Saratoga Falcon

September 21, 2016

Sophmore excels in chess. 

October 13, 2016

What Mrs. Allen's day is like

October 15, 2016

Senior discusses stressful life as a drum major. 

October 17, 2016

Current college counselor discusses connections with past SHS students. 

October 19, 2016

The loss hurts team’s CCS chances, but the Falcons must win at either Santa Clara or Los Gatos in the coming weeks.

Winter Formal to be held off-campus for second year in a row
Mock Trial season kicks off with ‘Game of Thrones’ inspired case and auditions
College speaker meetings help seniors review application process
Fall play prepares to transport audience in and out of reality in ‘The White Snake’
Deciding your major: When is the ‘right time?’
MAP students participate in NYC film festival
School adds security cameras to cut down on parking lot crime
October 20, 2016 — by Jingyi Wang and Elicia Ye

ASB officers explain the intentions behind hosting off-campus dances.

October 19, 2016 — by Angela Liu and Ashley Feng

The 2016-2017 Mock Trial case packet, released on Sept. 8, deals with the issue  of human trafficking, as the prosecution tries to prove that the defendant, Cameron Awbrey, is guilty of human trafficking and false imprisonment. The case topic has not been covered in the last few years and reflects the growing awareness of human trafficking in the U.S.


October 19, 2016 — by Sanjana Melkote and Kitty Huang

Every year in the fall, college representatives from across the country talk to students about defining characteristics and the application process of their school. The meetings occur during tutorials, lunches and sometimes after school and are held at the Library Research Center, staff lounge, an office conference room and sometimes in the McAfee Center.


October 19, 2016 — by Sanjana Melkote

A cast of 35 students will transform themselves into spirits, snakes, puppeteers, musicians and forces of nature to perform this year’s fall play “The White Snake” on Nov. 12, 13 and 18, 19.


October 19, 2016 — by Nidhi Jain

How early do students truly need to decide on their majors?


October 18, 2016 — by Daniel Bessonov and Elicia Ye

NYC film festival features SHS students

October 18, 2016 — by Apoorv Kwatra and Pranav Ahuja

Security cameras installed in parking lot

Field hockey: Intensity key to meeting goals
Girls’ water polo still on track for CCS
Falcons drop heartbreaker to Mountain View on their Senior Night
Girls’ volleyball: Falcons eye first-place finish in El Camino League
Boys’ water polo: Captain says Falcons need better teamwork
Golf: Team sees improvement leading into Leagues
Cross country: With meets tightly packed, runners battle fatigue
October 19, 2016 — by Emily Chen and Leena Elzeiny

Heading into the remainder of the season and now in second place in the De Anza League with an overall record of 9-3-2, the field hockey team is looking to keep up its intensity as it works toward the goal of returning to CCS.


October 19, 2016 — by Ashley Feng

Girls’ water polo  bounced back after their first conference loss to Lynbrook with a 5-2 win against Monta Vista on Oct. 13, bringing their conference record to 11-1.

October 19, 2016 — by Siva Sambasivam

The loss hurts team’s CCS chances, but the Falcons must win at either Santa Clara or Los Gatos in the coming weeks.

October 17, 2016 — by Kitty Huang and Harshini Ramaswamy

Girls Volleyball team hope to win El Camino League.

October 17, 2016 — by Jay Kim and Michelle Lee

Water polo captain critiques team. 

October 15, 2016 — by Trevor Leung

After losing their first five matches of the season, the girls have begun to see improvement as they head into leagues.

October 13, 2016 — by Andrew Owens and Kyle Wang

With the Artichoke Invitational on Saturday [Oct. 1] and Crystal Springs on Tuesday [Oct. 4], finding time to take a rest day was difficult.


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April 29, 2016
April 22, 2016
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October 7, 2016 — by Aaron Choi, Mary Maccoun

SHSTV looks at changes in the art department, a synchronized swimmer's quest, and the
word of the week.

September 29, 2016 — by Elicia Ye, Phoebe Wang

SHSTV covers the student of the month, reactions to the new iPhone 7 and the recent MAP Speaker Series event

September 26, 2016 — by Daphne Liu and Katy Wilson

Stories this week include reports on the new tutorial center in the library, the large freshman class, a sports update and a Homecoming promotion.


September 15, 2016 — by Connor Oaklander, Sophie Cichanowicz

SHSTV covers the Costa Rica Trip, the new dance PE class, the retirement of school secretary Susan Dini and
new technology on campus.

September 9, 2016 — by Jingyi Wang, Elicia Ye

SHSTV has stories on new teachers, the performance of the choir with the band Foreigner over the summer and comments on the new bell schedule.


September 1, 2016 — by Max Lisovsky, Mary Maccoun

SHS TV has its first broadcast of the year.

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.

Senior Quad Day: Sept. 30, 2016
Junior Homecoming Day: Sept. 29, 2016
Freshman Quad Day: Sept. 27, 2016
Sophomore Quad Day: Sept. 28, 2016
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 7, 2016 — by SHSTV Staff

The seniors use "Toy Story" as their theme for a spectacular show.

October 7, 2016 — by SHSTV Staff

Juniors show us what it takes to live in the scary world of Monster's Inc!

September 29, 2016 — by SHSTV Staff

The freshmen class takes us into "A Bug's Life."

September 29, 2016 — by SHSTV Staff

Sophomores bring us into the fast paced world of "Cars."

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.

Universities that don’t use the Common App cause unnecessary work
Prop 56: Tobacco tax increase to fund programs, deter smoking
Is Hillary so crooked?: Media complicates Clinton’s popularity
Building a fake resume: necessary or nearsighted?
Community college: the smart way to go
Proposition 67: Please ban the plastic
Clickbait, CNN and the election: We are responsible for the mess
October 18, 2016 — by Eric Sze

Senior shares opinion on college applications which don't have a common app essay. 

October 13, 2016 — by Adina Bidel

Proposition 56, or the tobacco tax increase, is a ballot measure that will raise the existing tax on cigarettes as well as other tobacco products and electronic cigarettes by $2.

October 13, 2016 — by Julia Miller

During this year’s 9/11 tribute in New York City, presidential nominee Hillary Clinton had to leave unexpectedly, due to the increasing symptoms of her soon-to-be diagnosed pneumonia. Instead of the public showing signs of concern for her health, some in the media chose to discuss the possibility of Clinton’s death and what good it could do for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.


October 12, 2016 — by David Koh

Sophomore reveals that large college résumés may be unnecessary.

October 11, 2016 — by Leena Elzeiny

Any University of California school costs about $30,000 per year with room and board. Yet a majority U.S. citizens can’t afford these costs. So here’s a secret: There is a way to escape the financial pressures that come with paying off student loans. It’s called community college.



October 11, 2016 — by Leena Elzeiny

I see plastic everywhere, but that isn’t what bothers me. What bothers me are the one-use plastic cups, utensils and bags that are so harmful because most are not recycled.

After our single use, odds are that it will land in the Pacific trash vortex, where almost 60 percent of marine debris has accumulated to make an artificial island. Because of this plastic in the sea, the sea turtle population has decreased by half in the past 30 years.


October 11, 2016 — by Kyle Wang

It’s easy to blame CNN, NBC and virtually every other TV network whose name is a three-letter acronym for the mess that has become the 2016 election. But, in spite of all the superficiality, the general public still tunes in to watch this coverage. They still read the clickbait-y articles and roll their eyes when they see videos of Trump in their newsfeeds, only to watch them anyway.



Freshman goes from shadow to student
Inktober encourages students to express creativity each day
Snapchat geofilters place pride in schools and communities
Part-time service jobs promote independence
Crossword Answers
If Hillary wins
Band a time-consuming but valuable aspect of senior’s life
October 20, 2016 — by Angela Liu

Through the Freshman Shadow program, many students like have tried out a day at Saratoga High by following a freshman through a school day. This process allows probable students get a taste of life as a SHS student before they enroll.


October 20, 2016 — by Victor Liu and Ami Nachiappan

Inktober sees rise in participation from SHS students.

October 19, 2016 — by Francesca Chu and Sanjana Melkote

Geofilters are location-based overlays that Snapchat users can apply to their pictures. Any user has the ability to create a filter by designing a graphic and submitting it to Snapchat’s website. Snapchat requires that the submission is a web-optimized form and follows their suggested dimensions.


October 18, 2016 — by Alexandra Li and Ami Nachiappan

Students gain sense of independence through part-time jobs. 

October 18, 2016 — by David Fan

Crossword Answer Key

October 18, 2016 — by Andrew Owens

Hillary poses threat to U.S.

October 15, 2016 — by Elizabeth Lee and Jay Kim

Senior discusses stressful life as a drum major. 

Mug cakes: the perfect late-night treat while cramming for tests
Life hack: a freezing failure in laundry
Adventures in stress reduction
For senior, private college counseling is a godsend
Living with an autistic sibling
Seniors challenge 35-minute lunch period
I’m a CBCA — a Canadian Born Chinese American
October 20, 2016 — by Karen Chow

Sophomore shares recipe for great late-night snack. 

October 20, 2016 — by Austin Wang

Junior Austin Wang attempts to clean his clothes by freezing them overnight.

October 20, 2016 — by Saya Sivaram

Senior Saya Sivaram explains the ways in which she reduces her stress levels.

October 19, 2016 — by Nidhi Jain

I was able to sleep comfortably while understanding that although my college applications were going extremely stressfully, I had my college counselor to rely on for discipline and as a reliable guide to turn toward for help on my innumerable questions.


October 19, 2016 — by Charin Park

Falcon member talks about her experience living with an autistic sibling.

October 18, 2016 — by Jenny Qian and Eric Sze

Seniors Jenny Qian and Eric Sze travel far distances for lunch during 35-minute lunch period. 

October 13, 2016 — by Ashley Feng

Despite my patriotic customs, I cannot be considered “fully American.” This is because I was born in Toronto, Canada, and only moved to the United States when I was 3.


Photo of the week

Jerome Chung, coach of the girls' water polo team, directs his players during a game on Oct. 14. Photo by Ashley Feng

Upcoming Events

October 27: World Cafe

October 31: It's Halloween!!

November 6: Daylight Savings!


Do you like the rolling block bell schedule better than the old schedule?


Falcon In Print

This issue talkks about the major things that occured in September 2016. 

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