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Let's play ball!

Let’s play ball!

Athletes cheer the return of sports practices and competitions
Dominic Navarro and Benjamin Tran April 16, 2021

After nearly an entire year of postponement, school sports have officially returned in some capacity. From golf to swim to football, many student-athletes hope to salvage their season by participating...

COVID-19: A Look Back

COVID-19: A Look Back

Students reflect on their life during quarantine
Gavin Orsi April 16, 2021

It has been one year since Bear Creek’s “extended spring break” began last March when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.  The isolation caused by the COVID lockdown has had life-changing effects on the...

Administration struggles to address high failure rates during distance learning

Administration struggles to address high failure rates during distance learning

Principal encourages teachers to use modifications to raise grades; some teachers express concern over suggestions to raise grades
Gavin Cardoza and Amara Del Prato March 3, 2021

After nearly a year of laggy chromebooks, missed zooms, late assignments and ignored inboxes, distance learning has taken its toll on students, leaving many flustered and unresponsive to school.  As a...

Graphic by Merit Onyekwere

Students experience “COVID fatigue” during Distance Learning

Truong-Anh Nguyen-Tan December 11, 2020

When Lodi Unified School District announced that school was cancelled at the beginning of quarantine in March, many students were relieved that their scholastic stress would be temporarily put on hold....

Money-making magic: teen small businesses in the time of COVID

Money-making magic: teen small businesses in the time of COVID

Merit Onyekwere and Truong-Anh Nguyen-Tan November 21, 2020

While COVID-19 has been responsible for spikes in unemployment and the permanent closure of many local mom and pop shops, a new generation of student entrepreneurs has begun to rise amid the economic uncertainty.   “I’d...

Families modify Thanksgiving traditions in light of Covid

Families modify Thanksgiving traditions in light of Covid

Jasmine Castillo, Feature Editor November 21, 2020

Thanksgiving is usually a time dedicated to family, feasting and fun -- but during the Covid-19 pandemic, a new ingredient will be added: fear. With the release of new guidelines from the Centers...

Canceled: Multiple SAT events were canceled due to Covid.

Students struggle to navigate college application process during Covid-19 lockdown

Elimination of SAT/ACT test places more emphasis on essays, grades
Gavin Orsi, Opinion Editor November 5, 2020

When it comes to college admissions, the class of 2021 can’t seem to catch a break.  With SAT test centers closing left and right, seniors aren’t sure where to start when it comes to the college application...

Masks Up: The football team practices social distancing while doing their conditioning exercises on the field.

Athletes and coaches adapt to new rules and timelines

athletics starting up amidst pandemic
Alex Bussey, Co-Editor-In-Chief November 4, 2020

Senior Robert Queirolo anticipated having one last wrestling season with his team, but Covid-19 has left all athletes unsure of what sports will look like this year.  While a few sports have started conditioning,...

CON: Should students be required to show their faces during distance learning?

CON: Should students be required to show their faces during distance learning?

Benjamin Tran, Entertainment Editor, Social Media Editor October 30, 2020

(See the PRO side here.) Alarms ringing!  Scrambling out of bed!  Rushing to open the computer to get to the Zoom link and clicking on the option to “Join without Video.”  Sound familiar?  Despite...

PRO: Should students be required to show their faces during distance learning?

PRO: Should students be required to show their faces during distance learning?

Jasmine Castillo, Feature Editor, Copy Editor October 30, 2020

(See the CON side here.) With the start of distance learning, students have been eager to complain about the inconveniences and problems they face, while not realizing that they contribute to one of...

A Helping Hand: Junior Takeyia Thompson sometimes has to leave her own classes to assist her second grade sister, Maliyah, and must email her teachers after class to explain or ask questions.

Distance Learning proves challenging for both staff and students

Fearing for their family members’ health, hundreds of students choose year-long distance learning option
Eileen Tran, Art Editor, Social Media Editor October 30, 2020

If students had been told a year ago that they would be able to attend class while still in their pajamas — and even still in bed — most students would have jumped at the chance.  Today, however,...

Social Distancing: An employee at Michael David Winery in Lodi, CA takes a customer's order from the passenger side of the customer's vehicle.

Local businesses adapt to COVID-19

Alex Bussey, Feature Editor April 16, 2020

Everyone can agree that this period of time is one of great uncertainty.  This uncertainty is magnified for small business owners; with the statewide Stay-at-Home order in place, people aren’t going...

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