A teacher and a class clown: an unlikely friendship forged through wrestling March 17, 2023 — by Lynn Dai AP Government and Economics teacher Kirk Abe, a college wrestler-turned former head coach, has managed to better understand his students, personally and mentally, through the sport. read more » Finding harmony in SHS through feng shui March 1, 2023 — by Lynn Dai A surface-level analysis of the school’s harmonious integration between its campus structures and surrounding environment. read more » Three newest district board members see potential for positive change February 13, 2023 — by Lynn Dai and Jonny Luo After being sworn in on Dec. 13, three new board members plan to bring their vision and change to the district. read more » Leading South Asian artists discuss community, intersectionality of culture at Montalvo for SALA Festival December 15, 2022 — by Lynn Dai Among other artists, visual artist Jaishri Abichandani and Pulitzer Prize winner dramatist Ayad Akhtar discuss their journey reworking the duality of their cultural identities in their homeland and America. read more » Alumni recall the transformative experience of MAP for them December 5, 2022 — by Lynn Dai Alumni Luke Salin and Kanika Vora continue developing their love for expressing real stories through filmmaking, from working with others to voicing their own recollections through film. read more » Donations are ‘voluntary,’ but programs can’t run without them November 18, 2022 — by Lynn Dai In a state that requires the universal right to free public education, school departments and organizations like visual arts, MAP, speech and debate, sports and music cannot require donations, which are often misinterpreted as optional. read more » ‘Creative, adaptable, family-oriented and kind’: Teacher of the Year’s vision transcends teaching within four walls November 17, 2022 — by Lynn Dai Special education teacher Brian Elliott, who has taught at Saratoga High for 11 years, shares his highlights and teaching methodologies from working individually with each student and their family to the school community at large. read more » Behind the scenes: hiring processes for superintendent, district staff October 14, 2022 — by Lynn Dai and Jonny Luo New superintendent Bill Sanderson, along with several other district staff, was welcomed to the school district at the beginning of the school year. read more » Two board members opt against running for re-election; 5 candidates vie for 3 open seats October 4, 2022 — by Lynn Dai and Jonny Luo Cynthia Chang will step back from the position she has held for more than two decades and through multiple elections. read more » West Valley Joggers and Striders Club: a microcosm of Saratoga society September 29, 2022 — by Lynn Dai, Saachi Jain and Kathy Wang Every Thursday and Saturday, retired cross country coach Danny Moon runs with a group of 20 to 30 runners at West Valley. read more » Wellness Center welcomes new therapist team, introduces more mental health resources September 24, 2022 — by Lynn Dai and Kathy Wang The center on campus introduced new games, meditation pods and youth outreach worker groups to destigmatize mental health. read more » Vanry retires after 12 years at school, Tarbox now teaching visual arts September 23, 2022 — by Lynn Dai Joel Tarbox, MAP and AP Art History teacher, is also teaching art courses this year. read more » Guidance counselor Monique Young: lifelong mentor, former recreation leader and event coordinator September 21, 2022 — by Lynn Dai Young has taken roughly seven different jobs to get to where she is now, and is thankful for all she has learned along the way. read more » Sports teams change practice routines to work around historic heat wave September 16, 2022 — by Lynn Dai Water polo and cross country continued practicing throughout the week, with the latter making significant changes to its practices. Other fall sports like volleyball and field hockey returned to practice on Sept. 7. read more » 73 questions: conversations with the school community May 30, 2022 — by Lena Aribi, Meher Bhatnagar, Christina Chang, Lynn Dai, Victoria Hu, Hannah Lee, Jonny Luo, Shannon Ma, Nikhil Mathihalli and Sarah Zhou The Falcon interviewed a number of students and teachers on campus to formulate this Vogue-inspired story. read more » Softball team qualifies for CCS after recent comeback May 22, 2022 — by Lynn Dai and Victoria Hu The team is working on winning their CCS division. read more » Saratoga: Shangri-La of historical homes and orchards May 19, 2022 — by Lynn Dai Saratoga’s 120 historical reservations feature a variety of architectural styles and orchards, definitive of the city’s early horticultural-focused community. read more » Saratoga Historical Foundation hosts Blossom Festival following 2-year hiatus May 15, 2022 — by Christina Chang & Lynn Dai Drawing crowds from around the Bay, the festival showcases local craftsmen and organizations to highlight Saratoga’s rich history. read more » State law forces cafeteria to provide free meals for all students in 2022-2023 school year April 9, 2022 — by Lynn Dai Meals will be slightly altered to fit federal nutrition standards, but the new policy will have no direct monetary impact on the district read more » Tamasha highlights Bollywood culture at the school April 1, 2022 — by Lynn Dai and Nikhil Mathihalli The dance team performed at their most recent Bollywood dance showcase on March 24 at Dublin High read more » Time capsule 1968: WASC report reveals an unfamiliar past March 23, 2022 — by Lynn Dai and Howard Shu WASC records reveal surprising differences in school and community culture. However, fixation on academic achievement and other core values have remained the same since the school’s early years. read more » Season preview: Softball fosters positive environment, optimism March 20, 2022 — by Lynn Dai and Victoria Hu As the team returns with more players, they welcome newcomers to the field. read more » As mask mandate expires, most students and staff still choose to wear them March 18, 2022 — by Christina Chang and Lynn Dai Out of 33 responses gathered from a Google form sent to the SHS 2021-2022 Facebook group, 6 are for the lifting of the school mask mandate and 27 are against. read more » What you need to know about the Russian invasion of Ukraine March 18, 2022 — by Lynn Dai, Andrew Lin and Daniel Wu The basic rundown on what has been happening in Eastern Europe. read more » APUSH students explore 2022 NHD theme debate and diplomacy through variety of media, topics March 16, 2022 — by Lynn Dai Sixty of the 81 students who advanced to the South Bay Peninsula History Day Competition for Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties will be advancing to the California State Finals the day after their AP Exam, on May 7, in Rocklin, CA. read more » Students, teachers weigh in on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine March 16, 2022 — by Lynn Dai, Andrew Lin and Daniel Wu A conflict captured in videos and on social media inspires strong feelings and mirrors other conflicts. read more » Family of titans: Stratakos siblings dominate on the tennis court February 11, 2022 — by Lynn Dai Sophomore Luke Stratakos and his siblings SHS alumni Dean and Monica Stratakos all play tennis. Though their parents first introduced them to the sport, each sibling grew to love it more than any other. read more » Speak Up For Change reveals this year’s theme: Stepping Forward January 21, 2022 — by Christina Chang and Lynn Dai The event, which will occur on Feb. 4, will revolve around destigmatizing mental health. read more » The process of Early Decisions: tips from two STEM-bound seniors January 21, 2022 — by Lynn Dai and Christopher Chen Seniors share their advice on discovering their fields of interest, managing time and dealing with pressure. read more » Boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympics: a reminder for IOC officials to step up their game January 21, 2022 — by Lynn Dai The Olympics have a long history of boycotts. How can the IOC uphold its own core policy of participation if it can’t select an appropriate nation to host the games? read more » Bold, hands-on, impatient: junior’s style of approaching visual art January 15, 2022 — by Lynn Dai Samika Agarwal takes a spontaneous, direct method to convey her feelings about mental health in mixed media. read more » Traditions help teams bond, maintain chemistry over quarantine November 22, 2021 — by Lynn Dai While some teams have slightly adjusted team traditions due to COVID-19 restrictions, others seek to establish new ones. read more » The need for tech refresh: Establish a tech booster organization November 22, 2021 — by Lynn Dai The technology department and students alike are frustrated with outdated technology on campus, but seeking donations from alumni and tech companies can help support technology refresh. read more » Bell schedule change advances for second semester November 22, 2021 — by Christina Chang and Lynn Dai The board unanimously supported three of six possible schedules. read more » Board preliminarily supports alignment of graduation requirements between SHS and LG, leaves door open for considering full alignment November 19, 2021 — by Christina Chang and Lynn Dai During the study session of LGSUHSD Board Meeting on Nov. 16, representatives from SHS, LGHS and the district board debated course pathway alignment. read more » Saratoga wrestles with state demands for increased housing November 15, 2021 — by Lynn Dai Recent approval of Senate Bills 9 and 10 and requirements to install more than 1,700 housing units may upend Saratoga’s housing demographics by Jan. 1, 2023, leaving profound impacts on its rural atmosphere. read more » I ran barefoot at a cross country meet November 7, 2021 — by Lynn Dai My left shoe fell off for 0.75 miles during the 2.23-mile meet at Lynbrook on Oct. 28. read more » This Thanksgiving, try something new: Prepare a whole turkey November 4, 2021 — by Lynn Dai If my family of three can do it, so can yours. read more » Newsom on a roll: vaccine mandate incites majority approval from students October 8, 2021 — by Christina Chang and Lynn Dai Students and staff share strong opinions on not getting vaccinated, aside from medically-related exemptions. read more » Member of city Planning Commission resigns over comments widely seen as xenophobic October 8, 2021 — by Christina Chang and Lynn Dai Controversial statement was made in an email about increasing housing density in the city. read more » Fall means fire season — and preparation for potential emergencies October 6, 2021 — by Christina Chang and Lynn Dai Santa Clara County Fire Department officials urge wildfire protection and planning this season. read more » Students discuss excitement, challenges of being back in-person school September 10, 2021 — by Christina Chang and Lynn Dai Students share mixed feelings about returning to campus, from socializing at new events to identity crises from the year lost. read more » Natural remedies prove surprisingly fruitful against effects of smoky air September 5, 2021 — by Lynn Dai These fruits and beverages are derived from holistic medicinal theories whose Chinese origins trace back thousands of years. read more » School outlines COVID-19 protocols and expectations September 5, 2021 — by Lynn Dai and Shaan Sridhar The school is enforcing the use of Screener-19, E-Hall Pass and masks indoors, but is dropping enforcement of other mitigation protocols previously used in Phase 4A. read more » Junior expands love for digital art September 5, 2021 — by Lynn Dai Shannon Wang founded Draw For A Cause, a non-profit that holds art commissions to fund charities and causes people are passionate about. read more » Visuals by Lynn March 13, 2023: Racial tensions flared in the ’90s as Asian students gained prominence March 1, 2023: Finding harmony in SHS through feng shui From a Google satellite image, the school's combination of various spaces, entrances and exits allows for the retention and growth of energy within the campus. February 13, 2023: Three newest district board members see potential for positive change LGSUHSD’s three new board members. January 22, 2023: How do students spend their money? How much money students spent at Saratoga High School compared to the national average. December 15, 2022: Leading South Asian artists discuss community, intersectionality of culture at Montalvo for SALA Festival At Villa Montalvo’s Carriage House, Jaishri Abichandani talks about a sculpture she created to commemorate her interactions with the community. November 20, 2022: Stanford professor’s findings help explain why so many young people feel so miserable A duck puts up a superficial facade of calmness as it floats peacefully along the surface of the water; beneath the surface, it paddles frantically to stay afloat. November 18, 2022: School shooting pranks undermine safety November 18, 2022: Donations are ‘voluntary,’ but programs can’t run without them The PTSO gains most of its budget from "Just Do It" donations and matching funds. October 19, 2022: Top 10 ways to ask someone out Ask someone out with these easy, fool-proof methods. October 14, 2022: Behind the scenes: hiring processes for superintendent, district staff October 12, 2022: Recent inflation upends living costs, poses health risks for the elderly Resident Baratta-Lorton’s monthly expenses and national inflation statistics. October 4, 2022: Two board members opt against running for re-election; 5 candidates vie for 3 open seats School board and city council candidates post their advertisements in Saratoga downtown’s four-way intersection. September 29, 2022: West Valley Joggers and Striders Club: a microcosm of Saratoga society During their Sept. 10 practice, Danny Moon hands the new Walt van Zant trophy to WVJS member Dwayne Spencer, who finished with an all-time personal record. September 24, 2022: Wellness Center welcomes new therapist team, introduces more mental health resources Wellness Center coordinator Grace Conley looks over the students gathered there. September 23, 2022: Vanry retires after 12 years at school, Tarbox now teaching visual arts Last year, Vanry shared Nanaimo bars, a classic dessert from her Canadian heritage, on the seniors’ last day. May 19, 2022: Saratoga: Shangri-La of historical homes and orchards The Saratoga Historical Park Museum, constructed in 1904, features a false-front pioneer architectural style. The building, originally known as the Swanee Dress Shop, was built in 1905 and refurbished in 1976. May 17, 2022: Students share experiences living in Saratoga with out-of-the-mainstream political beliefs May 15, 2022: Saratoga Historical Foundation hosts Blossom Festival following 2-year hiatus Mayor Tina Walia introduces the Blossom Festival to residents in the gazebo. April 9, 2022: State law forces cafeteria to provide free meals for all students in 2022-2023 school year March 16, 2022: APUSH students explore 2022 NHD theme debate and diplomacy through variety of media, topics Juniors Kasie Yang, Dyne Lee and Emily Lu discuss their group website with two judges from the National History Day senior division competition, held at the school on March 12. March 10, 2022: Toga boys need to stop acting ‘hood’ March 4, 2022: Times we’ve been atrociously humbled January 21, 2022: The process of Early Decisions: tips from two STEM-bound seniors Three seniors applied early decision to Cornell, Northwestern and Boston University. They will be majoring in chemical engineering, musical composition, computer science and applied mathematics, and pediatrics, respectively. January 18, 2022: What’s in your Notes app? December 3, 2021: Administration re-examines Safety Plan after trespassers enter campus November 15, 2021: Saratoga wrestles with state demands for increased housing Saratoga Hills overlooks a plethora of the city’s low-rise, single-family housing. San Jose’s industrial buildings lie in the distance. November 7, 2021: I ran barefoot at a cross country meet The aftermath. November 4, 2021: This Thanksgiving, try something new: Prepare a whole turkey After leaving the turkey in the oven for four hours, we unwrapped the foil and let it cool on the counter. September 5, 2021: Natural remedies prove surprisingly fruitful against effects of smoky air With a regular intake of water and the addition of these remedies to your meals, you’ll feel as cool as a cucumber. 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