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Outstanding performance

Submitted photosMariposa County High School teacher Michelle Wise (photo on the right) was named the FFA Merced/Mariposa Teacher of Excellence earlier this month. Wise is a second time winner. The award is voted on by other agriculture teachers within the section. “I’m honored and humbled because there are other ag teachers that share the same passion with teaching (who were […]

A powerful force has come to MCHS

New program, Nature Force, inspires youth to get involved in the outdoors

In early November, members of the Nature Force club traveled to Lake McClure to plant certain species of plants for restoration. Submitted photoSome people say that kids these days don’t spend enough time outdoors. For a group of students from Mariposa, that isn’t a problem. Nature Force, a new program started this school year, encourages youth to spend time in […]

Fall fun

Submitted photoSierra Foothill Charter School students in transitional kindergarten through second grade enjoyed an activity-filled day at the Hunter Farms Pumpkin Patch in Atwater on Oct. 23. Students took a train ride through time, watched a puppet show, planted seeds, went on a hayride, jumped on a bouncy pillow and all around had fun while learning all along the way. […]

District still hoping for middle school survey participation

The Mariposa County Unified School District is continuing to seek community input to assess the feasibility of reopening a middle school in Mariposa County. A survey continues to be available through Nov. 29. The link to the survey can be found on the district ( and school websites, with paper copies upon request. The survey is meant to serve as […]

Special guest

Submitted photoRecently, Teena Starchman’s third and fourth graders at Sierra Foothill Charter School had a guest speaker during science. Wayne Kelly, a retired teacher from Moss Landing, comes about three times each year to teach third and fourth graders about kelp, water safety and sharks. This was students’ first visit of the year with Kelly. They had a hands-on lesson […]

Variety of topics discussed at board meeting

The most recent Mariposa County Unified School District board meeting was held Nov. 8 in Mariposa. A wide range of topics were discussed, including bullying in the district (see related story in this newspaper), Measure L bond priorities and more. Here were a few of the topics: State loan program discussed Superintendent Robin Hopper said she recently attended a quarterly […]

Breakfast to benefit seniors

The Mariposa County High School class of 2019 will be hosting a pancake breakfast to support its graduation trip to Universal Studios in June. It will be served between 7-10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24 at the Mariposa County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, located at 5158 Highway 140 in Mariposa. The cost is $7 for adults and $5 […]

SFCS gets a running start on fundraising

SFCS students participated in a Jog-a-thon fundraiser at Catheys Valley Park. Here, Panacea Brown, Malaya Shelton, Andrayah Collins, Patrick Cleary, Wyatt Brouillette and Wyndham Evans make their way around the track. Submitted photosOn Friday, Oct. 26, students at Sierra Foothill Charter School participated in a Jog-a-thon fundraiser at Catheys Valley Park. The event was to raise funds in support of […]

School recognizes staff member excellence

Submitted photoThere is a new tradition at Sierra Foothill Charter School. Parents/guardians, students and staff were invited to submit nominations to the office for Staff Member of the Month. At an assembly, custodian Jon Cook was recognized for hard work and contributions. Principal/Superintendent Mindy Bolar (left) praised Cook for not only doing a great job with his regular responsibilities at […]


Area groups stay busy with work aimed at helping students

The monthly Career Lunch series continued last week at Mariposa County High School. Career Lunches are a monthly event sponsored by the MCHS Academic Boosters Club. Scott Carpenter from Tavis Corporation spoke to students about the aerospace industry, including how Tavis designs parts for NASA. Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, students ate pizza while listening to the […]

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