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Halloween Costume Ideas

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With Halloween just around the corner, people are starting to wonder what they will dress up as. With homework and extra-curriculars, it’s hard to set aside time for costume ideas. But have no fear! Below is a list of creative and easy to make costume ideas that should make you stand out from all the witches and superheros this Halloween!

1. Grim Reaper on Vacation:

Get a hooded cape, or just buy or make a Grim Reaper outfit. Then wear a flowered necklace like a lei, a camera around your neck, paint your nose white (how lifeguards wear sun screen), and carry around a map.

2. Cereal Killer:

Get some old clothes and make sure they’re dirty and torn, and smear in some fake blood. Also carry a fake, bloody knife. Attach labels or actual mini cereal boxes all over your clothes.

3. Becoming René Magritte’s “The Son of Man” :

You know that painting with a man in a suit with a green apple in front his face? You can replicate that by wearing or borrowing a suit, and a dark bowl hat. Then all you need is a photograph or a high quality printout of a green apple to cut out and attach to the hat brim. You might want to poke some holes so that you can see where you’re going!

4. French Kiss

Dress like a stereotypical French person, with black and white stripes, a beret, a red scarf, and a baguette. To complete the costume, use black and white face paint to recreate the dramatic look of the band Kiss.

5. Jet Pack

Get a pair of two liter soda bottles and paint them whatever color you want, although something like black or gray is suggested. Use yellow, orange, and red construction paper to cut out some flames. Glue those flames to the openings of the bottles, and add some string for straps.

6. Self-Portrait:

Wear a shirt that is light-colored enough for you to sign your name in the bottom corner. Make a picture frame out of cardboard or wood. When people ask what you are hold up your picture frame. The frame should be big enough so that from waist up you are in the frame and your signature is in the bottom corner like a portrait.

7. Blues Clues

Wear a light blue sweat suit. Make a blue Dog Ear Headband to wear. Cut different sized circles out of dark blue felt. Use tacky glue to attach your spots all over your sweat suit. Use felt or even construction paper and cut out a short tail; use a safety pin and attach it to the back of your sweatpants. Use black eye-liner or face paint and make yourself a black nose to complete your costume.

8. Chick Magnet

Get a sweatshirt or t-shirt, self-adheasive velcro strips, and some small rubber ducks. Cut the velcro at stick the pieces to the bottom of the ducks and the other side to the velcro to your shirt. Stick the ducks all over your top and you’re set!

9.  The Classic Ghost Costume

Not feeling very creative? Go with the classic easy to make ghost costume. Get a large piece of white cloth you won’t be using anymore, and poke two holes towards the center for your eyes. Don’t forget to say BOO! when you go trick-or-treating!

10. Grapes

Get a bunch of balloons (of the same color, like green or purple), and attach them to a shirt. If you want to go the extra step, make a wreath out of leaves to put on your head. Just make sure nobody pops them!

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A Look Into the Institute for Applied Learning

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As the student body heard during assembly on Friday, September 20, The Institute for Applied Learning, is making its debut this school year. After the assembly students were left wondering more about the Institute for Applied Learning. Director of Global Studies Sara McKenna was able to answer many of their questions, and share some of the new programs background.

The Head of School Rob Lake founded the Institute For Applied Learning, believing that the School was not taking full advantage of the surrounding research centers, universities, community service opportunities, and major companies. The Institute for Applied Learning was born from the belief that students should be doing more, and experiencing more.  Saya McKenna explained why she became interested in the program: “It was initially inbound outbound travel. I see global citizenship as something more than that; I see it as more expansive. So I have just been interested in trying to help students gain an experience outside of the classroom.”

The Institute for Applied Learning is a new resource center located in room 501. It is a way for students to explore any of their interests, academic or not. McKenna stated, “It doesn’t take place in a traditional classroom. It’s about taking ideas that you may have encountered in the classroom and then bringing them to life in a real world scenario.” These opportunities include internships, global travel, online classes, and even competitions.

The Institute for Applied Learning is less about creating a new programs, and more about organizing opportunities that already exist and making them more accessible to everyone in the student body. There are three ways that the Institute for Applied Learning is going about the accessibility. The first is a Database. The database will contain the names and information of all the programs, internships, and Alumni ties the School has. The database will make it quick and simple to find a program that matches the needs of any particular student. Second, the Institute for Applied Learning is focusing largely on the idea of networking. The School will be developing connections with alumni, and parents, in any way possible. These connections will allow the School to build up the new database. Third, upon returning from an experience, the students will be able to explore their interests within the class room as well with the teachers through writing or projects.

Through the Institute for Applied Learning, students can to explore their alternative interests inside and outside the classroom. Overall, the Institute For Applied Learning will open up more experiences for students, such as opportunities usually found in colleges. The School has most certainly achieved Lake’s goals in an exceptional way.

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High School Student-Stereotypes: Which One Are You?

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Students enjoying their lunch together on the patio.

Students enjoying their lunch together on the patio.

Lex Nunno

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High school is a land full of student stereotypes. Reporter Xena Wolf categorizes a few of these cliche student types.

The Overachiever:

The classic driven, goal-oriented student, the Overachiever is well known for their large repertoire of premature AP classes, math multiple levels ahead of the norm, countless extracurriculars, and straight A’s.  The Overachiever often proceeds to an Ivy League education, and emerges with a career along the lines of doctor, lawyer, or big-businessman or -woman.  The Overachiever is closely related to the Easy-A and the Insomniac and, in some cases, has been known to evolve into the Do-Gooder.

The What-Is-Happening-Where-Am-I-Going:

New to the School and with a non-existent sense of direction, the What-Is-Happening-Where-Am-I-Going is famously late to class, delayed by illogically numbered rooms, a lost schedule, and superfluous stairs.  A frantic halo of frizzy hair is not required, but quite common, as are lost homework assignments and a lack of relaxing free time.  The What-Is-Happening-Where-Am-I-Going often progresses to the Insomniac.

The Easy-A:

Nearly identical to the Overachiever, the main quality that differentiates the two is that the Easy-A doesn’t try as hard.  Good grades come naturally; assignments are always completed quickly and proficiently, and tests are aced with little preparation.  It is common for the Easy-A to have fewer extracurriculars than the Overachiever, though that varies from case to case.  With all their free time, the Easy-A occasionally doubles as the Gossip or the Bookworm.

The Insomniac:

The Insomniac pulls off the remarkable feat of surviving on little to no sleep on a daily basis.  Requiring inhumanly small amounts of real rest, they thrive on caffeine and often spend their lunch break sound asleep, waking just in time to rush off to class.  Homework assignments that are turned in via email are sent not late at night, but very, very early in the morning.  Uncombed hair and no breakfast are a norm, as the Insomniac commonly sleeps through their alarm and must make a mad dash to get to their first class on time.  At times, the Insomniac is interchangeable with the What-Is-Happening-Where-Am-I-Going, though they are  frantic for slightly different reasons.

The Gossip:

Renowned for their inability to keep the smallest secret, the Gossip preys on any embarrassment or abnormality that they can find (or imagine) in any of their peers.  They spend their free time texting and chatting with their friends, usually fellow Gossips as most non-Gossips find them difficult to tolerate for long periods of time.  Because of this, Gossips tend to travel in packs, rarely venturing far from their phones or friends.  They are very closely related to the Texting Addict.

The Do-Gooder:

The Do-Gooder lives to make the world a better place.  Constantly hosting fundraisers and doing community service, they are slightly obsessed with charity and are always recruiting other students to the Do-Gooder side.  From volunteering at the local animal shelter to raising money for underprivileged children, they are always on the move, leaving no free time for themselves.  They will often go on to become charity workers at large companies or a helping hand in small communities.

The Bookworm:

The Bookworm loves more than anything to settle down with a good book and read it cover to cover.  Everywhere they go, from the School to the dentist to a nice restaurant, they have a book (or two).  They spend free periods, breaks, and even passing periods with their nose buried in the pages of an adventure or a romance or a philosophical debate.  A distant relative of the Easy-A and the Overachiever, the Bookworm is never bored as long as they have something to read.

The Jock:

Known throughout the School for their athletic diversity, the Jock plays just about every sport known to man.  Missing last period most days of the week, they play on countless varsity and club teams.  The Jock sometimes overlaps with the Bodybuilder, as they must work out often to stay in shape for their year-round sports.  They are almost always recruited by big name colleges, and occasionally even go on to become a pro-athlete.

The Lunch-Misser:

The Lunch Misser has so many extracurricular interests and activities that most of their lunches (or sometimes all) are spent in club meetings.  Despite their many clubs, the Lunch Misser is disappointed every year by all the clubs that meet at lunch that they just won’t have time to join, so they go to after school meetings as well.  Commonly linked to the Do-Gooder and slightly similar to the What-Is-Happening-Where-Am-I-Going and the Insomniac, Lunch Missers will have plenty to list on their college application transcripts.

The Bodybuilder:

The Bodybuilder spends free periods, breaks, and even lunches working out in the School’s Fitness Room.  Often with little interest in team sports (though on some occasions doubling as the Jock), they focus on building up their strength; their toned muscles are their pride and joy.  The Bodybuilder will always tell anyone who will listen about how their six pack is coming along, craving well-deserved recognition for their hard work.  Lifting weights is of far more interest than homework or other extracurriculars to the Bodybuilder; if one is ever searching for them, one needs to look no farther than the gym.

The Texting Addict:

Glued to their phone at all hours of the day, the Texting Addict considers texting the preferable mode of communication.  When absolutely necessary, they will speak out loud, but even when sitting right next to a friend, they prefer to speak via text.  The Texting Addict has been witnessed to text while walking between classes, an impressive feat even without so many stairs in the way.  Their phone has been confiscated during class on countless occasions, though they always seem to get it back somehow.  The Texting Addict is the electronic cousin of the Gossip.

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Head-Royce Students Study Abroad

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This year, Juniors Tati Doyle and Jessica Tu decided to try something new with what can be called a drastic relocation. They chose to follow the example of many brave students before them and spend a year abroad. Doyle and Tu traveled about 6,000 miles to the bustling city of Beijing, China where they currently reside with host families that only speak Chinese. There are many reasons for traveling abroad. Doyle explained, “I’m a lifer [at the School], so I wanted to try something different from what I was used to and hopefully pick up a new language while I’m here. I studied Chinese for five years at [the School] before coming to China.”

As for a new cultural experience, many students abroad enjoy the novelties of living somewhere, quite literally, worlds away. “My friends and I love walking around the city and discovering new places that we haven’t been to. Since we’ve only been here three weeks, there are a lot! My favorite thing we’ve done so far is probably visit the 798 Art District, an area in Beijing where old warehouses were converted into art galleries,” said Doyle.

In addition to exploring the city, Doyle is also studying Chinese, Pre Calculus, Chinese History, and English Literature regarding China. Tu is participating in the same program. She described her take on the schooling system, “I’m…studying at a high school [in Beijing]. Even though I’m at a school in China, I’m essentially at a school in the US that just studies two hours of Chinese each day. I don’t take any classes with any locals. All my classes are in English except for Chinese. I take Chinese, English, Chinese history, and [Pre Calculus Honors].” While the School community misses them, they are enjoying their time enriching their education and exploring a new culture. As for the rest of her time there Doyle said, “I plan to try to make the most of my time in Beijing.”

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Playlist of the Week: Adrian Correa

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For the Hawk’s Eye’s first “Playlist of the Week” segment, Spanish teacher Adrian Correa shares his top 15 songs:

1. Safe and Sound, Capital Cities

2. Red Hands, Walk on Earth

3. Love Somebody, Maroon 5

4. Treasure, Bruno Mars

5. Applause, Lady Gaga

6. Molto Calmo, Neffa

7. La Notte dei Desideri, Jovanotti

8. Little Lion Man, Mumford and Sons

9. Insieme Finire, Biagio Antonacci

10. Catch My Breath, Kelly Clarkson

11. Just Say Yes, Snow Patrol

12. Put the Gun Down, ZZ Ward

13. Ho Hey, The Lumineers

14. Home, Phillip Phillips

15. Don’t Stop Believing, Journey

Fall Sports Update

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As the first month of school is comes to a close, the School’s fall varsity sports teams have achieved very impressive starts.  To start out, the Women’s Tennis Team achieved a 4-1 record, with a very impressive win against Bishop O’Dowd and a very close loss to a much bigger Castro Valley team.  With league play coming up, the tennis squad looks forward to facing their rivals after a challenging preleague schedule.

Much like the tennis team, both the Mens and Womens Cross Country teams have had great seasons thus far.  At the very first league meet, the women finished in third while the men earned a second place finish.  With more experienced runners, the team looks to carry their momentum throughout league meets.

Despite the loss of ten seniors, the Men’s Varsity Soccer Team scores nearly four goals a game.  It looks like the team picked up right where they left off last season and looks forward to replicating last season’s success.

Last but not least, the Women’s Varsity Volleyball Team, a team that has also lost many players due to graduation, managed a respectable 6-6 record after facing teams with much more experienced players such as St. Joseph Notre Dame and Branson.  Despite the early losses, the team is optimistic to compete for a league title as they have won their first three league games.

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New Prom Chairs

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The School year has just started, and although May feels far away, Prom Chairs Giovanni Ramirez and Gianni Zografos are busy trying to plan a fabulous prom. Ramirez described the plans so far: “We have a theme, Asian Casino from Skyfall. We have a company that will set up a casino-like area. We are just trying to find a venue that will fit our theme.”

Every year, the prom chairs have the challenge of raising money in order to make prom tickets affordable. Zografos stated, “We’re are planning on doing bake sales, [including] specialized sales, like samosa sales…and [foods] that are not just standard bake sale [goods].” Ramirez added, “We might sell drinks and ice cream at the Walk a Thon. At the Halloween Fair, we might plan a dance afterwards [to raise money].”

Even though planning prom is a challenging task, Zografos and Ramirez really like being prom chairs. Ramirez stated, “It’s a lot of work, but yeah, it’s enjoyable.” Zografos stated, “It’s fun looking for directions, venues, and themes.”

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Colla Voce to go on Annual Retreat

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Colla Voce teacher Bob Wells poses with the 2011-2012 choir on their trip to South Africa.

Colla Voce teacher Bob Wells poses with the 2011-2012 choir on their trip to South Africa.

Colla Voce teacher Bob Wells poses with the 2011-2012 choir on their trip to South Africa.

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Colla Voce is attending their annual three-day workshop at the Choral Institute along with about five other schools in the area. This workshop will be held in Occidental, California from September 20th to the 22nd. Bob Wells, the director of Colla Voce, will be taking the kids down to Occidental, near Bodega Bay, which is about an hour and half journey. They will be singing with some of the elite schools from the area including: the San Francisco School of the Arts, Piedmont Choir, and the Acalanes Choir. Their big piece will be, “Francesco Durante’s, Magnificant. It is a setting of a Latin text, it’s about 15-20 minute work” Wells said. The workshop contains about 150 students who will work together with the directors, and receive constructive criticism on their performance as a whole. They will also be singing with a professional choir in San Francisco called Volti. These professional singers will work with the school choirs to help them perfect their singing as well learn their music. This trip is also a way for the new group to build chemistry and bond as a choir. The students will sleep in cabins, have campfires, and do bonding activities with all of the high schools as well as the individual choirs. This specific workshop is not meant to be a competition. It is meant to be a learning experience for Colla Voce to help them improve their repertoire.

A typical day consists of waking up fairly early, eating breakfast as individual schools, and then rehearsing their set in between breakfast and lunch. After lunch the individual choirs do different workshops and activities before dinner. There will be a school campfire at the end of the day. Sunday morning, the parents come to pick up their kids and the choir performs for them at 11:00am. Then they go home and arrive back at school at around 2pm.

Photo Credit: http://southafricatrip.headroyce.org/

Ultimate Frisbee Team

The 2013 Head-Royce Ultimate team.

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As the Ultimate Frisbee team enters its second year as a sport at the School, the team looks forward to the new challenges that await them. In its first year as a sport at the School, the team practiced continuously throughout the winter and spring, familiarizing themselves with the game and different aspects to it. By the end of the year the team had placed 5th at Spaghetti Westerns, one of the biggest tournaments held each year in California. This coming season, the team is looking to expand on their initial success and catapult themselves into bigger tournaments. Max Duesberg, Co-Captain of the team said, “I expect us to challenge the top teams in the Bay Area. I believe our team can consistently place at least top three in all tournaments. My ultimate goal for this team would be to make the finals in State.” The team consists of primarily seniors, who are looking to make the best of there last year at the School, but are welcome to any and all other grade levels who want to come out and join the team.

Photo Credit: Lex Nunno

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September 11 Remembrance

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Remembering September 11th

Remembering September 11th

Remembering September 11th

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September 11th, 2001 was a day of overwhelming sadness, confusion and anger for the United States, and many other parts of the world. The attacks on the Twin Towers, The Pentagon and a failed attempt on the Capitol building shocked everyone across the nation. These acts of terrorism have permanently altered the way we live and travel, and have forever changed our perception of security.  However close we were in relation to the terrorist attacks, September 11th struck fear, anger and confusion into all of our hearts. The horror of such an attack on American soil reverberated on a global scale, and nations all over the world expressed their disbelief and outrage. With the senseless loss of over 2,500 American lives, the United States of America was forced to confront a new sense of vulnerability and fear. This day has forever changed our sense of security and will always be remembered.

September 11th shook the earth and affected student families at the School. For example, Jasper Burget’s dad was suppose to attend a meeting in the 1st Twin Tower, but it was cancelled due to the attack. Also, a family friend of Nora Sheeder was suppose to attend her job in the Pentagon but did not attend work because her child was sick. Despite being across the country September 11 affected our family here and many others across the country.

Photo Credit: http://www.nevworldwonders.com/2012/12/the-world-trade-center-alternative.html

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New School Portal

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The start of a new school year means new beginnings, even for the School’s student portal. Over the course of the summer, the portal’s operating system, Final Site, underwent advantageous upgrades creating a more user friendly platform for both students and teachers. Ray Louie, Chair of the Technology Department said, “One of the winning features is that… all of the different classes show up in one calendar… It will help in terms of students organizing when to study for what. It will also help teachers to see what type of assignments kids have. We always run into the problem of too many tests in one week, or too many large assignments in one week, and this will help teachers communicate with each other to see what’s going on.”

This upgraded portal not only allows for better communication, but it also has a sleeker and more high-tech appearance. Some of the more obvious improvements to the existing software added a more visually pleasing aesthetic.  For example, class pages became better looking with color coding, and backgrounds resembling different kinds of paper. Students’ Math classes may have a graph paper background, while their English classes may have a nice papyrus touch, making it easier to distinguish which class section is where.

Sophomore Lexi Gentry shared her favorite part about the portal: “I like that it is super organized. I also find it very helpful that when I click on an assignment, I can read a mini description about it.” Many students would agree that the layout is neater, and easier for students to follow without confusion. Sophomore, Nick Tubach, said, “It’s easier to find links to various things. You also don’t have to scour the website to find the necessary tabs for classes and assignments.” Along with easier navigation comes, arguably the best improvement, the new “Activity Stream.” Similar to a newsfeed on Instagram or Facebook, this new feature allows students to stay updated on all of their courses just by looking at one window on their computer.

Because technology has advanced so quickly, schools are finding new ways to enrich classes by utilising it. For example, the upgraded portal allows for more group discussions outside of class’ often restricting time limits. Students are now able to more easily communicate and continue class discussions with a forum-like feature where they may converse over topics relevant to their courses, responding to each other and their teachers. As Louie said, “Teachers can now more easily activate a blog, or activate a discussion group. So all of the kids in the same class can participate in that…I think what students will see as the biggest difference, is that all of their teachers will be using the same software. You’ll still have teachers with their own personal websites that they’ve developed, but most of them are slowly moving more and more resources over to the portal.” The new portal not only allows students to have easier access to more consolidated, organized information, but it also shows how lucky students are with the very up-to-date nature of the School. This new technological development is not the first, and surely not the last.

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