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COVID-19 Affects Teen Mental Health

COVID-19 Affects Teen Mental Health

Aaron Ichel and Annalee Gorman May 8, 2020

With the country on lockdown, people across the world are experiencing changes in their mental health, including students. Two students in the Natomas School District on Apr. 7 took their own lives. With...

A dispersed Rio Americano classroom during AP testing last May

Gov. Newsom Raises Many Questions for California’s Students, Educators and Communities

Emma Hutchinson, Mirada Staff May 5, 2020

Gov. Newsom’s announcement that California schools could be back in session as soon as July has left parents, students, teachers, and government officials with many unanswered questions. No decisions...

Census Incentivizes Participation

Census Incentivizes Participation

Annalee Gorman, Mirada Staff May 1, 2020

With billions of dollars in federal spending and a congressional seat at stake, the 2020 U.S. census is causing California to count some of its residents twice.  California has set aside $187 million—the...

A bike rider enjoys a sunny day in April.

Teens Find Ways to Stay Positive During Quarantine

Emily Borg, Mirada Staff May 1, 2020

Out of school and unable to see friends because of social distancing rules that are intended to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, many teens find it challenging to stay positive--but they are also...

While the switch to distanced learning poses challenges for some, others demand grades for their work throughout the semester. The district's decision has sparked conflicting opinions: those supporting the default credit/no credit and those supporting the right to petition for letter grades.

Students, Staff Debate on Grading Policy for the Spring Term

Katelyn Newton and Jada Bailey April 28, 2020

Reversing its previous policy of offering only credit/no credit grades for the spring semester, the San Juan Unified School District will now allow students to petition for grades. Students and parents...

Plant Closure Not Expected to Affect Yearbook Delivery

Plant Closure Not Expected to Affect Yearbook Delivery

Mickey Doolittle, Mirada Staff April 18, 2020

The yearbook staff completed work on the 2020 Tesoro earlier this week, but printing of the book won't begin until April 27--at the earliest. The Herff Jones printing plant in Kansas closed on March...

SJUSD To Allow Letter Grades

SJUSD To Allow Letter Grades

Nicolas Gorman and Emily Borg April 18, 2020

Aligning itself with other area school districts, the San Juan district changed its grade policy Friday to allow students to receive letter grades. Previously, the district had announced that as classes...

Merriam Webster's Word of the Year

Merriam Webster’s Word of the Year

Emma Hutchinson, Mirada Staff April 7, 2020

Infinite combinations of only 26 letters make up all of our communication.  Some words are bland but necessary, some unnecessary but interesting. Some words have only one meaning, while some have many.  But...

In 1920, Sacramento Bee coined gender-neutral pronoun 'hir'

In 1920, Sacramento Bee coined gender-neutral pronoun ‘hir’

Emma Hutchinson, Mirada Staff April 7, 2020

A century ago Sacramento came to the forefront in the long effort to coin a new gender-neutral singular pronoun. Dozens of new pronouns had been proposed since the early 1800s to replace “he” as...

The UC Santa Cruz athletics and gym building In March 2019

University of California Joins Other Colleges in Adjusting Admission Requirements Due to Coronavirus

Katie Newton, Staff Writer April 3, 2020

Online AP tests. No spring ACT or SATs. Pass or fail classes. Distanced learning. The class of 2021 is facing new challenges as they prepare for college applications next fall. The changes in response...

Having to continue learning at home, students attempt to transform their bedrooms into classrooms.

Calif. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Says Campuses Will Not Reopen This School Year

Nicolas Gorman, Emily Borg, and Mickey Doolittle April 1, 2020
“We are in unprecedented times, and it’s hard to tell what the future holds as we are all doing our best to flatten the curve.” Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond
Rio Americano staff sanitize and distribute computers to prepare for newly rolled out

Campus Closure Extended; District Switches to Distance Learning

Emily Borg, Annalee Gorman, and Allison Meier April 1, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, San Juan Unified Schools District has extended campus closures at least through May 1 and will begin online instruction on April 13.   The district has been working...

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