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In a festival mood

SFCS celebrates Earth Day

Spencer Eastwood shows off his painted cheek and his Earth Day crown at SFCS’s festival. Submitted photoSince Earth Day was Sunday, April 22, Sierra Foothill Charter School held a spring Earth Day Festival on Friday, April 27. The event was organized by community volunteer Dana Swarth. Erika Miranda’s fifth and sixth graders created and lead informational centers and activities, including […]

Pet parade to take place May 19



For the second time ever, MCHS students will be holding a pet parade in Mariposa, which they promoted recently at the Mariposa Yosemite Rotary meeting. MCHS student Izamary Marquez is shown speaking to Rotary members. She was joined by classmate Makinna Dulcich. Submitted photoIf you happen to see a large group of animals walking around Mariposa in a few days, […]

Collins receives music award

$1,000 presented

Lona Franklin (left) recently presented Aero Collins (right) with a $1,000 music scholarship. Submitted photoLocal youth Aero Collins was presented with a $1,000 scholarship for musical abilities. The presentation took place at the Bootjack Stompers Hall in Mariposa. Lona Franklin presented Collins with the scholarship on behalf of the foundation. Collins received the annual Cousin Jack Music Scholarship, awarded early […]

Catheys Valley students benefit from field trip

Dr. Carolin Frank explains part of an experiment to students. Submitted photoThis past summer, Sierra Foothill Charter School fifth and sixth grade teacher Erika Miranda took part in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) teacher involvement program. It was funded by a grant UC Merced Associate Professor and SFCS parent Carolin Frank received from the National Science Foundation. The […]

It’ll be a bittersweet ending to school year

Matt JohnsonAs I get older, it continues to amaze me how fast time goes by. It seems like just yesterday the school year was starting. And then came the holidays and New Years Day, and that seems like an eternity ago. Now we’re in May and it’s almost time for graduation. While I don’t work for the Mariposa County Unified […]

Sober Grad donations coming in

Donations are starting to flood in for the upcoming Sober Grad Night for Mariposa County High School. The MCHS Grizzlies Booster Club received one from Starchman & Bryant Attorneys at Law, which donated $100 to support the event. Sober Grad Night is a party following graduation. It provides students a safe place to celebrate their graduation, free of alcohol. Shown […]

Yosemite’s Laizer awarded degree from Miami

Kimberly Laizer of Yosemite National Park was among more than 1,000 students from Miami University who received degrees during fall commencement exercises Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, in Millett Hall. Laizer graduated with a Master of Arts in Teaching degree, majoring in Biological Science. Considered one of eight original “Public Ivies” in the country, Miami University is located in Oxford, Ohio. […]

Adult ed class time changed

There has been a schedule change to the local Adult Education Diploma Class. The Tuesday night class time will now be held from 4-6 p.m. The Thursday night class will remain at the 6-8 p.m. time. To learn more, contact the Alternative Education Office at (209) 742-0290. … An online subscription is required to view news content on this website. […]

Big wheels keep on turning

Rita Rodriguez honored as MCUSD Bus Driver of Year


Bus drivers for the Mariposa County Unified School District posed for a group photo following the ceremony held last week. Shown in the back, from left, are Sue Kilgore, Jim Ticer, James Helms, Dan Goulet, Adrian Perez, Tom Audas, Matt Wells and John Willson; front, Tamela Qualls, Jamie Faulkner, Barbara Rosenfeld, D’Ann Kiely, Christina Rouse, Rita Rodriguez, Charlotte Kelsey, Cristal […]

Homes, sweet homes

As part of the home economics elective at El Portal Elementary, students recently completed a birdhouse construction project. They researched local bird species and made appropriate design choices. Most students chose to build an owl box with a three inch entrance, to attract Western Screech Owls or American Kestrels. Smaller houses were built for Nuthatches, Chickadees, Wrens and Warblers. Students […]


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