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The Student News Site of Rock Ridge High School


The Student News Site of Rock Ridge High School


The Student News Site of Rock Ridge High School


It seems like nowadays Gen Z kids act very grown up. Instead of playing in playgrounds, they are running around Sephora. Instead of sending notes to each other in class, they are Snapping each other on Snapchat.  Why has this happened to Gen Z, and is it going to cause any lasting effects on the kids?
Maturity Levels are Getting Higher and Higher
Samantha Chang, Staff Writer
Nature has proven to provide great benefits to students especially during stressful testing periods, allowing for students to take their minds off of school for a brief moment in time.
Unwinding with Nature
Sitwat Mian, Graphic Editor
Although people can use peer pressure for good or bad, they can cross boundaries. Freshman Anika Ranadive believes that good peer pressure can cross a line, and there’s a point where it can get too far.   “Sometimes people don’t want to do something and your friends only want to support you,” Ranadive said. Even with good intentions, people should mind others and their space and boundaries.
Pushing Perimeters with Peer Pressure
Dayanna Anton and Aline Gonzalez

From the Students to the Stars

This year marks a 40-year-long tradition of celebration of teachers throughout one school week each May. The event takes place from May 6 to May 10. In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, students shared some of their favorite traits and moments with teachers from this year and from past years.
Fran Rodriguez
Every year since 1984, the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) has set aside one week of the year to recognize teachers for their dedication. Each year, a different prompt is given. This year the prompt is “Teachers are Shining Stars.”

Teacher Appreciation Week is from May 6 to May 10.  Teachers stand out from the many mentors children have in life, in that students spend a lot of their time with teachers, particularly in the United States: almost 8,884 hours of their lives. Educators have a significant impact on young minds, and some moments or experiences with teachers can become imprinted into kids’ memories for years to come. 

Sophomore Gabriella Rodriguez

Q: What are your favorite traits of teachers?

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A: I like it when they’re organized, and when they help me one on one, especially one on one because I’m bad at a lot of things unless it’s physically explained to me. I also like it when they’re kind and lenient with me being a slower learner. I like it when they accommodate my needs and are just genuinely easy to connect with.

Q: Who have been some of your favorite teachers, and what were your key moments with them?

A: Mr. Chung. I love him, he is so kind. I one time had a breakdown in his class because he joked about quitting. He’d been so kind, so nice, we connected about a show that he had in his classroom. Everything I needed in a teacher, he accommodated in every way I mentioned. Ms. Zapp and Mr. Koch are close second. Also, Ms. Gilfillan was a real one all the time, she let me snack in class, and nap when I was really tired.

Freshman Tanvi Khanna

Q: Teacher Appreciation week is coming up, what are some traits that you like in your teachers?

A: Showing me how to do stuff instead of getting mad at me for not understanding things right away. I really like it when they show me things, visually, and when they’re patient with me. I like it when they’re confident in their words, and make me believe them more.

Q: Are there any events that you’ve experienced, or any scenes you want to paint that have happened in the past, that were with a teacher whom you really appreciated, whom you treasured?

A: In grade eight, I had an English teacher named Mr. Chung. He was the best. He was a good teacher, he listened, he was fun, and, on the last couple days of school, he let everyone play Nintendo and our class spent time beating each other in Mario Kart.

Sophomore August Gay 

Q: What are some traits you find you appreciate in teachers?

A: I really like teachers who give me feedback on my work, and tell me what I did wrong and tell me how to correct it, instead of just grading. Another thing I like about a teacher I have, is a teacher who is engaging, even if it’s a less engaging subject. Like math, for example, which can be boring for some people, but a teacher who is really engaging will make [it] fun. I appreciate teachers who will walk around and look at your papers and see if you’re doing things wrong, and if you’re doing something wrong, they’ll come over and show you how to fix it.

Sophomore Anna Gonzalez 

Q: What are your favorite qualities in teachers?

A: I guess it depends on the type of teacher. For most teachers, I would say energetic. Not jumping around the whole classroom, but definitely engaging with students. Not very strict, but not too relaxed either. I like it when they have order, but can also be calm about it.

Q: What are some of the prime examples of this in teachers, who have been some of your favorite teachers, and maybe, a moment with them?

A: Mr. Bector is one of my favorite teachers from previous years, I still visit him to this day. He’s not my teacher anymore, but I go to his class and we have conversations, I can trust him. I can tell him my problems, and he listens. Mr .Pendergast is the same way. I feel like being easy to talk to is a really important quality.

The Rock Ridge community is so thankful for our teachers and their hard work. Teachers are an essential part of any society, they’re here so that future generations can advance society as a collective, and every day teachers’ work is one step they’re taking for all of humanity.

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Azciel Goodhart
Azciel Goodhart, Staff Writer
Azciel Goodhart is a sophomore and this is their first year on staff. In their free time, they enjoy swimming, knitting, and crocheting. They found their love for crocheting in 5th grade when they wanted to create a baby blanket for their teacher. Goodhart participates in the crew and swim team at Rock Ridge, as well as the philosophy club. They also hope to continue their love for chorus through Rockapella. One piece of advice that they carry with them is “one more.” They began to hear it in swim and crew, and they use it day to day to help motivate them to keep pushing.
Fran Rodriguez
Fran Rodriguez, Staff Writer
Francisco Rodriguez is a freshman staff writer for The Blaze, and it is his first year on staff. He wanted to join the school newspaper because he saw a particular interest in the class and likes reading about current events as well as keeping up with the news. Although temporarily injured, Francisco loves playing soccer, being with his family and friends, relaxing on his phone, and listening to music in his free time. If he could ever give himself advice, he would tell himself to talk more and to ask more questions to help him grow.

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