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first_imgAbout 160 seventh- and eighth-grade students from Dexter, Edwards, Los Nietos and Graves middle schools have enrolled in the math program. The program also has higher-math courses aimed at local high school students. “It’s a great opportunity for the kids,” said Gonzalez, who also is the president of the school board for the Whittier City School District. “The idea behind this is twofold. First, the middle-school students get to come to their high school and stay in the area. But most importantly, by participating in this program, they can come here as ninth-graders and go straight into geometry. And that means they’re set up to take calculus before they graduate,” he said. In 1974, Escalante was hired as a basic mathematics teacher at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles. He got national attention by teaching advanced mathematics to students considered “unteachable.” His success was profiled in the 1988 film “Stand and Deliver.” Encouraging high school students in less-affluent urban areas to complete high school math early so that they can take college math while still in high school was was the driving force behind Escalante’s overall philosophy, Gonzalez noted. WEST WHITTIER – Although he was never a student of Jaime Escalante, Pioneer High School teacher Javier Gonzalez considers the famed East Los Angeles math teacher as the person who most inspired him to become an educator. It was during the 1980s when Gonzalez took a summer job as a tutor with the Jaime Escalante Math Program at East Los Angeles College. Aimed specifically at inner-city children at risk of failing, the program engages the students in higher-level math courses. Passing those courses can become a ticket to university acceptance. Now Gonzalez is bringing the program to Pioneer High this summer. “I wanted to do this because I don’t really have anything to do during the summer,” said Edwards Middle School eighth-grader Ilene Ruiz, 13. “I was going to go to the \ math academy, but this is going to be much better for me in high school. I’ve learned a lot already, and it’s only been a few days.” The program also has a math analysis/algebra 2/geometry portion for Pioneer High students. The high-schoolers get college credit for the course through East Los Angeles College. Plus, it frees them up to take calculus BC – the second level of calculus – by the time they are seniors. Gonzalez credited Pioneer administrators and the middle schools for working together to bring the program to West Whittier this year. “This required all of our districts to work together to benefit the kids and the community,” said Pioneer High Principal Alex Flores. “These kids will be our kids someday, and we want to provide as much support as possible.” Edwards Principal Monica Sena said when school starts up in the fall, eighth-grade teachers will continue the algebra I lessons from the summer program. “And because of \ and this program, the spirit of Jaime Escalante lives on in West Whittier,” said Sena. tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgEarlier this week, Activision released the first trailer for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Recent entries in the series have taken the franchise into the near future, but this game will go hundreds of years further and be set in a distant, space-faring future reality. The video has gotten over 8 million views on YouTube at the time of writing, and so far reception to it hasn’t exactly been positive. The trailer has received a staggering 370,000 dislikes (and counting).Considering how much of a departure this game is from previous titles in the series, even the ones set in the near-future, the negative response isn’t exactly surprising. Many of the negative commentors said that they like Call of Duty when it is grounded in reality, and that Activision has taken things too far with Infinite Warfare. Scrolling through the comments, you’ll find many negative comparisons to Halo and Star Wars.The future setting isn’t all that is upsetting folks. The Legacy Edition of Infinite Warfare will come bundled with a remastered version of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. The problem, however, is that folks cannot purchase Modern Warfare separately. This game is arguably the most popular one in the franchise (second only to perhaps Modern Warfare 2), so essentially forcing people to buy Infinite Warfare to play Modern Warfare remastered hasn’t sat well with fans.During an earnings call, Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg was asked about the negativity the trailer (and therefore game) has received. Hirshberg responded by trying to spin things in a positive light.PR spin aside, he is right. No matter how much negative flack a Call of Duty trailer may get, the games have always been financially successful. While it’s true that no trailer for the franchise has gotten this amount of dislikes before, it has also gotten a substantial amount of likes (over 187,000). There is little doubt that the game will be among 2016’s biggest sellers.As Hirshberg stated, Infinite Warfare has already gotten a lot of pre-orders. While this doesn’t guarantee success, it is a strong indicator that this Call of Duty will still make Activision a substantial profit.Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will be released in November on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.last_img read more