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Put Down Your Phone–If You Can–And Watch “The Social Dilemma”

Put Down Your Phone--If You Can--And Watch

Angie Stevenson

October 11, 2020

Every day, I wake up and before my eyes even adjust to the morning light or I drag myself out of bed, I instantly reach for my phone.  My fingers almost unconsciously tap into Instagram, Snapchat and Tik Tok, where I begin scrolling aimlessly through my feeds.  Scrolling, liking, tapping.  Scrolling,...

Mikhayla O’Kelley: Wandering Her Way To Art

Mkhayla O'Kelley painted an iconic scene from Disney's

Ajeeth Iyer

October 11, 2020

In an education system that values focus, concentration and efficiency, Mikhayla O’Kelley instead sees her roving mind as a gift that has endowed her with remarkable artistic talents. “I tend to lack focus because my brain frequently wanders,” Mikhayla said. “[But] I use my wand...

Sewing Through Stress

Davis works on sewing masks at her home to promote safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Isabella (Isa) Searle, Mirada Staff

October 2, 2020

Many students have outlets to alleviate themselves from the pressures of school and stress from reality, and junior Camille Davis uses sewing as her escape from reality.  Davis has been sewing ever since she was six years old and it has always been one of her favorite things to do. Right now, sh...

Thursdays Are For Making New Friends

Students on Lunch with Friends socialize in between rounds of a scavenger hunt game.

Emma Hutchinson, Mirada Staff

September 29, 2020

Everyone has their groups of friends at school. And often, these friends are people of similar interests, meaning that they also often end up being from the same programs.  But, sometimes forgotten is the value of socializing with people and getting to know individuals from other programs. It is...

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...

Lost Treasures: Alfred Hitchcock Classics

The 1954

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...

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 ...

‘Night Boat to Tangier’ Review

'Night Boat to Tangier' Review

Annalee Gorman, Mirada Staff

May 28, 2020

Based in a grimy port in Algeciras, Spain, author Kevin Barry promptly sets the cheerless, twisted tone of “Night Boat in Tangier.” Jaded from their dark criminal past and unstable love lives, life-long friends Maurice Hearne and Charlie Redmond struggle to find a moral high ground.  Sitting...

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 ...

Tiger King Review

Tiger King Review

Mickey Doolittle, Mirada Staff

May 10, 2020

A gun-wielding, attention and animal-loving borderline psychopath. Another borderline psychopath that obsesses over the first psychopath. Money. Greed. And most of all, big cats. All of these elements combine to make the unbelievably true limited Netflix documentary Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem, and Maddn...

Quarantine Diaries

Quarantine Diaries

May 4, 2020

Student's share their experiences during the Sacramento County shelter-in-place. These journal entries are individual reflections on what quarantine has been like for various students. Whether it's practicing social distancing, binging Netflix shows, studying for online classes or trying a new hobby,...

Quarantine Through a Dogs Perspective

Quarantine Through a Dogs Perspective

Emma Hutchinson, Mirada Staff

May 4, 2020

Hi everyone! My name is Jovie, and some of my favoritest things in this world are squirrels, my ball, treats, walks, and watching TV. I don’t really know what’s going on but it seems like my humans have been home a lot more lately. And while I miss my midday naps in a quiet house, these days I’v...

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