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Rio to add tutorial period during school day

Isa Searle, Mirada Staff June 8, 2021

Rio Americano teachers have voted to add a 30 minute period within the school day to address learning loss from Covid-19. The additional period will be created by shortening existing periods by five-six...

Rio Seniors get in-person graduation

June 4, 2021

The class of 2021 received their diplomas in person at an outdoor ceremony, on campus last night. The 460 members of the graduating class sat socially distanced on the JV baseball field during the warm...

Robotics teacher Matt Cole is among the departing staff featured in a special segment on Rio TV.

Rio TV Profiles Departing Educators

Mirada Staff May 26, 2021

At the end of the semster, several longtime members of the Rio Americano faculty will depart, some heading into retirement enticed by the districts buy-out offer, others moving on to new jobs. Rio TV...

Elijah Rogalski his a home run against Inderkum. Rio won 10-3. Photo by Josh Zezzo

Baseball beats Del Campo to reach 18-1

Josh Zezzo, Staff Writer May 25, 2021

In a season shortened by the Covid-19 pandemic, Rio Americano is cramming in all the wins that they can, riding a 12-game winning streak to an 18-1 record (10-0, Capital Athletic League) and a spot in...

Cliff Kelly will leave his position as a vice principal at Casa Roble to become the principal of Rio Americano

Cliff Kelly to take over as principal

Isa Searle, Mirada Staff Writer May 24, 2021
"(My goal is) ensuring that it’s a safe environment and an inclusive environment for everyone so that everyone feels like Rio is a place for them and a place that supports them in whatever their interests may be." New Principal Cliff Kelly
A student photographed the Nazi flag amid other historical German flags.

Teacher suspended for displaying Nazi flag in classroom

Katelyn Newton, Mirada Staff May 19, 2021

In response to the display of a Nazi flag in their classroom, a Rio Americano teacher has been placed on administrative leave while the district conducts an investigation into the matter. After students...

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.

Rick Singer, mastermind of the college admissions scandal, started at Rio

Emma Hutchinson, Mirada Staff May 15, 2021

Rick Singer, the disgraced independent college counselor at the heart of the nation’s biggest admissions bribery scandal and subject of the new Netflix documentary "Operation Varsity Blues," began his...

Senior Luka Price volunteers at a vaccine clinic.

Vaccines Offered to Students 12 and Older

Sam Thompson, Mirada Staff May 14, 2021

Starting on May 19th, children who are 12 years old or older will be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccination through the San Juan Unified district. Students, families and staff are all encouraged to receive...

Currently sparsely populated, there will soon be more students in teacher Michael Mahoney's A-wing classroom as Cohorts A and B merge and students come on campus 4 days a week. Desks will still remain the appropriate distance of 3 feet away as recommended by new CDC guidelines.

Combined cohorts and CDC guidelines allow for 4-day school schedule starting April 26

Emma Hutchinson and Isabella (Isa) Searle April 13, 2021

After four weeks in a 2-day hybrid schedule, all SJUSD K-12 students will return to campus 4 days a week, on April 26, the district announced Tuesday. The decision comes after a successful return to partially...

Graduation will take place on the JV Baseball Field at Rio on June 3.

In-person, Outdoor Graduation Confirmed for Class of 2021

Katelyn Newton, Mirada Staff April 6, 2021

After a year of remote activities, seniors will celebrate their high school accomplishments with an in-person graduation at Rio Americano High School. Senior graduation will take place outside on the baseball...

Principal Ginter to Leave, Take Position at District

Principal Ginter to Leave, Take Position at District

Katelyn Newton, Mirada Staff March 30, 2021

After 12 years on the job, Principal Brian Ginter is leaving Rio this year to take a position at the district office. Ginter will transition into his new role as Director of Admissions and Family Services...

Majority of students will take AP exams online…again

Emma Hutchinson, Mirada Staff March 26, 2021

For the second year in a row, students will take AP exams from home. What a year ago was shocking, novel and “unprecedented” has become the new normal. AP Tests to be online regardless of COVID...

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