StopWaste at School


Enter your email address to be notified of new content:



The vision of the Skyline High School's Green Energy Academy is to provide students with an opportunity to succeed in green energy careers and post-secondary green energy education by presenting them with a comprehensive educational experience, consisting of engaging and rigorous academics and hands-on learning. Skyline’s goal is to graduate a diverse body of experienced, confident, and highly motivated students who possess a sound academic background built upon through the understanding of technology, ethics and the economics of renewable energy sources.

Showtime at Skyline

In honor of Earth Day, dosage students in Jan Hunter’s Advanced Drama Class opened their show "What if...?" on Friday, stuff April 23, 2010 with two performances at Skyline High School.  The show was created in collaboration with San Francisco’s Circus Center and aims to provide peer to peer encouragement and education about reducing waste and caring for the environment.

Read more: Showtime at Skyline

Earth Day At Skyline

Alan MarcusAlan MarcusAlthough Alan Marcus may not be the most famous member of Skyline High School’s storied class of 1974, cialis principal Beverly Hansen considers him to be a local hero.  

Mr. Marcus serves as the chair of Skyline’s PTSA Beautification Committee, and and was the primary organizer of this year’s Earth Day events on campus.  On Saturday, pharm April 24th, over 100 student, parent and teacher volunteers joined Marcus on campus to clean hill sides, spread mulch, establish a native plant garden, paint over graffiti, remove invasive species and more.  “The campus used to have a full time gardener,” Marcus explains, “but with budget cuts we now share a gardener with 17 other campuses.  We have to take care of Skyline’s 42 acres ourselves.”  For the last 10 years, Mr. Marcus has helped to organize campus beautification events at least twice per year.  “I love this campus.  I will always be a Titan,” Marcus adds.

“Alan Marcus is my local hero,” explains Principal Hansen, “He is a great example of a former student reinvesting in his community.  He has always been a member of the Skyline community and serves as a great inspiration for hundreds of students each year as he provides them with opportunities to be engaged members of the community as well.”  

Skyline’s campus beautification efforts included a number of innovative waste reduction strategies.

  • Students planted native plants to reduce green waste production and water use
  • Parent volunteers, staff and students mulched planter strips to discourage invasive plants and reduce water use
  • Green waste was collected for diversion to composting
  • Scores of flowering bulbs were carefully removed during the establishment of the native plant garden and replanted in other areas of the campus
  • The Beautification Committee took advantage of the City of Oakland’s tool library to borrow, rather than purchase tools for the events.
  • Sacrificial paint coatings were applied to campus murals to reduce repainting due to graffiti
  • Native plants were donated by the local Friends of Sausal Creek organization.  

Science department chair, Tracy Ostrom, viewed the event as a great opportunity for students to apply what they had been learning in Environmental Science classes throughout the year.  “Earlier this year, our students participated in a native plant restoration project on Sausal Creek… students are taking that experience and transferring it to Skyline as they design and plant a native plant garden outside the library.”   

Ostrom then introduced one of her former students, now studying Biology at UC Davis.  “I was just driving by the school today since I was home visiting my parents this weekend.  I saw people working on campus and jumped right in.  I’ll always be a Titan!”  Alan Marcus would be proud indeed.

Skyline's 1st Draft of Assembly Concept

Environmental Consciousness Presentation by Skyline High School Advanced Drama Class 

The concept of the presentation is to infuse visual slides, music, interpretive acting and dance into a live coalition to spark empowerment and inspiration, illuminate consciousness and reevaluation of individual lifestyles to protect the suffering environment.
The presentation opens with the effective slides that Caroline showed last month.
Set in the woody outdoors in a park, teenagers are having a social gathering. They barbeque and relax in the picturesque landscape, and carelessly throw their wastes into the natural environment. Blind-sided by the adverse harm they have just done music, lighting, a slide (?), and a blatant reversal in the tone of the actors transpose the setting decades into the future. Garbage and wastes, the products of ignorant human actions, flood the stage and the teenagers who were at the social gathering reemerge as silent, ghostly presences to see what they, the human race, have caused. The set becomes desolate, barren; no life exists. More teenage actors are on stage to represent the "future generation" who are forced to confront the issues neglected. Later, the setting will return to present day, as if the teenagers were waking from a dream, and new perceptions about individual lifestyles will be conceived and portrayed accordingly.
Intermittently, actors rotate roles as the narrator to preach a fact about the 4 R's and other human-caused effects.
Music will accompany a presentation consisting of dance and dialogue, but the power of the piece will come from the actors' interpretations. Songs that will compliment the intended goals include Earth Song, We Are the World - songs (and maybe instrumentals) with political messages that send chills down one's spines and evoke an emotional or logical response from audience members. Not all audio tracks need to be slow and dreary either@ The presentation can combine spirited, up-tempo tracks to celebrate the return to present day and after the teenagers realize that change begins with them.
The Set:
The set is simple: Picnic table, grill, trees and plants, garbage (food wrappers, plastic bottles, paper towels, etc.)!

Skyline Juggles Drama & Waste Reduction

On Tuesday, February 23, 2010 Jan Hunter and her Advanced Drama class from Skyline High School participated in most unusual field trip- they traveled to San Francisco's world renowned Circus Center to see how the Clown Conservatory developed a waste reduction assembly program. 

Scene from "Lazy Pants"Scene from "Lazy Pants"The show, entitled "Lazy Pants," draws on Lewis's A Christmas Carol as a young girl is haunted and inspired by dreams encouraging her to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot.  Circus Center graduates incorporated juggling, dance, song, pratfalls and other clown arts into the show to help teach elementary students how to reduce waste at school and at home.

Jan Hunter JugglesJan Hunter JugglesAfter the show, the performers answered questions about waste reduction and the creation of the script, actions, set and sounds to help Skyline students take the first steps toward creating their own show to be performed later this year for schools in their attendance area.


In addition to the performance, students took a tour of the Circus Center and observed an acrobatics class, participated in a juggling tutorial and learned about recreational and professional programs at the center.

See Skyline's 1st draft of a concept for their production here