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Kleenex? Bowtie? Extra credit comes in all forms

Graschelle Hipolito, Sports Editor

February 4, 2015

Many teachers consider extra credit opportunities that would be beneficial for the students in an academic sense, but also in order to help instill important life skills to emphasize success in other aspects.

Fit freshmen can qualify for P.E. exemption

Jessica Lee and Cameron Morelli

February 4, 2015

Freshmen this year that pass at least five of the six components of the physical fitness test (PFT) and pass their P.E. class are eligible to apply for a two-year exemption from P.E.

Participation requirement in classes raises some students’ anxiety levels

Graschelle Hipolito, Sports Editor

December 11, 2014

Those who support the requirement claim that participation can help students develop vital social skills that will benefit them in their adulthood. Verbal interaction can also contribute to students improving in a certain subject, especially in foreign language classes where knowing how the language is spoken is a vital part of comprehension and fluidity.

“Yes Means Yes” law defines sexual consent

Julianna Reth, Opinion Editor

December 11, 2014

Senate Bill 967 specifically states that all UCs and CSUs must implement “comprehensive prevention outreach programs,” in order to receive state funds for student financial assistance. The program must address sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.”

Environmental science class focuses on awareness

Jessica Lee, Editor-in-Chief

December 11, 2014

Cuerpo has added the air quality program to the other environment-friendly activities her students participate in. Other activities include California Coastal Cleanup and the Earth Day Festival, both of which she coordinates with CP Chemistry teacher Steve Meredith.

High school: useless information or preparation for life?

December 11, 2014

Through high school, students learn how to work together, communicate with each other, talk in front of others, work with deadlines and deal with the consequences of tardiness. Teachers have to plan their lessons according to the standards, but teachers say that high school still prepares students for the real world with these responsibilities.

Cafeteria dishes up farm-to-table lunch menu

Patricia Yadao, Staff Writer

December 11, 2014

Thursdays mark the calendar for a statewide “farm-to-table” movement that features one goal: to serve food that is fresher, healthier and more delicious. Part of LUSD’s original mission was to provide nutritional meals from local produce farms, but the new program exposes students to a whole new level with the entire meal sourced from local, fresh ingredients.

Cross-curricular ‘marking the text’ emphasized

Aidan Backus, Online Editor

December 11, 2014

Marking the text and other close reading strategies have long been staples of English classes, but this year they are being introduced into classes across the board. This dictate emerges from Common Core curriculum, encouraging students to develop valuable problem-solving skills for both the workforce and college.

AP exams can be used to reduce cost of college education

Cameron Morelli, Editor-in-Chief

December 10, 2014

When spring comes around, many Bear Creek students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) courses experience stress and anxiety as they frantically study for their AP exams in the hopes of earning college credit. For some students, finding a way to pay for these exams can be just as stressful as preparing for the exam itself.

Teachers’ pay varies widely with extra-curriculars

Teachers’ pay varies widely with extra-curriculars

Sam Park, Staff Writer

October 31, 2014

The Bruin Voice would like to correct an error that appeared in its Oct. 31, 2014, issue. In the article entitled “Teachers’ pay varies widely with extra-curriculars,” it stated that Lisa Deeter’s and Ren Pham-Peck’s overtime hours came from one funding source: ASSETS.  Upon further examination ...

Teachers crack down on plagiarism

Kristin Lam, Editor-in-Chief

October 30, 2014

Unintentional plagiarism habits require dedication to correct.  AP United States History teacher Heather Blount made the dangers of plagiarism clear to her students last month. Verbatim plagiarism, more commonly known as lifting, is a bad habit students have developed as a result of the ease of access...

Pediatrics society sees danger in early start time

Pediatrics society sees danger in early start time

Ashley Hoang, Staff Writer

October 30, 2014

They say the early bird gets the worm — but for high school students, the simple truth is that the bird is probably just sleep deprived. Now the American Academy of Pediatrics has joined the chorus of critics who say early start times are harming today’s youth. In a new policy statement published...

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