The Mirada

Yearbook Delayed

Yearbook editors Liz Gore, Riley Stoddard and Justine Waters proof the cover for this year's Tesoro.

Nicolas Gorman, Mirada Staff

May 25, 2020

Delivery of the 2020 Rio Americano yearbook has been delayed until August because of state-mandated restrictions at the printing plant aimed at protecting workers from Covid-19. Yearbook adviser Michael Mahoney said the news was disappointing but understandable.  “The yearbook staff worked re...

UC President Proposes Dropping SAT/ACT Requirement

UC President Proposes Dropping SAT/ACT Requirement

Isabella (Isa) Searle

May 12, 2020

University of California President Janet Napolitano wants to stop using the SAT and ACT as admission requirements and replace them with a new test created for the 10-campus system--or scrap standardized testing entirely, according to a plan released Monday.  Napolitano’s five-year plan, released Mond...

‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ a perfect read when you’re shut indoors

'Where the Crawdads Sing' a perfect read when you're shut indoors

Sam Flores, Guest Writer

April 30, 2020

Marsh is not swamp. Marsh is a space of light, where grass grows in water, and water flows into the sky. Slow-moving creeks wander, carrying the orb of the sun with them to the sea, and long-legged birds lift with unexpected grace-as though not built to fly-against the roar of a thousand snow geese. From Where the Crawdads Sing

Plant Closure Not Expected to Affect Yearbook Delivery

Plant Closure Not Expected to Affect Yearbook Delivery

Mickey Doolittle, Mirada Staff

April 18, 2020

The yearbook staff completed work on the 2020 Tesoro earlier this week, but printing of the book won't begin until April 27--at the earliest. The Herff Jones printing plant in Kansas closed on March 23 as part of the shutdowns across the country to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. The plant...

In 1920, Sacramento Bee coined gender-neutral pronoun ‘hir’

Emma Hutchinson, Staff Writer

April 7, 2020

A century ago Sacramento came to the forefront in the long effort to coin a new gender-neutral singular pronoun. Dozens of new pronouns had been proposed since the early 1800s to replace “he” as the supposedly gender-neutral singular pronoun, and efforts increased when women got the right to vote. In...

University of California Joins Other Colleges in Adjusting Admission Requirements Due to Coronavirus

The UC Santa Cruz athletics and gym building In March 2019

Katie Newton, Staff Writer

April 3, 2020

Online AP tests. No spring ACT or SATs. Pass or fail classes. Distanced learning. The class of 2021 is facing new challenges as they prepare for college applications next fall. The changes in response to the COVID-19, or the new coronavirus, have affected their high school education, but it also af...

Senior makes masks to help community

Senior Julia or

Emma Hutchinson, Mirada Staff

April 2, 2020

While students are stuck at home under the shelter-in-place order, many find the news about the increasing severity of the novel coronavirus depressing, and many who are in self-quarantine at home miss seeing their friends. But some have taken the time at home to make a difference for others and imp...

Calif. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Says Campuses Will Not Reopen This School Year

Having to continue learning at home, students attempt to transform their bedrooms into classrooms.

Nicolas Gorman, Emily Borg, and Mickey Doolittle

April 1, 2020

“We are in unprecedented times, and it’s hard to tell what the future holds as we are all doing our best to flatten the curve.” Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond

Campus closure extended; district switches to distance learning

Rio Americano staff sanitize and distribute computers to prepare for newly rolled out

Emily Borg, Annalee Gorman, and Allison Meier

April 1, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, San Juan Unified Schools District has extended campus closures at least through May 1 and will begin online instruction on April 13.   The district has been working to adopt a new style of instruction, called “Distance Learning,” that will allow students ...

School Quiet on First Day of Shutdown

Atticus Cottula comes to campus in protective gear on March 17.

Nicolas Gorman, Emily Borg, and Mickey Doolittle

March 16, 2020

The campus was quiet and mostly somber on Tuesday, March 17, the first day of canceled classes following the announcement the previous Friday afternoon that school would be closed until at least April 13. This was the day that teachers would be allowed to gather materials from their classrooms an...

At Blend, colors beat beat flavors

At Blend, colors beat beat flavors

Marian Tully, Guest Writer

March 16, 2020

Just down Watt Avenue towards Folsom Boulevard, a new smoothie and energy drink shop opened up last February. They sell energizing teas, nutritious shakes, and iced coffee, similar to Dutch Bros, a local favorite of Rio students.  The strip mall, 8391 Folsom Boulevard, where the store is located is a bit...

In This Case The Most Generous Interpretation of Events is Also the Most Plausible

Adam Bearson, School Staff/Guest Writer

March 13, 2020

Many parents, especially Jewish parents--and I am a Jewish parent--may believe that the history of anti-semitism directs us to seek out the most sinister interpretation, the one that will inspire our community to rise up and stamp out any festering hatred in our school. But doing so may have the opposite effect.

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