Inside Education

Part IV: The beauty of Arizona and a strange desire about Bakersfield


I have spent the majority of the past 19 years indoors with the blinds drawn and the fluorescent lights flickering overhead. I am a high school teacher and I actually have two classrooms. In room one of the main building I teach English and in the auditorium I teach drama. And these two rooms are just down the corridor from […]

Putting kids first

The Kids First organization has been making various donations to support local youth. Above left, Kids First funded Mariposa Elementary teacher Christina Packard $689 to purchase a class set of five novels. Her students will read and discuss each of these books in small group discussions. Mary Lee Moore, teacher on special assignment (left) presented her with the check. Top […]

Yosemite Community Scholarships still open

Deadline for submissions set for April 15

The 2020 process for students to apply to the Yosemite Community Scholarship is ongoing. Scholarships are available for students enrolling in colleges, universities and vocational schools in 2020. Historic scholarship amounts have ranged from $500 to $2,500. Eligibility: 1. Graduating from high school between September 2019 and August 2020. AND 2. At least one of the following: A. At least […]

Study: Recess before lunch could benefit students

Putting schoolchildren on the playground before lunch may be the best way to boost their appetites while cutting food waste and discipline problems, says a new study from Ball State University. But the majority of school administrators don’t realize the potential benefits and still feed students first before allowing them to hit the swings, monkey bars, or four-square courts, said […]

Gettin’ their asses in gear

There was a venue change this year, but spectators still enjoyed all of the thrills, spills and craziness of donkey basketball. The Mariposa FFA held its annual event on March 10 at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds, rather than holding it at the school’s newly refurbished gym. Teachers and students competed in basketball while riding atop donkeys. The event raises funds […]

Students tour UC Merced Labs thanks to ABC

MCHS students pose outside the UC Merced Library during their recent lab tour visit to campus. Submitted photos It’s been discussed time and time again, how handson learning is so important for students. On Tuesday, March 3, the Mariposa County High School Academic Boosters Club took a bus full of high school students to UC Merced for a variety of […]

Students have unique experience of performing prior to ‘Hamilton’

From left, high schoolers Owen Bissmeyer, Rebecca Chenoweth and Heather Livingston are shown. Courtesy photosThrough a program from the Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History, three Mariposa County High School seniors were able to perform a piece they created based on American history, onstage at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco. The program was the EduHam program, which is sponsored […]

Greeley Hill students of the month honored

Madison MaxonGreeley Hill Elementary has announced its latest students of the month. Third grade student Madison Maxon is student of the month because of her never-ending positive attitude and her overall excellent work ethic in class. Maxon comes to school with a smile on her face almost every day. She is always willing to work in any group she is […]

Part three: Big Sur- San Luis Obispo – Vegas


Mariposa’s Bryan Starchman is on a cross-country trip to take in several historic sights. He was in Las Vegas recently and got this photo of Caesar’s Palace. (No, Caesar didn’t actually live there.) Submitted photos I started my journey at my favorite place in all of California: Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn. From their brochure: “The old, hand hewn doors have […]

Kids First continues school support

Courtesy photosThe local nonprofit organization Kids First continues to donate funding to teachers in county schools to use for special projects. Teena Starchman (back row, second from right) and her grade 3-4 class at Sierra Foothill Charter School received a grant from Kids First for $412.01 to purchase a Cricut Explore Air 2 Mint and accompanying Cricut supplies. With these […]

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