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The Charger Account

The Charger Account is the completely online, student-run newspaper of Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta, California.

The Charger Account publishes original content–media galleries, breaking stories, sports coverage, features, high-quality photos–produced by students who are part of an ongoing effort to bring the freshest news to our community.

The Charger Account made the transition to an online model in 2011 after partnering with Santa Barbara’s premier online news source, Noozhawk.

Please email questions, comments, and concerns to Michael Aling (maling15@thechargeraccount.org), Caroline Gay (cgay15@thechargeraccount.org), or Ainsley Diehl (adiehl16@thechargeraccount.org). To contact the journalism class adviser, email ksavio@dphs.org.

Mission Statement

Our mission as a student-run, online-only publication is to provide the Dos Pueblos community with quality, diverse, accurate, responsible, thought-provoking and authentic journalism designed to keep readers informed in a timely manner.

Editorial Policy

The Charger Account is an open public forum that invites comments and Letters to the Editor, which should be 400 words or fewer and must include the writer’s name and a method of verification. All submissions from readers are subject to laws governing obscenity, libel, privacy and disruption of the school process. Letters may be edited for length. Opinion pieces, including columns, reflect the opinions of individual writers, while unsigned editorials reflect the majority opinion of the three-member Editorial Board, not the school, the school district or any other employee. The Editorial Board, made up of three student editors, makes final decisions on content. One faculty adviser provides guidance and feedback.

Corrections Policy

One main goal of the publication is to have no errors; however, should errors occur, the staff will run corrections as soon as possible.

Comment Policy

Comments on articles are moderated and those determined by editors to be crude, overly mean-spirited or that serve primarily as personal attacks will be deleted. Comments advertising products and comments that are overly vague or bear little relevance to the article or conversation will also be discarded as spam.

Obituary Policy

We will treat all deaths at the school with dignity and sensitivity. Deaths of current students, faculty, staff or administration that occur during the school year will be covered with an obituary in a timely manner. More coverage may be provided at the discretion of the Charger Account staff. Deaths that occur during the summer will be covered at the start of the following school year. Deaths of former students, faculty, staff or administration will be covered at the discretion of the staff. Obituaries will typically be about 450 words. Families may be asked to provide photographs.



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Photo Gallery: Class of 2015 Graduation Ceremony

Photo Gallery: Class of 2015 Graduation Ceremony

Under a steel grey sky, the Dos Pueblos class of 2015, clad in their blue and gold robes, graduated at the Scott O’Leary football field on June 10. As the seniors took their final steps down the green, grassy field, they were greeted by screaming family and friends.

Opinion: We need to do something about the trash around our school

Opinion: We need to do something about the trash around our school

As I walk down the hallway, I step on someone’s lunch bag and in the background I hear birds fighting over somebody’s lunch they left on the ground. I look around and I see lunch trays on the ground and food tossed on the floor. There is trash all around the school. I see it […]

Opinion: Finals aren’t an accurate reflection of students’ knowledge

Opinion: Finals aren’t an accurate reflection of students’ knowledge

Rather than giving final exams, teachers should assign final projects.

12 Questions with Blayke Harrison

12 Questions with Blayke Harrison

Harrison is a top competitor in Channel League, is completely committed to track and field and is pursuing his goal of being a professional athlete.

Opinion: Reschedule Local High School Graduations

Opinion: Reschedule Local High School Graduations

Why should someone have to miss the high school graduation of a loved one?

2015 Econ Fair

2015 Econ Fair

As seniors approach the end of the semester, they are given an extra credit option (or assignment, depending on the class) to set up stands and sell items or services of their choice. Several times the annual econ fair has almost been shut down because of the legal difficulties implicit in student-run business activities on campus, but it continues to this day.

Chargers in the World: Gabriel Elbert, a Charger and a “Buff” at Heart

Chargers in the World: Gabriel Elbert, a Charger and a “Buff” at Heart

Chargers in the World catches up with DP alumni to see what they’ve been doing since graduation. “I will always be a Charger and when I graduate from Colorado I will always be a Buff.”

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – DP Teams Dominate SB in Local Game Tournament

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – DP Teams Dominate SB in Local Game Tournament

In the first tournament of its kind between the two schools, Dos Pueblos' senior team and freshman team both won against Santa Barbara High School's Dons Net Gaming

Movie Review: Pitch Perfect 2

Movie Review: Pitch Perfect 2

The hilarious "Pitch Perfect" sequel is a must see

Students’ Artwork Featured at Library Gallery

Students’ Artwork Featured at Library Gallery

Students at Dos Pueblos High School were awarded for their artisanship on May 15 at the art show in the Library.

Head Girls’ Volleyball Coach Resigns After Six Years

Head Girls’ Volleyball Coach Resigns After Six Years

Todd Garrett has been a volleyball coach at Dos Pueblos for the past 12 years and a varsity head coach for six years. This year, he has decided to step down as the varsity girls’ volleyball head coach. Garrett coached the Chargers to three Channel League titles and four CIF-SS playoff appearances. His most accomplished […]

Opinion: The dress code should not limit students just because they could be a ‘distraction’

Opinion: The dress code should not limit students just because they could be a ‘distraction’

It is a good thing that DP does not strictly enforce the district's dress code

DP Softball Looks to Advance Past Semifinals

DP Softball Looks to Advance Past Semifinals

The DP softball team has the talent to make a deep run in the CIF-SS playoffs.

Virtual Enterprise Attains Gold in New York Trade Show

Virtual Enterprise Attains Gold in New York Trade Show

Hovertech’s students presented a prototype hoverboard in the New York trade show for their DP Virtual Enterprise company, in a competition which ran from April 13-15 in New York City

Photo of the Day: DP Chalk Festival Winners

Photo of the Day: DP Chalk Festival Winners

Amor Galvan and Jade Day won places at the I Madonnari Festival at the Mission through their work

Photo Gallery: Seniors Dance the ‘Moroccan Nights’ Away at Prom

Photo Gallery: Seniors Dance the ‘Moroccan Nights’ Away at Prom

The class of 2015 celebrated their last few weeks of high school at the Fess Parker Doubletree hotel May 9

DP Baseball 4-peats in Channel League

DP Baseball 4-peats in Channel League

DP baseball heads into the CIF-SS Division 2 playoffs fresh off winning its fourth consecutive Channel League title.

Later Starts and Extra Minutes Adjust Next Year’s Bell Schedule

Later Starts and Extra Minutes Adjust Next Year’s Bell Schedule

DP to end at 3 p.m.; Late start to begin at 8:55, better accommodating the bus schedule

Students take 846 AP exams in total

Students take 846 AP exams in total

For the first two weeks of May, students have been lining up in the cafeteria and rooms H11 and H30. With stress on their minds and cold sweats on their palms, they have been preparing for the Advanced Placement exams.

7 Questions with Austin Bull, BMX Biker

7 Questions with Austin Bull, BMX Biker

DP junior Austin Bull is paving a path for amateur BMX riders

Santa Barbara International Film Festival Honors Winners of the Variety Artisans Award

Santa Barbara International Film Festival Honors Winners of the Variety Artisans Award

The Variety Artisans Award celebrates those who are essential to the filmmaking process and who have exhibited the most exciting and innovative work of the year in their respective fields.

Coach York and Tim Heiduk Receive Accolades for Stellar Season

Coach York and Tim Heiduk Receive Accolades for Stellar Season

Coach Matt York named Channel League Coach of the Year, Heiduk voted Offensive MVP for the Channel League after 6-0-2 season for the team

Megan Phillips: The new Biology teacher

Megan Phillips: The new Biology teacher

Megan Phillips is one of the new teachers who has been hired this year. She is a biology teacher and will be, and already is, teaching IB.

Sports Round-up: Week of 04/12 to 04/18

Sports Round-up: Week of 04/12 to 04/18

Baseball moves up to first in Channel League | Five Chargers named High School Athletes of the Year | Boys volleyball wins three of four games | Softball sweeps Ventura twice | Boys lacrosse loses to Laguna Blanca | Track and Field wins dual meet over Santa Barbara | Boys tennis loses to Mira Costa | Swim teams win dual meet over Buena | Boys golf sweeps all three games

Furious 7: It May Be Dumb, But It’s Fun

Furious 7: It May Be Dumb, But It’s Fun

The impossible car stunts and mindless action returns in the seventh film of “The Fast and the Furious” franchise. Director James Wan and all the cast members have assembled the best cars and the best fighters in memory of their departed friend, actor Paul Walker. Walker played Brian O’Conner, one of the main characters in […]

Hoping for Total Renovation at Dos Pueblos

Hoping for Total Renovation at Dos Pueblos

The Santa Barbara Unified School District is hoping to one day tear down and rebuild almost the entire Dos Pueblos campus, including moving the Greek Theater across campus, adding two-story buildings and a new cafeteria, should the funds become available. “It’s going to be about a couple hundred million dollars [from the facilities budget] for […]

Sports Round-up: Weeks of 03/15 to 04/11

Sports Round-up: Weeks of 03/15 to 04/11

From March 15 to April 11, Dos Pueblos sports had a mix of wins and losses

New Bell Schedule Voted to Continue Next Year

New Bell Schedule Voted to Continue Next Year

DP staff approves continuation of bell schedule despite the fact that the D and F rate rose under the new system

Local Color: The Student-Operated Magazine

Local Color: The Student-Operated Magazine

A student-run and award-winning magazine that gives DP students the opportunity to submit their art and literature for publication

Dos Pueblos Theatre Company’s Spring Production of Legally Blonde

Dos Pueblos Theatre Company’s Spring Production of Legally Blonde

Play opened April 17 and performances will go through April 25

Movie Review: “American Sniper”

Movie Review: “American Sniper”

"American Sniper" shows the emotional toll on a military family

[Updated] Student Names Also Mentioned in Threatening Emails

[Updated] Student Names Also Mentioned in Threatening Emails

It has been confirmed that student names were included in a threatening email sent to a Dos Pueblos teacher and administrator which resulted in the arrest of a 15-year-old freshman boy on campus Friday

2015-2016 ASB Officers Announced

2015-2016 ASB Officers Announced

Congratulations to the students elected as ASB Officers for the 2015-2016 school year! President: Nathan Alvarez Vice President: Jack Burns Secretary: Nandini Braganza Treasurer: Ekin Lam Historian: Trent Toyama Students interested in running for Sophomore, Junior, or Senior Class Office can pick up Class Officer Petitions outside the Activities Office.

DP Girls’ Volleyball Hits the Sand

DP Girls’ Volleyball Hits the Sand

Girls' sand volleyball debuts as a new club sport

[Updated] Breaking News: DP Student Arrested For Email Threats

[Updated] Breaking News: DP Student Arrested For Email Threats

A 15-year-old Dos Pueblos student was arrested yesterday after school officials and the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department identified him as the alleged source of criminal threats sent electronically to one DP teacher and a DP administrator.

Photo of the Day: International Day Preparation

Photo of the Day: International Day Preparation

There is a modified schedule today, Friday Apr. 17, to accomodate the event. Foods sold are subject to new nutritional guidelines this year, as with all food sold on campus in the SBUSD. No more In-n-Out milkshakes, Chargers.

DP Teen Stars compete in the fifth annual Santa Barbara Teen Star Competition

DP Teen Stars compete in the fifth annual Santa Barbara Teen Star Competition

Two students from Dos Pueblos High School were in the 2015 Santa Barbara Teen Star competition on Feb. 21.

DP Unable to Reduce Water Usage by 20 Percent

DP Unable to Reduce Water Usage by 20 Percent

California Governor Jerry Brown handed Californians a mandate this week to cut water usage by 25 percent. However, Dos Pueblos High School  and other district schools were unable to meet last year’s Santa Barbara County mandate for citizens to reduce their water usage by 20 percent, prompting Superintendent David Cash to implement further water-saving measures. […]

The Dos Pueblos PTSA Bridges the Gap Between School and Parents

The Dos Pueblos PTSA Bridges the Gap Between School and Parents

The PTSA have tasked themselves with organising Beautify DP events, running the Cafe Annex, creating the after-prom party and providing teachers with educational materials.

The California Measles Scare

The California Measles Scare

A measles outbreak is spreading across California from a Disneyland amusement park

British philosopher Jonathan Winterbottom joins Math Department

British philosopher Jonathan Winterbottom joins Math Department

Jonathan Winterbottom doesn’t miss home. He considers Santa Barbara his true home, although it is over 4,000 miles away from where he was born.

Seniors 2015: It’s the End of High School as They Know It

Seniors 2015: It’s the End of High School as They Know It

Seniors talk about what they’re feeling knowing that they’ll be going to college soon

Boys’ 4×800 Relay, Clark Lead DP at Easter Relays

Boys’ 4×800 Relay, Clark Lead DP at Easter Relays

Many DP track and field athletes placed highly at the 2015 Santa Barbara Easter Relays on Saturday.

DP Science Club Takes Second Place at 2015 JPL Science Bowl Regional Competition

DP Science Club Takes Second Place at 2015 JPL Science Bowl Regional Competition

After an intense comeback in the playoffs and beating some of the best high school teams in the region, members of the DP Science Club took home second place at the 2015 Regional High School Science Bowl competition, losing to Arcadia High School’s team.

Sports Round-up: Week of 03/08 to 03/14

Sports Round-up: Week of 03/08 to 03/14

Cox competes in CIF State Wrestling Championships | Baseball loses two of three games | Boys volleyball beats Oxnard | Softball wins three of four games | Lacrosse loses both its games to San Marcos | Varsity girls and JV boys win in track/field dual meet against Buena, many athletes place in weekend meets | Boys tennis wins two of three games | Swim/Dive wins in tri-meet | Boys golf loses two of three games

Photo Gallery: Grease Pole 2015, DP Tradition

Photo Gallery: Grease Pole 2015, DP Tradition

On Friday the annual grease pole took place in Dos Pueblos’ Greek theater. The grease pole is a competition in which 3-student teams (all seniors) attempt to climb a pole coated with slick grease. This has been a tradition for many years at DP and each year a wider variety of participants try their hand […]

Intramural Dodgeball Comes to DP

Intramural Dodgeball Comes to DP

DP students will compete in a co-ed intramural dodgeball tournament the Thursdays at lunch.

New Wellness Policy Restricts Student Organizations From Distributing Unhealthy Food

New Wellness Policy Restricts Student Organizations From Distributing Unhealthy Food

Food sold by Virtual Enterprise's Cart Mart and by clubs on International Day now regulated

46th Dos Pueblos Jazz Festival: A rocking performance

46th Dos Pueblos Jazz Festival: A rocking performance

Dos Pueblos’ Advanced Jazz band performed along with Grammy-award-winning saxophonist Bob Mintzer, Grammy-nominated Latin Jazz star Bobby Rodriguez and Gary Pratt with his Cal State Northridge Band in an evening concert on Mar. 7 as a part of DP’s 46th annual Jazz Festival. For almost 50 years, DP has hosted an annual Jazz Festival: a […]

Dougal R. House: the “Back Half’s” Volunteer Curator

Dougal R. House: the “Back Half’s” Volunteer Curator

House has been caring for Dos Pueblos’ forested area and creek for over 30 years

Sports Round-up: Week of 03/01 to 03/07

Sports Round-up: Week of 03/01 to 03/07

Baseball loses against two teams | Boys Volleyball loses to Newbury Park | Softball loses to Camarillo | Lacrosse loses to Santa Barbara | Track athletes place in Don Green Invite | Boys Tennis loses to Campbell Hall | Boys Golf beats Saint Bonaventura

Social Equality Club Works To Make All Students Feel Accepted

Social Equality Club Works To Make All Students Feel Accepted

Club recently received a $1,890 grant from Youth Making Change, a grant-making organisation run by teens

Boys Lacrosse Returns for Its Sophomore Season

Boys Lacrosse Returns for Its Sophomore Season

On Wednesday the team fell to San Marcos at home in the first Varsity game of the season, 9-3

Boys’ Soccer Wins League Title for First Time Since 1983

Boys’ Soccer Wins League Title for First Time Since 1983

Team finished league undefeated, with a record of 6-0-2 in Channel League games

Charger Spotlight: Juliet James

Charger Spotlight: Juliet James

Dos Pueblos freshman Juliet James is pushing skating to the next level.

Sports Round-up: Week of 02/22 to 02/28

Sports Round-up: Week of 02/22 to 02/28

Girls Soccer Loses in CIF | Cameron Cox Advances in State | Boys Tennis Wins First Game of Season | Baseball Loses First Game of Season | Spring Sports Start This Week

Photo Gallery: Leadership Airbands 2015

Photo Gallery: Leadership Airbands 2015

Students flocked to the Greek on Friday at lunch to watch the Leadership Airbands - leadership students performing stunts in their various consecutive dance skits.

Opinion: Is Skating a Crime?

Opinion: Is Skating a Crime?

Most people describe skating culture as being immature, destructive, and uncivilized. But where else are you going to find a culture that doesn't judge you by your skin color, age, economic status, or by the clothes you wear?

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