Facing low participation, underclassmen-heavy team remains underdog in league March 18, 2022 — by Andy Chen and Tiffany Wang After a disappointing season, some current seniors have decided against joining the team. read more » Teachers can do more to address remote student concerns March 16, 2022 — by Andy Chen More online infrastructure would better all students’ quality of learning. read more » Following 9-1 season, field hockey loses in second round of CCS November 19, 2021 — by Meher Bhatnagar and Andy Chen The team will graduate eight seniors. read more » Coolest and cleanest: the best water fountains on campus November 17, 2021 — by Andy Chen and Bill Yuan Not all fountains are made equal. Seniors Andy Chen and Bill Yuan search for the best water fountain in Saratoga High School. read more » Falcons kick off league season with a win and a loss October 7, 2021 — by Andy Chen, Jonny Luo, Nikhil Mathihalli and Shaan Sridhar Football team hopes to mimic their Homecoming game success in upcoming ones. read more » Falcons shatter loss streak with 31-14 Homecoming game win September 26, 2021 — by Andy Chen The Falcons took their first win of the season 31-14 against Monta Vista. read more » Staff editorial – Title IX: topic too big for tutorial September 17, 2021 — by Andy Chen and Esther Luan School-wide assemblies and more engaging activities would better integrate new policies and inspire students to care about issues of sexual and gender violence read more » Econ Club highlights real-world applications through speaker event April 25, 2021 — by Andy Chen The club will host “Economics Research and the Real World” on May 1 via Zoom. read more » District must provide fair salary, increase benefits for SHS athletic trainer position April 15, 2021 — by Andy Chen, Shama Gupta and Howard Shu Former athletic trainer Liz Alves had a salary of $33,000 after serving for 12 years — Los Gatos paid their newly hired trainer $62,000. read more » Top 10 excuses for turning your camera off on Zoom April 14, 2021 — by Andy Chen and Allen Luo It’s time to diversify your portfolio in the last six weeks of the school year. read more » Top ten worst days of the week April 3, 2021 — by Andy Chen and Bill Yuan Face it: Some days are always better than others read more » Team tackles season amidst safety concerns April 1, 2021 — by Andy Chen and Jason Cheng The football team, currently 1-1, will next play against Cupertino High School on April 3. read more » Gluttonous duo rates Girl Scout cookies March 26, 2021 — by Andy Chen and Tiffany Wang Don’t try this at home, for the sake of your wallet and your dentist’s sanity read more » Catan: a perfect game to play with family March 18, 2021 — by Andy Chen Patience, strategy and guile are essential in trying to outsmart your opponents. read more » From the runway to the pages: Benefit Fashion Show changes to fashion magazine March 6, 2021 — by Andy Chen and Anjali Nuggehalli Eighty students will be models instead of the usual 200 plus. read more » Robotics team wins top two awards, qualifies for regionals March 4, 2021 — by Andy Chen and Kaasha Minocha Team 6165 Cuttlefish looks to continue their strong outreach and robot performance during regionals in May. read more » School should open new P.E. credit opportunities March 1, 2021 — by Andy Chen Because of the coronavirus, rising juniors and seniors lack traditional avenues to secure their P.E. credits. read more » Top 10 things to do after COVID-19 January 26, 2021 — by Andy Chen and Justin Guo Top 10 read more » Turn your Zoom camera on (or not) January 19, 2021 — by Andy Chen and Audrey Mah Students and teachers explore the implications of class policies on Zoom cameras. read more » School hires new long-term subs, staff for second semester January 17, 2021 — by Andy Chen and Ethan Lin Newly retired science teacher pitches in to ensure a smooth transition for students. read more » Robotics: Paused in-person cohorts lead to new challenges, opportunities January 14, 2021 — by Andy Chen and Kaasha Minocha While adjusting to an online environment has been challenging for FRC team 649, they’ve been hard at work preparing for the new aspects of this year’s robot game. read more » Weir leads maintenance staff in preparation for eventual in-person school December 12, 2020 — by Andy Chen and Cici Xu The pandemic has added new routines for the maintenance department; however, it does not prevent the staff from being optimistic and getting ahead of their projects. read more » In face of coronavirus, robotics club prepares for competition December 3, 2020 — by Andy Chen Team 6165 Cuttlefish will compete virtually in the NorCal FTC Google Qualifying Remote competition on Dec. 5. read more » SHS unfairly caters too much to STEM students December 2, 2020 — by Andy Chen and Shaan Sridhar The district must open new possibilities for students interested in politics and economics. read more » Teachers increase use of new technology December 2, 2020 — by Andy Chen and Avani Kongetira While teachers are facing several challenges, the use of new technology to simulate an in-person classroom experience has generally increased student engagement. read more » Weight room loses $7,000 worth of equipment, reflecting larger security problem across campus December 1, 2020 — by Andy Chen and Allen Luo According to athletics director Tim Lugo, the school must implement a variety of safety measures to prevent future loss of equipment. read more » SHS alumni makes videos for hospitalized children amidst pandemic November 9, 2020 — by Andy Chen As a volunteer for UnitedCARE, alumna Natalie Tjahjadi simulates in-person interaction for hospitalized children through videos, since hospitals are closed to visitors due to COVID-19 read more » Video games connect friends during coronavirus pandemic October 18, 2020 — by Andy Chen and Justin Guo In the pandemic, video games have evolved from pure entertainment into a necessary vehicle for social interaction. read more » Football: Falcons hope to rebuild after losing key players from last year’s team to graduation October 15, 2020 — by Andy Chen and Jason Cheng Although the coronavirus has delayed the season and halted actual practices, the team is working hard both on and off campus to reach new heights. read more » Class of 2020 alumni move to college campuses to find something like a normal freshman experience in a pandemic October 13, 2020 — by Andy Chen In face of restrictions and safety concerns, alumni have found social and academic success while dorming on campus. read more » I broke a world record October 7, 2020 — by Andy Chen But don’t try this at home. read more » Econ club to feature Stanford, Princeton, UPenn professors at speaker series October 7, 2020 — by Apurva Chakravarthy and Andy Chen The economics club’s second speaker series event will focus on the history and application of modern economics. read more » District’s decision to host the standardized tests causes controversy September 18, 2020 — by Andy Chen, Shreya Rallabandi and Harshini Velchamy Hosting the SAT and PSAT at Saratoga High raises concerns from faculty, parents and students regarding college applications, safety and equity. read more » Robotics team mentors Argonaut Elementary students through virtual software summer program September 5, 2020 — by Andy Chen and Kaasha Minocha M-SET outreach team members taught incoming fourth and fifth graders software skills over Zoom to prepare them for the First Lego League competition. read more » Top 10 ways 2020 can get worse August 27, 2020 — by Andy Chen Believe me, it can. read more » District establishes new protocols for distance learning August 26, 2020 — by Andy Chen and Esther Luan Administrators implement new safety and discipline regulations, provide resources for student wellness and work to increase curriculum quality read more » P.E. teachers adjust workouts, curriculum August 26, 2020 — by Andy Chen In an effort to increase student motivation and engagement during quarantine, P.E. teachers plan to increase students’ workout options and learning opportunities. read more » Science department adjusts to online education August 21, 2020 — by Andy Chen Due to COVID-19, science teachers must find new, creative ways to supplement student learning and maintain engagement. read more » Administration and senior class office plan to hold in-person prom in December 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. read more » Top 10 ways to spend your quarantined summer May 21, 2020 — by Andy Chen and Justin Guo Your summer plans may be canceled, but your fun doesn’t have to be read more » Staff finishes yearbook despite coronavirus obstacles; books to be mailed home instead of distributed May 13, 2020 — by Andy Chen With the cancellation of various games and events that the yearbook staff would have covered, reporters turned to outside sources for inspiration. read more » Transition to online learning continues May 10, 2020 — by Andy Chen and Ethan Lin Each class faces its own difficulties in making online learning successful. read more » Online schooling hinders students, teachers April 23, 2020 — by Andy Chen Teachers and administrators should introduce policies to try to emulate a normal schooling environment of curiosity and integrity, but no matter how much they try, normal schooling will always be superior. read more » Leadership to introduce changes to club system April 16, 2020 — by Andy Chen and Esther Luan Current and future ASB commissioners reflect on lessons learned, describe plans for next year read more » Dance commission hosts online TikTok competition April 14, 2020 — by Andy Chen and Angelina Chen During these unprecedented times, the dance commission and those who competed in the TikTok contest hope to connect others through social media. read more » M-SET mentors and students print and deliver 3-D-printed face shields to local hospitals April 11, 2020 — by Andy Chen and Kaasha Minocha Senior M-SET mentor Dr. Nguyen shares how the process of making the face shields began and what the impact has been. read more » Sleep connoisseur rates the best ways to fall asleep April 10, 2020 — by Andy Chen Don’t sleep like a horse, he says. read more » School closures force cancellation of standardized tests April 10, 2020 — by Andy Chen Schools normally use the results of the SBAC, CAST and PFT to find areas of success and improvement, but because of the coronavirus, this will not be the case this year. read more » Best practices in online teaching needed in face of coronavirus March 31, 2020 — by Andy Chen Yes, cheating is easy with online education, so it’s best to focus on formative assessments and hold students accountable later when testing can be secure again read more » Badminton team experiments with practices in attempt to recover from last year’s season 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. read more » Kids should get social media sooner rather than later March 21, 2020 — by Andy Chen As long as authority figures emphasize good habits, children of any age are capable of using social media platforms effectively. read more » Boys’ golf team dominates competition, looks to make history yet again March 12, 2020 — by Andy Chen and Harshini Velchamy The boys’ golf team looks to outperform last years’ advancement to state finals. read more » Some second semester seniors stay in spring sports, others quit March 12, 2020 — by Andy Chen and Anna Novoselov Many seniors choose not to continue playing spring sports in order to pursue other activities. read more » Dietary habits can lead to less spending on meals March 11, 2020 — by Andy Chen For many who choose to undergo dietary restrictions like veganism, these habits can result in a less costly lifestyle in addition to religious, moral or health benefits. read more » As students scramble for summer recs, teachers encourage other options March 10, 2020 — by Andy Chen Teachers urge students to seek internships and job opportunities to pursue their true interests, rather than apply to summer programs to boost their resumes. read more » Sophomore pursues comedic passion March 10, 2020 — by Andy Chen and Anouk Yeh Inspired by a family friend, sophomore Dhruva Nair often performs standup comedy for both friends and large events. read more » Not just another statistic: an examination of teen suicide March 9, 2020 — by Marisa Kingsley and Andy Chen With teen suicides surging in the past decade, students share their own battles with suicide and what can be done to prioritize students’ mental health. read more » New rules say upperclassmen presidents must have had one year of Leadership March 9, 2020 — by Andy Chen and Harshini Velchamy Class events will run better if the presidents have experience, Torrens says. read more » Daily tutorial system should remain March 6, 2020 — by Andy Chen Removing daily tutorials would inconvenience lower productivity and inconvenience students. read more » As build season comes to a close, M-SET preps for competitions March 5, 2020 — by Andy Chen and Kaasha Minocha Members of the robotics club’s First Robotics Competition (FRC) team immerse themselves in designing, building, and testing their robot as their 6-week build season begins. read more » Sophomore soccer star has played against top national and international competition March 5, 2020 — by Andy Chen Sophomore Etienne Cassanova keeps his edge through consistent practice, self-discipline and time management. read more » Wrestling team making gains despite inexperience January 29, 2020 — by Andy Chen and Sina Salehi Despite minor setbacks in dual meets, the wrestling team has been performing strongly in tournaments and looks to qualify for CCS. read more » Students choose to play football despite relative risk January 28, 2020 — by Andy Chen For many students, the benefits of playing football far outweigh the risks. read more » Unnecessary emphasis on instructional minutes hinders schools January 22, 2020 — by Andy Chen The California Department of Education should re-evaluate the process they use to establish instructional minutes, as the current implementation does little to better students’ educations. read more » Immigrants must overcome stereotypes in order to adjust to life in America November 25, 2019 — by Andy Chen and Benjamin Li For many immigrants, moving to America can be a difficult experience due to preconceived notions and social pressures. read more » JV football team struggles to retain members; trend is part of larger decline in sports participation November 20, 2019 — by Andy Chen Team loses more than 10 players due to student transfers and other commitments, mirroring a situation occurring nationwide. read more » Clubs take advantage of social media to advertise November 20, 2019 — by Andy Chen and Tiffany Wang Student-run clubs and organizations disregard physical advertising in favor of spreading awareness on social media read more » Robotics scrimmage provides rewarding experience November 20, 2019 — by Andy Chen and Kaasha Minocha Robotics mentors organize an exciting midseason scrimmage to help prepare students for upcoming competitions read more » World geography curriculum should include more modern history November 18, 2019 — by Andy Chen and Tiffany Wang To better prepare students for current political situations, the school should better reflect modern events when teaching geography. read more » Response to NBA, Blizzard controversies are overreactions November 15, 2019 — by Andy Chen and Benjamin Li Calling the NBA and Blizzard “puppets of China” is unjustified. read more » Season preview: Wrestling team looks to polish skills in preparation for league November 15, 2019 — by Andy Chen Last year’s team, the majority of which consisted of newer members, looks to perform strongly despite underperforming last season. read more » M-SET spreads STEM to Argonaut Elementary students through mentoring program October 17, 2019 — by Andy Chen and Kaasha Minocha Robotics club expanded towards elementary schools, to gain early exposure to the Stem world. read more » Field trips costs generally outweigh benefits October 15, 2019 — by Andy Chen As a result of financial burdens and student costs, ineffective field trips should be cut whenever possible in favor of more modern solutions. read more » ‘Trunk-or-Treat’ aims to foster safe trick-or-treating environment October 15, 2019 — by Andy Chen The spirit commision aims to create a safe trick-or-treating environment for students and parents of all ages. read more » Blue shells make me blue October 15, 2019 — by Andy Chen What the shell! read more » Memo to teachers: SHSTV should actually be shown in classrooms October 15, 2019 — by Andy Chen and Esther Luan Teachers should prioritize showing SHSTV for the benefit of students and staff. read more » Fall fashion without fast fashion October 15, 2019 — by Megan Chen and Andy Chen Senior Alex Taylor sticks to sustainable fashion while sporting statement looks. read more » E-sports club achieves wide popularity but has no traditional meetings October 14, 2019 — by Esther Luan and Andy Chen The e-sports club, which achieved remarkable popularity last year as a new club, aims to hold more tournaments read more » As the power goes off in students’ homes, SHS hosts extends hours for student center, library October 14, 2019 — by Andy Chen School not canceled even though elementary schools and Redwood Middle School get a day off. read more » AP Statistics students interview students, analyze response bias October 14, 2019 — by Andy Chen and Allen Luo Students in Jennifer Mantle’s AP Statistics gain real world experience over the course of their 3-4 week pr read more » Falcon Fest changes fail to hit their mark September 9, 2019 — by Andy Chen and Allen Luo An inability to switch classes at Falcon Fest frustrates and confuses students. read more » New club policy limits growth September 9, 2019 — by Esther Luan and Andy Chen Harsh punishments for not meeting minimum attendance to drastically affect newer, inexperienced clubs. read more » Administration has two new members September 9, 2019 — by Andy Chen and Allison Hartley Longtime teacher Matt Torrens takes on 40 percent administrative role while Greg Louie becomes principal read more » ASB implements new club policies that target ‘college app’ clubs September 9, 2019 — by Andy Chen and Issac Le Club commissioners introduce a three strikes system to better enforce school rules read more » Later start time both help and hinder students September 9, 2019 — by Andy Chen and Benjamin Li WASC planning meetings demonstrate the benefits of later start times and the inefficiencies of later ending times. read more » Minecraft takes its ‘Revenge’ September 5, 2019 — by Andy Chen and Megan Chen Veterans and new players alike flock to popular sandbox game Minecraft after a variety of factors influence its revival. read more » Visuals by Andy September 25, 2021: Robotic teams use offseason to get even stronger after a strong pandemic year Rookie members of team MSET 6165 Cuttlefish work on the finishing touches of their robot together in the robotics room before their scrimmage. 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