The Downey Legend

“In math class I’d be like that student that everyone else would go to.”

Amanda Davila, Staff Writer

March 18, 2016


Filed under Parents & Teachers, Podcast

Focusing on earning his masters at CSULB, math teacher, Mr. Navarro, is currently enrolled in a higher-level calculus class and a leadership class to pursue his idea of becoming a college professor.

The Scholarly Convict

Angelica Fregoso and Dianna Jimenez

March 18, 2016


Filed under Parents & Teachers, Top Stories

Analogous to the Alma Mater of Malcolm X, the anthem of English teacher Ms. Kasner is books, so much so that after reading a chapter from Malcolm X’s autobiography, she confided in her AP Language and Composition students her clandestine fantasy to one day be incarcerated. That way she could dedicate ever...

“First bird we shot, we almost threw up.”

“First bird we shot, we almost threw up.”

Alex Castillo and Brandon Guerrero

February 3, 2016


Filed under Audio, Parents & Teachers, Podcast, Top Stories

Mr. Witkin and Mr. Thompkins talk about their hunting trips within the past few months along with some memorable moments and their long-time appreciation for nature and the many things it has to offer.

The Lives of Teachers Before They Were Teachers: Mr. Rios

The Lives of Teachers Before They Were Teachers: Mr. Rios

Julissa Villalobos, Photo Editor

October 26, 2015


Filed under Parents & Teachers, Top Stories

With a population of 4,400 students being taught and guided by teachers who must memorize more than 100 names and faces, Roger Rios, a true “rock-n-roll” teacher in A-206 develops real connections with his students that they will never forget.   “He seems real. If that makes sense....

Munchin’ at the luncheon

Munchin’ at the luncheon

Irania Quintero, News Section Editor

June 16, 2015


Filed under Parents & Teachers

On Wed., Jun. 3, Downey High School’s Creative Foods class and their teacher, Ms. Diane Villa, hosted the annual teacher luncheon, in room A-203, in order to give the students an experience in a food service event.  Teachers on campus are often tied up in their work, from grading papers to making...

The New way

The New way

Mehak Khan, Staff Writer

March 30, 2015


Filed under Parents & Teachers, Top Stories

Parent Debra New first joined Downey High’s Drumline Booster Board in 2013 and is currently vice president along with a nomination for next year’s presidential position. New enjoys the pride and excitement at competitions. Seeing how relaxed the band students are and all the fun that they have...

Mama Minnig

Mama Minnig

Mehak Khan, Staff Writer

March 30, 2015


Filed under Parents & Teachers

Janet Minnig has been supporting her daughter ever since she chose to become a cheerleader at the age of 5 and is also on the PTA board for Downey High School. She continues to support the cheer adviser and coaches. Minnig also has a cheer mom Twitter account, which her daughter set up for her. She...

Accidental fame

Accidental fame

Mehak Khan, Staff Writer

March 11, 2015


Filed under Parents & Teachers

Downey High School’s English teacher, and former lacrosse coach, Scott Witkin, starred as a lacrosse player in the movie, American Pie, in 1999.   Mr. Witkin talks about how his experience with working in the film industry was a great time but happened on accident.   “I was play...

New around here

New around here

Esther Rodriguez, Parents & Teachers Section Editor

February 17, 2015


Filed under Parents & Teachers, Top Stories

At the start of second semester, Ms. Rauls, a former student teacher of Ms. James and Mr. Glasser, began her first semester as an official history teacher.   Through student teaching, Ms. Rauls feels she learned how to make teaching fun for her students. She also feels Downey High School,...

Tying the knot

Tying the knot

Natalie Gomez, Arts & Entertainment Section Editor

February 6, 2015


Filed under Parents & Teachers

On Jan. 17, English teacher and Writer Center Adviser, Kelly Stratford, wed her long time boyfriend in front of friends and family at the Redondo Beach Historic Library. Marriage is already a serious commitment, but as a teacher, changing maiden names can have a dramatic impact.   “For the...

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