Saratoga Falcon

October 13, 2014

The marching band kicked off its season by taking home a handful of awards at the Cupertino Tournament of Bands on Oct. 11 with an ambitious new show.

October 19, 2014

UCLA’s Bruin Marching Band, also known as The Solid Gold Sound, performed on the school’s football field on Oct. 17 during tutorial and lunch.

October 21, 2014

Staff members kicked off Homecoming Week with an impressive Quad Day at lunch on Oct. 20.

October 22, 2014

Freshmen put together their first Quad Day at lunch on Oct. 21, which centered on a KRON 4 newscast. 

October 24, 2014

The Class of 2017 shows it can handle Homecoming. 

Some younger students opting to take old SAT over revamped version
Econ teachers implement project to enhance classroom experience
Coffeehouse attracts students
For classes, Homecoming means dealing with setbacks
Clubs look to expand into local elementary and middle schools
MAP upperclassmen explore San Francisco
Quiz Bowl team places third at novice tournament
October 25, 2014 — by Gwynevere Hunger and Shreya Tumu

Starting in the spring of 2016, the SAT will include an optional essay, a shortened time of three hours and a score out of 1600. Because of these changes, some sophomores and even freshmen are scrambling to take the more predictable old SAT.

October 25, 2014 — by Vibha Seshadri

For the first time, the MAP 12 Economics class completed a mock “Shark Tank” project during its business and labor unit. In the simulation, groups of students created their own business proposals and presented them to actual venture capitalists (VCs) from companies such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Intel and Network Appliances. The session took place Oct. 3.

October 25, 2014 — by Trevor Leung and Neehar Thumaty

Hipsters and non-hipsters alike indulged in a night of caffeine and music during a Coffeehouse performance that featured teenage singers on Oct. 3 at the Saratoga Library.

October 24, 2014 — by Isabelle Tseng and Shreya Tumu

As Homecoming unfolded this week, it became clear that this year would see miscommunications, mishaps and accidents, and classes had to find ways to overcome them.


October 22, 2014 — by Jihau Yu

Two clubs, Interact Club and SHARP tutoring, have been looking to expand into local middle and elementary schools in order to build a connection among younger students in the community.

October 20, 2014 — by Catherine Tang

On Oct. 15, instead of attending school, upperclassmen in the Media Arts Program (MAP) spent the day in beautiful San Francisco and Alcatraz Island.


October 19, 2014 — by Maya Ravichandran and Carolyn Sun

The Quiz Bowl team, consisting of sophomore Kevin Chow and seniors Ethan Ngai and Nitya Sampath, placed third out of 27 other schools at the Palo Alto Novice Tournament on Oct. 4.

FootGolf proves pointless to golfers and soccer players alike
X country strides forward
Winning league streak boosts girls' tennis team’s confidence
Boys’ water polo fighting to keep heads above water after string of losses
From the court to the playing field, senior Alvin Kim makes football debut
Girls’ golf working on improving away play
Students prepare for fantasy basketball season
October 16, 2014 — by Fiona Sequeira and Arman Vaziri

FootGolf is a trend being played at golf courses nationwide. A precision sport, FootGolf requires players try to kick a soccer ball into a proportionally sized hole in as few shots as possible. It is essentially golf played with a soccer ball instead of a golf ball.  

October 13, 2014 — by Cassandra King and Dorrie Tang

The cross country team began the season with consistent improvements during its first three meets.

October 12, 2014 — by Caitlin Ju

Following a 7-0 win at home against Los Gatos on Oct. 2, the team prepared for the first annual Battle of the Bay tournament in which Central Coast Section (CCS) teams competed against those of the North Coast Section (NCS). Though the tournament was held at several different schools in the Bay Area, Saratoga played at home along with fellow CCS school St. Francis High.

October 12, 2014 — by Nupur Maheshwari and Gitika Nalwa

After sustaining several losses, the boys’ varsity water polo season is off to a rough start with a league record of 1-4.

October 12, 2014 — by Jenny Qian and Ellen Wu

This year is senior Alvin Kim’s first year playing football at a high school level. As a senior rookie on varsity, Kim has already had impressive performances against both Hillsdale and Santa Clara as both linebacker and running back.

October 12, 2014 — by Oksana Trifonova and Arman Vaziri

Having faced tough opponents over the past few weeks, the girls’ golf team has a record of 3-5 as of Oct. 9.

October 9, 2014 — by Apoorv Kwatra and Trevor Leung

With the NBA season starting on Oct. 28, many basketball fans are scrambling to find the best players to draft, the best strategies to use and the best ways to succeed in their fantasy basketball leagues.

Are the humanities hopeless? No
Excessive parent involvement: a harmful path for students
Must Downtown be a town for the rich and old?
Is Common Roots forgetting its roots?
Club day acts as a gateway for the future
The top of the cheerleading pyramid?
Announcements need to be more effective
October 25, 2014 — by Ashley Chen and Carolyn Sun

Too often, at Saratoga High and other schools that emphasize STEM fields, students who declare their intentions to major in the humanities evoke instant derision.

October 25, 2014 — by Nidhi Jain and Ami Nachiappan

Whether it be forcing the student to study with them every night or excessively checking Aeries, high levels of parent involvement undoubtedly result in negative consequences, hindering the child’s independence.

October 25, 2014 — by Rachel Zhang

From its overly specialized and futile stores to its unsuccessful marketing plans, Saratoga’s downtown is weighed down by its ineffective and often overly posh entertainment and food options.

October 14, 2014 — by Kevin Chow and Amulya Vadlakonda

Is the outside group Sources of Strength actually weakening Common Roots?

October 13, 2014 — by Jenny Qian and Ellen Wu

With so many students swept up in the academic competition, there is not enough of an emphasis on the non-academic aspects of life. 

October 12, 2014 — by Deepthi Sampathkumar and Saya Sivaram

The evolution of cheerleading is dramatic and controversial. If the women who cheer at professional football games are supposedly the more professional and intensified versions of high school cheer teams, teenagers are making a huge mistake if they try to emulate them.

October 12, 2014 — by Miles Albert

With virtually no one actually paying attention, announcements are becoming completely ineffective and are often a waste of time.

Hipster ventures into the fandom continent
Aqui Cal-Mex: a delicious stop
Freshman fashionista sews her own clothes
A guide to the Tumblr world
Honeyberry proves mediocre for reporters in food comas
The Tea Zone and Fruit Bar impresses with trendy glass pitchers
Students react to K-Pop companies’ unfair treatment
October 25, 2014 — by Tiffany Zheng

Reporter describes navigating the fandom community on Tumblr, a popular blogging site.

October 25, 2014 — by Nidhi Jain

Reporter reviews Aquis Cal-Mex, a Mexican food restaurant located on S. De Anza Blvd in Cupertino.

October 25, 2014 — by Claire Chou and Eileen Toh

Freshman Angela Lee sews her own clothing, often inspired by designs on Polyvore, an online fashion community.

October 22, 2014 — by Larissa Chiu

Reporter describes a few different blogs on Tumblr, a popular blogging site.

October 22, 2014 — by Ariel Liu

Reporter reviews Honeyberry, a dessert shop in Santa Clara.

October 22, 2014 — by Spring Ma

Reporter reviews The Tea Zone and Fruit Bar, a cafe located on S. Winchester Blvd in West San Jose. 

October 22, 2014 — by Ariel Liu

The life of a Korean pop music star may seem rather glamorous on the outside — weekly hairstyle changes, personal stylists, makeup artists, recording studios, game shows, interviews, screaming fans and travel.

At a closer look, however, the life of an idol is far from glamorous; instead, it is strictly controlled by the management company.

I don’t wear pants
Horror movie experience results in emotional catastrophe
Fantasy football: a plethora of mind games
Junior comes face to face with a lioness
Half Indian, half white, fully bothered
Can you talk like Miranda Sings for an entire day?
Peter Capaldi: just what the doctor ordered
October 14, 2014 — by Apoorv Kwatra

Yes, it’s the beginning of fall, and yes, it’s the norm for students to don shorts. But when the cold gusts of winter begin to sweep away the leaves of autumn, I stay true to my collection of shorts.

October 14, 2014 — by Kelly Xiao

Reporter reminisces about watching the horror movie "The Conjuring."

October 13, 2014 — by Anant Rajeev

Reporter recounts his experience with fantasy football.

October 13, 2014 — by Shazia Gupta

Reporter reflects on her trip to Africa.

October 2, 2014 — by Jade Bisht

Reporter reflects on the ups and downs of being biracial.

October 2, 2014 — by Amulya Vadlakonda

Reporter attemps to talk like Youtube character Miranda Sings for a day.

October 2, 2014 — by Rachel Hull

Reporter reflects on feelings toward the 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi, in the TV show "Doctor Who."

Photo of the week

On Oct. 22, the sophomores performed their Food Network themed Quad Day skit.

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