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Apr
06

Carrillo expands mental health resources in response to struggles

The MCHS psychologist’s office (Photo: Jungyeon Lee, The Puma Prensa) by Jungyeon Lee, staff writer Generally, due to COVID-19 challenges, students are struggling more than they might have a few years back, their mental health taking a big hit. Numerous students, “more than ever before,” according to Darcy Analora, the Maria Carrillo High School psychologist, […]

Apr
06

AP Test Data Reveals Racial Gap in AP Test Participation

Pie Chart made on Meta Chart with data from the College Board, showing the ethnic composition of the 267 AP test-takers who reported their races in 2021 (Photo: Josephine Rivera-Hoagland, The Puma Prensa) by Josephine Rivera-Hoagland, features editor Based on data from the California Department of Education and the College Board, the participation rate for […]

Apr
06

State Testing Returns

Computers being pulled up inside the library (Photo: Alexa Rios, The Puma Prensa) by Alexa Rios, staff writer Due to school returning to in-person learning full time, both the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) and the California Science Test (CAST) will also be returning.The CAASPP will take place from April 4 to […]

Mar
11

School board votes to lift indoor mask mandate

MCHS students masked while in advocacy, Friday, March 11 (Photo: Katrina Gorauskas, The Puma Prensa) by Katrina Gorauskas, staff writer The Santa Rosa City School Board voted 4-2 to align with state guidance and end mandatory indoor masking in schools. Students, parents, and teachers alike all desperately waited for the outcome of the board meeting, […]

Feb
28

How To Register and Pre-Register To Vote in California

Voter Registration Forms at the Rincon Valley Library (Photo: Josephine Rivera-Hoagland, The Puma Prensa) by Josephine Rivera-Hoagland, features editor The youngest eligible voters (18-24) currently have the lowest voter turnout in the United States, hovering around or below 50 percent for the past 20 years in presidential elections. The younger generations, though, have the most […]

Feb
24

The hill carving, a decades-old tradition, then and now

The year on the hill in 2022 (Photo: Eric Crosbie) by Jon Donohue, assistant editor/Jonathan Giron, staff writer Graduating seniors etching their year on the hill behind Maria Carrillo High School has been one of the school’s main traditions for years. Trips up to the hill over the past two months have brought recent attention […]

Feb
24

MCHS Parody Instagram Accounts: Funny or Invasive?

Isaac Lopez looking at the “mariacarrillo_feet” account (Photo: Maitri Rane, The Puma Prensa) by Maitri Rane, staff writer You may have noticed multiple Instagram accounts trying to follow you with “mchs” in their names. Many of these, created by Maria Carrillo High School students, share images of students and teachers without their consent.  There are […]

Feb
24

COVID safety protocols elicit mixed reactions from students

Provided supplies for covid found in classrooms (Photo by, Raffaella Bravo The Puma Prensa) by Raffaella Bravo, staff writer Upon returning to campus from winter break, classrooms were a lot more empty than usual. A sudden flow of N-95 masks were seen upon the faces of students and teachers, and double, even triple masking started […]

Dec
16

Rooftop HVAC units potentially dangerous

HVAC system on roof of G Building (Photo: Leo Herbstman, The Puma Prensa) by Leo Herbstman, editor The heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) units replaced as part of the Maria Carrillo High School roofing project in the summer of 2018 were not inspected as required by the State of California and are potentially dangerous, […]

Dec
14

Carrillo lunch lines get out of hand

Carrillos’ lunch line stretching all the way to the halls (Photo: Maitri Rane, The Puma Prensa) by Maitri Rane, staff writer Long lunch lines at Maria Carrillo High School are causing a food shortage for students who arrive later at the cafeteria at break and lunch. The school cafeteria has been in high demand from […]

Dec
14

Facebook’s virtual world raises eyebrows

Zuckerburg explains rebranding to meta in a youtube video (Photo: Pulled from ideo posted by Meta) by Jon Donohue, assistant editor Mark Zuckerburg, CEO and chairman of what was formerly Facebook, announced a new identity for the social media giant, to be known as Meta after Thursday, Oct. 28. According to materials provided by the […]

Dec
12

Math classes regroup after turmoil

by Tessa Tappe, staff writer Due to the sudden resignation of Maria Carrillo High School math teacher Thao Wakefield, substitute teachers were required to fill in from September to November this year, switching either every week or every day. This led students to struggle to learn new material, resulting in some failing grades. However, due […]

Dec
12

Carrillo limits free periods for students

Seniors in overcrowded 3rd period culinary class (Photo: Katrina Gorauskas, The Puma Prensa) by Katrina Gorauskas, staff writer Maria Carrillo High School students look forward to the freedom of senior year when they can finally get the desired free periods. Students often take heavier schedules and junior college classes, so they then have the credits […]

Nov
05

Covid vaccine mandate at Carrillo

Vaccine mandate protest (Photo: courtesy of Addison Helzer) by Brooke Cregan, staff writer Gavin Newsom announced on Oct. 1 that students will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 for in-person learning starting the school term following FDA full approval for their age span. California will become the first state in the nation to enforce […]

Nov
04

Massive rainfall doesn’t stop drought but fills up empty lakes

A full lake ilsanjo shortly after the rainfall (Photo: Shane Karres ) by Jon Donohue, assistant editor Lake Ilsanjo and Spring Lake water levels hit a dismal low over the summer. Ilsanjo had already been low due to intentional dam repairs in 2019, but Spring Lake did not get to its startling low point until […]

Nov
04

Mass SAT site closings

(Photo: Image from creative commons) by Katrina Gorauskas, staff writer Over the past year and a half upperclassmen have struggled to take their SAT tests as COVID shut down testing sites throughout California ,with tests immediately postponed or cancelled. Maria Carrillo High School senior Addie Brandt had three of her SATs cancelled and MCHS senior […]

Oct
22

Schedules disrupted by later start

The clock in Mr.Hart’s classroom striking 3:35 (Photo: Jon Donohue, The Puma Prensa) by Jon Donohue, assitant editor Following passage of Senate Bill 328, Maria Carrillo High School pushed school start times back to 8:30 and end times to 3:35 for the 2021-2022 school year, with the intention that students would get more sleep. The […]

Oct
21

Retaking Math 2

Mrs. Geddes in her E1 classroom at Maria Carrillo (Photo: Camryn Tuor, The Puma Prensa) by Camryn Tuor, staff writer Over the course of online learning, 62 Maria Carrillo High School sophomores and juniors failed their highly interactive Math 2 class, now having to retake a typically sophomore dominant course with math teacher Brittney Geddes. […]

Oct
20

Aeries Transition Turmoil

A student attempting to open the Aeries app on their phone with an error message by Gus Cromwell, Opinion Editor, and Scout Tatham, staff writer Santa Rosa City Schools transitioned grading and scheduling software from Illuminate to Aeries over the summer of 2021. There have been numerous hurdles to overcome with the new software, and […]

Oct
20

MCHS grapples with large class sizes

Second period AP Gov./Econ. with 39 students (Photo: Maddie Qualls, The Puma Prensa) by Maddie Qualls, editor Coming back to school and seeing classrooms filled while lingering signs still state “Maximum Capacity: 16” can leave students with questions, especially when the year started with some individual classes much higher in population than would be normal […]

Oct
11

MCHS without campus officer

SROs working at Piner High School (Photo: Lieutenant Jeneane Kucker) By Brooke Cregan, staff writer The Santa Rosa City School Board voted seven to zero this past summer to pause the School Resource Officer program and reevaluate the need for police on school campuses. The SRCS district created a committee of students, parents, teachers, police […]

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 […]