Saratoga Falcon

January 20, 2015

Substitute teacher Tom Head, the son of English teacher Cathy Head, shares his experiences.

February 5, 2015

Senior Sabrina Chen is the 2015 valedictorian and Max Chang is the salutarorian.

February 6, 2015

Forty years ago, Congress passed the the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which, among other things, allows admitted college students to request a review of their application records from admissions offices. Universities are required to give the information in a 45-day period.

February 10, 2015

The decision was made without the staff vote that had occurred in previous years.

February 23, 2015

A petition has garnered thousands of signatures

Audiences react positively to ‘Cyrano’
Robinson: School to switch to rolling block schedule in 2016-17
Senior recounts the past four years of BnB
Drama department to put on unique spring musical
Mathletes prepare for AMC competitions
Juniors organize second annual high school hackathon
ASB holds jeans drive
February 16, 2015 — by Vibha Seshadri

The last student production of the year, “Cyrano de Bergerac,” took place Feb. 6-8.

February 11, 2015 — by Megan MacInnes and Jason Zhao

The school will be adopting a rolling block schedule for the 2016-2017 school year, principal Paul Robinson announced at a faculty meeting on Monday. The decision was made without the voting and discussion among staff that had occurred in previous years.

February 11, 2015 — by Jade Bisht, Sherrilyn Ling, Allison Lin, and Simi Srivastava

This year’s opening show of Bombay in the Bay takes place Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. and Feb. 14 at 6 p.m. in the McAfee Center, which will be decorated in traditional Indian style. 

February 11, 2015 — by Vibha Seshadri and Simi Srivastava

The drama department will be showcasing the musical “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” on April 24, 25 and 26 as well as May 1 and 2. Unlike most shows, the audience will get to choose the ending.

February 11, 2015 — by Ashley Chen and Karissa Dong

Sixty-four Saratoga students participated in the 90-minute MAA American Mathematics Competition (AMC) on Feb. 3.

February 10, 2015 — by Sweeya Raj and Shreya Tumu

This year, juniors Aakash Thumaty and Spencer Yen and other representatives from nearby schools helped to host the Bay Area’s second annual High School Hackathon. Members of Saratoga’s WiSTEM and AppDev clubs also attended the event.

February 10, 2015 — by Catherine Tang and Jihau Yu

ASB has decided to join Teens for Jeans, a national drive sponsored by Aeropostale that donates jeans to teens around the country who cannot afford to buy them.  

Golf team strives for perfection
Boys' tennis team ready for season
Boys’ lacrosse looks to rebuild
Boys’ swimming recovers from loss of athletes
Boys’ basketball in position to win its league
Girls’ track: Falcons progress to meet individual goals
Boys’ track sets goal to move up in league
February 24, 2015 — by Michelle Cen

The boys' golf team prepares for the upcoming season.

February 11, 2015 — by Maya Ravichandran and Simi Srivastava

The team only lost one player from the starting lineup. With the addition of Stratakos, the team should be able to make another deep run in CCS.

February 11, 2015 — by Aditya Chaudhry and Jihau Yu

Preview of the boys lacrose season. 

February 10, 2015 — by Shreya Tumu and Tiffany Zheng

The boys' swim team prepares for the upcoming season.

February 10, 2015 — by Jihau Yu

With a win against Mountain View on Feb. 6, the boys’ basketball team, led by star senior point guard Michael Cole, improved its record to 16-5 overall and 8-1 in league play. As of Feb. 6, the team leads the El Camino League.

February 10, 2015 — by Karissa Dong and Ami Nachiappan

The girls' track team prepares for the upcoming season.

February 10, 2015 — by Karissa Dong and Ami Nachiappan

The boys' track team prepares for the upcoming season.

Global warming: There’s no use denying it
AP Lang: Philosophy or literary analysis?
Uber’s GPS tracking shouldn't be worrisome for users
Anonymous Instagrammer brewed more hatred, threats
First Amendment rights should be universal
Ticketing students unnecessary, futile in attempt to ensure safety
Rising application fees are unnecessary expenses
February 24, 2015 — by Michelle Cen

People must learn to set aside their differences, recognize the threat of global warming and pass laws that mitigate the issue.

February 16, 2015 — by Devin Zhao

Saratoga High's AP Lang class is one of the few that largely centers on a nonfictional curriculum, mainly on philosophy.

February 16, 2015 — by Eric Sze

The ridesharing service Uber is overtaking the traditional yellow taxi. 

February 10, 2015 — by Eileen Toh

During December break, an unknown student, possibly several, created an Instagram account called “gossipgirlofshs.” The account seemed intended to spread nasty rumors about certain students in clearly personal attacks.

February 9, 2015 — by Nidhi Jain and Allison Lin

A new weapon has emerged from the past, one that is dangerous enough to threaten an entire country’s rights and safety. The weapon? Violation of free speech.

February 9, 2015 — by Helen Chen

 When I left my house at 7:42 a.m on a Tuesday morning, I had a good feeling that I would actually be on time for once. Getting onto my bike, I started biking the less than half a mile distance to school. My teal helmet sat in the garage collecting dust as it had been for the past three months. 

February 9, 2015 — by Michelle Cen and Ashley Chen

Rising application fees are a detriment to students. They are creating a gap for some studnets during the application process. 

What a player: Senior defies stereotypes through guitar, football
YikYak app goes viral among under-age users
Dong walks the road less traveled
Unique Itzhak Perlman concert relaxing, timeless
Four students count themselves lucky to survive car accident in SC Mountains a year ago
Self-described ‘piano genie’ brings classical pieces to life
Pop music snubs other genres of recognition at award shows
February 26, 2015 — by Rachel Hull and Michelle Leung

On fall Fridays, senior Alec Furlong was a wide receiver for the Falcon football team, running routes and catching passes. Bulky uniform and all, he seemed like the epitome of a stereotypical jock.

February 26, 2015 — by Fiona Sequeira

YikYak, a free, anonymous social app that allow users within a 10-mile radius of each other to connect and share information through anonymous “yaks," has recently become popular with teenagers.

February 24, 2015 — by Michelle Cen

Class of 2013 valedictorian Edward Dong journeyed to the Pyrenees last summer to study travel writing. Now, he is a sophomore at Yale University who is majoring in Literature.


February 11, 2015 — by Karissa Dong

Since I began to play the violin in third grade, I’ve listened to CD recordings of Itzhak Perlman, one of  the greatest violinists of the past several decades. When I decided to join a youth orchestra in sixth grade, my mom played his studio recordings in the car as she drove me to my auditions; when I picked up a new violin piece, my music teacher played his CD and told me, plainly, “to imitate.” 

February 10, 2015 — by Shreya Tumu and Tiffany Zheng

Current seniors Reilly Bowker and Ryan Hoag, alumnus Ryan Patrick and senior Aneesa Walden recount their near-death experience falling off the side of the road in the Santa Cruz mountains.

February 10, 2015 — by Ashley Chen

Junior Sophia Lin describes her success in her piano playing career.

February 6, 2015 — by Gwynevere Hunger

Nowadays, pop has seemingly taken over the entire music industry, causing genres, such as rock, classical and jazz, to receive less recognition at music award shows.


Strugs with bugs
My mom is more superstitious than yours
How I became a Bombay in the Bay dictator
How to survive Saturday school
Traumatic pearl milk tea experience scars sophomores
Can you be a Target employee for a day?
Why do I love soccer?
February 24, 2015 — by Maya Prasad

I guess you can say that I have a slight case of entomophobia (a fear of insects and other bugs). For a newspaper challenge, I was to hold a bug for one minute without screaming or dropping it.


February 12, 2015 — by Simi Srivastava

My mom is extremely superstitious and cannot let small things like this go. Though the common superstition is to not drive past when a black cat has crossed the way, my mom’s version includes any colored cat (or sometimes, large squirrels — she never takes a chance).

February 11, 2015 — by Simi Srivastava

As my parents never fail to point out, there are very few activities I am willing to get out of pajamas on a Saturday morning for.

February 6, 2015 — by Katherine Sun

For the record, I’m Miss Goody Two-Shoes. I still turn my phone off during class, the way everyone supposedly did in middle school, and my attendance record is spotless. The closest I’ve gotten to trouble is attending Saturday school, which I did as an experiment for newspaper.

February 6, 2015 — by Spring Ma and Eileen Toh

Reporters recount unfortunate story at Tpumps, a pearl milk tea shop.

February 5, 2015 — by Shazia Gupta and Sweeya Raj

Reporters pretend to be employees at Target for a day.

January 26, 2015 — by Anant Rajeev

It takes a lot to answer that question. It’s been part of my life since I was 5.

Photo of the week

Students rehearse for the student production of Cyrano De Bergerac.

Upcoming Events

March 6: SWE Concert

March 7: Benefit Fashion Show

March 13: All Band/SPO Concert

March 14: Choral/SSO Concert

April 2: PowderPuff Night Game


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