Parents attend annual open house


The annual Open House on Sept.9 attracted more than 8,600 parents to the Bay. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., the school functioned on an eight period bell schedule, yet this time the students weren’t the ones scurrying off to different classes.

“Parents were able to come out and experience a day in the life of their students, meet their teachers and find out about the curriculum and clubs,” Assistant Principal Kassandra Fried said. “They experienced what students experience in a little snapshot.”

Those in attendance met with teachers, who had 10 minutes to give insight on their courses. They also had seven minutes to change classrooms and get to the next class.

“[My mother] got to see my perspective, the teachers, the work load and understand what I have to go through,” senior Nicole Arrieta said.

IMG_2608 (1)During Open House, visitors were able to see activities a typical student can participate in during their four years of high school, such as clubs and sports.

“I couldn’t believe all the things that you do in the amount of time that you are here,” said Andrea Diaz-Valdez, mother of junior Thomas Diaz-Valdez.

English teacher Margarette Marchetti said she looked forward to Open House because it serves as a great opportunity to inform parents on what their kids are working on, so they can make sure students are on track.

“I tell them a little bit about the class, especially about grades, so they are not so scared,” Mrs. Marchetti said.

Students that attended the event were able to either go to the classrooms or learn about the different activities the clubs offer.

“We had a chance to present the club to the upcoming freshman, show them why we love the club so much and expose them to all the opportunity that the club provides,” said Luiza Texeira, Vice President of Finance for Cypress Bay T.V.

Over the summer, the Bay updated the library with new computers, chairs and tables for students to study. The Wave was open for guests to check out while passing through.

“A lot of parents came in and viewed the new cyber lounge, the Wave, and they thought it was fantastic,” Mrs. Fried said.

Mrs. Fried said as the student population grows, more people come to Open House each year to be informed about the school’s new programs and classes. Furthermore, parents were able to get to know and understand the difference between middle school and high school, and some had a chance to visit the school possibly for the last time.

“It is great that freshman, sophomore, junior and senior parents are represented at Open House,” she said. “I think it is something that impresses us administrators and teachers all the time: how involved and active our community is.”

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Information Night provides advice to international families


Promoting Relations In Diversity Through Education (PRIDE) hosted its annual Information Night in the auditorium on Sept. 18. The event offered information about the grading scale, scholarship opportunities and graduation requirements at the Bay for new international students and their families. Assistant Principle Marianela Estripeaut gave the presentation to parents in Spanish.

“We do this every year to orient the parents who are new to this country and who might not understand our current education system,” Mrs. Estripeaut said.

Some key information that was shared with parents was the set of dates for important tests such as the SAT, EOCs and what a GPA is. IMG_8518 USE

Ciane Xiannya, mother of junior Pablo Xiannya, said she enjoyed receiving information regarding the basics of the Broward County School system.

“I found information night very helpful because although our family has been here for two years, it is always important to refresh our memory on what the school is looking for,” Xiannya said. “Some of the information that was given to me was very useful for keeping up with my son and his studies. With so much going on, I feel it is vital for parents to be kept in the loop.”

While some parents came to refresh their memory, others came to information night because they are new to the country.

“We just arrived from Venezuela about a month ago, and we have no idea whatsoever about the school system, so I think it’s time we learn. I think it is imperative for me to know how the system works considering it is very different from Venezuela,” said parent Gabriella Shauman. “I was pleased to have received the information that I did from this night. I am very happy that I was able to attend.”

Sophomore Albany Morales moved here from Venezuela two years ago and has attended information night every year since.

“I enjoyed the event because it allowed my family to learn about the new education system; it’s so different from what we were used to,” Morales said.

Information night was put together solely by the members of the PRIDE.

“Since the rules and regulations in America are so different, the goal of Information Night was to make sure the parents were aware of all the new information,” PRIDE President Mariella Cefalo said.

Students at the Bay are given more freedom and treated more like college students thus, it is vital for international families to know the information provided by the members of PRIDE, since the systems of education are so different internationally.

“There are a lot of parents and students coming from different countries, and this night is going to help them figure out what is going to help with their kids’ future,” PRIDE member Victoria Vigliarolo said.

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HOSA holds ice cream social to welcome new members


IMG_4077 (2)Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) hosted its annual ice cream social on Sept. 1 in the auditorium to notify students on what to expect this upcoming year and encourage them to join HOSA.  About 204 students attended HOSA’s social.

“I hope this social leads to active participation in all events we have and that we excel at our competitions,” said Mrs. Warnock, the HOSA advisor.

Displays were also set up throughout the auditorium in hopes of having students sign up for programs that interested them.  There were displays for the HOSA float, kickball, Pink Tea, Breast Cancer Awareness, car wash, Camp Cypress, HOSA week, St. Patrick’s Day party and Light the Night Walk for Leukemia and Lymphoma.

“I decided to sign up for the HOSA Float because I’ve done it every year that I have been in HOSA, and it has been a blast,” junior Pedro Salom said.

Unlike other clubs offered at the Bay, HOSA specifically caters to those who have a specific career goal in mind.

“The students in this club stand out because they want to be future healthcare professionals,” Mrs. Warnock said. “They are preparing for their future health careers though competitions and community service.”

Although HOSA does give students the chance to get a head start in their medical careers, it also focuses on other aspects of the real world.

“HOSA is a national organization and there are a variety of opportunities provided for students, whether it be competition, community service or leadership,” said senior Sarah Suhood, president of HOSA.

As president, Suhood said she organizes the officer team, trains the project leaders and coordinates events with the advisers and administration.

“This is my second year being president,” Suhood said. “My favorite part about being president is meeting new people.  As an officer, one of the best opportunities that is exclusive for officers only is FLDA, which stands for Florida Leadership Development Academy.  FLDA is a weekend long trip to High Springs Florida where all the officers who live in Florida are invited to attend a workshop to develop leadership skills.  Through that there are about 2000 people we get to meet.”

Salom has been a member of HOSA for two years now, and he said he is looking forward to the upcoming year.

“It’s a lot of hard work, but it’s worth it in the end when you see your medical plan come to life after putting all the pieces together,” Salom said.

Salom said he is excited to see where the club can take him in his medical career down the road.

“I want to get a head start in my medical career,” Salom said.  “I definitely want to do something in the medical career, but I’m not really sure what I want to do specifically.”

Although the ice cream social is only held once a year, regular meetings are every other Tuesday.

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New desks aid in students’ learning


IMG_2932New desks came rolling into the Bay over the summer.  These mobile desks are in the new library, “The Wave,” and they were given to three teachers: Lisa Herron, Megan Loden West, and Marguerite Kirschner.

“It’s kind of a test for the teachers, and so far, they seem to like it a lot,” Assistant Principal Marianela Estripeaut said.

When furnishing “The Wave,” Principal Scott Neely and Mrs. Estripeaut decided to purchase these desks without the desktop, the part in which the students write on. When he saw that they came with one, Mr. Neely decided to put the desks in three classrooms to see how beneficial they would be to the students.

“[Mr. Neely] thought it was a great desk, and he wanted to try it out in classrooms to see how the teachers liked it,” Mrs. Estripeaut said. “They have wheels, so we didn’t know exactly how that was going to go.”

Mrs. Estripeaut said the desks are helpful because they help save time, and they’re durable and lightweight to allow for efficient movement. They have pouches where students can put their backpacks and books, so students don’t have to waste time moving their materials.

“With the new schedule in which [students] have only 50 minute periods, every minute counts, so that’s very important to them,” Mrs. Estripeaut said.

These desks can swivel and move, and the desktop can move to accommodate all sizes.  They are also suitable for left-handed and right-handed students.

“I think this is Mr. Neely’s vision of making students comfortable, making the classroom a friendly environment, and looking at alternatives outside of the traditional desks,” AICE Thinking Skills teacher Ms. Herron said.

The desks have a blue or yellow chair with a grey circular bottom and a grey desktop.

“They remind me of how desks would look in a Google classroom or another type of progressive space. They are the future,” debate teacher Mrs. West said.

Ms. Herron and Mrs. West both said the desks could get unorganized by getting cluttered and taking up more space than regular desks. Nonetheless, both teachers said the students love them.

“They think they are the coolest things.  I’ve had kids take pictures to show their friends,” Mrs. Herron said. “My former students come in and are jealous they didn’t have them.”

Senior Brooke Soloway uses these desks in her debate class with Mrs. West.  She said they make learning and group work easier.

“They are way more accessible for the students, so we can move around the room when we talk in groups,” Soloway said. “Also, since the class involves communication skills, it helps us with them.”

These desks could possibly spread to all classrooms in the Bay’s future, specifically senior classes.

“I think Mr. Neely’s goal is that we have them in every classroom eventually,” Mrs. West said.  “We will see how the plans roll-out.  I think they are definitely a good investment in learning.”

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The Current: Donald Trump stirs controversy in presidential race


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Donald Trump has financially climbed his way to his current billionaire status through years of successful entrepreneurship. The Trump name can be found on anything including clothing brands, television shows, hotel franchises, and perhaps on the 2016 presidential ballot as the current frontrunner for the Republican Party.

AICE Global Perspectives teacher and debate coach Nick Montecalvo does not support Trump’s candidacy because of the way he undermines respectable professionals.

“Donald Trump betrayed his underlying feelings of misogyny in his treatment of the female Fox News correspondent Megyn Kelly,” Mr. Montecalvo said. “The way he referred to a professional, just because she is a woman, is unacceptable of a presidential candidate.”

AP U.S. History teacher Eric Adzima agrees with Mr. Montecalvo and also thinks that his reaction to the Fox News correspondent was out of line.

“A president should not become so flustered by a reporter and ‘lose-it’ and not be able to continue a diplomatic discussion,” Mr. Adzima said.

Mr. Adzima said that Donald Trump does not have the necessary background to be a successful president.

“Donald Trump is a businessman and businessmen only have one thing on their minds: themselves,” Mr. Adzima said. “Governance and business do not mix, and his opportunistic and capitalistic views would hinder his ability to serve as a successful president.

Freshman Valeria Ruiz agrees with Mr. Adzima and also thinks governance and business do not mix.

“While Trump may be a successful businessman, you cant run a country in the same way you run a business,” Ruiz said. “Sure he’s rich right now, but there have been times that he’s been broke, and the country simply cannot afford that.”

Freshman Jacob Strangle supports Trump and agrees with his immigration reforms regarding birthright citizenship.

“I think that Trump should change the law of birthright citizenship because being born in America shouldn’t automatically grant citizenship,” Strangle said.

Ruiz disagrees with Strangle and believes that Trump’s whole approach to immigration and outlawing birthright citizenship is wrong.

“So many people have birthright citizenship, including myself, and he can’t just take our citizenship away from us,” Ruiz said.

Strangle said he thinks Trump is the most financially qualified candidate and the most persuasive public speaker.

“Donald Trump is clearly the wealthiest and knows how to handle money,” Strangle said. “The way he speaks at presidential debates makes him sound like the most intelligent candidate.”

Junior Taylor Schear supports Donald Trump and agrees with Jacob Strangle about his financial experience, but disagrees with the way he responds to criticism.

“I think that his experience with money and economic skills are what this country needs to get us out of debt,” Shear said. “I just think the way he deals with people is unprofessional.”

Schear thinks Trump would be the first president with a successful background in business and economics.

“No other president has had the business experience that Donald Trump has successfully maintained,” she said.

Donald Trump may be leading the polls for now, but with a country divided, the fate of Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy is still uncertain.

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Mu Alpha Theta excels at National Convention



After weeks of practicing, members of Mu Alpha Theta (MAO) placed fourth overall at the MAO National Convention from July 17-24 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Students competed in three rounds of competition indifferent math subjects ranging from geometry to statistics.

“Our team members work so hard throughout the year individually and in a group setting,” MAO sponsor Jessica Stillman said. “Students spend a week doing math and building friendships Juan Panizawith other members of our school and other schools.”

Senior and president of MAO David Li was proud of his accomplishments in the competitions, especially statistics. Li won second place.

“It felt great winning,” Li said. “I competed because the subject was one of my favorite classes.”

Participating in the MAO National Convention was an unforgettable experience for junior Jalen Jiang. He participated in the pre-calculus division, took tests in algorithms, trigonometry and applications. He also contributed to a team round.

“It was amazing to be with these several hundred students who share a passion in math with me, to be surrounded by the beautiful Utah landscape and make many lasting memories and friends in a single week,” Jiang said.

Students prepared for the MAO National Convention by taking released tests that were given in previous years at the National Convention.

“Practicing makes a huge difference in performance,” Jiang said. “We can be sure of what to expect on those tests.”

Jiang said entering competitions is more than just about winning trophies.

“I’ve come to realize I have a competitive spirit but also a growing appreciation for meeting new people and making friends,” Jiang said. “There are few things that combine competition and camaraderie as well as Mu Alpha Theta.”

Next year MAO anticipates on going to the MAO National Convention once again at Washington University in St. Louis from July 10-15.

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‘The Wave’ makes a splash at the Bay


Over the summer, the media center was transformed into “The Wave,” an updated learning facility with new resources that students can take advantage of.

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Storify: Students storm social media in response to hurricane

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Storify: Senior parking spots spark creativity



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Storify: First day back is a wake up call for students


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