Students and staff grapple with COVID-19 infections February 8, 2022 — by Sarah Thomas and Tara Natarajan A sore throat, runny nose and fever — sophomore Rishi Vaidya didn’t have any of these common symptoms, but when he tested positive for COVID-19 just days before school re-opened for the spring semester, he knew getting the virus would affect more than just his physical health. Since the end of winter break, the school […] read more » For second year, school hosts virtual electives night for incoming freshmen February 8, 2022 — by Carolyn Wang The school hosted a virtual electives night on Jan. 31 for incoming ninth grade families, featuring parent boosters, extracurricular/co-curricular activities, athletic presentations and elective informational sessions. After a two-part welcome session, incoming families had a chance to participate in five 10-minute elective sessions, where students and teachers answered questions related to their respective programs. Media […] read more » Clubs host Speak Up for Change events February 7, 2022 — by Nidhi Mathihalli and Nilay Mishra The Speak Up for Change week’s theme of Stepping Forward for mental health gave clubs a chance to host related events during the week of Jan. 31. Monday The four events included the Chess Club’s “Destress with Chess,” Nanoseed’s “Sticker Therapy,” Dear Asian Youth’s discussion on “Mental Health in the AAPI Community” and Neuroscience […] 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 Two years after the outbreak of COVID-19 in the U.S. and the widespread restrictions that followed, a study led by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has shown that the majority of Americans have suffered from increased mental health issues as the pandemic persists. Here, the constant interruption of COVID-19 has kept some students and […] read more » English teachers foster classroom community through various forms of gift exchanges February 4, 2022 — by Tara Natarajan and Kavya Patel As sophomore Emily Ta eagerly walked into English teacher Marcos Cortez’s English 10 class, she was met with homemade gifts from students in her “pod group.” For the past five years of teaching in the district, Cortez, who now teaches English 10 and English 10 MAP, has hosted a gift exchange in his class in […] read more » District plans for five more advisories after putting them on hold in January February 4, 2022 — by Selina Chen and Lihi Shoshani After a turbulent start to in-person advisories last semester — including a pause due to teacher objections and website failures — the district has delayed rolling them out in January. Now, it is planning for five more advisories in the second semester. Dr. Jamal Splane, the director of School Climate and Culture/Curriculum and Instruction for […] read more » As auditions wrap up, spring musical rehearsals begin February 4, 2022 — by Avani Kongetira After three days of auditions and callbacks, the cast for the school’s spring musical, “Fiddler on the Roof,” was announced on Jan. 27. Starring in the show are senior Taylor Zhou as Tevye, senior Peilin Zhang as Hodel, junior Anastasia Ramirez as Tzeitel, freshman Ashly Henry as Golde and freshman Diya Iyer as Chava. “Fiddler […] read more » Green Team tests indicate low water quality from fountains February 4, 2022 — by Carolyn Wang Senior Green Team president Cici Xu spent her Jan. 25 tutorial walking around campus holding what looked like a small ruler, and dipping it into water samples collected from various fountains and dispensers. What she discovered surprised her. The numbers on her TDS meter — the device used to measure the amount of total dissolved […] read more » Dungeons, dragons and drama: Student director takes hobby to the stage February 4, 2022 — by Michael Fok From Feb. 11-13, the student production “She Kills Monsters,” directed by senior Taylor Zhou, will be performed in the McAfee Center. The drama-comedy, written by Qui Nguyen and debuted in 2011, tells the story of a woman grieving her late teenage sister through exploring the latter’s passion for Dungeons and Dragons, a roleplaying game. Senior […] read more » Intro to Engineering and Intro to CS to be merged next year February 3, 2022 — by Mitchell Chen and Daniel Wu In order to combat the common dilemma of students having to choose between taking Intro to Computer Science or Intro to Engineering, a proposed new class called Intro to STEM will combine the two. The new class will replace Intro to Engineering and Intro to Computer Science, merging the two classes into one year-long course […] read more » firstprevious...10...2021222324...3040506070...nextlast Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2023 by The Saratoga Falcon. All Rights Reserved.