Melissa Block Copy Editor

Melissa Block is a junior at Redwood High School and is a copy editor for The Redwood Bark. In her free time she loves going on hikes, taking photos and spending time with her friends and family.

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New chapter same story: the lasting appeal of libraries

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In front of the long glass windows sits a table of high school students finishing up their homework. The girls are wearing long plaid skirts; they have their short hair curled up on their shoulders and tall white socks pulled above their sneakers. This photo (pictured below) was taken circa 1958. These sophomores represent a […]

Senior Zach Tull listens in as Peer Resource students inform him on condoms.

Peer Resource promotes sexual education with Wellness Center’s help

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On Wednesday, Jan. 24, Peer Resource offered a condom certification program for students at Leadership’s semiannual Club Day in the small gym. A table was set up with informative brochures and models designed to raise awareness about sexual education to the student body. Wellness Center coordinator Jen Kenny-Baum explained that students often feel more comfortable […]


Extensive restaurant background fosters family connections

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The first edition cover of "Free" featured above.

‘Free:’ Teen-created magazine provides artistic platform for students

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“[Artists] love how good it feels to share their work with others, to be really vulnerable, and for other people to be like ‘Hey I’ve been there,’” said Jasper Conacher, co-founder of her newly created magazine titled “Free.” Conacher is a senior at Convent of the Sacred Heart High School in San Francisco, and just […]


End religious stereotypes by encouraging discussion

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There is an unwritten rule that in most social settings there are three subjects you should never bring up: money, politics and religion. It’s understandable why one would not want to talk about money—possible economic inequalities might make conversation uncomfortable. And as high schoolers, discussing money isn’t particularly important as we really don’t have much […]

Portraying the development of a young girl in an unconventional family, "The Glass Castle" succcessfully showcases the memories of author Jeannette Walls.

Free-spirited energy showcased in ‘The Glass Castle’

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How does a filmmaker recreate a life? A life so complicated, untraditional and free-spirited that it was difficult for me to even visualize it in written form. As I headed to the theater to watch Destin Daniel Cretton’s film adaptation of Jeannette Walls’ memoir “The Glass Castle,” I assumed that it simply couldn’t be done. […]

Preparing the entree at Rhoda Goldman Plaza, Dame perfects the plate before it’s served

What’s Cookin? Chefs’ Recipes to Success

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As the serrated knife slices through the thick meat, fat is tossed aside onto the stainless steel counter, sometimes landing onto the floor. Soaking wet mops quickly sweep up the scraps as they move around the kitchen floor, dodging the hurrying feet of the waiters and chefs. Orders are shouted through the kitchen over the […]

Cesar Segundo, Diego Kroell, Dany Elias y Cooper Couton(izquierda a derecha) todos estudiantes de tercer año,  charlan antes de la clase AP Spanish Literature.

Estudiantes de ELD se sienten perdidos fuera de su comunidad

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No es un secreto que ser un nuevo estudiante en una escuela es un reto. Tener que adaptarse a un nuevo ambiente, conocer gente nueva, y encontrar dónde congenias es suficientemente difícil para el adolescente típico. La carga añadida de no conocer el idioma nativo lo amplifica. Estas son las circunstancias de los estudiantes en […]

12 year old Hollis Belger practicing juggling on the Redwood football field.

Hollis Belger: Juggling for a cure

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Hollis Belger’s heart is pounding. Her eyes are focused as the ball goes up and down, hitting her right cleat and then her left. Everything else disappears as she concentrates solely on the ball’s movement. This is Belger, a Hall Middle School seventh grader, and her soccer ball. Every morning during the summer, Belger goes […]