Saratoga Falcon

October 9, 2014

Students were given the opportunity to meet astronaut Michael Massimino on Sept. 26 in the library’s research center.

October 10, 2014

Junior Celine Liang won first place in the Annual Advantage Testing Foundation Math Prize for Girls and was awarded $30,000.

October 13, 2014

The marching band kicked off its season by taking home a handful of awards at the Cupertino Tournament of Bands on Oct. 11 with an ambitious new show.

October 17, 2014

 As students rushed from the parking lot to their classrooms on the morning on Monday, Oct. 13, many were surprised when they walked into class at 8:51 a.m. and still beat the second bell.

October 19, 2014

UCLA’s Bruin Marching Band, also known as The Solid Gold Sound, performed on the school’s football field on Oct. 17 during tutorial and lunch.

MAP upperclassmen explore San Francisco
Quiz Bowl team places third at novice tournament
History Bowl holds annual tryouts
Annual Heritage Day Festival puts fun spin on Saratoga’s history
Saratoga Compliments page spreads kindness
A chance to make a change: 5 Saratoga residents campaign for Elementary district School Board
Cheer team stays on track with competition and Peewee camp
October 20, 2014 — by Catherine Tang

On Oct. 15, instead of attending school, upperclassmen in the Media Arts Program (MAP) spent the day in beautiful San Francisco and Alcatraz Island.


October 19, 2014 — by Maya Ravichandran and Carolyn Sun

The Quiz Bowl team, consisting of sophomore Kevin Chow and seniors Ethan Ngai and Nitya Sampath, placed third out of 27 other schools at the Palo Alto Novice Tournament on Oct. 4.

October 16, 2014 — by Kevin Chow

During tutorial on Oct. 1, 44 students crammed into history teacher Jerry Sheehy’s room to complete the written portion of History Bowl tryouts.

October 16, 2014 — by Becky Hoag

The annual Saratoga Heritage Day Festival showcased the town’s historical events and trends, from noon to 3 p.m. on Oct. 4.

October 14, 2014 — by Cassandra King and Amelia Schwabe

Founded as a personal account on Facebook by a student who prefers to remain anonymous, Saratoga Compliments launched last April. 

October 14, 2014 — by Summer Smith

The Los Gatos Saratoga Union High School District did not have a campaign this year. Three spots on the board opened up, and three candidates stepped forward.

October 14, 2014 — by Summer Smith

Despite difficulties finding a coach both this season and last season, the cheer team has continued to prepare for competitions and successfully organized the annual Peewee cheer camp.


FootGolf proves pointless to golfers and soccer players alike
X country strides forward
Winning league streak boosts girls' tennis team’s confidence
Boys’ water polo fighting to keep heads above water after string of losses
From the court to the playing field, senior Alvin Kim makes football debut
Girls’ golf working on improving away play
Students prepare for fantasy basketball season
October 16, 2014 — by Fiona Sequeira and Arman Vaziri

FootGolf is a trend being played at golf courses nationwide. A precision sport, FootGolf requires players try to kick a soccer ball into a proportionally sized hole in as few shots as possible. It is essentially golf played with a soccer ball instead of a golf ball.  

October 13, 2014 — by Cassandra King and Dorrie Tang

The cross country team began the season with consistent improvements during its first three meets.

October 12, 2014 — by Caitlin Ju

Following a 7-0 win at home against Los Gatos on Oct. 2, the team prepared for the first annual Battle of the Bay tournament in which Central Coast Section (CCS) teams competed against those of the North Coast Section (NCS). Though the tournament was held at several different schools in the Bay Area, Saratoga played at home along with fellow CCS school St. Francis High.

October 12, 2014 — by Nupur Maheshwari and Gitika Nalwa

After sustaining several losses, the boys’ varsity water polo season is off to a rough start with a league record of 1-4.

October 12, 2014 — by Jenny Qian and Ellen Wu

This year is senior Alvin Kim’s first year playing football at a high school level. As a senior rookie on varsity, Kim has already had impressive performances against both Hillsdale and Santa Clara as both linebacker and running back.

October 12, 2014 — by Oksana Trifonova and Arman Vaziri

Having faced tough opponents over the past few weeks, the girls’ golf team has a record of 3-5 as of Oct. 9.

October 9, 2014 — by Apoorv Kwatra and Trevor Leung

With the NBA season starting on Oct. 28, many basketball fans are scrambling to find the best players to draft, the best strategies to use and the best ways to succeed in their fantasy basketball leagues.

Is Common Roots forgetting its roots?
Club day acts as a gateway for the future
The top of the cheerleading pyramid?
Announcements need to be more effective
College Apps are getting out of hand
School vouchers would improve failing education system
National Merit scholarships should be about more than one test
October 14, 2014 — by Kevin Chow and Amulya Vadlakonda

Is the outside group Sources of Strength actually weakening Common Roots?

October 13, 2014 — by Jenny Qian and Ellen Wu

With so many students swept up in the academic competition, there is not enough of an emphasis on the non-academic aspects of life. 

October 12, 2014 — by Deepthi Sampathkumar and Saya Sivaram

The evolution of cheerleading is dramatic and controversial. If the women who cheer at professional football games are supposedly the more professional and intensified versions of high school cheer teams, teenagers are making a huge mistake if they try to emulate them.

October 12, 2014 — by Miles Albert

With virtually no one actually paying attention, announcements are becoming completely ineffective and are often a waste of time.

October 12, 2014 — by Arman Vaziri

Lately, it seems that all colleges want are superheroes. And there’s no doubt about it, being a superhero would definitely make the college application process easier.

October 9, 2014 — by Atirath Kosireddy

It sucks things in, and gives nothing out. The victim is forced go into it, and their chances of escaping are slim. This is not a black hole, but rather the failing public education system. 

October 9, 2014 — by Fiona Sequeira and Arman Vaziri

There should be more requirements for receiving merit-based scholarships than a single test on a single day.

Dear Sara...
Purple Sparkly Candy Apples
FIFA 15 release an improvement in virtual reality
Longtime lunch lady Diane Ray has made 60,000 sandwiches in 21 years
‘Boyhood’ brings back childhood
Q&A with teachers on their perception of SHS students
Dancer leaves cultural comfort to find passion in modern dance
October 16, 2014 — by Anonymous

Questions sent to an anonymous account ( were answered here.

October 16, 2014 — by Lauren Louie

Whether or not you plan on Trick-or-Treating this year, make it the best Halloween yet with sparkly purple candy apples!

October 14, 2014 — by Anant Rajeev

 The world has yet again been taken aback by the widely popular and highly addictive FIFA 15, the latest of Electronic Arts (EA) Sports’ annual FIFA video games, released on Sept. 23.   

October 12, 2014 — by Melissa Magner and Nupur Maheshwari

Lunch lady Diane Ray has made over 60,000 sandwiches for students in the 21 years she has worked at SHS, calculated by multiplying the number of sandwiches made per day by the total number of days she has worked.  

October 12, 2014 — by Jenny Qian and Ellen Wu

"Boyhood," directed by Richard Linklater, is a coming-of-age film that tells the story of a child named Mason Evans, played by actor Ellar Coltrane, who literally matures in front of the audience's eyes. The film touches upon all sorts of adolescent challenges, including loss, peer pressure and bullying.

October 12, 2014 — by Dorrie Tang

Teachers from different departments describe their views on Saratoga students.

October 12, 2014 — by Trevor Leung and Kelly Xiao

Freshman Caitlyn Chen spends two to three hours at Studio 10 Dance in San Jose. However, this was not always the case.

I don’t wear pants
Horror movie experience results in emotional catastrophe
Fantasy football: a plethora of mind games
Junior comes face to face with a lioness
Half Indian, half white, fully bothered
Can you talk like Miranda Sings for an entire day?
Peter Capaldi: just what the doctor ordered
October 14, 2014 — by Apoorv Kwatra

Yes, it’s the beginning of fall, and yes, it’s the norm for students to don shorts. But when the cold gusts of winter begin to sweep away the leaves of autumn, I stay true to my collection of shorts.

October 14, 2014 — by Kelly Xiao

Reporter reminisces about watching the horror movie "The Conjuring."

October 13, 2014 — by Anant Rajeev

Reporter recounts his experience with fantasy football.

October 13, 2014 — by Shazia Gupta

Reporter reflects on her trip to Africa.

October 2, 2014 — by Jade Bisht

Reporter reflects on the ups and downs of being biracial.

October 2, 2014 — by Amulya Vadlakonda

Reporter attemps to talk like Youtube character Miranda Sings for a day.

October 2, 2014 — by Rachel Hull

Reporter reflects on feelings toward the 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi, in the TV show "Doctor Who."

Photo of the week

UCLA's Bruin Marching Band performs and practices at school on Oct. 17.


Upcoming Events

October 21: Freshman Quad Day: Homecoming

October 22: Sophomore Quad Day: Homecoming

October 23: Junior Quad Day: Homecoming

October 24: Senior Quad Day/Homecoming football vs. Monta Vista


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