Rio Americano High School

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Rio Americano High School

The Mirada

Rio Americano High School

The Mirada

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...

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...

An artist’s rendering for the new engineering lab includes new work stations and state-of-the-art 3D printers.

A new space for career education

Jaiden Crabtree, Staff Writer November 7, 2022

Classes in the A wing have been hearing loud banging and clanging all class period due to renovations. Recently, construction began in the J wing to improve engineering/robotics and medical career classes.  With...

Smarter Balance tests results for Rio Americano

Rio principal puts test scores in context

Logan Swain, Staff Writer November 2, 2022

The results are in.  They’re alarming. Last week the state Education Department released the statistics for the 2022 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, more well-known...

Smarter Balance tests results for Rio Americano

Rio test scores avoid sharp decline seen in state and nation

Edena Ichel, Mirada Editor October 25, 2022

Rio Americano students bucked a trend of state and national declines in reading scores by improving slightly during the pandemic, while Rio math scores fell, but not as steeply as for the state overall,...

Architects drawing shows new parking lots and additional parking space that would be created by restriping existing lots to add compact car spaces. In all students would gain 105 spaces.

School may add 105 parking spaces

Anna Schmid, Staff Writer October 12, 2022

Students may gain 105 parking spaces and lose an excuse for being late to first period if plans are approved to expand and restripe school parking lots.  The San Juan district has submitted parking...

UC Berkeley is one of more than 60 colleges, universities and trade schools that will have representatives at the Rio College Night.

Rio to Host College Night Sept 22

Brooklyn Hendricks, Staff Writer September 20, 2022

While it’s probably impossible to visit more than 60 colleges and universities before graduating from high school, the San Juan school district is bringing those institutions to students during the Rio...

School Bakes Under Record Heat Wave

School Bakes Under Record Heat Wave

September 9, 2022

As California experiences a record-breaking hot-spell straining the Sacramento electric grid and endangering health, Rio Americano students have felt the effects. With the extreme temperatures there have...

Students arrive on the first day of school before their first class. Under a new law, California high schools must start no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

California schools starting later

Ashley Lundberg, Staff Writer August 15, 2022

Thanks to a flourish of Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s pen, Rio students can now hit the snooze button a few more times in the morning. Senate Bill 328, which Newsom signed into law in late 2019, requires...

Rio Mirada reflects on libel case

Jaiden Crabtree and Ashley Lundberg February 18, 2022

Thirty years ago this month, a question in a satirical quiz in the Mirada led to a more serious question: What happens when a distasteful joke about a campus monitor leads to a libel suit? In February...

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