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Bilingual no more – students lament loss of primary language

Jessica Nguyen, Editor-in-Chief & News Editor

November 8, 2013


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“Annie, pueda los tenedores en el lavaplato, por favor.” Seventeen-year-old Annie stares at her grandmother in confusion. Tenedores? Lavaplato? What are those? For most, English is a first language, but for others, their native language was what they first learned as toddlers. According to the...

Safety precautions leave some students locked out of main campus

Jacob Williams, Opinion Editor

November 8, 2013


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Students with classes in K1 and the Theater frequently find themselves locked out after class—forcing them to either walk around to the front of the school and go through the main office or wait for a kindly peer to open the nearby gates. To access the campus through the K- or L-building gates and...

Passport to College students get ready to collect on promise

Molina Soun, Staff Writer

November 8, 2013


Filed under College, News

Students were only in the fifth grade when they were presented with an offer they couldn’t refuse: free tuition.  The Passport to College program, started in 2006-2007, targeted those who will graduate in 2014.  Approximately 7,000 students signed the contract, which promises two years of free tuition...

Mastering the art of the personal essay

Lisa Nguyen, Staff Writer

November 8, 2013


Filed under College, News

Maintaining grades and extracurricular activities as well as taking the SATs and ACTs are just some of the major priorities of a typical college-bound senior.  The time has come to focus on what may be one of the most important concerns yet: the personal statement. Many find the college application...

Administrators seek solutions to student, staff parking lot chaos

Jessica Nguyen, Editor-in-Chief & News Editor

November 8, 2013


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Getting to school on time in the morning has always posed a challenge for students when cars are swerving from lane to lane, cutting other drivers and students off, and blocking the entrance to the parking lot and drop off zone—and the journey becomes almost scary for some. The school parking lot...

New assessment will ‘get kids to think’

Jasmine Santos, Editor-in-Chief & News Editor

November 8, 2013


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A new assessment method attempts to put America on par with other countries in terms of education. The California Standardized Test is being replaced, effective in the school year 2013-2014, by the new Common Core Standards Test. The new assessment requires students to complete the exam electronically...

Student bathrooms still a concern after last WASC visit

John Wei, Managing & Graphics Editor

November 8, 2013


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Wet floors. Broken stalls. Flooded toilets. Nonexistent paper towels. Broken heat detector. If this sounds familiar, it is. It’s the current state of Bear Creek’s bathrooms. WASC, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, is returning for an audit of Bear Creek’s progress next year. If...

WASC visit postponed

Amber Buhagiar, Editor-in-Chief & Entertainment Editor

November 8, 2013


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The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) evaluates schools to ensure that they can be trusted to provide students with quality education through continuous self-improvement.  WASC accredits schools that achieve a focused mission and goal for its students. If a school is not WASC accredited,...

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