Saratoga Falcon

January 22, 2016

The leadership class invited four students, sophomores Althea Zhao and Camilla Taysi, junior Saya Sivaram and senior Abhay Aanabathula, to speak.

January 25, 2016

Following a successful preseason, the girls have progressed through the highly competitive De Anza league with a record of 12-6 through Jan. 21.

February 1, 2016

With talents, high fashion, sheer guts and even an attempt to solve a tricky calculus problem, nine males of Saratoga High walked down the runway of the McAfee Center on Jan. 27 in front of an audience of over 100 people for the second annual Mr. Saratoga.

February 2, 2016

The Falcons reel off victories against Los Gatos, Homestead and Milpitas.

February 3, 2016

Several hundred parents and students got information to help them sort through their options for next year.

February 5, 2016

SHSTV this week includes segments on Bombay in the Bay, the bell schedule controversy, Mr. Saratoga and robotics.

Senior leads ICAC and Toga Tamasha effectively
Students who attended private middle schools address stereotypes
New courses proposed for next school year
70 students take on challenging AMC math contest
New rolling block schedule stirs controversy among school community
Growing up as a Muslim American
District hopes to renew Measure A parcel tax
February 5, 2016 — by Julia Miller and Neehar Thumaty

As a sophomore, Sanam Mohan remembers the swift motion of the curtains rising above the McAfee Center stage, exposing her and the rest of the dancers in  Bombay in the Bay (BnB) 2014. Each year, the rush and excitement of the actual performance has made all the hours of work and practice worth the effort.

Now, as a senior, is co-president of Indian Cultural Awareness Club (ICAC), as well as the head choreographer and captain of Toga Tamasha, Saratoga’s student-based competitive Bollywood dance team.


February 5, 2016 — by Nidhi Jain and Caitlin Ju

Seventy-two students who currently attend Saratoga High came from private middle schools. Ten years ago, this number was 50 percent lower, indicating more local students are switching from private middle schools to public high schools.

February 5, 2016 — by Pranav Ahuja and Alex Yang

The administration approved six possible additions to the growing course lineup for the 2016-17 school year in a series of meetings late last year and in early January. 

February 5, 2016 — by Katherine Sun

Seventy students took the American Mathematics Competition (AMC) 10/12 earlier this month, a contest that could eventually land some of them a spot in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO).


February 4, 2016 — by Allison Lin and Summer Smith

During a heated Jan. 12 school board meeting, a new rolling block schedule for next year was unveiled and explained by a committee that had put in months of studying and creating it. However, the change has provoked a strong negative reaction among some community members.

February 4, 2016 — by Caitlyn Chen and Elizabeth Lee

Sophomore Shania Jafri, a dedicated Muslim Pakistani-American, who has grown up in Saratoga, said that she has been greatly affected by these  and other world events.


February 4, 2016 — by Fiona Sequeira

The locally controlled source of funding, which cannot be taken by the state, is set to expire in the 2016-2017 school year. The school board is placing a measure to renew the parcel tax for five years on the ballot in May.


Freshman synchronized figure skater gets motivation and comfort from team
Swim teams hopeful after disappointing season
Boys' tennis aiming to add new players
Badminton continues to develop star talent
Track and field hopes to move up a division
Falcons knocked out of CCS, proud of exciting campaign
Boys’ volleyball hopes to repeat stellar season
February 5, 2016 — by Jay Kim

Freshman synchronized skater Sally Lee’s daily practice routine starts with Lee and her team warming up in the cold ice rink with their black nylon jackets and skirts, running around the rink, up and down the stairs and doing various jumps. The team has a Lake Tahoe competition to prepare for and will start practicing new choreography until their performance on early June.

February 5, 2016 — by Pranav Ahuja and Emily Chen

Recap and plans for boys and girls swim teams. 

February 5, 2016 — by Anant Rajeev and Navin Tiwary

Boys tennis season preview.

February 5, 2016 — by Arjun Ramanathan and Alex Yang

Badminton season preview.

February 4, 2016 — by Caitlin Ju and Kyle Wang

The girls’ team would like to have more members make it to the league finals and have more CCS qualifying athletes. “Though it is hard to tell so far, I see more going on to SCVALs,” junior Celine Bellegarda said. “The coaches are working hard to place people in the right events for them.”

February 4, 2016 — by Anant Rajeev and Michelle Lee

The boys have led a strong campaign this season, but with the loss to Los Altos, the team is unlikely to gain enough playoff points in their upcoming games.

February 4, 2016 — by Derek Chen and Helen Chen

2014-2015 season recap and moving forward. 

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February 5, 2016 — by Stephen Ding and Daphne Liu

SHSTV this week includes segments on Bombay in the Bay, the bell schedule controversy, Mr. Saratoga and robotics.

January 31, 2016 — by Jennifer Chen, Saro Acharya

SHSTV looks at the success of Speak Up for Change weeks, the activities on display at Electives Night, and updates on speech and debate and sports.

January 22, 2016 — by Sabrina Clark, Max Litrovsky

SHSTV devotes this broadcast to showing a MAP documentary in honor of Speak Up for Change week.

January 15, 2016 — by Mary Maccoun, William Chen

This week, SHSTV has stories on the weight room, winter sports, the girls' basketball team's recent trip to Canada, students' New Year's resolutions and thoughts about the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday.

January 8, 2016 — by Saro Acharya, Ryan Kim

SHSTV covers college apps, New Year's resolutions, winter break and the girls' basketball team's trip to Canada.

December 11, 2015 — by Jennifer Chen, Sabrina Clark

SHSTV covers new classes this year, the Rose Bowl Parade, the drought and sports.

December 4, 2015 — by Lei Otsuka, Alexander Propach

SHSTV celebrates November's Student of the Month and recaps Thanksgiving experiences as well as the fall play. 

November 20, 2015 — by Jennifer Chen, Sabrina Clark

Winter formal promo, Turkey Up Your Teacher, Carolgrams, Block Schedule Update, Football Wrapup

November 6, 2015 — by Rotem Shaked, Saro Archaya

SHSTV examines the college application process, fall sports, and Measure E progress

October 30, 2015 — by anchors William Chen, Mary Maccoun

SHSTV looks at a recent sock drive in honor of a Mitty student, does an interview with the mayor of Saratoga, announces the student of the month and asks students what they will be for Halloween.

October 23, 2015 — by Max Lisovsky, Anuj Changavi

SHSTV covers Homecoming week, spirit days, a new coffee shop downtown and a freshman who can solve the Rubik's Cube in under 10 seconds.

October 16, 2015 — by Jennifer Chen and Sabrina Clark

The broadcast features Homecoming coverage as well as stories on field hockey and the Saratoga Veterinary Hospital.

October 9, 2015 — by Kyle Wang, Pranav Ahuja

SHSTV covers the upcoming Homecoming week as well as the Oct. 9 home football game vs. rival Los Gatos.

Senior Homecoming Day: Oct. 16, 2015
Teachers Homecoming Day: Oct: 12, 2015
Freshman Homecoming Day: Oct. 13, 2015
Sophomore Homecoming Day: Oct. 14, 2015
Junior Homecoming Day: Oct. 15, 2015
October 17, 2015 — by SHS TV

Watch the seniors take us to a galaxy far far away in their homecoming quad day on Oct. 16, 2015

October 16, 2015 — by SHS TV

Check out our amazing teachers dance for their homecoming quad day on Oct. 12, 2015.

October 16, 2015 — by SHS TV

Watch how the freshmen dive into the lost city of Atlantis on Oct. 13, 2015

October 16, 2015 — by SHS TV

Watch how the sophomores takes us to the Hundred Acre Woods on Oct 14

October 16, 2015 — by SHSTV Staff

SHSTV shows how the juniors brought Neverland to life in their Quad Day on Oct. 15.

Lowering stress does not always equate to lowering standards
How a lack of transparency poisoned Flint, Michigan
Modern houses a modern monstrosity: Saratoga’s building codes maintain city’s appearance
Federal enforcement of regulations only way to solve country’s gun violence
Codes, computers and courses: UC system correct in not counting Computer Science as math credit
Open letter about the bell schedule controversy
Midterms have little value in high school setting
February 4, 2016 — by Nidhi Jain and Caitlin Ju

In reality, it is virtually impossible for the school to specify a level of academic rigor that can serve as a challenging yet realistic goal for all students. Given the proper guidance and information, students ultimately hold the responsibility to know what is best for themselves and to thus make healthy decisions.



February 3, 2016 — by Saya Sivaram

We have been warned of the power that water holds over us all, and yet somehow, history has started to repeat itself — this time in a city called Flint.


February 3, 2016 — by Saya Sivaram

However, the comparatively lax building codes in Los Gatos and Monte Sereno have not managed to prevent a house, threatening the aesthetic of the street, from being built. And, even in Saratoga, where building codes are stricter, a similar home has sprung up on Fruitvale Avenue.


February 2, 2016 — by Michelle Lee and Amulya Vadlakonda

We are becoming so desensitized to gun violence that news bringing statistics like these have become “just another headline.”

January 31, 2016 — by Nidhi Jain and Alex Yang

Recently, the University of California (UC) has been pressured by a coalition of state politicians, high school teachers and technology leaders to count AP Computer Science toward the system’s required math credits.

January 31, 2016 — by Alice He

A senior penned a letter about her response to the debate over next year's schedule. 

January 28, 2016 — by Eric Sze

The stated  purpose of these midterms is to prepare students for the reality of college. But while midterms in college are acceptable, midterms in high school are simply not viable.

Yizkor, to remember: Third-generation Holocaust survivor recounts family history
Amateurs take on first horror movie experience
Movies and food: the date classic
Best place to study in Saratoga: Starbucks
Kardashian Q & A with senior Meera Rachamallu
Best place to hang out
SNL on the decline with the loss of slapstick comedy
February 5, 2016 — by Helen Chen and Eleanor Goh

Senior reflects on grandparents struggles during the Holocaust. 

February 4, 2016 — by Michelle Koo and Michelle Lee

Watching “The Boy” without the freedom to pause the movie at any time filled us with a palpable sense of dread as we walked into AMC 14 last month. Fortunately for us and unfortunately for “The Boy,” this horror movie failed to scare us as much as we expected.


February 4, 2016 — by Aditya Chaudhry

While it may seem like a thing of the past, the movies remains the best place for a romantic evening. AMC 14, the closest movie theater to the school, is the No. 1 place for students to go on a date because of its variety of movie choices as well as its proximity to many eateries.


February 4, 2016 — by Olivia Lu

Although well known for its lattes and frappuccinos,  Starbucks is also known as the best place to study after school.

February 4, 2016 — by Gwynevere Hunger

Meera Rachamallu is well-known by her peers to be addicted to the popular reality show “Keeping up with the Kardashians.” The Falcon had questions for the senior who has watched 110 episodes of KUWTK.


February 4, 2016 — by Michelle Koo

After its recent renovations, Westgate Mall has become a social hub, complete with a fair selection of shops and eateries that appeal to consumers of all ages and tastes.


February 3, 2016 — by Shazia Gupta and Amulya Vadlakonda

Former “Saturday Night Live” cast members once made us roar with laughter, but most have now left the show to find successful acting careers in the Hollywood.


I don’t have a Netflix account, and I’m chill
Blogilates challenge: exhausting but rewarding
Junior suffers from dragon deprivation
Rant to me: I will cure your salt
Geocaching: Reporter seeks hidden treasures
How I tried and failed to wait out hives
I’m snow board of all these snowboarders
January 24, 2016 — by Kyle Wang

When I first saw my invitation to the “NETFLIX AND CHILL” Facebook event, I was confused for a couple of reasons. One, I had no idea what “Netflix and chill” meant, so I had to look that up on Urban Dictionary (I won’t say any more about that). And two, I don’t have a Netflix account. 

January 11, 2016 — by Caitlyn Chen

When Blogilates instructor CasseycHo announced her #30daywaisttrainer challenge for January, I decided to take it and make my New Year’s Resolution to do at least one Blogilates workout a day, with the hope of dropping the five pounds I had gained over the holidays.


January 11, 2016 — by Eileen Toh

Call me childish or just plain odd, but I will never lose my love for DragonVale, an iOS and Android game. 

December 3, 2015 — by Tiffany Zheng

I have achieved my parents’ ultimate dream. I’m a doctor. But the job comes with a couple of hiccups that my parents never anticipated: I don’t get paid, my patients are my friends and I mainly treat the emotionally constipated. Call me judgmental, but I’m the therapist of salt and the queen of quality advice.

November 30, 2015 — by Helen Chen

Reporter tries geocaching.

November 20, 2015 — by Kelly Xiao

Unfortunately, the mentality to not use medicine doesn’t always work, especially for a malady such as hives.


November 19, 2015 — by Tiffany Zheng

Reporter discusses the problems with snowboarding.

Photo of the week

Wrestlers prep for their home match on Feb. 3.

Upcoming Events

February 10: Incoming Freshman Parent Guidance Meeting

February 12: Bombay in the Bay 6:00 PM (McAfee)

February 13: Bombay in the Bay 6:00 PM (McAfee)

February 15: Winter Break Begins

February 16: Orchestra Concert, 8:00 AM


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