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Inside Ms. Castle’s Classroom


Ripon High welcomed a new artistic staff member to the school and so far it’s been nothing but a success. 

Sydney Castle, the new Art I teacher, was hired during her time at Stanislaus State about one year ago, and this happens to be her first ever teaching job. When Ms. Castle isn’t teaching her Art I students in the afternoon, she’s with her third graders. 

She constructs her lesson plans by collaborating with fellow art teacher, Mr. Bowers, and together they have been able to fabricate wonderful assignments for their students. Ms. Castle says her favorite project that her class has done so far is the grid drawing, also known as the black and white enlargement, which she ultimately saw great results from. 

Every teacher is different and chooses to present themselves a certain way, but Castle thinks that it’s important for every teacher to be understanding. 

She says, “You guys go through a lot as high schoolers and I think there are times where teachers forget what it’s like to be your age.” Ms. Castle goes on to describe that it’s important to be able to put yourself in your students’ shoes. 

Outside of work, Ms. Castle lives up to the title of her job and participates in her own forms of art where she makes crafts for her very own Etsy shop. 

Make sure to say hi to Ms. Castle when stopping by the MUB in the morning!

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Olivia Taylor, Photography Manager

Olivia Taylor is a current sophomore at Ripon High School and this will be her second year working with the Smoke Signal staff. She looks forward to creating fun and interesting articles and improving her skill in writing. Olivia is currently taking multiple honors classes and one AP class. She plays for the JV volleyball team and loves spending most of her time on the court and with her friends. She plans to attend a four year college and have a career in writing.

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