New Ceramics and Media Arts teacher pursues love of teaching following queer civil rights protections September 22, 2022 — by Anamika Anand Ceramics and Media Arts teacher Theresa Muñoz — who identifies by no pronouns — first made art as a baby, when Muñoz’s dad put wet paint on a table and let Muñoz play with it. Rather than telling Muñoz how to do it and what was wrong or right, Muñoz’s parents gave Muñoz the freedom […] read more » Brotzman takes on joint-campus course with theater tech September 22, 2022 — by Christopher Chen Every Blue Day after 4th period, stage tech teacher Benjamin Brotzman uses a school van to drive eight students to Los Gatos High for a combined theater tech class. The stage tech class was combined this year due to low enrollment in Saratoga High’s theater tech course and high enrollment in Los Gatos’s. The Saratoga […] read more » New health clerk and supervisor aims to be positive presence on campus September 22, 2022 — by Mitchell Chen and George Hu Tammy Paris began working part-time last year as a health clerk at both Saratoga and Los Gatos High. Over the summer, Parris was hired for a full time position as the new school health clerk and campus supervisor at SHS. Previously, Parris had jobs in the health-care industry for over a decade. Her new position […] read more » Former athletic trainer Liz Alves returns to campus as P.E. teacher September 21, 2022 — by Sarah Thomas and Divya Vadlakonda Red- and orange-colored balloons bounced on heads as choruses of laughter from the students taking teacher Liz Gilmore Alves’s Intermediate P.E. class echoed throughout the large gym on the first day of school. While it was a big day for her students, it was also a big one for Alves, who started working at the […] read more » Guidance counselor Monique Young: lifelong mentor, former recreation leader and event coordinator September 21, 2022 — by Lynn Dai Growing up, guidance counselor Monique Young always wanted to become a teacher. Inspired by her own teachers, who she said gave her a “safe space” while having lots of anxiety at school, Young aspired to follow in their footsteps. She majored in Child Development in her undergraduate studies at San Jose State University (SJSU), hoping […] read more » VTA introduces new Clipper mobile app to increase transportation accessibility September 21, 2022 — by Minsui Tang The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is implementing Clipper, a mobile app which can be used to pay fares on all Bay Area transit agencies and access other services. Any adult, senior or youth Clipper Card can be transferred to a phone using the app — once transferred, the physical Clipper card can no […] read more » Changes to Heritage Orchard stir mild controversy September 21, 2022 — by Atrey Desai and Kevin Yang The Saratoga Heritage Orchard, located between the Saratoga Library and City Hall, signed a new contract on May 4 with Orchard Keepers, a Santa Cruz-based gardening business, a move that raised questions about the future of the orchard. Designated as one of the city’s Heritage Landmarks, the 13.9 -acre property remains one of the few […] read more » SAT to undergo major overhaul September 19, 2022 — by Eric Shi The SAT is set to undergo major changes in 2023 for international students and 2024 for U.S. students. The primary difference will be the transition from paper tests to digital tests. Students will be able to use either their personal device or a school-provided device to take the exam. This change comes as an attempt […] read more » Curtain up: Drama to perform ‘The Crucible’ this fall September 19, 2022 — by Victoria Hu On Aug. 15 at 6 p.m., more than 40 students walked through the streamer-decorated door of the Thermond Drama Center (TDC). Once inside, they were greeted by drama board officers who gave them name tags and directed them to the food table for pizza. For the next four hours, students participated in the drama program’s […] read more » College and career counselor Brad Ward quickly settles into the school community September 19, 2022 — by Tara Natarajan and Shreya Rallabandi and Beverly Xu Upon returning to school this August, students and teachers alike discovered that a previously deserted room between the music building entrance and cafeteria now sports a brand new look. The open layout reveals couches, tables and most prominently, walls adorned with over one hundred colorful posters displaying colleges spanning the nation — from Montana State […] read more » firstprevious...10...1718192021...3040506070...nextlast Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2023 by The Saratoga Falcon. All Rights Reserved.