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Flag waving during International Rally leads to free speech clash

Gabi Backus, Staff Writer

May 30, 2018

When Bear Creek senior Mason Kite, who was just accepted into the Marines, stood up and waved an American flag at the International Rally in March, he probably never thought his actions would lead to a school-wide outcry, reaching so far as the district level. “I was approached by several students...

Principal addresses safety concerns at meeting

Principal addresses safety concerns at meeting

Kaylanie Saldua, Staff Writer

May 30, 2018

In response to the unease caused by school shootings across the nation, Bear Creek held an informal meeting for parents and students to discuss security measures on Wed., April 11. For a student body that numbers over 2,000, a total of 15 people sat in the library to hear what Bear Creek is doing to...

Señor Gil fundraises for his AP Spanish students’ exams

Señor Gil fundraises for his AP Spanish students’ exams

Helen Le and Lily Tran

May 29, 2018

For students who enjoy the challenge of AP classes, they may find that joy fading when AP exam prices appear at the end of the year. Luckily, AP Spanish students don’t have to worry about how they will find the funds to pay for their tests. Spanish teacher Andres Gil has taken care of it. “I...

Personal Finance class pays students ‘daily income’ to imitate real world budgeting skill

Marino Dominguez, Staff Writer

May 29, 2018

Life skill classes have always been a controversial argument among teachers and students, who debate whether or not it is the parents’ job to teach these basic, fundamental principles of the real world. One of Bear Creek’s life skill classes — Personal Finance — taught by math teacher Rin Fusselman,...

Spanish teachers take on 120% contracts to fill vacancy

Spanish teachers take on 120% contracts to fill vacancy

Kylie Yamada, Feature Editor

May 29, 2018

Typically, union regulations prevent a teacher from being forced to teach all six periods, resulting in a prep period free of classes. However, at the beginning of the spring semester, all the Spanish teachers met as a unit and decided to come together to take on a sixth class and forego their prep....

Substitute teacher shortage leaves BC teachers sacrificing prep periods

Gabriella Backus, Online Editor-in-Chief

May 29, 2018

Every morning, vice principal secretary Tammy Alexander starts her day by trying to find substitutes for absent teachers. More often than not, she runs into the same problem: too many absent teachers, and not enough substitutes to fill their places. Lodi Unified School District’s (LUSD) official...

Lacking prestige, JCs are all about practicality

May 29, 2018

Most high school students dream of attending schools like Stanford, Harvard, UCLA and UC Berkeley. Despite the prestige that comes with these schools, they often are not the best choice for students. People are opting to attend a junior college over traditional four-year universities — even prestig...

California earns F grade on teacher hiring, evaluations and retention

Claire Gilliland and Kaylanie Saldua

May 29, 2018

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) gave California a D+ on the state’s 2017 teacher policies. NCTQ looks at nine different areas from general teacher preparation to retaining effective teachers. Although the report highlighted some positive aspects — like teacher salaries — one of the...

Record number of UC applications — again!

May 29, 2018

Last year, the University of California system saw a record-breaking number of applicants to their renowned institutions. Acceptance rates dropped accordingly, and a record-breaking number of students had their dreams of their top choice shattered before their eyes. UC applicants this year smashed that record yet again. The top-tier UCs already have extraordinarily low acceptance ra...

Current safety codes outpace school upgrades: Newer smoke detectors not installed in original buildings

Serra Raquel, Entertainment Editor

May 29, 2018

During the second quarter, there was a fire in the J restroomn adjacent to the career center. The alarm never went off and the fire went undetected until someone saw smoke escaping through the door. The maintenance operator was called to test the detectors to see if they worked. He immediately realized...

Curiosity: the secret that led me to Stanford

May 29, 2018

So why did I get into Stanford? While I hope I was more than a sporadic decision by an admissions officer, I don’t pretend to know how college admissions entirely work. Regardless, after visiting Stanford and some self-assessing, I believe there to be one factor that may explain some of it. A...

Stockton will give 55 families ‘free money’

Benjamin Gyman, Feature Editor

November 27, 2017

The city of Stockton just approved a privately-funded plan to give 55 families free money every month for 36 months. The funds will be supplied by a basic income advocacy group, the Economic Security Project. Expected to start in August of 2018 and, with $1 million to experiment with, the Stockton...

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