100-word rant: Peppermint should be banned from Halloween October 3, 2021 — by Benjamin Li Imagine reaching into your plastic pumpkin bucket on the night of Halloween, hoping that your trick-or-treating adventures will result in a tasty piece of candy. But instead, you stare in dismay at a peppermint laying in your hand. Peppermint isn’t sweet, nor is it the best breath freshener. It stings your throat and turns your […] read more » Coalition schools: Move to Common App October 2, 2021 — by Preston Fu Typing the last sentence of my ninth Common App personal statement draft, I heaved a sigh of relief as I pasted the polished essay into the text box: 649 words. Success. But as I embarked on the menial task of entering all my data into the application portal, all of that excitement went to nil. […] read more » So far Advisory period isn’t effective at giving advice October 2, 2021 — by Kavita Sundaram and Ben Li Without the previous 30-minute tutorials on Red Days in the previous bell schedule, the last thing students want is a 40-minute advisory taking up their tutorials on certain Blue Days. (The Advisory periods are on hold right now as disagreements with the District Teacher Association are being ironed out.) Advisory periods disrupt tutorials that could […] read more » School library should remove unnecessary books October 2, 2021 — by Jonny Luo I love to read, but just not at the school library. To me, the library is a place to do homework, print papers and collaborate on school projects during tutorial — not a place to check out books. When I do check out books, I check them out at the Saratoga Public Library, which offers […] read more » How in the world does Halloween qualify as a holiday? October 2, 2021 — by Jason Cheng When we think of the word “holiday,” we imagine festivities. We imagine tranquility. We imagine hitting the brakes on the tedious cycle of school-related stress in order to regroup, rejuvenate and, most importantly, celebrate. These thoughts align fairly well with the Merriam-Webster definition of “holiday” as “a day marked by a general suspension of work […] read more » I. hate. flies. September 30, 2021 — by George Huang You’re sitting in class and trying to pay attention. It’s 90 degrees outside and nearly as hot inside with classroom doors always open for COVID-19 prevention. You sweat in your seat as a tiny swarm of black monsters begins to circle your head. You try to ignore the droning of their wings until your head […] read more » New rough/final draft test format harms students in the long run September 20, 2021 — by Benjamin Li and Nilay Mishra With in-person learning beginning to resemble what school looked like before the pandemic, it would be expected that testing would revert to normal, closed-book testing. Several math teachers in AP Calculus AB and AP Statistics, however, are now adopting a rough/final draft system for tests in order to ease the transition between remote and in-person […] read more » 100 Word Rants September 17, 2021 — by Vicky Bai, Apurva Chakravarthy, Sarah Zhou and Zachary Zinman Is a school lunch potato worth $5? $5 — baked potato, the school lunch menu read. Beneath the aluminum foil, I expected — at the very least — a fluffy, golden potato topped with sour cream, bacon, butter and cheese. As I removed the foil, my high hopes for potato nirvana were crushed. It was […] read more » Staff editorial – Title IX: topic too big for tutorial September 17, 2021 — by Andy Chen and Esther Luan Students may recall a wondrous feeling of freedom upon hearing the bell ring at the end of second period on Friday during the first week of school, signaling the start of tutorial. Most students then remember the sudden drop in their stomach when their second-period teacher proceeded to inform the class that all students had […] read more » Controversial testing framework makes changes for the better September 10, 2021 — by Michael Fok In the stressful year of online learning, the novel rough/final draft testing format has revolutionized test-taking. In this system, students take the test during class as a rough draft graded on completion; they then revise their rough draft with an open-book policy to be submitted as a final draft for test credit. This new form […] 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.