New finals schedule elicits mixed reactions from students December 3, 2021 — by Benjamin Li On Dec. 13, following seven shortened class periods, the seventh period final will kick off finals week. In the following three days, students will take their fifth and sixth period finals on Tuesday, first and third on Wednesday and second and fourth on Thursday. Between each two-hour-long testing period is a 90-minute break consisting of […] read more » In-person concerts become more common for service clubs December 3, 2021 — by Mitchell Chen and Jonathan Li With Thanksgiving festivities complete and Christmas right around the corner, service clubs around campus are performing holiday concerts at local senior centers, many of which have opened up for in-person events. Tri-M The school’s Tri-M Club, a chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, provides jazz and classical music for the Bay Area? community. […] read more » Reactions to 3 possible spring semester bell schedules favored by board December 3, 2021 — by Apurva Chakravarthy and Shaan Sridhar During the district’s board meeting’s study session on Nov. 16, associate superintendent Carrie Bosco presented six bell schedules proposals for the school board to consider for second semester. With consideration to the feedback from a district-wide survey sent to students, parents and staff, the five-member governing board chose schedule three drafts (A, C and F) […] read more » Administration re-examines Safety Plan after trespassers enter campus December 3, 2021 — by Lena Aribi and Meher Bhatnagar Campus supervisor Allan Mcgurk was strolling through campus on the morning of Nov. 22 when he saw an unknown person wandering around the school and popping their head into various classrooms. The same morning, principal Greg Louie sent an email informing the school that an individual had trespassed onto campus at around 8:50 a.m. He […] read more » Senior and local residents advocate for an alternative to the proposed construction at the Saratoga Retirement Community December 3, 2021 — by Carolyn Wang and Sara Bright “Do you see those two trees there?” Tsing Bardin, a resident of the Saratoga Retirement Community (SRC), a senior home near West Valley College, asked as she pointed at a pair of old growth redwoods. “No more.” Shaking her head in disappointment, she turned toward a cluster of large palm and oak trees that line […] read more » All recycling products at the school have been trashed in the past six months because students keep contaminating recycling bins with improper waste such as food December 2, 2021 — by Christina Chang and Cici Xu School has not recycled any non-cardboard waste for the past six months due to waste, such as food scraps, contaminating recycling bins on campus, said maintenance supervisor Paul Weir. “When the recycle bin is mixed with trash like food scraps, the whole bin becomes automatically unrecyclable,” Weir said. The school generates about 40,000 pounds of […] read more » Robotics team holds first in-house scrimmage in two years December 1, 2021 — by Alexander Kan and Allen Luo Three, two, one. A crackling trumpet sound effect blared from a laptop in the corner of the robotics room to alert students of the countdown. On a 12 by 12 foot tiled arena, two small robots started moving autonomously, whirring around the field and scurrying to complete various tasks for points. The Mechanical Science and […] read more » New outreach commission plans Speak Up for Change ‘Stepping Forward’ December 1, 2021 — by Avani Kongetira and Atrey Desai After the outreach commission was cut due to low-interest last year, a new, unofficial commission has emerged to organize Speak Up for Change (SUFC), which will take place during the week of Jan. 24. The theme, “Stepping Forward,” aims to break the stigma of mental health issues. The previous commission was scrapped at the end […] read more » Clubs switch to Google Classroom for communication November 30, 2021 — by Apurva Chakravarthy and Jason Cheng Google Classroom is replacing Facebook Messenger as the primary way for clubs to communicate. The switch, senior club commissioners Grace Hsu and Nandini Desai said, was to have a system more similar to Canvas, the school’s learning management program. Recently, ASB has had trouble receiving each club’s monthly minutes, which results in clubs getting either […] read more » Senior receives district recognition for volunteer work to fight hunger November 30, 2021 — by Serena Li and Daniel Wu Senior Vicky Bai received the Los Gatos Union High School District (LGSUHSD) board Student Recognition during its meeting on Nov. 16 for her volunteer work at Hunger at Home, a nonprofit organization started in 2008 that partners with local businesses to donate surplus food to people who are food insecure in the Bay Area. 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