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BC alumna chosen as LGBT community liasion

Red Carpet Gala: Dyane Burgos Medina hosts a dinner to raise funds for the San Joaquin Pride Center.

Zachary Denney, Online Editor

October 30, 2014

The City of Stockton has taken a progressive step into equal representation at the governmental level.  On August 26, the Stockton City Council unanimously passed a resolution appointing Councilmember Dyane Burgos Medina, a Bear Creek alumna, as the city’s official liaison to the lesbian, gay, bisexual...

Consistently low AP pass rates lead some students to question instruction

Consistently low AP pass rates lead some students to question instruction

Jessica Lee, Editor-in-Chief

October 30, 2014

When teachers have consistently low AP pass rates, a question comes to mind: should they continue to teach the class?  Well, just as test scores don’t necessarily define a student, AP pass rates don’t necessarily define a teacher. A student’s AP score depends on both the teacher and the student:...

Creek Crazies are still asking: where’s the shirt? the towel?

We bleed blue and gray!: Creek Crazies cheer the Bruin football team to victory. Club members are disputing last year's membership fees.

Brooke Shimasaki, Co-Online Feature Editor

October 30, 2014

Fans can see the Creek Crazies’ smiling faces as they cheer Bear Creek Athletics to victory.  But last year, those smiles were long gone when the club made promises that it could not keep. During the 2013-2014 school year, Creek Crazies President Brooks Green collected $25 from approximately 35...

Controversy over freshmen parents’ reaction

Jessica Lee and Cameron Morelli

October 29, 2014

Two freshmen found themselves the subject of controversy and featured on a local news program and the front page of the local newspaper in the span of two weeks in September. However, it was the reactions by the students’ parents that drew the most attention — and for one, a possible jail sentence. In...

Teens struggle with mixed messages for marijuana use

Photo courtesy of Nate Bruzdzinski/CU Independent

Graschelle Hipoloto, Sports Editor

October 28, 2014

With the current debate over the legalization of marijuana sweeping across the country, confusion and mixed signals are not uncommon amongst teenagers. Colorado and Washington have legalized the use of recreational cannabis, and 19 others states, including Maryland, Arizona and California, have legalized...

New peer tutoring program aims to help failing students before it’s too late

New peer tutoring program aims to help failing students before it's too late

Brooke Shimasaki, Co-Online Feature Editor

October 28, 2014

Students go to class each day, listen to the teacher, and read the textbook – but these steps do not always equate to passing grades or full comprehension. It is sometimes intimidating to ask teachers for help and ineffective to read and reread a textbook with confusing vocabulary.  Before students...

School shooting threat – 18 September, 2014

September 18, 2014

This afternoon, we received a call from an upset parent who said that he was "coming down tomorrow and it was going to be like a Columbine situation". The Stockton Police Department was notified and responded immediately. We have not yet found the person who made this terroristic threat.

Thornton Road shootout a mile from campus shocks Bear Creek students

Map of the location of the shootout.

Jessica Dang, Staff Writer

September 12, 2014

Students at Bear Creek witnessed a shootout seen mostly in movies as police responded to a bank robbery that concluded on Thornton Road just a mile from the high school a week before school began on Wed., July 16.

Students volunteer in Costa Rica, learn lifeskills through their experience

Arlene Ocana, Staff Writer

September 12, 2014

Seniors Isabelle Rodriguez and Marissa Doblados went to Costa Rica over the summer with volunteer programs Cross-Cultural Solutions and People to People, respectively. The programs gave them the opportunity to interact with kids from orphanages and work at a school. People to People provides educational travel for students all over the globe and allows students to experience unique opportunities such as rappelling from a castle wall or riding an elephant and visiting places like the British Parliament, private islands in Fiji or the backstage of the Sydney Opera House.

New disciplinary process seeks to negotiate out conflicts between offender, victim

Nic Banis, Staff Writer

September 11, 2014

Restorative justice not only involves the victim and offender in the discussion and decision-making process but also the school community. According to an article on the Restorative Justice Online website, “Congregations might involve the victim or offender or both, as well as other students, a teacher or administrator to mediate the discussion, or even the victim or offender’s family.”

Thirteen new staff members hired at start of school year

Peter Ha, Staff Writer

September 11, 2014

New Spanish teacher Daisy Ortega said she decided to teach at Bear Creek because she was intrigued by the diversity of the school. Ortega attended one year of high school at Bear Creek and says she feels comfortable with the campus. She also credits fellow teachers in making the transition easier.

Twitter fosters a destructive cyberbullying playground

Junior Samantha Calloni was surprised to find a picture of her circulating on the Twitter feed @CaliStories

Julianna Reth, Opinion Editor

September 11, 2014

Students from various local schools, including Bear Creek, have found themselves victims to cyberbullying and Internet shaming through popular Twitter accounts such as @CaliStories, @ValleyStories1 and @ValleyStories2. The primary mission of these Twitter accounts is to elicit laughter and ridicule through the submission of embarrassing pictures and stories from high schools based in California.

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