AP U.S. History weighting not so bad September 6, 2012 — by Staff Editorial (writer: Aasim Naqvi) August 2011 was filled with the cries of juniors who had just been informed of horrible, life-changing news: AP U.S. History would become a weighted class for the first time in its recent history. More precisely, a homework point would no longer be equal to a test point, and excellence on exams would become more vital than completing homework. read more » Post-calculus math option necessary September 6, 2012 — by Staff Editorial (written by McKenna Galvin) As roughly 150 students file into AP Calculus AB or BC every day, it’s hard not to acknowledge that the once senior-dominated classes have shifted dramatically to include more juniors, sophomores and, in rare cases, even freshmen than ever before. read more » Discussion in all subjects necessary to fill void in education June 4, 2012 — by Staff Ed Over two thousand years ago, Socrates introduced the power of discussion through his Socratic method, a dialectical form of inquiry and debate based on asking and answering questions to stimulate critical thinking. read more » New finals schedule provides for genuine winter vacation January 24, 2012 — by Staff Editorial During winter break in the 2010-2011 school year, senior Vivian Tsai and her family visited her grandparents in Taiwan. On her trip, she had to bring along her calculus textbook, her Barron’s AP Chemistry prep book and the AP History textbook to study for finals in January. read more » With failed privacy policies, Facebook turns off trust settings November 11, 2010 — by Staff Ed In an age where social interaction has shifted increasingly to the digital sphere, the issue of privacy has become especially controversial. How much privacy is guaranteed online? What information can or cannot be shared? read more » Finals should be administered before AP tests May 28, 2010 — by Staff editorial At Saratoga High, the AP season at the beginning of May defines much of academic life on campus. After a long year of work, juniors, seniors and a handful of sophomores or freshmen demonstrate their knowledge during the two weeks of testing. read more » School should keep English 9 classes small January 26, 2010 — by Staff Editorial America's recession may be technically over, but the budget woes of schools in California aren't disappearing. In the face of a $3 million projected deficit for the 2010-2011 school year, the Los Gatos-Saratoga High School District is making cuts in the classroom, potentially growing the size of English 9 classes to 28 or beyond—a serious detriment to students and a regrettable move by school officials. read more » More light needs to be shined in recommendation process November 4, 2009 — by Staff editorial: Anoop Galivanche, Saniha Shankar, Uttara Sivaram, Abhi Venkataramana and Jason Wu Applying to colleges and anxiously waiting for a reply at one's mailbox is hard enough without being blindfolded. The content of recommendation letters has been kept under lock and key—so much so that they have become a thing of mystery and anxiety to seniors. The current system is understandable—if not to students at least to teachers. It prevents kids (or their parents) from taking up arms to go to their teacher's house, knocking on their front door and demanding a recommendation letter more complimentary to their college repertoire. read more » To double AP English or not: Now’s the time for change June 9, 2009 — by Staff Editorial Students experimenting with taking multiple science courses and multiplying their math courses by two have long been prevalent at Saratoga High. Multiple English classes, however? Frailty, thy name is the SHS English Department’s concurrent AP enrollment policy. read more » New Sadies date should not be a big deal February 13, 2009 — by Staff editorial The Sadie Hawkins Dance has always served as the cherry on top the delicious treat that is Spring Fling Week. For most students, it is the part of the spirit-based week that they enjoy the most. This year, however, many have raised unnecessary complaints about the change of date for the annual Sadies dance: it will be held on Feb. 27, departing from its usual slot as part of the week-long celebration in March. The change, which was made by ASB in order to provide the school with another informal dance, is a positive one and receive students’ support. read more » Link Crew rejection process flawed October 23, 2008 — by Staff Ed Most people love getting as much help as they can. But right when help is ready to be given, it’s thrown away. Such is the tale of Link Crew this year. In the past, Link Crew has always gathered enough interested people to sign up. Those who have showed a desire to help freshmen got the opportunity to guide ninth-graders through orientation and the rest of their year. Due to the overwhelming number of applications to be on the 2008-2009 Link Crew—more than 200—guidance counselors Frances Saiki and Alinna Satake had to reject nearly half of the applicants. read more » Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2023 by The Saratoga Falcon. All Rights Reserved.