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Changing the sex talk

Michaela Edlin, Editor in Chief

October 2, 2018

Filed under Branham News, News

Condoms, birth control pills, IUDs, implants and other contraceptives were passed around during P.E. teacher Ron Smare’s fourth period freshmen class in early September. The objects were part of the school’s sex ed curric...

Big tardy dip in first five weeks

Elizabeth Posey, Art Director

October 2, 2018

Filed under Branham News, News

Branham has more than halved its tardies in the first few weeks of school compared to the same period last year, due to a new tardy policy. Under the new rules, students who are less than 30 minutes late to first and fourth ...

Focus Group Aims to Combat Stress at School

Sarah Sabawi, Staff Writer

October 1, 2018

Filed under Branham News, News

Focus Group Aims to Combat Stress at School French teacher Laurel Garceau and guidance counselor Joyce Davis have organized a focus group to train teachers on handling mental health issues, such as stress and anxiety, due to i...

Students Unsure About Late Start

Jessica Berton, Staff Writer

October 1, 2018

Filed under Branham News, News

California Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed legislation that would mandate all public and charter schools in the state to start school at 8:30 a.m., saying that local communities should manage their own start times. Scientists ...

Crafting a Business

Shlok Gore, Science and Tech Editor

October 1, 2018

Filed under Branham News, Student Life

“It’s just for fun, and people like seeing progress in the brand, and they like to see the brand grow" says Buck.

Poll finds push to conform to gender norms

Shams Mohammed, Staff Writer

February 1, 2018

Filed under Branham News, News

Have you ever been catcalled? Do you feel you are judged based on your appearance? Do you feel like you are judged on your gender alone? These are all questions Tania Eaton’s U.S. History classes used to help their assigned h...

Active shooter drills train staff to reduce risk

Catherine Monroy, Staff Writer

February 1, 2018

Filed under Branham News, News

Run, Hide, Defend, more commonly known as Code Red, has always been a serious matter between adults and students in schools. The Run, Hide, Defend procedure is used when a possible threat has entered school grounds (this often take...

Storytime in US history

Anastasia Lagner, Copy Editor

November 24, 2017

Filed under Branham News

It’s storytime in World and US History teacher Courtney Kelly’s U.S. history class. When Kelly taught Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address earlier this year, she subverted expectations of lectures and worksheets with pillows and...

North bay fires tough on staff, students

Michaela Edlin, Managing Editor

November 24, 2017

Filed under Branham News, World News

The devastating North Bay fires that swept through Santa Rosa and other counties reminded math teacher Jennifer Brady of a fire 15 years ago in her former neighborhood. It was the Fourth of July, and kids on her street had acciden...

Answers few since teacher’s arrest

Annalise Freimarck, News Editor

November 24, 2017

Filed under Branham News

  SAN JOSE, Calif.- At an emotional community meeting Monday evening addressing the recent arrest of music teacher Sam Neipp, San Jose Police Department officials sought to provide resources to family members and dispel th...

Voting Blocks

Julia Kolman, Editor in Chief

November 24, 2017

Filed under Branham News

When he turns 18, senior Dante Reinoso doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to exercise his right to vote. His parents are European green card holders, so they can’t vote yet. He said that he will vote when he cares abou...

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