Banning cellphones in school is counterproductive November 26, 2023 — by Sarah Zhou Some school districts across the country, and, in particular, Florida, have begun banning cellphone usage in school — not just in classrooms, but also during breaks, lunches and any time during the school day. While this policy existed while many current SHS students were at Redwood Middle, the rationale behind the moves is outdated and […] read more » School’s new drop-off and pick-up system keeps traffic flowing November 15, 2023 — by Parav Manney This year, the school has managed to resolve the long-troubling issue of traffic through the administration’s restyled drop-off and pick-up procedures. Before, most vehicles were funneled through a primary entrance on Herriman Avenue across Lexington Court, while the new plan distributes traffic-flow across multiple entrances. In addition, separate drop-off and pick-up paths are now clearly […] read more » Gerrymandering undermines democracy November 15, 2023 — by Nicole Lee and Ruiyan Zhu Before the tactic even got its name, gerrymandering was already being done: In 1812, politicians changed the boundaries of Massachusetts to favor the Jefferson Democrats, in part leading to a win for the Democrats. This practice continues to this day, and in the modern political climate, gerrymandering is a large part of the American political […] read more » AP classes need to do more than simply prepare students for the AP test November 15, 2023 — by Saachi Jain As a result of the school’s rigorous academic culture and college admissions pressures, an increasing number of students tend to pile up on AP classes, especially during their junior and senior years. Regardless of the mental and academic repercussions of taking these heavy course loads, many students simply take more AP classes in hopes of […] read more » District’s new Wi-Fi system unnecessarily frustrating and complicated November 14, 2023 — by Nika Svizhenko and Skyler Mao Over the summer, the district began implementing a new Wi-Fi system on campus, “LGSUHSD Wifi.” The switch to the new system was completed on Oct. 11. From a student perspective, however, this new Wi-Fi has been problematic for two main reasons: It is unnecessarily difficult to set up and, for some, has raised privacy concerns. […] read more » Living the night owl life: As the clock ticks toward midnight (and beyond), productivity increases November 9, 2023 — by Victoria Lin The dim light of my lamp illuminates across the room. I sit at my desk, typing furiously at 100 words per minute. The time: 12 a.m. For whatever reason, it is only at this time — while feeling on the verge of being delirious — that I find my inspiration. Any procrastinator knows the deadline […] read more » Daily quizzes aren’t inherently evil November 9, 2023 — by Nicole Lee As a student with terrible memory and notes of oscillating quality, I often struggle with remembering all of the niche information present in my homework readings. Since the start of my junior year, many of my classes have implemented daily quizzes to test us on what we’re reading. Personally, I find these quizzes to be […] read more » Flipping out: Why we can’t stand flipped classrooms November 8, 2023 — by Grace Lin and Florence Wei Going home to a never-ending list of activities and extracurriculars after school is draining enough. Wouldn’t it be even more tiring to learn everything — that’s supposed to be taught at school — at home too? For most students, this nightmare has become reality as more teachers switch from a traditional classroom to a flipped […] read more » Charging stations for electric vehicles on campus need solid plan and guidelines November 8, 2023 — by Christina Labban In the streets in and around Saratoga, electrical vehicles (EVs) represent a significant portion of total automobiles on the road. In fact, over 34% of Bay Area vehicles are electric and 16% are hybrids, while the U.S. average of EVs is around 7%. With this growing number, many schools and businesses have been required to […] read more » Flipped classrooms maximize class time for active learning November 8, 2023 — by Lawson Wang and Bryan Zhao It’s tough for educators to find ways to make learning effective and engaging, especially for advanced courses like APs where there is a seemingly endless amount of material to be taught. Under pressure to cover so much, many rely on direct instruction and worksheets or the equivalent, and while they may be useful in teaching […] read more » previous12345...1020304050...nextlast Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2023 by The Saratoga Falcon. All Rights Reserved.