The Poly Spotlight


UPDATE: The 2015 girls’ swim season is underway, and the team hopes for another...

BEGINNING: Softball begins a promising season by placing well in the Jurupa Valley Tournament. By Abigail...

COACH: Mr. Yancy Dodson is selected as the new head coach of the Poly...


  • By Matt Kaye, News Editor On April 10, the Dell Scholars Program announced the scholarship recipients for the class of 2015. The Dell Scholars Program is a scholarship initiative included in the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. The program awards students who face social, economic or academic challenges but still manage a strong work ethic and have …Click Here to Continue Reading

  • TESTING: The California Department of Education, in cooperation with the California State University (CSU) and California Community Colleges, redirects its statewide testing policies to directly impact CSU’s Early Assessment Program (EAP). By Martina Krakora, Staff Writer The EAP is an “English language arts/literacy and mathematics [assessment which] signals students’ readiness for college-level coursework,” as described …Click Here to Continue Reading

  • AWARENESS: Amidst ubiquitous technological connections, sexting has become a serious legal and hazardous issue for teens. By Matt Kaye, News Editor In an era where virtually everyone stays connected through convenient and readily-available technology, it is easy to stay in touch with a multitude of people. This connection keeps interpersonal relationships strong, but in providing …Click Here to Continue Reading

  • MEDIA: Ms. Opal Singleton gives presentation on the dangers of social media and how it can lead to involvement in human trafficking and prostitution. By Emily Hughes, Staff Writer On March 25, Ms. Opal Singleton, president and CEO of Million Kids, gave a presentation to select Poly student leaders in the Poly library. The presentation focused on social …Click Here to Continue Reading

  • ENVIRONMENT: The University of California, Riverside (UCR) participates in a statewide sustainability program; Poly also works for sustainability with commitments to keep the campus clean. By Emily Hughes, Staff Writer With a new program called the UC Global Food Initiative, all ten University of California campuses are working to create specialized programs to help combat …Click Here to Continue Reading

  • COMMUNITY: Poly students discuss the purpose behind Super Bowl for Kids and reflect on its impact. By Kate Santoso, Staff Writer On the morning of January 28, spirits were high and hearts were light as Poly’s cheer and song squad, varsity football team, marching band and Associated Student Body (ASB) gathered on the field to …Click Here to Continue Reading

  • ACHIEVEMENT: Three Poly AVID students are semifinalists for the Dell Scholarship. By Martina Krakora, Staff Writer The Dell Scholarship is a scholarship program which recognizes “students who have overcome significant obstacles in pursuit of their education,” as described by The scholarship awards its finalists with not only $20,000, a laptop and credits towards purchasing …Click Here to Continue Reading

  • CONFLICT: Inexperienced students land lead roles in Poly’s upcoming play, causing contention in the theater community. By Emily Hughes, Staff Writer Since its release in 2006, the movie High School Musical has made a long-lasting impression on children and teens all over the world. The movie remains one of the most successful Disney movies ever …Click Here to Continue Reading

  • FUTURE: Poly will offer new online, hybrid AP U.S. History and AP Art History courses beginning at the 2015-2016 school year. By Matthew Saenz, Staff Writer At Poly High School and throughout the entire United States, many students are extremely busy, attempting to juggle rigorous academic schedules and extracurricular activities. Often times, these students are …Click Here to Continue Reading

  • TESTING: Students head into a new wave of AP testing as the Riverside Unified School District eliminates fiscal concerns. By Matt Kaye, News Editor Under Principal Dr. Michael Roe’s leadership, Poly has seen no shortage of changes and improvements. Numerous changes have already taken place, from relieving the grade restrictions of academic courses to refreshing …Click Here to Continue Reading

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  • I Stream, You Stream

    March 25th, 2015
    I Stream, You Stream

    TELEVISION: Season three of House of Cards gives Poly students more of a reason to procrastinate. by Joey Vangsness, Staff Writer It is no secret that instead of staying on top of schoolwork, we teenagers prefer to lay around...

  • March 6th, 2015
    Black Music Matters

    RELEASE: Kendrick Lamar’s new single demands respect from a society obsessed with reputation and awards. By Joey Vangsness, Staff Writer The day after the notoriously demographically-challenged Grammy Awards, Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar released a single entitled “The Blacker the...

  • Go Set an Alarm Clock

    March 6th, 2015
    Go Set an Alarm Clock

    LITERATURE: Harper Lee plans to release a sequel to her hit novel To Kill a Mockingbird. By Miguel Toner, Staff Writer After 55 years of waiting, readers around the world were excited to hear that cherished American author Harper...

  • Trivia Craze

    February 27th, 2015
    Trivia Craze

    ENTERTAINMENT: A new trivia application becomes popular among students. By Michelle Boulos, Staff Writer In this day and age, parents and adults complain about how we, as teenagers, are wasting time. We are glued to our phones, when instead,...

  • Voice Jammin’

    February 5th, 2015
    Voice Jammin’

    INNOVATION: Although it contains a few bugs and drawbacks, the Voice Jam application bundle is a powerful tool for aspiring musicians. By Miguel Toner, Staff Writer Holding true to its promise of being “your access to performing, creating and...

  • January 29th, 2015
    Yeezy Season Approaching…

    CHANGE: Kanye West’s newest release showcases a more sentimental side seldom seen. By Joey Vangsness, Staff Writer More than just a large, sparkly ball dropped on New Year’s Eve. The following morning, the world woke up in a groggy...

  • A Brand New Annie

    January 28th, 2015
    A Brand New Annie

    REINVENTION: The recent motion-picture remake of the Broadway classic Annie features a new twist. By Michelle Boulos, Staff Writer Back in 1982, movie theaters were packed with people anxiously holding on to their popcorn and drinks, waiting for the musical...

  • Throwback Threads

    December 9th, 2014
    Throwback Threads

    RETURN: The nineties aesthetic is making a comeback in popular clothing stores. By Michelle Boulos, Staff Writer Bring back the overalls and crimped hair! The once-beloved clothing and accessories of the 1990s are becoming popularized again and teenagers everywhere...

  • Ooh Pig, You Salty

    December 9th, 2014
    Ooh Pig, You Salty

    RESTAURANT: Riverside’s The Salted Pig reveals new menu and operating hours. By Joey Vangsness, Staff Writer Nestled somewhere in the depths of Downtown Riverside lies The Salted Pig, a trendy restaurant and bar, known for its massive selection of...

  • Established 1989

    November 14th, 2014
    Established 1989

    CHANGE: Taylor Swift returns to music with her first pop record. By Michelle Boulos, Staff Writer We had it all wrong. Taylor Swift’s hit single “We Are Never Getting Back Together” wasn’t about another ex- boyfriend; it was a...

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