The Bruin Voice

Students do their part to help conserve water in drought

Jessica Lee, Feature Editor

March 14, 2014

According to “National Geographic,” California is currently facing the worst drought since record keeping began in the mid-1900s. On January 17, Gov. Brown declared a State of Emergency and instructed all state officials to take any necessary actions to prepare for drought conditions.  In the...

Local kidnapping attempts lead students to be more vigilant

Amber Buhagiar, Editor-in-Chief & Entertainment Editor

March 14, 2014

In recent weeks, students across campus have become weary about walking home after school. And this time, the weather isn’t to blame. Six attempted kidnapping incidents have been reported across Stockton, all occurring in the same week. The cases have involved men approaching kids, mainly school-aged...

From drafting to debate – students bring home the gold

John Wei, Graphics Editor

March 14, 2014

Each year, Bear Creek students participate in a wide array of competitions that showcase their skills. The SkillsUSA Team, which competes in engineering-based events, had a particularly strong run this year, with the gold, silver and bronze medals in both Introductory Drafting A, which covers freshmen...

Teacher tenure case heads to court

Amber Buhagiar, Editor-in-Chief & Entertainment Editor

March 14, 2014

In recent months, the Los Angeles Superior Court case Vergara v. California has made public the reality that often occurs in classrooms. Nine children between the ages seven to 17 are suing the state in order to improve the school system. Their problem? Teacher tenure. Teacher tenure was created to pro...

SSC reviews and revises school policies

Jasmine Santos, Editor-in-Chief & News Editor

March 14, 2014

The School Site Council (SSC) committee met on Feb. 20 to discuss important policies and issues including the school’s budget, TAs, Peer Tutors and Lab Assistants, hats, personal speakers, field trip permission slips and pre-arranged absence forms. Principal Bill Atterberry reported a proposed budget...

More students signing up for AP classes

Jacob Williams, Opinion Editor

March 14, 2014

Over the last decade, California has witnessed more public school students enrolling in AP classes and more students passing their AP exams. California now enjoys the sixth-highest rate of AP participation in the nation and has seen one of the most dramatic increases in AP participation over the last...

Link crew addresses failing freshmen

Jessica Nguyen, Editor-in-Chief & News Editor

March 14, 2014

130 freshmen have two or more F's; 16 percent have a GPA of 1.0 or lower Ninth grader Tom opens up his first semester report card and glances over his grades—two D’s and four F’s. Three years later, Tom struggles to make up credits and is told he might not be able to graduate because ...

Loss of benefits hit unemployed hard

Jessica Nguyen, Editor-in-Chief & News Editor

February 6, 2014

Sandra opens up her mail expecting to see her weekly $300 dollar check from the federal unemployment agency, but instead receives a letter saying she is being cut off from the program. Stunned by the news, Sandra contemplates how she will now be able to support her family of five without any income. Unemployed...

BC Alum cooks up celebrity status

BC Alum cooks up celebrity status

Maria Tran, Staff Writer

February 6, 2014

BC alumnus Michael Midgley has made it onto the glamourous life of reality TV — starring on a cooking show. The 35-year-old cook, a 1996 graduate of BCHS, competed on “Bravo’s Top Chef,” finishing in 6th place. “Top Chef” selects 15 rising chefs from across the nation to compete for a ...

‘Duck Whisperer’ takes over old science experiment

‘Duck Whisperer’ takes over old science experiment

Thuy Ngo, Feature Editor

February 6, 2014

“’You know those ducks in that lagoon right near Central Park South? That little lake? By any chance, do you happen to know where they go, the ducks, when it gets all frozen over? Do you happen to know, by any chance?’” Unlike Holden Caulfield in J.D. Salinger’s “The Catcher in the Ry...

Students slow to adjust to tardy policy changes

Students slow to adjust to tardy policy changes

Christine Neak, Staff Writer

February 6, 2014

Due to the rise in the number of tardies last semester, especially in first period, a new tardy policy was enacted at the beginning of January. Before, the old tardy policy stated that the parent or guardian would be contacted when a student had one tardy and the student would have to attend Saturday...

Teacher restroom policies: reward or punishment?

Anmol Mahal, Staff Writer

February 6, 2014

“It can wait”— a term students have become so used to hearing that they don’t bother asking teachers to use the restroom when they know they are going to be denied or penalized.  Many teachers like to keep their students in class as much possible and in order to do so they have created a pass...

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