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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
Ms. Doshi leads a discussion on slavery with her junior students.

Q&A | Aditi Doshi: Social Science Teacher

"Throughout my career, I have sought out schools that are committed to this goal of equal, excellent education for all."
Published December 14, 2021
"Throughout my career, I have sought out schools that are committed to this goal of equal, excellent education for all."
The masks of anonymity are used as an excuse by sexist players.

The community of sexist gamers are my real opponents

Freshman Eva Tanguay describes her frustration with the online gamers that utilize toxic commentary and derogatory remarks to prevent a rise in female gamers.
By Eva Tanguay, Guest WriterPublished December 13, 2021
Freshman Eva Tanguay describes her frustration with the online gamers that utilize toxic commentary and derogatory remarks to prevent a rise in female gamers.
Leadership, public speaking, and communication skills are all traits Sofia Kiremijian has learned in her role.

5 MINUTES WITH…
Key Club Vice President

Key Club Vice President Sofia Kiremijian talks about her organization and the duties that come with her position.
By Diana Zalmanov, Staff WriterPublished December 3, 2021
Key Club Vice President Sofia Kiremijian talks about her organization and the duties that come with her position.
A new sheriff in town: After a decade of working as an administrator and an additional five years as a principal, Principal De Santiago is excited to use her prior experience to lead her staff and the rest of the student body.

PROFILE | New principal takes the reins

Principal, Lourdes De Santiago, brings her prior experience as both a teacher and as an administrator to help run the school, in person, amidst a pandemic. Her academic career began when she worked as a paraprofessional at Polytechnic High School. After getting her teaching credentials, she went on to teach at James Monroe High School as well as Polytechnic High School. She later took on administrative positions such as Dean of Discipline at Polytechnic, a Title I coordinator, and a Principal.
By Ani Tutunjyan, Executive Editor & Print Editor-in-ChiefPublished November 18, 2021
"It was at Polytechnic where she then began her administrative career, becoming Dean of Discipline for three years."
Two is better than one: Twins, Danny (L) and Michael (R) Levy, share their experiences as twins and the journeys that led them to where they are today.

PROFILE | The Levy twins

Twins, Michael and Danny Levy, express their views on being twins and the traits that distinguish them as individuals.
By Diana Zalmanov, Staff WriterPublished November 11, 2021
“We used to be similar when we were younger, but now we are different,” Michael Levy said. “Just look at us, he´s skinny and I'm fat.”
Ms. Navarrete joined the campus in 2018.

5 MINUTES WITH…
English teacher
Ms. Nancy Navarrete

Ms. Navarrete shares her personal journey to becoming a teacher and what she enjoys know about teaching her students.
By Angelina Kanno, Staff WriterPublished November 5, 2021
"Literature is one of many arts expressed into a story for the audience. The purpose is to improve an individual's ability to entertain and to give creative pleasure from a written format. Even reading literature helps communicate ideas as well as sharing ideas with colleagues."
Shamsi has worked for LAUSD for over 13 years, eight of which were spent in Van Nuys.

Shirley Shamsi is leaving to take on a new supervisor role

After working at VNHS for over eight years, Pupil Service and Attendance Counselor, Shirely Shamsi, has been promoted to a new supervising role in Pacoima. During her time here, she has helped numerous students overcome difficulties in their own lives and played a vital role here at VNHS.
By Shaan Bhatia & Emma Salehi Published October 29, 2021
“I will miss everyone. I want to thank everyone for being so supportive and loving to me all the years I have been there. Thank you all so much.”
Goodbye Van Nuys and hello Baja, California! Mazin is moving to the beach to get away from all the craziness and take time for herself.

5 MINUTES WITH…
Special Education Coordinator Ms. Karyn Mazin

After 11 years of working at our school, Ms. Mazin is going to retire and seek new opportunities for herself down at the beach.
By Emma Salehi, Staff WriterPublished October 22, 2021
"I just want to enjoy the peace that surrounds me and just focus on good mental health as well as physical health."
The pressures of school life can become extremely challenging for everyone, and these students share their unique stories about how they have-and have not- recieved support.

Fill Your Life with Spice | Episode 2: Student Expectations

Andrea, Vannesa, and Isabella dive into the daily pressures in an average student's life.
By Andrea Parada, Podcast StaffPublished October 5, 2021
Generational differences between parents and students can occasionally cause teens to feel their own struggles are being less understood.
PAJAMA DAY: Sebastian Estrada, Ella Robinson and Kaylyn Majers are decked out in their pajamas to kick off spirit week.

Spirited with pride: Students participate in Spirit Week

Students wore themed outfits for the week leading up to the Homecoming football game and parade and — now postponed — dance.
By Ani Tutunjyan, Executive Editor & Print Editor-in-ChiefPublished October 1, 2021
Take a look at some of the outfits from this year's Spirit Week.
Wearing a white wedding veil, AP Research student Marvin Ocampo performs his wedding vows to marry his research topic of eye care in LAUSD students for the year.

‘Here’s to the happy couple!’: AP Research students marry their research topics

Mr. Goins's AP Research students married the topics they will be researching for the year by conducting wedding vows.
By Ani Tutunjyan, Executive Editor & Print Editor-in-ChiefPublished September 29, 2021
AP Research students spent two days performing wedding vows to marry their research topics for the school year.
BEFORE THE FALL The twin towers in lower Manhattan in New York City dominated the skyline before the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The twenty year anniversary: Teachers reflect on the September 11 attacks.

Sergeant Martinez, Colonel Flynn, and Mr. Mitchell share their unique perspectives as teachers.
By Nathan Han , Online Editor-in-ChiefPublished September 10, 2021
Teachers talk about how they heard about the event and how it continues to affect them in 2021.
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