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Students honored for 9/11 works

Carmel High senior Lana Richards and junior Madi Salvati won the Carmel 9/11 Memorial Writing Contest in August, for which students had to write either an essay or a poem about the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Salvati and Richards each received $200 for winning the essay and poem divisions, respectively, and read their submissions aloud at the memorial ceremony.  Senior Alex Wieting-Lukowski also won an honorable mention for her poem.

The poems and essay will be displayed in the Harrison Memorial Library in Carmel-by-the-Sea, along with a piece of steel taken from the fallen Twin Towers.

Class size imbalance creates classroom obstacles


Increasing class sizes has become an issue affecting public schools across the nation, and Carmel High is no exception this year.

The average class size at Carmel High, as of 2010, was 19.4, which if you ask members of the CHS faculty, can be misleading.


“The most striking thing for me is how unbalanced [class sizes] are,” AP Government and Politics teacher Bill Schrier says. “I have two classes in the mid-twenties and two in the mid-thirties.”

Juniors’ LifeSkills training postponed

Carmel High juniors will participate in a judgment improvement workshop planned for Nov. 19 after the program was postponed twice due to student, parent and teacher dissatisfaction with its scheduling.


The Botvin LifeSkills program will be delivered in age-appropriate iterations to students grades three through eight throughout Carmel Unified School District, as well as to students in health class at CHS. Junior year will be the last year that LifeSkills will be delivered.


LifeSkills is designed to promote improved decision-making, time management and communication during and after high school, counselor Jennifer Goodbody says.


“These really are skills for life,” Goodbody stresses. “There’s a misconception that this is a class about drug and alcohol awareness, and it isn’t.”

WASC evaluators to visit CHS in March

Since the start of 2012, Carmel High School has been going through the year-and-a-half process of becoming reaccredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, an independent body of…

Science building construction set to start Nov. 1


After a year of debate about the design and location of the new CHS science department building, construction is set to start Nov. 1.

The essential design will include three state-of-the-art classrooms and a shared prep room, but the official blueprint is still being re-drawn.

Last year, $2.6 million was allocated for the new science wing, and the hired architects asked the Carmel High science teachers what they would like in their new classrooms.

Carmel High welcomes three more Padres

Mr. Ward Off the beaten path at Carmel High, the cheerfully decorated walls and supportive environment of Room 9 welcome students and visitors. The quote of the day written on…

Editors welcome readers to re-discover The Sandpiper

When you think of a Sandpiper, what comes to mind? Perhaps the image of a hippie playing the pan flute on the beach appears, or maybe a playful shorebird comes to mind.

According to Danny Funt, former chief editor of The Sandpiper, the student newspaper is “an important voice” for Carmel.

The Sandpiper is the voice that reported on important issues like students stranded by a bridge collapse in Big Sur, the voice that illuminated controversial topics like racism at CHS and the voice that revealed campus supervisor Don Perry’s mysterious past.


Upcoming ballot measure could cut education dollars

On the ballot this Nov. 6 is a state constitutional amendment known as Prop 30, which, according to a Huffington Post article, if not passed would mean cuts to California…

Theater to screen presidential debates

With the presidential debates rapidly approaching, the CHS social studies department has decided to show the debates in the Center for the Performing Arts for interested students. According to AP…

State schools to adopt revised ed. standards

Carmel Unified School District, along with all public school districts in California, is adopting the new Common Core State Standards and testing methodology to replace the current Standardized Testing and…