Saratoga Falcon

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. 

August 26, 2014

Alumnus David Mandell is raising funds for his film through Indiegogo and so far has only reached 56% of the total amount he needs. 

August 28, 2014

The Saratoga Library will begin its celebration for its 100th anniversary by attempting to break a world record on Sept. 6.

August 28, 2014

With the hype for Tpumps just about over, dozens of teenagers are now heading to the new shop Icebox in the same Cupertino plaza for some Instagram-worthy dessert.

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.

New teachers valuable addition to music program
National History Day participants take time to tour capital
Napa earthquake rocks Saratoga in its sleep
New English teacher brings wealth of experience
Spanish teacher takes on additional job of activities director
Math Team ties for first in CAML
Homecoming themes announced for 2014-15 school year
September 2, 2014 — by Devin Zhao

Music students were pleasantly surprised on the first day of school with the addition of two new faces to the teaching staff: teacher Anthony Lanzino and student teacher Jonathan Hsu.

September 1, 2014 — by Michelle Leung and Kelly Xiao

The school's National History Day participants describe their experience in Washington D.C.

September 1, 2014 — by Dorrie Tang

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake rocked the Bay Area at around 3 a.m. on Aug. 24. 

August 31, 2014 — by Rachel Hull

It would not be wise to ask new English 9 teacher Susanna Ryan what she did before coming to Saratoga High. Rather, it might save one time to ask what she didn’t do.

August 31, 2014 — by Kevin Chow and Oksana Trifonova

Spanish teacher Rebeca Marshburn has taken on an additional challenge this year: being the new activities director.

August 31, 2014 — by Michelle Leung and Trevor Leung

Last year, the Saratoga Math Team, led by adviser P.J. Yim, finished off its successful season with a tie for first place in the California Math League (CAML).

August 26, 2014 — by Maya Ravichandran

The homecoming theme, "Toga on TV", was announced at Movie Night on August 22.


Key additions boost girls’ golf team
Cross country teams take strides to pursue state meet qualification
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
September 2, 2014 — by Oksana Trifonova and Arman Vaziri

September is on the calendar as the Falcons hit the golf course. This year, the girls’ golf team has had many valuable freshmen additions.

August 30, 2014 — by Cassandra King and Dorrie Tang

The school's cross country teams are gearing up for a season of hard runs in an effort to qualify for the state meet.

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.

Get over the gross factor: the search for new water sources takes us to our toilets
What to do against ISIS
Originality is lost with the Common App
Students miss out on social skills with online classes
Teen drivers get undeserved reputation
The Meaning of Falcon
Battle hymn of a rising junior: reporter reflects on Chua's book
September 1, 2014 — by Becky Hoag

As California plummets deeper and deeper into drought, scientists are starting to look for alternatives to the standard water-collecting process to satisfy the state’s growing thirst.

August 31, 2014 — by Arman Vaziri

There has been news of fighting in the Middle East for as long as any of us can remember, but now the threat to democracy and America has become much more real.

August 31, 2014 — by Jade Bisht and Arman Vaziri

Common App essay prompts are far from perfect. Prompts such as “Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea” and “Recount an incident when you experienced failure” are too broad. 

August 31, 2014 — by Arman Vaziri

Most students would rather be at home than at school every day for nine months. However, getting an education at home is no longer just a dream. Now it’s actually possible.

August 28, 2014 — by Larissa Chiu and Michelle Leung

The Saratoga High parking lot is home to two kinds of drivers: the “seasoned” parent driver and the “infamous” teen driver. But is there really a huge difference between the two?

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. 


Vibrant Verde: quick and easy snack spot
Freshmen, both new to the district, relate their experiences
Juniors reflect on experiences at Beyonce/Jay-Z ‘On the Run’ concert
SnoCrave is worth the rave
‘The Giver’ doesn’t give viewers much
Robin Williams: forever an icon
Caillat shines brighter than the sun at Mountain Winery
September 2, 2014 — by Cassandra King

Verde Tea Cafe in Cupertino on Stevens Creek Boulevard in the Merlion Plaza is perfect for relaxing and forgetting the day’s issues. With their well-known milk tea and other various drinks and food items, Verde successfully caters to almost all teenagers.

September 2, 2014 — by Fiona Sequeira

Freshmen new to the school district describe their first few weeks at Saratoga.

September 2, 2014 — by Fiona Sequeira

The joint Beyoncé and Jay-Z “On the Run” summer tour left its unforgettable mark on AT&T Park in San Francisco on Aug. 5 for the close of its North American leg, amazing fans with an epic two and half hour performance.

September 2, 2014 — by Caitlin Ju

With school already kicking into high gear, students are looking for places to relax and grab a small bite to eat after school.

SnoCrave Tea House and Hot Pot, located next to 85°C Bakery Café on De Anza Boulevard, is the perfect place to do so.

September 2, 2014 — by Maya Prasad

Reporter discusses her disappointment in the new movie "The Giver," based on the award-winning novel by Lois Lowry.

September 1, 2014 — by Jade Bisht

Reporter discusses impact of TV star Robin Williams's suicide.

September 1, 2014 — by Becky Hoag

Reporter discusses her experience this summer at Colbie Calliat's concert at the Saratoga Mountain Winery.

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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