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Thurmond appoints new deputy superintendents

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced in early June he appointed Stephanie Gregson, EdD, as the Deputy Superintendent for the Performance, Planning, and Technology Branch (PPTB) at the California Department of Education (CDE). Dr. Gregson is the former Director of the Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division at the CDE. During her tenure as Director, her division developed […]

Woodland teacher stresses the need for human beings to take care of Earth

Woodland students had the chance to attend an Ocean Plastic Pollution Summit. Shown from left are students Aubrey Harris, Jaxon Martinez, Shylah Joslin, Mayzi Rhoan, Mikayla Seymour and Lia Tilton. Submitted photo For Jen Cooley Beavers, one of the most important lessons she can share with her students is to care for the Earth. Cooley Beavers, a third/ fourth grade […]

District close to adopting new science curriculum for grades K-8

Science curriculum for grades K-8 was discussed at last week’s Mariposa County Unified School District board meeting. The district is honing in on adopting the curriculum “Amplify Science,” with full implementation in the fall of 2019. “That is our recommendation of what to move forward with,” said Lydia Lower, director of educational services. According to the school district, teachers have […]

Academy assistance

Photo by Matt JohnsonMonarch Academy recently received nearly $200 from Pioneer Market thanks to the grocery store’s receipt program, in which schools can receive money for turning in receipts. Academy director Debbie Bird said she plans to use the funds for field trips in the future. Shown in the photo in the front row are, from left, William Wilson, Nicholas […]

Sheffield is music student of month

Westley SheffieldThe music student of the month at Sierra Foothill Charter School is Westley Sheffield. He is the son of Michele and Craig Sheffield. Westley is 10 years old and in the fourth grade. He heard the trumpet one day and decided he would like to play it. He was only 5 years old when he started and has been […]

School’s out for summer

Photo by Matt JohnsonThe Woodland Elementary Boosters hosted an End of the Year Carnival for students at the school last Thursday. It used to be an old Woodland tradition but the school hadn’t had a carnival in at least five years. There were bounce houses, a shaved ice truck, Mountain Fitness exercises and other games. It was free to all […]

Golden opportunity

Submitted photoOn June 11, students at Greeley Hill Elementary took part in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) learning. Students participated in a number of activities, including gold panning. Many activities required teamwork and problem solving. The president of the American Mining Rights Association, Shannon Poe, and his crew came and gave the students the experience. Stacy Serrato helped organize […]

Strike up the band

Submitted photoOn Tuesday, May 28, the Mariposa County High School Band led by Rod Fiester (left) visited Sierra Foothill Charter School. Not only did the band perform for the entire student body, but Fiester introduced students to the various instruments played and answered their questions. After the assembly, a few students had an opportunity to explore the instruments and ask […]


Graduates encouraged to have optimism, be adaptable and enjoy life

MCHS faculty member Brian Moczygemba was the keynote speaker at the 103rd commencement ceremony. He told the students to keep in mind that their initial dreams in life might change as they move forward. He told the students they were meant for greatness. Photos by Matt JohnsonHigh school graduation is a time for reflection, celebration and looking forward to the […]


Competition with his brother fueled Yancey’s success

Beau Yancey is shown in this photo taken at Mariposa County High School. Some students find motivation in the form of pursuing scholarships. Some find motivation in the form of pleasing their parents or teachers. Others find motivation in learning and growing, in the pursuit of knowledge. For Beau Yancey, one of his chief motivations was competing with his older […]

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