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Good behavior pays off — in BRUIN Bucks

Jerice Banola, Staff Writer

May 8, 2017

Nobody can resist a good deal — especially when it’s free. Putting this principle to the test, the “BRUIN Bucks” system has been implemented on campus to encourage positive behavior by rewarding students with a “BRUIN Buck (BB),” which can be cashed at the student store. Typically seen...

‘It was our chance to be heard’

‘It was our chance to be heard’

Adannaya Binder, Staff Writer

May 8, 2017

Most students agree that the International rally is one of the highlights of the year as various clubs come together and show the community who they are as a culture or group ‒ and some choose to make religious or political statements throughout their performance. This year the Black Student Union...

Teens display entrepreneurial drive

Teens display entrepreneurial drive

Elizabeth Malone, Staff Writer

May 8, 2017

A famous Star Wars character once said, “Do. Or Do not. There is no try.” Yoda’s words can apply to today’s aspiring entrepreneurs on Bear Creek’s campus. Ranging from stickers to cakes, students are selling their own brands and products with the help of Instagram, Twitter and word of...

New rating tool for public schools

Gian Carlo Baldonado, Staff Writer

May 8, 2017

For a decade and half, academic performance and growth of California schools was measured from a score of a low 200 to a high 1000 according to the Academic Performance Index (API). School principals, realtors and parents depended on the API to gauge and compare K-12 public schools’ quality and...

‘He’s like another Dad to me’

‘He’s like another Dad to me’

Emma Snyder, Staff Writer

May 8, 2017

After serving four years as Asst. Principal, Dr. Allen Dosty will be taking on a new position next year for Lodi USD’s Child Welfare and Attendance (CWA) program. Starting in July, Dosty will be working in his position as the Program Coordinator for Child Welfare & Attendance/Student Services,...

SB-328 would mandate later school start times

Jerice Banola, Staff Writer

March 17, 2017

The Constitution gives citizens the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness — unalienable rights to all Americans, necessary to living a fulfilled life. However, it fails to protect something Americans love dearly: the right to sleep. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics,...

Conservative students say they feel left’s intolerance

Gwendolyn Poole, Staff Writer

March 17, 2017

In American society where the liberal left complains about homophobia, racism, and the need for safe spaces, Republican students could be the ones facing real discrimination. Several students at Bear Creek who identify themselves as conservatives or have voiced support for Pres. Donald Trump say...

Academic programs rely on fundraisers for support

Academic programs rely on fundraisers for support

Serra Raquel, Entertainment Editor

March 17, 2017

When senior Casey Faamausili signed up for Speech and Debate class, he was expecting to write speeches, perform, and compete against other schools. What he didn’t expect was having to sell food, catalogues, plushies, and Christmas ornaments to fundraise for buses, state competitions, and national...

SAT gender bias argued

Giancarlo Lizarraga, Staff Writer

March 17, 2017

A 30 point difference in SAT math test scores favoring males over females has persisted for more than 50 years according to the American Enterprise Institute. This fact, coupled with a controversy surrounding math and English questions thought to reward stereotype threat, have raised suspicions about...

Some colleges reevaluting AP credit

David Hancock, Staff Writer

March 17, 2017

Most high school student would say that their AP classes are pretty tough. Some colleges, however, think otherwise. AP classes are offered at high schools to give the more ambitious students a chance to take a course of a higher caliber than the typical high school class. Additionally, the AP exam...

Odors can be life- threatening for math teacher

Odors can be life- threatening for math teacher

Claire Gilliland, Editor-in-Chief

March 17, 2017

Teachers are used to dealing with frequent distractions in their classroom — but when the distractions are potentially life-threatening, as is the case in math teacher Rin Fusselman’s class, a more serious reaction has to be considered. Whenever Fusselman smells a scent in the room, she requests...

Teachers fight for ‘fair contract’

Teachers fight for ‘fair contract’

Serra Raquel and Kylie Yamada

March 17, 2017

District board meetings are not events that always draw a large crowd. They typically consist of the district’s seven-member Board of Education going through a list of items which they have to vote on, as well as receiving feedback from the public. However, the February 21 meeting at Julia Morgan...

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