STAR Test to be Replaced by New Exam

BRIANA THAI Staff Writer As of Jan. 7, California’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson called for major alterations in the yearly standardized tests. By 2015, the test many students grew up taking will be replaced by an electronic, more in-depth exam called “Smarter Balanced.” For almost 30 years, California students took the same statewide test, called California Assessment

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AHS Student Participates in Rose Parade

JACQUELYN LOI Staff Writer The 125th annual Rose Parade was held this year on Jan. 1. The Rose Parade, traditionally known as the Tournament of Roses Parade, is a festival celebrated with flower-covered floats, marching bands and equestrians, a rider or performer on horseback. The Rose Parade, which takes place in Pasadena, is viewed by an estimate of 700,000 people

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The Factory of Graduates

CINDY LUO Staff Writer Due to states allocating funding for public universities based on graduation rates, universities are proposing new ways to graduate more students more efficiently. For instance, some schools are changing graduation requirements and others are letting students use credits earned by taking online courses. Though it is understandable that colleges are under the pressure of graduating students

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The Principle Goal of Our Principal

ELTON HO Staff Writer With 2013 drawn to a close, the school year begins its transition into the second semester. Naturally, newly appointed principal Duane Russell has ambitions for the next phase of his inaugural year at AHS. He wishes to allow AHS to continue down the auspicious path it is currently on, referring to it as a great school.

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Educators’ Efforts for the New Year

JANET GUAN Staff Writer The start of a new year calls for new goals to set or the continuation of goals to work towards. Many New Year’s resolutions are very self-improvement based, from changing eating habits to pushing for more exercise. However, teachers create goals that push not only themselves, but also the class as a whole. Educators’ motivation affects

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Procrastination Abomination

REBECCA ZENG Staff Writer “Stop procrastinating!” This is a fairly common New Year’s resolution for high school students. The process of pocrastination begins as simple, everyday laziness, such as not wanting to wake up early or complete homework ssignments. The priorities of everyday asks diminish gradually, until the next year rolls around and a majority of the people feel the

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