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Vote the Electoral College out of office

Information guides are sent out to all registered voters in California prior to the election to ensure that all voters are provided with the information they need to make informed decisions. The guide contains information about all candidates and propositions on the ballot this year.

Emma Hutchinson, Mirada Staff

September 17, 2020

The Electoral College is outdated, pointless, and should be abolished.  When the Electoral College was created in the Constitution of the United States in 1787, it was the result of a divisive controversy between the Founding Fathers.  One group felt that Congress should have nothing to do w...

Students stay connected to their faith amidst uncertainty

Arcade Church has returned to in-person worship services in the church's courtyard. Church members bring their own seating, sit socially distanced from each other, and wear masks to keep everyone safe.

Emma Hutchinson, Mirada Staff

September 15, 2020

When statewide stay-at-home orders went into effect and new health guidelines were issued, many businesses and restaurants felt the burden of having to close operations to maintain the spread of the novel coronavirus. But churches also felt the blow of having to close down in-person services and sta...

Zoom classes get mixed reviews from students

During the third week of school, freshman Samantha Courtade takes notes on The Odyssey from her English book as she logs into the San Juan Portal, where she will be able to turn in her work virtually.

Isabella (Isa) Searle, Mirada Staff

September 15, 2020

Starting on Aug. 13, the virtual school year was put into action. Although it wasn’t what anyone expected, students woke up and walked only a few steps to their desks, where they would spend their school day on a computer.  “It was nice to wake up at 8:30 and roll out of bed and get on Zoom wi...

Record-breaking temperatures cause the largest fires in California state history

Smoke from the Creek Fire obstructed views from inside Yosemite National Park and interfered with visitors' hiking and camping. As of Sept. 9, all 18 national forests in California are closed.

Aaron Ichel, Mirada Staff

September 11, 2020

As California faces yet another year of heat waves and record-breaking temperatures, firefighters throughout the state are struggling to contain the 22 fires which have burned over 2 million acres. These wildfires, accompanied by extreme temperatures and a shortage of firefighters, broke the reco...

Gender Reveal Parties-Seriously?

Joseph Bender, Mirada Staff

September 9, 2020

A fad is a fad. A fad that is ridiculous, dangerous and destructive is a gender reveal party. Thanks to this concept, over 10,000 acres have burned in Southern California at this writing, not to count past disasters that included a death. The person who popularized the trend has herself since condem...

Lost treasures: Alfred Hitchcock classics

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Taylor White, Mirada Staff

September 7, 2020

While in quarantine one way to pass the time is by watching Alfred Hitchcock mystery movies. Hitchcock movies are some of the best movies to make you feel like you have traveled in time to a different era.  Not only are the movies spectacular themselves but they also bring to life what it was like to...

100 years since the 19th Amendment, what’s changed?

Juniors Audrey Snider and McKenna Hubbard advocate for women's rights at the Women's March in downtown Sacramento in 2019.

Taylor White, Mirada Staff

September 1, 2020

On August 18, 1920 women were granted the right to vote through the 19th Amendment. Suffragists such as Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott worked hard for years to make this possible.   An event that truly sparked this change was in Seneca Falls. Seneca Falls was in New York ...

Students, teachers reflect on the first day of school

Sophomore Maelyn Hutchinson sits down at her computer on the first day of school and enters Google Classroom where she will access information to get her into Zoom for each of her classes.

Emma Hutchinson and Katelyn Newton

August 13, 2020

The first day of school looked a little different for everyone this year; instead of having to get up early to get dressed, drive to school, and visit lockers before class, students could have simply rolled out of bed, put t-shirts on over pajama bottoms, and sat down in their rooms for the beginnin...

CIF postpones fall sports until winter at the earliest

The cross country team has kept conditioning safe with small training groups, temperature checks, and mandatory masking for all runners.

Aaron Ichel, Mirada Staff

August 10, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to surge in California, the California Interscholastic Federation recently announced its decision to postpone fall sports until December or January. This move was made following Governor Gavin Newsom’s mandate to keep most California schools closed for in-person le...

Pen Pal Letters Make Life Better

Simple additions like colored pens and stickers can add artistic flair and unique personal touches to a simple envelope or letter.

Emma Hutchinson, Mirada Staff

June 4, 2020

In the era of Instagram, texting, email and technological communication, some say that physical mail is dying. But, the charm of receiving a unique piece letter in the mail cannot be matched by a text or email. When in quarantine, it can be hard to feel connected to friends and family because everyone is ...

Lunch with Friends Continues in Quarantine

Students from various grades and programs meet via Zoom to connect and socialize.

Taylor White and Emily Borg

May 22, 2020

Most school activities have come to a halt since the shelter in place order has been enforced.  Simple actions like going to class, playing a sport, and seeing friends have become nonexistent; however despite the new reality, one club has continued to meet during the lockdown.  The club, Lunch ...

Gov. Newsom Raises Many Questions for California’s Students, Educators and Communities

A dispersed Rio Americano classroom during AP testing last May

Emma Hutchinson, Mirada Staff

May 5, 2020

Gov. Newsom’s announcement that California schools could be back in session as soon as July has left parents, students, teachers, and government officials with many unanswered questions. No decisions have officially been made, Newsom said, but noted that California officials are looking at the be...

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