Saratoga Falcon

September 2, 2014

Gone this year are the journalism room’s now ancient 2007 model iMacs. In their place are sleek, new 2014 iMacs available for all students to use.

September 4, 2014

With the start of the new school year, teachers are making the transition to a new system called Canvas, which functions as a learning management tool for students and teachers alike.

September 8, 2014

Completed just before graduation last year, the Sports Plaza is now the main entrance of countless sporting events. The Plaza was the culmination of more than two years of extensive planning and fundraising that started when the SHS Foundation and alumni got together and decided the old ticket booth was something the school needed to fix.

September 9, 2014

SHS seniors' scores on the PSAT qualify them for academic honor.

September 17, 2014

Teachers Kristofer Orre and Brian Elliott are one of several teacher pairs working with a new collaborative teaching model this year. 

Club policy to be reinforced
PTSO organizes college workshop
Saratoga Strings to perform in prestigious music conference
Students attempt office break-in
New coach has high hopes for dance team’s second season
Modified prerequisites policy grants students ‘open access’
Downtown construction aims to ‘beautify’ village
September 17, 2014 — by Emily Chen and Katherine Sun

A policy requiring clubs to keep track of minutes and have advisers present during meetings will be more strongly enforced this year.

September 17, 2014 — by Jihau Yu

The PTSO is funding a talk to inform parents about the college application process. This seminar will take place on Oct. 9 in the cafeteria.

September 17, 2014 — by Vibha Seshadri and Tiffany Zheng

Saratoga Strings has been selected to perform as part of a prestigious conference at McCormick Place in Chicago during the week of Dec. 15, which also happens to be finals week first semester..

September 16, 2014 — by Andrew Jiang and Carolyn Sun

An undisclosed number of students attempted to break into the school’s office around 2 a.m. on Aug. 9, according to principal Paul Robinson. When this group of students set off an alarm, sheriff's deputies sped to the school and apprehended all involved.

September 16, 2014 — by Emily Chen and Eileen Toh

Dance team impresses students with their new season's energetic performances.

September 16, 2014 — by Spring Ma, Stefanie Ting and Eileen Toh

More students will have the opportunity to enroll in advanced classes starting this year because the administration has increased the school's open access policy to include foreign language and math classes.

September 16, 2014 — by Ami Nachiappan

The city's “Village Pedestrian Enhancement Construction” project will be done in November, according to Howard Miller, vice mayor of the city council. In its current phase, which costs more than $1.3 million and began in early May, workers will be adding features in downtown such as paving and lights.

Summer cross country training sets tone for season
Boys’ water polo places third in first tournament of the season
Freshman gymnast sets the bar high
Girls' field hockey team plans for a strong season
Lugo optimistic for new season
Alumni return to coach
Girls' water polo team strives to succeed in a higher league
September 16, 2014 — by Katherine Sun

This summer, senior captains Andrew Harter, Steven Sum and Rohith Krishna and juniors Stephen Law and Kevin Duong-Le of the boys’ varsity cross country team spent five days in Lake Tahoe, staying in Harter’s summer home and running with students from local Truckee High School. The boys completed altitude training in the mountains by running seven to eight miles in the morning and then three to four more miles in the evening.

September 16, 2014 — by Andrew Jiang

The boys’ water polo team, led by junior Mason Lee and junior Graham Schmelzer, is still trying to find its strengths. They had a chance to compete against other water polo teams in the area at a tournament in Lynbrook High School on Sept. 5-6 and finished third out of 18 teams.

September 14, 2014 — by Ariel Liu and Rachel Zhang

Freshman Kyle Abe, who trains as a Level 9 gymnast, performed at the Men’s Gymnastics Junior Olympic Nationals in Long Beach last year.

September 9, 2014 — by Deepthi Sampathkumar

Girls' field hockey players are  seeking to redeem themselves after a difficult season last fall.

September 9, 2014 — by Arjun Ramanathan and Devin Zhao

The football team last season had lots of talent in many key positions, but multiple injuries and their inability to work together to secure key wins hindered them from performing decently in their league.

September 7, 2014 — by Emily Chen and Ami Nachiappan

SHS alumni return to coach the school's sports teams.

September 4, 2014 — by Nupur Maheshwari & Gitika Nalwa

Girls' water polo team looks to advance further in CCS than last year.

Shocking Common Core essay assignment: Did Holocaust really happen or was it a ‘hoax’?
Gender imbalance in STEM fields persists
Dress code violates ‘right to bare arms’
Are you (finally!) done texting?
Should the drinking age be lowered?
Students should not abandon pleasure reading
Increasing literacy rates should be a high priority for California
September 17, 2014 — by Allison Lin

The Rialto School District located in Southern California received intense criticism last December for assigning a Common Core essay assignment titled “Is the Holocaust a Hoax?” to 2,000 eighth graders. The assignment asked students to explain whether they "believe the Holocaust was an actual event in history or merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain."

September 17, 2014 — by Karissa Dong and Eric Sze

According to, one out of every seven engineers is a woman, and female employment in STEM jobs has not grown since 2000. In 2010, statistics indicated that 17 percent of students in university engineering programs were women.

The issue, however, isn’t so easily solved by a few motivating words or well-meaning programs.

September 17, 2014 — by Michelle Cen and Megan MacInnes

Dress codes are insulting to both genders. Girls are burdened to cover themselves up to avoid distracting their classmates, and guys are essentially told they are unable to control themselves.

September 16, 2014 — by Kelly Xiao

Nothing is more disrespectful than impertinent people who are constantly texting on their phones.

September 16, 2014 — by Apoorv Kwatra and Neehar Thumaty

Reporters argue that the legal drinking age in the United States should be lowered.

September 14, 2014 — by Katherine Sun

It seems that many students don't read for pleasure anymore, and this shouldn't be the case.

September 12, 2014 — by Maya Ravichandran

This year, TIME Magazine ranked Bakersfield as the most illiterate city in the nation. 

‘Pretty Little Liars’ defies its stereotype
Living in the Netherlands exposes student to new culture
Sophomore works to develop prototype for medical device
Students compare boarding schools to SHS
Pieology serves as delectable comfort food
“If I Stay” I will be bored…
Return to the wizarding world: upcoming spinoff revives ‘Harry Potter’ hype
September 17, 2014 — by Catherine Tang

Reporter defends her favorite show "Pretty Little Liars" from others' complaints.

September 17, 2014 — by Aditya Chaudhry and Jihau Yu

Senior Alex Holz gains from unique experience living in the Netherlands.

September 16, 2014 — by Eileen Toh and Rachel Zhang

Sophomore Gabriel Burgos works on a design for a biomedical device that could identify patients’ heartbeats with more accuracy by accounting for the patient’s weight.

September 16, 2014 — by Karissa Dong and Andrew Jiang

Students compare their experiences at boarding schools to those at SHS.

September 14, 2014 — by Tiffany Zheng

Reporter describes her tummy-satisfying experience at Pieology, the up-and-coming pizza spot in San Jose.

September 14, 2014 — by Ashley Chen

Reporter discusses her disappointment for the recently released movie "If I Stay."

September 10, 2014 — by Isabelle Tseng

Reporter discusses her reaction to a movie trilogy based on the Harry Potter series, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” the first installment of which is to be released in 2016. 

The source of envy, pain and joy
Three Rachels, one confused sophomore
Junior relives childhood, writing with only crayons for a day
My nightmare entrance on the first day of school
Can you go a week without TV?
World Cup: savior of my summer
A senior’s quest to beat Kim Kardashian: Hollywood
September 18, 2014 — by Ariel Liu

Reporter discusses her feelings toward her 2-year-old brother.

September 18, 2014 — by Rachel Zhang

Reporter describes the confusion in class because her name is shared with others.

September 18, 2014 — by Helen Chen

Reporter describes her experience using crayons for a day at school.

September 18, 2014 — by Sherrilyn Ling

Reporter discusses her struggles on the first day of school.

September 9, 2014 — by Deepthi Sampathkumar

Reporter discusses going a week without watching television.

September 9, 2014 — by Anant Rajeev

Reporter describes following the World Cup during the past summer.

September 8, 2014 — by Sherrilyn Ling

Reporter describes experience to the top in Kim Kardashian's addicting game app.

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