The Downey Legend

Teachers Take on Covid-19

Managing the current chain of events with school dismissal, Mr. Navarro, Integrated Math and AP Calculus teacher, is taking it one day at a time. “The first week was difficult reaching my students because of technical issues with Khan Academy, where I assign work to my students. I would try to reach my students that I could not see that they completed the assignment and they would not reach back.” Mr. Narravo stated. “I am feeling better now, I am finding more time to be available to my children. I am spending more time playing with them and chasing them around because they lost all their playtime with their friends from school.”

Jaylene Cardona, Business Manager

March 28, 2020

Photos courtesy of interviewees.

Chicago Teacher Strike

Esmeralda Martinez, Copy Editor

April 29, 2016

The U.S.’s third largest school district, Chicago School District, has been on an on-going strike involving all school grade teachers. The walkout began on April 1 and has followed through every Friday since then. The incursion broadened after the school district faced a $1.1 billion deficit, due to...

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

Amanda Davila, Staff Writer

March 18, 2016

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

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...

The Great Depression Challenge

In B-212, after school on Feb. 12 Ms. Rabak waits to sign her students’ Great Depression Challenge papers. The challenge takes place over the course of two weeks and participants must wear the same outfit everyday.

Jazlyn Contreras, Video Manager

February 26, 2016

For two weeks, junior history students will face The Great Depression Challenge, in which they must wear the same outfit everyday for twenty points extra credit. This project started on Feb. 9., and eleventh grade history teachers will be hosting this activity. U.S. History and Public Health teacher,...

Wise Words with Weisenburger

Montzerratt Mendoza and Miranda Ramirez

February 10, 2016

Mr. Weisenburger shares stories about his life, his athletic upbringing, his family, along with some pros and cons of being one of the senior teachers at Downey High.

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

Alex Castillo and Brandon Guerrero

February 3, 2016

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.

5 Questions with Mr. Coe

On October 21, Mr. Coe takes a break after teaching a lesson to his students in C205. “I enjoy teaching; I love working on bettering the kids in any way I can,” Coe said.

Dianna Jimenez, Staff Writer

November 10, 2015

Honors Chemistry and AP Chemistry teacher, Mr. Coe, expresses his simple and carefree disposition through his fashion: owning only black and gray t-shirts.   Q1: When did you begin to dress the way you do? A1: Maybe like a couple years ago, but just recently I switched from wearing the sam...

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

With a strong passion in writing and a love for music, Downey High School teacher, Mr. Rios was an active member of The Mosleys till his late 20’s.

Julissa Villalobos, Photo Editor

October 26, 2015

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....

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