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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 ...

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 ...

Students, teachers reflect on the first day of school

Sophomore Maelyn Hutchinson sits down at her computer on the first day of school and enters Google Classroom where she will access information to get her into Zoom for each of her classes.

Emma Hutchinson and Katelyn Newton

August 13, 2020

The first day of school looked a little different for everyone this year; instead of having to get up early to get dressed, drive to school, and visit lockers before class, students could have simply rolled out of bed, put t-shirts on over pajama bottoms, and sat down in their rooms for the beginnin...

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...

Seniors Re-evaluate College Plans Due to Pandemic

Rio Seniors celebrate future plans after college. Some members switched colleges as more information was released and others follow the path they always dreamed of.

Annalee Gorman and Emma Hutchinson

June 11, 2020

Making the decision of where to go to college is already filled with uncertainty and this year is no different. But, there’s more for the Class of 2020 seniors to think about.  The coronavirus pandemic has left seniors wondering whether they will attend college in person in the fall, and if not, ho...

UC Regents Vote to Drop SAT, ACT

Student resources for college preparation. Competitive schools like UC San Diego and UCLA no longer require the SAT for admissions.

Katelyn Newton, Mirada Staff

May 29, 2020

After a two year research effort evaluating the effectiveness of standardized tests, the University of California Regents unanimously voted on May 21 to retract the SAT/ ACT requirement for California applicants until 2024. While students in the class of 2021-2022 have the option to submit test scor...

Yearbook Delayed

Yearbook editors Liz Gore, Riley Stoddard and Justine Waters proof the cover for this year's Tesoro.

Nicolas Gorman, Mirada Staff

May 25, 2020

Delivery of the 2020 Rio Americano yearbook has been delayed until August because of state-mandated restrictions at the printing plant aimed at protecting workers from Covid-19. Yearbook adviser Michael Mahoney said the news was disappointing but understandable.  “The yearbook staff worked re...

What You Don’t Know About Rio

What You Don't Know About Rio

Nicolas Gorman, Mirada Staff

May 22, 2020

Rio Americano High School What you don't know The Senior Building Ever wondered what this house-like structure is doing in the back of our school? This building has been here for decades, but the exact date it was built is unknown. It used to be a place where senior citizens would take classes abou...

CSU’s Move to Online Instruction

Usually busy, the California State University, Sacramento Welcome Center is empty.

Emma Hutchinson, Mirada Staff

May 16, 2020

Update on California Universities While the California State Universities (CSU) and Community Colleges (CCC) have opted for online course of study this fall, the University of California (UC) schools will be taught in-person. × Dismiss alert The California State University system comprises 23 c...

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