Saratoga Falcon

May 23, 2014

Jon Nakamatsu, husband of chemistry teacher Kathy Nakamatsu, is a world renowned musician who has performed in places such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York. 

May 23, 2014

With a cult following rivaling that of almost any other director, Wes Anderson has has a guaranteed audience no matter what he directs, and with good reason too. In “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” he creates one of the most original, witty and whimsical movies of 2014.


May 24, 2014

The Saratoga Union School District (SUSD) Board of Trustees approved new math courses that focus on Common Core concepts and methods during a meeting on Feb. 25, resulting in a new math track for younger students. This math track, however, has caused some concern from parents. 

May 30, 2014

Some are well-known classics; others are little-known gems.

June 3, 2014

Media Arts Program students, parents and friends will dress to the nines to attend the annual SMASH’N (Saratoga Media Arts Showcase) awards in the Mcafee Center on May 31 at 6:45 p.m.

SMASH’N, the biggest Media Arts Program (MAP) event of the year, showcases student work in film, animation, digital photography, drama and multimedia journalism.

Students talk about Chin at school board meeting
Warmuth named district teacher of the year
Busy week ahead for seniors
Junior pursues unique trapeze passion
Saratoga celebrates Memorial Day in style
12 juniors awarded at annual CSF ceremony
California drought taking its toll
June 16, 2014 — by Sweeya Raj

A handful of students had the chance to tell school board members how disappointed they were by history teacher Jim Chin’s departure from the school at a meeting on June 3.

June 3, 2014 — by Sabrina Chen and Deepti Kannan

Math teacher Audrey Warmuth has been named district teacher of the year for 2014-2015.

May 28, 2014 — by Anant Rajeev and Simi Srivastava and Arman Vaziri

Members of the senior class will end their final year of high school with a bang.

May 28, 2014 — by Michelle Leung, Deepthi Sampathkumar and Kelly Xiao

Junior Celia Kohler looked down at the ground 30 feet below her. She knew it was risky — at just 7 years old, people told her she was too little. But being the daredevil she was, she breathed a sigh, closed her eyes and took a giant leap of faith.

May 28, 2014 — by Becky Hoag

Saratoga’s Memorial Day Ceremony has taken place each year on the last Monday of May for the past 86 years and this year, was scheduled to be on May 26. It is sponsored by the Saratoga Foothill Club and is important to the city’s residents.

May 28, 2014 — by Sabrina Chen and Ariel Liu

Twelve juniors were recognized for their academic and leadership achievements on May 21 at a breakfast in the cafeteria organized by the guidance department and the school’s CSF (California Scholarship Federation) club.  

May 27, 2014 — by Arjun Ramanathan and Rotem Shaked

California is generally known for its calm weather, good vibes and scenery. Under the state’s beaches and greenery, however, lies a dangerous problem that has gripped the state for three years — drought.

Boys' Volleyball: Coin flip ends season
Life’s a Workout: Dancer’s adventure into the world of working out
Boys’ lax loses CCS placement
Softball goes strong in league but falls in CCS
Boys’ tennis falls short of CCS championship
Girls’ lacrosse makes history by advancing in league tournament
Baseball: Falcons repeat league championship title with win over Paly
June 3, 2014 — by Catherine Tang

The boys’ volleyball team tied with Wilcox during the league championships on May 9, and as a result, the two teams became co-league champions. The tie also resulted in a conflict: Which team would go onto the CCS playoffs?

To resolve this problem, the two teams faced off in a coin toss in which Saratoga lost. As a result, Wilcox got the chance to play in CCS starting on May 14.

June 3, 2014 — by Deepthi Sampathkumar

Reporter works out to improve endurance for a dance routine.

May 28, 2014 — by Devin Zhao

The Falcons have improved from the previous year with a 10-6 overall record and a 6-6 record in the El Camino League, beating Leland and Carlmont but losing to Sequoia, Gunn and Los Altos.

May 28, 2014 — by Becky Hoag

The softball team lost in the first round of CCS at home against Mount Pleasant on May 21 with a score of 8-6, ending its successful season.

May 24, 2014 — by Jihau Yu

Hopes for a CCS title for the boys’ tennis team ended when the Falcons lost 6-1 on May 16 to five-time champion Menlo School.

May 23, 2014 — by Shreya Tumu

Team scores surprising, inspiring win vs. Gunn.

May 23, 2014 — by Miles Albert and Allison Lin

The Falcons ended their memorable season with a 2-1 home loss against Bellarmine in the first round of CCS on May 21.

The Meaning of Falcon
Battle hymn of a rising junior: reporter reflects on Chua's book
Is ‘Link’ worth the time and effort?
Illegal immigrants’ children can access public education; let’s keep it that way
Prom bracket system smashes self-confidence of teen girls
Letters to the Editor: Reaction to Chin's Dismissal
Chin's forced departure a loss for the school
June 9, 2014 — by Samuel Liu

Unpublished graduation speech on author's personal experience at Saratoga. 

May 23, 2014 — by Gitika Nalwa

This book, “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” immediately sparked controversy because of its highly self-assured parenting style, which was viewed skeptically by many. 


May 23, 2014 — by Rotem Shaked

Most students can agree that they could have had a little more help as freshmen. 

May 23, 2014 — by Megan MacInnes

Since 1918, every state in the U.S. has recognized public education’s purpose to improve and offer hope to the next generation of people living in America.

May 22, 2014 — by Melissa Magner and Nupur Maheshwari

During a time in which teens often feel the need to compare themselves with others, being ranked solely on looks is usually the last thing teenagers want to face — especially when that ranking is carried out by their peers.   Teens tend to struggle with confidence and self-worth, and being “rated” is most likely not on their wish list.

Unfortunately,  the boys at Corona del Mar High School in Newport Beach, California did exactly that. 

May 21, 2014 — by Jerry Yang

Dear Falcon editors,

This message is to the administration as well as every student in this school. It has come to my attention that next year you intend to get rid of Mr. Chin. I can tell you with absolute conviction that that is one of the biggest mistakes this school could make.


May 20, 2014 — by Samuel Liu

A senior says the school will be worse off without popular history teacher.

Sophomore matures through parents’ divorce
Fashion’s new hype: a junior’s Hypebeast life
Artists gradually transitioning to pop genre
How to become a manga addict
Rising in popularity: Anime Club
Not-so-Amazing Spider-Man 2
My newest addiction: Hogwarts is Here
May 22, 2014 — by Andrew Jiang and Ariel Liu

Sophomore Kunal Kathuria, then an 8-year-old going to school at Challenger School, sat quietly in the back of the car as his mother drove him home from school. He could tell something wasn’t quite right.

After what seemed like forever, they finally arrived home. Because the blinds had broken earlier in the week, the room was dark and obscure, amplifying the already tense feeling Kathuria had. Breaking the silence, his mother said, “Kunal, we need to talk.”

May 22, 2014 — by Simi Srivastava

Whoever said “Image isn’t everything” was certainly not a Hypebeast.

The shoes. The pants. The shirt. The accessories. But most importantly, the brand. From head to toe, Hypebeasts like junior Patrick Huynh must put all of these factors into consideration when putting together the perfect outfit. 

May 22, 2014 — by Shazia Gupta and Sweeya Raj

The band OneRepublic, whose original genre was rock, made songs such as “All We Are” and “Apologize.”  Lately, they have started to transition into pop music, as shown in their latest album “Native” with songs like “Counting Stars” and “If I Lose Myself.” Fans who once appreciated One Republic’s original rock style are disappointed by their newer, more mainstream pop music.        

May 22, 2014 — by Devin Zhao

Reporter presents the process of becoming a manga addict.

May 18, 2014 — by Shreya Tumu

Eight years ago, the anime club had just three students. Today, the club has more than 25 members. On Thursday afternoons, they can be seen sitting on the floor of room 301, watching a new episode intently, with the club adviser and animated graphics teacher, Cathy Leather, sitting nearby.

May 14, 2014 — by Ashley Chen

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is entertaining. Some might even say funny, dramatic or well-animated.

But amazing? Not quite. Sadly, director Marc Webb relies far too much on unexplained plot and backstory, with a healthy dash of sexism and worn-out cliche, to craft his narrative.

May 14, 2014 — by Ashley Chen

Reporter discusses her enjoyable experience in a new Harry Potter fansite, Hogwarts is Here (HiH), that offers online 'classes' based off the ones that Harry Potter took at the fictional magic school of Hogwarts.

Senior servant nurses wounded pride
Sophomore reflects on older brother leaving for college
Speech and debate helps sophomore blossom
Sophomore ends the year with SAT and a lesson well learned
The truth about junior year, the hell year
Dance made high school experience worthwhile
Health freak, fresh foods
May 27, 2014 — by Jay Mulye

For senior servant day, I, a poor, innocent soul, was auctioned off for $13 to the evil Andrew Jiang, a sophomore Falcon staff member. 

May 24, 2014 — by Gitika Nalwa

UC Berkeley is snatching my brother, Sanj Nalwa, away from my flailing arms and I don't know what to do with myself.

May 23, 2014 — by Helen Chen

I have to admit, I had never considered myself a confident, outspoken person in public. I have always shrunk away from encounters with people because, let’s be real, any time not spent in my room sleeping or surfing the Internet is pretty much wasted.


May 22, 2014 — by Gitika Nalwa

Reporter dicusses her experience with and advice about SAT subject test.

May 22, 2014 — by Maya Ravichandran

Every day when I walked in to Spanish class during sophomore year, I would hear all the juniors complaining about the inhumanly large amount of homework they had to complete, the impossible tests they had coming up and the two hours of sleep they usually got. This didn’t surprise me because that was basically all they talked about.

April 21, 2014 — by Rohan Hardikar

February 15 marked the last time I would perform a Bollywood dance at this school. 

April 1, 2014 — by Catherine Tang

Ever since I can remember, my family has always been health conscious, to say the least.

I didn’t realize my family’s extremely health conscious ways were weird until I began having play dates with my friends in elementary school. They would come over and the only snacks I would have at my house were fruit and other healthy foods. Apples. Yogurt. Granola bars. No one wanted them but me.

Photo of the week

Assistant principal Brian Safine absorbs a bucket of ice water during the all-school barbeque on Aug. 22. He was taking the ALS ice bucket challenge. Photo by Kevin Couch.

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