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County students competing in NHD competition virtually

Thirteen students from El Portal Elementary School and five students from Mariposa County High School had planned to participate in the regional National History Day (NHD) competition on March 14 in Merced. NHD is an educational organization that encourages students from all over the nation to develop and present history based research projects. These projects can be in the form […]

New assistant superintendent hired at MCUSD

In March, the Mariposa County Unified School District governing board approved the hiring of Drew Sylvia as assistant superintendent, replacing the interim assistant superintendent, Jerry Stehman. Sylvia has served in Selma Unified School District for the last 18 years in various leadership roles. Those roles have included teacher as well as elementary, middle school and high school principal. He is […]

SFCS 2020-2021 open enrollment ends soon

Sierra Foothill Charter School (SFCS), a transitional kindergarten through eighth grade public school, continues to accept New Student Intent to Enroll forms and Continuing Student Re-enrollment forms as part of its Open Enrollment period for the 2020-2021 school year. Open Enrollment ends Monday, April 6 at noon. As a public school, SFCS is nonsectarian, tuition-free, does not test or assess […]

State supe says feds approve testing waivers

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced over the weekend that California received preliminary federal approval to waive assessment and accountability requirements for the 2019–2020 school year. The California Department of Education (CDE) and California State Board of Education (SBE) formally requested approval for these waivers from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) in a letter sent on March […]

Part six on the journey: Magic in San Antonio, Texas

Editor’s note: Bryan Starchman is a teacher at Mariposa County High School. He was taking a sabbatical to take an adventure across the U.S. He was writing regular columns about his adventure and was planning to publish a book based on his experience. He has returned to California (more articles on that later) and is safely sheltered in place in […]

Casto donates funds to afterschool program

Many community members fondly remember Harold Casto, who for years ran Casto Oaks Winery with his wife, Kris Casto. Harold passed away last year, but his passion for vocational education is benefiting students even now, after his death. After Harold passed, Kris asked that contributions be made in Harold’s memory to the vocational arts in Mariposa County. After receiving several […]

National University to offer three months of online classes for free

As colleges and schools across California suspend classes to help contain the spread of novel coronavirus (Covid-19), National University (NU) is offering three months of free online classes to all state college and high school students who have been affected by Covid-19. California college students may take up to three classes for all NU online programs in April, May, and […]

Levin named music student of month

Miles Levin was selected as musician of the month at Sierra Foothill Charter School. Music teacher Gail Vanderslik made the announcement this week. Miles is 13 and in the seventh grade. He is the son of Zoe and Daniel Levin. His passion is playing the drums. “He’s quite enthusiastic when he’s playing,” said Vanderslik. “Miles is a good student, always […]

Part five: Albuquerque to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico


Editor’s note: Bryan Starchman is an English and drama teacher at Mariposa County High School. He was taking a sabbatical to take an adventure across the United States. He was writing regular columns about his adventure and was planning to publish a book based on his experience. Starchman has returned home to California (more articles on that later) and is […]

Standout students honored at Park schools

In February, students at El Portal School and Yosemite Park High School were recognized for demonstrating the character trait of responsibility and for having outstanding attendance. Every six weeks, both schools planned to focus on a different character trait. The next trait focus will be honesty, as teachers and students take time to have conversations to deepen their understanding of […]

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