With declining numbers, track hopes to excel by training new recruits March 20, 2022 — by Esther Luan and Harshini Velchamy With low participation due to COVID-19, track coach predicts rough start to the season. read more » Don’t believe the narrative of ‘saving kids from sex ed’ March 18, 2022 — by Esther Luan Recent legislative actions to restrict education about LGBTQ+ identity in schools have harmful implications. read more » Boys’ basketball team wins four straight to start league season January 20, 2022 — by Esther Luan and Howard Shu They went 9-2 in preseason and won a key league game against Los Gatos at home on Jan. 14, despite missing key starters. read more » Boys’ basketball: Senior-led group aims to dominate El Camino November 19, 2021 — by Benjamin Li, Esther Luan and Howard Shu Early-season win over Aptos shows team’s strength. read more » Delayed SAT scores prove hassle for seniors November 16, 2021 — by Esther Luan Oct. 2 SAT scores at Monta Vista High released late with little explanation, causing complications in early decision and early action college applications. read more » Does studying with friends actually work? November 12, 2021 — by Esther Luan Probably not. read more » Boys’ water polo currently undefeated October 8, 2021 — by Sam Bai, Andrew Lin and Esther Luan Efficient practices and strong team chemistry contribute to the team’s outstanding performance. read more » College visits offer insights but are still limited September 20, 2021 — by Esther Luan and Kaasha Minocha Some seniors recommend going on in-person tours, while others find that they aren’t a necessity. 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 » Freshman class officers selected through interviews, not an election September 14, 2021 — by Esther Luan and Tiffany Wang Due to time constraints, ASB forgoes traditional freshman class officer election process in favor of interviews. read more » Zorba the Greek-style madness saner than it might seem September 5, 2021 — by Esther Luan Falcon reporter inspired to give in to spontaneity more often after reading the classic novel read more » Music program wraps up remote year with ending concert and senior night May 21, 2021 — by Esther Luan Production of concert videos poses challenges, but students display incredible leadership and flexibility. read more » Friendships in sports keep athletes motivated May 17, 2021 — by Esther Luan Friendly competition and training together prove to be essential for their improvement read more » Oddly specific campus phenomena that you may not have realized you missed April 18, 2021 — by Esther Luan From vending machines to murals, these fleeting experiences make the high school experience at Saratoga unique read more » One step closer to ‘normal,’ school steps into hybrid mode April 3, 2021 — by Esther Luan and Nicole Lu With hybrid schooling's beginning approaching rapidly, both students and teachers are looking forward to the partial return to school on April 12th. With this, various changes are coming to scheduling and daily routines. read more » Team reflects on successful season despite COVID-19 challenges April 2, 2021 — by Esther Luan A combination of experience from returning veterans and enthusiasm from new players lead to a fulfilling pandemic season. read more » Students and teachers adjust to an increased use of cellphones in class April 1, 2021 — by Anouk Yeh & Esther Luan Teachers find different ways to prevent phone use, while students take advantage of the increased accessibility read more » A time to stand together for Asian Americans April 1, 2021 — by Esther Luan This is a chance, no matter how dire the circumstances, for us to unite as a community. read more » Leave students and their Snapchat F-bombs alone February 4, 2021 — by Esther Luan Schools disciplining students for vulgar comments they make on social media is unnecessary and harmful. read more » New dynamic for students working jobs during quarantine October 18, 2020 — by Nicole Lu and Esther Luan While many student employees have faced drastic job and policy changes, others have found success in working virtually. read more » Students and alumni from LG, SHS team up in light of #MeToo Movement September 19, 2020 — by Nicole Lu and Esther Luan Individuals all over the district have been working together to galvanize sexual assault and harassment reform they believe has been lacking within schools. read more » Media club tries innovative approach to student participation September 17, 2020 — by Esther Luan (from Atrey Desai) Newly established media club aims to teach photo, video and audio editing to students through weekly meetings and projects read more » Link Crew adjusts to virtual format September 4, 2020 — by Esther Luan Link Crew commissioners and Link leaders debrief major difficulties and successes with planning freshman orientation over an online platform. 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 » ASB hosts online competition to connect students and boost school spirit May 2, 2020 — by Esther Luan and Samantha Yee While school spirit is not crucial to students’ academic lives, it is a way for students to combat loneliness during social distancing. read more » Colleges should not have required all students to leave campus April 20, 2020 — by Esther Luan Colleges forcing students to leave campus during quarantine left students without places to stay, potentially creating more problems. 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 » School adjusts to post-coronavirus reality March 13, 2020 — by Esther Luan, Harshini Velchamy and Tiffany Wang The impacts of the coronavirus on the school become more evident as policies change to fit the changing situation read more » Senior bikes to LA over course of seven days March 12, 2020 — by Esther Luan Senior Alvin Ren and friend take advantage of spring break to make bike trip along Highway 1 to Los Angeles. read more » Sophomore takes on the runway March 9, 2020 — by Esther Luan and Tiffany Wang Sophomore Kristina Meier details experiences modeling for runways and photoshoots. read more » Allnighters and instant regret March 6, 2020 — by Esther Luan Like, why??? read more » Author returns to Chinese roots in debut novel March 1, 2020 — by Esther Luan Lawyer Abigail Hing Wen draws inspiration from her own experiences in “Loveboat, Taipei,” telling an adventurous tale that dispels Asian American stereotypes. read more » Speak Up For Change informs students about consent, making tough decisions January 29, 2020 — by Apurva Chakravarthy and Esther Luan Week-long event shares student and staff experiences and connects campus through school-wide activities. read more » Campus vandalism and graffiti a little-known but harmful problem, says maintenance staff January 28, 2020 — by Esther Luan and Anouk Yeh School custodial staff struggles to deal with the sharp rise in defacing incidents on campus. read more » SUFC shouldn’t force speakers to conform to an arbitrary theme January 28, 2020 — by Esther Luan and Siva Sambasivam Encompassing annual themes are unnecessary and undermine speakers’ experiences read more » Falcons season off to a slow start after loss of key defender January 28, 2020 — by Shama Gupta and Esther Luan The team’s strong defensive team unable to make up for their offense struggling to score goals read more » Low on fuel: In face of mounting pressures, student athletes burn out January 24, 2020 — by Esther Luan and Kaitlyn Tsai Former competitive student athletes recount the challenges that led them to quit their sports read more » TOP 10 list: the best of the past decade January 17, 2020 — by Esther Luan and Tiffany Wang Counting down the best moments from each year of the decade read more » Girls’ soccer: Team must fill the defensive line to be successful again this season November 22, 2019 — by Shama Gupta and Esther Luan Falcons focus on recruiting a hard working, resilient group of girls read more » How books are chosen for English classes November 22, 2019 — by Esther Luan and Oliver Ye A closer look into how English teachers create and revise their curriculum read more » Phone-free spaces are effective but unnecessarily restrictive November 15, 2019 — by Esther Luan and Anna Novoselov San Mateo High School administrators overreached by implementing a phone free policy, which restricts students, but doesn't truly teach them how to use technology responsibly. read more » Thanksgiving break should be lengthened November 15, 2019 — by Esther Luan October break provides two days to remove from the schedule. read more » Revisiting Animal Jam: social inequality November 15, 2019 — by Esther Luan Social standards within nostalgic video game prevent friendly relations between players. read more » More vending machines with healthy offerings implemented around campus November 15, 2019 — by Esther Luan and Kaasha Minocha Why the school decided to implement "healthy" vending machines and how cafeteria sales have been affected. read more » String quartet feature in marching band show provides new experience October 30, 2019 — by Esther Luan Marching band practices to put on a “timeless” show. read more » Falcons win Homecoming football game against Homestead, Homecoming dance well attended October 17, 2019 — by Esther Luan Seniors win annual quad day competition. Falcons win Homecoming game 56-35, Homecoming dance successful with sizeable turnout. read more » Stop. Eating. In. The. Library. October 15, 2019 — by Esther Luan ewwwwwwwwwwwww. 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 » 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 » K-pop idol auditions not taken seriously October 14, 2019 — by Esther Luan and Tiffany Wang Many people dream of becoming idols, but when presented with the chance, they say no. read more » Lynbrook was right to fire Persky, the judge who was recalled as a result of the Brock Turner case October 9, 2019 — by Nitya Marimuthu and Esther Luan Despite efforts to separate the past from the present, Fremont Union High School District’s decision to fire controversial former judge was in the best interest of all involved. read more » Field trips foster social and applicational learning October 9, 2019 — by Esther Luan Field trips provide opportunities to apply concepts and develop intellectual curiosity and subject interest. 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 » Changes to bathroom policy unnecessary September 9, 2019 — by Esther Luan and Shreya Katkere The use of laminated paper as a bathroom pass does not solve any of the problems students had with the flip flop passes. read more » How TikTok created a new app market for itself September 9, 2019 — by Esther Luan Why TikTok became so successful and how it broke musical.ly’s glass ceiling read more » Class of ‘18 alumni march for world champion Blue Devils September 9, 2019 — by Esther Luan and Maddie Jin Alex Tran and Austin Shi recall experiences of marching with world-renowned drum corps Blue Devils. read more » Visuals by Esther April 3, 2021: One step closer to ‘normal,’ school steps into hybrid mode Math teacher PJ Yim prepares to simulcast his lesson for the day during phase 3A on March 24. 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