Staff editorial: Reject private counselors for free school resources March 30, 2023 — by Nilay Mishra Students planning on shelling out vast sums of money to private college counselors should strongly consider trying out some of the resources available at no cost. read more » Staff editorial: Colleges should release internal numerical ratings to all applicants January 29, 2023 — by Nilay Mishra and Arnav Swamy College admissions has increasingly turned into a game and a business dominated by rankings and acceptance rates rather than quality of education. read more » Boys’ soccer team focuses on building chemistry and momentum December 12, 2022 — by Nilay Mishra and Beverly Xu With their first league game coming up on Dec. 15, the seniors on the team are relishing their time together. read more » Subs fill in for history and math teachers on leave October 19, 2022 — by Nikhil Mathihalli, Nilay Mishra and Jonathan Si After history teacher Margarita Morelle left for the rest of the fall semester, substitute Chris Rasmussen will now teach AP U.S. History and History in Film while retired longtime teacher Kim Anzalone will teach AP U.S. History. read more » The gender gap in Silicon Valley: An untold paradox September 23, 2022 — by Nilay Mishra Despite common misconceptions that the Bay Area is a progressive, meritocratic place to live, the gender gap in mathematics is the widest and most prevalent out of any area in the entire nation. read more » Precalculus Honors classes should not transform curriculum to conform to AP Precalculus May 30, 2022 — by Nilay Mishra and Arnav Swamy Through decades of testing and refining the curriculum, our Precalculus Honors curriculum is much more fluid and comprehensive as a transition to AP Calculus courses than the newly developed AP Precalculus. read more » Boys’ golf placed second in league finals, junior qualified for CCS finals May 30, 2022 — by Mitchell Chen and Nilay Mishra Despite losing six of their best players to graduation, the Falcons ended the season performing better than expected. Junior Cameron Sy qualified to continue on to CCS finals. read more » Board shies away from backing a bell schedule for next year May 22, 2022 — by George Huang and Nilay Mishra Teachers and others express frustration with the delay. read more » Digitizing the SAT will not make it equitable March 31, 2022 — by Nilay Mishra The College Board’s decision to move the test online starting in 2024 is a last-ditch attempt to stay relevant in modernity read more » Clubs host Speak Up for Change events February 7, 2022 — by Nidhi Mathihalli and Nilay Mishra Through performances, discussions and hands-on activities, the week’s events raised awareness for mental health struggles read more » Fantastic masks and where to find them February 7, 2022 — by Nilay Mishra With omicron cases surging, a Saratoga Falcon reporter recommends masks for various types of situations. read more » Upperclassmen: Stop glorifying sleep deprivation February 4, 2022 — by Nilay Mishra “I slept 8 hours in the last three days” is not the flex you think it is; rather it is highly detrimental to long-term health. read more » IT technician Larry Jens tackles complex issues December 3, 2021 — by Nilay Mishra As students return to in-person school after a year of online instruction that required rapid technological transition on the part of teachers and staff, Jens is back to fixing issues behind-the-scenes. read more » Apple’s iPhone 13: impressive innovation or glorified iPhone 12? October 28, 2021 — by Sara Bright and Nilay Mishra It does not financially make sense to upgrade to the latest model of the iPhone every year. read more » AP and regular Environmental Science combined into one class October 28, 2021 — by Nilay Mishra In order to curb the workload for non-AP students, they have easier tests, fewer assignments, less detailed labs, no projects and no cumulative AP exam. read more » American Math Competition (AMC) moved earlier, catching some off guard October 28, 2021 — by Nidhi Mathihalli and Nilay Mishra Planned by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) since 2018, competitors are reacting to the new schedule with both approval and criticism. read more » Nationwide shortage of football referees pushes games to Thursday nights October 21, 2021 — by Apurva Chakravarthy and Nilay Mishra Coaches and students reflect on how playing on a weekday affects game performance, sleep and attendance. read more » A news flash for ‘Harry Potter’ fans: Everybody’s favorite bumbling giant was likely a secret member of Voldemort’s inner circle October 8, 2021 — by Nilay Mishra If you see someone dressed up as Hagrid for Halloween, please check his or her left arm for any signs of the Dark Mark. read more » Paparazzi laws: a fine balance between the First Amendment and privacy October 2, 2021 — by Nilay Mishra The paparazzis’ intentions and existence of probable cause should be the deciding factor in determining the legality of their actions. read more » New rough/final draft test format harms students in the long run September 20, 2021 — by Benjamin Li and Nilay Mishra This new system would not only worsen existing grade inflation but also disincentivize proper learning habits — a skill required for standardized testing. read more » Students and teachers criticize new bell schedule September 9, 2021 — by Nidhi Mathihalli and Nilay Mishra It features later starts, longer periods and shorter lunches that are difficult for students and teachers to adjust to. read more » Brutally honest college essay: the ‘intellectual challenge’ that Scantrons present September 9, 2021 — by Nilay Mishra The school’s self-proclaimed slowest bubbler reflects on how difficult it is to effectively and quickly fill in bubbles on standardized tests and exams. read more » California recall elections are fundamentally flawed September 9, 2021 — by Nilay Mishra The election is designed in such a convoluted way that any incumbent candidate could likely be replaced with a significantly less popular governor. read more » Football team starts season with disappointment September 6, 2021 — by Nilay Mishra and Shaan Sridhar The Falcons lose 34-0 to San Mateo in home opener. read more » Back to School Night goes virtual for the second year in a row August 31, 2021 — by Nilay Mishra Much like last year, back-to-school night is being hosted online! The Falcon asked the administration about any changes, any reasons for those changes, and we've got them all right here! read more » Students and teachers adapt to new AP testing format June 5, 2021 — by Nilay Mishra Students and teachers alike reflect on the changes that the College Board has made to the AP exam, and what it means for them. read more » The age-old debate: Macs vs. Windows May 24, 2021 — by Nilay Mishra and Atrey Desai Look at individual features for clues about which you should buy. read more » New coach leads girls’ basketball May 17, 2021 — by Nilay Mishra Girls’ basketball players have been learning and improving consistently. read more » Johnson & Johnson vaccinations should not have been halted May 17, 2021 — by Nilay Mishra After public health officials spent 11 days investigating a rare blood clotting disorder that emerged in a handful of J&J vaccine recipients, many Americans have experienced heightened distrust that is setting back national vaccination goals. read more » Girls’ basketball: New coach faces challenges posed by pandemic April 25, 2021 — by Christina Chang and Nilay Mishra Fewer players are participating in a truncated season. read more » ‘Fermat’s last theorem’ by Simon Singh chips away at an enigma once available only to specialists April 9, 2021 — by Nilay Mishra Only serious mathematicians can understand the proof of Fermat’s last theorem by Andrew Wiles, but Singh makes the technicalities understandable to even the most inexperienced readers. read more » Parents’ reopening reactions range from rage to reservation March 12, 2021 — by Atrey Desai and Nilay Mishra As the Phase 3A reopening nears, some parents find the plan too hasty while others fight to open even sooner. read more » Students ride the wild roller coaster of ‘meme’ stock runs March 10, 2021 — by Jonathan Li and Nilay Mishra Active student investors make tens of thousands from trading companies featured on subreddit wallstreetbet. read more » Academic competitions find new ways to run online March 6, 2021 — by Nilay Mishra Competitors adapt to new software, communication mediums, and anti-cheating measures developed by tournament organizers. read more » If you think 7-day free trials are a great deal, think again February 5, 2021 — by Nilay Mishra Major streaming services take advantage of unsuspecting customers. I’m not proud to count myself among their number. read more » Going test-blind distorts the college admissions process December 1, 2020 — by Preston Fu and Nilay Mishra With many colleges’ removal of standardized testing from the application, academically inclined candidates can no longer demonstrate their ability read more » School combats students’ F’s with programs and support systems November 27, 2020 — by Nilay Mishra and Lihi Shoshani As school continues remotely, teachers and administrators alike attempt to resolve academic and social emotional issues that have caused students to struggle and spiral downwards read more » In online classes, breaks between classes are too long November 9, 2020 — by Nilay Mishra 20 minutes break in between classes are unproductive. read more » ‘Rebecca’ remake offers a modern adaptation but falls short in many ways November 9, 2020 — by Nilay Mishra Ben Wheatley’s ‘Rebecca’ offers a fresh take on the classic but, despite quickly climbing the charts into Netflix’s Top 10 list, doesn’t quite measure up to Hitchcock’s original. read more » Sophomore uses research experience to found Genomics and Bioinformatics Club November 9, 2020 — by Nilay Mishra Newly created Bioinformatics and Genomics Club, an Inno chapter, provides students with unique opportunities in the field read more » Visuals by Nilay March 26, 2023: Science Bowl team places first at regionals, heads to nationals A-team members senior Adam Xu, senior Nilay Mishra, junior Advaith Avadhanam and senior Anthony Wang listen attentively as the round’s questions are being read. August 31, 2021: Back to School Night goes virtual for the second year in a row Caption: Parent booster groups present at last year’s Back to School Night, which took place virtually. This year’s event is planned to be virtual again, taking place over Zoom and Google Meets. March 6, 2021: Academic competitions find new ways to run online The Caltech Harvey-Mudd tournament, which took place on January 23, utilized a system of using Slack for communications and releasing problems. Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2023 by The Saratoga Falcon. All Rights Reserved.