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LockDown Browser is just one example of software teachers can use to prevent cheating on assessments. It restricts students from being able to access any other online windows or materials on their computer while the assessment is open.

Watchful webcams designed to prevent cheating raise concerns about privacy

Emma Hutchinson, Mirada Staff January 31, 2021

In virtual classrooms with students scattered in bedrooms, kitchens, and living rooms miles apart, teachers are unable to stroll up and down the aisles between desks as students demonstrate their knowledge...

Seniors are able to purchase caps, gowns, class jewelry graduation announcements and much more on the Jostens website.

In-person graduation is a realistic possibility for seniors

Jessica Sheppard, Mirada Staff January 30, 2021

To say that this year was not like a High School Musical is a bit of an understatement for seniors. With classes being online and the year more than halfway over, many students feel that their last hope...

The technology support tile as pictured in student's San Juan Portal.

Technology Support Available through San Juan Portal

Isa Searle, Mirada Staff January 29, 2021

For almost a year, students have been taught in a distance learning format. With technology being so vital to the effectiveness of this format, San Juan has recently launched a new website to help students...

Journalism and English teacher Michael Mahoney has dealt with similar struggles to many other teachers attempting to engage students in learning while speaking to a blank screen in place of student faces.

Turn on your cameras

Jenna Supkoff, Mirada Staff January 26, 2021

Teachers at our school are faced with new challenges during distance learning now that students have the option on Zoom to turn their cameras off. Learning through a screen may be something new for students,...

A screenshot of the FAFSA homepage. The counseling staff is available to answer questions regarding federal student aid.

Scholarship Opportunities for Seniors

Katelyn Newton, Mirada Staff January 26, 2021

Several scholarships are now available to seniors to apply for, including the PTSA Scholarship, Bryan Potts Scholarship and Jackson Laboratory College Scholarship. The PTSA awards eight $500 scholarships...

In addition to studying for the main SAT test, many students spent hours upon hours studying for individual subject tests, which have been discontinued as of Monday.

College Board announces elimination of essay and subject tests

Taylor White, Mirada Staff January 21, 2021

On 19 January, the College Board finalized their COVID-19 plan for testing directed at high school students.   The plan included both the SAT subject tests to no longer be given out for students to...

At the forefront of discussions surrounding patriotic education are government and civics classes which, required by the state of California for high school graduation, offer students the opportunity to learn about how governments work and their rights to participate in the government.

Patriotism in the classroom: is it under attack?

Emma Hutchinson and Katelyn Newton January 20, 2021

Though the federal government lacks the authority to control what is taught in schools, President Trump founded the 1776 Commission in hopes of promoting a patriotic and pro-American curriculum nationwide.  The...

Balancing Current Events and Class Curriculum

Balancing Current Events and Class Curriculum

Katelyn Newton and Emma Hutchinson January 17, 2021

Should English classes analyze the rhetoric of a speech made in 1800, or should they study rhetorical appeals in recent political debates instead? Should science classes diverge from traditional material...

Right-wing extremists besiege Capitol, death toll reaches 5

Right-wing extremists besiege Capitol, death toll reaches 5

Joseph Bender, Mirada Staff January 11, 2021

On Wednesday, Jan. 6, a mob forced its way into the US Capitol in an attempt to stop Congress from confirming that Joe Biden will replace Donald Trump as president. Since then, information has continued...

Rather than large family gatherings, many Hanukkah celebrations this year  consist only of members of the same household. However, many customs persist, such as the lighting of the menorah and the playing of dreidel games.

What Does Hanukkah Look Like Amidst a Global Pandemic?

Aaron Ichel, Mirada Staff December 15, 2020

With the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah commencing on Dec. 10, Jews around the world are celebrating the “Festival of Lights” a little bit differently this year. Rather than large family gatherings and...

Student tutors meet over Zoom once a month to discuss progress with helping younger students.

Senior Creates Tutoring Service Amid Pandemic

Taylor White, Mirada Staff December 11, 2020

Distance learning has prompted many struggles in the classroom, for both teachers and students, but senior Jubeen Park decided to not let the virus get in the way of her little brother's education. After...

Hybrid Instruction Postponed

Hybrid Instruction Postponed

Mirada Staff December 9, 2020

San Juan schools will continue in distance learning until further notice.  "Given the trend in health data in recent weeks, district staff have determined that it is unlikely Sacramento County can...

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