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School board weighs starting on-campus hybrid learning in January

A worker sanitizes a restroom at Mira Loma High School in a photo that was included in the slide presentation shown to the school board on Oct. 13. Enhanced cleanings would be part of bringing students back on campus part-time.

Mirada Staff

October 14, 2020

District Superintendent Kent Kern presented the school board with a plan to re-open high schools in January at Wednesday’s board meeting, one day after Sacramento County amended its public health guidance to permit schools to resume on-campus instruction with COVID-19 modifications. The plan, similar to the one the district considered ...

Rio Alum Wins 2020 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine

Charles Rice, who won the 2020 Nobel Prize for Medicine, graduated from Rio in 1970. His senior portrait is shown on the left.

Katelyn Newton, Mirada Staff

October 14, 2020

Alumnus Charles Rice received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine last week for his groundbreaking contributions to treating Hepatitis C, marking the first Nobel Prize winner to graduate from Rio Americano. In announcing the award, the Nobel committee noted that Rice and his co-winners Ha...

Prop. 18 Seeks to Let 17-Year-Olds Vote in Primaries

Junior Naomi Piper-Pell speaks in favor of Proposition 18 to the Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee in June 2019.

Joseph Bender, Mirada Staff

October 6, 2020

A proposition on the ballot this November seeks to allow some 17-year-olds to vote in primary elections. If approved by voters, Proposition 18 would amend the state constitution of California to allow 17-year-olds who will be 18 years old at the time of the next general election to vote in primary ...

District Plans Approach For Return to Campus

The freshman quad remains empty, as first year students still await their first day on campus.

Katelyn Newton, Mirada Staff

September 28, 2020

San Juan schools could reopen by the end of October if the county maintains its low rate of coronavirus infections, but several factors beyond infection rates will determine if students return to campus.  The state announced last week that Sacramento County has lowered its COVID-19 infection rate su...

New Online Suicide Prevention Training Program Launches During Suicide Prevention Month

A screenshot of the National Suicide Prevention hotline, available anonymously to anyone 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

Emma Hutchinson, Mirada Staff

September 20, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic tears through communities across America, some experts say that it is more important than ever to bring awareness to sensitive topics like mental health and suicide.  A survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control at the end of June found that 25.5 percent of adul...

Students Stay Connected to Their Faith Amidst Uncertainty

Arcade Church has returned to in-person worship services in the church's courtyard. Church members bring their own seating, sit socially distanced from each other, and wear masks to keep everyone safe.

Emma Hutchinson, Mirada Staff

September 15, 2020

When statewide stay-at-home orders went into effect and new health guidelines were issued, many businesses and restaurants felt the burden of having to close operations to maintain the spread of the novel coronavirus. But churches also felt the blow of having to close down in-person services and sta...

Zoom Classes Get Mixed Reviews From Students

During the third week of school, freshman Samantha Courtade takes notes on The Odyssey from her English book as she logs into the San Juan Portal, where she will be able to turn in her work virtually.

Isabella (Isa) Searle, Mirada Staff

September 15, 2020

Starting on Aug. 13, the virtual school year was put into action. Although it wasn’t what anyone expected, students woke up and walked only a few steps to their desks, where they would spend their school day on a computer.  “It was nice to wake up at 8:30 and roll out of bed and get on Zoom wi...

Record-Breaking Temperatures Cause The Largest Fires in California State History

Smoke from the Creek Fire obstructed views from inside Yosemite National Park and interfered with visitors' hiking and camping. As of Sept. 9, all 18 national forests in California are closed.

Aaron Ichel, Mirada Staff

September 11, 2020

As California faces yet another year of heat waves and record-breaking temperatures, firefighters throughout the state are struggling to contain the 22 fires which have burned over 2 million acres. These wildfires, accompanied by extreme temperatures and a shortage of firefighters, broke the reco...

Unmatched Use of #blacklivesmatter and The Age of Online Activism

A screenshot of the Black Lives Matter official Twitter account.

Katelyn Newton, Mirada Staff

September 10, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic forced citizens across the globe to spend more time at home - and consequently online - online activism has been on the rise since March. Almost overnight after the death of George Floyd, social media apps like Twitter and Instagram became hubs to spread social awareness and ...

USDA Extends Free Meals for Students, Adds Lunch Pick-Up Time

Nutrition services waits for customers in the small gymnasium. Meal services are available Monday through Friday in the mornings.

Katelyn Newton, Mirada Staff

September 7, 2020

The US Department of Agriculture extended the free meal period to honor economic hardships due to COVID-19 for all children ages 0-18. Meals will continue to be available at Rio Americano from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Mondays through Fridays. These services will be closed on holidays and non-instruction...

100 Years Since the 19th Amendment, What’s Changed?

Juniors Audrey Snider and McKenna Hubbard advocate for women's rights at the Women's March in downtown Sacramento in 2019.

Taylor White, Mirada Staff

September 1, 2020

On August 18, 1920 women were granted the right to vote through the 19th Amendment. Suffragists such as Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott worked hard for years to make this possible.   An event that truly sparked this change was in Seneca Falls. Seneca Falls was in New York ...

Teachers, Students Hope for Success With Distance Learning

Lockers will remain empty for the first weeks of the school year, and likely the first semester. Students received their schedules for distance learning, and await the start of Zoom courses.

Katelyn Newton, Mirada Staff

August 8, 2020

Students arrived at campus this week, but instead of claiming a locker and finding their classrooms, they were picking up their virtual schedules and textbooks to keep at home.  Exactly five months after school was closed because of the growing COVID-19 pandemic, students and staff will begin the 20...

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