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The Student News Site of Van Nuys High School

The Mirror

The Student News Site of Van Nuys High School

The Mirror

Ms. Peggy Shim has taught at the school for the past 24 years. During her tenure, she has seen both improvements in teachers salaries and a decline in students motivation to receive an education.

The trials and triumphs of teaching

By Olamide Olumide, News/Features Editor Apr 2, 2024
The after-effects of the UTLA strike have left LAUSD teachers with a better salary than before. Nevertheless, pupil problems still plague them, especially among newer teachers.
On May 4th, 2023, the main building fell victim to a series of stink bomb pranks, leading to some classrooms getting ventilated.

Fart bombs infiltrate Van Nuys High School

By Angelina Kanno, Staff Writer May 4, 2023
Fart bombs were thrown into classrooms by a student.
Some parents and stakeholders opposed the strike, citing lost educational time for students, while others supported the workers demands. Despite this, critics believe that the strike was successful, when considering the outcomes for SEIU union members.

The pros of the LAUSD strike (it was worth it)

By Destiny Reveles, Staff Writer Mar 24, 2023
LAUSD school staff strike for better wages and work environment: a call for recognition of their essential role in the education system. Despite criticisms, the strike shedd light on inadequate compensation and working conditions of school staff.
The contract, which was years in the making, will give wage increases and appreciation bonuses for SEIU employees.

BREAKING NEWS: SEIU Local 99 and LAUSD reach tentative deal with pay raises, bonuses, and health benefits

By Baron Kim, Staff Mar 24, 2023
After a cold and rainy three-day strike, the SEIU Local 99 members finally reached an agreement with the LAUSD board on March 24.
LAUSD staff members carry umbrellas while quickly running across the street while dressed in red.

Still striking: Teachers stand strong on day two of walkout.

By Lindsay Han and Baron Kim Mar 22, 2023
While students were cooped up at home, the teachers and staff at Van Nuys High School could be seen rallying. Many faculty members could be seen wearing red, showing the union's coordination.
Hundreds of LAUSD staff members make a sea of red while huddling together in the rainy weather. A faculty member happily holds up a peace sign.

Class dismissed: teachers take to the streets on first day of strike

By Lindsay Han and Baron Kim Mar 21, 2023
Teachers and service workers alike were seen rallying on the streets, despite the rainy conditions. Talks began between SEIU Local 99 and LAUSD.
Schools across the U.S. are struggling with a shortage of qualified teachers, with many positions remaining vacant or filled by underqualified individuals.

Teacher shortage: It’s everywhere

By Olamide Olumide, News/Features Editor Mar 11, 2023
Covid, the economy and personal circumstances cause a crisis in education.
 Mr. Docter towers over the students as he tries to get a basket.

Students defeat the faculty team once again

By Isabel Valles and Jaden Gervacio Feb 20, 2023

On Friday February 17, ASB held a student vs faculty basketball game in the big gym at lunch.  The co-ed students who teamed up to take down the faculty were Josh Molina, Shahen Akopyan, Sodbayar...


Students and teachers get ready for exams at AP Camp

By Angelina Kanno, Staff Writer Apr 23, 2022
Mock exams, practice problems and games are some highlights of the AP camp retreat taking place on campus over the weekend.
New measures have been set to reduce tardies on campus.

New tardy policy implemented schoolwide

By Angelica Venturina and Angelina Gevorgyan Apr 9, 2022
A tardy sweep policy is being enforced to manage and improve students’ attendance.
Biology teacher Peggy Shim speaking to Superintendent Beutner about the difficulties of online schooling. She is relieved to see students in her classroom again.

Ms. Peggy Shim has teaching in her DNA

By Diana Zalmanov, Staff Writer Mar 24, 2022
The AP Biology teacher talks about how she fell in love with the subject, the jobs she cycled through after college and the aspects of teaching that she values most.
Coach Shano describes his personality outside of school as passionate and silly, perfect for entertaining friends and family on hikes and trips to the woods.

Science Teacher Brent Shano

By Angelina Kanno, Staff Writer Mar 17, 2022

Ever since middle school, Mr. Brent Shano always knew he wanted to be a teacher. More specifically, a history teacher. But growing up with nurses as parents, he found himself a new interest when watching...

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