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Dec. 2012 issue

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  • W ith the ending of this years first se-mester, the freshmen have learned the hard way that testing at this school isnt as easy as it first seemed.

    Sophomores and juniors, having completed an entire school year or two here have even more experience with this concept. However, probably one of the most important tests these students have yet to take in their lives, is the Scholastic Ap-titude Test (SAT).

    Junior year is the year colleges look at most, and the SAT is among the most important scores for students to be ranked by, said Sandra Mendez (11).

    With the pressure the test brings, some stu-dents have even gone to desperate measures to as-sure themselves a good test score. A measly three months ago, six Long Island High School students paid a 19-year-old sophomore at Emory Universi-

    ty to take the SAT for them. They were, however, caught and charged with acts of misdemeanor by their school district according to The New York Times.

    If they didnt cheat and got a low score there wouldnt be a problem; they would just need to retake it, but since they cheated they had to face the consequences, said Brandy Chin (10).

    How much they knew about this exam may be unclear, but how much this schools students will know it will be soon enough. The junior class will be taking the SAT in March of 2012, and some students have already started to prepare.

    I receive daily SAT questions from college-board.com, so I use those to study for the exams. I also look at released SAT questions online, said Mendez.

    The College Board is actually the same organi-zation that administers the AP Exams juniors and

    sophomores will take in May. Since the AP cur-riculum revolves around a college reading level, the students are sharpening their reading skills as well as their vocabulary.

    The AP tests already over qualify us for the SAT. said Mendez. The SAT was written for students taking regular classes, and the AP classes are known to be on another level, therefore the AP tests are harder, Mendez added.

    With the intense academic rigor of this school and previous experience with College Board ex-ams, when the SAT testing time does arrive, the students hope to be ready.

    We will have some students who dont do as well as others, but overall our schools scores will be distributed in a bell curve shifted to the right. This means we will do better than mid-range. I have confidence in our students, said Principal Michael Hall.

    Lets see how much you know about the SAT! True False

    1. The test is not timed. 2. There are only three sections to the test.

    3. The best way to prepare for this exam is to take the PSAT.

    4. Anyone can afford to take the SAT.

    1. F

    alse

    2. T

    rue 3

    . Tru

    e 4. F

    alse

    Sucharita Yellapragadastaff member

    Volume 3, Issue 3

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  • Editors: Sucharita Yellapragada Josephine Espinoza Desiree Alcocer

    Graphics Editors: Jonathan Kwan Angelynn Jose

    Photo Editor: Karen Alvarado-Contreras

    Web Editor: Christopher Crawford

    Business Advisor: Richard Huynh

    Staff Members: Jorelyn Calam, Meziah Cristobal, Sirenio Gonzalez, Cindy Munoz, Aman Paneser, Sigrid Emmanuelle Panugao, Faviola Paz, Emily Wilburn

    Adviser: Rachel West

    The Wolves Chronicle newspaper is published quarterly and distributed free of charge. Our newspaper is an open forum for free student expression. Student editors and reporters make content and style decisions with the ad-viser offering guidance. Editorials reflect the view of the entire editorial board and therefore are unsigned. Opin-ion columns reflect the view of the writer. Readers are welcomed to write letters to the editor. We will make ev-ery effort to print any letters as long as it is not libelous. Letters longer than 250 words will be edited. Unsigned letters will be printed only in unusual circumstances, and only when we know who the writer is. Letters may be brought to the newspaper room, room 9, or emailed to [email protected]

    Stockton Early College Academy (SECA) is in its third year as a dependent charter school in the Stockton Unified School District in Stockton, CA. We currently have freshman, sophomore, and junior classes, with a population of 364 students. We are located at 640 N. San Joaquin St., Stockton, CA 95202.

    Our newspaper is published by Herburger Publica-tions in Galt, CA and distributed for free to all stu-dents.

    Go Timberwolves!

    Editorial POlicies About us

    Money is a factor in almost everything. One of the very few important aspects of society is money being spent on education. Education runs on money, because without it, it would be history. However, we, as the advocates for justice and equality, have seen how money has interfered with the natural order of education.

    We have read and seen how money has been used unjustly. It has been used to buy ones way out of taking the test themselves. It has been used to cheat.

    This was evident in the Long Island scandal in New York where students bought their way out of taking their Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), which we will not stand for. Not everyone can afford to buy their way out of educa-tion, nor is it a right for anyone to do so. Assiduous students around the world are deprived of fairness when such in-justice is permitted. The use of money to purchase ones way out of education is ludicrous.

    To most, money is scarce in the economy we are in. Not all of us have the luxury to pay someone $1,500 or $2,500 to take a test for us and even if we did, why would we waste it to pay a random individual who we cannot guarantee will do well? We are in the education program to learn

    through lectures, homework, and more work. Then we are given the op-portunity to prove our worth on tests. We are not in the program to have

    someone pretend to be us to do our part. As student journalists, we are taught to

    be ethical and fair in the stance we make. We were taught to present our topics in a justifiable way, even though we have measly voices. We speak how we choose to. It is understandable that to many, paying oth-ers to make school easy for them is needed because of the high expectations they may be under. However, this is never a reason to use wealth. Its called education for a reason and tests are taken to see whether or not individuals are prepared for the road that lies ahead of them. Paying others to cheat does not teach anyone anything. It just comes to prove how high-class societ-ies are taking advantage of the wealth they possess.

    We value education because this is where we started. This is where we will learn the necessities for adulthood. Money plays a factor in the process, but we truly do not

    stand for misdemeanors. Advocating to cheat our way out through money is simply unjustifiable.

    Congratulations Ashlee Cruz (11) for finding the word lash in the last issue (V3, I2)!

    Buying ones way out of education 12.09.11 3Editorial

    Wolves Chronicle Staff

    How to take part in the word hunt: Pick up the latest issue of the Wolves Chronicle and seek out the word of the issue. The word is in every single article! Highlight, underline, circle, etc. when you believe you have found the word. Submit it to Ms. West and claim your prize. Good luck, word hunters!

    Cartoon by: Jorelyn Calam

    Walking through the Depart-ment of Motor Vehicles (DMV) doors, students feel their tempera-ture rise and the pressure of pass-ing probably one of the most im-portant tests of their life.

    Its about time the words cars, students, and driving be-ing used in the same sentence. Now that some students are 16, or close to 16, they are beginning to take drivers education (drivers ed) and finally are getting their permit.

    I learned this year because I wanted to drive myself to places already so I wouldnt have to bug people for rides, said Rita Valdez (11).

    Valdez like other students such as Stephanie Braith-waite, Priya Patel, and Jacob Crone had to go through a few steps before actually obtaining their permit. Eventu-ally after six months with a permit, the student gets to also obtain their provisional drivers license. First, the student must take a class of drivers ed, either online or in an actual class, and complete it successfully.

    I wanted to take [drivers ed] online because it was more convenient for me and I could complete the lessons at my own pace, rather than the pace of a class, said Braithwaite (11).

    Next, they sign up for behind-the-wheel courses to have more practice driving. Finally, they take the certificate of completion to the DMV to take a written test.

    I was so nervous to take my test to get my license, like on the verge of tears nervous, said Braithwaite (11).

    Usually students would panic and think about the worst when it comes to taking the test, but what they need to remember is to be calm and think positively because after the test, the permit arrives.

    The worst that would happen is that I would have to

    take it again the next week. Afterwards though, I was ex-cited because I was one of the first students at SECA to get their permit, said Crone (11).

    Along with obtaining a permit/license, there comes in-dependence and freedom to go to more places without the need of asking people for rides.

    One of the biggest benefits of driving is the chance to be independent. Its nice not having to rely on my parents to drive me everywhere and Im sure they appreciate that too, said Braithwaite (11).

    As there a