What used to be a room full of filing cabinets and conference tables is now filled with rows upon rows of vivid student art, all produced from the art students. The new SHS Student Art Gallery, commemorating the life and passion of the late art teacher Steve McCue, debuted its first show from Nov. 6-21 in the former College and Career Center, and will continue to display student work year-round.
Junior Alana Hess emerged as the winner of this year's Saratoga Idol on Nov. 13, a singing contest that was judged by not only the usual group of teachers but also "Glee" cast member Derik Nelson.
On Nov. 16, the Falcons were pitted against the No. 2-seeded team in CCS, Menlo High School. Except this game was different in that they did not have their captain and star player, senior Stephen Cho.
Junior Steven Sum finished second out of 87 runners in the CCS division 3 meet held last Saturday at Crystal Springs, ending up with a time of 15:35. Sum will represent the school at the state meet later this month.
For the longest time, math teacher PJ Yim’s so-called push-up challenge remained undefeated.
With the holiday season coming up, the ASB is planning additional drives this year to spread the holiday cheer to the less fortunate.
On Nov. 5, the ASB started a new drive for Operation Gratitude, which donates leftover Halloween candy to deployed troops overseas.
Sophomore Sean Shi participated in his first math competition when he was in fourth grade.
Rally commissioners are looking to include more games in a holiday-themed rally scheduled for Dec. 6.
One of the most viable options in terms of lunch at Saratoga High has consistently been buying lunch from the cafeteria. This year, even though there is a greater variety in the cafeteria food, students are paying more money for their lunches.
On Nov. 16, students from Cuernavaca, Mexico visited the school, and are currently staying with host families until Dec. 2.
The ASB will host the annual Winter Formal on Saturday, Dec. 7. The theme is “Let it Snow,” appropriately chosen because it is “a simple and sweet theme to celebrate winter,” according to ASB Board Representative and senior Manini Desai.
Going into the game against the powerhouse Wilcox Chargers on Nov. 15, the Falcon players were confident that they could get a win in order to make the CCS playoffs. However, the strength of the Wilcox rushing attack was too much for the Falcons, who lost 47-20, thereby ending their season.
When the the girls’ water polo players started their season in the De Anza League, they were the underdogs of the league. Having moved up to the league from the El Camino league this year, the team expected to be challenged with the fiercer competition. But the team has overcome these hurdles and finished with a record of 12-10.
The Falcons ended their season much in the same way the rest of the year went: in frustration.
CCS play starts Nov. 13 for Falcons.
The 9-1 girls' tennis team’s 4-3 win against Monta Vista has put them in first place in the upper league, tied with the Matadors. The team prevailed with freshman Caitlin Ju winning her match at No. 3 singles, and strong doubles pairs consisting of sophomores Ai Marie and Yu Karen Asai, Shireen Haghshenas and Meera Rachamallu, and Allison Lin and freshman Kelly Hsu.
Name/Grade: Alexa Frieberg 10th grade
Sport: water polo
Years of Playing: 5 years
Hours of training each week: 10 hours
On Oct. 18, the Falcons played the Palo Alto Vikings at home and lost 55-21. This result continued the Falcons’ losing streak from the past few games, making their overall record 1-5.
Since Google bought YouTube for $1.65 billion in 2006, the company’s stock has steadily increased. YouTube’s content is improving and expanding, and people usually don’t mind watching 30-second advertisements for each video — or at least as long as they need to watch before hitting the skip button. The company’s revenue is growing, and so is the number of monthly users.
“What’s in a name?” asks fair Juliet of Romeo’s curséd last name. “That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet.”
Ask the same question to a student about a college, and, apparently, a name means much more. In fact, students may be focusing too much on going to a college that is prestigious instead of trying to find a school that is best for them.
At the end of last November, senior Ethan Gelfand was pulled over for a rolling stop. The week of Oct. 28, senior Clark Rothenberg was pulled over for speeding. Was the timing of these infractions a coincidence? We think not.
College Confidential. What seems like an innocent pair of words is actually one of the largest college counseling websites propagating college paranoia nationwide.
It’s no secret that the administrators have made some controversial decisions. Some argue that they made little effort to gather student input on the proposed full block schedule last year. This year, they implemented the “face-to-face” dance policy and a new system to crack down on tardiness. In all of these decisions, the lack of student input led to accusations of the administration being, in a sense, a dictatorship. There should be no student laws made without student representation and ideas.
When Instagram first came out three years ago, it was an innovative way to share photos; now it is a community in which 150 million users take part and share their lives.
It’s a classic lunchtime scene: a newly licensed junior, eager to take his friends out for their “first” off-campus lunch, speeds to In-N-Out with three or four buddies in the backseat. The engine revs, the radio blares and the thought of a one-year restriction on passengers for new drivers? That thought is long gone.
Orson Scott Card is almost as well-known for his homophobic views as for his bestselling 1985 science fiction novel “Ender’s Game,” which was adapted into a film which was released on Nov. 1.
Ever since Netflix introduced its online streaming feature in 2007, viewers have debated whether traditional TV is still worth watching.
When services like Netflix first appeared in the early 2000’s, they only offered online DVD renting options. Back then, the question was whether Netflix would overtake physical shops like Hollywood Video and Blockbuster.
Senior Gloria Liou waits for her father to come back from work. Unlike most students, however, her dad doesn’t just arrive at home after a drive from the office. He is coming back from Taiwan, and this is the only time she’s seen him in several months. Although Liou is seeing him for the first time this year, she knows she has only three more chances to see him after this visit.
Imagine how different life would be if you just picked up all your belongings, got into a U-Haul truck and moved to a different house. How would you feel? Now multiply that feeling by five because that truck is an airplane heading to a different country.
Scrolling down the Facebook newsfeed, many people are greeted by a big blue box with white and green letters inside. The link opens up ask.fm, a webpage filled with questions such as who are you best friends? who do you like? and the answers to these questions. The site also contains a text box for people to submit anonymous questions.
Recently, there has been controversy surrounding the movie “Captain Phillips.” The film paints Phillips as a hero who led his crew through the terror of Somali pirates. Since the movie’s Oct. 11 release, however, anonymous crew members have come forward criticizing his poor leadership and calling the portrayal of Phillips’ character completely inaccurate. In fact, a handful of crew members are sueing Phillips for $50 million, testifying “willful, wanton and conscious disregard for their safety.”
I take a lot for granted, which isn’t right. It is during times like Thanksgiving when I think of what I have and appreciate how lucky I am. I’m most thankful for my life inside one of the greatest communities around.
As I lifted the garbage can in room 405, I was ready to faint from the disgusting smell it produced. The garbage can was lined with a mixture of chewed up gum, food, paper and paint. This was just one of many experiences that I had the Friday I shadowed night custodian Octavio Escobedo.
I was born and raised in Holmdel, New Jersey. I lived there until 2004. I prefer winter storms and April showers to the unchanging beauty of Northern California weather. I adore pencil-yellow school buses, ice cream trucks and snow days.
As a child, I spent many a night in what was then called the HP Pavilion, the home of the San Jose Sharks. My dad has season tickets to see the Sharks, and when I was younger, my sister and I would alternate whose turn it was to go to each game.
I had always pictured being a librarian as a generally relaxed and stress-free job — one that consisted mainly of helping students check out books and maintaining quietness in the library.
Of course, as I soon learned, this is an incredibly inaccurate assumption. After I spent two periods observing the tasks of Kevin Heyman, who has worked as a librarian for 12 years.
The photo-sharing website has infected so many people that a flu shot will be the least of our concerns. It is corrupting the meaning of photography. What happened to good old Photoshop where carefully editing a picture was an art?
I admit I was disappointed when sophomore Shreya Tumu and I received third place out of five groups in the the cultural cook off hosted by the Lifestyles section of the newspaper.
December 7: Winter Ball
December 12: Band Concert
December 19: End of Semester/3rd Grading Period