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Professional athletes use their platform to address racism in America

Rio students respond to a survey on racial protests.

Aaron Ichel and Katelyn Newton

October 17, 2020

After winning gold and silver in the 200 meter dash, American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos walked to the podium with no shoes, revealing their plain black socks. As “The Star Spangled Banner” blasted through the Mexico City stadium, the two bowed their heads and raised their fists, covered...

District Plans Approach For Return to Campus

The freshman quad remains empty, as first year students still await their first day on campus.

Katelyn Newton, Mirada Staff

September 28, 2020

San Juan schools could reopen by the end of October if the county maintains its low rate of coronavirus infections, but several factors beyond infection rates will determine if students return to campus.  The state announced last week that Sacramento County has lowered its COVID-19 infection rate su...

Unmatched Use of #blacklivesmatter and The Age of Online Activism

A screenshot of the Black Lives Matter official Twitter account.

Katelyn Newton, Mirada Staff

September 10, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic forced citizens across the globe to spend more time at home - and consequently online - online activism has been on the rise since March. Almost overnight after the death of George Floyd, social media apps like Twitter and Instagram became hubs to spread social awareness and ...

9 Tips for Survival During the Heat (and smoke) Wave

Smoky skies and heat make for an intense combination in California cities like San Francisco. (pictured). While the haze in Sacramento appears to be less orange than this, the heat is more extreme.

Jenna Supkoff, Mirada Staff

September 8, 2020

With heat, smoke, and colorless skies, we are reminded of the ongoing heat wave every time we go outside. With temperatures reaching 107 degrees and above, here are some of the ways that you can make your life easier until the heat dies down. Drink more water. Drinking 2-3 liters of water per day is al...

USDA Extends Free Meals for Students, Adds Lunch Pick-Up Time

Nutrition services waits for customers in the small gymnasium. Meal services are available Monday through Friday in the mornings.

Katelyn Newton, Mirada Staff

September 7, 2020

The US Department of Agriculture extended the free meal period to honor economic hardships due to COVID-19 for all children ages 0-18. Meals will continue to be available at Rio Americano from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Mondays through Fridays. These services will be closed on holidays and non-instruction...

Teachers, Students Hope for Success With Distance Learning

Lockers will remain empty for the first weeks of the school year, and likely the first semester. Students received their schedules for distance learning, and await the start of Zoom courses.

Katelyn Newton, Mirada Staff

August 8, 2020

Students arrived at campus this week, but instead of claiming a locker and finding their classrooms, they were picking up their virtual schedules and textbooks to keep at home.  Exactly five months after school was closed because of the growing COVID-19 pandemic, students and staff will begin the 20...

Seniors Re-evaluate College Plans Due to Pandemic

Rio Seniors celebrate future plans after college. Some members switched colleges as more information was released and others follow the path they always dreamed of.

Annalee Gorman and Emma Hutchinson

June 11, 2020

Making the decision of where to go to college is already filled with uncertainty and this year is no different. But, there’s more for the Class of 2020 seniors to think about.  The coronavirus pandemic has left seniors wondering whether they will attend college in person in the fall, and if not, ho...

Life in a Mask

Senior Samantha Klein wears a mask on one of her walks outside, enjoying the fresh air.

Katelyn Newton, Mirada Staff

June 1, 2020

No shirt, no shoes, no mask, no service.  The ongoing COVID-19 outbreak has prompted many to purchase or make their own masks for the safety of themselves and those around them. Many counties, cities and businesses in California have mandated that citizens or customers wear a mask when in public...

UC Regents Vote to Drop SAT, ACT

Student resources for college preparation. Competitive schools like UC San Diego and UCLA no longer require the SAT for admissions.

Katelyn Newton, Mirada Staff

May 29, 2020

After a two year research effort evaluating the effectiveness of standardized tests, the University of California Regents unanimously voted on May 21 to retract the SAT/ ACT requirement for California applicants until 2024. While students in the class of 2021-2022 have the option to submit test scor...

A Letter to Jeremy Zucker

Jeremy Zucker created this spectrogram to accompany his album for a visual listening experience. Zucker wrote and produced his album in his studio in Brooklyn, New York.

Katelyn Newton and Emma Hutchinson

May 3, 2020

Dear Jeremy Zucker,   We are so proud. You didn’t simply make a track of singles trying to get one hit or gain followers through mainstream pop. You made a record with transitions, self transformation and personality. You stayed true to yourself and grew because of it. Your debut album,...

A Typical Day In Newspaper Class

A Typical Day In Newspaper Class

Unknown, Mirada Staff

April 28, 2014

Although written during the date provided, this article was republished during 2020 by Nicolas Gorman to put it on the website. The author is unknown. ...

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