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Teacher Shares His Concerns

Adam Bearson, English and Video Production teacher at Rio Americano

Adam Bearson, Guest Writer

April 21, 2020

Some people believe that I should focus on the Teacher’s Union’s decision to change the grading policy. These people believe that I should direct my “anger” at the union for putting teachers and students in this position. Of course it may be natural to feel angry, and I understand why people wan...

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...

SJUSD To Allow Letter Grades

SJUSD To Allow Letter Grades

Nicolas Gorman and Emily Borg

April 18, 2020

Aligning itself with other area school districts, the San Juan district changed its grade policy Friday to allow students to receive letter grades. Previously, the district had announced that as classes resumed online and "to meet the challenges of the COVID-19 response," the only grade teachers would...

Rio TV — April 17 2020

Rio TV -- April 17 2020

Nicolas Gorman, Web Editor

April 17, 2020   Questions/Comments? Email Rio TV

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

Teacher Hangout In C-15

During the

Nicolas Gorman, Web Editor

April 1, 2020


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 ...

COVID-19 Affects Student-Athletes Now and for the Future

Rio was supposed to host its first official Track and Field meet in March, but now all lanes of the track are off limit with the school's closure. Lacrosse games often took place on the field, too, but with the cancellation of all extracurriculars, the once called

Katelyn Newton, Mirada Staff

March 26, 2020

Varsity track and cross country athlete Ross Gowan has been working for years toward a spot on a Division I collegiate team. But now, as COVID-19 has closed schools and ended the track season, the senior lost his final opportunities to catch the eye of recruiters. “I've been training very hard for...

Social Media Helps Students Cope with Social Distancing

[Top to bottom] Junior Lucy Prieto, senior Alyssa Escay, senior Annalee Gorman and junior Katie Newton enjoy each other's company in a group FaceTime.

Katelyn Newton, Mirada Staff

March 25, 2020

Staying connected via social platforms has become increasingly important upon news of a formal order for Sacramento County residents to remain inside except for essential activities in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, or the coronavirus.  For teenagers, who are known for living in a digital age, it sho...

College Board Announces AP Testing Changes

A screenshot of the college board website informing high school students of changes within AP testing this year related to COVID-19.

Emma Hutchinson, Mirada Staff

March 23, 2020

The College Board has offered a refund to students who are no longer interested in taking the test but after surveying 18,000 students around the country, they discovered that 91 percent of students still wanted to take the tests, despite school closures and other interferences in the normal school y...

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