The Bruin Voice

Tardy policy leads to truancies in first period

Kylie Yamada, Feature Editor

May 30, 2018


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Senior Lewis Catapang has over 100 unexcused absences, but only five tardies. The reason? He has learned to work the system — the tardy system, that is. It usually doesn’t take students long to figure out the inherent lack of common sense of the current tardy policy. Why risk a detention with...

District holds back on rollout of Chromebooks at high schools

Gabriella Backus, Editor

May 30, 2018


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LUSD has racheted down a plan to roll out Chromebooks for all students in 7-12 to simply piloting the program at one high school: Delta Middle College, located on the San Joaquin Delta College campus. These stripped-down laptops known as Google Chromebooks — cheap, lightweight and simplistic in...

AP waivers restored — and numbers of students taking tests rise

Eric Benitez, Staff Writer

May 30, 2018


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With the AP fee exam funding restored this year, students need only worry about one thing: passing the test. The fee waiver was restored as a result of Lodi Unified setting aside district funding. Students who want to take multiple AP exams end up paying hundreds of dollars, as each exam fee is $94....

Environmental science class to install new air quality monitors

Claire Gilliland, Editor-in-Chief

May 30, 2018


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Bear Creek’s environmental science class — led by teacher Isabel Cuerpo — is working on getting a new air quality system, an electronic sign that’s part of the RAAN system, to replace their current system of air quality flags in the front of the school. Bear Creek will be the first high ...

Graduation stoles leave some feeling left out

Lily Tran, Feature Editor

May 30, 2018


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The final hurrah of high school is graduation — students don their best attire and show off their accomplishments in front of all their peers and the school. Often, these accomplishments are touted in the form of cords and stoles that are worn over graduates’ robes. This year, the graduation com...

Flag waving during International Rally leads to free speech clash

Gabi Backus, Staff Writer

May 30, 2018


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When Bear Creek senior Mason Kite, who was just accepted into the Marines, stood up and waved an American flag at the International Rally in March, he probably never thought his actions would lead to a school-wide outcry, reaching so far as the district level. “I was approached by several students...

Principal addresses safety concerns at meeting

Principal addresses safety concerns at meeting

Kaylanie Saldua, Staff Writer

May 30, 2018


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In response to the unease caused by school shootings across the nation, Bear Creek held an informal meeting for parents and students to discuss security measures on Wed., April 11. For a student body that numbers over 2,000, a total of 15 people sat in the library to hear what Bear Creek is doing to...

Señor Gil fundraises for his AP Spanish students’ exams

Señor Gil fundraises for his AP Spanish students’ exams

Helen Le and Lily Tran

May 29, 2018


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For students who enjoy the challenge of AP classes, they may find that joy fading when AP exam prices appear at the end of the year. Luckily, AP Spanish students don’t have to worry about how they will find the funds to pay for their tests. Spanish teacher Andres Gil has taken care of it. “I...

Personal Finance class pays students ‘daily income’ to imitate real world budgeting skill

Marino Dominguez, Staff Writer

May 29, 2018


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Life skill classes have always been a controversial argument among teachers and students, who debate whether or not it is the parents’ job to teach these basic, fundamental principles of the real world. One of Bear Creek’s life skill classes — Personal Finance — taught by math teacher Rin Fusselman,...

Spanish teachers take on 120% contracts to fill vacancy

Spanish teachers take on 120% contracts to fill vacancy

Kylie Yamada, Feature Editor

May 29, 2018


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Typically, union regulations prevent a teacher from being forced to teach all six periods, resulting in a prep period free of classes. However, at the beginning of the spring semester, all the Spanish teachers met as a unit and decided to come together to take on a sixth class and forego their prep....

Substitute teacher shortage leaves BC teachers sacrificing prep periods

Gabriella Backus, Online Editor-in-Chief

May 29, 2018


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Every morning, vice principal secretary Tammy Alexander starts her day by trying to find substitutes for absent teachers. More often than not, she runs into the same problem: too many absent teachers, and not enough substitutes to fill their places. Lodi Unified School District’s (LUSD) official...

Lacking prestige, JCs are all about practicality

May 29, 2018


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Most high school students dream of attending schools like Stanford, Harvard, UCLA and UC Berkeley. Despite the prestige that comes with these schools, they often are not the best choice for students. People are opting to attend a junior college over traditional four-year universities — even prestig...

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