La Quinta High School's student-run newspaper


La Quinta High School's student-run newspaper


La Quinta High School's student-run newspaper



Stephanie Henderson is a new teacher at La Quinta High School.

Stephanie Henderson: From La Quinta High student to teacher

Julie Bazua, Reporter January 7, 2022

Early morning on Tuesday, Sept. 28, Stephanie Henderson is walking her class to the track to prep her students to run their weekly mile.  Some students go off on their own to stretch. They’re called...

Brandon Touhey is a new math teacher at LQHS.

Brandon Touhey pursuing “lightbulb moments” with his students

Amaya De Lara and Alexus Hernandez January 7, 2022

A tall man walks from one side of the class to another, occasionally stopping at groups of students who need help and then to talk to the whole class. Most of the time, he allows the students to work together...

Tracey Martin, new history and ethnic studies teacher at La Quinta High.

Tracey Martin: “Digging deeper” into history at LQHS

Eden Gorges, Assistant Features Editor January 5, 2022

As students arrive at Tracey Martin's second period world history class on a September morning, they’re hit with the bitter blast of the vents.  The classroom lights are off, the only thing providing...

Alfonso Olachea is the newest counselor at La Quinta High School.

New counselor seeks a new opportunity at LQHS

Lilli Koch, Reporter January 5, 2022

Counselors at La Quinta High School welcomed a new member to their department a few weeks into the school year.  In late August, Alfonso Olachea transferred to LQHS' counseling department from Desert...

A trash can filled to the top with food of all sorts after lunch at La Quinta High School.

School food waste is a problem; a new California law aims to fix the issue in general

Kayleigh Carstairs, Assistant Multimedia Editor January 4, 2022

Every day the sun rises, casting beautiful light upon the school’s outdoor cafeteria. The area is clean, washed down with a hose from the previous day.  But once the bell rings, the trashing...

Jacqueline Ptak has taught at La Quinta High School for nearly 25 years.

Jacqueline Ptak: Thoughtful, understanding, Blackhawk Legend

Dominick Lopez, Reporter January 3, 2022

She’s met new teachers, she’s seen teachers leave, and has seen the school evolve.  “It was the happiest day of my life,” said Jacqueline Ptak of the day she was offered a job as an English...

Mariana De La Peña is currently working to complete her needed courses to graduate with the Class of 2022.

Four years of work accomplished in three: Meet the juniors intent on graduating with the Class of 2022

Lilli Koch, Reporter January 3, 2022

La Quinta High School, like many other high schools, offers its students the opportunity to graduate in three years instead of continuing on to their fourth year.  This is not a well-known option as...

Julie Van Vacter served as the career guidance specialist for nearly 20 years before retiring in December 2021.

Career guidance specialist, Julie Van Vacter, retires after nearly 20 years

Avery Webb, Editor-in-Chief December 21, 2021

Question: How long did you work at La Quinta High School? Julie Van Vacter: Just under 20 years. I started in February of 2002.  Q: So you weren’t a teacher—you had more of a faculty job, yes? JV:...

Scott Di Lorenzo is a theater lover and English teacher at La Quinta High.

Scott Di Lorenzo: Actor, carnival game addict, game show contestant, and now teacher at LQHS

Lexi Noguera, Editor-in-Chief December 21, 2021

A few weeks into the school year, a new teacher arrived at La Quinta High School and is ready for what is in store for him.  Scott Di Lorenzo was in luck when he began searching for a school in need...

The La Quinta High kitchen staff prepares the cafeteria for lunch.

Kitchen staff and the “hustle” in the cafeteria

Christina Montes, Reporter December 20, 2021

After a year-and-a-half, students and staff have returned to campus. Yet when the halls were always empty during remote learning, the kitchen was always open.  Due to COVID-19, the kitchen staff worked...

Students at after school detention for tardy sweeps.

Tardy sweeps implemented to “prepare students for the world”

Emily Taylor, News Editor December 20, 2021

On the morning of November 2, La Quinta High School student Ethaniel Draper ‘24 had gone into the office to get a temporary tardy slip after forgetting his that morning. By the time he had left, a domino...

Elena Labastida, La Quinta Highs mental health therapist at her desk in room 415.

Elena Labastida and how she helps struggling students

Taylor Graham, Managing Editor December 20, 2021

Loneliness. Guilt. Shame. Hopelessness. Signs of a struggling student aren’t always easy to see, but Elena Labastida is trained to know them all. Labastida has been the school’s mental health therapist...

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