Saratoga Falcon

January 31, 2016

Sophomore Amelia Berardo finds passion in directing for GIFT, and acting.

February 3, 2016

Senior Nicholas Lai’s mother, Tuyen, left her home and family in Vietnam on a cloudy, moonless night in 1979 to pursue a better life in America.

 

February 5, 2016

As a senior, Sanam Mohan is co-president of Indian Cultural Awareness Club (ICAC), as well as the head choreographer and captain of Toga Tamasha, Saratoga’s student-based competitive Bollywood dance team.

 

February 8, 2016

As the announcement for awards started, the dance team huddled up and held hands in anticipation. A few moments later, the team’s 11 members were jumping and shouting:  They had just learned they had won first place in Medium Hip-Hop Division at the USA (United Spirit Association) Regional Competition at Bella Vista High School on Feb 6.

 

February 8, 2016

The music department’s Jazz Cabaret returned this year last Saturday in the Large Gym after being canceled last year due to scheduling issues.

February 9, 2016

At first glance, this year’s valedictorian and salutatorian are not so different from those of previous years: Both excel at what they do, and in particular both are known by their peers for their stellar performances in science and math. But for the first time since 2008, both are female.

February 10, 2016

Author Julie  Lythcott-Haims' message resonated with many parents and teachers.

Second-semester seniors find inspiration
Speaker stresses student independence
Class of 2016 valedictorian, salutatorian announced
Dance team confident after big win
Jazz Cabaret returns and hasn’t lost a step
‘Rigorous’ schedule standards may change on school reports for college apps
Optimism runs high for robotics team
February 11, 2016 — by Anant Rajeev and Gwynevere Hunger

For many seniors, second semester is  a time of pure bliss. Free time abounds, pressure dissolves and college applications are a distant memory. However, some seniors continue to make a productive use of their time by seeking outside opportunities  before heading off to college in the  fall.

 

February 10, 2016 — by David Fan

Author Julie  Lythcott-Haims' message resonated with many parents and teachers.

February 9, 2016 — by Helen Chen and Melissa Magner

At first glance, this year’s valedictorian and salutatorian are not so different from those of previous years: Both excel at what they do, and in particular both are known by their peers for their stellar performances in science and math. But for the first time since 2008, both are female.

February 8, 2016 — by Gwynevere Hunger and Tiffany Zheng

As the announcement for awards started, the dance team huddled up and held hands in anticipation. A few moments later, the team’s 11 members were jumping and shouting:  They had just learned they had won first place in Medium Hip-Hop Division at the USA (United Spirit Association) Regional Competition at Bella Vista High School on Feb 6.

 

February 8, 2016 — by Navin Tiwary

The music department’s Jazz Cabaret returned this year last Saturday in the Large Gym after being canceled last year due to scheduling issues.

February 8, 2016 — by Olivia Lu and Amulya Vadlakonda

What does it mean for a student to take the “most challenging” course load?

This question on the school reports that guidance counselors send to colleges during the college admission process has never been answered with a standard measurement. In the past, the school’s four guidance counselors have made individual judgment calls on the rigor of each student’s academic load.

February 8, 2016 — by Aditya Chaudhry

As a senior and key mechanical designer, Riaziat is a jack of all trades, working on all aspects of this year’s robot.

Girls' lacrosse: Falcons using year to rebuild a new
Boys’ lacrosse optimistic after last year’s rebuilding season
Athletes bound for CCS while team struggles for funds
Basketball team aims to rebound from crushing defeats
Seniors go gaga over Super Bowl volunteering experience
Softball team strengthens bonds
Baseball sees league championship as a possibility
February 9, 2016 — by Harshini Ramaswamy and Shazia Gupta

Preview of girls lacrosse.

February 9, 2016 — by Aditya Chaudhry and Tiffany Zheng

Preview of boys lacrosse

February 9, 2016 — by Aditya Chaudhry

With a record of 2-3, the wrestling team is looking to improve key underclassmen and its program while sending top wrestlers onto CCS.

 

February 8, 2016 — by Apoorv Kwatra and Arjun Ramanathan

After getting its groove back wins against Homestead and Mountain View in late January, the boys’ basketball team suffered two heartbreaking losses on Feb. 2 against Lynbrook (49-46) and on Feb. 5 against Santa Clara (47-44).

 

February 8, 2016 — by Apoorv Kwatra

It may seem like handing out towels is a mundane job, but handing out towels at Super Bowl 50 is just a little different, especially since it meant getting to rub shoulders with celebrities.

 

February 8, 2016 — by Nupur Maheshwari and Olivia Lu

Softball team reflects on past year and looks to the future. 

February 8, 2016 — by Michelle Koo and Michelle Lee

Recap and future plans for baseball team. 

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Jan. 29, 2016
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Jan. 15, 2016
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Dec. 11, 2015
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Nov. 20, 2015
Nov. 6, 2015
Oct. 30, 2015
Oct. 23, 2015
Oct. 16, 2015
Oct. 9, 2015
February 5, 2016 — by Stephen Ding and Daphne Liu

SHSTV this week includes segments on Bombay in the Bay, the bell schedule controversy, Mr. Saratoga and robotics.

January 31, 2016 — by Jennifer Chen, Saro Acharya

SHSTV looks at the success of Speak Up for Change weeks, the activities on display at Electives Night, and updates on speech and debate and sports.

January 22, 2016 — by Sabrina Clark, Max Litrovsky

SHSTV devotes this broadcast to showing a MAP documentary in honor of Speak Up for Change week.

January 15, 2016 — by Mary Maccoun, William Chen

This week, SHSTV has stories on the weight room, winter sports, the girls' basketball team's recent trip to Canada, students' New Year's resolutions and thoughts about the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday.

January 8, 2016 — by Saro Acharya, Ryan Kim

SHSTV covers college apps, New Year's resolutions, winter break and the girls' basketball team's trip to Canada.

December 11, 2015 — by Jennifer Chen, Sabrina Clark

SHSTV covers new classes this year, the Rose Bowl Parade, the drought and sports.

December 4, 2015 — by Lei Otsuka, Alexander Propach

SHSTV celebrates November's Student of the Month and recaps Thanksgiving experiences as well as the fall play. 

November 20, 2015 — by Jennifer Chen, Sabrina Clark

Winter formal promo, Turkey Up Your Teacher, Carolgrams, Block Schedule Update, Football Wrapup

November 6, 2015 — by Rotem Shaked, Saro Archaya

SHSTV examines the college application process, fall sports, and Measure E progress

October 30, 2015 — by anchors William Chen, Mary Maccoun

SHSTV looks at a recent sock drive in honor of a Mitty student, does an interview with the mayor of Saratoga, announces the student of the month and asks students what they will be for Halloween.

October 23, 2015 — by Max Lisovsky, Anuj Changavi

SHSTV covers Homecoming week, spirit days, a new coffee shop downtown and a freshman who can solve the Rubik's Cube in under 10 seconds.

October 16, 2015 — by Jennifer Chen and Sabrina Clark

The broadcast features Homecoming coverage as well as stories on field hockey and the Saratoga Veterinary Hospital.

October 9, 2015 — by Kyle Wang, Pranav Ahuja

SHSTV covers the upcoming Homecoming week as well as the Oct. 9 home football game vs. rival Los Gatos.

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.

Excuse card not the answer for relieving student absences
Lowering stress does not always equate to lowering standards
How a lack of transparency poisoned Flint, Michigan
Modern houses a modern monstrosity: Saratoga’s building codes maintain city’s appearance
Federal enforcement of regulations only way to solve country’s gun violence
Codes, computers and courses: UC system correct in not counting Computer Science as math credit
Open letter about the bell schedule controversy
February 7, 2016 — by Michelle Koo and Eric Sze

According to statistics provided by assistant principal Brian Thompson, nearly 8,000 class periods have been recorded as excused absences due to illness so far this year. In recent months, an idea has arisen to help combat this trend: Give students a “get out of jail for free” card, which would allow them to skip one day of school without penalty each semester.

 

February 4, 2016 — by Nidhi Jain and Caitlin Ju

In reality, it is virtually impossible for the school to specify a level of academic rigor that can serve as a challenging yet realistic goal for all students. Given the proper guidance and information, students ultimately hold the responsibility to know what is best for themselves and to thus make healthy decisions.

 

 

February 3, 2016 — by Saya Sivaram

We have been warned of the power that water holds over us all, and yet somehow, history has started to repeat itself — this time in a city called Flint.

 

February 3, 2016 — by Saya Sivaram

However, the comparatively lax building codes in Los Gatos and Monte Sereno have not managed to prevent a house, threatening the aesthetic of the street, from being built. And, even in Saratoga, where building codes are stricter, a similar home has sprung up on Fruitvale Avenue.

 

February 2, 2016 — by Michelle Lee and Amulya Vadlakonda

We are becoming so desensitized to gun violence that news bringing statistics like these have become “just another headline.”

January 31, 2016 — by Nidhi Jain and Alex Yang

Recently, the University of California (UC) has been pressured by a coalition of state politicians, high school teachers and technology leaders to count AP Computer Science toward the system’s required math credits.

January 31, 2016 — by Alice He

A senior penned a letter about her response to the debate over next year's schedule. 

New artist Charlie Puth releases disappointing album
Yizkor, to remember: Third-generation Holocaust survivor recounts family history
Best place to hang out in Saratoga: Westgate
Amateurs take on first horror movie experience
Movies and food: the date classic
Best place to study in Saratoga: Starbucks
Kardashian Q & A with senior Meera Rachamallu
February 8, 2016 — by Olivia Lu and Michelle Lee

First gaining popularity through YouTube, Charlie Puth is a 24-year-old singer and songwriter known for his collaborations with Wiz Khalifa and Meghan Trainor. His debut album, “Nine Track Mind,” was recently released on Jan. 29 and has pushed him up to the top of the iTunes charts, setting a new standard for contemporary R&B/pop music. Sadly, the quality of the album fails to live up to its popularity.

February 5, 2016 — by Helen Chen and Eleanor Goh

Senior reflects on grandparents struggles during the Holocaust. 

February 4, 2016 — by Michelle Koo

After its recent renovations, Westgate Mall has become a social hub, complete with a fair selection of shops and eateries that appeal to consumers of all ages and tastes.

 

February 4, 2016 — by Michelle Koo and Michelle Lee

Watching “The Boy” without the freedom to pause the movie at any time filled us with a palpable sense of dread as we walked into AMC 14 last month. Fortunately for us and unfortunately for “The Boy,” this horror movie failed to scare us as much as we expected.

 

February 4, 2016 — by Aditya Chaudhry

While it may seem like a thing of the past, the movies remains the best place for a romantic evening. AMC 14, the closest movie theater to the school, is the No. 1 place for students to go on a date because of its variety of movie choices as well as its proximity to many eateries.

 

February 4, 2016 — by Olivia Lu

Although well known for its lattes and frappuccinos,  Starbucks is also known as the best place to study after school.

February 4, 2016 — by Gwynevere Hunger

Meera Rachamallu is well-known by her peers to be addicted to the popular reality show “Keeping up with the Kardashians.” The Falcon had questions for the senior who has watched 110 episodes of KUWTK.

 

I don’t have a Netflix account, and I’m chill
Blogilates challenge: exhausting but rewarding
Junior suffers from dragon deprivation
Rant to me: I will cure your salt
Geocaching: Reporter seeks hidden treasures
How I tried and failed to wait out hives
I’m snow board of all these snowboarders
January 24, 2016 — by Kyle Wang

When I first saw my invitation to the “NETFLIX AND CHILL” Facebook event, I was confused for a couple of reasons. One, I had no idea what “Netflix and chill” meant, so I had to look that up on Urban Dictionary (I won’t say any more about that). And two, I don’t have a Netflix account. 

January 11, 2016 — by Caitlyn Chen

When Blogilates instructor CasseycHo announced her #30daywaisttrainer challenge for January, I decided to take it and make my New Year’s Resolution to do at least one Blogilates workout a day, with the hope of dropping the five pounds I had gained over the holidays.

 

January 11, 2016 — by Eileen Toh

Call me childish or just plain odd, but I will never lose my love for DragonVale, an iOS and Android game. 

December 3, 2015 — by Tiffany Zheng

I have achieved my parents’ ultimate dream. I’m a doctor. But the job comes with a couple of hiccups that my parents never anticipated: I don’t get paid, my patients are my friends and I mainly treat the emotionally constipated. Call me judgmental, but I’m the therapist of salt and the queen of quality advice.

November 30, 2015 — by Helen Chen

Reporter tries geocaching.

November 20, 2015 — by Kelly Xiao

Unfortunately, the mentality to not use medicine doesn’t always work, especially for a malady such as hives.

 

November 19, 2015 — by Tiffany Zheng

Reporter discusses the problems with snowboarding.

Photo of the week

The Jazz Cabaret occurred on Feb. 6, open to students, parents, and teachers alike.

Upcoming Events

February 12: Bombay in the Bay 6:00 PM (McAfee)

February 13: Bombay in the Bay 6:00 PM (McAfee)

February 15: Winter Break Begins

February 16: Orchestra Concert, 8:00 AM

February 25: "Good Morning Karina" Student Production

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