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PODCAST: Talking Long Beach Education & Mental Health Month

This week on the podcast is “Education Week” as we talk to Jordan High School teacher Shar Higa about what it’s been like adjusting to teaching online and delivering senior signs for graduation celebrations. We also catch up with Talese Fernbach for another “Mental Note” segment in recognition of May being Mental Health Month.  […]

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NFHS Offers Guidelines for Return of High School Sports

As the current school year comes to a close, attention has already begun to shift towards the fall, and whether high school sports can safely return across the country. On May 15, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) released the “Guidance for Opening Up High School Athletics and Activities” in an effort […]

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LBUSD Officials Outline Beginnings of Fall 2020 Plan

In an interview last week, current Long Beach Unified School District superintendent Chris Steinhauser and incoming LBUSD superintendent Jill Baker outlined the first stages of the LBUSD’s plan to return to school when the 2020-21 school year begins on September 1. “It’s closer to what has been known as school,” said Baker, who will take […]

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Writing The Story of 2020’s Missing League, CIF Championships

With this week’s scheduled CIF Southern Section championships canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will officially be a blank line across the record books. Before we close the book on 2019-20, we wanted to take a look at a few of the league and CIF-SS/State championships we expected to be covering this May–just because […]

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Local Schools Bracing For Major Budget Cuts

Last week, California governor Gavin Newsom released his May Revision to the proposed budget for for the 2020-21 fiscal year. Because of a $54 billion deficit associated with revenue loss due to COVID-19 shutdowns, there are significant cuts to education, a harsh blow for the city of Long Beach, where the Long Beach Unified School […]

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Feature: Peyton Watson, Long Beach Poly’s Star Hooper Stuck At Home

A five-star basketball recruit is usually a kid with the world on a string. But for Long Beach Poly junior Peyton Watson, life looks pretty much the same as it does for the other students at his high school and in the city of Long Beach. Were school still open, he’d be turning heads on […]

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LBUSD Closed For Summer, Evaluating 2020-21 Sports Plans

The Long Beach Unified School District announced last week that in-person graduation ceremonies are officially off for the class of 2020, and that summer school and other programs will not take place on physical campuses this summer, with a few limited exceptions. There had been some hope of a delayed in-person graduation ceremony, but with […]

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PODCAST: Interview With Long Beach Poly’s Peyton Watson

This week on the podcast we’re updating you on the latest COVID-19 news for Long Beach sports and schools (change is coming!) before interviewing Long Beach Poly boys’ basketball star Peyton Watson. The junior talks about learning from the documentary Last Dance and being recruited as one of the best players in his class. 15:30 […]

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Three Long Beach Poly Football Alums Giving Back 

Three Long Beach Poly football alums have teamed up to help give back to the community during the COVID-19 shutdown. Brothers Cameron and Nolan McDonald and Raymond Graham have been donating food and supplies for the last three weeks and have plans to form a non-profit that will help them continue doing so in the […]