Smarter technology leads to more interactive lectures March 9, 2012 — by Sabrina Cismas The integration of technology into classrooms becomes increasingly prevalent as both students and teachers seek more efficient and useful methods for a successful learning experience. Document cameras, which magnify copies of paper on projector screens, are becoming a staple in math classes, and two years ago all classrooms were equipped with their own Toshiba projectors. read more » Administration considers implementing stricter dress code January 24, 2012 — by Sabrina Cismas and Allison Toh With more and more fashion pushing the boundaries of appropriateness, the school is considering beefing up its dress code to make it more specific and less open to interpretation. read more » Assistant principal continues breakfast tradition January 24, 2012 — by Sabrina Cismas “It was my first time there because this is my first year on student council as well as on spirit commission,” senior Shayda Khorasani said. “Everyone just got their own food and sat down and talked to everybody else. It was a nice community event, and it was the first day of break also, so it was really relaxing.” Junior clubs commissioner Sasan Saadat said that besides the ASB, the students there were mostly juniors and seniors from the leadership, rally and events commissions. read more » Romanian remedies: Cures done naturally December 8, 2011 — by Sabrina Cismas When one thinks of alternative medicines, acupuncture or herbal supplements usually come to mind. Though not as well known, some Eastern European home remedies also provide rapid relief for common health problems. read more » School should apply some creative thinking to parking problems November 15, 2011 — by Sabrina Cismas As I began driving to school this year, I knew that I needed to set aside a few extra minutes in the morning in order to park my car. I was unaware, however, of the of the chaos that would soon ensue. read more » Classroom decor reveals teacher’s passion for history October 17, 2011 — by Sabrina Cismas “Local history is sexy.” read more » UCs no longer an automatic decision for students October 17, 2011 — by Sabrina Cismas For the first time in school history, more students from the graduating class of 2011 enrolled in private colleges than in the University of California system. read more » Students a sacrifice to colleges October 17, 2011 — by Sabrina Cismas With the college application frenzy well on its way, seniors are finally at the point in their lives when they take a step back from “doing” and focus on “showing.” The process of laying out one’s entire high school career is ironic, in that it not just reveals the inner workings of the student to the admissions officers, but to the student himself. read more » Columnist embraces ‘Hakuna matata’ October 6, 2011 — by Sabrina Cismas Some of the greatest acts of recycling can be found in the business of movie making. For a fraction of the work, producers can manipulate an old storyline into many sequels, or even more easily, reintroduce a classic movie to theaters in 3D. I have often ignored horrible sequels, comforting myself with the thought that the good originals still existed, but, alas, when one of my favorite movies had been tampered with, I could no longer avert my eyes. read more » Top Ten: Now that we’re seniors… September 16, 2011 — by Sabrina Cismas 10) We finally get the clappers at the rallies. They’ll help with the cheering when we win every game. read more » Cap and transition: Class sizes need limits September 9, 2011 — by Sabrina Cismas As students walked into their classes for the first time on Aug. 22, most were greeted by the regular arrangements of inspirational posters, floods of green course sheets and ice-breakers. Few, however, expected that their classes would be stuffed with more than three dozen students. read more » Now that I’M a Senior September 5, 2011 — by Sabrina Cismas “I AM a senior.” I had some trouble rolling my tongue around these words on the first day of school, as I could hardly believe they told the truth. Most students wait three years of high school to reach this point in their lives, but I’ve looked forward to this moment since I was 4 years old. read more » Bell Tower hosts Spanish culture nights May 31, 2011 — by Sabrina Cismas The Bell Tower restaurant in downtown Saratoga had a busy night on May 19 thanks to the Spanish 4 Honors classes’ “Paella y Guitarra” night. Spanish teacher Arnoldo Rodriguex’s students are required to participate in three cultural events per semester as a part of their participation grade, and this night of food and music proved to be popular among students. The following week, on May 26, a subsequent event was held for AP Spanish 5 and 6 students. read more » State measures academic success May 23, 2011 — by Sabrina Cismas The California Standardized Testing and Reporting program, known as STAR, was administered on May 11 and 12. The tests are designed to gauge whether students’ proficiencies are in line with state standards. read more » Senior swims after family May 3, 2011 — by Sabrina Cismas What does a pool, three brothers, and a passion for swimming equal? The perfect environment for an outstanding family legacy of swimming. read more » Coming soon to theaters: students pursuing drama in future March 27, 2011 — by Sabrina Cismas The drama department’s successful performances in the spring musical “Jekyll and Hyde” is credited to the actors’ devotion, from their construction of a mobile, high-tech set to the long hours spent in their daily rehearsals. read more » Career Day to unveil job possibilities March 25, 2011 — by Sabrina Cismas Career Day 2011 falls on April 5 this year, a day when students will have the opportunity to explore possible jobs they are interested in. read more » The College Board: A trust that shouldn’t be busted March 20, 2011 — by Sabrina Cismas and Allison Toh With testing season in full swing, upperclassmen are plagued by the stress and multitude of costs accompanying the AP and SAT tests. A single AP test? $87. An SAT test? $47. This is not to mention the numerous SAT II subject tests that add up to an outrageous total cost. The College Board, the company that administers all of these tests, has been the sole distributor since 1900, and many students have been complaining that the organization is an overbearing monopoly. read more » A historical case: Mock trial team secures No. 2 spot in county finals March 1, 2011 — by Sabrina Cismas Saratoga High has some successful lawyers in the making on the mock trial team, which secured second place in Santa Clara County finals out of 22 schools, losing by a mere three points to Prospect High School on Feb. 22 at the Superior Courthouse. It was the best performance ever by a Saratoga High team. read more » Senior scores finalist title at Intel Science Fair February 4, 2011 — by Sabrina Cismas and Brandon Judoprasetijo Senior Amol Aggarwal’s road to becoming a finalist in the Intel Science Fair began with a geometry project he was working on: how to find the maximum number of distances in the most efficient way. read more » School Scope online extra: The hidden rooms of Saratoga High January 16, 2011 — by Nandini Ruparel, Sabrina Cismas, Kelly Liu, Denise Lin and Arnav Dugar The bell rings, and students pour out of the classrooms, heading for their next class. In the hallway, they pass by several rooms that are vaguely recognizable, but which they have no knowledge about. read more » Mock Trial enters first competition January 7, 2011 — by Sabrina Cismas Already on the ground and running after a relaxing winter break, the mock trial team is preparing for their first tournament on Jan. 15 at the San Jose County of Education. read more » Government classes cast their ballots for student presidents January 7, 2011 — by Sabrina Cismas Major shakeups of Congressional seats and gubernatorial posts from the U.S. elections dominated the news in early November. The students in history teacher Mike Davey’s U.S. government classes, however, just finished the long and mudslinging-filled campaigns in their realistic presidential election simulations on Jan. 3. read more » Undergrad school names too important in students’ minds January 6, 2011 — by Sabrina Cismas and Aanchal Mohan The holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year for most, but for seniors, it’s a time of nail-biting and anxiety as they begin anticipating the results of their applications to college. Students refer to days as Yale-day or Columbia-day, based on the life-changing letters that they will find in their mailboxes that day. However, is this all necessary? read more » Droid Does, but the iPhone does better December 15, 2010 — by Sabrina Cismas At this point, I feel that it is my duty to say that I am no tech geek. I will never understand how my dad speaks computer and is able to write in binomial. Recently, though, I received a new Droid X. My family has Verizon, and I was secretly hoping for an iPhone 4 when it comes to this carrier early 2011, but I can’t exactly complain now. Nevertheless, I cannot help myself from comparing these two super smart-phones, so here you go: my honest and jargon-limited review of my new Droid X vs. the iPhone 4. read more » Parents: Please pick preferred parking November 11, 2010 — by Sabrina Cismas and Will Edman In elementary and middle school, when all students were young and license-less, their parents would drop them off in the morning in the school parking lot, hand them their lunch, and kiss them goodbye. This intimate and time-consuming parting fit perfectly in the environment of these schools, but not now. This is high school. read more » Facebook insults by Los Gatos football players stir controversy November 7, 2010 — by Sabrina Cismas With the football team ending its 27-year regular season losing streak to Los Gatos on Oct. 22, happiness and pride still radiates throughout the school. However, unsportsmanlike conduct on Facebook centered around a handful of Los Gatos players highlighted the trouble that this over quarter-century rivalry could bring. read more » Lunchtime challenges aim to pump up publicity for fitness competition October 27, 2010 — by Sabrina Cismas Don’t be surprised if you start to see pieces of fitness equipment in the quad in the next few weeks and students cranking out repetitions. read more » The UC conundrum September 30, 2010 — by Sabrina Cismas With the application season in full swing, seniors are faced with the daunting task of mapping out their futures through their decisions of which colleges to apply to. A popular choice has always been to apply to the UCs, but with California's financial crisis and UC tuition costs on the rise, future graduating classes are expected to stray off the usual beaten path of enrolling at a UC. read more » Annual BBQ helps preserve Saratoga’s history September 30, 2010 — by Sabrina Cismas Saratoga's Garrod Ranch hosted the Saratoga Historical Foundation's annual BBQ and silent auction this year on Sept. 19. This BBQ is an important fundraiser for the foundation because it supports the events and activities the foundation does, such as the collecting of important artifacts and records for the Saratoga Museum, along with their safekeeping and display. read more » Teacher changes not quite the best of both worlds September 24, 2010 — by Sabrina Cismas The average junior has probably had three teachers for each subject or maybe fewer. I doubt, though, that many students have so far had five teachers for one subject the way I have. One day toward the end of first semester in my sophomore English class last year, my teacher was not present in class nor the next day, nor the day after that. My class wasn't told a word about the disappearance, and then we entered a phase of about three rotating substitutes. As the weeks stretched on, we began to worry about what might have happened to our teacher. read more » True Life: I am an author January 28, 2010 — by Sabrina Cismas “Time is like the waves on the shore, slipping away quickly, only leaving the memory of sound and shadow in our hearts. They used to make our life colorful, but now they’re only forever remembered.” And so ends the English translation of the first story in the Chinese anthology, The Story of Walking. Filled with wise messages and meaningful life stories, The Story of Walking seems to be a book from ancient China, written by a notable philosopher. 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