Supreme court to reconsider Prop 8 March 27, 2009 — by Maggie Lin and Ketaki Shriram Last November California voters voted in favor of Proposition 8, which reversed a previous state ruling that gay marriage was legal. It was a shocking blow to supporters of gay rights and equality. The decision made by voters in California to restore and continue marriage discrimination in what has always been considered an open-minded state is shocking. read more » Aeries shutdown should not last so long February 12, 2009 — by Gautham Ganesan and Ketaki Shriram It’s the day before finals and an anxious junior logs onto Aeries in hopes of checking his multitude of borderline grades. The student attempts to calculate the scores she needs on his semester exams to see how she should balance her study time for each of her subjects in order to secure grades that she finds acceptable. To her overwhelming dismay, the student discovers that Aeries is, in fact, entirely shut down. The district has deemed it prudent to shut down Aeries one week before the end of each grading period, a decision that has led students to have numerous headaches and panic attacks, making it a dubious necessity at best. Many students who enter finals with borderline scores are unable to check their grades and determine what score they require on a given final exam. Unfortunately, despite numerous complaints, the administration has been unresponsive to student angst regarding Aeries. read more » Blocked internet restricts countless useful websites December 17, 2008 — by Gautham Ganesan and Ketaki Shriram Venturing into the library, one is confronted by a vast array of students attempting to access standard sites on school computers, but to no avail. YouTube? Blocked. MySpace? Forbidden. Facebook? Access denied. The district has gone overboard in its quest to, according to the filter that appears when students attempt to access the aforementioned sites, ensure that students “should only be using school computers for educational purposes.” read more » Anti-drunk driving program helps students stay safe on the weekends December 17, 2008 — by Gautham Ganesan and Ketaki Shriram After a long night of incessant partying and heavy drinking, a student finds himself with two options: spending the night on the host’s front lawn or risking death by hopping in a car with an alcohol-influenced driver, two decidedly less-than-pleasant choices. Soon, however, if a proposed plan to reinstitute the Safe Ride program at Saratoga High goes through, the student may have the far more preferable third option of chartering a volunteer to pick him up and drop him off at home, no questions asked. read more » STAFF ED: Chamber of Commerce alienates youth with “A Taste of Saratoga” September 12, 2008 — by Ben Clement, Ketaki Shriram, and Holden Sparacino The Celebrate Saratoga Street Dance, a popular and well-received event by all of Saratoga, has been changed this fall to appeal more to an older population. Celebrate Saratoga has been going on for 19 years, and last year entertained 30,000 people. It now will be called “Taste of Saratoga,” and will be held from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sept. 20, a change in timing dictated by the Saratoga Chamber of Commerce. read more » Boys’ volleyball aims for high seed in CCS tournament May 7, 2008 — by Elizabeth Lee and Ketaki Shriram After a win over Los Gatos on April 2, the Falcons find themselves in second place in the De Anza league and in a good position for CCS, which begins May 6. Despite several injured players, the team has come out strong in the second half of their season, with better teamwork and more wins. Although they suffered a disappointing loss in the Charger Classic tournament in mid-April, the SHS team rallied to beat Mountain View the following week and kept their second-place ranking in the league. read more » Lifelong passion leads senior to Yale May 2, 2008 — by Ketaki Shriram After 12 years of competitive swimming , senior Hayes Hyde has chosen to take her sport to the college level. After being offered a position on the swimming team at Yale University, Hyde has accepted the recruitment and plans to swim all four years of college. read more » Safine to replace Wasserman as assistant principal next year April 25, 2008 — by Ketaki Shriram and Gautham Ganesan Following the announcement of assistant principal Gail Wasserman’s retirement, the school has named guidance counselor Brian Safine as her replacement, beginning in the 2008-09 school year. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to lead students at SHS,” said Safine. “I’m very happy about the direction the school has taken in the five years I’ve been here, and I’m happy to move that even further.” read more » Wasserman retires after 36 years in local education April 16, 2008 — by Ketaki Shriram The story first appeared in the March 21 issue of The Saratoga Falcon. At the end of this school year, the school will say goodbye to one of its most beloved staff members: assistant principal Gail Wasserman. She has chosen to retire at the end of this year after 36 years in local education. A replacement for Wasserman has not been found yet; the position has been advertised , and interviewing will begin in April. Staff and students alike are unwavering in their admiration of the assistant principal and contributions to the Saratoga school system. read more » No Child Left Behind bill fractures schools April 4, 2008 — by By Pavithra Mohan and Ketaki Shriram The No Child Left Behind Act, originally enacted in 2002, promised many educational improvements for the youth of America. Underprivileged children had the hope of being educated as well as wealthier kids. Public schools all over America were curious as to how the bill would improve the education students received. Five years later, it appears that few of the original goals have been met. Congress has finally begun to rewrite the bill. Big mistake. The act needs to be cancelled to repair some of the troubles it has caused over the past five years. read more » Volleyball enters winning streak late in season April 4, 2008 — by Ketaki Shriram This story was originally published in the April 4 edition of The Saratoga Falcon Boys’ volleyball is kicking it up a notch for the second half of their season, with easy wins and good overall performance against other schools in the De Anza league. “We’re working on our weaknesses and filling in for our losses because some people are injured,” said junior Shawyon Malek. read more » Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2023 by The Saratoga Falcon. All Rights Reserved.