By Brad Arata
The lack of air conditioning in classrooms at Novato High has become a major issue as the recent heat wave took Novato by storm. During a recent heat wave, Novato High was forced to shorten a day to maintain a safe environment for students. The extreme heat has created a safety issue as well as an interference to academic opportunities for students.
By Keara Aughney
After years of popular programs such as Marin School of the Arts and JROTC, Novato High School has added another program to reach the needs of individuals. This new program is called NBI (North Bay Innovation). So, what is the NBI program that everyone seems to be asking about? This year Novato High School turned five teachers into mentors for 100 new incoming freshman. These students will have very different looking schedules than the rest of the school, as they have no bells with their classes.
By Regina Sanchez
On September 5, President Donald Trump announced his plans to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, more commonly known as DACA.
By Sam Lynam
Many teachers and students are fed up with maintenance during school hours due to constant distractions limiting classwork and affecting the learning environment in classrooms. Novato High teachers and students have voiced their opinions of the maintenance and would like to see changes made to prevent the work from happening during school hours. Many of the teachers in the Social Studies and English wings have been voicing their disappointment for many years to no avail.
By Will Sigmund
A sigh of relief washed over the residents of Sonoma and Marin on the last week of August when the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit, also known as SMART train, opened for business. This happened after many delays, which plagued the project. Construction was extended over a 10-year span.
By Kim Tran
Novato High School welcomed the new College and Career Readiness course this year, which replaced Geography. Freshmen will be the first to experience the new course that is taught by Social Studies teachers Josh Rosenberg and Sean Kelsey, as well as Psychology teacher Jennifer Russell.
By James Hunter
Currently, the Novato High School freshmen class is not allowed to leave campus during lunch. For many students, the reasoning behind the rule remains a mystery. The rule has been in place since 2014, with the intention of protecting freshman by keeping them under the watch of the administration.
By Matt Frey
On August 31, Novato High biology teacher Laura Lenz announced to students that she is leaving Novato High. The reason for her departure is a “once in a lifetime” deal with Bio-Rad Corporation, a biotech company based in Hercules. Her role in this local company is developing and creating a science curriculum for students across the nation.
By Lucy Cipriani
Over the past few years, an unprecedented amount of American teens are falling victim to sexually transmitted diseases due to a lack of education and testing. According to Time Magazine, only 22 states require both sex and HIV education. This is becoming a bigger issue due to the alarmingly high number of STDs reported to the government. Studies from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also show that one in two sexually active people will contract an STD by the age of 25. These statistics are the terrifying reality facing the young people of the United States.
By Griffin Cipriani
As a harsh heat wave recently struck the Bay Area, wildfires erupted causing a “Spare the Air Quality” alert on August 26. Local residents got a call from Spare the Air Quality, advising them to cut down on carbon and smoke emissions.