School should offer more humanities courses May 18, 2022 — by Christina Chang Home to Apple, Google, Facebook and other successful tech companies, Silicon Valley is known as a leading region for tech innovation and development. Taking this into account, it’s no wonder that Saratoga, one of 13 cities within this world-renowned area, houses a vast majority of STEM-focused students — SHS is even ranked as the 11th […] read more » Junioritis: Seniors aren’t the only ones who feel burnt out May 15, 2022 — by Michael Fok Sitting with my senior friends in AP Calculus AB this semester, I witnessed their near-terminal “senioritis” take over. The shift was obvious: Last semester, they did their homework on the day it was assigned and studied diligently, but as the weeks passed, they’ve gone from passing students to utter bums. Their burnout struck me as […] read more » Why I’ve given up on school cookies May 12, 2022 — by Jonny Luo When I bite into a chocolate chip cookie, especially one I paid $1.75 for, I expect it to have all the qualities that make them great: a chewy, melted chocolate chip interior with a crunchy exterior that synergize into the most legendary of snacks. I expect them to be delicious, delightful, delectable and finger-licking good. […] read more » King for a day: the changes I’d make to the cafeteria if I could April 28, 2022 — by Andrew Lin Students who regularly buy hot lunch might have noticed a change in early April. I arrived at the lunch line to see cafeteria workers assembling an unfamiliar array of meats, sauces, grains and vegetables in plain view of the students, as opposed to the many foil bowls with plastic lids of pre-packed, soggy and greasy […] read more » PSA: It’s OK to take a break April 28, 2022 — by Christina Chang Instead of winding down from a month and a half of tireless schoolwork and extracurriculars, many students use their Spring Break as a time to catch up on schoolwork, study for finals and AP tests and apply for summer programs or jobs — essentially working nonstop. Yes, breaks are a time to catch up, but […] read more » Looking back, the school and county mask mandates made zero sense April 28, 2022 — by Shaan Sridhar On March 13, 2020, Santa Clara County issued the nation’s first stay-at-home lockdown order, shuttering businesses and schools. Businesses and schools opened within the ensuing year, and the mask mandate was lifted before being reimposed. But for schools, mask mandates issued during the lockdown were never lifted until now — a full two years later. […] read more » One senior’s journey: how to make the most of college applications April 9, 2022 — by Preston Fu College applications: widely regarded as the most stressful and tedious part of most students’ four years of high school. They’re intimidating at first glance, requiring students to create a list of schools months in advance, ask teachers for recommendation letters a year early and write dozens of essays. They’re also the unfortunate dictator of many […] read more » A tale of two seniors: What we wish we had known April 9, 2022 — by Apurva Chakravarthy and Preston Fu In a little under three months, we will graduate high school and move on to the next chapter in our lives. The uncertainty of life beyond our small town is jarring. While we don’t know much about what the rest of our lives, or even the next four years, have in store, we want to […] read more » NATO’s expansion plays a role in Putin’s invasion Ukraine April 2, 2022 — by George Huang March 20 marks the 24th day since Russian troops began their march into Ukraine. The artillery that continues to fall across the country has forced over 1.5 million people to flee, while many more have tried and failed. Hospitals and apartment buildings have been reduced to rubble while Ukraine’s citizens hide in shelters, waiting for […] read more » Restrict course enrollment to preserve students’ mental and physical health April 1, 2022 — by Nidhi Mathihalli By all measures, students here are stressed out, overworked and tired, especially as juniors and seniors, and the cause is obvious to everyone: They’re taking too many AP and Honors classes at the same time and not handling the load well. The desire to load schedules with AP and Honors classes comes with other downsides. […] 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.