A letter to the Wildcat community


Iman Baber

Hello Reader, 

I think I can speak for all of us when I say that this year did not go at all like how we envisioned. 

As I’m sitting here on my bed, writing this with my endless quarantine music looped in the background, I can barely comprehend how March 13 was our last day of school together. 

It was sudden and hasty, but, at the same time, this year as a whole has taught us to expect the unexpected. When the announcement came that school would be closed due to the coronavirus, our smiles and assurances that “it was going to happen” perhaps masked our stress, our panic about the absolute chaos this year has been. 

This school year has thrown so much at not only at our Santa Clarita Valley, but at the world at large. Whether it was days missed due to raging fires, earthquakes or the tragedy at Saugus, to reading headlines about impending prospects of World War 3, political turmoil and now a global pandemic, we as a community have shown tremendous resilience and support. 

It never ceases to amaze me how our residents and students have grown to help each other during these trying times. After Saugus, seeing how many people from our community joined together during the vigil brought tears to my eyes; it helped me and many others to feel a sense of support and community. On our campus, students and staff alike collaborated to help others cope with their feelings about these events and organized methods through which students could care for their wellbeing. 

From ASB’s efforts to organize spirit days and Wellness Week, to the Wildcat Wellness Center, West Ranch has truly grown into a space for support, helping us all grow stronger. 

As the condition of the world seems to grow worse by every added headline and we adjust to life during social distancing, I understand that it can be very stressful. So many of us had events or plans suddenly cancelled, and it can be devastating. 

To the West Ranch seniors: as a junior, I can’t imagine what it is like to have so many high school milestones suddenly taken away. I hope that you all are staying safe and well. As it is the time of college decisions, I hope that it went well for all of you. Wherever you guys choose to go next school year, I wish you guys all the best of luck and success as you continue with your life. I can’t believe that the day school was cancelled was perhaps the last time I would ever see most of you ever again. Thank you for all the memories and support you guys gave the rest of us. 

As of April 13, there are 1,911,407 confirmed cases of the coronavirus world-wide. 581,974 of these cases are in the United States, with The Signal reporting 185 cases in the  Santa Clarita Valley. 

According to the Washington Post, the US unemployment rate is estimated to be around 12 or 13 percent due to this pandemic. Some economists project this number to rise even further, to a 15 percent rate. 

To anyone whose family has been greatly impacted by this virus: I struggle to find words of consolation because I know that I won’t know the pain that you may be going through. I just hope that you and your family are staying safe and are receiving the aid you may require to get through these hard times. 

To our readers: I know it can be really confusing to adjust to changes such as these. It is ok to feel stressed, so please take time for yourself to relax and unwind. As we spend more time in isolation, it may feel lonely at times, so don’t hesitate to reach out to friends and family. If you feel the need to talk to someone, please reach out to our Wellness Center. You can visit the website here

On the same note, this crisis is affecting everyone differently. If you are able, please reach out to those around you to see if they require help and support. In times such as these, it is extremely important to see how you can help the community. As an individual, you may choose to donate to the multiple fundraisers or non-profits helping those affected the most by the virus. You may also want to create your own personal protective equipment to protect your family and those around you. I feel confident that we will be able to support and reach out to those around us. 

Until next year when we see each other: Stay safe, Cats!


  • Iman 🙂