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SFCS to open school year with distance learning

Mindy BolarLike most other schools in the state, Sierra Foothill Charter School in Catheys Valley will be using a distance learning format to start the 2020- 21 school year. Last week, the SFCS governing board considered survey results from parents and stakeholders at its board meeting, along with other data. The board eventually determined that SFCS would start the school […]

New start date for MCUSD schools

The first day of school for all students in the Mariposa County Unified School District has changed from Wednesday, Aug. 19 to Friday, Aug. 21. This calendar change came about due to negotiations with bargaining groups, and previously scheduled professional development days have been moved to accommodate this change. To learn more, call (209) 742-0250. … An online subscription is […]

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Answers to frequently asked questions released by district

MCUSD staff is working to implement a better form of distance learning this fall. They released a Q&A related to what school could look like this year. Courtesy photo A few weeks ago, the Mariposa County Unified School District hosted a Facebook Live event to solicit input and hear questions from community members regarding the school system’s handling of the […]

MCUSD staying busy with facility work

This photo shows the roof of the Alternative Education site on Silva Road. The previous roofing was aging and was allowing leaking in the spring. Submitted photo by Linda Mayfield One small positive of schools being shuttered for the last several months is that it has afforded the Mariposa County Unified School District some time to complete, or get a […]

Merced College to loan over 1,500 computers to support its students enrolled for fall 2020

Priority for computer distribution will be given to full-time students at Merced College. Submitted photo by Merced CollegeTo support student learning, Merced College will loan more than 1,500 laptops to students enrolled in its fall semester. Priority will be given to full-time students (enrolled in 12 units and more) and those in good academic standing. The laptop loaner program launched […]

MCHS seeking Link Leaders to help incoming students

Link Crew members are shown prepping for a “Welcome to School” event held at the start of fall 2019. Photo by Matt JohnsonLink Leaders are being sought for Mariposa County High School. Link Leaders are junior and senior students who give of their time and energy to help their younger classmates adjust to life in high school. They befriend freshmen […]

Haley Shelton earns scholarship from OSU

Haley Shelton (left) is accomplishing big things at OSU. She is shown with her sister, Chelsea, who also attends the university.Mariposa’s Haley Shelton is doing quite well while at college. Shelton, an Agricultural Education major, was recently honored by the Oklahoma State University Ferguson College of Agriculture with the Ferguson College of Agriculture Scholarship for the 2020-2021 academic year. This […]


Superintendent expounds on status of area schools after board’s decision

Jeff AranguenaHe’s been a busy man over the last several months, trying to keep the school district going in the right direction in the middle of a pandemic. But Jeff Aranguena found time to answer several questions from the Gazette, in the aftermath of the Mariposa County Unified School District’s decision to offer distance learning to students this year. The […]


Courtesy photosThe Mariposa Health Fair and Back to School event was held on Saturday. It was a bit different than normal, due to Covid-19. This year it was a drive through event. It was held at John C. Fremont Hospital in Mariposa. Free backpacks which were stuffed with school supplies and health information were distributed to those who attended. Volunteers […]

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