Saratoga Falcon

September 2, 2014

Gone this year are the journalism room’s now ancient 2007 model iMacs. In their place are sleek, new 2014 iMacs available for all students to use.

September 4, 2014

With the start of the new school year, teachers are making the transition to a new system called Canvas, which functions as a learning management tool for students and teachers alike.

September 5, 2014

After much deliberation, the school appealed to the College Board and was approved to teach a two-year AP Physics course in one year.

September 8, 2014

Completed just before graduation last year, the Sports Plaza is now the main entrance of countless sporting events. The Plaza was the culmination of more than two years of extensive planning and fundraising that started when the SHS Foundation and alumni got together and decided the old ticket booth was something the school needed to fix.

September 9, 2014

SHS seniors' scores on the PSAT qualify them for academic honor.

New coach has high hopes for dance team’s second season
Modified prerequisites policy grants students ‘open access’
Downtown construction aims to ‘beautify’ village
Promoting and pursuing: Clubs prepare for the new year
Students attempt office break-in
Leadership to build new plan to alleviate traffic congestion
Freshman Focuses to have fewer sessions this year
September 16, 2014 — by Emily Chen and Eileen Toh

Dance team impresses students with their new season's energetic performances.

September 16, 2014 — by Spring Ma, Stefanie Ting and Eileen Toh

More students will have the opportunity to enroll in advanced classes starting this year because the administration has increased the school's open access policy to include foreign language and math classes.

September 16, 2014 — by Ami Nachiappan

The city's “Village Pedestrian Enhancement Construction” project will be done in November, according to Howard Miller, vice mayor of the city council. In its current phase, which costs more than $1.3 million and began in early May, workers will be adding features in downtown such as paving and lights.

September 16, 2014 — by Nidhi Jain and Carolyn Sun

Both old and new clubs are preparing for the massive Club Day event on Sept. 25. 

September 16, 2014 — by Andrew Jiang and Carolyn Sun

An undisclosed number of students attempted to break into the school’s office around 2 a.m. on Aug. 9, according to principal Paul Robinson. When this group of students set off an alarm, sheriff's deputies sped to the school and apprehended all involved.

September 14, 2014 — by Nidhi Jain and Sweeya Raj

Over the years, there have been several unsuccessful attempts to fix the daily parking lot traffic. This year, Leadership plans on taking a new approach to help solve the riddle of too many cars in one place at one time.

September 14, 2014 — by Spring Ma, Stefanie Ting and Eileen Toh

The number of Freshman Focuses — “classes” during tutorials designed to ease the transition for freshmen into high school — has been cut back to four total meetings this year, instead of the 11 last year’s freshmen had.

Summer training sets tone for season
Boys’ water polo places third in first tournament of the season
Freshman gymnast sets the bar high
Girls' field hockey team plans for a strong season
Lugo optimistic for new season
Alumni return to coach
Girls' water polo team strives to succeed in a higher league
September 16, 2014 — by Katherine Sun

This summer, senior captains Andrew Harter, Steven Sum and Rohith Krishna and juniors Stephen Law and Kevin Duong-Le of the boys’ varsity cross country team spent five days in Lake Tahoe, staying in Harter’s summer home and running with students from local Truckee High School. The boys completed altitude training in the mountains by running seven to eight miles in the morning and then three to four more miles in the evening.

September 16, 2014 — by Andrew Jiang

The boys’ water polo team, led by junior Mason Lee and junior Graham Schmelzer, is still trying to find its strengths. They had a chance to compete against other water polo teams in the area at a tournament in Lynbrook High School on Sept. 5-6 and finished third out of 18 teams.

September 14, 2014 — by Ariel Liu and Rachel Zhang

Freshman Kyle Abe, who trains as a Level 9 gymnast, performed at the Men’s Gymnastics Junior Olympic Nationals in Long Beach last year.

September 9, 2014 — by Deepthi Sampathkumar

Girls' field hockey players are  seeking to redeem themselves after a difficult season last fall.

September 9, 2014 — by Arjun Ramanathan and Devin Zhao

The football team last season had lots of talent in many key positions, but multiple injuries and their inability to work together to secure key wins hindered them from performing decently in their league.

September 7, 2014 — by Emily Chen and Ami Nachiappan

SHS alumni return to coach the school's sports teams.

September 4, 2014 — by Nupur Maheshwari & Gitika Nalwa

Girls' water polo team looks to advance further in CCS than last year.

Are you (finally!) done texting?
Should the drinking age be lowered?
Students should not abandon pleasure reading
Increasing literacy rates should be a high priority for California
‘Blurred Lines’ not a red flag for rape
Bucket half full or half empty?
Current events should be included in school curriculum
September 16, 2014 — by Kelly Xiao

Nothing is more disrespectful than impertinent people who are constantly texting on their phones.

September 16, 2014 — by Apoorv Kwatra and Neehar Thumaty

Reporters argue that the legal drinking age in the United States should be lowered.

September 14, 2014 — by Katherine Sun

It seems that many students don't read for pleasure anymore, and this shouldn't be the case.

September 12, 2014 — by Maya Ravichandran

This year, TIME Magazine ranked Bakersfield as the most illiterate city in the nation. 

September 10, 2014 — by Karissa Dong and Stefanie Ting

Singer Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” has stirred controversy since the song’s release in March 2013. His upbeat and catchy single quickly topped charts worldwide, was nominated for prestigious awards and lavished fame upon the artist; nevertheless, popularity comes with a price. Critics accused Thicke of promoting rape in both his music video and lyrics.

September 5, 2014 — by Anant Rajeev and Lauren Louie

Do you know what Lou Gehrig’s disease is? Neither did most people until recently, but the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been changing that.

September 4, 2014 — by Atirath Kosireddy

High school students should be taught about current events in their school classes.

Living in the Netherlands exposes student to new culture
Sophomore works to develop prototype for medical device
Students compare boarding schools to SHS
Pieology serves as delectable comfort food
“If I Stay” I will be bored…
Return to the wizarding world: upcoming spinoff revives ‘Harry Potter’ hype
Cochrum embarks on journey to India
September 17, 2014 — by Aditya Chaudhry and Jihau Yu

Senior Alex Holz gains from unique experience living in the Netherlands.

September 16, 2014 — by Eileen Toh and Rachel Zhang

Sophomore Gabriel Burgos works on a design for a biomedical device that could identify patients’ heartbeats with more accuracy by accounting for the patient’s weight.

September 16, 2014 — by Karissa Dong and Andrew Jiang

Students compare their experiences at boarding schools to those at SHS.

September 14, 2014 — by Tiffany Zheng

Reporter describes her tummy-satisfying experience at Pieology, the up-and-coming pizza spot in San Jose.

September 14, 2014 — by Ashley Chen

Reporter discusses her disappointment for the recently released movie "If I Stay."

September 10, 2014 — by Isabelle Tseng

Reporter discusses her reaction to a movie trilogy based on the Harry Potter series, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” the first installment of which is to be released in 2016. 

September 10, 2014 — by Spring Ma and Simi Srivastava

Science teacher Lisa Cochrum traveled in India during this past summer break.

Can you go a week without TV?
World Cup: savior of my summer
A senior’s quest to beat Kim Kardashian: Hollywood
Not just stuck in the middle
Senior servant nurses wounded pride
Sophomore reflects on older brother leaving for college
Speech and debate helps sophomore blossom
September 9, 2014 — by Deepthi Sampathkumar

Reporter discusses going a week without watching television.

September 9, 2014 — by Anant Rajeev

Reporter describes following the World Cup during the past summer.

September 8, 2014 — by Sherrilyn Ling

Reporter describes experience to the top in Kim Kardashian's addicting game app.

September 4, 2014 — by Amulya Vadlakonda

Now-sophomore reflects on her high school experience so far.

May 27, 2014 — by Jay Mulye

For senior servant day, I, a poor, innocent soul, was auctioned off for $13 to the evil Andrew Jiang, a sophomore Falcon staff member. 

May 24, 2014 — by Gitika Nalwa

UC Berkeley is snatching my brother, Sanj Nalwa, away from my flailing arms and I don't know what to do with myself.

May 23, 2014 — by Helen Chen

I have to admit, I had never considered myself a confident, outspoken person in public. I have always shrunk away from encounters with people because, let’s be real, any time not spent in my room sleeping or surfing the Internet is pretty much wasted.


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