100-word rant: Candy canes have an inedible shape November 22, 2021 — by Benjamin Li With candy canes’ festive red and white stripes and hook shape, it’s become a Christmas tradition to hang them as ornaments on trees. They look cute and you can eat them: The perfect duo, right? Wrong. Trying to cram a candy cane into my mouth is one of my top 10 most frustrating experiences. Starting […] read more » The need for tech refresh: Establish a tech booster organization November 22, 2021 — by Lynn Dai Tech funding is a challenge that schools across the nation have wrestled with for years and SHS is no exception. Even the funds raised from the district, the SHS Foundation and other sources haven’t been enough to meet the growing needs. Students have returned to campus with aging desktops and Chromebooks ranging from 2 to […] read more » Ethnic studies would work better as a whole-year class November 19, 2021 — by Andrew Lin A bill passed in October requires California schools to offer an Ethnic Studies course by 2025 and makes taking a one-semester Ethnic Studies course a graduation requirement starting in 2029. While legislators had good intentions, this course may prove divisive and ineffective. In its current form in its first year at SHS, the ethnic studies […] read more » Facebook should take real action to minimize harm for teenage girls on Instagram November 18, 2021 — by Kaasha Minocha I got my first Instagram account in seventh grade. Excited, I curated my profile carefully, posting every two weeks while aiming to get as many followers as possible. Scrolling through my feed, I constantly saw girls wearing heavy makeup and sharing their best moments, and I wanted to be like them. This constant desire to […] read more » Formal date culture is isolating and stressful November 18, 2021 — by Benjamin Li After a year and a half of lonely, virtual events, it’s no wonder students are excited that Winter Formal is back and slated for Dec. 4 at Gilroy Gardens. With all the good food and fun dancing, however, comes the never-ending saga of formal dates. Even months before the dance, the question, “who are you […] read more » Keep our bell schedule simple: 85-minute classes and daily tutorials November 18, 2021 — by Shaan Sridhar The new bell schedule implemented at the start of the 2021-22 school year is likely the most unanimously disliked policy on campus. The schedule contains non-daily tutorials, inconsistent class times, an unnecessarily long announcements period and frustrating 10-minute passing periods. It is so atrocious that it is impeding students’ ability to learn and teachers’ ability […] read more » Apple, please help: I want to delete my texts November 12, 2021 — by Shaan Sridhar It may sound suspicious, but every once in a while I send a message with my iPhone that I want to delete. It’s usually a joke I’ve sent to my friend that I want to take back. Or a misspelled word I want to correct. Or an accidental message I’d prefer to unsend instead of […] read more » Current universal health care proposals are disasters waiting to happen November 12, 2021 — by Sarah Zhou Saratoga is a relatively progressive school; students advocate for political issues such as women’s abortion rights and the #MeToo Movement, and participation is prevalent in movements like Culture of Consent. But while all of these are worth supporting, universal health care — in its currently proposed form in the U.S. — is not. Simply put, […] read more » Thanksgiving is the best holiday November 12, 2021 — by Jason Cheng It’s the best time of year again. No, not Christmas. Not summer, either. It’s Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season. Strategically placed near the end of November, it’s a perfect transition into winter while simultaneously celebrating the final days of sunshine. From a holiday standpoint, Thanksgiving, as its name suggests, gives thanks […] read more » The word ‘smart’ must stop being used in the wrong context November 4, 2021 — by Carolyn Wang If you’ve ever walked past a group of students nervously ranting about an upcoming difficult math test, you’ve probably heard this phrase of reassurance uttered a million times: “You’re smart. You’ll do fine.” The term smart is often put on a pedestal. Being smart is equated to excelling academically and obtaining high grades without much […] read more » firstprevious...10...1819202122...3040506070...nextlast Home | News | Sports | Opinion | Columns | Features | Multimedia | Print | About | Terms & Conditions Copyright © 1959 - 2023 by The Saratoga Falcon. All Rights Reserved.