buy tickets are for California residents only. No one on the internet has said anything about the food they sell inside the theme park have increased or lowered the prices, some do say that the clothing and accessories did increase a bit. Do to covid the only rides that are open are outdoor rides or rides with an outside queue but if you were planning to go on your favorite indoor ride at a Disney theme park I wouldn’t get my hopes up. Booking at a theme parks hotel already cost a whole lot of money but food probably had increased since no one went to any theme parks in a little over a year so do expect charging a little extra for a meal. People are too excited to go to a theme park where tickets are selling fast and are becoming more and more normal but still following the covid restrictions. Therefore theme parks would stay the same with the prices and rides but probably will start making things a little more expensive.

Everyone is excited to get out of work, school or whatever you have going on, they just wanna travel somewhere to make them forget last summer and just forget covid in general. Traveling seems fun and is fun just to be on the beach with your friends or family, going to a different state and more until, you guessed it right the plane is booked, the airport is packed, tickets are way too expensive and your next plane isn’t until the next day. There is so much going wrong since everyone got their vaccines, they have their mask on, some people even quarantine before going, but they want to get to the same location as you with their entire family. But think positive if you go now you have about 2 weeks at the beach and have only 1 day of going through the airport again. Will prices go higher in different states we don’t know until we see but just except your gas to be a little more expensive then has at home.

Written by Anahi

Looking Forward

One thing that I am looking forward to doing when Covid gets better is going back to school. I look forward to this because I would like to meet all of my teachers and classmates in person. I would like to do the things I couldn’t do during zoom such as play sports, make new friends, and get out the house. I would also want to get together with my friends and make plans to hang out such as going to the store and spend the night at each other’s houses.

Another thing I am looking forward to doing after Covid is over would be to spend more time with my family. Also go on our family camping trips without having to worry about catching Covid. Another thing would be telling scary stories while eating s’mores. I would also like to see and spend more time with my family during holiday. And have our Little family BBQ get together.

When COVID gets better I would like to go out on road trips and do the things I couldn’t do like going to theme parks and ride all the rides. Practice driving a car again. I would also like to watch the sunset and sunrise during our trips. Another thing that I am really looking forward to doing is spending time, making memories with my new baby sister once she is born. Something else I am really looking forward to doing when COVID gets better is getting to meet my tíos girlfriend’s kids and their new baby when she is born.

Written by Yasmine

I Can’t Wait…

I am looking forward to many things, such as….high school, driving, for COVID to go away, have fun with my friends and not be worried if I’m going to get sick. I can simply go on and on about things I’m looking forward to. Covid took away our chances of having fun last year, and now we’re going to try and get those opportunities that we didn’t have last back.

I want to be able to see my family in person, rather than through a screen. It’s funny how we a wanted a break from going to school, but now we’re a wanting to go back. Or we loved being on technology rather than doing our work, but now homework is our main priority. MOST of our grades have had a large decrease, and it’s starting to show. We’ve ALL been stressing out about things we shouldn’t. We should be able to live our lives without being scared.

I want to be able to think about my future and not wonder if I wi have one or not. I want to be able experience high school in person rather than learning through a screen. My friends and I have been waiting to join high school together, but a that can change. I want to make new friends and expand my knowledge around the world. I just want to be alive after all of this.

Written by Clarissa

004: Hip Hop & Vibes

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A few weeks have passed since our last podcast. In that time we have begun hybrid instruction. About half of our students attend class in-person, while the other half works from home on Zoom. The podcast will continue and in the coming days you will hear more new episodes.

The Redwood Road staff has a lot to say on a variety of topics. Today we will begin a series called Quick Hits, in which we talk about random topics in less than 15 minutes.

On today’s Quick Hits episode, Anthony and Kitana talk about music. Music is that one consistent thing that we can depend on no matter what we’re feeling. I hope you enjoy the podcast.

002: Turkey, Thanks & Lessons Learned

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Listen to stories brought to you by Miley, Kitana and Hailey. I hope you enjoy our second podcast on The Great Thanksgiving Listen — stories recorded at the Thanksgiving table.

Ups & Downs

My life as an athlete began in first grade when I first tried out for gymnastics. I fell in love with the sport instantly and had a fun time. Imet some really good friends of mine there. I liked being able to do tricks other people couldn’t, and I always had a smile on my face during practice. Flash forward two years later to the end of 3rd grade, I stopped going to practice for a few weeks and i realized during that time that i didn’t want to do gymnastics anymore. I told my mom and we took me out. Right after that my mom was telling me about how she played volleyball, and I decided to give it a try. So the summer going into 4th grade I played volleyball for the first time and my coach realized I was good for barely starting. We ended up winning the“championship” and I just knew this is what I want to do in my future. I played for 3 years every summer until 6th grade when I played on my first school team. I was one of two 6th graders on the 7th grade team.That was one of the proudest moments I’ve had. That same year I tried out for my first club team and made it. Our team had its ups and downs, but we got through them. Our last tournament we played together was May 12, 2019. Which was in San Francisco and two days long, we played our hardest. We finished off the season in the gold brackett. Sadly on the last day of the tournament I ended up injuring my knee, but I didn’t realize it until a couple weeks later when I was practicing for a different club I had joined for the summer. I kept complaining to my mom about my knee bothering me but nothing would help, so she finally took me to a doctor. He told me that I most likely had osgood-schlatter disease and that I had to take 6 months off and it was common for kids my age who did sports to have it. He said depending on how serious it was I could possibly not play again, I cried as soon as we left. I stopped playing until august which means I didn’t listen and i played for my school team again. I was the only 7th grader on the 8th grade team and this time I took precautions while playing and after practice. In march of 2020 my mom told me she was going to take me to the doctor that they go to, because it hadn’t gotten better but worse. A couple days later I went to the other doctor and this time she said I should get an x-ray. That same day I got an x-ray. I went back a week later and she said nothing was broken and that I should try physical therapy for a month. So on march 17th 2020 I started my first day of physical therapy. I did that for a month in hopes it would work but nothing changed. So I went back to the doctor and she said this time you need to get an mri. I got my MRI and it came back like a week later and she told my mom what it said because my mom is a nurse so she knew the medical terms. I didn’t know what happened yet until a couple days later when I found the papers on the kitchen table and asked if this is what happened. On the paper it said I had two tears in my meniscus. When an athlete hears they have a tear in a muscle that means the end of the world for them. That is when my world changed, this was the first year in five years I didn’t get to play. I thought nothing would help and that I guess sports wasn’t for me. But after finding out what happened I went back to the doctor and she said another month of physical therapy, but somewhere else. So I did another month. Again it didn’t help, so guess where I went, to another doctor. This time I went to a specialist, and here is the part I wasn’t ready for. He said that from his eyes i didn’t have a torn meniscus, trust me i was happy don’t get me wrong but i was still in pain and i didnt know why. I won’t go into detail cause to some people it can be really not so pleasant to hear. Before my surgery in July. I probably went to the doctor more than 10 times and had over 16 physical therapy appointments. After my surgery, the first thing I asked the nurse that was with me “can I play again” after she said yes I broke down in tears I was so happy. I continued physical therapy until september. I still was scared to run or jump so it wasn’t till November when i ran for the first time without saying my knee hurts. I am still recovering but at least I get to practice moving instead of sitting on my bed not being able to go anywhere. I learned my lesson to not take a break when the doctor tells you to take a break.

Written by Lauren

001: The Great Thanksgiving Listen

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Stories from The Great Thanksgiving Listen from our Yearbook staff in the time of COVID.