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Spanish teachers struggle with room sharing

Spanish teachers struggle with room sharing

Amara Del Prato, Entertainment Editor

January 7, 2019

Since the beginning of the school year, the Spanish department has been sharing rooms due to lack of classrooms and increase in student population. Bear Creek High School currently has just under 2,000 students — nearly twice the number of students who were enrolled in 1991, the year the school opened. After...

BC mourns death of Speech and Debate team member

BC mourns death of Speech and Debate team member

Jasmin Prasad, Staff Writer

November 16, 2018

Brandon Robert Bockman, born Sept. 28, 2002, passed away Oct. 4, 2018, due to complications from Type 1 diabetes. A vigil was held at Bear Creek in his honor after a Speech and Debate tournament Oct. 20, and his memorial was held Oct. 21. Bockman was an active member of the Bear Creek Speech and Debate...

Students reflect on helpfulness of Bruin Bonanza activities

Bailey Kirkeby, News Editor

November 16, 2018

The second annual Bruin Bonanza, an event on the first day of school, was started last year by Bear Creek’s leadership classes as a way to help freshmen assimilate to high school. This year, the event included rotations with presentations about the Bruin Way, goal-setting, and Bear Creek’s rules...

What’s in your lunch? Bacteria!

What’s in your lunch? Bacteria!

Amara Del Prato, Entertainment Editor

November 16, 2018

Meat, eggs, and potatoes are all considered to be generally healthy foods, but packing them for lunch and bringing them to school may decrease their nutritional value at best ー and at worst, be downright dangerous. Certain foods that are packed in unrefrigerated lunch bags become susceptible to b...

Voters weigh in on Daylight Savings Time

Voters weigh in on Daylight Savings Time

Sydney Jasper, Staff Writer

November 16, 2018

Time is usually not a concept people think they have control over, but a pending bill in the California legislature could impact how dark it is when students go to and return from school. Starting this November, California voters can weigh in on a bill to end daylight saving time (DST). At issue is...

Confusing schedule has some hearing bells too often

Bailey Kirkeby, News Editor

November 16, 2018

Nearly two months into the 2018-2019 school year, Bear Creek was still experiencing weekly changes regarding the bell schedule. With problems such as constant revisions of the bell schedule itself, the bell failing to ring on time, and teachers not being able to hear different bells, students were frustrated...

Admin team rolls out new tardy policy

Gabriella Backus, Editor-In-Chief

November 16, 2018

How did the new tardy policy originate? Who came up with it and how was it agreed upon? How it started is everyone felt there was need for change because tardy seemed to be a thing we want student to do better at. Also, absence was another issue, but mainly tardy. Particularly high schools, see t...

Tardy policy leads to truancies in first period

Kylie Yamada, Feature Editor

May 30, 2018

Senior Lewis Catapang has over 100 unexcused absences, but only five tardies. The reason? He has learned to work the system — the tardy system, that is. It usually doesn’t take students long to figure out the inherent lack of common sense of the current tardy policy. Why risk a detention with...

District holds back on rollout of Chromebooks at high schools

Gabriella Backus, Editor

May 30, 2018

LUSD has racheted down a plan to roll out Chromebooks for all students in 7-12 to simply piloting the program at one high school: Delta Middle College, located on the San Joaquin Delta College campus. These stripped-down laptops known as Google Chromebooks — cheap, lightweight and simplistic in...

AP waivers restored — and numbers of students taking tests rise

Eric Benitez, Staff Writer

May 30, 2018

With the AP fee exam funding restored this year, students need only worry about one thing: passing the test. The fee waiver was restored as a result of Lodi Unified setting aside district funding. Students who want to take multiple AP exams end up paying hundreds of dollars, as each exam fee is $94....

Environmental science class to install new air quality monitors

Claire Gilliland, Editor-in-Chief

May 30, 2018

Bear Creek’s environmental science class — led by teacher Isabel Cuerpo — is working on getting a new air quality system, an electronic sign that’s part of the RAAN system, to replace their current system of air quality flags in the front of the school. Bear Creek will be the first high ...

Graduation stoles leave some feeling left out

Lily Tran, Feature Editor

May 30, 2018

The final hurrah of high school is graduation — students don their best attire and show off their accomplishments in front of all their peers and the school. Often, these accomplishments are touted in the form of cords and stoles that are worn over graduates’ robes. This year, the graduation com...

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