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Master of Puppets: teacher helps his students learn more about puppetry



From left, MCHS drama students Emilee Cordero, Lottie Messick, Bree Dormer, Daniel Gilger and Jaq Quinn display puppets they created to interact with younger students. Photo by Matt JohnsonA few weeks ago, students at Mariposa County High School put their artistic talents to good use. Students in Bryan Starchman’s drama class interacted with elementary students from Sierra Foothill Charter School […]

Columbia College receives a grant for its fire science pre-apprenticeship initiative

Columbia College has received formal notification of the intent to award, pending Board of Governor’s approval and available funds commencing on Jan. 18, a two-year grant to develop a new Fire Science Pre-Apprenticeship Initiative program. The college will receive $496,804 over two years to implement the initiative, recruit students and launch the training with partner agencies. The award, just announced […]

Greeley Hill Elementary holding kindergarten round-up on Feb. 26

Mark your calendars. Greeley Hill Elementary School is holding its kindergarten round-up on Feb. 26 from 2-3 p.m. Children turning 5 years old before Sept. 1, 2018 are eligible to register for kindergarten. Registration packets will be available during round-up. A child is eligible for the 2018-2019 Transitional Kindergarten program if the child will have his/her fifth birthday between Sept. […]

Deadline nears for Art entries

The Mariposa County Arts Council is holding its annual Young Masters Youth Exhibition in February. It will be held at the Treetop Gallery. The annual exhibition provides youth in Mariposa County an opportunity to express ideas, narratives and inspirations with their community through their visual artwork. This year’s theme is animals, which invites the youth to explore their connection to […]

Tickets are now on sale for 4-H event

The Mariposa County 4-H annual Valentine Sweetheart Pancake Breakfast is right around the corner. It will be held Sunday, Feb. 11 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mariposa Senior Center, 5246 Spriggs Lane. The menu will consist of pancakes, eggs, sausage and drinks. The cost is $8 for adults, or $6 for seniors and children 12 and under. […]

Local man to improve hoops at Greeley Hill

Mariposa County is known for its generosity. John Kirby, a resident of northern Mariposa County, is donating basketball backboards, purchased with his own money, to Greeley Hill Elementary so the hoops can be upgraded there. He is hoping it will allow the children to start playing home games at the site. “They have to travel and we’re not able to […]

Protection unit helps youth

Various ways taught to keep children safe


 Specialists from Mariposa Safe Families are engaging with local schools in a program aimed at keeping children safe. Mariposa Safe Families is the local child abuse prevention council. The program is called Second Step, which is a child protection unit. The program teaches children important skills for getting along with others and doing well in school. It also helps schools […]

Cyber safety classes to be held

In today’s day and age, it’s important to be safe while browsing online, especially when it comes to children using the internet. With that in mind, the Mariposa County Unified School District has contracted with cyber safety expert, Jon Moffat, from Cyber Education Consulting. The district will be holding two events to share some information to increase digital knowledge. The […]

Yosemite Valley School excited for new year

Upon returning from winter break every student at Yosemite Valley School in grades TK-8 participated in a New Year project. Each student took time to reflect on 2017 and wrote about what happened both in the world and in their own lives. Then they all set goals for the year ahead. Student reflections were thoughtful and rich in heart, said […]

California Naturalist Certification training is offered at UC Merced

Those who enjoy the ecology of California may want to learn more about a unique opportunity. Submitted photoDo you enjoy learning about the natural world? Would you like to learn about the unique ecology of California? If so, you may want to consider becoming a California Naturalist. Applications are now being accepted. UC Merced Vernal Pool and Grassland Reserve in […]


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