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Mighty wordsmiths: youngsters at YVS publish a book


Cathy DeCecco, a teacher at Yosemite Valley School, put it well when she described students in her transitional kindergarten through first grade classroom. She said there are some young, but mighty wordsmiths in the class. “They’re amazing,” DeCecco said of her students. Those young wordsmiths put their minds together during the quarantine period and — with a little help from […]

Merced College to offer fall classes mostly online

Merced Community College District announced this week the decision to offer most of its fall 2020 classes online. Currently scheduled lab classes which are difficult to offer completely online will be held face-to-face with social distancing guidelines, required face masks, and/or other mitigation strategies in place. A limited number of general education courses may be offered face-to-face where social distancing […]

School supe provides thoughts on school reopening

Last week, Mariposa County Unified School District Superintendent Jeff Aranguena provided his latest thoughts on a potential reopening of schools. Aranguena released a news bulletin to the public, which was shared on YouTube, and through Facebook. The district leadership team continues to examine three scenarios when it comes to restarting school in the fall: traditional classes, blended/hybrid learning model and […]


Fluharty steps down as coordinator of afterschool program for MCUSD

Rose FluhartyThe relatively newly formed Middle School AfterSchool program for the Mariposa County Unified School District will be losing its coordinator. The week of June 8-12 marked Rose Fluharty’s last week as an employee of the MCUSD and AfterSchool programs. “After two years of being back home and loving my time working with you all, I now must focus in […]

Part 19: The First Day of Summer


MCHS teacher Bryan Starchman is shown on the beach at Drakes Bay.Editor’s note: Bryan Starchman is an English and drama teacher at Mariposa County High School. He was taking a sabbatical to go on an adventure across the United States to see historic or noteworthy sites. He was planning to publish a book based on his experience. Due to the […]

Ed100 launches statewide summer academy for aspiring student leaders, a site that explains California’s education system in English and Spanish, is bringing together student leaders across California’s 1,300 high schools in a free, online conference from July 20 to July 23 to help strengthen student voice in their schools and districts. Organizations supporting the conference include the Association of California School Administrators, the ACLU of Southern California, California […]

Progress of school facility projects outlined

One of the big projects going on right now at the Mariposa County Unified School District is the conversion of the Mariposa County High School library into three separate classrooms and a learning center. This photo was taken Monday morning. Most of the shelves and other items in the library have been stripped out. Photos by Matt JohnsonThe progress of […]

Locals earn honors from OSU

  A few Mariposa County locals have earned honors from Oklahoma State University. Mariposa’s Haley Shelton was named to the Spring 2020 Dean’s Honor Roll, along with her sister, Chelsea Shelton. Hornitos native Jaq Quinn was named to the Spring 2020 President’s Honor Roll. All three are graduates of Mariposa County High School and were heavily involved in FFA during […]

Award ceremony can be re-watched online

Mariposa County Unified School District recently honored its employees of the year, as well as employees who retired at the end of the 2019-20 school year. The district held a virtual ceremony to honor those groups on June 4. The winners were recently reported in the Mariposa Gazette, and the retirees were listed as well. MCUSD Superintendent Jeff Aranguena said […]

School district approves PSPS agreement with PG&E

Fire is a part of living in “The Golden State.” Residents of the state know that, for sure. And as those living in California know, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) will sometimes institute Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events where power is shut off. This is done to avoid any potential for fire, or any threat to health and safety […]

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