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Most teachers feel safe on campus

October 2, 2018

Filed under News

Branham has made several changes since last year meant to improve general safety on campus. These have included new iron fencing around campus, more active patrols, and monthly, unannounced drills. From a Bear Witness survey of mor...

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 ...

Asian American students take sides in Harvard discrimination case

Laura Heffernan, Arts & Entertainment Editor

October 2, 2018

Filed under Academics, News

Asian American students at Branham are mixed over the results of the lawsuit against Harvard that claims applicants were discriminated against based on their race. The Department of Justice in August sided against Harvard after...

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 ...

Maria’s Story

Maria’s Story

June 5, 2018

Rising Epidemic

Mahta Delshad and Annalise Freimarck

June 5, 2018

Filed under News

Career options go outside college path

Julia Marques da Silva, In-Depth Editor

June 5, 2018

Filed under News, Print Issues

College and Career specialist Patricia Perez was the first member in her family to graduate from college and remembers having her parents tell her which college to attend. “My parents were in my ear, saying, ‘Well, it’s a UC, and you worked really...

Uproar after Parkland, silence after Santa Fe

Aaron Deans, Online Editor

June 5, 2018

Filed under News

Unlike the Parkland shooting in February, which saw a widespread call to action in response, the tragedy in the Houston suburb hasn’t received the same response, from the media or from students.

Increasing celebrity involvement in politics

Shlok Gore, Staff Writer

June 5, 2018

Filed under Entertainment, News, Opinion, World News

Rapper Kanye West recently made waves by saying that slavery is a choice. Basketball star LeBron James was told to “shut up and dribble” after criticizing President Donald Trump. Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel openly opposed the...

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