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Grizzly Fire program holding in-person classes prior to schools fully reopening

Grizzly Fire instructor Chris Allen (second from right) looks at a salvage cover demonstrated by students. It is used to divert water to a specific area. Photo by Matt Johnson If you walk into the classroom for the Grizzly Fire program of Mariposa County High School, you’ll notice an odd feature. Hanging from the wall is a small, stuffed elephant. […]

With schools set to open, here is what you will need to know

With Mariposa County Unified School District set to reopen schools to in-person learning, district officials released a series of materials on Friday to inform parents/guardians and students about safety protocols. Schools have been closed since the spring due to the onset of the Covid-19 virus. MCUSD schools will be reopening to in-person instruction on Oct. 12. Families have the option […]

MCUSD transportation safety guide released

Shown is a victory fogger. MCUSD has been using them for a couple of months now — disinfecting classrooms, etc. Submitted photo by Linda MayfieldTransportation is vitally important to any school district, especially one as stretched out geographically as Mariposa County Unified School District. That’s why the transportation system at MCUSD has been a major topic of concern as the […]

In depth details released about school site safety

  It’s hard to fathom the amount of hours spent hashing out safety plans for the Mariposa County Unified School District reopening to in-person instruction. Many details about safety protocols were shared by MCUSD last Friday. In a reopening document, the MCUSD administrative team said it has been working directly with Mariposa County Public Health Officer Dr. Eric Sergienko and […]

Alternative Education site sees success despite the big task of taking on many more students

Ryan Ballinger, (middle) the administrator of the MCUSD Alternative Education schools, is shown from a few years ago, helping students in the program with a project in which they constructed trebuchets. Photo by Matt JohnsonNo one could have foreseen the effects Covid-19 would have on education. But it certainly has affected it in just about every way imaginable, from funding […]

Group of north county residents honored by Stanislaus State

Stanislaus State University congratulated more than 3,000 students who were named to the Spring 2020 Dean’s List. Of those students, six happened to be residents of northern Mariposa County. Those included: Garrett Bozzo of Coulterville, Emily Lagomarsino of Coulterville, Kayla Cabral of La Grange, Wesley Harden of La Grange, Casey Mueller of La Grange and Erika Rodriguez of La Grange. […]

State launches program aimed at eradicating hate

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond on Sept. 21 announced a new, multifaceted “Education to End Hate” initiative designed to empower educators and students to confront the hate, bigotry and racism in communities across the state and nation. Under a new effort outlined during a virtual press conference, the State Superintendent said that the California Department of Education (CDE) […]

MCHS holds first 2020 Career Lunch

A number of students joined the Career Lunch presentation via a Zoom call. It was held on Sept. 24 with communications expert Natalie Zensius. The school’s academic booster club held the event. Submitted photo Adapting to the times, the Mariposa County High School Academic Boosters Club held its first Career Lunch of the school year on Thursday, Sept. 24, using […]

Former valedictorian offers tutoring

August DormerA former Mariposa County High School valedictorian is offering tutoring services to students during Covid-19 distance learning. August Dormer, a 2019 valedictorian, announced his offer. He will offer one-on-one tutoring in all subjects for grades 7-12. There will be a fee of $15 per hour. To learn more, contact Dormer at (209) 347-7089 or email While at MCHS, […]

2020 Junior Livestock standouts honored, altered event a success

Kannon Gibson (right) earned Supreme Champion and FFA Champion Showman Goat. Submitted photosIf you ever wanted a tangible example of how willing the community is to support the county’s youth, look no further than the Junior Livestock Auction. Each year at the Mariposa County Fair, one of the most anticipated events is the auction. And every year, local business owners […]

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