Saratoga Falcon

May 19, 2020

English and World Geography teacher Susanna Ryan reflects on her six years at SHS and the impact the SHS community has had on her. 


May 20, 2020

English 10 and drama teacher Sarah Thermond will be a full-time drama director at Palo Alto High School next school year.


May 20, 2020

The new online AP exam tests threaten technical failure but provide different experience.


May 22, 2020

LGSUHSD district must faces budget cuts due to financial distress caused by COVID-19 pandemic and economy shutdown.

May 24, 2020

Choir director Andrew Ford arrested for alleged conduct that took place between 2004 and 2006.

May 30, 2020

After strong public opposition, Saratoga city council moved to end the annexation process in a 3-2 vote. The winery will remain under Santa Clara County control.

Cast of ‘Freaky Friday’ continues to rehearse, memorialize the show
Junior discovers joy through music and dance
Reverse Falcon Fest: Students returning school supplies
Administration and senior class office plan to hold in-person prom in December
Keys recognized as District Teacher of the Year for 2020-2021
Longtime librarian at SHS retires after 12 rewarding years
April 13, 2020 — by staff

The Falcon will provide regular reporting on cancellations, postponements and school and district-related measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19

June 27, 2020 — by Marisa Kingsley

Students have taken the phrase “the show must go on” to heart, recording videos of singing, acting and choreography over Zoom


June 27, 2020 — by Nicole Lu

Childhood love for performance leads Mithil Chakraborty to sing on popular Facebook platform


May 29, 2020 — by Lihi Shoshani

Students will be returning their supplies in front of the large gym and tennis courts between June 2 and June 4

May 22, 2020 — by Andy Chen and Kaasha Minocha

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, senior prom had to be moved from its original date, May 30.

May 22, 2020 — by Preston Fu

Colleagues honor English teacher for her thoughtful and engaging classroom environment


May 22, 2020 — by Nicole Lu

Heyman looks forward to an exciting new adventure with his wife, closing off 30 satisfying years in education


Boys tennis overcomes obstacles as season progresses
Students discover new ways to exercise during quarantine
The not-so-glamorous side of competitive sports
Fitness apps have the right idea but lack the miracle transformations they claim
The Players’ Tribune: A Harvard-bound golfer learns to take it one shot at a time
Badminton team experiments with practices in attempt to recover from last year’s season
Game film: the weapon behind understanding sports
April 17, 2020 — by Apurva Chakravarthy

A lack of focus and clashing mindsets in doubles teams prove harmful to team’s overall dynamic and performance


April 17, 2020 — by Justin Guo

Without sports or in-person P.E classes in session, students seek out exercise on their own.

April 1, 2020 — by Anjali Nuggehalli

Throughout the years I’ve spent playing competitive soccer, I’ve had to develop a mental toughness in order to overcome seemingly impossible challenges.

April 1, 2020 — by Nitya Marimuthu

Apps which claim to target certain muscle groups with short workouts fall short of expectations

March 29, 2020 — by Kevin Sze

If a decade of golf has taught me anything, it’s that hardwork and dedication pay off

March 28, 2020 — by Andy Chen and Alan Zu

After a rough season due to moving to a higher league, head coach John Li implements new, relatively controversial policies to make the team more competitive.

March 27, 2020 — by Anjali Nuggehalli

Various athletes conclude that reviewing game tape, whether it is to improve individual skill or to scout an opponent, greatly influences the success of the player and team

March 13, 2020
Fall 2019 Sports Wrap-up
Dec. 6, 2019
Nov. 21, 2019
Nov. 15, 2019
Nov. 7, 2019
Oct. 31, 2019
Oct. 25, 2019
Oct. 17, 2019
Oct. 3, 2019
Sept. 27, 2019
Club Day 2019
Sept. 19, 2019
March 11, 2020 — by Emad Ashraf, Connor Oaklander

SHSTV delivers the news of the week

December 12, 2019 — by Allen Chen, Annissa Mu and Krithi Sankar

Here is a quick compilation of footage and records from all the fall 2019 sports.

December 10, 2019 — by Connor Oaklander, Adam Xu

SHSTV covers winter formal, tardy punishments, and other news. 

November 25, 2019 — by Ritika Kuppam, Ethan Zuo

SHSTV covers Winter Formal, Relay for Life/Turkey Trot, sports, health survey.

November 15, 2019 — by Emad Ashraf, Ryan Le

SHSTV covers winter formal, fundraisers, FalconFit, MAP Economics, and other news this week. 

November 8, 2019 — by Max von Stern, Clark Torres

SHSTV covers Soundings, marching band, WASC, the fall play, and other news this week. 

November 7, 2019 — by Adam Xu, Ethan Zuo,

SHSTV presents its Halloween edition.

November 7, 2019 — by SHSTV staff

SHSTV covers the week's events and news, including a story on recent cafeteria price increases.

October 17, 2019 — by Ritika Kuppam, Adam Xu (anchors)

SHSTV offers a preview of the marching band, orchestra and color guard senior night and covers the PG&E blackout and a controversy of the reasons for the name change for the Facebook page shsconfessions to togaconfessions.

October 4, 2019 — by Chloe Lin, Sunny Huang

SHSTV covers the latest news for the first semester.

October 4, 2019 — by Colin Posat, Clark Torres

SHSTV brings you the latest news from Homecoming week.

September 27, 2019 — by Krithi Sankar, Annissa Mu, Allen Chen

We take a look at some of the advertising strategies used during this year's club fair.

September 19, 2019 — by Ritika Kuppam, Ryan Le

SHSTV brings the week's news prior to the beginning of Homecoming.

AP teachers should still offer students missed material after exams
Online testing functional but could be improved by implementing more project-based learning
Businesses should stay closed to protect the public
Farmers continually face crises alone; many die from suicide
Andrew Yang’s advice to combat racism runs counter to progress
Online school is better than in-person school
Stimulus plan has the right idea but the wrong execution
May 28, 2020 — by Andrew Li

Students should have access to optional assignments and lectures to get a stronger grasp on missed topics to succeed in college and beyond. 


May 26, 2020 — by Preston Fu and Viraaj Reddi

Projects would serve as a better means of effectively rating students’ understanding of the material.

May 21, 2020 — by Aaria Thomas

Small businesses and stores that are non-essential should remain closed as the health of the public is more important than the economy at the moment.


May 16, 2020 — by Shama Gupta

Lack of health resources and government legislation leave farmers depressed, thinking they have no way out of debt.


May 6, 2020 — by Serena Li

Yang is advocating that Asian Americans act more patriotic; however, empirical examples prove that such tactics are unavailing.

May 1, 2020 — by Edwin Chen

Even though it was a messy process at first, I have grown to prefer its advantages.

April 29, 2020 — by Nitya Marimuthu

The recent $2 trillion stimulus plan is a step forward but lacks a lot of the necessary legislation.

Top 10 ways to spend your quarantined summer
Students find alternatives to in-person recruitment during the shelter-in-place
Netflix show perpetuates stereotypes in failed attempt to relate to Indian-Americans
Misinformation about coronavirus pandemic influences population’s response
Lack of resources and internet reveals ‘homework gap’ across districts
Quarantine shelter-in-place gave me time to finally renovate my bedroom
Streaming services accommodate spikes in usage
May 21, 2020 — by Andy Chen and Justin Guo

Your summer plans may be canceled, but your fun doesn’t have to be

May 21, 2020 — by Tiffany Wang

As the coronavirus has halted all traveling and campuses are closed, athletes are stressing over their recruitment plan

May 21, 2020 — by Nitya Marimuthu

“Never have I ever” fails to provide proper representation and rather illustrates Indian culture as eccentric and out-of-touch

May 21, 2020 — by Vicky Bai and Serena Li

Whether it be about censorship or misconceptions, social media platforms and news outlets are quickly seeing the harmful results of their own words

May 21, 2020 — by Oliver Ye

As schools transition to virtual learning, educational discrepancies are laid bare


May 20, 2020 — by Jeanette Zhou

After two years, I finally got around to completing my room makeover

May 20, 2020 — by Vicky Bai and Jeanette Zhou

As more states issue a shelter-in-place, online streaming services offer deals and extensions to expanding audiences

Cracking under quarantine? Try the park and residential Los Gatos’s pop-up art scene
‘All American’ proves to be about more than just football
The Peppa Pig Fan Club returns
How I turned the shelter-in-place order into a mini Rodeo Drive
I found a new hobby during quarantine: leathercraft
I bought super expensive shoes on impulse
Rihanna’s new feature leaves fans hanging, but I’m just happy to hear her voice at all
May 6, 2020 — by Allison Hartley

Sometimes what you need to pull yourself together is a trusted park and a 10-foot orange balloon dog sculpture.


May 1, 2020 — by Isaac Le and Jun Lee

New TV show revolving around football and romance has become popular during time of shelter-in-place.

May 1, 2020 — by Allen Chen

There is no escape. There is none.

April 30, 2020 — by Isaac Le

Although unable to go outside, I decided to wear streetwear outfits for my own satisfaction.

April 27, 2020 — by Bill Yuan

Boredom leads sophomore to create sellable wallets.

April 25, 2020 — by Edwin Chen

The quarantine fried my brain to the point where I bought Jordans without thinking it through.

April 25, 2020 — by Alex Wang

Although some fans are disappointed that Rihanna still hasn’t released her rumored album “R9,” her feature still brightens up my day during the quarantine.


Photo of the week

At UC Berkeley, PhD student Abrar Abidi and research assistant Yvonne Hao have embarked on a goal of creating hand sanitizer for the Bay Area's most vulnerable populations, including the homeless and the incarcerated. Their hand sanitizer includes glycerol mixed with other products, in accordance with a formula from the World Health Organization. So far, they are producing 120 hundreds of gallons of sanitizer each week. Photo courtesy of Roxanne Makasdjian with UC Berkeley.


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Falcon In Print

Choir director accused of sexual assault
District faces budge cuts
Four teachers leave SHS
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