Tennis: Falcons qualify for CCS, hope to qualify for NorCals November 1, 2017 — by Elizabeth Lee With a season record of 9-3, the girls’ tennis team finished off second in the De Anza League and qualified for CCS, which will take place on the week of Nov. 6. read more » Review: ‘Riverdale’ Season 2 overhyped but still worth watching October 27, 2017 — by Elizabeth Lee Reporter reviews Season 2 of Riverdale, an extremely popular and upcoming TV show. read more » Spicy Noodle Challenge turns out better than expected October 17, 2017 — by Elizabeth Lee Seniors chow down on Korean spicy noodles to test their spice tolerance read more » Boys’ tennis: Team finishes second in league, prepares for CCS May 3, 2017 — by Jay Kim and Elizabeth Lee Boys Tennis team ends regular season and begins preparation for CCS. read more » Junioritis: It’s real — and severe April 23, 2017 — by Elizabeth Lee Junior introduces a new idea, Junioritis, in which a student lacks the motivation to start the vast amount of homework they have. read more » Teachers should implement more lenient guidelines for sick students March 7, 2017 — by Elizabeth Lee Being sick sucks and its worse when you have to make up a ton of work. Teachers should have better policies when students are sick. read more » Changes ahead for spring fling March 7, 2017 — by Elizabeth Lee Sadies dance is now gone, and has been replaced with a Spring Fling dance. read more » Chinese and Korean Clubs host Lunar New Year activities February 5, 2017 — by Elizabeth Lee Large turnout means event may become annual tradition at the school read more » Junior, teachers score tickets to see ‘Hamilton’ in S.F. January 24, 2017 — by Elizabeth Lee and Kyle Wang Junior Crystal Sun manages to get Hamliton tickets for herself, APUSH teacher Mrs. Anzalone, and Health/Drivers-Ed teacher Mrs. Obenour. read more » Students vacation overseas over winter break January 24, 2017 — by Elizabeth Lee Junior Smrithi Balebail shares her overseas experiences in Jamaica. read more » Team plans charity work to help underprivileged students November 28, 2016 — by Elizabeth Lee and Kyle Wang Having finished their last major competitions for the 2016 school year, the speech and debate team, led by junior co-presidents Ayush Aggarwal and Divya Rallabandi, has entered the early stages of planning volunteering events. The team has historically focused on competitions — this is the first time that it has shifted its attention to charity. read more » Falcons remain league champs for sixth consecutive year but fall in CCS semifinals November 20, 2016 — by Elizabeth Lee Junior gives update on school's Tennis Team. read more » Do you really know your limit? November 18, 2016 — by Jay Kim, Elizabeth Lee and Amy Tang SHS alumni talk about drinking culture in high school and college read more » ‘Haters Back Off’ not up to the hype, but great for comedic relief November 16, 2016 — by Elizabeth Lee Junior reviews Youtube sensation Miranda Sing's new TV show. read more » Reporters attempt to recreate Thanksgiving Pinterest treats November 14, 2016 — by Caitlyn Chen and Elizabeth Lee Students find that recreating simple Thanksgiving treats require more skill than expected. read more » Dead week: Saratoga’s myth November 14, 2016 — by Elizabeth Lee Junior reveals unfortunate truth behind Dead Week. read more » Band a time-consuming but valuable aspect of senior’s life October 15, 2016 — by Elizabeth Lee and Jay Kim Senior discusses stressful life as a drum major. read more » Students recruited as reps to promote brands October 13, 2016 — by Ashley Feng and Elizabeth Lee Although only high-profile social media figures have been recruited to endorse these brands in the past, companies that are not yet established enough to hire celebrities have recently started reaching out to college and high school students in an effort to advertise to a larger audience. read more » Tennis: Falcons crush Battle of the Bay; rivalry with Los Gatos heats up October 12, 2016 — by Elizabeth Lee With a current record of 7-1, the Falcons are continuing their season goal of qualifying for NorCals, but it’s increasingly clear that just like last year, their main competition will be Los Gatos, the only team to have beaten them this year. read more » Students anticipate future service in Korean military October 11, 2016 — by Elizabeth Lee and Michelle Lee Unlike the United States, South Korea requires all male citizens to serve in the military for 22 months any time between the ages of 18 and 33. If a citizen passes the age limit and has not completed his service, he is unable to return to South Korea and even faces arrest or even expulsion. read more » New Apple iOS 10 update visually appealing, but unnecessary October 11, 2016 — by Elizabeth Lee Since the release of the iPhone 7 and iOS 10 update on Sept. 13, Apple users all over have been criticizing the new features. Despite Apple’s efforts of increasing the visual appearance of their software with their new features, many users, including myself, are not fond of the changes. read more » Team begins preparations for first travel tournament October 11, 2016 — by Elizabeth Lee and Kyle Wang Earlier in the school year, sophomore Arian Raje made plans to attend more out-of-state speech and debate tournaments. In October, he will have his first chance to compete in one at the Blue Key Invitational in Florida, which takes place from Oct. 28-30. read more » Paralympics should receive equal recognition as the Olympics October 3, 2016 — by Elizabeth Lee Playing basketball in a wheelchair, swimming with prosthetic legs, running with impaired vision and shooting with one arm are just some of the many feats that Paralympians pull off in the Paralympics, an international sporting event that resembles the Olympics, but for those with disabilities. read more » Now on Netflix, ‘Audrie & Daisy’ documentary sheds light on sexual assault issues September 27, 2016 — by Caitlyn Chen and Elizabeth Lee The Saratoga community is once again reminded of its loss in the documentary “Audrie and Daisy,” which was shown at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in January and released on Netflix on Sept. 23. read more » Falcons travel abroad despite recent terrorist attacks September 8, 2016 — by Elizabeth Lee and Harshini Ramaswamy Going out-of-country and the possibility of encountering terrorism read more » Sophomore takes on Stanford music camp September 5, 2016 — by Elizabeth Lee and Rahul Vadlakonda Sophomore pursues music over summer read more » Speech and debate team looks to attend more travel tournaments September 5, 2016 — by Elizabeth Lee and Kyle Wang 2016-2017 speech and debate team recap read more » Tennis team hopes to win league champion for fourth consecutive year September 4, 2016 — by Elizabeth Lee and Sanjana Melkote Recap on the 2016 Girls' Tennis read more » Reporters attempt homemade pressed juice April 27, 2016 — by Elizabeth Lee and Katherine Zhou Nine dollars for a small bottle of juice is unreasonable. So after the new Pressed Juicery store opened in Santana Row about a year ago and hype about healthy juices took over social media, we decided to make some ourselves. read more » Boys’ tennis secure league title for third year in a row April 27, 2016 — by Elizabeth Lee and Jenny Qian With a record of 11-1, the boys’ tennis team has won the De Anza League championship for the third consecutive year. read more » Art major perseveres through hardships, considers Pratt Institute April 23, 2016 — by Elizabeth Lee and Katherine Zhou Senior Michelle Wang shares story on how she plans to become an Art major. read more » ‘Audrie and Daisy’ — a documentary for change — will be on Netflix March 10, 2016 — by Caitlyn Chen and Elizabeth Lee Filmmakers seek to answer questions about two high-profile cases involving bullying and sexual assault read more » Club Rush fundraises for clubs and sports teams March 10, 2016 — by Caitlyn Chen, David Fan, Elizabeth Lee and Neil Rao As the lunch bell rang on March 13 last year, students rushed out into the Quad, eagerly shoving each other aside to be the first ones to get their hands on an In-N-Out burger or a Chipotle burrito. This was the scene at last year’s Club Rush, an annual closed-campus event that allows clubs, commissions and class officers to fundraise by selling food during lunch. read more » Students excel in American Mathematics Competition series March 10, 2016 — by Caitlyn Chen and Elizabeth Lee After taking the American Mathematics Competition (AMC) 10/12, 33 students qualified to take American Mathematics Invitational Examination (AIME) on March 3, a 15-question, 3-hour test. read more » Juniors take the first redesigned SAT March 8, 2016 — by Caitlyn Chen and Elizabeth Lee The students crowded outside of Archbishop Mitty High School on March 4 had nervous looks on their face, unsure of what to expect from the most important test of their high school career. Among the anxious group of high schoolers was junior Nimisha Devanagondi. read more » Senior creates app, makes off campus lunches more efficient February 26, 2016 — by Caitlyn Chen and Elizabeth Lee As the lunch bell rings, upperclassmen rush out to the parking lot, eager to grab food before their next class. One of them, senior Michael Guo, scrambles into his car and pulls up the Timely app on his phone. He types in “fast” and selects “40 minutes. In a few seconds, he is on the way to La Cueva Mexican Grill, four miles away and a nine minute drive from school. read more » Growing up as a Muslim American 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. read more » Sophomore battles eating disorder, learns to trust peers and family January 22, 2016 — by Caitlyn Chen and Elizabeth Lee Sophomore Althea Zhao recounts her battle with anorexia and journey to recovering. read more » Administration may implement GPA scale change for Class of 2020 January 21, 2016 — by Caitlyn Chen and Elizabeth Lee After much deliberation over the difference between the school’s GPA scale compared to those of other nearby schools, the administration foresees a possible change in the grading system for the Class of 2020. read more » Winter Formal should be after finals January 16, 2016 — by Elizabeth Lee and Caitlyn Chen As last semester drew near to its end, students began to focus on studying for finals as dance commissioner started planning decorations for their biggest event of the semester, Winter Formal. read more » Bombay in the Bay prepares for 12th annual show January 15, 2016 — by Elizabeth Lee Back for the 12th year in a row, the school’s Indian Culture and Awareness (ICAC) club is preparing for this year’s annual Bombay in the Bay after a successful show last year. read more » Girls’ volleyball advances to CCS despite losses in A league November 13, 2015 — by Elizabeth Lee and Claire Rhee With an overall season record of 12-18, the girls’ volleyball team ended their season with CCS, hosting San Jose’s Notre Dame on Nov. 11. read more » Los Altos High exposes different culture to junior November 8, 2015 — by Elizabeth Lee Junior Julius Woods finds social and academic differences between Los Altos High School and Saratoga High School. read more » Teachers share unique Thanksgiving traditions November 7, 2015 — by Elizabeth Lee and Claire Rhee While students travel across the world or eat turkey with their family, teachers also have unique ways of celebrating Thanksgiving: from taking an annual trip to Disneyland to hosting an “orphan Thanksgiving.” read more » MAP students take annual trip to Angel Island November 5, 2015 — by Julia Miller and Elizabeth Lee Fifty junior Media Arts Program students headed to Angel Island at 8 a.m on Oct. 22 to get a first-hand experience at one of California’s historical attractions, Angel Island. read more » Junior reduces stress with work at Big Basin Cafe November 5, 2015 — by Elizabeth Lee Junior Syndie Vo finds job at Big Basin Cafe in downtown Saratoga. read more » ASB and Leadership aim to create more inclusive student culture October 14, 2015 — by Miles Albert and Elizabeth Lee With social media and school-wide events, ASB and Leadership are trying to improve the school’s atmosphere and create a greater sense of unity. read more » Volleyball: Girls hang tough despite coach’s absence October 9, 2015 — by Elizabeth Lee and Claire Rhee In recent weeks, the volleyball team has been coping with a trying situation: Head coach Brad Frederickson has taken time off to support his son, 2004 SHS graduate Erik Frederickson, after he was involved in a serious car crash on the way home from a San Francisco 49ers opening game on the night of Sept. 14. read more » Stop the in-between when it comes to grading program October 2, 2015 — by Elizabeth Lee Constantly having to check for my grades between Canvas and Aeries is bothersome, especially when many teachers are already using Canvas for everything except grading and marking attendance. To prevent further inconveniences, more teachers should fully transition to Canvas starting next semester. read more » The slipper doesn’t quite fit the new ‘Cinderella’ September 30, 2015 — by Elizabeth Lee The 2015 remake of Cinderella with live actors instead of animated characters is worse. For instance, Cinderella’s mice sidekicks Jaq and Gus, two of my favorite characters in the original, are hardly entertaining in live-action. They don’t talk, the fairy godmother doesn’t sing, and the grumpy fat cat, Lucifer, doesn’t exist in the new “Cinderella” — all disappointments. read more » Girls’ volleyball brings A-game September 4, 2015 — by Elizabeth Lee and Claire Rhee After a season of hard work last year, the girls’ varsity volleyball team won the Division B championships in the El Camino League. read more » Senior develops new app for Zynga September 1, 2015 — by Elizabeth Lee As the co-president of the Application Developer’s Club and the creator of 12 different apps, senior Spencer Yen used his extensive experience as a computer programmer to code a game from scratch last summer. read more » Safe Rides program reinstated this year April 24, 2009 — by Elizabeth Lee and Lyka Sethi After a year of planning, the leadership class will finally revive the Safe Ride program at Saratoga High on April 24. The program provides rides from student and parent volunteers for people who are in any unsafe situation. Originally Safe Ride was scheduled for April 4, but was delayed due to the Bombay in the Bay activity and a lack of volunteers. read more » New classes gain signups April 21, 2009 — by Grishma Athavale and Elizabeth Lee Now that students have completed the registration process for classes next year, some of the new proposed classes may now become a reality. read more » UC tuition increase impractical March 23, 2009 — by Elizabeth Lee Following large budget cuts made by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to cope with the devastating state budget crisis, the University of California (UC) system has incurred a budget deficit of nearly $450 million. As a result, UC authorities have announced plans to cut enrollment for at least seven of its 10 campuses and hike tuition by 10 percent. read more » School district reports stimulate Aeries modifications February 11, 2009 — by Elizabeth Lee All students who have experienced the eagerness and anxiety associated with checking their grades are familiar with the Aeries interface. These students may also have noticed that Aeries has been evolving slowly—right under their noses. Most of these modifications were undetected by students because they were either visible only to teachers or trivial. The most significant change for students has been the addition of a grade book tab. read more » Inauguration tickets prove a challenge for SHS group December 12, 2008 — by Elizabeth Lee With tickets for president-elect Obama’s inauguration more highly sought after than Super Bowl tickets, it is no surprise that finding a source for around 50 tickets is proving to be quite a hassle for the group of students going to the inauguration with history teacher Matt Torrens and other chaperones. So far the group has secured only four tickets. read more » Naviance used for Career Day December 11, 2008 — by Elizabeth Lee College and career planning, which every high school student often hears about, is just one of the functions covered by Naviance, the student-tracking system, which is steadily gaining popularity from the student body. To further expand its usage by students, the College and Career Center (CCC) staff has extended Naviance’s tasks to include Career Day preparations. read more » Policy causes lack of TAs, more work for teachers November 7, 2008 — by Theresa Yeh and Elizabeth Lee Last year, the administration implemented a new policy that took away the applied arts credit for being an office aide (OA) or teacher’s aide (TA). Now, in order obtain these credits, students must enroll in a class that falls under the applied arts category and in addition has a career element to it. For this reason, the number of TAs and OAs has steadily decreased since last year, going from 143 students to an all-time low of 94 students, according to assistant principal Brian Safine. read more » Policy causes lack of TAs, more work for teachers November 7, 2008 — by Elizabeth Lee and Theresa Yeh Last year, the administration implemented a new policy that took away the applied arts credit for being an office aide (OA) or teacher’s aide (TA). read more » Counselors encourage use of Naviance college-tracking system October 6, 2008 — by Elizabeth Lee Many students, excluding freshmen, know about Naviance, the online tool that allows students to search for colleges and explore different career options. However, a large percentage of these students, even seniors, have not been taking advantage of it. Now it has become inevitable for many students to use Naviance. During this month, seniors are required to meet with their counselors about Naviance if they are applying to private colleges. In these sessions, seniors and their counselors work together to enter data before and after applications are over. read more » Counselors encourage seniors to use Naviance college-tracking system October 3, 2008 — by Elizabeth Lee Many students, excluding freshmen, know about Naviance, the online tool that allows students to search for colleges and explore different career options. However, a large percentage of these students, even seniors, have not been taking advantage of it. Now it has become inevitable for many students to use Naviance. During this month, seniors are required to meet with their counselors about Naviance if they are applying to private colleges. In these sessions, seniors and their counselors work together to enter data before and after applications are over. read more » Enthusiastic senior starts music business September 22, 2008 — by Elizabeth Lee It is senior Elizabeth Shin’s ultimate dream to run her own venue complete with a bar and food service and open space—for concerts. It was last year when Shin began to realize that dream, when she sat mesmerized by the story about alumnus Vivian Wang in the school newspaper. Wang, who was an intern at Pinup Productions, had wanted to hold a music concert herself in Saratoga, but couldn’t handle the burden that came with managing it. Wang’s efforts piqued Shin’s interest, and Shin decided to take up the challenge on how to start a music management business like Wang’s Pinup Productions in Saratoga. read more » Webbing may not be the safe way, but it’s the best way September 22, 2008 — by Elizabeth Lee According to the New York Times, a recent leak in the Princeton Review website database allowed complete strangers to access private files containing confidential student information. The data that was leaked included practice test scores, birth dates, learning disabilities and other personal data of current and past students. Although the damage could have potentially been much worse if it had included credit card or social security numbers, the leak has heightened awareness of the dangers of technology. read more » Summer courses foster independence June 6, 2008 — by Elizabeth Lee Another school year has come and gone, and students continue to fill up their schedules with various activities for the summer. Items vary from trips abroad to local jobs and, less and less surprisingly, academic summer classes. Inevitably, summer classes are becoming a larger and more permanent part of high school life. For some, the purpose of taking summer courses is to reduce their workload during the school year. Others hope to gain more time for sports or other extracurricular activities. read more » Hybrid Faire leads students to a greener future June 4, 2008 — by Elizabeth Lee In an effort to raise student awareness for the benefits of driving a hybrid car, the Events Commission held the annual Hybrid Faire in the quad on April 30. Head Commissioner Hayes Hyde, who organized the event last ear, worked with the rest of the Events Commission to bring the Hybrid Faire back for its second year. The Faire shows how students can maintain the environment’s health while also saving money on gas. read more » Hybrid Faire leads students to a greener future June 4, 2008 — by Elizabeth Lee In an effort to raise student awareness for the benefits of driving a hybrid car, the Events Commission held the annual Hybrid Faire in the quad on April 30. Head Commissioner Hayes Hyde, who organized the event last ear, worked with the rest of the Events Commission to bring the Hybrid Faire back for its second year. The Faire shows how students can maintain the environment’s health while also saving money on gas. read more » Summer classes foster independence and initiative in students June 4, 2008 — by Elizabeth Lee Another school year has come and gone, and students continue to fill up their schedules with various activities for the summer. Items vary from trips abroad to local jobs and, less and less surprisingly, academic summer classes. Inevitably, summer classes are becoming a larger and more permanent part of high school life. For some, the purpose of taking summer courses is to reduce their workload during the school year. Others hope to gain more time for sports or other extracurricular activities. read more » Boys’ volleyball aims for high seed in CCS tournament May 7, 2008 — by Elizabeth Lee and Ketaki Shriram After a win over Los Gatos on April 2, the Falcons find themselves in second place in the De Anza league and in a good position for CCS, which begins May 6. Despite several injured players, the team has come out strong in the second half of their season, with better teamwork and more wins. Although they suffered a disappointing loss in the Charger Classic tournament in mid-April, the SHS team rallied to beat Mountain View the following week and kept their second-place ranking in the league. read more » School clubs in danger of being cut May 1, 2008 — by Elizabeth Lee Every year the list of clubs on campus expands, but many new clubs have not shown any signs of vitality this year. ASB is preparing to investigate this issue further and determine the future of inactive clubs. Out of the total 76-80 clubs on campus, approximately 10-20 percent will be disbanded by the end of this school year, ASB members said. Students are being dishonest by signing up as a club but failing to perform club activities, according to assistant principal Karen Hyde. read more » Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2023 by The Saratoga Falcon. All Rights Reserved.