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Introduction to Business and Physics teacher Kirk Davis

Davis to retire after 17 years at school

Emma Fung and Kathy Wang March 30, 2024

After 17 years as physics and business teacher, Kirk Davis will retire at the end of the school year.  With Davis’s retirement, Intro to Business has been discontinued as a class offering, while...

From stories of old shoes, hockey games and Ultimate Frisbee matches, teachers on campus give us their best first date advice from their best and worst experiences. 

Lessons outside the classroom: teachers’ dos and don’ts for a first date

Anika Kapasi and Beverly Xu February 15, 2024

For all our hopelessly single SHS students, we’re capitalizing on the greatest source of dating experience on-campus — people who teach us how to find chemistry, dance to our own tunes and find integral...

Thomson has collage on her wall showing all the swim teams she has coached.

Science teacher finds second home coaching swimmers on the pool deck

Sunny Cao October 31, 2023

Every spring, students walking along the pool might be surprised to see science teacher Kristen Thomson coaching the girls on the swim team. She can be seen patrolling the pool, encouraging swimmers to...

Frangieh and her UC Davis team at the 1990 water polo National Championships held at Brown University.

Math teacher Kelly Frangieh: once dual collegiate athlete at UC Davis

Amy Luo October 21, 2023

Math teacher Kelly Frangieh is known on campus for teaching Algebra 2 honors and Pre-calculus. Hidden behind her academic career, however, is the journey of an active athlete from childhood through college...

CBI teacher Michelle Nguyen shows students how to order food and behave in public in preparation for when they visit Big Burger Basin.

New CBI teacher aims to encourage inclusivity

Angela Tan September 28, 2023

Having grown up in the multicultural community of north San Jose, new Community-Based Instruction (CBI) teacher Michelle Nguyen loves surrounding herself with diverse groups of students who are eager...

Bookshelf used for the library system in Mary Palisoul’s classroom

Palisoul takes on new role teaching English 11 Honors

Nika Svizhenko September 28, 2023

As the bell rang at the beginning of the period, students in Room 006 began to discuss the themes and implications behind “On being a refugee, an American — and a human being,” an essay by Viet...

Rajamani guides student through addition of rational equations.

New Precalculus teacher puts in extra time to help students

Aiden Ye September 25, 2023

On a Blue Day tutorial, new Precalculus teacher Matangi Rajamani runs through practice problems on the whiteboard, reviewing methods of simplifying exponential equations to the attentive students in her...

If we can hear teachers breathe, they are too close to us.

A layperson’s guide to students’ classroom pet peeves  

William Norwood and Divya Vadlakonda September 14, 2023

Everyone has something that irks them in class — that one particularly annoying person always clicking their pen, that one grumpy teacher who is always yelling or that one rule that makes no sense....

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