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LUSD approves 1:1 Chromebooks

LUSD approves 1:1 Chromebooks

Bailey Kirkeby, News Editor

January 8, 2019

The Lodi Unified School District (LUSD) has approved district-wide implementation of the 1:1 Home to School Connection Initiative — a device checkout program that allows each student to check out a personal Chromebook for school and home use — for the 2019-20 school year. According to the LUSD...

Schools train students to ‘stop the bleed’

Bailey Kirkeby, Managing Editor

January 8, 2019

"We've taught a generation of Americans to be passive and static and wait for police" -Former SWAT Officer Greg Crane According to the Washington Post, as of Nov. 28, 2018, 23 school shootings have occurred in the United States this year — the highest number of shootings in a single year since...

Para-educators meet needs of varied special-needs population

Para-educators meet needs of varied special-needs population

Bailey Kirkeby, News Editor

January 8, 2019

When paraeducators were first introduced into classrooms in the 1950s, their sole purpose was to aid teachers by performing tasks such as setting up classroom materials and monitoring students. Today, paraeducators have evolved into a much larger role: providing assistance to students who require extra...

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...

Fire and safety violations close down Miracle Mile businesses

Bailey Kirkeby, Co-Editor-in-Chief, News Editor, Managing Editor, Entertainment Columnist

October 12, 2018

More than a year after nine family-run businesses housed in the Stockton Empire Theatre building on Miracle Mile were shut down due to fire and safety violations, the loss of these companies is still affecting students at Bear Creek. Arguably the most notable business shuttened from the Empire The...

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...

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