Saratoga Falcon

April 24, 2015

Roughly 100 out of the China’s 1.4 billion population train with China’s national swim team. Junior Jack Xie, a recent transfer, was one of these elite swimmers at the age of 13. 

April 28, 2015

The History Bowl team made history last weekend, winning all three major events in an unprecedented sweep of the National History Bee and Bowl National Championships.

May 14, 2015

This TP prank illustrates a disconnect between students and custodians and shows no regard for those who have to clean it up.


May 20, 2015

The No. 11-seeded Falcons proved seedings don't mean much as they coasted to the championship.

May 27, 2015

Assistant principal Kevin Mount has decided to step down from his position at the end of this year, citing unhappiness with nature of the work.

Falcon and SHSTV begin first year as merged program
Guidance and administration rearrange duties in hopes of benefiting students
New students participate in Orientation and BBQ
Adventure awaits after announcement of Homecoming themes
New assistant principal to fill Mount’s shoes
Few participate in Senior Ditch Day due to in-class projects
Singers, dancers, poets and magicians show their stuff at ‘Toga’s Got Talent’
August 30, 2015 — by Eileen Toh

SHSTV and the Falcon newspaper have merged together as one program this year by creating a class where students can practice both print and broadcast journalism.


August 29, 2015 — by Caitlyn Chen

Each student has been paired with an administrator in addition to a guidance counselor this year to connect more with students. The administrator will handle all issues related to student support, including discipline, activities and academic advice.

August 25, 2015 — by Caitlin Ju and Tiffany Zheng

On Aug. 14, the 305 students in the Class of 2019 gathered in the gym at 9 in the morning for a campus tour and lunch with their designated Link Leaders, the older mentors to incoming freshmen.  

August 24, 2015 — by Claire Chou

This year’s Homecoming themes have an overarching theme of “a Land Far, Far Away.”

June 7, 2015 — by Arjun Ramanathan

The new assistant principal next year will be Brian Thompson, the current principal at Branham High School.

May 31, 2015 — by Deepthi Sampathkumar

The notorious Senior Ditch Day — usually the first regular day after Senior Prom — is a day seniors treat themselves to. But not so much this year on Tuesday, May 26. Many seniors were forced to stay at school due to their class schedules and activities that they couldn’t miss.


May 23, 2015 — by Vibha Seshadri

The annual senior class sponsored show, “Toga’s Got Talent”went well and garnered an audience of about 100 people to support all the acts.

Cross country meet schedule affected by construction
Softball pushes through to qualify for CCS
Junior Jack Xie wins 2 races at swimming State Championships
Falcons send two to CCS, finish season with hope for next year
Falcons finish unforgettable season of beating the odds
Bellarmine beats tennis team in CCS semifinals
Team loses in first round of playoffs; finishes season strong
August 29, 2015 — by David Fan and Ami Nachiappan

Due to the Measure E construction near the upper field, the home meet cannot occur this year, preventing the tradition of holding Senior Day during the Saratoga Tri-meet.

May 27, 2015 — by Aditya Chaudhry

Despite some trouble at the beginning of the season, the girls’ softball team qualified for CCS as the No. 12 seed.


May 26, 2015 — by Stefanie Ting

The junior swimmer proved his own of the best in the state — and the nation.

May 26, 2015 — by Spring Ma and Eileen Toh

On May 23, the Falcons’ varsity No. 1 boys’ doubles pair, junior Partha Shah and sophomore Josh Li, finished second among the 53 teams in boys’ doubles in league finals. Coming into leagues unseeded, the pair defeated the No. 1 seeded team from Lynbrook and continued on to play in semifinals and finals.

May 21, 2015 — by Allison Lin

Everyone expected the rebuilt baseball team to struggle as underdogs all season. Few expected the Falcons to finish second after powerhouse Palo Alto in the De Anza league.

May 21, 2015 — by Kevin Chow and Jihau Yu

The tennis team lost 4-3 in the CCS semifinals against Bellarmine on May 13 in a match that left Saratoga players feeling disappointed and angry.

May 21, 2015 — by Emily Chen and Gwynevere Hunger

The girls’ lacrosse team ended its season with a 16-10 first-round loss to top-ranked Palo Alto in Santa Clara Valley Athletic (SCVAL) playoffs on May 13.

The Falcons’ final season record was 6-7.  

AP classes should give more practice problems and tests
Election changes limit student involvement
The benefits of summer classes
100 Word Rants
More uniform grade policies necessary for academic fairness
Going stag to prom is a viable option
Drought restrictions troublesome but necessary
May 28, 2015 — by Jenny Qian

AP teachers should administer more AP practice tests and integrate more AP style practice problems into their courses prior to the real tests. This will help students perform better while also alleviating their last-minute cramming stress.

May 21, 2015 — by Summer Smith

Although the new rules allow more students to get involved in ASB, few students actually want to do so. Students should not be limited in the number of student government positions they can run or apply for simply because there are not enough people who have the desire to get involved. This leaves those who are passionate about bettering the  school unable to make as significant of an impact as they want.

May 20, 2015 — by Apoorv Kwatra and Neehar Thumaty

Summer prep classes are a great tool to get ahead in certain subjects while also learning new material that may not be taught in school.

May 18, 2015 — by Cassandra Kin, Isabelle Tseng, Oksana Trifonova and Jason Zhao

Rants about school starting earlier each year, the smarter balanced tests, fanfictions, and badminton.

May 18, 2015 — by Caitlin Ju and Amulya Vadlakonda

On the first day of school, you’re flooded with multicolored syllabuses from each of your classes. You immediately check the rounding policies and dedicate yourself to keeping them straight for the rest of the year. Your math teacher doesn’t round up, your science teacher does and your English and history teachers both do, but only between a B+ and an A-.

April 26, 2015 — by Megan MacInnes

Going single to prom is a viable option for anyone, and doesn’t detract from the fun of the event in any way.

April 24, 2015 — by Jason Zhao

This year, California has recorded its lowest amount of rainfall in the past 60 years. The dry period has been made worse by the unusually high temperatures.

Alumni Interviews (2014-2015)
Outside Lands: a concert, a festival, a community
Sophomore teaches English to underprivileged students in Taiwan
Sophomore performs as backup dancer in Bollywood film
Service to the country, service to the school: School Resource Officer Garton describes past experiences as a sheriff’s deputy and soldier
‘Pitch Perfect 2’: Offensive and flat compared to original
Sophomore pursues passion for dance at San Francisco Ballet
August 30, 2015 — by Caitlyn Chen

A Falcon reporter interviewed three Saratoga alumni to look back on different moments in their senior years.

August 30, 2015 — by Caitlyn Chen

A couple of SHS students went to Outside Lands, an outdoor music festival that includes more than 60 musical acts from around the world performing for roughly 50,000 people in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. This year’s lineup included popular artists and bands such as Sam Smith, Kendrick Lamar and Mumford and Sons.

August 29, 2015 — by Caitlyn Chen

Sophomore Andrew Zheng participated in a program organized by the Wisdom Culture and Education Organization, which organizes a Chinese school, annual summer camps and volunteer opportunities for students.


August 29, 2015 — by Caitlyn Chen

Sophomore Ishana Narayanan and her traveling dance troupe from the Max Dance Company arrived in downtown Stockton on June 28 to participate as backup dancers in the Bollywood film “Warrior Savitri,” which will premiere in India in October.

May 28, 2015 — by Nidhi Jain and Stefanie Ting

Garton’s day officially starts at approximately 7 a.m. Throughout the day, he touches base with the administration and is updated with information at each of the nine schools he helps, most of which are in Saratoga or the west side of Santa Clara County.

May 21, 2015 — by Nidhi Jain

As the young audience of mostly teenage girls squealed in excitement in AMC 14 on May 15, I prepared myself to watch an amazing sequel that I expected to be just as good as the original, if not better: “Pitch Perfect 2.” I clearly remembered the harmonic singing and gripping storyline from the first movie, and I was anticipating no less for the second one. 


Unfortunately, my expectations were barely met. 

May 21, 2015 — by Spring Ma

Sophomore Sophie Cichanowicz discovered a passion for ballet after playing the lead role in "The Nutcracker" and pursues her dream.

When it comes to apps, the seventh time’s the charm
Taylor Swift fills our ‘Blank Space’ and teaches us her ‘Style’
Excited fangirls anticipate Wong Fu Productions’ first feature film
Avid fan disappointed by new Disney Channel shows
Veggie Grill does not live up to expectations
Sophomores defeat opponents with last-minute pranks
August 30, 2015 — by Caitlyn Chen

This summer, I spent seven weeks at Make School Summer Academy in Sunnyvale, where students learn how to design, code and ship their own original iOS app. With the help of the instructors at Make School, I programmed an app called GeoRecipe that allows users to explore recipes on a map, specifically placed on the location where the food originated from.

August 29, 2015 — by Allison Lin and Summer Smith

Two seniors experience a night at Levi's Stadium for Taylor Swift's 1989 World Tour.

May 11, 2015 — by Spring Ma and Eileen Toh

Every WongFu video showcases an overwhelming talent in film, videography and post production, as their shooting and editing techniques feature modern and simplistic aesthetics.


It would not be surprising that the first item on our summer bucket list is seeing their first feature film, “Everything Before Us,” which will come to theaters on June 3.

May 11, 2015 — by Eileen Toh

As many 'classic' Disney shows such as "Hannah Montana" came to a close, Disney welcomed its viewers to brand-new shows, such as “Austin and Ally," leading to a whole new era of Disney shows.

May 7, 2015 — by Michelle Cen

Veggie Grill, which opened up a few months ago in Westgate Center, is a vegan restaurant chain with 28 outlets located in California, Washington and Oregon. The diversity of the menu, which is laden with gluten-free and soy-free choices, impressed me. Veggie Grill offers salads, snacks, sandwiches and desserts with intriguing names such as “Buffalo Bomber” and “Bali Bliss.” Priding itself upon health, Veggie Grill also only uses oil with monounsaturated fat.

April 23, 2015 — by Helen Chen

Junior struggles with prom preparations.

April 20, 2015 — by Maya Prasad and Jenny Qian

Teams compete in prank wars

Photo of the week

Parents tend to the grills during the annual all-school barbecue held on Friday, Aug. 21.


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