Saratoga Falcon

November 14, 2014

Who's to blame when students see old quizzes that later turn out to be the same quizzes they take in class?

December 1, 2014

 Unlike previous years, this year’s fall semester final will have periods 3 and 4 on Monday and periods 1 and 2 on Tuesday. Period 5 and 6 finals are on Wednesday and period 7 finals are on Thursday

December 5, 2014

The upper field is set to be renovated and transformed into a turf field, similar to the football field with the goal of making the area much more useful to a variety of sports teams.

December 5, 2014

As senior Nadia Younes carefully crooned the last note in her rendition of “Toxic” by Britney Spears, the crowd burst into a standing ovation. Younes was later crowned the winner of this year’s Saratoga Idol held on Dec. 1 in the McAfee Center.

December 5, 2014

Custodian John Sequeiva has lived through pain but also had beautiful memories from his time in America and at SHS.

Recent budget cuts prompt sports teams to fundraise
Saratoga Holiday Wine Stroll and Tree Lighting kicks off the Holiday season
Mexican exchange students visit Saratoga
Dance team performs despite music setbacks, prepares for first competition
Students hold first TEDxSaratogaHighSchool
What actually happens at ASB meetings?
Strickland takes the next jump in college admissions
December 17, 2014 — by Caitlin Ju, Nupur Maheshwari and Gitika Nalwa

This year district leaders decided to lower Saratoga High’s athletic asked-for contribution from $275 to $225 — the same amount now being sought at Los Gatos High School. Los Gatos’ contribution has been raised from $200 to $225.

According to Robinson, the district’s decision to lower Saratoga’s asked-for contribution has left SHS sports programs with a $12,000 deficit.

December 15, 2014 — by Gwynevere Hunger and Allison Lin

The holiday season is well on its way, and the city embraced the spirit by holding a celebration at the annual Saratoga Holiday Tree Lighting and Wine Stroll on Nov. 28.

December 10, 2014 — by Ariel Liu

Junior Alisha Thanawala glanced nervously up at the clock in her APUSH classroom on Nov. 17, her mind racing frantically. The Mexican student she was hosting, freshman Ana Sofia Villanueva Morales, had left the classroom 30 minutes earlier to go to the bathroom.

December 10, 2014 — by Eileen Toh

The Falcons made history as they beat the Palo Alto Vikings on Nov. 14, garnering a spot in the CCS playoffs.


December 8, 2014 — by Michelle Leung and Trevor Leung

Five speakers presented at the TEDx event in the Thermond Drama Center  on Dec. 7.

December 8, 2014 — by Apoorv Kwatra and Anant Rajeev

ASB meetings, which are open to all students, are held every other Monday from 6-7 p.m. According to ASB president senior Adrienne Kim, the meetings are more relaxed, now that the urgency that comes with Homecoming is gone. Lately, meetings mostly consist of discussing fundraisers, dances and school policies.

December 5, 2014 — by Ashley Chen, Claire Chou, and Shreya Tumu

Like many other seniors,  Claire Strickland has a dream college: New York University (NYU). Strickland is looking for a place to be independent, and NYU fits the description: It doesn’t even have a campus center.


Soccer players who prefer outside clubs over school teams seek high levels of competition
Twins benefit from playing soccer together
Goalkeeper reflects on his years playing soccer
Rowers enjoy serenity, benefits of sport
Girls’ basketball: strong team bond beneficial for play on court
Football players make transition to basketball
Sophomore finds strength in parkour and free-running
December 5, 2014 — by Aditya Chaudhry and Jihau Yu

Two students discuss playing for soccer club teams rather than the school's teams.

December 5, 2014 — by Emily Chen and Karissa Dong

Play time together on the soccer field helps tighten the bond between twin sisters juniors Kaitlyn and Kimberly Chen, as they learn to get through tough moments and enjoy themselves during funny moments.

December 5, 2014 — by Aditya Chaudhry and Helen Chen

Due to disappointing moments like this last year, the Falcons finished with a 2-12 record and were pushed down to the lower El Camino League this year. Starting the ‘14-15 season, senior goalkeeper Edwin Chen has high hopes for improvement.

December 5, 2014 — by Gwynevere Hunger, Nidhi Jain and Vibha Seshadri

Rowing, though a sport low-profile around campus, plays a crucial role in a several students’ lives. Its most attractive qualities, according to these students, are its meditative effect and rewarding benefits, such as the proud feeling of pushing their physical and mental limits.

December 4, 2014 — by Nidhi Jain and Vibha Seshadri

The girls' basketball team's bonding events build the players’ relationships with each other and are important on the court.


December 4, 2014 — by Andrew Jiang and Jihau Yu

Although the boys’ basketball team has begun training to prepare for its upcoming season, the Falcons have been playing short handed.

December 4, 2014 — by Shazia Gupta and Sweeya Raj

Sophomore Derek Chen discusses participating in recreational parkour and speed running.

Sleep is just a beautiful dream
Issues within America exposed with case in Ferguson
The plastic bag ban: unnecessary
Snapchat Leak leads to questions about lack of teenage awareness
Lol, League is a sport?
New English policy a step in the right direction
Rick Riordan, John Green demonstrate positive role of authors on social media today
December 8, 2014 — by Maya Prasad

Sleep is something we can never get enough of at home, and as a result, we often find ourselves making it up during the day. Sadly, school is not the ideal place to accomplish the magnificent yet evasive goal of sleep.

December 5, 2014 — by Claire Chou and Karissa Dong

On Nov. 24, the Missouri Grand Jury declared no indictment for Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson. Wilson shot 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9, igniting a series of protests that led to the looting of stores, setting of fires and the arrest of hundreds of protesters in cities across the nation.

December 5, 2014 — by Jason Zhao

After much heated debate, Gov. Jerry Brown has assented to signing  the bill banning all plastic bags in California. Once signed, the ban on plastic bags would kick in for grocery stores and pharmacies on July 1, 2015, and extend to convenience stores and liquor stores a year later. In place of plastic bags, stores will offer a paper or reusable bag at the cost of 10 cents.

December 5, 2014 — by Sweeya Raj and Shreya Tumu

On Oct. 11, hackers tapped into a third-party app called SnapSaved and leaked about 100,000 photos and videos from SnapChat users.

Users were appalled and outraged by the leak, but in reality, this kind of breach was inevitable.

December 5, 2014 — by David Fan and Jason Zhao

League of Legends is a MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) video game developed by a company called Riot Games. Players get to become 100 different characters called champions. The goal of the game is to fight the opponents and destroy the enemy base.

But however active the characters on screen may be, League of Legends should not be considered a sport.

December 5, 2014 — by Ashley Chen

This year the English department has put together a policy that outlines appropriate behavior for tutors or parents who want to help students with essays and other assignments. The guide is available on the school website on the English department’s subpage.

December 4, 2014 — by Claire Chou and Isabelle Tseng

With the increased popularity of social media, authors today have become much more prominent and publicly connected figures — and this is a positive change.

Overwatch soon to hit market
Falcon staff takes on chubby challenge
Typing awareness indicator more stressful than helpful
Completed TV shows to marathon over Winter Break
Tumblr breeds dens of hatred
Falling dominoes: the path to homelessness for one couple
Junior starts YouTube channel to showcase Bay Area
December 17, 2014 — by Jason Zhao

To the surprise of video game fanatics at this year’s Blizzcon, a semi-annual game convention held by Blizzard Entertainment to promote their major franchises, Blizzard announced its first ever first-person shooter game, “Overwatch.” First-person shooter involve situations in which the player plays from the perspective of a character.

December 10, 2014 — by Anant Rajeev and Rotem Shaked

It was the middle of school one day when our Lifestyle section editors came and started chatting with us. Nothing unusual — just a regular conversation among friends. At the end of the conversation, though, we’d been convinced to take part in the Chubby Bunny challenge.

December 10, 2014 — by Eric Sze

A few days ago, my friend and I were in a heated discussion over iMessage that put our friendship in jeopardy, and the typing awareness indicator was giving me so much anxiety that I couldn’t even set my phone down for a millisecond.

December 5, 2014 — by Carolyn Sun

The Falcon provides blurbs about TV shows to consider marathon-ing over winter break.

December 5, 2014 — by Claire Chou and Karissa Dong

Despite the popularity of Tumblr as a haven of acceptance for all members of society, the social media blogging platform, like many websites, has its pitfalls. One of the most troubling is that users often use Tumblr as an outlet to vent their emotions, without knowing when to stop.

December 4, 2014 — by Gitika Nalwa and Kelly Xiao

The Falcon talked to Kellean Fransham and Monte Bippus, two middle-class Americans living in a homeless shelter.

December 4, 2014 — by Gwynevere Hunger and Vibha Seshadri

Junior Jennifer Chen created her Youtube channel “This is the BAY”  as a means of experiencing and showcasing the Bay Area’s diverse population and features. One of Chen’s other goals is to break stereotypes associated with the West Coast through her videos, which she hopes to release once a month.

A career on ice: Junior attends San Jose Sharks “High School Writer’s Day”
Sophomores survive encounter with cops
Makeup is truly not for me
Who needs Facebook?
I don’t wear pants
Horror movie experience results in emotional catastrophe
Fantasy football: a plethora of mind games
November 24, 2014 — by Allison Lin

Reporter goes a Sharks game and learns about a possible career path.

November 13, 2014 — by Apoorv Kwatra

The Saturday before Homecoming week, sophomores Eric Wang, Max Vo, Raymond McCarthy and I were deciding how to make a grand entrance for one of our dances in Homecoming. 

November 13, 2014 — by Arjun Ramanathan

When I agreed to participate in a makeup challenge with editor-in-chief Amy Lin, I had no idea what to expect. 

October 30, 2014 — by Ami Nachiappan

Reporter discusses not having a Facebook account.

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.

Photo of the week

Biology teacher Lisa Cochrum was one of the featured speakers at the TEDxSaratogaHighSchool event held on Dec. 7 in the Thermond Drama Center. Cochrum spoke about student potential and the power of learning and teaching.

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