UCs are not your safeties … and other college app misconceptions May 3, 2021 — by Kaitlyn Tsai Survive college application season with these pointers from someone who’s come from the other side unscathed. read more » Staff editorial: Let’s address our mental health crisis. All of us. March 21, 2021 — by Kaitlyn Tsai We need to step back and evaluate the performative, one-time events and the squeamishness around talking about our problems. We’re all struggling; let’s face it together. read more » With new regulations, Saratoga Farmers Market community finds reprieve from pandemic March 5, 2021 — by Allison Hartley and Kaitlyn Tsai Foot traffic has largely returned after sales dipped at the beginning of the pandemic, although pandemic trepidation and restrictions on sampling still stunt business read more » Top 10 punctuation marks February 23, 2021 — by Allison Hartley and Kaitlyn Tsai Em dashes reign supreme read more » Tips for staying motivated as a second semester senior February 21, 2021 — by Kaitlyn Tsai COVID-19 isn’t the only disease you want to avoid catching as a second semester senior; with these tips, hopefully you can combat senioritis as well! read more » Living Room Conversations fosters civil discourse in Saratoga October 10, 2020 — by Kaitlyn Tsai After a hiatus in 2019, the organization has begun to make a comeback in light of the increasingly tense sociopolitical climate. read more » We’re in a pandemic; close the basketball courts September 9, 2020 — by Kaitlyn Tsai Keeping the courts open without regulation — not posting a photo of players — encourages people to continue using them and playing in pandemic-unsafe ways. read more » Widespread fires prompt staff members to evacuate August 20, 2020 — by Kaitlyn Tsai The CZU Lightning Complex spans a growing total of over 67,000 acres as of Sunday morning and has forced several staff members, among thousands of other Santa Cruz residents, to evacuate. read more » Students stunned by sexual assault allegations against choir director Andrew Ford May 24, 2020 — by Manasi Garg, Allison Hartley and Kaitlyn Tsai Choir director Andrew Ford arrested for alleged conduct that took place between 2004 and 2006. read more » Pandemic fallout: District faces budget cuts, hard decisions May 22, 2020 — by Manasi Garg and Kaitlyn Tsai LGSUHSD district must faces budget cuts due to financial distress caused by COVID-19 pandemic and economy shutdown. read more » In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, College Board alters AP exam administration April 6, 2020 — by Kaitlyn Tsai Students will take open-resource AP exams, which no longer cover the full curriculum, online at home. read more » Juniors to advance to statewide history competition April 3, 2020 — by Kaitlyn Tsai After participating in virtual county competition, 11 teams and six individuals will proceed to statewide History Day California (NHD-CA) read more » After three-year hiatus, Common Roots brings back Sources of Strength March 21, 2020 — by Kaitlyn Tsai With adequate funding, Common Roots has brought the Sources of Strength program back on campus in order to establish a peer-to-peer support system. read more » Male students share experiences of pursuing stereotypically female activities March 6, 2020 — by Kaasha Minocha and Kaitlyn Tsai Students break gender barriers and focus on immersing themselves and developing their skills in activities they enjoy. read more » Long-standing racial biases in awards shows calls for changes in nomination processes March 5, 2020 — by Kaitlyn Tsai Because of bias towards whites in America’s entertainment industry, the nomination processes for shows like the Academy Awards must be reconsidered. 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 » Senior’s viral TikTok video roasts her ex-boyfriend; should she have done it? January 24, 2020 — by Kaitlyn Tsai In light of app’s growing popularity, more teenagers expose questionable parts of their personal life, sometimes resulting in thousands of likes and followers. read more » Although flawed, student evaluations of teachers provide important insights January 22, 2020 — by Kaitlyn Tsai Despite bias, student evaluations of teaching give students a say in their education and remain one of the more accurate forms of measuring teaching ability. read more » Safine leaves assistant principal position, assumes new role as district’s HR Director January 21, 2020 — by Kaitlyn Tsai After serving as assistant principal for 17 years, Brian Safine will change his educational career to serve schools at a district level. read more » Distance creates varying effects on family relationships November 20, 2019 — by Kaitlyn Tsai Students discuss the impacts of physical distance on their connections to relatives who live in other countries. read more » Traditional Thanksgiving turkey takes tremendous twist November 18, 2019 — by Nitya Marimuthu and Kaitlyn Tsai Reporters imitate popular show on BuzzFeed’s Tasty to make a large sugar cookie. read more » College presentations should be restricted to upperclassmen November 15, 2019 — by Kaitlyn Tsai Underclassmen simply waste time and perpetuate hypercompetitive school culture by attending presentations meant for juniors and seniors. read more » Thank you, Harvard hoodie, for making me instantly smart November 15, 2019 — by Kaitlyn Tsai Junior appreciates her lucky hoodie for carrying her through exams. read more » 100 Word Rants October 17, 2019 — by Kaitlyn Tsai, Kaasha Minocha, Manasi Garg, Leo Cao Lack of bathroom pass holders make passes unsanitary, chewing with mouth open is nasty, reporter wants clothes to fit correctly in the fitting room, not at home after a couple hours of sewing, reporter complains about expensive vending machine snacks. read more » Sophomore connects to Chinese culture through different styles of dance October 15, 2019 — by Kaitlyn Tsai Sophomore Kristina Meier discusses the impacts of learning traditional Chinese dance on her life. read more » Case study: Junior reflects on mock trial, considers implications of clubs being used as college fodder alone October 15, 2019 — by Kaitlyn Tsai Junior recounts struggles with past officers’ lack of effort, stresses importance of joining clubs for genuine reasons rather than for college applications. read more » College presentations localize schools for students October 14, 2019 — by Kaitlyn Tsai Students weigh the pros and cons of attending college presentations. read more » Travel provides students with valuable cultural experiences September 10, 2019 — by Kaitlyn Tsai Contrasts with Saratoga, U.S. give insight read more » Relaunched Creative Writing class to function as writers’ workshop September 9, 2019 — by Kaitlyn Tsai and Brandon Wang English teacher Amy Keys plans to engage her students in a variety of creative genres in a collaborative atmosphere. read more » Tutorial changes elicit mixed reactions September 5, 2019 — by Ethan Lin and Kaitlyn Tsai Biggest complaint centers on paper sign-ins and sign-outs. read more » Quantifying adversity only presents a myriad of inequality issues May 22, 2019 — by Kaitlyn Tsai Despite good intentions, the College Board’s new adversity score remains severely flawed and biased against middle-class students. read more » Despite long daily commute, Nicholson feels no regrets about teaching at SHS May 22, 2019 — by Edwin Chen, Kevin Sze, Kaitlyn Tsai and Michael Wong After 20 years living in Santa Cruz, biology teacher Kellyanne Nicholson describes her experience. read more » Even in tolerant Bay Area, Muslims experience prejudice May 21, 2019 — by Kaitlyn Tsai Wearing a hijab can sometimes result in insults and other forms of discrimination. read more » Elective courses return for coming school year May 20, 2019 — by Neeti Badve and Kaitlyn Tsai Teachers share their thoughts on teaching new electives in the coming year. read more » Despite progress in body positivity movement, celebrities struggle against body-shaming April 29, 2019 — by Kaitlyn Tsai Actresses and singers alike experience body-shaming regardless of size, reflecting ingrained biases in industries read more » Commentary humor provides quality content without harming others April 25, 2019 — by Kaitlyn Tsai Avoiding cheap laughs, Cody Ko and Noel Miller manage to keep viewers entertained in their YouTube videos. read more » Excessive social media usage correlates with declines in students’ mental health April 25, 2019 — by Kaitlyn Tsai Students and staff discuss the varying impacts of social media on students’ relationships and self-esteem. read more » Students reflect on balancing their multiple cultural connections April 25, 2019 — by Shama Gupta and Kaitlyn Tsai Students try to find a balance between their parents’ culture and American culture. read more » TEDxSaratogaHighSchool preserves original goals March 27, 2019 — by Kaitlyn Tsai TEDx provides benefits for club members, speakers and audience members while encouraging spreading ideas. read more » Impactful history surrounds Saratoga’s Kevin Moran Park March 26, 2019 — by Kaitlyn Tsai and Mathew Luo In light of upcoming death anniversary, maintenance supervisor Brian Moran remembers his late brother. read more » Social media harmful for children March 26, 2019 — by Kaitlyn Tsai Parents need to realize the harm that is being done. read more » Three years later, grading scale remains controversial among students February 14, 2019 — by Anishi Patel and Kaitlyn Tsai Despite school’s good intentions, some students find fault in the no plus-minus policy read more » Lacking coach, mock trial settles for scrimmage within team February 12, 2019 — by Kaitlyn Tsai Team ends season with full trial for its 23 members read more » Surge in summer rec letters burdening teachers February 12, 2019 — by Neeti Badve and Kaitlyn Tsai Heavily hit science teachers explain the reasoning behind their policies that limit the number and kinds of requests that they will fulfill read more » Substitute to fill in for counselor December 12, 2018 — by Nitya Marimuthu and Kaitlyn Tsai Jolene Soares will replace counselor Eileen Allen until Allen returns from maternity leave. read more » Chinese school provides valuable opportunities for students of all ages December 11, 2018 — by Kaitlyn Tsai MLCC allows students who live near Saratoga and Milpitas High to learn about Chinese language and culture read more » Secrecy around academic competition is unnecessary and unhealthy December 10, 2018 — by Kaitlyn Tsai Maintaining healthy friendships and supporting others are life skills that are more important than getting into college. read more » From computer science to music: Alum develops career as a singer December 10, 2018 — by Kaitlyn Tsai As a musician, Vienna Teng has a tenuous relationship with her career, taking several months to complete a song. read more » Younger siblings are burdened with higher expectations: It’s not that easy December 4, 2018 — by Kaitlyn Tsai Younger siblings often feel their identities derive from their older siblings, putting stress on them to perform better. read more » Despite important ideals, book won’t make a dent in college admissions mania October 30, 2018 — by Kaitlyn Tsai Reporter reviews “Dreaming of Stanford: How to Rethink High School and the Pursuit of College” by Saratoga high alumnus Nikhil Goel and his roommate Sanjay Kannan. read more » Off-campus lunch restrictions controversial among students October 30, 2018 — by Neeti Badve and Kaitlyn Tsai Underclassmen express complaints towards off-campus restrictions, originally created to keep track of students during lunch. read more » Lack of attorney-coach kills competition season for mock trial October 29, 2018 — by Kaitlyn Tsai Despite the team's absence from the county competition, Mock Trial will still participate in scrimmages and be beneficial for students. read more » Upcoming season brings changes to mock trial September 27, 2018 — by Kaitlyn Tsai Despite a lack of instruction, senior mock trial members step up to help the team. read more » Gender equality: Male-bashing isn’t funny September 27, 2018 — by Kaitlyn Tsai Feminism should fight for equal rights between genders, not hate men. read more » Being busy is fun September 27, 2018 — by Kaitlyn Tsai Reporter reflects on the unpopular opinion of how being busy is fun. read more » Classrooms benefit from academic tutors September 24, 2018 — by Aaria Thomas and Kaitlyn Tsai Academic tutors allow students to work one-to-one in smaller groups. read more » More than math: senior develops valuable work skills through research June 4, 2018 — by Kaitlyn Tsai Sonali Kar has conducted research in varied fields. read more » Visuals by Kaitlyn October 10, 2020: Living Room Conversations fosters civil discourse in Saratoga Community members gathered on Oct. 6 to reflect on their discussions on race and ethnicity. 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