The IMIN Showdown

IMIN ShowdownThe IMIN Showdown is just around the corner, with many students from different schools coming together to compete in different categories. The Showdown is basically a big talent show  between several different schools. Schools like Kearny, Madison, Serra, and many more have representatives that represent them in the categories of Theatre, Dance, Music, Step, and Arts. Registration began on March 1st and ended on March 31st, but that doesn’t mean people can’t participate. A way people can participate is by going to USD this Saturday and supporting all of our representatives including yours truly. Buses will be picking people up at Kearny throughout the day and taking them to USD. Performances start around 12 noon and ends around 5:30 in the afternoon. For more information regarding the Showdown talk to Cheyne Whitney at the Student Center or look it up at


During the school year 2014-15, the CAHSEE became history. The class of 2017 was the last class to take the CAHSEE. Now we take the SBAC instead of the CAHSEE. Regardless whether students passed or failed the last year, it does not matter since it is now a moot point.     

  • Obsolete Math Book

CAHSEE is a test that was created by California to measure student knowledge. The test ensured that students graduated with junior and high school grade level skills in reading, writing, and math.

All high school students had to pass the CAHSEE to earn a high school diploma. If students did not pass the CAHSEE, they would not be able to graduate high school. Students first took the test in 10th grade. Students who didn’t pass in 10th grade could take it again during 11th and 12th grade.

Kearny’s 4 School Basketball Tournament

Kearny High School now has their own small school basketball team. Meaning, each small school (SIB, DMD, SCT, EID) will be competing against each other. Students and teachers are teaming up to represent their small school. These four teams will be competing in a basketball tournament.

When: March 23,2016

Time: 3:30-5:24PM

Where: GYM

Congratulations to SCT for winning the basketball tournament!

End of the Quarter Is Coming

Prepare yourself!

The end of the quarter is right around the corner. If any students are falling behind on their class assignments, they should start working harder these next two weeks. The quarter ends the week after we return from spring break.

It is very important that students get their grades up by the end of the quarter—because once the quarter ends—there is no going back. If you have an F, it will remain like that forever.

That is why it is important to have good grades.

Kearny High School Softball


Everyone is in position. Knees bent, eyes following every movement of the softball. Their gloved hand ready to catch. Then all of the sudden, you hear the bat connect with the softball. The outfielders start backing up, as the girls in the infield ready themselves to catch the softball. You can hear the girls from Kearny High School Softball communicating as a team in order to win the game.

Softball season has started! Get your school spirit on; go out and support the softball girls.  You may have friends who may be playing.

Congratulations to the girls who made it on the varsity team:

Eleanor Bowyer, Shawna Carpinelli,  Julissa Estrada, Nina Ewert, Esmeralda Gonzalez, Brianna Ignacio, Dominick Lyles, Ravin Martin, Jonessa O Campo, Gianna Orozco, Grace Short, Gisselle Thirakul, Lauryn Thompson.

And a congratulations for the girls who made it on the JV team:

Eliza Baltazar, Alma Cazares, Denessa Cazares, Cree Davis, Stephanie Flores, Jennell Garland, Juaniece Hernandez, Juliet Lara-Garcia, Alexis Lauson, Anissa Marin, Alissa Mayorga, Malia Nicholson, Maliyah Pittman, Kyra Rall, Anya Schultz, Jayleen Tovar, Allison Watson, Tariah Wells, Angelina Yonsavin.

Keep yourself updated with the times and locations where the games will take place. If you see any of the girls, make sure to give them a high five!

Congratulations to the softball girls once again. Have fun and good luck!

IMIN Leadership Conference 3/9/16

On the ninth of March, Kearnys IMIN Leadership Team, of which I am a member, attended a conference at the University of California San Diego about social justice. For these conferences, various schools send students to learn about topics like leadership and teamwork. Schools attending this conference were the following: Kearny, Madison, San Diego, SCPA, and many more. Student speakers are sometimes asked to come and deliver a speech about the topic being discussed at the event. For this conference three students from Point Loma High School came to talk about social justice and what that means to us as the next generation. In this conference in particular, students received the opportunity to speak to social justice specialists that contribute to society in various different ways. For example, one specialist works with families as a doctor, and if the family can’t afford the bill, she just asks them to pay thirty dollars to make her services affordable. Also, students got a chance to discuss in groups about issues on their school campuses and ways to solve them. Kearny’s team in particular decided to tackle the drug use in high school campuses and have made a plan to help inform Kearny students of the dangers of drug use. At the end of the day, Kearny’s IMIN Leadership Team went home with thoughts for our school’s future and how we as students can help make our school a safe and fun place to be.

Grade Night

Heads up parents and students, if you guys want to see how you’re doing in school or how your kids are doing. Have any questions or concerns Grade Night is coming.

March 10th – SIB/SCT
March 14th – DMD/EID

Come and have dinner before or after grade night. On March 10th, we will have The Delicious Famoso Taco Truck and Grater Grilled Cheese Truck.

On Monday the 14th, the delicious Devilicious Burger and Taco Picasso Truck. These food trucks will be serving up a tasty and quick dinner from 4:30 to 7:30 in our parking lot!

This fundraiser supports the Kearny High’s Robotics team!

See you Monday and Thursday night for dinner and Grade Nights at Kearny!

The Importance of Sleep

Sleep plays an important role in your physical health. For example, sleep is involved in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels.  During sleep, important body functions and brain activity occur. Teens need about 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night to function best. Lack of sleep can make it hard to get along with your family and friends, limit your ability to learn, hurt your scores on school exams, on the court or on the field, and you may even forget important information like names, numbers, your homework or a date with a special person in your life. You can look bad, you may feel moody, and you perform poorly.

Kearny starts school at 8:45 in the morning while most of high schools in San Diego start school at approximately 7:30. Kearny’s schedule has been changed to nearly match with a teens’ biological clock in order to help them get a sufficient amount of sleep. It is obvious that teens do better if they start school later; it is easier to listen, learn, concentrate, and solve problems in class, do well on a test, and play sports without stumbling.

If you have trouble sleeping, here’s some advice:

  1. Calming Your Mind
  2. Relaxing Your Body
  3. Eating and Drinking Your Way to Better Sleep


Are You Healthy?

What 5 ponds of fat looks and feels like.

What 5 pounds of fat looks like.

Your health is very important. If you want to know if you’re healthy then just check your B.M.I, or you can take the Fitness gram. According to Coach Ahwazi, the Fitness Gram is a California State Test which consists of passing 5 out of 6 fitness tests to see if a student is healthy. If you’re wondering if you have to take the test, the answer is yes; it’s a California State Law.

Pass to P.E. to take the test.

Pass to P.E. to take the test.

The first test in the Fitness gram is the B.M.I which stands for, “Body Mass Index”. The B.M.I is basically just to see if you’re underweight, healthy, overweight, or obese by measuring your height and weight ratio. The majority of the kids pass the Fitness gram. The ones who fail the Fitness gram are usually the kids that are slightly overweight or have more body fat than muscle. Since the B.M.I is one of the more important tests—and if a student fails it—basically, they will fail the whole thing, Although they might fail the BMI, the student still has a small chance of passing the Fitness gram. Coach Ahwazi thinks that the Fitness is outdated making students do unnecessary things. Regardless, the students still have to take the Fitness gram that serves as a yearly reminder of the importance of exercise and nutrition.



Freshmen to senior students are required to take the fitness gram but you don’t need to pass it in order to graduate. Senior students have the option to either retake the ones they did not pass. Some students don’t pass the BMI. BMI meaning Body Mass Index is a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters. If your BMI is 18.5 to 24.9 you are at a healthy weight range. Anything under 18.5 is under weight anything over 24.9 is either over weight or obese. Being overweight or obese can cause several health problems for example:


  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes.
  • Coronary heart disease.
  • Stroke.
  • Gallbladder disease





2016-03-09 10.36.03My class laughed when I told them how my mom said, “WIC.” My mom usually says “el WIC” pronouncing it like the word, weak. Most of the people in Kearny High School that are not familiar with WIC are those that really do not need help with food or money. Some Kearny High School families are familiar with the services that WIC provides. There are many families that are unfamiliar with their services. WIC helps families that don’t have enough money to cover their food expenses. WIC donates to families gallons of milk, gallons of apple juice, fruits and vegetables, boxes of Cheerios, Honey Bunches of Oats, for they are trying to feed and promote healthy eating.

Music Helps With Homework


Homework, the one thing we students get almost every day, and the one thing teachers expect us to do. After observing my classes for a while, I noticed that a lot of the students didn’t have their homework completed. There are many reasons to why students don’t complete their homework. Some of those reasons are procrastination, distraction, and not being able to concentrate. Are there any solutions? Sure, that’s easy; you can go to a quiet place with not as many distractions: your room, the library, a secluded place. Also, studies from the University of Dayton and from the University of Wales shows that listening to music can help you study. The studies show that listening to your favorite types of music only helps a little, but can also decrease your performance. The study from the University of Dayton shows that listening to classical music can increase your performance more than other types of music. So if you ever need a little concentration boost, remember, music and a quiet place is the key.

Welcome Back Kearny Galaxy!

As I remind myself, “Yesterday is history and tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.” Today is a gift for Kearny because it marks the return of the Kearny Galaxy after years of inactivity. As part of our launch, the Kearny News Crew has put a variety of articles and stories together to inform and entertain. As a part of Kearny’s history, the Galaxy has always reported on events regarding our student body activities: on and off the campus.

Starting with this first online issue, we intend for our peers to experience the unity produced by students as our predecessors once did. As the next generation of Galaxy Journalists, we hope that you enjoy the return of our newspaper.

Kearny Galaxy

Jericho Dancel


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