Senior advises: Embrace your passions and explore your curiosities April 25, 2012 — by Izzy Albert Entering high school is indeed an overwhelming transition. Dozens of movies and novels attempt to illustrate the clique-y atmosphere of the typical American high school. read more » Leadership students participate in conference with elementary, middle schools March 29, 2012 — by Izzy Albert and Shivani Chadha Leadership students from Saratoga High tried to impart their knowledge and wisdom to elementary and middle school students during a conference at Saratoga Elementary School on March 15. read more » ASB pushes apparel sales February 8, 2012 — by Izzy Albert Sweatshirts, tank tops, socks, T-shirts, fleece—you name it, and the school is probably selling it. Newly redesigned apparel is on sale in the Activities Office, and the ASB is encouraging students to sport their school’s apparel. read more » APES classes to visit Año Nuevo for third year January 29, 2012 — by Izzy Albert and Sophie Mattson On March 8, AP Environmental Science students will have the opportunity to come face to face with an elephant seal. read more » ASB sponsors holiday drives December 10, 2011 — by Izzy Albert and Shivani Chadha The ASB is hosting several charity drives in the spirit of the holidays that will run up until Dec. 22. read more » Students get approval to raise 50k for solar panels October 26, 2011 — by Izzy Albert Most students’ class projects consist of compiling a PowerPoint presentation or making a colorful poster; seniors Claire Couch, Ali Kothari, Tyler Schuppert and Austin Kerby have a different type of project in mind. The four seniors proposed raising $50,000 to construct solar panels during a district board meeting on Oct. 4. They are hoping the panels will be placed on the roofs of either the gym or the MAP building and provide power to the majority of the school. read more » Homecoming commission sponsors children’s book drive September 19, 2011 — by Izzy Albert and Cristina Curcelli As classes prepare to perform their own interpretation of “Alice in Wonderland,” “Wizard of Oz,” “Where the Wild Things Are” and “Rumpelstiltskin,” students will have the opportunity to donate these story books and more to children in need. The Homecoming commission is sponsoring a children’s book drive for charity from Sept. 12 through Sept. 30. At the end of Homecoming week the books will be donated to either the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital or Ronald McDonald House, or both if enough books are collected. read more » Softball: Team breaks losing streak with two victories May 25, 2011 — by Vivien Lu and Izzy Albert The Falcons lost 16 games this year, but many players felt good that they were able to win two of the final four games in exciting fashion. read more » City should reconsider placement of cell tower May 17, 2011 — by Izzy Albert Imagine Redwood Middle School as it is now—a friendly and intellectually stimulating environment located in the heart of Saratoga, a suburban and especially safe town. read more » Chang and Zeng receive highest honors for Class of 2011 April 6, 2011 — by Izzy Albert and Will Edman The valedictorian and salutatorian of the Class of 2011 are Daryl Chang and David Zeng, respectively, according to the guidance department. Saratoga High’s highest academic awards are given to the senior students who have the two highest grade point averages spanning their entire high school careers. read more » Softball: Freshman gains respect, leads team April 1, 2011 — by Izzy Albert and Vivien Lu Within just a few years of learning how to walk, freshman Tivoli Sisco was already throwing a softball around the yard. read more » U.S. should not intervene militarily in Middle East March 18, 2011 — by Izzy Albert "It is imperative that the nations and peoples of the world speak with one voice," said President Obama in an interview about the uprising in Libya. read more » Visa-tine’s Day? Columnist upset at the commercialization of Valentine’s Day February 15, 2011 — by Izzy Albert Chocolates and teddy bears and flowers, oh my! Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, whether you like it or not. Gals, get prepared to watch sappy love movies all night with a gallon of chocolate ice cream by your side, desperately waiting for “the one” to spare you one text or phone call. Guys, unfortunately, you have much higher expectations. Winning your girlfriend’s or crush’s heart requires you to provide her with all of the necessary materialistic items, like jewelry, chocolates (not the kind with fruit inside) and flowers. read more » Words are set in stone: Changing literature is not an option January 31, 2011 — by Izzy Albert Sorry Huck, they still want to “sivilize” you. read more » Junior class successfully hosts Holiday Boutique December 20, 2010 — by Izzy Albert Enchiladas, handbags, jewelry, poinsettias—these and many other items were for sale Dec. 4 as the school hosted its annual Holiday Boutique in the Little Theater and cafeteria. read more » Falcon Christmas Gift Guide December 15, 2010 — by Shivani Chadha, Izzy Albert, Karen Yang, Kyumin Shim, Synthia Ling and Rebecca Nguyen DVDS/CDS Toy Story 3 Woody and Buzz are back again to save the day in this timeless classic from Disney. “Toy Story 3” provides humor, adventure and emotion all packed together in this final adventure of the Toy Story series. The heartwarming storyline of “Toy Story 3” is perfect for the holidays, by bringing back childhood memories that will make you both laugh and cry. This DVD is an essential addition to any movie collection and a perfect gift for anyone who grew up in love with the series. read more » No good excuses for prejudice again Muslims December 3, 2010 — by Izzy Albert When you see a Middle Eastern man in an airport, how do you react? Does it make you feel safer when you see a man with a turban going through extra measures of security? If so, why? What does that tell you about yourself? Isn’t it ridiculous to fear all Germans because of Hitler, Russians because of Stalin, Italians because of Mussolini? read more » New building leads to progress for SHSTV November 1, 2010 — by Will Edman and Izzy Albert “And we’re on in three, two...” Juniors Nicole Shadman and Talia Sisco sit in movie director chairs, reporting news that will soon stream throughout the entire school. Accompanied by the wide green screen walls and supplied with the necessary new technology to create a video report, students in the Multimedia Journalism feel as if they’re in a professional television studio. read more » Students work against time to make Homecoming successful October 23, 2010 — by Izzy Albert During the week of Oct. 8, students in each grade showed off every ounce of their class spirit while participating in Homecoming festivities. Despite obstacles that included the inability to go up onto the roof to set up decorations and the short amount of time to prepare for quad day, each class pulled together to complete their decorations and quad day performance. read more » Scary spots in Saratoga spook students October 23, 2010 — by Izzy Albert Abstract noises and illusions of scattering animals stop junior Chris Vu in his tracks. On just a typical Saturday night, a frightening aura hovers over the football field as the set of bleachers becomes a home for wild critters. read more » Tensync becomes close-knit family through love of singing September 24, 2010 — by Izzy Albert Olivia Chock and Eric Wang go to Saratoga High School. Josh Ding, Jasper Wu, Sam Hui, Michelle Lee and Jenny So go to Monta Vista High School. Nicole Chen goes to Archbishop Mitty High School. Daniel Chow goes to Cupertino High School. Two things they all have in common? A love for singing and a knack for performing. read more » First dance draws big crowds, few complaints September 13, 2010 — by Izzy Albert More than 500 students partied it up at the school's kick-off dance in the quad on Sept. 4, marking an unusually high attendance rate for the first dance. This year, the "California Love"-themed dance was held on a Saturday rather than the traditional Friday. The large turnout can be attributed to the change of date, according to assistant principal Karen Hyde. read more » Talent + Youtube account = stardom June 6, 2010 — by Izzy Albert "And I was like baby, baby, baby ohhh, like baby, baby, baby noo, like baby, baby, baby ohh, I thought you'd always be mine, mine." This over-played jingle stuck in many teenage girls' heads is sung by Justin Bieber, the squeaky-clean 16-year-old Canadian sensation. After being discovered on YouTube and signing a deal with Usher, Bieber rapidly rose to become an international phenomenon. He released his first single "One Time" in 2009, and soon enough, many people worldwide found themselves diagnosed with the contagious "Bieber Fever." read more » Animals should not be punished for being innocent May 27, 2010 — by Izzy Albert When women across the world apply their crimson red lipstick every morning, or when children fall asleep enveloped in the warmth of their down comforter, or even when families attend the circus, the last thing running through their minds is the fact that they're tacitly promoting animal cruelty. read more » Art show judging stirs controversy May 21, 2010 — by Izzy Albert and Cullan McChesney This year, several students from Saratoga and Los Gatos High Schools were given the opportunity to showcase their art at the annual District Art Show put on by the Los Gatos Museum of Art, which ran through most of the month of May. The exhibit covers a broad spectrum of many different artistic mediums including ceramics, drawing, painting, photography and sculpture. "The art show definitely had a lot of variety in terms of artwork, which was really cool to see," said sophomore Jeffrey Kuo, whose pencil sketch, grid drawing and sand painting were all displayed in the show. read more » Six incoming class officers run unopposed May 18, 2010 — by Izzy Albert and Karthik Annaamalai Six future class officers ran unopposed in this year's class elections on April 30, making the elections less competitive than those of previous years. Assistant principal Karen Hyde attributes the lack of participation to a general unawareness of the immense amount of work that class officers accomplish. "The thing about ASB and student government is, it's a lot of hard work with little glory," said Hyde. "Not many know what we do, and I feel that if we publicized that more, then more people would run." read more » Clarke pushes for CCS finals senior year March 16, 2010 — by Izzy Albert The common phrase "every little bit counts" is one that senior thrower Connor Clarke can truly relate to. Last year, Clarke was less than an inch short of qualifying for CCS Finals in shot put, throwing 48'4". However, the fact that he was so close only makes Clarke hungrier for the upcoming season. "I feel like I'm ready for the challenges this year," said Clarke. "I'm shooting for possibly a place in states, which can be done if I keep improving." read more » Globalization detrimental to U.S. economy March 16, 2010 — by Izzy Albert and Emily Williams In America today most products bear the tag "made in ______" or "imported from ______." The blanks can be filled with basically any industrial labor-oriented country around the world. From clothing to out-of-season fruit to electronics, the exportation of jobs from America has become so commonplace that companies now boast of manufacturing in the USA. read more » Challenge Day beneficial for students’ well being March 11, 2010 — by Izzy Albert It's been agreed upon that emotions and anger should should be let out rather than bottled up. For this reason, many people vent to close friends and relatives. However, Challenge Day provides students with the opportunity to share their stories with complete strangers and break out of their comfort zone. While some people may find this uncomfortable, venting to strangers, also of the same age, can be more helpful and even less stressful than talking to a trusted friend. read more » Shaggy-haired boy should not tangle with school’s rules February 1, 2010 — by Izzy Albert No matter how ridiculous a rule or law may sound to some people, most rules and laws exist for a reason. They help keep society in order and citizens somewhat sane. Rebellion against rules, especially in an elementary school, can cause much havoc and unnecessary publicity. read more » Girls’ basketball faces rough start to season, looks to improve for CCS January 31, 2010 — by Izzy Albert Every shot counts. Nobody knows this better than the girls' varsity basketball team, who could have won three of their five first league games if it weren't for their low free throw-shooting percentage of 45 percent. Despite their 1-5 season record in the De Anza league as of Jan. 26, the girls have already made it into CCS by virtue of their 8-9 pre-season record. "We're in a very good league," said coach Mike Davey. "[It's] the best public school league in the Bay Area, so that on top of player losses we didn't anticipate makes it difficult." read more » Girls’ Basketball: Team works on communication, getting ahead in the game November 23, 2009 — by Izzy Albert and Apeksha Sharma As the girls' basketball season commences, the players plan to work on certain weaknesses, but overall have high expectations on how they will do this season. Coach Mike Davey is shooting high, aiming for the girls to “play as hard as [they] can, win as many games as possible and to have fun." The team is steadily working to overcome early detected issues, such as talking to one another on defense. "Improving on communicating on defense is important," said sophomore guard Shriya Nagpal. "But we have some amazing shooters and a lot of posts, so this will be a good season." read more » Code Red drill prepares SHS for potential intruder danger November 16, 2009 — by Izzy Albert and Ren Norris Everyone recalls the 33 people who died in the on-campus shooting at Virginia Tech in April of 2007. However, many people overlook the number of lives that were saved by simple procedures that Virginia Tech classrooms followed on that tragic day. By barricading and locking the doors, the shooter was unable to enter several classrooms and went on to others—sparing the lives of many. read more » ‘Balloon Boy’ parents in search of fame November 4, 2009 — by Izzy Albert and Tiffany Tung The artist Andy Warhol once said, "In the future everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes." As for the Heene family, 15 minutes of fame is just not enough. On top of appearing on two episodes of "Wife Swap," a show on ABC Family, the Heenes were in the process of developing their own television series. In an effort to secure this deal, Richard Heene, the father, planned the "Balloon Boy Hoax" to get the media's attention. And the media's attention did he get, but not the attention that he was expecting. read more » Too sick to learn, too sick to play November 3, 2009 — by Izzy Albert and Aanchal Mohan One minute left. You're in the last moments of your championship soccer game, and your team gets a penalty kick. Normally, your team would start cheering, knowing they're about to win the game. However, this time the top kicker is coughing as she goes up to take the shot. As she hacks away, the people on the sidelines are wondering why she is even playing. Isn't there a rule stating that if a student doesn't show up at school for more than 50 percent of his or her classes in a given day, that person is not allowed to participate in any after-school activities? read more » The rules of the game: Too sick to learn, too sick to play October 29, 2009 — by Izzy Albert and Aanchal Mohan One minute left. You're in the last moments of your championship soccer game, and your team gets a penalty kick. Normally, your team would start cheering, knowing they're about to win the game. However, this time the top kicker is coughing as she goes up to take the shot. As she hacks away, the people on the sidelines are wondering why she is even playing. Isn't there a rule stating that if a student doesn't show up at school for more than 50 percent of his or her classes in a given day, that person is not allowed to participate in any after-school activities? read more » School’s new website impresses students October 2, 2009 — by Izzy Albert The school has been taking great strides in improving the look and feel the campus by constructing new buildings and beautifying different spots. However, one major improvement that involved no bulldozers or noisy jackhammers this summer was the revamping of the school's website (www.saratogahigh.org). read more » Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2023 by The Saratoga Falcon. All Rights Reserved.