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Beginning of the year schedule glitches par for the course

Nathan To, News Editor

September 20, 2019

At the beginning of every school year, dozens of students line up at the counseling office to request class schedule changes, and this school year proved to be no exception. When students first received their schedules, several noticed a variety of issues with their classes, including too many periods,...

Board mandates more general education classes to address CP failure rates

Alex Bussey, Opinion Editor

September 20, 2019

At a Lodi Unified School District Board of Education meeting this past spring, high school principals were directed by the Board to provide their students with a wider range of course options — especially classes that do not meet A-G requirements — in an effort to reduce expulsion and failure rates...

Winterfest Rally replaced by month-long celebration of academic success

Winterfest Rally replaced by month-long celebration of academic success

Amara Del Prato, Entertainment Editor

September 20, 2019

Winterfest, a rally intended to honor high-achieving students nominated by their teachers, will not be included amongst this year’s rallies.  The rally’s cancellation came as a surprise to many students, especially because it was the only rally that focused primarily on academics — presumably a di...

Faculty fails to approve raising GPA requirements for TAs

Faculty fails to approve raising GPA requirements for TAs

Sydney Jasper, Staff Writer

June 11, 2019

Bear Creek’s Teacher Assistant (TA) and Tutor policies – which are the most lenient of all four comprehensive high schools in the district – will remain the same for the 2019-20 school year after a school-wide faculty vote failed to garner the 75 percent participation among staff needed to override...

Nutria ― giant swamp rats ― on the rise in Stockton

Nutria ― giant swamp rats ― on the rise in Stockton

Leilany Perez, Opinion Editor

June 11, 2019

With its shaggy, yellow-brown fur, webbed feet and orange buck teeth, the nutria could be mistaken for a muskrat. San Joaquin County is being invaded by nutrias, also known as copyu ― but these rodents, despite their spooky appearance, are no laughing matter. These “giant swamp rats” are two...

Rise in bathroom vandalism, lack of security leave students fearful of using facilities – if they can find one

Rise in bathroom vandalism,  lack of security leave students fearful of using facilities – if they can find one

Gabriella Backus, Editor-In-Chief

April 26, 2019

Every Bear Creek student has noticed the hordes of students wasting time, smoking and gambling in the bathrooms, offset only by seemingly fruitless attempts at intervention or apprehension by administration and security. The bathrooms themselves are often trashed and vandalized with broken bits ast...

Camps offer leadership and career opportunities

Camps offer leadership and career opportunities

Jasmine Castillo, Opinion Editor

April 26, 2019

Although some students are able to gain leadership experience by being elected to an official position in a club or being chosen as the captain of their sports team, the truth is that leadership opportunities are few and far between for teens. To address this issue, different organizations sponsor...

Lack of honors classes leaves students with two options: CP or AP, seen as ‘too hard’ or ‘too easy’

Sydney Jasper, Staff Writer

April 26, 2019

Before the College Board began to exert its influence in 1952, most high schools offered two options for courses: College Prep or Honors. The distinction between the courses was difficult to define, and schools sometimes faced accusations that the system “tracked” minority students into lower classes. Today,...

Increasing reliability on classroom technology concerns some educators

Jason Aquino, Staff Writer

April 26, 2019

Educators across the world are ditching the chalk and whiteboards for laptops and Smart Boards. Assignments are routinely assigned through Google Classroom, grades are finalized on Aeries and papers are written on Google Docs. Because of the increasing reliance on technology, a common complaint from...

Robo calls help improve parent communication — even if some find them unwelcome

Eyan Atad, Staff Writer

April 26, 2019

In an effort to increase communication with the Bear Creek Community, the school frequently uses automated calls — better known as ‘robo-calls’ — to inform parents of upcoming events and points of concern. Some families are beginning to question just how necessary these calls are — especially...

New SRO office survived 1989 shooting

Mia Pascual, Staff Writer

April 26, 2019

In 1989, Stockton suffered one of the first mass shootings on a school campus — Cleveland Elementary School. Israel Camarena, Bear Creek’s new School Resource Officer, was there. Even 30 years later, Camarena remembers that day with clarity. “I recall being extremely afraid as I tried to keep...

Speech and debate captain earns All American Award

Amara Del Prato, Entertainment Editor

April 26, 2019

Jasmin Prasad became the first Bear Creek student to earn the prestigious All American Award for her accomplishments in Speech and Debate. Prasad, a senior, joined Speech and Debate in her freshman year and will join the fewer than 1,000 student orators nationwide to claim this award. To qualify for...

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