Club Penguin: 10 years later March 18, 2017 — by Eric Sze Senior shares experience of playing Club Penguin 10 years after its release date. read more » Hechaa hits the spot with its specialty drinks March 14, 2017 — by Caitlin Ju and Eric Sze Students review a brand new tea shop is opened in Cupertino. read more » The mistake of ‘privacy’ in private Instagram accounts February 9, 2017 — by Spring Ma and Eric Sze Instagram has many social flaws which end up detracting from the overall experience. read more » Quitting: Not always a bad thing February 1, 2017 — by Eric Sze Quitter — the word that nobody ever wants to be called. No one wants to be “the weak one who couldn’t handle it.” When things are getting difficult, shouldn’t people be showing their true strength and persevering? After all, we’re always taught that when you encounter challenges, you become stronger when you overcome them. read more » New finals schedule catches some students off guard December 9, 2016 — by Spring Ma and Eric Sze Finals schedule causes controversy read more » CrashCourse’s visual emphasis proves helpful December 4, 2016 — by Eric Sze Senior recalls his AP Chemistry experience in which he used Youtube's "CrashCourse" videos to aid him in understanding tough concepts. read more » Seniors challenge 35-minute lunch period October 18, 2016 — by Jenny Qian and Eric Sze Seniors Jenny Qian and Eric Sze travel far distances for lunch during 35-minute lunch period. read more » Universities that don’t use the Common App cause unnecessary work October 18, 2016 — by Eric Sze Senior shares opinion on college applications which don't have a common app essay. read more » Beyoncé takes us to ‘Heaven’ with her concert September 23, 2016 — by Eric Sze Senior talks about Beyonce concert. read more » Senior takes on new regional leadership role September 14, 2016 — by Eric Sze Just as Senior Jessy Liu's hopes began to diminish with the amount of effort and time that the high school’s workload took, she was asked to join Interact, a club that she initially thought was just a service and volunteering club. read more » Junior Prom comes alive as the Sun Goes Down April 27, 2016 — by Eric Sze Weeks of planning came together for 273 students as they wore their fanciest outfits and attended this year’s Junior Prom, themed “When the Sun Goes Down,” on April 16 at Dolce Hayes Mansion in San Jose. read more » Music building construction causes parking lot frustration April 21, 2016 — by Ami Nachiappan and Eric Sze Students and parents show frustration over parking lot troubles due to music building construction. read more » ‘Fieldhouse’ to be constructed to add to gym space March 28, 2016 — by Eric Sze and Alex Yang When Measure E construction ends in a few years, sports teams and groups like winterguard will no longer have to compete for practice time in the Large and Small Gyms. Instead, they will be able to make use of a third gym, to be called the Fieldhouse. read more » Court’s decision on Kesha lawsuit reveals larger problem March 19, 2016 — by Eric Sze Those closely following the music industry might have noticed an artist missing from the top 100 — one who experienced high success in 2012, but also a traumatizing event that 1 in 5 women experience in their lifetime. read more » Excuse card not the answer for relieving student absences February 7, 2016 — by Michelle Koo and Eric Sze According to statistics provided by assistant principal Brian Thompson, nearly 8,000 class periods have been recorded as excused absences due to illness so far this year. In recent months, an idea has arisen to help combat this trend: Give students a “get out of jail for free” card, which would allow them to skip one day of school without penalty each semester. read more » Midterms have little value in high school setting 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. read more » Green commission’s proposal to install solar panels unsuccessful January 13, 2016 — by Fiona Sequeira and Eric Sze After nearly five years of working with the administration, the green commission’s mission to install solar panels in the front parking lot remains unrealized and is unlikely to be reconsidered by the school board in the near future. read more » Field of dreams: turfing of upperfield completed December 2, 2015 — by Eric Sze and Rachel Zhang Upper turf field renovations completed with new ones on the way. read more » Evanescence reunites after 3-year hiatus December 1, 2015 — by Eric Sze Evanescence is a “gothic” rock band that has offered music to those feeling sad or unworthy, with songs characterized by a slow tempo, sad melody and heavy metal influences. read more » Measure E continues school renovations October 22, 2015 — by Eric Sze Progress on the Measure E facilities renovation bond is continuing as different parts of the campus continue are seeing upgrades. read more » VW needs to come clean and turn around its corrupt practices October 22, 2015 — by Eric Sze Earlier this fall, when the Environmental Protection Agency announced its finding that Volkswagen had rigged millions of diesel vehicles with software to allow them to pass clean-air inspections, the German automaker found itself in a scandal of epic proportions. read more » Pumpkin-spice products prove vomit-inducing October 18, 2015 — by Eric Sze and Rachel Zhang With the arrival of fall, pumpkin-flavored foods have inundated the shelves of all grocery stores, even spawning their own aisle. read more » Sophomores brave the Hundred Acre Woods during Quad Day October 18, 2015 — by Eric Sze The Class of 2018 took on their second Quad day with the theme, “Winnie the Pooh’s Hundred Acre Woods.” With seven total dances, including an all-boys, two all-girls, co-ed, Bollywood, stunt and a finale, the sophomores pulled everything together into a cohesive Quad Day. read more » Lana Del Rey’s album is the definition of perfection October 17, 2015 — by Eric Sze Lana del Rey's newest album "Honeymoon" stirs up nostalgia and sorrow with her strong vocals. read more » The downsides of having a famous parent September 14, 2015 — by Shazia Gupta and Eric Sze A typical day in the life of a toddler would probably entail sleeping and attempting to walk. On the other hand, a typical day in the life of North West, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s 2-year-old daughter, might consist of avoiding paparazzi and attending high-profile events. read more » Pearls of wisdom: Tpumps and Tea Top disappoint August 31, 2015 — by Eric Sze If you have had the pleasure of knowing me, you are perhaps annoyingly aware of my liking of, nay, obsession with, pearl milk tea. As a PMT aficionado, I have been to nearly every pearl milk tea store in the Saratoga and Cupertino area. read more » League champion tennis team aims for CCS victories April 27, 2015 — by Kevin Chow and Eric Sze The varsity tennis team played its last league game against Homestead on April 19, seizing another victory with a score of 5-2. The Falcons’ league record is now 11-1, making them the De Anza League champions for the second consecutive year. The team hopes to go advance further this year than last year at CCS. read more » Mostly positive results from online election April 24, 2015 — by Sweeya Raj and Eric Sze This year’s ASB presidential election was conducted online, instead of with traditional paper ballots, with junior Aakash Thumaty being elected as ASB president with a margin of 4 votes (357 to 353) over current ASB vice president Luke Salin. The switch to online voting was made by the Elections Commission. read more » Group projects should be graded individually April 23, 2015 — by Stefanie Ting and Eric Sze To help the slacker or not? When put into mandatory group projects, responsible students are often forced to pull the dead weight of their lazy peers. read more » Environmental Club: road to success March 27, 2015 — by Eric Sze and Rachel Zhang On a typical Tuesday lunch in science teacher Kristen Thomson’s room, 1015, members of the Environmental Club can be found scattered about. read more » A minority opinion: Recent rolling block decision sets a bad precedent March 27, 2015 — by Ashley Chen and Eric Sze While many students applaud the rolling block schedule decision as a step in reducing student stress and improving the quality of each class period, the positive effects of the rolling block are still questionable. And because Robinson announced this change without much discussion with Saratoga’s nearly 1,400 students and 70-teacher staff, previous concerns about the efficacy of rolling block have not been addressed. read more » Tournament of Roses president visits Marching Band March 22, 2015 — by Larissa Chiu and Eric Sze As a prelude to the marching band’s participation in the annual 2016 Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day, the event’s president, Mike Matthiesson, visited the school on March 6 to congratulate the band on its acceptance to the parade and present the school with an official Rose Flag. read more » Uber’s GPS tracking shouldn’t be worrisome for users February 20, 2015 — by Eric Sze The ridesharing service Uber is overtaking the traditional yellow taxi. read more » New technology to be implemented at school February 10, 2015 — by Eric Sze and Jason Zhao As of January, $2 million of the $99 million Measure E funds are now available to be used specifically for technology at Saratoga High. With the money, the school will work with the PTSO to purchase and upgrade new technology over the next few years. read more » Typing awareness indicator more stressful than helpful December 10, 2014 — by Eric Sze A few days ago, my friend and I were in a heated discussion over iMessage that put our friendship in jeopardy, and the typing awareness indicator was giving me so much anxiety that I couldn’t even set my phone down for a millisecond. read more » Seniors organize blanket drive for refugees December 4, 2014 — by Karissa Dong and Eric Sze Seniors Claire Strickland and Sara Elzeiny worked with a local organization, Embrace Relief, to organize a blanket drive from Nov. 13-21, and collected a total of 10-15 blankets. read more » Musicians participate in groups outside of school November 10, 2014 — by Eric Sze It’s a Sunday afternoon, and in a music hall, freshman Michelle Lee has her flute to her lips. read more » School strengthens student support programs September 18, 2014 — by Karissa Dong and Eric Sze In collaboration with CASSY (Counseling and Support Services for Youth), a therapeutic service adopted last year, a new program is aiming to strengthen support systems on campus. read more » Gender imbalance in STEM fields persists September 17, 2014 — by Karissa Dong and Eric Sze According to forbes.com, one out of every seven engineers is a woman, and female employment in STEM jobs has not grown since 2000. In 2010, statistics indicated that 17 percent of students in university engineering programs were women. The issue, however, isn’t so easily solved by a few motivating words or well-meaning programs. read more » Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2024 by The Saratoga Falcon. All Rights Reserved.