Saratoga Falcon

April 23, 2016

Senior Michelle Wang shares story on how she plans to become an Art major.

April 24, 2016

Among the many students who call the Thermond Drama Center home,  Zach Grob-Lipkis is easy to spot. The junior can often be found  energetically performing his lines with a script in hand, often causing the whole room to erupt in laughter.


April 28, 2016

Caroline Oliver anticipates freshman year at Barnard. Saro Acharya sets up future in film with Emerson.

May 10, 2016

Caitlyn Chen writes about her experience on “Live! With Kelly and Michael.”

May 11, 2016

Todd Dwyer lived a different life before going into academia.

May 19, 2016

They also learn practical construction skills.

May 19, 2016

SHSTV covers Friday night's SMASH'N event, the Student of the Month, test superstitions, a MAP field trip and the last rally of the year.


May 19, 2016

Despite concerns voiced by some parents and students earlier in the year, the 2016-2017 school year will have a rolling block schedule with each day.

Juniors honored at annual awards ceremony
School implements new grading scale, looks to help students
Rolling block schedule finalized
Alumni music teachers leaving respective schools after 2015-2016 school year
Senior finds practical approach to music career, accepted in Marine Corps band
History bowl team falls short of goal at Nationals
Torrens to assume Marshburn’s duties as activities director next year
May 21, 2016 — by Roland Shen

ourteen juniors were honored by their teachers at the annual California Scholarship Federation (CSF) Award Ceremony breakfast on May 18.


May 21, 2016 — by Neil Rao

Starting this fall, the incoming freshman class will be the first to experience a major change in the school’s GPA scale.


May 19, 2016 — by Emily Chen

Despite concerns voiced by some parents and students earlier in the year, the 2016-2017 school year will have a rolling block schedule with each day.

May 19, 2016 — by Michelle Koo

Parents and pancakes filled the quad in late April as Redwood Middle School band director Jonathan Jow and SHS band director Jonathan Pwu quieted their ensemble of students and raised their arms to get set. The concert bands and orchestras of the middle and high school played their bittersweet final pieces for their final Pancake breakfast with two long-appreciated instructors.

May 19, 2016 — by Ami Nachiappan

Senior Michael Okuno shares thoughts about playing music for the Marine Corps Band.

May 19, 2016 — by Ryan Kim and Austin Wang

In its attempt to defend its national title from last year, the varsity A History Bowl team went to Washington, D.C., from April 22-24 and placed 14th out of 168 teams at the National History Bee and Bowl tournament.


May 19, 2016 — by Eleanor Goh

With Spanish teacher Rebeca Marshburn returning to San Antonio, Texas, next year to be closer to relatives after three years at the school, history teacher Matt Torrens has been hired to be the new activities director for next year.

Falcons send three onto NorCals
Boys’ tennis falls short at CCS semifinals, loses to Saint Ignatius
Volleyball succeeds in more challenging division
Boys' tennis secure league title for third year in a row
Boys' track improves with individual efforts
Baseball team works harder as CCS approaches
Badminton team prepares for tough games ahead
May 21, 2016 — by Isabelle Yang and Jason Zhao

After two long days, the Falcon badminton team members emerged victorious from CCS on May 13-14, sending No. 1 boys’ singles player Stephen Ding and No. 1 boys’ doubles players Partha Shah and Josh Li onward to play at the NorCal State Championships on May 21.


May 19, 2016 — by Ami Nachiappan and Jihau Yu

Decked out in maroon and and gray plaid uniforms with rackets in their hands, the boys’ tennis team was ready to take on Saint Ignatius, a high school in San Francisco, at CCS semifinals on May 12. Stakes were high and pressure rose as the Falcons, who have made CCS semifinals for four straight years, were determined to come out on top.

April 27, 2016 — by Roland Shen and Vivien Zhang

Outside hitter Joel Schneidmiller continues to pace the Falcons.

April 27, 2016 — by Elizabeth Lee and Jenny Qian

With a record of 11-1, the boys’ tennis team has won the De Anza League championship for the third consecutive year. 

April 27, 2016 — by Neil Rao and Neehar Thumaty

When senior Stephen Law took his stance in the block in preparation for the 1600-meter run during the April 19 meet against Fremont, he was determined not only to win but to run his best time ever. The result: Law crossed the finish line, and he had won with a time of 4:36, a personal record.

April 27, 2016 — by Jay Kim and Roland Shen

Though the Falcons kicked off the De Anza league season with a winning streak, the team has since fallen to seventh place in the division with a league record of 4-8 as of April 22. 

April 27, 2016 — by Isabelle Yang and Jason Zhao

“Good game, Wilcox!” echoed throughout the gym on April 21, as the Falcons came out victorious 22-8, their fourth consecutive  win in this season.

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May 19, 2016 — by William Chen, Mary Maccoun

SHSTV covers Friday night's SMASH'N event, the Student of the Month, test superstitions, a MAP field trip and the last rally of the year.


May 13, 2016 — by Saro Acharya, Max Lisovsky

SHSTV covers the  new ASB leaders, the talent show and MAP teacher Tony Palma moving into a new job with the district.


May 6, 2016 — by Lei Otsuka, Alexandra Propach

SHSTV covers seniors' college decisions, the Saratoga Music Boosters' Pancake Breakfast, the appointment
history teacher Matt Torrens as the school's new activities director for next year, and a recap of recent sports action.

April 29, 2016 — by Saro Acharya, Anuj Changavi

Student of the Month: Melissa Hoffman
Guys and Dolls Recap
Sports Recap
Leadership Class Controversy

April 22, 2016 — by Navin Tiwary, Harshini Ramaswamy

SHSTV has stories on recent action in spring sports,  activities director Rebeca Marshburn about her decision to return to her home town of San Antonio, Texas, after this school year, the recent TEXEX event, a hula hoop challenge to teachers by senior Luke Salin and short promo for Senior Prom.

April 15, 2016 — by Jennifer Chen, Maxwell Lisovsk

SHSTV looks at the robotics team's successful season, Spring Fling highlights, a junior volleyball star who has verbally committed to UC Irvine and parking issues created by the beginning of construction of the new music building.

April 1, 2016 — by Mary Maccoun, Kyle Wang

SHSTV looks at teachers' efforts to try to combat stress and experiment with different kinds of homework this year, speech and debate national qualifiers, the addition of a freshman diver to the swimming team and students' Spring Break plans.

March 25, 2016 — by Michelle Koo and Michelle Lee

SHSTV features reports on substitute teacher Bob Kucer, who is subbing for chemistry teacher Kathy Nakamatsu while she is out on maternity leave, Spring Fling dressup days, Winter Guard's recent competition in Las Vegas, Student of the Mnth and the details behind the still-not-completed new softball field, which is delaying the start of the team's home season.

March 18, 2016 — by Saro Acharya, Sabrina Clark

SHSTV gives general announcements and reviews a recently opened popsicle restaurant.

March 15, 2016 — by Jennifer Chen, Anuj Changavi

SHSTV covers an upcomong Dandia event, the experiences of students with food allergies and the girls' basketball team's run to a CCS championship.

March 4, 2016 — by Kyle Wang, Pranav Ahuja

SHSTV sums up recent CCS sports action and examines the start-up business uProspie as well as the recent trip some students took to Cuernavaca, Mexico, over February break.

February 26, 2016 — by Saro Acharya, Max Lisovsky

SHSTV features a promotion for the Benefit Fashion Show, which takes places tomorrow in the Large Gym, a recap of the boys' crushinbg and controlversial 47-44 loss in CCS to Aptos on a disputed buzzer shot, and a profile of the the student of the month.

February 12, 2016 — by Ryan Kim and Austin Wang

SHSTV explores the controversy over a lack of diversity among Oscar nominees, checks in with Sue's Cafe, shows what the new creative writing elective is doing, previews the Benefit fashion show and delivers anonymous Valentine's Day roses to surprised students.

Senior Homecoming Day: Oct. 16, 2015
Teachers Homecoming Day: Oct: 12, 2015
Freshman Homecoming Day: Oct. 13, 2015
Sophomore Homecoming Day: Oct. 14, 2015
Junior Homecoming Day: Oct. 15, 2015
October 17, 2015 — by SHS TV

Watch the seniors take us to a galaxy far far away in their homecoming quad day on Oct. 16, 2015

October 16, 2015 — by SHS TV

Check out our amazing teachers dance for their homecoming quad day on Oct. 12, 2015.

October 16, 2015 — by SHS TV

Watch how the freshmen dive into the lost city of Atlantis on Oct. 13, 2015

October 16, 2015 — by SHS TV

Watch how the sophomores takes us to the Hundred Acre Woods on Oct 14

October 16, 2015 — by SHSTV Staff

SHSTV shows how the juniors brought Neverland to life in their Quad Day on Oct. 15.

President Obama offers necessary advice to Black Lives Matter
Yale’s frustrating decision to keep name of Calhoun College misled
Online voting system exposes voter apathy in school elections
AP classes should have finals before the AP exam
Unfriendly environments are created by just a few words
Financial literacy curriculum would educate students of essential life skills
UCs should not lower standards for out-of-state students
May 21, 2016 — by Derek Chen

Junior explains President Obama's critique of the Black Lives Matter movement. 

May 21, 2016 — by Karissa Dong

Nineteenth century statesman John C. Calhoun, best known as South Carolina’s pro-slavery champion, is perhaps one of the America’s most controversial figures. His name has become synonymous with Southern secession, the Confederacy and America’s heinous institution of slavery. Yet, in spite of criticism from the Yale’s student body, Yale University president Peter Salovey announced on April 28 that the name of the residential college called Calhoun would remain.


May 19, 2016 — by Kyle Wang

Sophomore shares opinion on how more students should participate in the class/ ASB voting procedure at school. 

May 18, 2016 — by Amulya Vadlakonda

Junior explains her thoughts on AP class finals.  

April 27, 2016 — by Harshini Ramaswamy

“Commit. That’s so gay. You’re SPED. Go kill yourself.” These are common slang terms echoing in the hallways of SHS, jests that have made their way into the daily vernacular of students.

April 26, 2016 — by Caitlyn Chen

It happens all the time. College students begin receiving offers for credit cards and begin going out to dinner every night, buying expensive clothes or taking trips with money they don't have.

April 26, 2016 — by Nidhi Jain

A recent report by the state auditor confirmed what California students have been saying for the past several years: The admission standards for University of California schools is rigged against them.


Cheaper by three fourths of a dozen
Disturbing ‘challenges’ perpetuate negative body image
Students change lives by building homes in Mexico
Numbers don’t lie: Warriors’ style historic but not revolutionary
A dream come true: sophomore dances on national television
Winning entries in Letters About Literature contest
Recent grad takes advantage of the City of Angels
May 21, 2016 — by Amith Galivanche and Amulya Vadlakonda

Sophomore Amith Galivanche and Junior Amulya Vadlakonda share their life experiences with their 19-person family. 

May 19, 2016 — by Caitlin Ju

Junior delivers her thoughts on the A4 Waist Challenge.

May 19, 2016 — by Stephen Ding and Austin Wang

They also learn practical construction skills.

May 19, 2016 — by Kyle Wang

Nonetheless, while brilliant basketball certainly drives the Warriors’ success, the Warriors have by no means revolutionized the game.


May 10, 2016 — by Caitlyn Chen

Caitlyn Chen writes about her experience on “Live! With Kelly and Michael.”

April 27, 2016 — by Katrina Coglitore, Anya Herne and Karissa Dong

Letters About Literature is an annual writing contest, where students submit pieces describing how an author’s work impacted their lives. Katrina Coglitore won the statewide contest and will move on to the nationwide competition. Anya Herne and Karissa Dong were state finalists.

April 27, 2016 — by Neehar Thumaty

Class of 2015 alumna Mounika Narayanan stood in Wilson Plaza in the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) campus, surrounded by thousands of fellow students screaming at the top of their lungs at a football pep rally/bonfire on Nov. 24.


Sightless in Saratoga: Actor learns to trust others
Ringing in the end of the school year
We officially can’t do pickup lines
A dream come true: sophomore dances on national television
What can you buy with $20 and an hour?
May 19, 2016 — by Saya Sivaram

Junior drama actor shares transforming experience. 

May 19, 2016 — by Julia Miller

 The story of how a sophomore got to hold the Golden State Warriors Championship Ring

May 18, 2016 — by Ryan Kim and Kyle Wang

When the Falcon’s Lifestyles editors challenged us to start conversations with pickup lines, we happily obliged.


May 18, 2016 — by Kyle Wang

Sophomore shares his noteworthy experience from Washington D.C.


May 16, 2016 — by Kyle Wang

Sophomore shares History Bowl Experience in Washington D.C.

May 11, 2016 — by Caitlyn Chen

When I was in sixth grade, one of the yearbook staffers at Redwood Middle School asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. On first instinct, I replied, “I want to be on TV one day.”


April 27, 2016 — by Angela Lee

Thrifting through a plethora of fabrics, scanning Sephora’s neat rows of makeup products or even gazing down an aisle of snacks at Safeway — I love it all.

Photo of the week

Freshman Chloe Peng tries to lift the 5-pound Talisman yearbook that was released on May 18 as freshman Alexandra Li looks on.

Upcoming Events

May 27: Senior Beach Trip

May 28: Senior Ball

May 31: Senior Day/Senior Awards Night

June 2: Graduation


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