The Bruin Voice

Students lead the call for kindness

February 16, 2017

Bear Creek’s campus is not necessarily known for being perfect; students are accustomed to dirty bathrooms and bumping into each other in the halls without an apology. However, recently some students have taken the initiative to help our campus feel more positive and welcoming. With Beautify Bear...

LanSchool necessary to keep students on track

February 16, 2017

Having Chromebooks in every classroom is highly beneficial to students and teachers, but only if used properly. Some students use the Chromebooks to play games or to do other things that they weren’t meant for. There needs to be some way for teachers to regulate the use of Chromebooks and to keep...

Off campus pass requirements necessary

Gwendolyn Poole, Staff Writer

February 15, 2017

Bear Creek offers upperclass students the ability to go off campus at lunch if they meet certain qualifications ‒ they must have fewer than seven period absences, at least a 2.0, and no disciplinary actions taken against them. If the school were to drop these expectations, and allow all juniors...

Debate over relevancy of Black History Month continues

Aaron Tam, Opinion Editor

February 14, 2017

There is no denying the contributions and sacrifices from Black people in creating America as it is today. But is Black History Month necessary? Black History Month, founded by Historian Carter G. Woodson of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, came as a response to his opinion...

Annual naughty or nice list

December 16, 2016

Naugthy Donald Trump Hillary Clinton Traffic in the student parking lot College application fees The Every Student Succeeds Act raising AP test fees for students with free or reduced lunch from $5 to $63 2016 clown craze Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando The BRUIN Way Hal...

Should California secede from the United States?

Should California secede from the United States?

Gian Carlo Baldonado and Kylie Yamada

December 16, 2016

Pro: Gian Carlo Baldonado California is a state with firm Democratic roots, and the election of Republican Donald Trump has led to a surge in interest in the state’s separation from the United States –– otherwise known as “Cal-exit.” With over 25,000 followers on Facebook, today’s...

I voted for the first time—and hated it

David Hancock, Staff Writer

December 16, 2016

I registered to vote in February. My birthday is October 29, and voting day is in November, yet there I was, registering to vote eight months before I needed to. I was so excited, so proud, and so happy to finally be old enough to vote. I vowed that I would closely follow all of the candidates and...

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...

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