The Bruin Voice

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...

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...

Hula Hoppin': Juniors exemplify teamwork in a game at the Homecoming Rally in which they must move through a hula hoop without breaking hands. Due to the limit of one rally per quarter, Bear Creek will not have a Winterfest Rally this year.

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,...

Teacher Assistant Tasks: Emmanuel Bernabe grades Spanish homework for Spanish II teacher Stephanie Calixto.

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...

Photo Courtesy of Maryland DNR

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,...

Bathroom Babysitting: Vice Principal Sera Baysinger guards the Q building bathrooms after school due to a shortage of campus supervisors.

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...

Welcome to Camp: Senior Gabriella Backus is welcomed to Girls State camp with a whiteboard informing delegates what to do while they wait for their camp leaders. (Photo by Gabriella Backus)

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...

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...

Increasing reliability on classroom technology concerns some educators

Slow Wi-FI, blocked access hinder lesson plans
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...

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...

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,...

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...

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