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St. Francis High principal Elias Mendoza and Diversity Coordinator Valerie Ramos welcome students to the campus. Photo by Samantha Rickards.

St. Francis pioneering ethnic studies course for Catholic schools

By Samantha Rickards, St. Francis High School September 27, 2022

St. Francis Catholic High School is developing an ethnic studies course that could inspire other Catholic schools in the area to do the same. The main goal of this ethnic studies course will be to educate...

A student taking notes from a Spanish lecture given at Horizon Charter School. Photo by Saffiya Sheik, Horizon Charter School.

Homeschool enrollment skyrocketing after reopening of schools

Saffiya Sheik, Horizon Charter School September 3, 2022

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many students have been forced to stay home and continue their education through online schooling. Currently, with a few exceptions, California prohibits distance learning,...


California continues universal free meals for all K-12 students beginning this fall

By Kaili Jiang, John F. Kennedy High School September 3, 2022

After a year in which the federal government served free breakfast and lunch to K-12 students nationwide, the state of California has decided to continue bringing universal free meals to the table, starting...

Math framework revision sparks debate over instructional strategies for the future

Math framework revision sparks debate over instructional strategies for the future

By Ethan Machado, C. K. McClatchy High School September 3, 2022

While most math equations always lead to a clear answer, discerning how to teach mathematics to California’s six million students has a solution that remains constantly elusive.  For decades,...


Russian invasion touches Ukrainian diaspora in Sacramento region

Kylie Huang, Mira Loma High School April 12, 2022

In mid February Russian troops invaded Ukraine after having amassed hundreds of thousands of troops at its border, greatly escalating the slow burn Russo-Ukrainian War that has been going on since 2014....


Segregation of low income students, achievement gap persists

Solomae Getahun, McClatchy High School March 17, 2022

Over the course of 15 years, the segregation of young, low-income students has worsened and the achievement gap along racial and economic lines has widened. According to a University of California, Berkeley...

Chinese Culture Club students performed a traditional fan dance.

Mira Loma Asian Art Fair: A campus celebration of the Lunar New Year

Kylie Huang, Mira Loma High School March 6, 2022

The Lunar New Year is a crucial part of a wide variety of various cultures, mostly centered in Asia. At Mira Loma High School, students and staff mark the occasion with the annual Asian Art Fair.  Bih-yuan...


Natomas Pacific launches Social Justice course, fulfills new state Ethnic Studies requirement

Jack Fedor, Natomas Pacific Pathways Preparatory March 4, 2022

This school year Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep has created a new course called Social Justice which took the place of a different course and fulfills a new California state requirement for a Ethnic Studies...

Titilope Olotu is a junior at Mira Loma High School.

Black History Month celebrated by Mira Loma, Churchill Black Student Unions

Kayli Huang, Mira Loma High School February 28, 2022
“I feel as though that Black individuals, especially within Mira Loma, are usually viewed as the non-achieving and individuals that are not usually the ones to stand out,” said Titilope Olotu.
The Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab, Indian, site of the beginning of anti-Sikh violence in India in 1984.

Justice still sought for 1984 Indian anti-Sikh bloodshed, wounds haven’t healed in American Sikh community 

Nimrat Bains, Natomas Pacific Pathways Preparatory February 1, 2022
“I feel truly sad, but the Indian government will never acknowledge their responsibility, because there's no pressure too, they don't care and never will,” said Virk. 
McClatchy cancels finals week, opts for social/emotional learning Winter Reset

McClatchy cancels finals week, opts for social/emotional learning ‘Winter Reset’

Dinara Brown, C. K. McClatchy January 24, 2022

The change in title of Finals Week Schedule to “Winter Reset” schedule is one of many changes to Finals Week at C.K. McClatchy High School. For starters, the traditional cumulative finals have been...

COVID pandemic increases mental health needs on high school campus

COVID pandemic increases mental health needs on high school campus

Kayli Huang, Mira Loma High School January 24, 2022

This year, a Peer Mediation Group was made available to students at Mira Loma High School to support mental wellness. This group of students help their peers resolve minor conflicts and problems and steer...

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