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Seniors use projects to fill community needs

Seniors use projects to fill community needs

Jessica Lee, Sports Editor

February 6, 2014

With senior year, three things come to mind: college applications, graduation, and, undoubtedly, the Capstone project. Every year, Bear Creek seniors are assigned the Capstone project in their English class, an assignment meant to be a culminating academic experience.  A few of the requirements of...

Cassel appointed new LUSD Board President

Cassel appointed new LUSD Board President

Zachary Denney, Online & Opinion Editor

February 6, 2014

Retired Bear Creek social studies teacher Bonnie Cassel was unanimously appointed by the board in December to be the first woman board president in two decades.  Cassel has held a seat on the board since 2006. “The 11 years I spent teaching at Bear Creek were the best of my career,” Cassel said. ...

Feeder school boundary for middle schools redrawn

Feeder school boundary for middle schools redrawn

Amber Buhagiar and Jasmine Santos

February 6, 2014

Crowded classrooms are problematic for both students and teachers and are apparently not uncommon at Christa McAuliffe Middle School. As a solution to the overcrowding at Christa McAuliffe, the Board proposed to redraw the boundaries for both Delta Sierra and Christa McAuliffe so that the new feeder...

Teachers question grading requirements for TAs

Jasmine Santos, Editor-in-Chief & News Editor

February 6, 2014

Teacher Aids, effective this school year, must now receive letter grades instead of a pass or fail. Some teachers, however, who must evaluate their TAs with specific letter grades are baffled by the criteria. What exactly determines a C grade for a TA from a B grade? Is there a way to standardize that? Previously...

BC family mourns loss of fellow Bruin Joseph Rivera

BC family mourns loss of fellow Bruin Joseph Rivera

Amber Buhagiar and Jessica Nguyen

February 6, 2014

Students on Jan. 18 awoke to startling news that senior Joseph Rivera passed away in a car accident the night before. “I thought it was a sick joke,” senior Zach Sallee said when he heard the news. “I didn’t want to believe it.” News of Rivera’s passing spread fast via social networking...

Miscommunication leads to denial of PE waivers

Miscommunication leads to denial of PE waivers

Amber Buhagiar, Editor-in-Chief & Entertainment Editor

February 6, 2014

Students will do anything to get out of class— especially P.E. This year students had the choice to opt out of P.E. by competing in two sports during the school year. Submitting a contract in May 2013, students committed to two sports they planned to participate during the following 2013-201...

An important message from Principal Atterberry:

An important message from Principal Atterberry:

January 18, 2014

This is Bill Atterberry with a message for Bear Creek High School Staff members and students. I have been notified through a number of sources that senior Joseph Rivera died last night from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Joseph was a very active member of our student body. As a member...

Clubs adopt a ‘green space’ to beautify campus

Clubs adopt a ‘green space’ to beautify campus

Jessica Nguyen, Editor-in-Chief & News Editor

December 13, 2013

Dead leaves, overgrown weeds, empty bags of chips these pesky things can be found all around the campus. Fortunately, clubs participating in the new Adopt-a-Green-Space program are working to eliminate this debris from the school. The Adopt-a-Green-Space program founded by L.I.F.E. club is an interactive...

Success of In-school suspension program questioned

Jasmine Santos, Editor-in-Chief & News Editor

December 13, 2013

With fewer than five students in the in-school suspension room on average, there are some doubts about whether the new program is the best use of public educational funds. The additional expenses to run the program, including work packets designed for every offense committed, lead students to question...

Tardies skyrocket under new policy

Tardies skyrocket under new policy

Amber Buhagiar, Editor-in-Chief & Entertainment Editor

December 13, 2013

“Better late than never”— this saying has become this year’s theme as more and more students are arriving late to class.  The new tardy policy may be to blame. Principal Bill Atterberry came into the school year shocked by the disproportionately high number of suspensions stemming from students...

Holiday meals often tense and stressful

Jacob Williams, Opinion Editor

December 13, 2013

The heralding of the holidays means, for some, an awkward meal at a table laden with strange relatives and fierce contention. When families are divided in the wake of a divorce or severe discord, teens often feel the disheartening impact. Junior Laura Angle commonly experiences uncomfortable family...

Retailers break tradition and open doors on Thanksgiving day

Justine Do-Huynh, Staff Writer

December 13, 2013

For the first time, major retailers opened stores on Thanksgiving day leaving the traditional “Black Friday” a memory of retail past. According to the article “On Day of Frenzy at the Mall, the Real Fight is Online,” by Paul Ziobro and Suzanne Kapner published in the “Wall Street Journal,”...

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