The Student News Site of Van Nuys High School

The Mirror

The Student News Site of Van Nuys High School

The Mirror

The Student News Site of Van Nuys High School

The Mirror

Van Nuys High School
Students are often overwhelmed with the idea of one test determining their whole year.

The AP exams are toxic for students

Collegeboard exploits students' desires to achieve academic success for college applications with tests that inaccurately determine understanding.
By Kyrillos Mina, Staff WriterPublished May 12, 2022
Collegeboard exploits students' desires to achieve academic success for college applications with tests that inaccurately determine understanding.
Twitter & Teens: How students feel about Musks newest purchase

Twitter & Teens: How students feel about Musk’s newest purchase

The world's richest man is buying Twitter in the name of "free speech", but teens worry Elon Musk will allow the platform to become the new center of misinformation, racism and so much more.
By Gabriel Castillo, Staff WriterPublished May 12, 2022
The world's richest man is buying Twitter in the name of "free speech", but teens worry Elon Musk will allow the platform to become the new center of misinformation, racism and so much more.
Counterintuitive? Despite an 8:30 a.m. start, the closing of alternative entrances by 8:20 a.m. on campus has resulted in a line of students waiting to enter through the main entrance that often wraps around the block.

Unnecessary tardy enforcements are an inconvenience for students.

The two new tardy policies the school has introduced may seem effective, but is an inconvenience to members of the student body.
By Dakota Threats, Opinion EditorPublished April 28, 2022
The two new tardy policies the school has introduced may seem effective, but is an inconvenience to members of the student body.
Womens History Month came about in the 70s after a feminist push for equal access to jobs and education!

Women’s History Month: Give it the recognition it deserves

Women's History Month is supposed to be a month commemorating the impact women have had on history and yet it often goes unrecognized.
By Kimberly Luna, Staff WriterPublished March 24, 2022
Women's History Month is supposed to be a month commemorating the impact women have had on history and yet it often goes unrecognized.
Senate bill 866 builds on existing law, which currently allows minors 12 and over to make choices about their bodies around healthcare.

California kids should call their own shots when it comes to getting the vaccine

A new proposed bill could give teens the opportunity to get vaccinated without parental consent
By Angelina Gevorgyan and Angelica VenturinaPublished March 12, 2022
A new proposed bill could give teens the opportunity to get vaccinated without parental consent
Billionaires. They profit off their employees who earn minimum-wage.

Billionaires are evil, and you’ll NEVER be one

The chances of anyone becoming a billionaire is next to impossible, yet the fact that it isn’t impossible gives people the hope of becoming one.
By Gabriel Castillo and Ani TutunjyanPublished March 11, 2022
The chances of anyone becoming a billionaire is next to impossible, yet the fact that it isn’t impossible gives people the hope of becoming one.
Backpack searches: A matter of security or a violation of student privacy?

PRO | CON: Backpack searches

Backpack searches. Are they an effective measure to reducing weapon related violence in schools or a way for school administrators to randomly search your belongings?
By Shaan Bhatia and Ani TutunjyanPublished March 3, 2022
Backpack searches. Are they an effective measure to reducing weapon related violence in schools or a way for school administrators to randomly search your belongings?
Michael Zamarippa explores his creativity and interest in the makeup he wears to school.

The duality of makeup

Makeup isn't just a tool to help cover up blemishes, it can enhance the features we cherish the most, you just have to find what's right for you.
By Mereline Perez, Staff WriterPublished February 7, 2022
Makeup isn't just a tool to help cover up blemishes, it can enhance the features we cherish the most, you just have to find what's right for you.
I hope that the class of 2022 can walk across the stage and receive our diplomas in person.

I want to finish my last semester at school

Continue weekly testing, safe covid protocol and quick response to positive cases, but don’t shut down schools to go back to online-learning.
By Mereline Perez, Staff WriterPublished January 31, 2022
Continue weekly testing, safe covid protocol and quick response to positive cases, but don’t shut down schools to go back to online-learning.
The Dont say gay bill being considered would prevent free conversations and exclude people on a personal, individual level.

“Gay” isnt a bad word, stop acting like it is.

Legislators in Florida are trying to prevent discussions of sexual orientation and gender in elementary schools. If passed, it may set a precedent that would erase decades of civil rights work and threaten our generation.
By Dakota Threats, Opinion EditorPublished January 26, 2022
Legislators in Florida are trying to prevent discussions of sexual orientation and gender in elementary schools. If passed, it may set a precedent that would erase decades of civil rights work and threaten our generation.
A demonstration by students after the Parkland shooting shocked people across the nation.

We do not feel safe on campus

The way that most schools go about practicing safety is an ineffective and outdated response to an ongoing issue. Lawmakers should take greater action in the aftermath of the shooting in Michigan.
By Kimberly Luna and Shaan BhatiaPublished January 2, 2022
The way that most schools go about practicing safety is an ineffective and outdated response to an ongoing issue. Lawmakers should take greater action in the aftermath of the shooting in Michigan.
Getting gifts is a way to show friends and family love during a specific time of the year.

Receiving gifts warms my heart

They make a person feel special and seen. It tells us that these people truly care for us and that we can trust them.
By Julianna Macfarlane, Staff WriterPublished December 23, 2021
They make a person feel special and seen. It tells us that these people truly care for us and that we can trust them.
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