Jim Marsoobian
Opinion Editor

Watch out Diablos- the skies are soon to be swarming with Hawks when Laguna Hills High School merges with MVHS in the upcoming school year.

 

     Mission Viejo High School’s low enrollment has caused the SVUSD School Board Director, Steven Tamale, to merge Laguna Hills High School. This decision was made on March 5th, 2022, and will be placed in effect at the start of the 2022-2023 school year.

     The students who have not yet graduated from LHHS have already been registered for MVHS in the Aeries Grade Portal and will be required to select their courses for the next school year. 

    One soon-to-be MVHS student, Gil Horchata, commented on the change in offered courses, “You know, some classes I was looking forward to taking next year like The Fundamentals of Balloon Art and An Introduction to Dart Throwing aren’t even offered at Mission.”

     Horchata’s not the only one who’s disappointed in the merge; a number of teachers currently employed at Laguna are about to lose their jobs. Laguna Hills’ Shark-Riding coach, Dan Enchilada, criticized, “Not only am I losing my job, but a whole group of students are about to lose the opportunity to get involved in the sophisticated sport of Shark-Riding.”

     The Diablos aren’t too happy about the merge either. “No matter what happens, in the end it’ll always be Diablos VS Hawks,” says MVHS student Sylvie Ceviche. 

     “The Hawks don’t know how Diablos live. We eat lunch on the ground. We have four minutes every day to use the bathroom, eat a snack, drink water, socialize, and get to our classes. The Hawks won’t be able to fly their way through the Inferno, this time.”

     It all started with the very low enrollment of the two schools. Just this school year, Cordillera Elementary merged into Montevideo Elementary for the exact same reason. 

   In a public statement, Steven Tamale, the SVUSD School Board Director, explained, “The decline in student enrollment at both LHHS and MVHS is a problem: we are running out of students to dress code and assign lunch detentions to. The lack of tables, benches, umbrellas, and trash cans on the MVHS campus isn’t even a problem anymore because of the decrease in student numbers.”

     The severe decline in student enrollment has also led to another problem: statistically lower input of test grades into the district system. 

     That’s why each teacher has been assigning at least two quizzes, essays, and tests every week. But with the merge, a shift to only six tests a week can be expected.

     And that’s not the only beneficial thing about this situation; some students are excited for the merge, like Diablo Paulina Buñuelos. “All of my friends go to Laguna. The only reason I came to Mission was because my mom wanted me to be Pablo the Diablo at football games. But now I’ll get to see my friends more often,” she explains.

     Another student, Isabella Chimichanga, commented on the new clubs that can be expected with the increase in student enrollment. “Hopefully new clubs, like Smoothie-Making and the So-Cal Jumprope League will be introduced into our school now that more students are going to be here.”

     Overall, the Laguna and Mission Merge, though still controversial, will surely bring some excitement into the upcoming school year.

 

This is an April Fools’ article