Saratoga Falcon

September 16, 2014

The city's “Village Pedestrian Enhancement Construction” project aims to add features in downtown such as paving and lights.

September 17, 2014

Teachers Kristofer Orre and Brian Elliott are one of several teacher pairs working with a new collaborative teaching model this year. 

September 18, 2014

In collaboration with CASSY (Counseling and Support Services for Youth), a therapeutic service adopted last year, a new program is aiming to strengthen support systems on campus.


September 19, 2014

The school has started its own campaign to donate school supplies and other necessities to the people of Weed, called “Weed Like to Help.”


September 24, 2014

Last year, the Science Bowl team placed second in regionals at Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC). This year, they aim to place first. 

September 24, 2014

Over the past month of the new school year, students have been adjusting to the new Canvas learning management system, the first of several improvements by the school in response to the results of its Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) report.

Robotics rebuilds for a new year
Speech and debate captains and coaches announced
College Bound: the myth, the legend, the Linosaur
Club policy to be reinforced
PTSO organizes college workshop
Saratoga Strings to perform in prestigious music conference
Students caught attempting office break-in
September 19, 2014 — by Aditya Chaudhry and David Fan

After losing valuable members who graduated last year, M-SET hopes to bounce back with the help of new officers and summer training. Students in May of last year elected junior Naveed Riaziat as president to lead the changes.

September 19, 2014 — by Nidhi Jain and Sweeya Raj

New captains and coaches were announced during the speech and debate team’s first meeting on Sept. 17.

Since English teacher Erick Rector stepped down from leading the program, Chris Harris, who coached Lincoln Douglas debate and extemporaneous speech last year, is now the new head coach, and he is winning support from returning members.

September 19, 2014 — by Ashley Chen and Andrew Jiang

Senior Linus Lu is the epitome of what one might call an eclectic mind. A quick online search of his name yields conflicting results: He's defending Shostakovich, a 20th-century Russian composer on, and debating between favorite classical pieces (Mahler Symphony No. 2 or 6?) on Facebook. He's reading T.S. Eliot (not just "The Waste Land") in his spare time, and writing his fair share of poetry.

September 17, 2014 — by Emily Chen and Katherine Sun

A policy requiring clubs to keep track of minutes and have advisers present during meetings will be more strongly enforced this year.

September 17, 2014 — by Jihau Yu

The PTSO is funding a talk to inform parents about the college application process. This seminar will take place on Oct. 9 in the cafeteria.

September 17, 2014 — by Vibha Seshadri and Tiffany Zheng

Saratoga Strings has been selected to perform as part of a prestigious conference at McCormick Place in Chicago during the week of Dec. 15, which also happens to be finals week first semester..

September 16, 2014 — by Andrew Jiang and Carolyn Sun

An undisclosed number of students attempted to break into the school’s office around 2 a.m. on Aug. 9, according to principal Paul Robinson. When this group of students set off an alarm, sheriff's deputies sped to the school and apprehended all involved.

Freshman excels in badminton
Football team struggles to produce points
Girls’ volleyball gains valuable experience, wins in preseason games
Girls’ golf begins season with a winning record
Girls’ water polo hurt by lack of key players in first tournament
Girls’ tennis takes third at California Peach Tree Tournament in Fresno
Summer cross country training sets tone for season
September 24, 2014 — by Michelle Cen and Ashley Chen

Freshman Stephen Ding started playing badminton when he was 10 after trying swimming, basketball, soccer, fencing and tennis. He trains at Bintang Badminton in Campbell on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4-7 p.m.

September 22, 2014 — by Jihau Yu

Playing in Kezar stadium, the former 49ers stadium before they moved to Candlestick Park, the Falcons lost 38-7 to Sacred Heart Cathedral last Friday, dropping their overall record to 1-2.

September 20, 2014 — by Catherine Tang

Last year, the girls’ volleyball team ended its season with a tough loss against Burlingame High School at the quarterfinal CCS game after tensing up from nerves and missing serves at 22-20 in the third game.

This year, the team is hoping to come back stronger with additions such as junior outside hitter Jennifer Chen and junior libero Caitlin Cooper. Despite facing upper league teams during all the preseason games, the team, which is in the El Camino league, won its first four games with ease.

September 19, 2014 — by Sweeya Raj

A girls’ golf team that features two sophomores and one freshman among its starters is having impressive results early on, with a 2-1 record as of Sept. 19.

September 19, 2014 — by Gwynevere Hunger and Stefanie Ting

Emerging from last year’s 7-5 record, the girls’ water polo team is training hard so far this season. After losing star player Nikki de Roos to graduation, the Falcons are depending on the experienced seniors such as seniors Mackenzie Rosenthal and Madison Gress to lead them.

September 18, 2014 — by Allison Lin and Simi Srivastava

After four hard-fought matches, the Falcon brought back a third place finish at the annual California Peach Tree Classic Tournament in Fresno on Sept. 5-7. The team was seeded No. 2 heading into the tournament and faced powerhouse teams such as Santa Barbara High School and Menlo High School.

September 16, 2014 — by Katherine Sun

This summer, senior captains Andrew Harter, Steven Sum and Rohith Krishna and juniors Stephen Law and Kevin Duong-Le of the boys’ varsity cross country team spent five days in Lake Tahoe, staying in Harter’s summer home and running with students from local Truckee High School. The boys completed altitude training in the mountains by running seven to eight miles in the morning and then three to four more miles in the evening.

The dangers of open access
New Sports Plaza not just nice addition, could boost school spirit
Handing guns to children is the limit of gun tolerance
‘Sheeple’: are you part of the herd?
Maintaining the separation of church and state in public schools
Saratoga needs more diversity in its humanities classes
Date Rape Nail polish: an effective assault prevention
September 19, 2014 — by Ashley Chen

The school's newly expanded open access policy allows students to make any choice they want about their schedules, letting them sign up for any class regardless of whether they have taken the prerequisite. While this freedom sounds tempting, pressure to be competitive for college and summer program applications, from both parents and peers, often overrides students’ better judgment in course selections.

September 18, 2014 — by Isabelle Tseng

In order to improve problems with the Benny Pierce Football Field, the school launched the “Red Pride” campaign that involved the construction of the new Sports Plaza, which includes new restrooms, a more glamorous entrance to the field and other additions.


September 18, 2014 — by Helen Wong

Here in the USA, we have a booming gun tourism industry. A family vacation can be a trip to a shooting range. We can legally hand children of any age a firearm and teach them how to shoot, without too many eyebrows being raised. Is this not problematic?

September 18, 2014 — by Tiffany Zheng

America is a pretty great place to live. We enjoy freedom of speech, press, religion and assembly, and there's no nation with such a diverse melting pot of cultures and ethnicities. What many people don’t know, however, is that America’s children rank at the bottom of the 19 industrialized countries in arithmetic, writing and reading.

September 18, 2014 — by Karissa Dong

Public schools are here to teach facts, not subjective faith. They’re here to educate the masses, not lead the pliable minds of young children to believe certain unprovable things like religion.

September 18, 2014 — by Ashley Chen

We just don’t recognize minority cultures enough in the adult world. And we don’t at Saratoga High either, especially in our humanities curriculum. In order to provide students with a more balanced education, we need to put more emphasis to minority cultures and religions.

September 18, 2014 — by Nidhi Jain and Rachel Zhang

Four male undergraduates from North Carolina State University have created a nail polish line that aims to allow women to report men's ulterior motives. Their nail polish line, called Undercover Colors, changes color when it comes in contact with one of the three most common date-rape drugs: Xanax, Rohypnol, GHB, in addition to other unnamed ones.

What it’s like to be Aya-mese twins
Younger siblings learn to deal with ‘empty nest syndrome’
Past SHS students explain why LGHS is a better fit for them
Movies to TV Shows: How producers could make bigger bucks by extending the film roll
“All About That Bass”: a positive body image anthem
“If I stay,” the movie theater will be flooded (with my tears)
Living in the Netherlands exposes student to new culture
September 28, 2014 — by Maya Prasad and Saya Sivaram

Reporters describe being mixed up with each either because of their similar names, despite their obviously different physical traits.

September 22, 2014 — by Aditya Chaudhry and Vibha Seshadri

Students discuss being an "only child" at home after their older siblings leave for college.

September 19, 2014 — by Vibha Seshadri and Stefanie Ting

In recent years, a number of Saratoga High School students have transferred to Los Gatos High School. The administration has refused requests to disclose the number of transfers, but based on the information the Falcon has gathered, around a dozen students switched to Los Gatos this school year.

September 18, 2014 — by Shreya Tumu

The sense of unanswered questions after the end of a movie has an easy solution: Simply turn these stories into TV shows, since a regular series allows the audience to better understand the characters and delve deeper into their worlds.

September 18, 2014 — by Helen Wong

Meghan Trainor’s new breakout single, “All About That Bass,” promotes positive body image. The singer is curvaceous and she knows it — Trainor is confident and unapologetic in embracing her plus-size physique. What’s wrong with that?

September 18, 2014 — by Shreya Tumu

Reporter describes heartfelt experience watching the recent movie "If I Stay."

September 17, 2014 — by Aditya Chaudhry and Jihau Yu

Senior Alex Holz gains from unique experience living in the Netherlands.

The source of envy, pain and joy
Three Rachels, one confused sophomore
Junior relives childhood, writing with only crayons for a day
My nightmare entrance on the first day of school
Can you go a week without TV?
World Cup: savior of my summer
A senior’s quest to beat Kim Kardashian: Hollywood
September 18, 2014 — by Ariel Liu

Reporter discusses her feelings toward her 2-year-old brother.

September 18, 2014 — by Rachel Zhang

Reporter describes the confusion in class because her name is shared with others.

September 18, 2014 — by Helen Chen

Reporter describes her experience using crayons for a day at school.

September 18, 2014 — by Sherrilyn Ling

Reporter discusses her struggles on the first day of school.

September 9, 2014 — by Deepthi Sampathkumar

Reporter discusses going a week without watching television.

September 9, 2014 — by Anant Rajeev

Reporter describes following the World Cup during the past summer.

September 8, 2014 — by Sherrilyn Ling

Reporter describes experience to the top in Kim Kardashian's addicting game app.

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