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Rio Americano High School

The Mirada

Rio Americano High School

The Mirada

A photograph of a high school student sitting at a computer using ChatGPT, taken from the vantage point of looking over the students shoulder. The image was generated by DALL-E, ChatGPTs sister software.

ChatGPT Sparks Cheating Concerns

Adam Abolfazli and Logan Swain May 25, 2023

“As artificial intelligence technology continues to rapidly advance, ChatGPT, a large language model created by OpenAI, has become a notable example of the capabilities and potential of this emerging...

Bill would require schools to adopt body-shaming policy

May 15, 2023

Seeking to address a growing problem of kids with negative self image, a bill in the California Assembly would require school districts, county offices of education and charter schools to develop and adopt...

California bill would raise teacher pay by 50%

May 15, 2023

A bill in the California State Assembly would raise salaries by 50% for teachers and school staff over the next seven years.  The author of AB-938, Al Muratsuchi, D-Torrence, says teacher pay has not...

Senior Surina Naran Receives “Spirit of San Juan” Award

Adam Abolfazli May 9, 2023

  A true veteran of the district, senior Surina Naran was recently honored with the Spirit of San Juan award for her involvement in numerous district programs and initiatives. “It’s really...

Video students win big at SEVA awards

May 3, 2023

Rio Americano students dominated the annual Sacramento Educational Video Awards, which honor student work from across the county.   Junior Lee Mamangon, senior Claire Teymouri, sophomore Kaser Winn...

Bassanelli in an interview with the Mirada.

Melissa Bassanelli takes over as new San Juan superintendent

After 25 years in the district, Melissa Bassanelli is finally on top. She was named the new superintendent of San Juan Unified School District in January. The beginning of Bassanelli’s career saw...

Ramadan is ‘more than just fasting’

Hawra Aljanabi, Mirada Staff March 26, 2023

Non-Muslims may believe that Ramadan is a month in which Muslims fast from dawn to sunset and hold massive dinners to break their fast. But Ramadan is about more than just fasting; it is about learning...

Rick Singer boasted he could get students into top-ranked college through the side door--a system that depended on bribes and lies about students athletic ability.

Varsity Blues mastermind sentenced in college admissions bribery scheme

Mirada Staff January 13, 2023

Rick Singer, who started his career as a private college counselor by advising Rio Americano students and later became the center of a national admissions bribery scandal, was sentenced to 3½ years in...

Civitas summer internship brings the world to senior

Civitas summer internship brings the world to senior

Logan Swain November 8, 2022

It’s usually not every day that you meet students from around the world. But for Jessica González, grade 12, it was, thanks to an internship with Civics Unplugged. Civics Unplugged is a New York-based...

Former tank commander, powerlifter joins staff

Former tank commander, powerlifter joins staff

Jace Thompson November 8, 2022

New history teacher Brian Brickey is an impressive mix of brains and brawn. He was the  salutatorian, or second place valedictorian of his high school class, who also can bench 412 lbs as a competitive...

Mother Laura Collanton speaks to students.

Dangerous fentanyl crisis impacting Sacramento youth

Adam Abolfazli, Staff Writer November 8, 2022

Laura and Chris Didier never expected to find their son dead from fentanyl. Nor did Laura Collanton. Honored at the school fentanyl awareness assembly were two young boys who died from fentanyl. Zachary...

Surina Naran

New dress code addresses sexism complaints about old rules

Alina Trainor, Staff Writer November 7, 2022

Women’s fashion is constantly changing, and this year, for the first time in decades, the school’s dress code is also changing to reflect fashion trends and address inequities in how the old code was...

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