Long-term sub brings in her experiences as an advocate, journalist and entrepreneur into classroom May 22, 2022 — by Sam Bai, Selina Chen and Aiden Ye After Margarita Morelle left for maternity leave, Gloriana Garcia was hired as the long-term substitute for AP Government and History in Film. read more » Speech and Debate team celebrates senior night, head coach’s Hall of Fame induction May 22, 2022 — by Selina Chen Coach Steve Clemmons is among the approximately 70 California High School Speech Association (CHSSA) Hall of Fame inductees. read more » Saratoga Mormons live by a faith often misunderstood by outsiders May 12, 2022 — by Selina Chen Long subject to persecution and misconceptions, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints cherish their standards and histories read more » Superintendent Mike Grove announces retirement for later this year April 2, 2022 — by Selina Chen Battling a rare cancer, Grove will retire after the board finds a replacement later in the year read more » Boys volleyball team seizes second chances April 1, 2022 — by Selina Chen and Ariel Zhou Tensions run high amid zero wins and other setbacks, but the team works toward revamping their efforts through forging strong bonds read more » Standing up for local businesses: I love Big Basin Burger Bar for sentimental reasons March 31, 2022 — by Selina Chen The eatery marks my first meal as a Chinese-American and my first interview as a Falcon reporter read more » Attempting to unmask the traditional art of changing faces March 23, 2022 — by Selina Chen Stepping out of the shadow of its misogyny, Bian Lian is a Chinese performing art form as mysterious as it is fascinating read more » To Lit or to Lang? Ay, there’s the rub March 18, 2022 — by Selina Chen Senior “doubler” in both AP-level English classes evaluates common myths, and reminds students that the choice is not as binary as it seems read more » Students see success in competitions, scholarships March 2, 2022 — by Selina Chen, Allen Luo, Jonny Luo and Nikhil Mathihalli The robotics team, speech and debate team, Model UN and Mock Trial saw numerous students win prestigious awards, while two seniors advanced to regional finalist status for the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. read more » Will it ever end? COVID-19 strains mental health and personal relationships February 4, 2022 — by Selina Chen, Lihi Shoshani and Shaan Sridhar After two years of living in a pandemic world, the Saratoga community has faced a great toll in their lives. read more » District plans for five more advisories after putting them on hold in January February 4, 2022 — by Selina Chen and Lihi Shoshani While conflicting goals such as protecting tutorial time take precedence, district officials, students and teachers all acknowledge the importance of advisory lessons read more » College (Counselor) Confidential: What she would say if she could February 1, 2022 — by Selina Chen and Benjamin Li In our satirical piece, we write letters of recommendations that imitate our college counselor’s skills at twisting facts to condemn and defend read more » More 12- to 15-year-old get booster shots following recent approval January 21, 2022 — by Sanjoli Gupta and Selina Chen Constant close contacts with positive cases cause difficulties with following vaccine requirements. read more » Grieving the loss of a Falcon print copy January 20, 2022 — by Selina Chen From a newspaper issue’s perspective, a reporter details the horrifying alternative usages of the Falcon. read more » Should the alumni interview system undergo radical changes? December 17, 2021 — by Selina Chen A faculty interview, like that of the U.K., is not such a crazy idea. read more » Two new COVID-19 cases prompt widespread testing December 8, 2021 — by Selina Chen As of Dec. 2, the school has five cases and the district has 32. read more » Omicron variant may displace students’ travel plans December 3, 2021 — by Selina Chen and Atrey Desai Newly devised international restrictions have created an atmosphere of uncertainty. read more » Immigrant celebrates Chinese New Year with unusual ‘family’ December 2, 2021 — by Selina Chen This is really an exposé on Asian aunties’ terrifying quirks disguised as a holiday story. read more » ASB explores legal concerns raised by rejected club November 18, 2021 — by Selina Chen and Lihi Shoshani The federal Equal Access Act may fundamentally change the club approval process. read more » Exposé: Security questions are a Eurocentric ploy October 17, 2021 — by Selina Chen Reporter faces the dilemma of inconsistent naming conventions read more » Reading fanfiction, if done correctly, can be the best ‘vice’ for de-stressing October 17, 2021 — by Selina Chen With Archive of Our Own’s filtering functions, fanfiction is not an embarrassing hobby, but a vibrant community. read more » Senior details the gruesome operation and aftermath of a wisdom tooth extraction October 12, 2021 — by Selina Chen I was briefly a vampire in the least glorious sense. read more » Screener-19 QR code prank redirects confused students to ‘Remy Ratatouille’ photo September 16, 2021 — by Selina Chen You've heard of Rick Rolling, now get ready for Rat Rolling! read more » Students given option to change letter grades from ‘20-’21 to Pass or No Pass August 27, 2021 — by Selina Chen Assembly Bill no. 104 gave California students the option to have their 2020-21 classes graded on a "Pass/No Pass" system. Selina Chen investigated what that means for Saratoga High students. read more » Districts reveals new bell schedule for ‘21-’22 May 14, 2021 — by Selina Chen School will start at 8:30 a.m. with alternating short and long tutorials on red and blue days. read more » No more hybrid: While providing an online alternative in the fall, the district wants students in in-person classes next semester May 13, 2021 — by Selina Chen The online alternative will provide the required education but not the full high school experience. read more » Season 2 roundup: Girls’ volleyball team ends the season in high spirits despite challenges May 13, 2021 — by Selina Chen Even with the pandemic, a spring season and a new coach, the team bonded and explored new plays. read more » Plans for graduation ceremony and Grad Night develop May 10, 2021 — by Selina Chen The respective organizers are confronted with pandemic-induced uncertainties and strained budgets. read more » Community mourns the loss of class of 2020 alumna April 30, 2021 — by Selina Chen Ava Boyce-Bender is remembered by the light she brought to everything she did. read more » Former player recalls ridiculous string of volleyball injuries April 23, 2021 — by Selina Chen Is my face so ugly that it warrants getting punched by the same teammate twice? read more » The struggles of getting a Falcon interview in a virtual year April 18, 2021 — by Selina Chen An acrostic poem (and an eulogy to the beloved green slips). read more » Recalling ‘lockdown day’ prompts reflections on my American identity April 14, 2021 — by Selina Chen Now in the time of racial reckoning, I wonder how to classify my experiences leading up to March 13, 2020 read more » Saratoga community responds to rise in anti-Asian violence with calls for change April 1, 2021 — by Selina Chen, Shreya Rallabandi and Carolyn Wang Asian Americans share their experiences with racism read more » Deputies investigate attempted groping of female student jogging near campus April 1, 2021 — by Selina Chen As of March 31, no suspects have been identified. read more » ‘Cloud Atlas’ movie has its highlights, but the book is more worth your time March 29, 2021 — by Selina Chen With a unique structure to amplify the power of its captivating plots, “Cloud Atlas” is a book that left me breathlessly in awe. read more » Three students qualify to speech and debate nationals March 29, 2021 — by Selina Chen Competitors prepare for postseason tournaments with high hopes. read more » Comparing novel ‘On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous’ and movie ‘Hi, Mom’: Have your tissues ready March 26, 2021 — by Selina Chen These two semi-autobiographical works dedicated to each artist's mothers helped me better understand my Asian American community and heritage. read more » Representing North Korea: a Model UN delegate’s plight March 10, 2021 — by Selina Chen How adopting state-mandated haircuts can solve hyperinflation: Reporter navigates the insanity of DPRK-speak. read more » Refugee, hexaglot, CEO and activist: the architect behind the school’s state-of-the-art music building February 9, 2021 — by Selina Chen Parent Thang Do’s journey shows what is possible in the U.S. read more » Local COVID-19 vaccine distribution policies falter, but officials see possible improvements ahead February 9, 2021 — by Selina Chen Elderly care staff, healthcare personnels, educators and elected officials respond to the limited availability of COVID-19 vaccines and unknown variables in guidelines. read more » How to use Google Translate and a phone call to falsify a detention notice February 7, 2021 — by Selina Chen I didn’t expect a prank call to induce such panic. read more » Local funeral homes and elder care facilities adapt to realities of the pandemic February 6, 2021 — by Selina Chen Anecdotal evidence suggests the number of COVID-19 deaths has not spiked significantly in Saratoga. read more » No ordinary tale: Addendum to funeral homes story February 6, 2021 — by Selina Chen Journalism gone rogue: reporter gets more than she bargained for at a funeral home read more » Struggling to survive: Local establishments contend with decreased business while lucky few see increase in customers January 29, 2021 — by Selina Chen Numerous establishments have shut down, while surviving local business owners and employees discuss hopes for 2021. read more » Model UN members attend virtual Stanford conference December 4, 2020 — by Selina Chen Although unfamiliar with the online nature of the activity, Model UN delegates gain valuable experiences making speeches and writing resolutions at the unprecedented Stanford Model UN Conference. read more » Taking the road less-traveled: Alumni embark on unconventional postsecondary education paths December 3, 2020 — by Selina Chen In a school with the expectation of college directly after graduation, alumni and counselors discuss the reasons behind choosing alternative paths. read more » Speech and debate novices navigate their way through an online season December 2, 2020 — by Selina Chen and Joann Zhang Technology and communication challenges make it harder to learn and grow. read more » Looking at 2020 from my rear-view mirror December 1, 2020 — by Selina Chen 2020 has had quite a few bumps on the road, but a reporter reflects on her journey of becoming a driver. read more » Garbage truck catches fire in SHS back parking lot December 1, 2020 — by Selina Chen Response to the unexpected incident involved the fire department, the sheriff, the city of Saratoga and the staff on SHS campus. read more » Schools in China reflect the government’s strict pandemic policies November 21, 2020 — by Selina Chen Students and staff in the Chinese cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Yunnan and Taizhou discuss their school situations in a time when the Chinese government has the pandemic under its control. read more » Not inferior to Beethoven or Tchaikovsky: Traditional Chinese instruments deserve equal respect November 13, 2020 — by Selina Chen Ethnic instruments are not primitive artifacts or exotic displays for curiosity. read more » Falcon Focus: Sophomore self-publishes fantasy novel November 5, 2020 — by Selina Chen Through years of writing and support from a mentor, Arnav Swamy finishes “The Guard’s Revenge” read more » Volleyball athletes face clashing school and club seasons October 22, 2020 — by Selina Chen and Oliver Ye The pandemic presents club volleyball players with unusual tryouts, overlapping seasons, and a difficult college recruitment process. read more » Faith intertwined: Virtual religious services prove essential for connections October 18, 2020 — by Selina Chen From Zoom meetings to YouTube live streams, religious communities keep their bonds in a year when large in-person celebrations are canceled or significantly altered. read more » Yearbook staff grapples with the challenges of distance learning and low sales October 18, 2020 — by Selina Chen The 61st Talisman will be like no other. read more » Online speech and debate season off to a turbulent start October 10, 2020 — by Selina Chen With an online tournament every weekend, the speech and debate club has a lot to figure out and little time to do so. read more » I do not appreciate ‘candy’ in the form of equations October 7, 2020 — by Selina Chen Reporter recalls a shocking trick-or-treating experience in China. read more » District should lift the new restrictions on student Zoom accounts October 7, 2020 — by Selina Chen The inability to record meetings and admit non-lgsstudent guests is inconvenient — and unnecessarily so. read more » Local Chinese Americans respond to prospective WeChat ban October 7, 2020 — by Selina Chen A social media platform that combines communication, purchases and posts, WeChat will cause many inconveniences for the Saratoga Chinese-American community if banned. read more » Battling the monster: Spanish teacher shares her experience with COVID-19 September 17, 2020 — by Selina Chen Stephany Marks got the virus from her boyfriend, who got it from his job in the hospitality industry. read more » Some days it’s so hot the chickens are laying hard-boiled eggs September 14, 2020 — by Selina Chen The inventive ways in which a junior is dealing with the recent heat wave. read more » From tents to hazmat suits: traveling during COVID-19 September 6, 2020 — by Selina Chen Members of the community recall their experiences and challenges traveling long-distance. read more » The struggles of playing an instrument that calls for elegance September 4, 2020 — by Selina Chen Indulge me for harping on about the Chinese harp. read more » New English teacher brings experiences from sailing academy August 29, 2020 — by Selina Chen and Tiffany Wang English 10, 10 MAP and 11 Honors teacher Marcos Cortez looks forward to forming connections with his students. read more » COVID-19 strains Saratoga’s economy; small businesses struggle to stay afloat August 27, 2020 — by Selina Chen Owners of downtown businesses discuss their responses to the pandemic and the county’s regulations. read more » Speech and debate adapts to an online season August 26, 2020 — by Selina Chen Virtual tournaments and practices create a multitude of challenges — and potential benefits — for the speech and debate team. read more » 100 Word Rants August 26, 2020 — by Selina Chen, Carolyn Wang, Chris Chen, Vicky Bai read more » Visuals by Selina May 22, 2022: Speech and Debate team celebrates senior night, head coach’s Hall of Fame induction April 1, 2022: Boys volleyball team seizes second chances Boys volleyball team warmed up for a fix-the-mistake practice on March 28 in which each player aimed to identify and eliminate one error. March 31, 2022: Standing up for local businesses: I love Big Basin Burger Bar for sentimental reasons Interior view of Big Basin Burger Bar in the early days of the pandemic, captured by the writer during her first time reporting for the Falcon February 4, 2022: District plans for five more advisories after putting them on hold in January February 1, 2022: College (Counselor) Confidential: What she would say if she could December 3, 2021: Senior and local residents advocate for an alternative to the proposed construction at the Saratoga Retirement Community The Odd Fellows manor would be obscured by a new building under the current plan. December 2, 2021: Immigrant celebrates Chinese New Year with unusual ‘family’ Homemade dishes crowd the Chen family kitchen island during the 2020 Chinese New Year. November 30, 2021: Senior receives district recognition for volunteer work to fight hunger Senior Vicky Bai received the LGSUHSD Board Student Recognition during the school board meeting on Nov. 16. November 22, 2021: District Teachers Association rallies behind effort to get higher pay Teachers gather for a picture in the library after the Nov. 16 LGSUHSD board meeting. November 19, 2021: Board preliminarily supports alignment of graduation requirements between SHS and LG, leaves door open for considering full alignment The LGSUHSD board, Curriculum Alignment Course Pathway Committee, teachers, parents and students convene to discuss the issues at hand at the Nov. 16 board meeting. October 29, 2021: Freshman adjusts to new team and coach Emerson Pak getting ready to pass a serve along with upperclassmen Lisa Fung and Noor Khan. October 7, 2021: Model UN Club implements a hybrid in-person and online system Members of the Model UN club smile for a group picture after their first online meeting. September 16, 2021: Screener-19 QR code prank redirects confused students to ‘Remy Ratatouille’ photo September 10, 2021: Homecoming participation rises after school starts back up Derek Hsu was thrown into the air by his fellow dance members during senior stunt dance practice. September 5, 2021: School outlines COVID-19 protocols and expectations Students and staff walk by the student center during Phase 3A in March. May 21, 2021: Boys’ soccer finishes the season strong with new goals for next year Sophomores Yuvraj Singh and Devon Wire have fun while practicing for an upcoming game. May 13, 2021: Season 2 roundup: Girls’ volleyball team ends the season in high spirits despite challenges Senior Ria Purisai and sophomore Lisa Fung jumped up to block the hitter in a game against Wilcox on April 9. May 13, 2021: On campus for first time all year, new teachers and students try to orient themselves Teacher Mike Davey lectures students on the Palestinian and Israeli conflict. May 6, 2021: COVID-19 cases force quarantines for multiple sports Junior Jonathan Huang and seniors Darwin Chow and Nathan Murthy celebrate after Murthy gets a pick six after Saratoga’s first touchdown. May 6, 2021: Season 2 wrapup: With small roster, badminton team learns to adjust Glenn Liang (11) and Ferrano Liu (12) play badminton against each other in practice. May 3, 2021: Football team closes up-and-down season with victory against Fremont Senior quarterback Grant Petters winds up to launch the ball down the field during the senior night game against Los Altos on March 27. April 2, 2021: ICAC performers dance the night away at drive-in movie-style BnB on April 16-17 The Junior Girl’s Dance performs in front of the officers in the quad while Junior Olivia Kinoshita gets her filming equipment ready. April 1, 2021: Team tackles season amidst safety concerns April 1, 2021: Falcons adapt to COVID-19 restrictions and new head coach Junior Jordyn Sin checks in for weekly Covid-19 testing. April 1, 2021: Saratoga community responds to rise in anti-Asian violence with calls for change Freshman Minh Do’s twin sisters held signs at the Stop Asian Hate rally in front of Saratoga City Hall on March 20. April 1, 2021: A time to stand together for Asian Americans Community members hold up signs in protest at the Stop Asian Hate rally at Saratoga City Hall on March 27. March 28, 2021: Long-time athlete forced to choose between sports Oberhauser hits the ball during field hockey tryouts, the first of two training sessions she had to attend each day before she gave up soccer. March 26, 2021: Experienced boys’ basketball team hopes to set the pace in league March 26, 2021: New coach sets goals for team in unusual season The soccer team warms up for practice by doing drills on the lower field. March 12, 2021: Girls’ soccer aims to rebuild in a short season March 12, 2021: After losing most of their starters to graduation, the girls’ golf team aims to rebuild Junior Harshini Velchamy swings her golf club at practice, aiming for the perfect shot. February 6, 2021: Local funeral homes and elder care facilities adapt to realities of the pandemic AFCS is a small family-run business, with the current owner Zoe Alameda being the fourth generation to work in the funeral industry. February 6, 2021: No ordinary tale: Addendum to funeral homes story A variety of coffin designs are mounted on the wall in the casket showroom at Alameda Funeral & Cremation Services. October 7, 2020: District should lift the new restrictions on student Zoom accounts The district implemented restrictions on lgsstudent.org Zoom accounts without warning. October 7, 2020: Local Chinese Americans respond to prospective WeChat ban Chinese Americans fall into disagreements and confusion over which app can be used to communicate with mainland China in the likelihood of a WeChat ban. August 20, 2020: Widespread fires prompt staff members to evacuate Smoke settled over Saratoga on Aug. 19 as the fires raged miles away, largely uncontained. The air quality in Downtown Saratoga reached a peak of over 250 AQI at noon before the wind cleared the air. Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2023 by The Saratoga Falcon. All Rights Reserved.