The Poly Spotlight


RECAP: Poly’s fall sports achieve much this season. By Guadalupe Meza, Staff Writer This...

WRESTLING: Poly junior Sereneia Nagum makes an impression in the girl’s wrestling scene as...

KICKER: Lauren Garthwaite kicks her way onto the Bears football team. By Peyton Varner,...


  • COMMUNITY: On Wednesday October 26, 2017, Riverside Unified School District (RUSD) held a meeting at the Riverside Convention Center to discuss the current state of our district and the happenings within.  By Kaley Pederson, Staff Writer The “State of the District” meeting was a discussion about community events and plans happening within RUSD. With 42,000 …Click Here to Continue Reading

  • TESTING: Poly students take the MAP Assessment in their History and Literature classes. By Cameron Brewer, Staff Writer Three times throughout the school year, students have to take the Measure of Academic Progress Assessment (MAP Assessment). The test is a computer adaptive test in Reading and Mathematics,and the test results are supposed to be reflective …Click Here to Continue Reading

  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters

    November 15th, 2017
    Big Brothers, Big Sisters

    PROGRAM: Riverside Unified School District joins forces with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Empire to create lasting partnerships. By Micah Pierce, Staff Writer The Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Empire (BBBS) is a group dedicated to creating one-on-one mentor or mentee relationships for children facing adversities. These mentorships are professionally supported …Click Here to Continue Reading

  • TRAGEDY: The city of Las Vegas suffered a recent shooting, raising new questions about how the media defines terrorism. By Kaley Pederson and Kelsey Chamberlain, Staff Writers The evening of Sunday, October 1, 2017 forced Route-91 Harvest Country Music Festival concertgoers into a state of panic, just hours before the formerly amazing weekend of food, …Click Here to Continue Reading

  •                             TAMPERED TRUTH: The myth of tainted halloween candy has been around for decades, but is there any truth behind it? By Greg Mikol, Staff Writer If you went trick-or-treating as a child, you were most likely told by your parent’s to check  and make sure none of your candy had been tampered with. The …Click Here to Continue Reading

  • TRAGEDY: Poly’s beloved history teacher Leo Caudill unexpectedly passed away. By Guadelupe Meza, Staff Writer Poly is sad to announce that Mr. Leo Caudill has died. He passed away on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at around 1pm, at the age of 50. Caudill worked in the social science department for more than 17 years. This …Click Here to Continue Reading

  • Kindness Kounts

    October 17th, 2017
    Kindness Kounts

    CARING: A new program implemented at Poly that rewards kind behavior. By Micah Pierce, Staff Writer This past month, Poly teachers all received several neon green Kindness Kounts tickets. These tickets are to be used to promote acts of kindness at Poly and improve the general milieu of the school. When teachers spot a student …Click Here to Continue Reading

  • Construction Phase II

    September 26th, 2017
    Construction Phase II

    Construction Phase II By Jacob Ferrall, Editor PROGRESS: As the air conditioning project is wrapping up, other improvements to campus are considered. For the last couple of years the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) project has been on the top of the agenda for construction at Poly, temporarily closing down school buildings that are …Click Here to Continue Reading

  • Why Hate Speech is Free Speech

    September 25th, 2017
    Why Hate Speech is Free Speech

    HATE: The Supreme Court legally recognizes “Hate Speech” as Free Speech.  By Ben Diguglielmo, Staff Writer On June 19, 2017, the supreme court unanimously ruled that hate speech is protected under the first amendment. In a separate statement, Justice Anthony Kennedy said, “[The idea that the government may restrict] speech expressing ideas that offend … strikes …Click Here to Continue Reading

  • THEATER: Poly’s theater performs the play “Steel Magnolias” this week. By Esther Whang, Staff Writer Poly theater’s performances of “Steel Magnolias,” directed by Kaiah Costa, take place from September 21 to September 23. It is an all-female play, set in Louisiana, focusing on a close group of friends who have to cope with the loss …Click Here to Continue Reading

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  • Raising Cane’s

    November 28th, 2017
    Raising Cane’s

    CANE’S: Crispy chicken fingers, caramelized Texas toast, crinkle-cut fries, creamy Cane’s sauce, and crunchy coleslaw… now that’s a recipe for success. By Jack Weggeland, Editor The deliciously simple menu of Raising Cane’s has made its way to Riverside, California...

  • November 22nd, 2017
    Camp Flog Gnaw 2017

    FIRSTHAND: My personal experiences and highlights of attending the 2017 Camp Flog Gnaw carnival and music festival. By Kelsey Chamberlain, Staff Writer As soon as I tore open the pearl pink envelope and looked over my new green wristband...

  • TRADITIONS: Poly Spotlight staff writers share their unique Thanksgiving traditions. By Kate Santoso, Editor It’s two days before Thanksgiving and families everywhere are already preparing the mouthwatering dishes and savory delicacies that will soon adorn the dining room table....

  • Great Shakes

    November 21st, 2017
    Great Shakes

    DELECTABLE: Great Shakes has been serving sweet desserts in Riverside for over a year. By Jacob Ferrall, Editor The small shop, originating in Palm Springs, has become a popular destination for Riverside residents. Great Shakes delivers high quality milkshakes...

  • November 16th, 2017
    Disney’s Foot in the Door

    UNIQUE: Disney channel’s first show featuring a teen’s coming-out story raises differing opinions. By Alex Flores, Staff Writer Disney channel’s relatively new live action series “Andi Mack” is reported to feature the coming-out story of a teen, the first...

  • REVIEW: Thor: Ragnarok is a funny, visually stunning, and action packed film. By Maxen Olvera, Staff Writer Thor: Ragnarok is the 17th installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). This film was directed by Taika Waititi and stars Chris...

  • GOLF Lands in L.A.

    November 14th, 2017
    GOLF Lands in L.A.

    FASHION: Artist Tyler, The Creator launches flagship store for his brand Golf Wang in Los Angeles. By Chloe Vega, Staff Writer Are you a Tyler, The Creator fan? Do you love his clothes, but hate having to worry about...

  • WONDERFUL: The Killers release their first studio album following a five year hiatus, and critics are raving. By Marley Brady, Editor On September 22, 2017, Nevada-native band The Killers released their fifth studio album, titled Wonderful Wonderful. The album...

  • SEQUEL: Director Denis Villeneuve delivers a stunning, but underappreciated sequel to the 1982 cult classic Blade Runner. By Chloe Vega, Staff Writer Blade Runner 2049 is the sequel no one asked for, the sequel of a film that didn’t...

  • ALBUM: Fans rave over Dolly Parton’s new children’s album. By Esther Wang, Staff Writer On September 29, Dolly Parton released her new album, “I Believe In You.” The album is Parton’s first children’s album ever to be released throughout...

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