Inside Education

Part seven: The United States of Texas

TRAVELS WITH STARCHMAN

Editor’s note: Bryan Starchman is an English and drama teacher at Mariposa County High School. He was taking a sabbatical to go on an adventure across the United States. He was writing regular columns about his adventure and was planning to publish a book based on his experience. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Starchman has returned to California (more articles […]

Bored at home? One company has solutions

The green space in our yards and neighborhoods is more important now than ever, says the TurfMutt Foundation which directs the TurfMutt environmental education and stewardship program. With millions sheltering at home due to Covid-19 and adults teleworking and kids doing online instruction, everyone needs the re-charge found in nature. Thankfully for many, that’s just outside their backdoors. “The natural, […]

New reality

County students competing in NHD competition virtually


Thirteen students from El Portal Elementary School and five students from Mariposa County High School had planned to participate in the regional National History Day (NHD) competition on March 14 in Merced. NHD is an educational organization that encourages students from all over the nation to develop and present history based research projects. These projects can be in the form […]

New assistant superintendent hired at MCUSD

In March, the Mariposa County Unified School District governing board approved the hiring of Drew Sylvia as assistant superintendent, replacing the interim assistant superintendent, Jerry Stehman. Sylvia has served in Selma Unified School District for the last 18 years in various leadership roles. Those roles have included teacher as well as elementary, middle school and high school principal. He is […]

SFCS 2020-2021 open enrollment ends soon

Sierra Foothill Charter School (SFCS), a transitional kindergarten through eighth grade public school, continues to accept New Student Intent to Enroll forms and Continuing Student Re-enrollment forms as part of its Open Enrollment period for the 2020-2021 school year. Open Enrollment ends Monday, April 6 at noon. As a public school, SFCS is nonsectarian, tuition-free, does not test or assess […]

State supe says feds approve testing waivers

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced over the weekend that California received preliminary federal approval to waive assessment and accountability requirements for the 2019–2020 school year. The California Department of Education (CDE) and California State Board of Education (SBE) formally requested approval for these waivers from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) in a letter sent on March […]

Part six on the journey: Magic in San Antonio, Texas

Editor’s note: Bryan Starchman is a teacher at Mariposa County High School. He was taking a sabbatical to take an adventure across the U.S. He was writing regular columns about his adventure and was planning to publish a book based on his experience. He has returned to California (more articles on that later) and is safely sheltered in place in […]


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