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 The Spectrum
 November 2010 820 Fourth Avenue Chula Vista, CA 91911Volume LXIII, No. 2
• Spartans were‘that close’ tobeing Trojans 
Page 4
Is electronicsban trulynecessary? 
Page 6
 
Simple request:Clean upyour language 
Page 7
TV showsare beingdumbed down 
Page 8
 Football teamcelebratesa big win 
Page 11
 
 by 
 Nathan Hermanson
and
Mark Zepeda 
Editor and Staff Writer
 What’sInside:
GRAND OPENING
 PAC is ready, but debut is invitation-only affair 
CVH’s Performing Arts Center will have its grand opening onFriday night, Dec. 10, beginning at6:45 with a welcoming by PrincipalSteve Lizarraga and a ribbon-cuttingceremony.But don’t make plans to attendunless you receive an invitation. Itwas deemed invitation-only by theSUHSD, which has already issuedapproximately 350 of the covetedtickets to various diginities andcommunity members.A number of SCPA groups will beamong the featured performers at the Night of the Gala, including the band,mariachi, orchestra, HOGs, VocalSynergy and Silhouettes, and dancegroups.The program inside begins at 7,and will feature speeches by SUHSDsuperintendent Dr. Jesus Gandara,and Chula Vista mayor Cheryl Cox.CVH alum Mario Lopez has beenasked to be master of ceremonies, but
he had not conrmed by the time
TheSpectrum
went to press.The CVPAC will be the new gemof the district. It features state-of-the-art technology and classrooms, and atop-of-the-line sound system.A number of SCPA classes areexpected to move into the PAC for the spring semester, which begins inJanuary.The CVPAC will host many CVHevents that previously had to be heldoff campus because of limited seating,as well as those that were previouslystaged in the theater and gym.
Moreover, the CVPAC gures to
 be a busy place and will host manyevents other than those featuringCVH groups.Other schools and the districtare expected to use it for major  performances, meetings, and other events. It is also expected to be rentedto civic and community groups,which will provide another source of revenue for the district.
 by 
 Nataly Angeles
Staff Writer
Band and Color Guard win big at Mt. Carmel
From assembly to game, to dance,Homecoming is a huge success
 by 
Elena Silva 
Staff Writer by 
Robert Broomfeld
and
Elena Silva 
Staff Writers
Flooded gym is latestincident to plague CVH
There is a rewardof more than $100leading to the ap-prehension of thosewho committed thecrimes.
Congratulations go out to theSpartan band and color guard for 
winning rst place in the class
1A marching band and auxiliarycategories at the Mt. Carmel BandReview on Oct. 30.Competing with a marching block composed of 35 people, the band performed “The Fairest of the Fair” byJohn Philip Sousa, and scored 397.5 points in music, 184 in marching and200 in showmanship totaling to a
nal winning score of 83.15.
Although a small band, our bandwas also able to obtain the secondhighest score out of 16 competing
 bands in eld of marching.
Also, the color guard comprisedof eight students won the class 1A
rst place in auxiliary by with a score
of 81.65, placing 5
th
best out of thecompeting 16 color guards. Bothof these lead by senior Angel IvanVazquez as mace drum major.Both groups will be performingSaturday at the Otay Ranch Center Band Review from 10 a.m. untilnoon.Homecoming day began with theHomecoming pep assembly. Thenewly renovated gym was decoratedwith blue, black, and white in spirit of the theme for homecoming: Avatar.After the usual class roll call, Mr.Gary Chapman, longtime teacher andformer principal, gave an enthusiasticspeech and presented the class of 1960.The Homecoming princesses:Viridiana Cansillo, KimberlyEncio, Samantha Marvin, AngelicaMarquez, and Erica Martinez where presented to the student body, eachaccompanied by a male loved one.The BMOC candidates followed,each accompanied by a female lovedone. Jorge Sanchez won the honor.The pep assembly then continued to
re up the Spartans for Friday’s game
against Mater Dei. The cheerleaders performed the traditional Spartancheer, which got many fellowSpartans pumped up for the game.The homecoming game began withthe parade. The princesses wheredriven in classic cars, followed by theclass of 1960. The cheerleaders were
next, riding a re truck, followed bythe class oats.
The theme this year was Avatar:The Last Air bender. The senior 
classes theme was re. It was
 basically about two girls wantingto go to the bathroom after eatingsome bad food from Taco Bell. Theysoon confronted the Chula Vista highstudents and where transformed intospirited Spartans that bleed blue and
are on “re”.The juniors’ oat was the theme
water. The skit was basically juniorsvs. seniors with dancing. The
sophomore oat was themed earth.
The skit involved hippies and NativeAmericans, which doesn’t have muchto do with the show. The skit wasabout the rivalry with Mater Dei highschool and CVH.
The freshman oat was given thetheme of air. Their oat had a mix of 
 both Avatar the last air bender and theAvatar movie with the blue aliens.
The winning oat/skit was not
announced at the game, but theenthusiastic, well-rehearsed freshmenseemed to be the most impressive.
After the oats, Vocal Synergy
 presented a stirring rendition of thenational anthem, capped off with
reworks.
At halftime, the SCPA dancers performed their Avatar dance, whichimpressed the crowd and drewenthusiastic applause and cheers fromthe home-side crowd.The homecoming princesses were presented again, with Erica Martinezcrowned as queen.
A plethora of reworks followed
the announcement, giving a grand
nale to the halftime show.
The Spartans were sent homehappy after a big victory to cap off the Spartan’s season (see Sports) butthe celebration didn’t end there.The next night at Seaworld, theHomecoming Dance was underway.The dance begun at 8 PM and lasteduntil 12 AM. It was located at the Beer Gardens in Seaworld and Spartanswere given access to the Sky Tower.The dance was a good time by mostand the BMOC and HomecomingQueen were showcased once more.Spartans can’t wait for next year’s.Weather damage and vandalismhas plagued CVH since September.
Recent incidents include the ooding
in the boys’ locker room andvandalism in the PAC building.
Most recently, ooding in the
 boys’ locker room caused $150,000worth of damage (according to aconstruction worker), and made itimpossible for boys to suit up for  physical education for the two weeksfollowing the fall break.
The ooding was caused by
unusually heavy seasonal rains that
hit Southern California the rst
week of the break. Unfortunately,construction on the boys’ gym was being done during that time.“Since it was due to delays inconstruction, then Prop O moneywon’t be used for those repairs,” saysPrincipal Steve Lizarraga.The money would be taken fromthe construction funds in order to havethe boys’ locker rooms repaired.The locker room was declaredready Nov. 1, but it still needs sometouchups that may take a few months, but it is ready to be used.The new Performing Arts Center was tagged, but also they destroyed
lots of valuable materials like re
extinguishers and doors.The estimated cost for all this wasat $16,000 to $17,000. The vandalsuse oil-based paint, which is very
difcult to remove.
The vandals entered by a door thatwas inadvertently left unlocked.Regarding the vandalism, Mr.Lizarraga said ,“we have suspects, but not the main person who did it.”There is a reward of more than$100 leading to the apprehension of those who committed the crimes.Vandalism in the 500 buildingin September cost about $2,000 torepair.There are suspects in this case aswell, but to date no one has beencharged.The Chula Vista police arecontinuing to investigate both cases.CVH admin and the police arehoping that any students who areaware of any of the incidents will comeforward and provide information thatcould be valuable in apprehendingthe criminals.
Spartans gather at the Homecoming Dance.
 
 
 The Spectrum/News •November 2010
 
 by 
Mark Zepeda
Staff Writer
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State’s new governor offerssomething old, something new
SCPA groups performin Salute to Teachers
 by 
Jayme Taitague
Staff Writer
Last Tuesday Americans across thecountry turned out to vote in the mid-term elections.Jerry Brown won the governorshipof California, defeating MegWhitman (who essentially tried to buy the position) and will serve for the second time in the state’s leading post. He previously served in 1975-83.In our congressional district,incumbent Dem. Bob Filner defeated Nick Popaditch. For Senate, Dem.Barbra Boxer outlasted Carly Fiorinain a tight race.So what can we expect from theseelected politicians especially, Brown?Part of Brown’s campaign was thathe would be a major supporter of education.Brown says he plans to improveeducation by making the system more
efcient and cost effective.
For post-secondary education,Brown wants to use online schoolingand other technologies to bring downthe high costs of public colleges andUniversities.In addition to changing the post-secondary school system, Brownwants to reform testing so that it alsoinvolves college preparation andcareer readiness.He also wants to shorten the timeit takes to complete testing from 3days to something much shorter andresults coming in much sooner.In addition, he wants to improveassessments by having more thanmultiple-choice questions.He also plans on improving themost important factor in schoolimprovement, teachers .Currently the system tries to rewardgood teachers and weed out bad onesand according to Jerry Brown hewants to improve the performanceof the average teacher by havingtop-notch teachers mentor new andaverage teachers to increase their effectiveness.He also wants teacher apprenticeships so that students can begin to start learning how to dotheir job before the graduate fromcollege to encourage students to gointo teaching he wants to work withteacher training institutions and stateagencies which would recruit from thetop third of high school graduates.One of the most interesting propositions on the ballot was Prop.19, which would have made privateconsumption of marijuana legal andlegal in approved consuming facilitiesfor ages 21 and up.It would also have allowed for it to be legally grown at a private residencein a space of up to 25 square feet.If it had passed, it would have
made a signicant physical impact.
Financial resources would have been
able to go to ghting more serious
crimes than marijuana possession andconsumption of those who are legallyeligible for such acts.In terms of revenue from imposinga tax, the expected income wouldhave been around a billion dollarsa year which would have been a
 big help during our state’s nancial
slump.We shouldn’t forget though that politicians can’t be completelytrusted. We must wait to see whether he makes good on his promises todetermine if he is what Californianeeds.CVH’s Vocal Synergy and m-Pulse were among the highlighted performers at Cox’s 37th Annual SanDiego Teacher of the Year Awards inOctober.This marks the seventh straightyear that groups from CVH’s award-winning SCPA program have beeninvited to perform at “A Salute toTeachers,” which is sponsored byAshford University.Five local educators were selectedfrom 44 nominees and were namedSan Diego County Teachers of theYear.The annual event honors San DiegoCounty’s public school teachers andwas televised live on Channel 4 SanDiego from the Balboa Theater indowntown San Diego.
During the event, 10 nalists
were named, then narrowed down
to the following ve 2010-11 San
Diego County Teachers of the Year:Darin Curtis, Eric Frandsen, StephenKeiley, Ericka Senegar-Mitchell,Shaylene Watkins.These nominees were selected by their school districts based onstudent achievement, teaching philosophy, familiarity with currentissues in education and communityinvolvement.Darin Curtis has made a hugeimpact on the health and behavior of children during his 18-year teachingPhysical Education classes at Tierradel Sol Middle School, LakesideUnion School District.Eric Frandsen began his career as
a shing boat captain, working in theeld of marine ecology and operating
as a geochemical sampler at King
Middle School, Oceanside Unied
School District.Stephen Keiley has been instructing
a combination fourth -and fth-gradeclass at the Monarch School for ve
years.As a general and AP biologyteacher at Junipero Serra HighSchool, Erika Senegar-Mitchell believes that education is the key toovercoming poverty. Last but notleast, Shaylene Watkins’ classroom at
Monterey Ridge Elementary is lledwith fourth- and fth-grade students
who are working on hands-on, team-oriented projects.
The ve teachers of the year will
go on to represent San Diego Countyin the California Teacher of the Year  program, which will be announcedlater this year.As for the sponsors of “CoxPresents: A Salute to Teachers”include Ashford University, SycuanBand of the Kumeyaay Nation,Qualcomm, Sony, San Diego CountyCredit Union, National University, NBC Universal, the
Union-Tribune
 and CNN.
Five local educatorswere selected from44 nominees andwere named SanDiego CountyTeachers of the Year.
California’s new (and old) governor, Democrat Jerry Brown.
 
 
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 The Spectrum/Features • November 2010
Homecoming Recap
The Spartan cheerleaders ride on on a CVFD retruck, a long-standing tradition at CVH.Homecoming Queen Erika Martinez and BMOC Jorge Sanchez.Homecoming princess Kim Encio and Andrew Klistoff (CVH alum) enjoy last Friday’s Homecoming Assembly.The Spirit Can is brought out by counselor Ms. Liliana Grossman.and senior KC Ondevilla.
HomecomingAssemblyHomecomingGame
A look at the Freshman oat and skit.A Spartans shows off some of the treats available at the Homecoming Dance.
Homecoming Dance

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