A required personal finance course leads to an unsatisfied senior class

A required personal finance course leads to an unsatisfied senior class

  When it was formally announced that an online personal finance course would become a graduation requirement for the class of 2016 and onwards, a virtual groan could be heard from the students at Granite Bay High.

  Parents, however, believed that the course was much needed and would provide their children with the necessary knowledge to manage their finances in the future.

  The course was first implemented in the fall of 2015 for the seniors in the class of 2016 to complete by the end of their senior year.

  Now, the course is made available to students at the beginning of their junior year and is required to be completed by mid-April of their senior year, giving students roughly a year and a half to fulfill the requirement.

  If students do not finish the course, they risk not being able to graduate and missing numerous senior events, such as Senior Ball and the senior picnic.

  Although 18 months seems like plenty of time, many students still find themselves in the spring of their senior year without having completed the requirement. Continue reading “A required personal finance course leads to an unsatisfied senior class”

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The amount of computer-based classes increases at GBHS

The amount of computer-based classes increases at GBHS

  Over the past few years, our world has experienced a substantial surge in technology, creating a relatively new requirement in the job realm for both students and adults across the globe.

  Without computer skills, it has become increasingly difficult to attain entry-level jobs in various fields, including business and media.

  Businesses have begun to prefer workers who are able to effectively problem solve using the resources that they have, especially in the world of technology.

  To equip students with such skills as they enter the workforce, schools, such as Granite Bay High School, have begun incorporating optional computer classes into their curriculum.

  At the moment, GBHS has a total of four computer-based courses available for students to take on campus.

  These classes include Information Technology Essentials (GBiT), Technology Leadership (GBiT), Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles and Exploring Computer Science. All four of these classes are taught by GBHS staff member Marc Imrie. Continue reading “The amount of computer-based classes increases at GBHS”

Annual Europe Senior Trip stirs unrest as numerous terrorist attacks occur in the continent

Annual Europe Senior Trip stirs unrest as numerous terrorist attacks occur in the continent

Double Byline: Written by Surina Khurana (skhurana.gazette@gmail.com) and Natasha Chanda (nchanda.gazette@gmail.com)

   For as long as students, parents and teachers can remember, the Granite Bay High School senior class has been provided with an opportunity to tour a few of the many European countries during the summer after they graduate.

  The Europe trip, organized by Education First (EF) Tours, usually departs during June and costs around $4800 per student. That price includes the flight, hotels, transportation and all meals except lunch.  

  Next year, students of the class of 2017 are scheduled to depart for Lisbon on June 10, 2017 and return on June 26, 2017 from Lucerne, totalling about 17 days with approximately one or two days in each city.

  The tour is scheduled to stop at Lisbon, Costa del Sol, Madrid, Prado, Barcelona, French Riviera, Monaco, Cinque Terre, Morocco, Venice and Lucerne, with some smaller stops along the way.

  Seniors are encouraged to go on this trip by Mike Valentine and Brandon Dell’Orto, two of Granite Bay High’s Advanced Placement history teachers and the trip chaperones.

  They emphasize that this tour may be the last opportunity many of these seniors will have to see such as vast amount of Europe at one time.

   “For a lot of the kids, this might be there one time in their life to go to Europe,” Dell’Orto said. “They probably won’t go again.”

  The circumstances regarding this year’s enrollment, however, have proven to be slightly different than past years for one particular reason.

  In recent months, the European continent has faced multiple terror attacks, raising a concern of safety and security for students who are considering going on the trip.

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Day at the Bay: A yearly tradition at GBHS

Day at the Bay: A yearly tradition at GBHS

  It has officially reached that point in the year when counting down the days until school is out is actually a  reasonable task.

  With less than one month of school left, AP and IB testing is mostly over, and students can look forward to one of the most anticipated days of the year – Day at the Bay.

  Day at the Bay is Granite Bay High School’s miniature version of a water park.

  The pool is open to students, and inflatable water rides are scattered throughout the quad for all of the students to enjoy.

  Day at the Bay has been a tradition at GBHS since 1997, one year after the school opened, and doesn’t seem as though it will be ending anytime soon.

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Non-Mr. Grizzly stirs controversy in the Granite Bay community

Non-Mr. Grizzly stirs controversy in the Granite Bay community

Two of Granite Bay’s highly anticipated events, Junior Prom and Mr. Grizzly made their way back into the spring semester, dissolving the upset amongst upperclassmen. However  both events did not settle well amongst some of the Granite Bay community.

  This time last year, Granite Bay High School students were gearing up for one of the school’s most anticipated events – Mr. Grizzly, a male beauty pageant fundraiser for charity.

  However, this year, the event was canceled by the administration early in the school year, causing much negativity and disappointment among many students.

  Some say the event was canceled because of problems that occurred during last year’s event, such as the poor treatment of GBHS property such as microphones.

  But despite the cancellation, some GBHS seniors decided to host a Mr. Grizzly fundraiser themselves on Jan. 23. They said the decisions and actions of former seniors shouldn’t affect this year’s event.

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Reinstatement of Junior Prom creates mixed emotions

Reinstatement of Junior Prom creates mixed emotions

 Junior Prom – not Non-Prom, the unofficial event that’s been held for two years, but an official Junior Prom at Granite Bay High  – is finally happening.

  Many are glad to welcome it back.

 The prom was first cancelled in the spring of 2012, resulting in major disappointment from students who were planning to attend.

  For two years, junior students held a “Non-Prom” separately from the school and donated the proceeds to charity. Attendance was high ‒ however, the school still didn’t have an efficient way of compensating for the losses the event had been generating.

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