Leadership class to host closed campus lunch December 11, 2008 — by Lauren Kuan and Synthia Ling When the lunch bell rings, upperclassmen rush to their cars and drive off campus to restaurants like Chipotle, Togo’s and McDonald’s, while underclassmen line up to buy pizza or pasta from the cafeteria. On December 19, however, students are scheduled to eat lunch on-campus and be catered food from both Chevy’s and Red Robin. The event will be hosted by the leadership class in order to raise money for the school. Fifteen percent of the money paid will go to the school. The food was previously ordered; each student who wanted some had to fill out a form and turn it in to the office. The menu includes burgers with fries, quesadillas, flautas and tacos. read more » Senior class postpones lip-sync December 8, 2008 — by Kirstie Lee The holidays are a time for tradition, and the senior class fundraiser is succumbing to the same tradition it had hoped to avoid. In past years, Lip Sync has been the victim of numerous postponements and cancellations, something this year’s senior class officers were hoping to avoid. The annual fundraiser originally scheduled for Dec. 18, has been postponed until the spring due to a lack of participation, said senior class president Lewis Chen. read more » Service clubs spread holiday cheer December 8, 2008 — by Kevin Mu and Anna Shen Service clubs at Saratoga High, including Key Club, Interact, California Scholarship Federation (CSF) and Amnesty International (AI) are doing charity work for the holiday season. read more » PTSO in need of membership, donations to fund grants December 5, 2008 — by Alicia Lee As the school year eases in, the Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) has had to make important decisions that affect the whole school’s education programs. Grant requests for the 2008-2009 school year added to more than $47,000. While all grant requests were taken into consideration, the PTSO was only able to fund $29,000 toward staff and student grants, with some help from the school’s supplies fund. In picking which programs to fund, PTSO members particularly focused on “seeing the number of students that will benefit from a specific grant, educational value for the students and what tools a teacher may use to evaluate effectiveness of the grant material,” according to PTSO co-president Shinku Sharma. read more » Speech and debate: Novices shine at Milpitas tournament December 5, 2008 — by Saniha Shankar and Emily Chen With the season in full swing, the speech and debate team competed in the two-day league tournament at Milpitas High School on Nov.15 and 16th. All Individual events took place on Saturday. The competition was stiff, but sophomore Soorya Rangan broke to semi-finals in Impromptu and Sophomore Keeti Shukla advanced to semi-finals in Foreign Extemporaneous. Sophomore Vance Lindholm took fifth place in National Extemporaneous speech. read more » School upgrades weight room, projection systems December 5, 2008 — by Kelly Lamble and Alex Sclavos The school has undergone some significant aesthetic changes, including renovation of the gym and football field, in the past few years. Now those changes are continuing with more high-tech projection systems being installed in classrooms throughout campus and $75,000 worth of equipment being donated to the weight room. The school acquired the new weight room equipment after new management of the Quito Shopping Center tripled 24 Hour Fitness’ lease, effectively forcing them out because they were looking for businesses that would attract customers to shop at multiple venues in one outing. read more » Students write love on their arms December 3, 2008 — by Mary Mykhaylova Many students came to school on Nov. 13 with arms embellished with pens and sharpies that spelled out a single word–love. These students were participating in a national day of awareness, To Write Love on Her Arms Day. This symbolic event was hosted by the non-profit organization, To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA), whose goal is to present people with hope and find help for those struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicidal thoughts. According to its website, TWLOHA’s vision is, “the possibility that your best days are ahead…that we're more loved than we'll ever know. The vision is hope, and hope is real. You are not alone, and this is not the end of your story.” read more » Marching band seniors honored for four years of hard work December 3, 2008 — by Kirstie Lee &Karen Lyu The marching band performed its last show of the season and for its 48 seniors, of their high school career, in the Western Bands Association (WBA) Championships at Diablo Valley College on Nov. 22. The band first competed in the preliminary competition and then placed 11th, qualified for the finals round in which they placed 11th as well. Before and after the competition, emotions ran high, ranging from warm hugs, slapping of high-fives and even spilled tears. Many were both critical of the performance and proud of the work they had done. read more » Students seek to help Chinese children suffering from heart disease December 3, 2008 — by Tiffany Tseng Traveling miles away from home this summer, senior Alina Yang met children from some of the poorest families in China who were suffering from Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) and had no money for treatment. After helping these unfortunate children and learning about their many struggles in life, she immediately wanted to support this cause through a non-profit organization called Angelheart International. read more » Seniors grapple with CSU, UC budget cutbacks December 2, 2008 — by Andy Tsao With the crumbling of the economy and state budget, many seniors are feeling the pinch. “Some people may be intimidated by the cost of attending private schools,” said senior Kevin Shimizu. “It gets scary when applying to a variety of private colleges costs upwards of $600.” Even the University of California system is now unable to find sufficient funding to provide an education for its students and has recently announced that it will be offering admission to 10,000 fewer students, starting from the 2008-09 school year. Furthermore, the California State University system has also faced budget cuts and now cannot raise the money needed to support California’s large student population. read more » firstprevious...1020304050...371372373374375...380390...nextlast Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2024 by The Saratoga Falcon. All Rights Reserved.