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Photo Essay: Boys’ varsity tennis sweeps Archie Williams in MCAL semifinals
Photo Essay: Boys’ varsity tennis sweeps Archie Williams in MCAL semifinals
Molly Gallagher April 18, 2024

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Photo Essay: Girls’ varsity lacrosse dominates Branson in a sentimental senior day matchup
Photo Essay: Girls’ varsity lacrosse dominates Branson in a sentimental senior day matchup
Emma Rosenberg and Penelope Trott April 18, 2024

On April 18, the girls’ varsity lacrosse team battled against the Branson Bulls in a blowout senior day matchup. Prior to the start of...

 embracing his coach senior Auden Braden celebrates his final MCAL regular season game
Boys’ volleyball dominates Marin Catholic on Senior Night
Richard Byrne April 18, 2024

On April 17th, the boys’ varsity volleyball team faced off against Marin Catholic (MC) in a Marin County Athletic League (MCAL) game. The...

Empowering Redwood students: Second “Stop and Learn” initiative tackles microaggressions

On Feb. 14, Redwood hosted a highly anticipated second “Stop-and-Learn” initiative to equip students with vital insights into recognizing and addressing microaggressions. Microaggressions are slight comments or actions that express prejudice against a marginalized group or person. This mandatory session from 10:05 to 11:10 was taught by students’ second-period teachers and required a schedule change for the day. The lessons served as a crucial educational milestone, emphasizing the importance of maintaining an inclusive environment and empowering students to confront and diminish these subtle yet harmful behaviors.

Second-period teachers guide students through the “Stop-and-Learn” curriculum via informatively packed slideshows.

Ryan Denney, a junior, shares his experience with microaggressions, and he has seen them repeatedly on and off campus, leading him to believe this was a necessary presentation.

 “I’ve seen [microaggressions] in my community and I think it’s really important for people to know [that] what they are saying can be hurtful. I think the “Stop-and-Learn” is super good for Redwood students as racism is a very prominent issue in our community and it’s not talked about enough,”  Denney said. 

During the “Stop-and-Learn,” students were taught about racial microaggressions with a specific focus on anti-Black microaggressions. Students learned how to identify, interrupt, and address microaggressions experienced by any marginalized group. Junior, Jake Hecht, reflects on the impact the lesson had on him.

Concentrating immensely, junior Jake Hecht navigates the interactive lesson packet with precision.


 “A big takeaway for me was to address [microaggressions] when it happens. Now that I’m educated on this topic, I can understand terms like microinsult and microassault and be able to differentiate [them] and educate people [around me] who might not understand how [their] words impact others,” Hecht said. 

This lesson was walked through via slideshow as students followed along on an interactive handout they completed with a partner. The packet was meant for students to use for reminders in the future. 

“I liked how we were able to talk with our peers throughout [the whole lesson] and then bounce ideas off [of] each other. I thought [this] was helpful and helped me take away more from the lesson as a whole,” Hecht said.

Engaged students take a moment for thoughtful reflection, contemplating the key insights and knowledge gained throughout the lesson.

The second “Stop-and-Learn” initiative proved pivotal in combating microaggressions and fostering inclusivity within the community. Students gained valuable insights into recognizing and addressing these subtle yet impactful behaviors through engaging presentations and interactive activities. Moving forward, Redwood remains committed to providing opportunities for education and dialogue that empowers students to create a more equitable and respectful environment for all peers.  

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Tessa Marshall
Tessa Marshall, Reporter
Tessa Marshall is a sophomore at Redwood High School and is a reporter for the Advanced Journalism and Media program . She enjoys playing soccer and hanging out with her friends.