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RCHS statistics students asked to design a game of chance

Senior Irina Onisko and Junior Alyssa Gonzalez present their casino game “Saxy Fever” which required players to spin a wheel, and if the spinner didn’t land on the instrument that was betted on, there was an option to throw a ping pong ball into the bell of a saxophone in order to win their bet back. (By Rebecca Schwartz, RCHS Journalism Class)

Senior Irina Onisko and Junior Alyssa Gonzalez present their casino game “Saxy Fever” which required players to spin a wheel, and if the spinner didn’t land on the instrument that was betted on, there was an option to throw a ping pong ball into the bell of a saxophone in order to win their bet back. (By Rebecca Schwartz, RCHS Journalism Class)

NEWS-LEDGER — NOV 12, 2014 —

By Rebecca Schwartz
River City High School Journalism Class

Every year since he had begun teaching at River City High School, statistics teacher James Colligan, has put on a ‘Casino Day’ where students used the practical skills of the lessons that he has taught them to design a casino game that will make them a profit.

Jane Griblin, a senior who built a spinner game called “Wheel of Wonderland” said, “I thought it was really fun and it was a good experience to make your own game and do the statistics part of it and see how much you could… Rig people, I guess.”

Monday, November 3rd, was biannual Casino Day. During his 1st, 3rd, and 4th period students from other classes, as well as teachers came in and played the carefully crafted games that were designed to entice students and teachers who don’t know statistics into gambling their fake money- The catch was that the house had to always win.

Colligan has been doing this project every year he’s been teaching. He had learned it from his own high school statistics teacher, who he is still in contact with. With the recent push for more hands on activities in English and Math classrooms, this project fits well into the Common Core framework.

“Common core is, most importantly, about using critical thinking skills to apply mathematical reasoning to the ‘real world’ and I think if you’re going to teach kids about probability the most interesting things you can do is to gamble,” says Colligan.

The games were varied from spinners to games that required physical activities on the part of the player, like tossing balls and flipping coins.

Shabnam Hassan, a junior who played during first period said, “I didn’t really care about the money, I just wanted to have fun… I don’t like gambling, it’s fun. It’s addicting, but it’s not good.”

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Rites of passage: homecoming at RCHS

NEWS-LEDGER — OCT 8, 2014 —

By Danny Thirakul

River City High School Homecoming Queen and King: Varsity Cheerleader Kalina Ramos Sangco and Raiders varsity football player Mateo Pineda, both 17.  (Photo by Danny Thirakul)

River City High School Homecoming Queen and King: Varsity Cheerleader Kalina Ramos Sangco and Raiders varsity football player Mateo Pineda, both 17.
(Photo by Danny Thirakul)

River City High School Senior

The excitement at River City High School could be heard for miles around on Friday, Sept. 26, as the Raiders kicked off their Homecoming weekend with a spirit rally. Even the varsity football team’s defeat to Pioneer (42-20) couldn’t dampen student enthusiasm for their school.

The afternoon rally opened with the school cheer, recognition of Fall sports, and was followed by an array of games in which students from all grade levels at the high school could compete.

Friday night the Homecoming floats and royalty enthralled the crowd. Homecoming Queen, cheerleader Kalina Ramos Sangco, 17, said, “I am so happy I won, and I’m glad I won with my best friend (Homecoming King, Raiders football player Mateo Pineda).”

River City’s Cheerleaders, the Command Dance Crew, the marching band “The River City Regiment” all wowed spectators.

RCHS Music Director Tony Marvelli said he’s always proud of the band and added, “The quality has only gone up from year to year.”

River City High School’s cheerleaders wow the crowd during the 2014 Homecoming football game Friday, Sept. 26 at River City High School. (Photo by Danny Thirakul)

River City High School’s cheerleaders wow the crowd during the 2014 Homecoming football game Friday, Sept. 26 at River City High School. (Photo by Danny Thirakul)

Cheerleaders Head Coach Sean Henderson had no doubt the squad would do a great job, saying, “I feel confident about this group more than any team I’ve ever coached.”

A homecoming weekend favorite, the Homecoming dance (theme: “When in Rome”), kept excitement high Saturday as students scouted sites for photo opportunities in their Homecoming clothes and arranged for pre-dance dinners.

The dance got great reviews. River City Leadership students, “put it together very well,” said senior Dianna Mercado, 17. She liked the creativity that went into the decorations “especially the lights,” she said, adding, “(The dance) was very flashy.”

Senior Kelly Saetern, 17, gave the music high marks. “They played a lot more slow songs (than last year),” Kelly said.

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RCHS gears up for ‘homecoming’

Anamaria Rizo, 16, and Lilly Stall, 14, paint a 'We Are Raiders' poster in preparation for Homecoming Spirit Week at River City High School.  (Photo by Danny Thirakul, River City High School student)

Anamaria Rizo, 16, and Lilly Stall, 14, paint a ‘We Are Raiders’ poster in preparation for Homecoming Spirit Week at River City High School.
(Photo by Danny Thirakul, River City High School student)

NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 24, 2014 —

By Danny Thirakul
River City
High School student

Student stress levels are off the charts! River City High School’s leadership class has been running rampant trying to pull together a successful Homecoming — a full month ahead of schedule! This year’s Homecoming had to be moved up because its original date conflicted with previously-scheduled events.

Homecoming consists of a Spirit Week, rally, football game and a dance. Spirit week is from Sept. 22 to Sept. 26. The dance is scheduled for Sept. 27. The football game is scheduled the night before the dance: Sept. 26.

Although some may think Homecoming festivities are not so hard to put together; that it’s just an event a school puts on, Associated Student Body Board Representative Victoria Visochin, 17, and Senior Class Vice President Nicholas Johnson, 17, would disagree.

Victoria is in charge of Homecoming float decorations and says there have been, “too many hours spent a week working on these floats,” but adds, smiling, “Homecoming is life. Go Big Blue!”

Nicholas stresses that Leadership “has been on an extremely tight schedule,” putting in a lot of work to get it done on time.

It’s not just stressful for the students running the event but everyone else participating. The River City High School Marching Band will be performing at the football game as will the River City High School Cheerleaders. It’s is also stressful for the students who go to these events.

Senior Cecilia Pitts, 18, will be attending the Homecoming Dance. Because Homecoming is a month earlier than usual she says, “It caught me off guard. I had to go dress shopping a lot earlier before all the good dresses got taken.”

Section Leader of the River City High School Drum Line, Michael Cano, 17, says, “The band is very much excited for the homecoming week, but some of us are a little nervous because of the short notice we were given.”

Julia Chapman, 15, is a cheerleader. She says, “We have been working really hard for the Homecoming routine. We have been practicing the routine for the past two weeks.”  She says the squad is a little nervous but when it comes down to the performance, “We’ll hit it!”

  EDITOR’S NOTE: River City High’s “homecoming” football games are on Friday, Sept. 26, at the home stadium.  The team will host Pioneer High of Woodland. The junior varsity game kicks off at 5 p.m. and varsity plays at 7.

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RCHS loses opener to Christian Brothers

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — SEPT 3, 2014 —

River City High School’s 2014 football season opened on Friday, with a non-conference game in West Sacramento against visiting Christian Brothers.

Christian Brothers put 28 points on the board in the first quarter while cruising to a 56-7 win in the varsity match-up.

River City won the J.V. matchup 36-0.

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