The Bruin Voice

All schools must strive for consistent discipline practices

November 7, 2016

Although we agree in principle that individual schools may need occasional leeway to interpret district disciplinary codes of conduct, LUSD found out the hard way the dangers inherent in that policy. More to the point, schools should not have codes that contradict that of the district; it just doesn’t...

English curriculum out of sync with student learning

November 7, 2016

StudySync follows the Common Core standards, but it seems like a slight misinterpretation. According to corestandards.org, the official Common Core website, the goal of Common Core is “to ensure that all students graduate from high school with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college,...

Prop. 66 will end lengthy appeal process for death penalty

Aaron Tam, Opinion Editor

November 7, 2016

Michael Morales was 22 years old when he was convicted of murdering Tokay High student Terri Winchell in 1981. He’s now 57 and has been rotting in jail for the past 35 years. Winchell’s body was found on a Thursday night between two rows of grapevines. Hours before, she was violently bludgeoned,...

Should the Pledge of Allegiance be recited every day in public schools?

Should the Pledge of Allegiance be recited every day in public schools?

Helen Le and Claire Gilliland

November 7, 2016

PRO: Helen Le Every day, the Pledge of Allegiance is recited at school. It inspires patriotism — a pride for this country that is unfortunately lacking at present. And that means it’s needed. The Pledge of Allegiance at its heart is the symbol of belief in the nation. Public schools es...

The BRUIN way: lessons learned in kindergarten

September 16, 2016

Be prepared. Respect others. Understand diversity. Interact Positively. Never give up. Those are the lines of the BRUIN Way, Bear Creek’s new positivity slogan. Though this is the first year of the BRUIN Way’s implementation, these ideas are not new; it seems like these five phrases have been...

Dress code? Ok. Double standard? Not okay

September 16, 2016

School is a professional environment, meant to prepare students for having a job and dressing the part. Girls aren’t supposed to wear short shorts, or tank tops, or short shirts, or open backed shirts, or ripped jeans. Boys aren’t supposed to sag. Even attempting to wear those clothing items would...

Not seeing relevancy of #BlackLivesMatter is part of problem

Addanaya Binder, Staff Writer

September 16, 2016

“Black Lives Matter” addresses lingering racism present in our society even today, while “All Lives Matter” ignores the problem and pretends it’s helping. First, no one was saying, “All Lives Matter” until Black people started saying, “Black Lives Matter.” So it’s natural to say...

Pro/Con: Should all teens be screened for depression?

Pro/Con: Should all teens be screened for depression?

Sandra Sunio and Chloe Johnson

September 16, 2016

Sandra Sunio: Pro It has become common for many teens to express that they are feeling “depressed” when they are struggling with a difficult issue or just feeling sad, not knowing the seriousness behind the mood disorder. Teens often confuse feelings of sadness with depression. According to the...

Pro/Con: Should the UCs be required to admit more in-state residents?

Graschelle Hipolito and Jessica Machado

June 3, 2016

Jessica Machado: Pro When the University of California came out with its admissions decisions for the class of 2020, people were shocked to find so many out-of-state students’ names on the list of accepted students. In an audit termed “scathing,” the University of California is accused of...

Letter home: Don’t take time with parents for granted

Letter home: Don’t take time with parents for granted

Trishna Chandarana, Class of 2013

June 3, 2016

They say your college years are your most formative. As this is often the first time any of us has ever been away from the comfort of our childhood homes for more than a long weekend, we often take this time to navigate through phases of being homesick, letting loose, and trying to find ourselves in...

VOICES: Year-long maintenance needed on sports facilities

June 3, 2016

Bear Creek’s facilities have been improved and then damaged for many years and the issues with the sports fields are not limited to softball and baseball. The school’s soccer field used to be very dangerous, as persistant holes in the field injured players. However, Bear Creek got a turf field...

VOICES: Students and staff must take responsibility for low AP scores

June 3, 2016

Bear Creek is a successful school both academically and athletically, so why are some of our Advanced Placement exam pass rates so low? Not to discredit the many successful AP teachers at the Creek, but it is disappointing that there are multiple teachers with pass rates that are consistently 25 percent...

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