MAP class to explore San Francisco March 23, 2011 — by Vivian LeTran and Kyumin Shim Instructions, a map, money and wits. These are the only items that the juniors of the Media Arts Program will take with them on their “Amazing Race” trip to San Francisco on April 1. read more » Blood drive draws many donors February 4, 2011 — by Vivian LeTran and Kyumin Shim More than 80 people walked out of the Small Gym on Jan. 27, proudly wearing “I’m a donorsaurus,” “Got Blood?” and “I’m a Hero. I gave blood,” stickers on their chests as participants of the school’s biannual blood drive. 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 » Freshman class problems become focus of concern December 13, 2010 — by Kyumin Shim and Ashley Tang Although the change from middle school is always a big one, some members of this year’s freshman class seem to be having an especially difficult time with the transition, administrators and older students say. read more » Formspring restrains cyberbullies October 18, 2010 — by Ashley Tang and Kyumin Shim When was the last time you exercised? Please start ASAP. Why are you going after him? Fat chance. Do you get your clothes from the local dumpster? Nobody likes you. Get a life. Such questions are examples of cyberbullying that appear on the popular site, Formspring. Formspring is a bulletin-style website where one can create an account and anyone with access to Internet can ask the user questions. Anonymity is a key factor that makes this website both appealing and harmful. Originally, Formspring was created to provide a means of honest questioning for curious friends and coworkers who wanted to avoid awkward situations. Now, people are abusing the privilege of anonymity to harass and bully their peers. read more » Orchestra to perform at Carnegie Hall October 6, 2010 — by Vivien Lu and Kyumin Shim The Beatles have played there. Tchaikovsky has played there, and now the SHS Symphonic Wind Ensemble and String Orchestra will have the honor to perform at the famous Carnegie Hall in New York City on March 8. The orchestra was invited to be a feature evening performance of a festival from World Project, a domestic and international touring company that has been in contact with SHS before because they have taken the orchestra on the Europe Tour in 2009 and also the Austrailia Tour in 2003. The company was aware of the SHS orchestra's stellar reputation. read more » Music department prepares for a good year September 23, 2010 — by Vivien Lu and Kyumin Shim Marching Band The theme for this year's field show is "Thought Crime," and it will be under the leadership of senior drum majors Chris Chung, David Mandell and Jason Shiuan. "The theme is very different because it's pretty percussive," music director Michael Boitz said. "The music is more angry and futuristic than lyrically stylistic, how it generally is." read more » School’s gardener marches to the beat of his own drum September 22, 2010 — by Ashley Tang and Kyumin Shim Every morning at 6:30 a.m., gardener John Berti deactivates the school alarm, opens up the bathrooms and begins watering the plants. After he's done with all his gardening work, he goes through the hallways to help with the trash. However, Berti is more than just part of the maintenance staff. Berti has cleaned, repaired and beautified the school for 23 years. He has seen the school develop a high quality concert hall, a well-kept football field, and even a state-of-the-art Media Arts building. read more » Yolatea provides good food and popular hangout May 27, 2010 — by Kyumin Shim I stopped by Yolatea on a sunny Saturday as I walked home through downtown Saratoga. The place seemed inviting and I craved something sweet, so I entered through its doors. There was a display of a dozen different flavors of gelato along with the popular option of Pearl Milk Teas and crepes. My friend ordered a strawberry Pearl Milk Tea and I got a Nutella and Banana Crepe, an amazing combination of flavors. I had high expectations for the food, since I heard rumors about the quality of the crepes. read more » Behind the Scenes of Soundings April 30, 2010 — by Kyumin Shim and Ashley Tang Students who always dreamed of getting their work published can finally have the opportunity with Soundings. The literary magazine, which has been at Saratoga since at least the late '80s, will be distributed around school on May 21. read more » Year comes to a close for music dept April 26, 2010 — by Kyumin Shim and Ashley Tang The year is slowing down for students in the music department, as they prepare for end-of-year concerts and small events. The annual Pancake Breakfast, taking place on May 2, is a highlight of the year for many students, because it gives all the music department members, including band, choir and orchestra, a chance to perform at a casual concert while enjoying eating pancakes with their friends. read more » Native speakers can bring down language classes April 23, 2010 — by Kyumin Shim and Ashley Tang Saratoga High students come from a variety of cultural backgrounds, so many can fluently speak a language other than English. Students with this advantage are mixed with non-native speakers in some of the language classes offered here. This occurs mostly in the Chinese language classes, where many students speak the language at home with their parents. read more » Grad Night organizers work behind the scene April 5, 2010 — by Kyumin Shim As the senior class steadily approaches graduation, a group of hard-working organizers is putting in hours and hours hours each week to create a memorable Grad Night for the class of 2010. One of the many parent volunteers, Maya Baba, explained the process of planning this unforgettable night. "We start planning for it around June [the year before], when parents get together to create the themes and decorations," she said. As soon as the general idea of the night gets finalized, the team of parents begins working on the year-long project. read more » Crazy spring schedule for SHS music department end in April reward April 1, 2010 — by Kyumin Shim The music department can finally heave a sigh of relief as soon as April is here. The entire month of March was filled with concerts and competitions such as the California Music Ensemble Association for all departments, after preparing the pieces since January. In the week of March 15, Symphonic Bands and Orchestras held concerts on Thursday and Friday, respectively. The Wind Ensemble played a complicated yet fun piece by a contemporary composer, Mazlanka. read more » Crazy spring schedule for SHS music department end in April reward April 1, 2010 — by Kyumin Shim The music department can finally heave a sigh of relief as soon as April is here. The entire month of March was filled with concerts and competitions such as the California Music Ensemble Association for all departments, after preparing the pieces since January. In the week of March 15, Symphonic Bands and Orchestras held concerts on Thursday and Friday, respectively. The Wind Ensemble played a complicated yet fun piece by a contemporary composer, Mazlanka. read more » Famous violinist Midori works with orchestra February 22, 2010 — by Kyumin Shim and Ashley Tang Violin virtuoso Midori has performed at concert halls across the globe, from Dublin to Budapest to Tokyo. At age 14, she recorded her first album and in 2007, was designated the United Nations Messenger of Peace. Midori has also founded several organizations that provide musical education to children who might otherwise not have a chance to play an instrument. read more » Being a Vlog addict isn’t as creepy as it looks February 10, 2010 — by Kyumin Shim There seems to be a trend among the YouTube community of people starting their own daily video blogs, or "vlogs" for short. These intriguing videos are snapshots of many popular YouTube stars' lives, which create a vortex that I've been trapped in. read more » Returning/New TV Shows of 2010 February 3, 2010 — by Kyumin Shim 1. Lost: (Season 6) Feb. 2, 2010 Recap: When we last saw them, Sawyer and Juliet were put on a submarine off an island along with Kate but they took over the submarine and steered it back to the island to save its residents. Locke was being transported through time where he met Richard and discovered that Richard doesn't age. Sun went back to the island to look for Jin where she was given her wedding ring back. Ben tries looking for Jacob and realizes that he is "fake" and kills Jacob. read more » Dead week, dead policy January 28, 2010 — by Apeksha Sharma and Kyumin Shim In the week leading up to finals, teachers are "strongly advised" to not assign homework or new material. However, many teachers bend this "suggestion" and continue to assign homework, projects and sometimes a test. This is a policy that needs to be enforced strongly so students can get the time they need to prepare for their final exams. read more » Music department gets into holiday spirit with Carol Grams December 17, 2009 — by Kyumin Shim If the members of Chamber Singers returned home with scratchy voices this past Wednesday, it was easy to see why. In an annual fundraising tradition, they delivered Carol Grams from class to class with holiday spirit and undiminished energy. read more » Rodriguex remembers Costa Rican HS Memories December 14, 2009 — by Kyumin Shim Longtime Spanish teacher Arnaldo Rodriguex remembers only happy moments of his high school life in his native Costa Rica. When he thinks back, he recalls blasting music while sprawled around the room with his friends and studying together as they shared the most recent edition of the encyclopedia. "They were like the technology of back then," he said. "We would always beg our parents for the latest version [of the encyclopedia]." read more » Students’ Facebook playlist helps others find new songs December 10, 2009 — by Apeksha Sharma and Kyumin Shim Eric and Will’s Infinite Playlist, a Facebook group started by sophomore Eric Wang and junior Will Tang with over 150 members, gives students the opportunity to share music through wall posts and discussion boards. Although still lacking the abundance of song suggestions that the group hopes for one day, this concept of an online playlist is useful any time students are in need for something new to listen to. "You open yourself to different types of music that other people listen to," said junior Kaitna Shankar. "Music also shows a person's personality." read more » Petite flute player makes big switch to the tuba December 10, 2009 — by Kyumin Shim and Amanda Yi Standing a mere 5 feet 2 inches, junior Neya Vishwanath strolls into the room to pick up her instrument. With her small hands, she finds her case, opens it and pulls out her… tuba? At the beginning of the 2008 season, Vishwanath decided to stop playing flute for marching band and instead try the tuba. “Freshman year, flute was really fun and I really liked the section, because I played flute for SWE, [symphonic wind ensemble], as well, so I figured I should do something different for marching [band],” said Vishwanath. read more » Can you go to senior Homecoming-building as a junior? October 30, 2009 — by Kyumin Shim Tensions rise especially during Homecoming week as each grade tries to top the other. But we all know that the seniors' decorations will be the best and should be the best. read more » Music department preps for big events October 30, 2009 — by Kyumin Shim A busy schedule is ahead for all the members of the music department. The marching band, choir and orchestra are all refining their skills in preparation for upcoming events. read more » Girls’ cross country: ‘Sweet’ season ending for team October 30, 2009 — by Kyumin Shim The girls pumped their arms up and down as they made their way up "Skateboard Hill," the highest hill in Saratoga. It's not one of the easy courses to run, but it is the best to practice for tough hilly terrains like Crystal Springs. On Oct. 27, the girls ran their last training run of the season as their ponytails swung with each step. read more » Saratoga’s own glee club shines in the spotlight October 26, 2009 — by Kyumin Shim When the hit television show "Glee" debuted on FOX last summer, senior Natalie Tkalcevic got an idea: Why not start the school's own Glee Club? read more » YouTube: TV for short-attention spans October 26, 2009 — by Kyumin Shim When students, or anyone else, for that matter, need a good laugh or crave a romantic moment, but simply don't have the time to watch a full two-hour movie, YouTube is a perfect remedy. read more » Music department bonds for success September 14, 2009 — by Kyumin Shim This year, the music department hopes its students are going to know each other extremely well. The department is putting more emphasis on building stronger bonds between musicians this year as they plan the annual retreats read more » A forced bonding doesn’t stick; changes must be made to Link Crew September 9, 2009 — by Apeksha Sharma and Kyumin Shim Link Crew is undoubtedly a great program for guiding freshmen through a very intimidating stage of their lives. Although the positives of Link are evident, the adjustments that need to be made to the program are equally obvious. read more » Visuals by Kyumin January 24, 2011: Board to vote on parcel tax measure The board discusses whether to distribute additional funding to the schools on Jan. 11. Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2023 by The Saratoga Falcon. All Rights Reserved.