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May
27

Despite odds, MCHS hosts an in-person prom

By Maddie Qualls, staff writer, and Sreya Putrevu, staff writer Snacks, games and the company of missed peers and friends were all enjoyed by Maria Carrillo High School students at the 2021 modified prom. The MCHS leadership class was able to organize an unorthodox yet celebratory prom event for juniors and seniors to attend. Taking […]

May
10

The parent perspective on returning to school

(Photo: Maddie Qualls, The Puma Prensa) By Maddie Qualls, staff writer Since school closures last March, the return to school has been highly anticipated. The elementary schools in the Santa Rosa City Schools district returned in hybrid mode on April 1, and the secondary schools followed recently on April 26. Some parents especially have been […]

May
05

MCHS to have an in person graduation

Class of 2021 graduation sign (Photo Courtesy of MCHS Instagram Page) By Leo Herbstman, assistant editor For updates on graduation, go to the Individual Graduation Plan Maria Carrillo High School is planning on having an in person graduation for the Class of 2021. As long as Sonoma County remains out of the purple tier, meaning […]

Apr
27

Return to Hybrid Learning Brings New Safety Measures

Photo Courtesy of Gus Cromwell, The Puma Prensa by Kyle Wu, editor With the onset of hybrid learning, Maria Carrillo High School’s administration is implementing measures to allow students to return to campus safely. According to Assistant Principal Albert Ettedgui, approximately half of the Carrillo population opted for hybrid, with about 400 students in each […]

Apr
19

Sonoma County Libraries set to re-open soon

Library patrons pick up items at Rincon Valley branch (Photo: Dante Benedetti, The Puma Prensa) By Dante Benedetti, opinion editor On April 26, Sonoma County Libraries will be open at limited capacity and hours. Since March 14, 2020, SCLs have been closed with only curbside pick-up and drop-off available for physical items. When asked about […]

Mar
17

SRCS campuses to reopen in April

Administration Building, March 17, 2021 (Photo Courtesy of James Hart) By Leo Herbstman, assistant editor Update March 18: As announced by Santa Rosa City Schools, the Santa Rosa Teachers Association has ratified the Memorandum of Understanding to return to school. Santa Rosa City Schools aims to reopen all or most of its kindergarten through 12 […]

Feb
22

SRCS’s challenges continue with regard to reopening schools

Image from the Santa Rosa City Schools website by Leo Herbstman, assistant editor Santa Rosa City Schools is not going to reopen campuses by March 1. Although COVID infections are below 25 new cases per 100,000 per day for a seven day average according to the Sonoma County Department of Health, the California requirement for […]

Feb
18

Santa Rosa City Schools adopts new graduation requirements amid distance learning

by Kyle Wu, editor The Santa Rosa City Schools district has significantly lowered the graduation requirements for the class of 2021 in response to increases in failing grades during distance learning. According to The Press Democrat, seniors at SRCS high schools received a total of 1924 F’s on their first-quarter report cards. At Maria Carrillo […]

Feb
08

Capitol riot sets stage for historic second impeachment

by Sam Leitch, editor, and Kyle Wu, editor As supporters of President Donald Trump breached the US Capitol, apparently with the intent to delay and overturn the certification of electoral votes on Jan. 6, it was clear that this moment would pose irreversible results for the days ahead. Soon after, the US House of Representatives […]

Dec
12

SRCS district to end SRO program if changes not made

by Leo Herbstman, assistant editor The Board of the Santa Rosa City Schools decided Nov. 9 that they will not consider reinstating the School Resource Officer program without substantial changes within the Santa Rosa Police Department as a whole. The SRO program was paused in June during the George Floyd protests so the board could […]

Dec
10

Distance learning contributes to academic hardships

by Max Mwaniki, staff writer Ever since Maria Carrillo High School had to make a switch from on-campus learning to distance learning, there has been an increase in failing grades and absent students. The sudden switch from on-campus learning to an untested online-based learning environment has made school difficult for teachers, students, as well as […]

Nov
22

College Board cancels testing while UCs develop their own

by Sreya Putrevu, staff writer Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College Board ceased most SAT testing for the 2020 year, prompting various colleges to modify their original testing policies. The above action also helped the UCs to begin building their own testing system.    According to Maria Carrillo High School’s College and Career Counselor […]

Oct
30

Zoom learning provides means for lecture sabotages

By Sam Leitch, editor Online learning has not been without its challenges: spotty Wi-Fi, screen-induced eye strain and reduced class time continue to plague students and teachers alike. However, on top of all that, the change in format has given students the ability to disrupt Zoom lectures without identifiers like a name or face, inciting […]

Oct
23

Distance learning challenged by Glass fire evacuations

By Kyle Wu, editor The recent Sonoma County evacuations caused by the Glass Fire forced schools to temporarily close and posed great psychological challenges that made it difficult for students and teachers to continue distance learning.  According to Maria Carrillo High School Principal Katie Barr, the school’s priority immediately after the evacuations of around 70,000 […]

Oct
23

Santa Rosa City Schools debates reopening for spring

By Leo Herbstman, assistant editor Santa Rosa City Schools District has decided to continue distance learning until the end of the first semester after a 7-0 vote by the board on September 16. Although the vote did not cover any time past the end of the first semester, there is a lot of uncertainty about […]

May
29

California faces large cuts to school district funding

by Leo Herbstman, staff writer Santa Rosa City Schools will have to revise their budget in a dramatic way. As part of Governor Gavin Newsom’s revised budget due to effects from the COVID-19 pandemic, the $64.2 billion allocated for the state Local Funding Formula (LCFF) will be reduced by 10 percent for the 2020-2021 school […]

May
06

MCHS “held harmless” policy harmful to student motivation

By Audrey Moessing, copy editor As updates on online education came out from Santa Rosa City Schools, none was greeted with as much relief as the frozen grades policy, or the fact that “students will not receive a grade lower than his/her third quarter grade,” according to the Maria Carrillo High School online learning guide. […]

May
05

Local businesses face hurdles getting federal loans

By Leo Herbstman, staff writer Small businesses in Santa Rosa, California are being hit hard by the COVID-19 outbreak, which has forced many of them to close or modify how they do business. Although the U.S. Congress passed legislation that provided $349 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, […]

May
05

Students alter college plans in light of COVID-19

By Kyle Wu, staff writer The University of California schools have recently updated their admissions standards for the class of 2021 in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Some of the most prominent changes to admissions standards include the temporary drop of the SAT/ACT requirement as well as the implementation of pass/fail grading systems in place […]

May
04

Remote learning presents the challenge of cheating

By Megan Chang, staff writer Cheating has become an issue of concern, as Maria Carrillo High School ventures into the realm of distance learning. The Academic Honesty policy enforced by Santa Rosa City School’s AR 5131.9 states, “Teachers are expected to carefully monitor their classes with regard to preventing cheating, collusion, plagiarism and the use […]

Apr
23

MCHS juniors adapt to COVID-19 impacts on testing and extracurriculars

By Alex Chui, editor As California schools and colleges nationwide intend to stay closed at least until the next school year, the education world is up in the air for non-seniors in high school who may face additional challenges with standardized testing and extracurriculars in preparation for college applications.  The College Board has canceled SAT […]

Apr
06

Measure I’s toll on SMART Train

By Megan Chang, staff writer Measure I proposed a renewal of the past quarter-cent sales tax measure, Measure Q, passed in 2008, which will be coming to an end in 2029.  If Measure I had passed, SMART officials planned to direct the money into finishing the proposed northern terminus of the SMART line route, the […]

Mar
18

Social Distancing Explained in Light of Shelter-in-Place Order

By Gianina Fan, editor So you heard that Sonoma County will start to enforce a shelter-in-place order. But you can still go to the grocery store, the bank, out for a run or even order takeout. Doesn’t sound so bad to me. It sounds like you can still hang out with your friends if you […]

Feb
20

Vandals Tag MCHS

By Adam Hammond, business manager By Ian McLaughlin, photo editor Maria Carrillo High School was tagged by vandals the night of January 29th. Head Custodian Fessehai Woldeslassie rushed to paint over the graffiti around 7:20 a.m., which was around the parking lot, the preforming arts building, the I classrooms, the G classrooms, and MCHS’ entrance […]

Feb
13

Board rejects A-G pause: ‘Adelante. Let’s go.’

By Alexander Chui, editor Following the special study session school board meeting on Jan. 29, the school board indicated little support for a pause of the current graduation requirements, though the board was open to a potential waiver system for students to opt-out of the current A-G graduation requirements. An agenda item for the board […]

Feb
13

Motorcycle stolen from auto shop

By Leo Herbstman, staff writer By Sam Leitch, copy editor An unidentified man broke into the Maria Carrillo High School auto shop, stealing a Kawasaki KX250 dirt bike on Saturday night, Jan. 18.  The night before, Friday Jan. 17, the man walked to the theater courtyard and waited there before eventually leaving, according to Assistant […]

Feb
13

Homeless relocated to new temporary housing nearby

By Dante Benedetti, staff writer By Sam Leitch, copy editor By Kyle Wu, business manager The county, in conjunction with the City of Santa Rosa, has begun relocating the 60 people in the homeless encampment along the Joe Rodota Trail to the Los Guilicos site across from the Oakmont senior community. So far, 60 residents […]

Dec
12

Open enrollment for 2020 closes

By Sam Leitch, copy editor By Audrey Moessing, copy editor Open enrollment for Maria Carrillo High School closed Nov. 15, ending the period of time when students from outside MCHS’s district could apply for enrollment. With roughly 27 percent of current MCHS students coming from inter- or intradistrict transfers, this is a deadline that has […]

Nov
30

MCHS upgrades to improved security cameras

By Adam Hammond, business manager By Ian McLaughlin, photo editor The security system protecting Maria Carrillo High School got a substantial upgrade with the installation of Avigilon cameras and security software during September.  As part of a district wide initiative, Avigilon H4 multisensor dome cameras are being installed to replace the old cameras, and cover […]

Nov
21

PG&E issues rooted in Gov. Brown’s CPUC oversight

By Leo Herbstman, staff writer Recent failures of PG&E equipment can be linked to that company’s campaign contributions to and lobbying of former Governor Jerry Brown. Instead of doing his best to ensure the business was well-regulated, there is evidence he went soft on them.  PG&E is supposed to be regulated by the California Public […]

Nov
21

SR district pays high price for October outages

By Sam Leitch, copy editor By Kyle Wu, business manager The recent October power outages instituted by PG&E to prevent fires from starting have had a profound effect on the Santa Rosa City Schools District and much of the North Coast, provoking frustration among members of the community as students and teachers work around the […]

Oct
03

Fridays For Future rallies students in climate strike

By Maddy Meekins, A&E editor Chanting “this is what democracy looks like,” roughly 2,000 people showed up to take a stand for the planet on Sept. 20 in Courthouse Square, demanding action on the growing global issue of climate change. Many Maria Carrillo High School students participated in the climate strike, some skipping class time […]