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Winter fun

Submitted photoThe first ski day of the decade is in the books for students at Yosemite Valley School. The students participated in a tradition that dates back to at least 1946. It serves as physical education for the students. YVS has been doing skiing in cooperation with Yosemite Hospitality. The whole student body participates from transitional kindergarten to eighth grade. […]

Alarming increase in tobacco use by Mariposa teens echoes the state and national trends

Data from a new survey indicates widespread and increasing use of e-cigarettes, also known as “vapes,” among teens in Mariposa County and across California. Funded by the Mariposa County Tobacco Education Program, the county-specific California Student Tobacco Survey included seventh and eighth grade students from four K-8 schools, and students in grades 9-12 at Mariposa County High School. The survey, […]

MCUSD set to hold sub recruitment fair

 The Mariposa County Unified School District is holding a substitute recruitment fair this month. It will be held Tuesday, Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the district office, located at 5082 Old Highway North in Mariposa. Positions include: teachers, campus supervisors (yard duty), instructional aides, special education aides, food service (all positions), bus drivers, maintenance workers, mechanics […]

State superintendent supports National Human Trafficking Awareness Month

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond recognized January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Human trafficking is a pandemic that crosses all demographic, racial and socioeconomic lines. According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, California had the highest number of reported human trafficking incidents in the country in 2018, and sex trafficking is the leading type of […]

School support

Submitted photoMariposa Elementary School administrators thanked Pioneer Market for its donation to the school after students and families submitted their Pioneer Market receipts. The receipt program at Pioneer Market allows local organizations to receive a percentage of a receipt amount after turning it in. Shown are students from this season’s top receipt collectors in Mrs. Packard and Harris’ classes. … […]

Fashion show set on Feb. 8 to raise funds

Soroptimist International of Mariposa is hosting the Elegant Dress Closet Tea and Fashion Show on Saturday, Feb. 8. It will be held from noon to 2 p.m. at the Mariposa Senior Center at 5246 Spriggs Lane. Tickets are $15 and are available for purchase from any Soroptimist member, at Happy Burger Diner, Starchman & Bryant Law Offices or at the […]

A natural result

Submitted photoThe Mariposa FFA Natural Resources Team placed third at the Reedley College contest on Jan. 11. Pictured from left are Yasmina Westbrook, Jacob Emmons, Angel Mora, Heather Livingston, Anna Posey and Jessica Heffington. Emmons placed second in animal ID, Heffington was second high in skills and Posey was first high in Plant ID and second high Overall Individual. As […]

An ‘eggcelent’ project

Submitted photoCalifornia Department of Fish and Wildlife Officer Alejandro Ramos delivered 90 fertilized Chinook Salmon eggs to El Portal Elementary a few days ago. This is the fourth year of hatching and raising baby salmon at El Portal School, as part of the “Salmon in the Classroom” program. Seventh through 12th grade students will monitor water quality daily, clean the […]

GOING GREEN

New school program hoped to provide an outlet for kids to make a big difference


Jen Beavers, who is helping to form a new group for middle school students which focuses on improving the environment, is shown. She is a teacher at Woodland Elementary School. Courtesy photoStudents in the Mariposa County Unified School District are joining “Team Green.” Team Green is a partnership between MCUSD teacher Jen Beavers, NatureBridge and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Through […]

Holiday giving

Submitted photoStudents in the county have shown their giving natures over the last few weeks. Andrea Contreras’ seventh and eighth graders led the annual Sierra Foothill Charter School Toy and Food Drive as part of their service learning. The school collected a total of 558 items prior to Christmas. Food was donated to Manna House (a local emergency food pantry) […]


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