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March 18- HALF DAY: K-12 Parent Teacher Conferences

March 19- NO SCHOOL

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May 2021

May 17-19- HALF DAY- 7-12 Final Exams/ K-6

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April 202


By: Chloe Pryor (12), January 28, 2021

Be Prepared if You're New to Ocean Sailing - Sail Magazine

, Gryphon Plies the Warm Waters of the Virgin Islands after Her Voyage down from Maine. 2018, Accessed 2021. 

As I reflect on my childhood, a lot comes to mind. I grew up in Bay Park, San Diego. We were in the middle of everything, whether it be the beach, downtown, or the Harbor. Because of this, our family became involved in many organizations and activities. We had so much fun. I met a lot of new people and other families as result. One thing my family got involved in was the San Diego Yacht Club. Now this is where the story begins…

New Podcasts

Senior Sit-Down: Episode 3

By: Conner Akins (12), January 26, 2021

Featuring: Bud Wenzel, Rock Academy’s

Episode 3: Soundwave and Static

By: Gavin Beam (10), Kaden Waitley (10), Wyatt Cooper (10), January 26, 2021


By: Elijah Lackey (11), Akayah Smith (11)

Featuring: Gio Malotti

Experience in Sailing

By: Stephen He (11), December 17, 2020

Due to the Covid-19, many sports club activities have been canceled to institute more safety. However, our school, Rock Academy, has started other sports activities in place of those that were cancelled. For example, there is the E-sport Team, Golf Club, and Sailing Club. Today, we’re going to talk about the Sailing Club that starts after school from 2:45 to 5:45…

Sneaker Head

By: Ethan Nguyen (12), December 17, 2020

When you hear the term sneakerhead or sneaker community, something such as shoes, brands, or etc. usually comes to mind. Let me show you, from my experience, what exactly it is to be a sneakerhead…

Covid-19 Vaccine

By: Chloe Pryor (12), December 17, 2020

Covid-19 has been a horrible sickness that has put all of our lives on pause. The one thing that would allow us to press play again would be a vaccine. Let’s take a look at some of the facts about the Covid-19 vaccine…

Quarantine Life

By: Stephen He (11), December 11, 2020

Policy, Tech. “Online Learning.” China’s Students Will Now Study Online Because Coronavirus Has Shut Schools, 2020,

My name is Stephen, a Chinese international student. I have studied at the Rock Academy for about four years already, and this year is my junior year. Because of the threat of Covid-19, I did not want my parents, who live in China, to worry about me. So instead of choosing to go to school when campus reopened, I chose to continue online…

Senior Sit-Down: Episode 2

By: Conner Akins (12) and Andrew Harris (11),

December 11, 2020

Episode 2: Soundwave and Static

By: Gavin Beam (10), Kaden Waitley (10), Wyatt Cooper (10), Max Sedano (10),

January 12, 2021

My Online Experience

By: Ethan Nguyen (12), December 5, 2020

China, Beijing. Students Get Subsidies, Discounts for Online Lessons amid COVID-19 Outbreak, Mar. 2020,

Well, time is going quickly, we’re coming close to the end of the first semester. Unlike the other students who do in-person class, I have been doing distance learning. Although I only planned to be online for the remainder of this semester, I think I am going to continue this way for the next semester if the number of covid cases increases…

Presidential Election

By: Wyatt Cooper (10), November 19, 2020

Cillizza, Chris. “2020 Electoral Map.” Two Political Handicappers Say the Electoral College Map Now Leans toward Democrats, 23 Mar. 2020,

This election has been rough; disagreements and arguments are so easily spurred. As it is known, Donald Trump ran once again for presidency, aiming to win his second term. His main competition was Democrat Joe Biden…

iPhone 12, or 12 Pro?

By: TJ Hawthorn, November 19, 2020

Velazco, Chris. “IPhone 12 and 12 Pro.” IPhone 12 and 12 Pro Review: Apple Enters the 5G Era, 20 Oct. 2020,

Here I will be giving you a review on the iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro: color variety, price difference, size, 5G, displays, CPU, MagSafe, and IP Rating…

New Podcasts!

Conner Akins (12) and Brady Schey (12), November 13, 2020

Kaden Waitley (10) and Gavin Beam (10), November 13, 2020

Credit: Ali A Intro

Camp on Campus

By: Conner Akins (12), October 26, 2020

Photos by: Clarice Wallace (12)

With the COVID-19 Pandemic going around, we weren’t able to go to a stay away camp this year. With the help of the Rock Academy Associated Student Body and the Worship Team, we were able to have “Camp On Campus”…

Green , Jocelyn Green. “Child Looking Into Pumpkin.” More Play, Less Drama, 2018, 

Halloween 2020 Edition

By: Wyatt Cooper (10), October 28, 2020

Choosing costumes, decorating pumpkins, and getting special treats brings joy to many children at Halloween. Some Halloween traditions may look different this year to keep everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there are still plenty of ways families can have fun while avoiding the scare of being exposed to or spreading the virus…

Photo by: Kaden Waitley (10)

Rock Academy Golf

By: Gavin Beam (10), October 26, 2020

Golf: a sport in which players use various clubs to hit balls into a series of 9 or 18 holes on a course in as few strokes as possible. Simple right? 

Wrong! It takes careful yet firm calculations, a powerful but smooth swing of the club, and a gentle stroke to nudge the ball into the hole…

The Daily Warrior Podcast

By: Chloe Pryor (12), November 9, 2020

Have you heard of the new Rock Academy Podcast team? There are a total of two different podcasts that our Rock Academy students have begun. Conner Akins (12) and Brady Schey (12) are hosting a podcast named “The Senior Sit Down”…The second podcast was started by Gavin Beam (10), who’s stage name is “Soundwave” and Kaden Waitley (10), who’s stage name is  “Static”…

Jones, Gary. Among Us. 2020, Among Us on Ps2 and Xbox, Accessed 2020. 

2020 Is Among Us

By: Chloe Pryor (12), October 21, 2020

Among Us is a highly popular game that people all over the world talk about. This game is simple; it is about strategy and deception…

Butte County firefighters watch as flames quickly spread across a road at the Bear fire in Oroville, California on September 9, 2020. (Photo by JOSH EDELSON / AFP) (Photo by JOSH EDELSON/AFP)

California Wildfires

By: Chloe Pryor (12), October 15, 2020

You have probably heard about the California wildfires. These fires have started from multiple different causes. The devastating circumstances have left families, houses, businesses, land and animals left in loss…

Moore, Ewan. “Steve: Super Smash Bros.” Minecraft Steve Is Coming To ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’, 2020, 

A New Addition to Super Smash Bros.

By: Kaden Waitley (10), October 21, 2020

Nintendo announced in early October that a new Smash Bros. character would be added to its roster for $5.99. The new character turned out to be Steve from Minecraft. Minecraft by Mojang Studios has been a highly popular game since its introduction in 2009 and continues its trend today…

Hill, Tim. “The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run .” The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run , 2020, 

The Spongebob Movie

By: Gavin Beam (10), October 19, 2020

Who lives in a Pineapple under the sea? 

Spongebob Squarepants, that’s who! He is the loveable, yellow square many generations know.  It is a show about a sponge whose only goal is to be the best fry cook in all of Bikini Bottom. He and his best friend, Patrick Star, go on many weird and unnecessary adventures like jellyfishing, trying to befriend Squidward, or fending off arch nemesis Plankton… 

Lutton , Linda. “Target’s Empty Shelves.” Empty Shelves Greet Chicagoans Stocking Up For Coronavirus , 2020, 

Higher Demand on Popular and Needed Products

By: Wyatt Cooper (10), September 29, 2020

As we are currently going through hard times due to covid 19, it has been a challenge getting certain needs and wants met…

Nitzberg, Jacob. “Stanley Cup Playoff Bubble .” In The Bubble: What Life Will Be Life for Players in Edmonton and Toronto During The Stanley Cup Qualifiers , 2020, 

Bubble Battles

By: Conner Akins (12), September 29, 2020

Since the COVID-19 Pandemic has hit, the sports world has been in a pickle. Leagues like the National Hockey League, National Basketball Association and the Women’s National Basketball Association have found a solution to play sports in a safe environment. The word for these facilities that are holding Professional Sports are being called ‘Bubbles’. These bubbles have dropped the concerns of the COVID-19 Virus because players are not allowed to leave the bubble until their team is eliminated from their respective tournaments…

Tuttle, Brittani. “Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga.” Cover Art, Game Screencaps Released: The Skywalker Saga,’2020, 

The Skywalker Saga: Delayed for 2020

By: Kaden Waitley, September 29, 2020

Fans will have to wait a bit longer to play Lego Star Wars the Skywalker Saga. It was originally planned to come out in October of 2020 but has been delayed to spring 2021 due to more preparations needed…

Anderson, Ernie. “San Diego State Football.” Where’s the Beef? San Diego State Football Adds Big Bodies With Early Signees, 18 Dec. 2019, 

One City, No Team?

By: Conner Akins, September 22, 2020

The Aztecs of San Diego State University will not be playing in San Diego this season. Qualcomm Stadium was in the process of being torn down but the COVID-19 Pandemic halted operations on the new $310 Million Mission Valley Complex. The projected finish date now is in 2022 on September 3rd. The Stadium is hoping to open for the Aztecs vs. the Arizona Wildcats upcoming game… 

By: Richard Hunt, September 18, 2020

“This year, the annual See You At the Pole (SYATP) faith event celebrates its 30th anniversary. SYATP is a special time where students circle the flagpole at their school and honor God in prayer.” 

“And for 13-year-old Taylor Harris the event will be super special. A project envisioned and eventually funded by Taylor herself will be dedicated at her school, Rock Academy in San Diego. Two years back, Taylor noticed, “We pledge to the flag each morning, but there wasn’t a flagpole.” Taylor felt led to donate a permanent flagpole and flag to her school. And she did it!” …

Rodriguez, John. “Cobra Kai.” Cobra Kai – TV Review, 2018, 

Cobra Kai Review

By: Gavin Beam, September 16, 2020

Imagine, you’re a kid in 1984. A trailer for a rather “tubular” looking movie is dropped in theaters. You try to look like smooth butter as you witness a high schooler being trained by an old man in an upcoming movie and you casually ask your parents for some moolah to catch that sweet looking flick in theaters. As you sit down ready to watch this absolute banger, your friend says to his girl to “not have a cow” as she complains that this movie isn’t “choice.” After the movie, you believe that you could one day see a “rad” TV series to that gnarly movie. Fast forward to the year 2020, you’re an adult now that just saw the trailer. You drop the tough act in front of your children as that nostalgic feeling fills you once again as the story of legends continues with “Cobra Kai” on Netflix…

Plante, Chris. “The Simpsons.” How an Episode of The Simpsons Is Made, 2015, 

End of the Simpsons

By: Gavin Beam, September 16, 2020

As the clouds roll by, a mysterious logo comes closer. A choir in perfect harmony utters: “The Simpsons.” We fly overhead passing a nuclear power plant and Semi-Painless Dentistry, as it fades into Springfield Elementary School…

Wertzone, The. “The Main Cast of Avatar: The Last Airbender.” Avatar: The Last Airbender Franchise Familiariser, 2019, 

“Avatar”-The Last Airbender: Reviews and Opinions

By: Gavin Beam, September 22, 2020

Ah yes, the world of people that can bend the main elements of the world. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that fantastic world? This series is centered around the journey of 12-year-old Aang, the current Avatar and last survivor of his nation, the Air Nomads. Hang, along with his friends Sokka, Katara, and later Toph, strive to end the Fire Nation’s oppression against the other nations of the world. I searched for some people who found the show rather appealing or, as many put it, “their favorite childhood show.” The ones interviewed for this article are the lovable, yet strong willed, Abby Kim and the equally lovable, yet firm Wyatt Cooper…

Meet the Rock Academy’s New Teachers

Staying Home

“One could argue on the topic of being stuck in your room all day, or at the least during a zoom meeting, as that of “inhumane” or not fun, while others could argue that the isolation in a room is a peace bearing gift sent down from God himself…”

Gavin Beam, August 31, 2020

Sports are Postponed

By: Wyatt Cooper, August 31, 2020

As we all know, the coronavirus has done a number on our country. Almost every aspect of our lives are being altered to better form to what is happening around us. Sports are being postponed. School, jobs, and more are being done from home instead of in person. While all this may be frustrating, it has not completely stopped some groups from doing what they love…

Epic vs. Apple

By Kaden Waitley, August 31, 2020

There has been recent news that the multinational company, Apple, has gotten into a grudge with Epic, a video game and software developer most famous for its video game, Fortnite. 

The problem between these two companies began on August 13 when Epic added a direct payment mechanism, violating Apple’s rules. In return, Apple has taken Fortnite off the apple store…

The Umbrella Academy

By: Kiri Bonane, August 31, 2020

“The Umbrella Academy Cast.” Paul Tassi, 2020, 

The Umbrella Academy is a superhero tv series that originates as a comic book series. It revolves around a family of estranged children who reunite to solve a mystery surrounding their father’s death, while also protect the world from ending in the process  The story began on October 1, 1989…

“There is so much more I wish I could tell you right now about just how good The Umbrella Academy Season 2 is over the course of its 10 new episodes. There is so much to touch on, including the incredible needle drops, the costume design, the rip-roaring banter between seven siblings trying to save the world from an apocalyptic event (again), the surprise plot twists which will have you flipping out or inconsolable, or just how good it feels to have a show firing on all cylinders as it welcomes you into its wild and weird world with open arms.”

-Alli Gemmill, Collider

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