Imperial Valley Press : 2019-02-11

IV HIGH : 16 : B8


B8 Monday, February 11, 2019 Imperial Valley Press n n IV High QUESTIONS? Contact Editor in Chief Tom Bodus at [email protected] or (760) 337-3427. Songs you should add to your playlist of pain in her lyrics,” she said. Rodriguez also said she likes to listen to this song best when she’s doing homework or has time during passing period at school. Freshman Nathan Barrera, 14, said he recommends the song “Middle Child” by J. Cole, another song that was included in “The Hot 100”. He said he thinks the song is so popular because people “might really focus on the lyrics and relate to it”. Another recommended song became very popular in the last few months of 2018 and is well-known to most students at Southwest. Senior Kimberly Valencia, 18, chose the song “Bellyache” by Billie Eilish because she said “it’s very different and very pop in some way.” Valencia also said that Billie sings about her confusion about where her mind is at, and that she relates to that part of her song. BY AILEEN VELASQUEZ Southwest High School student I t’s been a few hours since you arrived home from school. You’re bored and decide to listen to a few songs, but as you scroll through your playlist, you realize you’ve heard all of them too many times. Now you’re stuck trying to find some new and enjoyable songs in a short amount of time. Many popular songs came out in 2018 and the beginning of 2019. The students of Southwest High School have a few recommendations about what someone could add to their playlists. The popular website Billboard is known for both their music charts and music news. Yahnira Rodriguez, a freshman at Southwest, said her favorite song is “Without Me” by Halsey, which is No. 2 in “The Hot 100” for Billboard. “It’s my favorite because I love the beat of the song, and she shows strong emotion Southwest prepares juniors for CAASPP math exam BY ANGEL VELASQUEZ Southwest High School Student L ast year at Southwest High School, only 19 percent of juniors scored proficient and above on the math portion of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress. Juniors were transferred into math teachers’ Advisories to help prepare them for the CAASPP math exam that they will be taking in early April. The CAASPP test is an exam that is used to measures juniors’ progress in math, English and science. Southwest High School Principal Matt Phillips said the performance of last year juniors’ influenced the decision to utilize Advisories as a tool to help juniors prepare for the math CAASPP. “The difference between English and math is that we have English 11 but no math 11,” said Phillips. “Our 11th graders could be in four different math classes, unlike one single English class.” Since the CAASPP exam is an online test, students might find the format odd compared to a normal paper test “Instead of using a pencil and scratch paper, students will have to use a notepad and mouse while taking the test,” said Ryan Jeffries, Southwest High School math teacher. The CAASPP exam will provide a variety of computer-based tools, ranging from calculators to line segments for the test takers. “If students head into the test without context on how to use the tools, they will be lost since the each question will require different online PHOTO tools,” said Estela Camacho, Southwest math teacher. “Some questions use geometry tools while other algebra questions just use an online calculator.” The CAASPP exam will go over material from algebra 1, geometry and early algebra 2. “We are not working on specific math skills, but on how to use the tools on the exam since it’s not a typical multiple choice format,” said math teacher Joyce Sullivan. Juniors at Southwest who are preparing for the CAASPP test are coming from a variety of math backgrounds. Paul Herrera is a 16-year-old Southwest High School junior who is currently in pre-calculus and has a calculus teacher for Advisory. Herrera said that he believes that his experience in a higher-level math courses makes the CAASPP math seem easy, but he finds the math practice program appealing because it shows how to use the tools. “This new program would be useful to help students that aren’t the best in math get an insight on how the math problems on the test will be structured,” said Herrera. Whether a junior is in Advanced Placement Calculus or Geometry, the math department at Southwest will do its part to make sure that the student will be prepared to achieve their best possible score on the daunting CAASPP test. Safety tips for parents of teen travelers METROCREATIVECONNECTION.COM Graduating from high school is a significant milestone in the lives of young people. The next step for many teenagers after graduating from high school is to go off to college. 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