Norse Notes The Student News Site of Oakmont High School Fri, 30 Aug 2019 17:33:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sitting, Chilling at the Holliday Inn Fri, 30 Aug 2019 17:33:17 +0000 This school year, Cody Holliday became a special education teacher after years of being a paraeducator here on campus.

“I chose Oakmont because it’s been my home for the last six years,” Holliday said. “[I’ve been a] paraeducator here since 2013. I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else.”

Mr. Holliday teaches in the Severe Multiple Disabilities (SMD) Program. He also teaches Independent Living Skills and Functional Academics. This is his first year of teaching, but he has been a paraeducator with RJUHSD for 12 years. Mr. Holliday wants to help the students of Oakmont and make an impact on students’ lives.

“Its okay to make mistakes,” Holliday said. “Let’s learn from it together.

Mr. Holliday graduated in 2005 from Chico State with a BA in Social Science. He is a fan of Ohio State University’s sports teams. He is also an avid runner, and completed a marathon in March called Ruck a Chuck 50k.

“I knew in high school I wanted to be a teacher. I wanted to make an impact [on] kids’s lives,” Holliday said. “Especially now with my current position, I know I’m doing that!”

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Welcome to Oakmont! Thu, 29 Aug 2019 17:47:45 +0000 This is Isabel Sandoval’s first year teaching individual living skills and functional education on campus.

“I have been teaching for four years and all of them have been as a special education teacher,” Sandoval said.

Ms. Sandoval is going on her fifth year of teaching and has prior teaching experience before her journey to Oakmont.

“I am from the Bay Area. I worked at Fremont High School in Sunnyvale,” Sandoval said.

Ms. Sandoval really enjoys the curriculum that she teaches. She loves to help those with disabilities and has turned that love into a profession. 

“I teach the FSP (functional skills program),” Sandoval said. “Two are Functional Academics, and one is an Independent Living Skills class. 

“Since a young age, I wanted to work with individuals with disabilities,”  Sandoval said. 

Ms. Sandoval, just like all teachers, has her own form of teaching style. Teaching styles can vary from a very relaxed environment to a rigorous one. 

“My teaching style varies,”  Sandoval said. “If I were to use one word, it would be ‘structured’. I am flexible when needed. Having structure in the classroom is very important.” 

Just like anyone pursuing their passion, Ms. Sandoval was struck with inspiration. It was a type of inspiration that motivated her to pursue what she loves.  

“My siblings were the reason I got into teaching,” Sandoval said. “I have two older siblings with disabilities who have inspired me to work with other individuals like them.”

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Teaching with Trimble Thu, 29 Aug 2019 17:44:14 +0000 Math teacher, Beth Trimble, has always had a passion for mathematics and the various ways it is applied in the world.

The majority of people do not enjoy math, but for Ms. Trimble that was never the case.

“You hear people say how terrible math is all the time and I just thought that it was a shame,” Trimble said.

Math is applied to multiple aspects of the digital world, motivating Trimble to teach the basic component.

“Math really does make the world go round,” Trimble said. “Our cellphones and Netflix. Everything is based on that.”

Ms. Trimble did not know right away that she wanted to teach, so she pursued another career involving elements of math.

“I was a pharmacy technician for a long time,” Trimble said.

After a while, Ms. Trimble decided that she wants to pursue math full time and has been teaching for 12 years.

Recently, Ms. Trimble decided she wants to gain a greater volume of math.

“I decided to go back to school to get my masters so that I can do more math,”Trimble said.

She considers this decision a positive in her life and enjoys spending her free time learning more of what she loves. 

“It’s a hobby with a benefit that I get,” Trimble said.

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Teaching Thomas Thu, 29 Aug 2019 17:40:10 +0000 Chay Thomas is a new English teacher here on campus this year. She is currently teaching English 10 and Honors English 10.

“I have taught at Scotts Valley High School, C.K. McClatchy High School, and now Oakmont High School,” Ms. Thomas said.

Ms. Thomas enjoys teaching for several reasons. She wishes to help students who tend to have difficulty with learning.

“This is my third year teaching,” Ms. Thomas said. “I wanted to help make a difference for students who struggle.”

Ms. Thomas has several techniques to try and progress a student’s learning goals.

“I think that I am a reasonable teacher,” Ms. Thomas said. “I try to be fair, but approachable.”

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TikTok Famous Tue, 27 Aug 2019 17:29:47 +0000 Sophomore Ethan Montgomery has amassed a large following on the popular app TikTok through his many videos of him dancing and making others laugh.

“I started making TikToks because I wanted to make an impact on others, and I wanted to be something more,” Montgomery said.

Montgomery made TikToks for one week before one of his short videos of him dancing had over 500 thousand views. 

“When I got so many views, it was mind-blowing and I was so in awe,” Montgomery said. “I could barely sleep, because I was so excited.”

However, Montgomery does not let this fame and excitement interrupt his school work.

“My main focus has always been education,” Montgomery said. “I think TikTok is just for on the side.”

He has accumulated over 320 thousand likes on his 46 posted videos. Montgomery hopes to reach 100 thousand followers on his TikTok account, @ethothecat.

“To become famous on TikTok, don’t have your main focus be getting famous,” Montgomery said. “If your main focus is to have fun, the views and likes will come eventually.”

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New spots on Sunrise Tue, 27 Aug 2019 17:08:02 +0000

As of this year, a few eateries such as: The Bomb Tea Shop, Tea Republic, and Bonsai Japanese Cuisine have opened up on Sunrise Blvd and are beginning to attract many Oakmont students.

As a selfless act of community service, I took it upon myself to go to each establishment and sample the most popular items on their menu.

First, I went to The Bomb Tea Shop. My initial impression was that it was very chic and futuristic. It had a monochromatic theme of varying off-white colors and felt very spacious. I asked for their most popular order, and I was presented with the Matcha Sakura (rose milk with matcha green tea) with boba pearls. I liked how I was able to watch the employees make the drink and how there were board games available for customer use. They were quick since I did not wait more than five minutes for my order. The drink appeared bland, but the flavor of it was very sweet and something I had not expected. As for their boba, it was the perfect texture. I would more than likely go there again for boba in the future.

Next, I went across the street to Tea Republic. Their aesthetic was more modern and had a nature ambiance than the first shop. It had a lot of natural-toned decorations. Again, I asked for their most popular drink and they began to tell me about the Autumn Fairy with lychee jelly. The wait was a lot longer than the previous shop, about ten minutes to be specific. When I got my drink, I was immediately drawn to how visually appealing it was. This was not just a drink–it was art. It was very refreshing, and quite simply tasted like summer. At the bottom, it had raspberry green tea and chopped strawberries and was topped off with sparkling water. I am definitely going to be a frequent customer.

Finally, I stopped at Bonsai Japanese Cuisine. When I walked in, I was immediately seated at a  booth by a waiter. Their establishment was very spacious and had a modern vibe to it. There was a lot of wooden furniture and red cloth for decorations. The waiter and the entire staff were incredibly kind and on top of their work. My glass was always filled with water, and I did not have to ask for anything. Once again, I asked for their most popular entrees. I got the four seasons roll and the spicy tuna roll. The wait for the food was reasonable, about ten minutes, which during that time, they served complimentary edamame. When it arrived, it was very visually appealing and appeared and smelled very fresh. The sushi itself tasted amazing and the customer service was phenomenal. I recommend this as a date-spot. However, I will most likely be a solo diner when I return in the near future, since the sushi was that amazing.

Ultimately, these three new establishments are all relatively inexpensive and very enjoyable. I think they are going to become my go-to stops when I am craving sushi or tea, and I would definitely recommend them to anyone in the same situation.

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Vikings start victorious Sat, 24 Aug 2019 20:37:54 +0000 Oakmont Vikings football ended their first game of the season victorious against Rodriguez High School with a final score of 35-2.

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Becoming Bacchi Fri, 23 Aug 2019 17:51:20 +0000 Ever since Lane Bacchi was younger, he knew exactly what he wanted to do with his life, which was to become a teacher.

“[I have] loved coaching and tutoring students since I was little,” Bacchi said.

Mr. Bacchi went to American River College, and later transferred to UC Santa Cruz to get his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and his master’s degree in education. He graduated from college in 2013, and then immediately started his teaching career.

At his previous school, Mr. Bacchi coached frosh basketball, and is now the girls’ varsity and junior varsity tennis coach for Oakmont.

“I love building connections with students inside and outside of the classroom,” Bacchi said.

This will be Mr. Bacchi’s seventh year as a teacher. He will be teaching IM3, credit recovery math, and IB HL math.

In his free time, Mr. Bacchi enjoys listening to music and staying fit by playing basketball, tennis, or going to the gym. He also enjoys going to Sacramento Kings games whenever he has time.

“[My advice to students is] to stay motivated and work hard,” Bacchi said. “Eventually, you will find something you are passionate about and truly enjoy.”

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Driven to Help Fri, 23 Aug 2019 17:42:57 +0000 Stephany Aguirre is a new math teacher on campus this year whose entire life has revolved around the desire to help others. 

“I went into Cal State Fullerton with [an intent to pursue a] pre-law major,” Aguirre said.

When Ms. Aguirre was younger, she saw many people receive lengthy sentences that she felt were unfair. She wanted to make a difference by helping deserving clients win their cases.

“I wanted to help out minorities and people with low socioeconomic backgrounds,” she said.

However, Aguirre unexpectedly changed her major to mathematics on the day before her college orientation.

“I did what was called supplemental instruction,” Aguirre said. “I ran [a] workshop for classes that have a high expectation of failure.”

This experience led her to realize she wanted to teach mathematics at the secondary school level.

“My parents almost got deported by ICE, so I became a mini-lawyer to figure out how to get them out of there,” Aguirre said.

Her parents have always been the most inspiring people in her life, so she has always tried to lead by their example.

“Students have trust and a relationship with me and I think that’s the interesting part of my job,” Aguirre said.

Through these bonds with students, Aguirre gets to help them with not just math, but with challenges in their personal life. 

“One of my goals as a teacher is to show my students that they have a voice,” Aguirre said.

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1-on-1 with Mr. Kentris Fri, 23 Aug 2019 17:37:45 +0000 With the start of the new school year, the Oakmont family welcomed many new teachers, including the new Activities Director and Student Government teacher, Michael Kentris.

“I spent [my] first eight years teaching in Castro Valley High School down in the bay area,” Kentris said. “I was a history teacher and football coach for the first four years, and then activities director for the last four years.” 

Kentris went to UC Davis to get his bachelor’s degree in history and minored in education. Later, he went to California State University, East Bay to get his masters in educational curriculum. 

 “[Oakmont] is a little different [than Castro Valley] in the four by four schedule with four classes in one semester and four another semester,” Kentris said. “It starts earlier, 7:45 is a little early [because] I’m not the biggest morning person, but I am definitely adjusting.” 

As a student government teacher, he wants to be able to make everyone happy.

“[This year] I just really want to try to build Oakmont’s family as much as possible,” Kentris said. “I want to see students involved, I want to see people enjoy themselves.”

Although it is only Kentris’s first year at Oakmont, his students are already familiar with his interests and hobbies such as watching, coaching, and playing sports. What people may be surprised to find out though, is that he loves the arts.

“I am really passionate about the arts, which can be kind of a curve ball, because I’m a big sports person,” Kentris said.  “I love Broadway shows, as crazy as that may sound.” 

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