Falcons hope to get back on track in future meets March 28, 2016 — by Caitlin Ju and Fiona Sequeira Though Yang performed well, the Falcons suffered a tough loss 2-0 at the Cupertino meet, losing 146-107. However, certain star runners were able to show well for the team. read more » Raising the CA smoking age from 18 to 21 an ill-advised move March 24, 2016 — by Fiona Sequeira On March 3, the California Senate voted to raise the legal age for purchasing and using tobacco and electronic cigarettes from 18 to 21. The legislation has already passed the state Assembly, but has yet to be signed into law by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown. read more » Janitor John Sequeira retiring after a decade as beloved custodian March 23, 2016 — by Harshini Ramaswamy and Fiona Sequeira After working for 10 years at the school as a night custodian primarily responsible for taking care of the Small and Large Gyms, custodian John Sequeira will retire, having turned 68 just last week. read more » Beauty is in the eye of the beholder March 22, 2016 — by Fiona Sequeira Alumna more confident after undergoing double-eyelid surgery read more » Reporter masters art of dodging first speeding ticket March 21, 2016 — by Fiona Sequeira Reporter reflects on speeding and successfully dodging first ticket. read more » Cafeteria’s monopoly on selling food explained by state laws March 21, 2016 — by Fiona Sequeira According to the California Department of Education’s Competitive Foods and Beverages policy, public school districts can approve non-cafeteria sales for up to four school days per year. read more » District hopes to renew Measure A parcel tax February 4, 2016 — by Fiona Sequeira The locally controlled source of funding, which cannot be taken by the state, is set to expire in the 2016-2017 school year. The school board is placing a measure to renew the parcel tax for five years on the ballot in May. read more » Continued victories offer girls’ soccer a chance at CCS February 2, 2016 — by Fiona Sequeira The Falcons reel off victories against Los Gatos, Homestead and Milpitas. read more » Saratoga case reveals underground issue of human trafficking in Bay Area January 26, 2016 — by Fiona Sequeira Although the city boasts multi-million dollar homes, chic boutiques and one of the lowest crime rates in America, a recent story illustrated that what lies beneath the surface here is not always as it seems. 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 » Senior co-captain finds unexpected success as a goalkeeper December 2, 2015 — by Fiona Sequeira Senior Isa Berardo’s transition from field player to goalkeeper began in her freshman year read more » Senior Siemens semi-finalist recounts summer research experience November 19, 2015 — by Fiona Sequeira In senior Rishi Veerapaneni's first year applying to Siemens, his project would go on to become one of 466 semi-finalists from a pool of nearly 1,800 submitted projects. read more » ‘Ronaldo’ film a vanity project November 17, 2015 — by Fiona Sequeira Reporter found Cristiano Ronaldo's, the captain of the Portuguese national team movie to be, at times, a suffocating vanity project, read more » CSS proposes changes in testing policies October 22, 2015 — by Fiona Sequeira Every month, principal Paul Robinson has been meeting with Challenge Student Stress (CSS), a parent-led task force concerned with reducing student stress. He is sometimes joined by superintendent Bob Mistele. read more » New ABC drama continues to defy media stereotypes October 17, 2015 — by Fiona Sequeira “Quantico,” is currently ABC’s top-rated show due to its diverse cast and empowered, independent women leads. read more » Substitute teacher Scott Nelson ‘psyched’ for teaching position October 9, 2015 — by Sweeya Raj and Fiona Sequeira On Sept. 16, Scott Nelson replaced substitute teacher Erik Axelsson as the temporary Psychology and AP Government/Economics teacher while regular teacher Hana Chen is on maternity leave. read more » Parent reflects on IIT experience September 21, 2015 — by Fiona Sequeira This year, Stanford accepted just 5.1 percent of its 42,497 applicants into its freshman class, the lowest acceptance rate ever seen at a top American university. Yet in 2014, only 9,748 of 1,360,000 applicants, a mere 0.7 percent, earned admission into the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), the most prestigious college system in India and one of the most selective in the world. IIT’s graduates include numerous leaders of Silicon Valley, such as the Designated CEO of Google, and various professors at MIT, Stanford and UC Berkeley. read more » Staff editorial: It starts with us — fostering supportive school culture necessary September 17, 2015 — by Fiona Sequeira Sept. 12 marked the three-year anniversary of Audrie Pott’s suicide, a heartbreaking event that caused us to critically examine our school culture. Since Audrie’s passing, the school has facilitated a crucial shift toward a culture with greater emphasis on mental health. read more » French program finds full-time teacher September 17, 2015 — by Fiona Sequeira After searching for a qualified full-time French teacher for the first month of school following the unexpected departure of the original teachers, the administration has found Elaine Haggerty, who will teach all five levels of the program. read more » School and parents focus on alleviating student stress September 15, 2015 — by Fiona Sequeira Challenge Student Stress (CSS) is a multicultural parent task force that is working with the SHS administration and LGSUHSD Board to identify the underlying causes of student stress and design solutions to diminish it. read more » French program seeks full-time teacher September 4, 2015 — by Fiona Sequeira and Rachel Zhang The administration has been scrambling to find a qualified full-time French teacher to teach all five levels of the program. French students have had three different teachers in the first three weeks of school and are currently taught by part-time substitute Scott Nelson, who does not speak fluent French and was left without any lesson plans. read more » History Day: 31 students qualify for state competition March 5, 2015 — by Fiona Sequeira 31 SHS students and 11 total SHS entries have advanced to the state level of the 2015 National History Day competition, themed Leadership and Legacy, compared to just 12 students the year before. read more » Junior spreads awareness for children with cleft lips March 4, 2015 — by Maya Prasad and Fiona Sequeira In the summer after her freshman year, now-junior Ankitha Sarvesh was staying with her grandparents in Chennai, India, where she worked for an organization called the Smile Train Center. read more » Oklahoma’s AP U.S. History proposal ludicrous March 4, 2015 — by Apoorv Kwatra and Fiona Sequeira On Feb. 16, a legislative committee in Oklahoma approved a bill that bans the teaching of Advanced Placement United States History (APUSH) in the state. read more » Vaccinations should be required for public school enrollment March 4, 2015 — by Fiona Sequeira and Saya Sivaram Disneyland: the happiest place on earth. That is, until it becomes the source of a measles outbreak. read more » Tutor’s popularity continues to rise with students’ successes March 3, 2015 — by Megana Iyer and Fiona Sequeira Parents for each of Jay Koo's students are paying $1,150 for the four week summer course where one of the area’s top SAT tutors can work his magic and boost their scores. read more » YikYak app goes viral among under-age users February 26, 2015 — by Fiona Sequeira YikYak, a free, anonymous social app that allow users within a 10-mile radius of each other to connect and share information through anonymous “yaks," has recently become popular with teenagers. read more » More than numbers: colleges should practice holistic review policy February 5, 2015 — by Fiona Sequeira When evaluating applicants, colleges should practice holistic review policy, which allows them to gain insight into the qualities that transcend academic statistics. read more » Girls’ soccer works toward CCS playoff January 26, 2015 — by Fiona Sequeira and Arman Vaziri Head coach Ben Maxwell is having the team focus on high pressing the opponent from the start to finish of every game, and it’s an approach that is starting to pay dividends. read more » Benefit fashion show aims to repeat success January 22, 2015 — by Fiona Sequeira and Arman Vaziri A small organization that helps wounded and ill service members will be the recipient of the money raised in the annual Benefit Fashion Show on March 7. read more » Fraternities: a college’s nightmare January 21, 2015 — by Maya Prasad and Fiona Sequeira Fraternities were created to increase brotherly bonding and promote ethical conduct, but recently, they have been riddled with problems. read more » Charlie Hebdo attack a testament to importance of free press January 20, 2015 — by Maya Prasad and Fiona Sequeira The devastating attack of the weekly satirical newspaper “Charlie Hebdo” raised global discussion over the importance of freedom of press and the way society responds to its manifestations. While respect for religious beliefs is obviously important, freedom of speech is a crucial pillar of democracy that should never be compromised, even in light of such irrationally violent events. read more » Fans await wild medley from Katy Perry at Super Bowl XLIX January 20, 2015 — by Fiona Sequeira and Neehar Thumaty Like a dark horse, Katy Perry came out of nowhere to seal a gig at the biggest performance slot in American pop culture: the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show, which will be watched by at least 115 million people. Leading artists Rihanna and Coldplay were also in contention for the coveted job, but the pop diva will be the star the crowd is roaring for on Feb. 1 at the University of Phoenix Stadium. read more » Co-recipient of Nobel Peace Prize youngest to ever win November 28, 2014 — by Kevin Chow and Fiona Sequeira Malala Yousafzai, 17, is the youngest co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for “[her] struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.” read more » Girls’ soccer has high hopes for a strong season November 28, 2014 — by Fiona Sequeira In its third year with head coach Ben Maxwell, the girls’ soccer team is rebuilding after the loss of key alumni midfielder Stephanie Ho and forward Lindsay Webster. read more » Borders should be closed to Ebola-stricken countries November 20, 2014 — by Fiona Sequeira and Arman Vaziri The U.S. needs to follow Canada’s lead to close its borders to travelers from Ebola-stricken countries. read more » English seminars are more ‘traumatic’ than ‘Socratic’ November 13, 2014 — by Fiona Sequeira and Kelly Xiao In all of our English classes thus far, we have endured graded Socratic seminars. read more » FootGolf proves pointless to golfers and soccer players alike October 16, 2014 — by Fiona Sequeira and Arman Vaziri FootGolf is a trend being played at golf courses nationwide. A precision sport, FootGolf requires players try to kick a soccer ball into a proportionally sized hole in as few shots as possible. It is essentially golf played with a soccer ball instead of a golf ball. read more » Celebratory breakfast to be held for National Merit Scholars October 13, 2014 — by Fiona Sequeira A celebratory breakfast honoring the record 39 National Merit semi-finalists from the class of 2015 will take place in the cafeteria on Oct. 22. read more » ‘The Big Bang Theory’ fails to follows its original genius October 9, 2014 — by Megana Iyer and Fiona Sequeira Reporters reflect on changes to the popular TV show "The Big Bang Theory." read more » Tung presents ‘The Grid’ at White House Maker Faire October 9, 2014 — by Fiona Sequeira Sophomore Matthew Tung and his team were at the White House Maker Faire on June 17 as honored guests to present their project, “The Grid.” read more » Middle College an alternate academic path October 9, 2014 — by Fiona Sequeira Middle College is an alternative program that offers juniors and seniors the opportunity to complete their high school requirements at West Valley College. read more » National Merit scholarships should be about more than one test October 9, 2014 — by Fiona Sequeira and Arman Vaziri There should be more requirements for receiving merit-based scholarships than a single test on a single day. read more » City beautifies Prospect Road September 3, 2014 — by Nupur Maheshwari, Deepthi Sampathkumar, and Fiona Sequeira The city council has finalized its plans to spend money on upgrading two major routes: Prospect Road and Saratoga Avenue. The improvements will occur in early 2016. read more » Juniors reflect on experiences at Beyonce/Jay-Z ‘On the Run’ concert September 2, 2014 — by Fiona Sequeira The joint Beyoncé and Jay-Z “On the Run” summer tour left its unforgettable mark on AT&T Park in San Francisco on Aug. 5 for the close of its North American leg, amazing fans with an epic two and half hour performance. read more » Freshmen, both new to the district, relate their experiences September 2, 2014 — by Fiona Sequeira Freshmen new to the school district describe their first few weeks at Saratoga. read more » Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2024 by The Saratoga Falcon. All Rights Reserved.