Handling health care April 4, 2012 — by Serena Chan With the approaching 2012 presidential election, students are reflecting on President Barack Obama’s leadership over the last three years. The issue of health care arises as a popular topic since it goes hand-in-hand with the national budget. read more » Students relate to popular tumblr website: Saratoga problems December 14, 2011 — by Serena Chan Those of you who dedicate hours scrolling through Tumblr have probably already seen the posts by “Saratoga Problems” and “Toga Troubles.” These two anonymous, submission-based Tumblr sites chronicle idiosyncrasies of our beloved school and have generated much attention on the widely used blogging forum. Both sites have existed since mid-November and have created more than 100 posts in total. They poke fun at topics ranging from the new school schedule to difficult class assignments. read more » New pool lights to create schedule flexibility for athletes November 2, 2011 — by Megan Benzing and Serena Chan The school is in the process of getting bids for the installation of lights on the pool deck, an addition that may take place next school year. But the purpose of new pool lights goes far deeper than simply illuminating the deck. Water polo players and swimmers have faced difficulties with scheduling since school practice begins during seventh period. Athletes must either sacrifice their high school sport or their seventh-period class. read more » Regulation needed to combat cyberbullying September 22, 2011 — by Serena Chan Children are growing up today in a world where the pen is mightier than the sword, but the keyboard trumps all. With few apparent and easily punishable consequences for students’ actions online, the web has become a breeding ground for bullying. Throw on top of that the option of anonymity found in many social networking sites and the cyberbullying epidemic explodes. read more » Swim team dives in to support Japan victims April 26, 2011 — by Serena Chan The varsity and JV swimmers of the swim team made a splash on April 8 during the Swim-a-Thon fundraiser held in support of the victims of the recent disaster in Japan. read more » Past solutions to the budget crisis April 26, 2011 — by Serena Chan and Elijah Yi After years of unbalanced budgets coupled with an economic recession, the State of California finds itself with a staggering $27 billion deficit. Naturally, this has led to a significant decrease of funding for schools. These budget cuts have brought major changes into the Los Gatos-Saratoga school district. read more » Past solutions to the budget crisis April 26, 2011 — by Serena Chan and Elijah Yi After years of unbalanced budgets coupled with an economic recession, the State of California finds itself with a staggering $27 billion deficit. Naturally, this has led to a significant decrease of funding for schools. These budget cuts have brought major changes into the Los Gatos-Saratoga school district. read more » New dance celebrates the past decades February 28, 2011 — by Megan Benzing and Serena Chan Students rocked the night away in poodle skirts, disco outfits and hippie couture during the Decades Dance on Feb. 4. This new dance began with the ideas of ASB president David Mandell. read more » Class registration goes digital February 9, 2011 — by Serena Chan For upperclassmen, filling out course request forms for the following year is a familiar ritual. read more » Taking an early crack at the SAT November 10, 2010 — by Serena Chan The dreaded SAT I test. High school students dedicate hundreds of hours to prepare for this one exam, sitting through prep classes, memorizing vocab and slaving away at practice tests. Taking the SAT I as an upperclassman is stressful enough; however, some students are getting a head start with this exam. read more » Club swimmer changes lanes June 7, 2010 — by Serena Chan For the past decade, I've been swimming two hours a day, six days a week and 11 months a year with DACA (De Anza Cupertino Aquatics) up until roughly two months ago. Am I crazy for that? Possibly. Since then, I put club swimming on the back burner for a couple of months and started practicing exclusively with the school team. It's been ... different. read more » Toga girls make waves at CCS June 6, 2010 — by Serena Chan and Mac Hyde Saratoga Girls dominated CCS this year coming in at sixth place. Seniors Megan Nolet, Elizabeth Murray and Laurnen Opatrny all gave stunning performances in their last meet of their high school career. Despite set backs in which a confusing meet schedual caused missed races, the Falcons went on to achieve best times in CCS Finals. Lauren Opatrny achieved 56.10 in her 100 yard backstroke, placing second in finals. read more » Girls’ Swimming Season Recap: Swimming ends solid season ranked 6th in CCS June 1, 2010 — by Mac Hyde and Serena Chan 1. Season Record: 3-3 2. Highlight of the Season: At CCS, the Toga girls ranked 6th overall. Lauren Opatrny, Natalie Cheung, Elizabeth Murray and Megan Nolet swam the 200 Medley Relay and placed third. The 400 Free Relay swum by the four seniors Christine La, Elizabeth Murray, Megan Nolet and Lauren Opatrny placed fifth. read more » Teachers share experiences during pregnancy May 27, 2010 — by Serena Chan and Sarah Hull Morning sickness. Food cravings. Maternity clothes. For four faculty members, it is all part of the successive stages of pregnancy. Science teacher Kristen Thomson recently had her second child on April 20 , and speech pathologist Ronda Vierra, English teacher Natasha Ritchie and math teacher Jennifer Mantle are due in the fall. read more » Leadership roles held in high school instill lifelong lessons April 21, 2010 — by Serena Chan and Sarah Hull No matter how many academic courses a student takes during his or her high school years, perhaps the most valuable lessons are taught not in textbooks but by experience. Students who participate in student government positions gain valuable leadership skills that invariably benefit them in the future. read more » Girls’ swimming: Despite tough start, team remains optimistic March 16, 2010 — by Serena Chan The girls' swim team hopes to dominate this season with the advantage of an extremely strong team led by seniors Elizabeth Murray, Megan Nolet and Lauren Opatrny. Last season, the team placed eighth overall at CCS, ranking fifth out of the public schools, and the girls think they can compete with anyone. "We should be placing in the top 10 at CCS," said Murray. "We have done it these last couple of years, so it's possible for us." "Paly and Homestead are our biggest challenges," added Nolet. read more » Jazz Cabaret brings together young and old March 16, 2010 — by Serena Chan and Aanchal Mohan Young and old came together on campus for an evening of dancing and live music during annual Jazz Cabaret held March 6 in the Large Gym. The Redwood Middle School Jazz Band, SHS Jazz Bands I and II, the Los Gatos-Saratoga Big Band and the SHS Choir all performed while over 500 people from all throughout the Saratoga community swing-danced to the music. "The music was beautiful and fun to dance to," said sophomore Alison Knysh. "I was happy with how it complemented the atmosphere of the night perfectly." read more » To recycle or throw away? Students don’t always know what to do March 9, 2010 — by Serena Chan and Sarah Hull Freshman Francheska Palmer hesitated, holding the remains of her lunch above the two bins. Recycle or trash? For a second, her hand wavered back and forth between the two before tossing her plastic pasta container into the recycling bin. This short moment of uncertainty happened subconsciously, but it is an example of how most students are puzzled when it comes to what items are recyclable. Looking at the trash bins in the quad, about half of the garbage belongs in the recycle bin next to it and half of the recycling should be in the trash. read more » BAY Mag recruiting draws teens from around the area February 2, 2010 — by Serena Chan and Emily Williams Thirty-five students from Saratoga, Los Gatos, Monta Vista and other local high schools gathered in Room 805 on Jan. 9 with the shared interest of becoming part of the student-run BAY Magazine, which covers issues and trends that affect teens in the area. The group listened to a 30-minute recruitment presentation by editor-in chief T.T. Tu about the magazine's goals and sections in hopes of possibly becoming a staff member themselves. read more » MAP building construction moving ahead; structure should be done in May November 13, 2009 — by Serena Chan The construction for the 4,800-square-foot Multimedia Arts Program (MAP) building located behind woodshop and the weight room began early September and is making progress. The $2.2 million project's most current milestone has been the completion of the electrical work. "We had a few hiccups," said media arts teacher Tony Palma. "In the process of the work, the equipment failed and there were some expenses in fixing that." This first problem arose when the construction workers re-routed the primary PG&E electrical line for the MAP building. read more » How to ask your date to winter formal November 13, 2009 — by Serena Chan and Ashley Tang With Winter Formal coming up, more and more people are racking their brains trying to think up a "good' way" to ask their date to the dance. Most people don't have enough money to buy a private jet and fly it over school during lunch with a banner attached saying: "Will you go to Winter Ball with me?". For most of us who cannot afford such extravagance, here are a few priceless ways to ask your crush, whether a girl or a guy, to Winter Ball: read more » New suit regulations for competitive swimming October 20, 2009 — by Serena Chan As of October 1, the swimming world will have cleared out all technical suits to the dismay of many swimmers. The International Swimming Federation (FINA), the governing body for the sport of swimming, has held meetings all over the world to define what kind of racing suit will be allowed during competitions. Speedo's LZR Racer and the J01 made by Jaked are only a couple of the first-class suits that will be banned from meets. Here are the rules according to a letter sent out by Bruce W. Stratton, Chair, USA Swimming Rules & Regulations Committee: read more » Girl’s sports not allowing lose hair ties around the wrist October 20, 2009 — by Serena Chan Think of all the ways a hair tie could be used as an advantage during a sport. Maybe while a girl is running her cross country race, she'll slip off that black elastic and snap it at another runner. Or maybe a water polo player will pull on another by the hair tie around her wrist. Officials don't want to test athletes' creativity by thinking of new ways to use hair bands as a weapon, so hair ties around the wrist are banned from most girls' sports including track, water polo and soccer to name a few. However hair ties are still allowed in the hair. read more » Construction starts on $2 million Media Arts Program building September 9, 2009 — by Serena Chan and Jocelyn Takahashi After the two years of hype and extensive planning for the new Media Arts Program (MAP) building, the highly anticipated project has finally broken ground and is expected to be completed by August 2010. The 4,800-square-foot facility, located behind the weight room and woodshop, will include a TV studio, an audio recording studio and classroom space. It is not only for the students involved in MAP, but also for the rest of the school. read more » MAP building nearing highly-anticipated completion September 8, 2009 — by Serena Chan and Jocelyn Takahashi After the two years of hype and extensive planning for the new Media Arts Program (MAP) building, the highly anticipated project has finally broken ground and is expected to be completed by August 2010. The 4,800-square-foot facility, located behind the weight room and woodshop, will include a TV studio, an audio recording studio and classroom space. It is not only for the students involved in MAP, but also for the rest of the school. read more » Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2023 by The Saratoga Falcon. All Rights Reserved.