Saratoga Falcon

April 23, 2016

Senior Michelle Wang shares story on how she plans to become an Art major.

April 24, 2016

Among the many students who call the Thermond Drama Center home,  Zach Grob-Lipkis is easy to spot. The junior can often be found  energetically performing his lines with a script in hand, often causing the whole room to erupt in laughter.


April 28, 2016

Caroline Oliver anticipates freshman year at Barnard. Saro Acharya sets up future in film with Emerson.

May 11, 2016

Todd Dwyer lived a different life before going into academia.

May 19, 2016

They also learn practical construction skills.

May 19, 2016

SHSTV covers Friday night's SMASH'N event, the Student of the Month, test superstitions, a MAP field trip and the last rally of the year.


May 19, 2016

Despite concerns voiced by some parents and students earlier in the year, the 2016-2017 school year will have a rolling block schedule with each day.

May 24, 2016

Led by unstoppable outside hitter Joel Schneidmiller, the Falcons boys’ volleyball team started winning early this season and never stopped.


Ritchie awarded district teacher of the year
Spending of accumulated ASB funds brings basketball court lights, football field scoreboard
Five DECA members compete at International Conference
Toga's Got Talent an emotional night for seniors
Juniors honored at annual awards ceremony
School implements new grading scale, looks to help students
Alumni music teachers leaving respective schools after 2015-2016 school year
May 24, 2016 — by Karissa Dong and Eileen Toh

As a result of her efforts, English teacher Natasha Ritchie was recently named the district teacher of the year for 2016-2017. She was nominated for the award by fellow teachers.


May 24, 2016 — by Amith Galivanche and Jason Zhao

At the beginning of the school year, ASB officers sent out a survey on the SHS Facebook page, looking for suggestions on how to spend the $276,000 that had accumulated over the years.


May 24, 2016 — by Nidhi Jain and Saya Sivaram

Five students competed in the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) in Nashville, Tenn., as part of the business club DECA on April 23-26.


May 24, 2016 — by Julia Miller

Senior fundraiser, Toga's got Talent on May 6 found great success. 

May 21, 2016 — by Roland Shen

ourteen juniors were honored by their teachers at the annual California Scholarship Federation (CSF) Award Ceremony breakfast on May 18.


May 21, 2016 — by Neil Rao

Starting this fall, the incoming freshman class will be the first to experience a major change in the school’s GPA scale.


May 19, 2016 — by Michelle Koo

Parents and pancakes filled the quad in late April as Redwood Middle School band director Jonathan Jow and SHS band director Jonathan Pwu quieted their ensemble of students and raised their arms to get set. The concert bands and orchestras of the middle and high school played their bittersweet final pieces for their final Pancake breakfast with two long-appreciated instructors.

Volleyball: Boys defend CCS title
Dedicated badminton coach of four years moving on
Team places well at SCVAL meet, falls short at CCS Trials
Peng qualifies individually for CCS, eliminated after first round
Individuals compete at states, fall short of previous times; defending champ Xie chooses to skip state meet
Boys’ lacrosse works through ups and downs to end season on good note
Softball team perseveres through regular season, qualify for CCS
May 24, 2016 — by Derek Chen and Trevor Leung

Led by unstoppable outside hitter Joel Schneidmiller, the Falcons boys’ volleyball team started winning early this season and never stopped.


May 24, 2016 — by Jenny Qian

Unfortunately for the team, coach Chris Do has decided to leave after this year; he has signed a contract with Yonex as an international sports photographer for tennis, golf and badminton.



May 24, 2016 — by Caitlin Ju and Ami Nachiappan

Seven Saratoga High athletes who placed in the top six in their respective events at the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League (SCVAL) meet that took place on May 13 at Los Gatos High; their stellar performances earned them spots at CCS trials, but none qualified for CCS finals on May 27.


May 24, 2016 — by Apoorv Kwatra and Trevor Leung

The team placed fifth out of six teams in the league tournament and did not qualify for CCS.


May 24, 2016 — by Pranav Ahuja and Emily Chen

At Clovis West High School on May 20, juniors Stefanie Ting and Anna Zhou, sophomore Jeanette Khowong and freshman Lei Otsuka competed at the CIF Swimming and Diving State Championships. In the end, their preliminary times were not fast enough for them to qualify for a second swim in the finals on May 21.


May 24, 2016 — by Amith Galivanche and Katherine Zhou

Before their playoff game on May 11, the boys’ lacrosse team had hope that they could beat — or at least compete with — Palo Alto, ranked No. 1 in the De Anza League (DAL).


May 24, 2016 — by Jay Kim and Julia Miller

After a rocky first half of the season, the Falcons managed to pick up their game and qualify again for CCS this year, even hosting and winning one game in the tournament.


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May 19, 2016 — by William Chen, Mary Maccoun

SHSTV covers Friday night's SMASH'N event, the Student of the Month, test superstitions, a MAP field trip and the last rally of the year.


May 13, 2016 — by Saro Acharya, Max Lisovsky

SHSTV covers the  new ASB leaders, the talent show and MAP teacher Tony Palma moving into a new job with the district.


May 6, 2016 — by Lei Otsuka, Alexandra Propach

SHSTV covers seniors' college decisions, the Saratoga Music Boosters' Pancake Breakfast, the appointment
history teacher Matt Torrens as the school's new activities director for next year, and a recap of recent sports action.

April 29, 2016 — by Saro Acharya, Anuj Changavi

Student of the Month: Melissa Hoffman
Guys and Dolls Recap
Sports Recap
Leadership Class Controversy

April 22, 2016 — by Navin Tiwary, Harshini Ramaswamy

SHSTV has stories on recent action in spring sports,  activities director Rebeca Marshburn about her decision to return to her home town of San Antonio, Texas, after this school year, the recent TEXEX event, a hula hoop challenge to teachers by senior Luke Salin and short promo for Senior Prom.

April 15, 2016 — by Jennifer Chen, Maxwell Lisovsk

SHSTV looks at the robotics team's successful season, Spring Fling highlights, a junior volleyball star who has verbally committed to UC Irvine and parking issues created by the beginning of construction of the new music building.

April 1, 2016 — by Mary Maccoun, Kyle Wang

SHSTV looks at teachers' efforts to try to combat stress and experiment with different kinds of homework this year, speech and debate national qualifiers, the addition of a freshman diver to the swimming team and students' Spring Break plans.

March 25, 2016 — by Michelle Koo and Michelle Lee

SHSTV features reports on substitute teacher Bob Kucer, who is subbing for chemistry teacher Kathy Nakamatsu while she is out on maternity leave, Spring Fling dressup days, Winter Guard's recent competition in Las Vegas, Student of the Mnth and the details behind the still-not-completed new softball field, which is delaying the start of the team's home season.

March 18, 2016 — by Saro Acharya, Sabrina Clark

SHSTV gives general announcements and reviews a recently opened popsicle restaurant.

March 15, 2016 — by Jennifer Chen, Anuj Changavi

SHSTV covers an upcomong Dandia event, the experiences of students with food allergies and the girls' basketball team's run to a CCS championship.

March 4, 2016 — by Kyle Wang, Pranav Ahuja

SHSTV sums up recent CCS sports action and examines the start-up business uProspie as well as the recent trip some students took to Cuernavaca, Mexico, over February break.

February 26, 2016 — by Saro Acharya, Max Lisovsky

SHSTV features a promotion for the Benefit Fashion Show, which takes places tomorrow in the Large Gym, a recap of the boys' crushinbg and controlversial 47-44 loss in CCS to Aptos on a disputed buzzer shot, and a profile of the the student of the month.

February 12, 2016 — by Ryan Kim and Austin Wang

SHSTV explores the controversy over a lack of diversity among Oscar nominees, checks in with Sue's Cafe, shows what the new creative writing elective is doing, previews the Benefit fashion show and delivers anonymous Valentine's Day roses to surprised students.

Senior Homecoming Day: Oct. 16, 2015
Teachers Homecoming Day: Oct: 12, 2015
Freshman Homecoming Day: Oct. 13, 2015
Sophomore Homecoming Day: Oct. 14, 2015
Junior Homecoming Day: Oct. 15, 2015
October 17, 2015 — by SHS TV

Watch the seniors take us to a galaxy far far away in their homecoming quad day on Oct. 16, 2015

October 16, 2015 — by SHS TV

Check out our amazing teachers dance for their homecoming quad day on Oct. 12, 2015.

October 16, 2015 — by SHS TV

Watch how the freshmen dive into the lost city of Atlantis on Oct. 13, 2015

October 16, 2015 — by SHS TV

Watch how the sophomores takes us to the Hundred Acre Woods on Oct 14

October 16, 2015 — by SHSTV Staff

SHSTV shows how the juniors brought Neverland to life in their Quad Day on Oct. 15.

#Prayfortheworld isn’t enough
President Obama offers necessary advice to Black Lives Matter
Yale’s frustrating decision to keep name of Calhoun College misled
Online voting system exposes voter apathy in school elections
AP classes should have finals before the AP exam
Unfriendly environments are created by just a few words
Financial literacy curriculum would educate students of essential life skills
May 24, 2016 — by Ryan Kim

Students need to be cognizant of international affairs in order to empathize

May 21, 2016 — by Derek Chen

Junior explains President Obama's critique of the Black Lives Matter movement. 

May 21, 2016 — by Karissa Dong

Nineteenth century statesman John C. Calhoun, best known as South Carolina’s pro-slavery champion, is perhaps one of the America’s most controversial figures. His name has become synonymous with Southern secession, the Confederacy and America’s heinous institution of slavery. Yet, in spite of criticism from the Yale’s student body, Yale University president Peter Salovey announced on April 28 that the name of the residential college called Calhoun would remain.


May 19, 2016 — by Kyle Wang

Sophomore shares opinion on how more students should participate in the class/ ASB voting procedure at school. 

May 18, 2016 — by Amulya Vadlakonda

Junior explains her thoughts on AP class finals.  

April 27, 2016 — by Harshini Ramaswamy

“Commit. That’s so gay. You’re SPED. Go kill yourself.” These are common slang terms echoing in the hallways of SHS, jests that have made their way into the daily vernacular of students.

April 26, 2016 — by Caitlyn Chen

It happens all the time. College students begin receiving offers for credit cards and begin going out to dinner every night, buying expensive clothes or taking trips with money they don't have.

AMD finds passion in cards
Too short for shorts?
Photographer finds his passion late
Veggies Tales: my life as a picky eater
Senior finds adventure in California after moving from Sweden
Thank you Kanye, Drake and Kendrick
Seniors maintain 15-year friendship
May 30, 2016 — by Aditya Chaudhry and Jihau Yu

All male dance dancers in Bombay in the Bay find interest in Yu-gi-oh.

May 30, 2016 — by Andrew Jiang

Senior Graham Schmelzer embodies the Chubbies brand


May 30, 2016 — by Anant Rajeev

In the middle of January of 2016, senior Allen Li felt as if he needed to give back to the school in some way. He didn’t join new clubs or pick up extracurricular activities around campus but instead chose to dive into a more powerful path: photography and videography.


May 30, 2016 — by Deepthi Sampathkumar

To say I’m a picky eater is an understatement. Now don’t get me wrong: I absolutely love food.

May 30, 2016 — by Ashley Chen

  Unlike most transfer students, senior Melissa Hoffman arrived at the school as a senior; her father had received notice of a possible job transfer in the summer of 2014, and the family decided to accept the opportunity to move to California.


May 28, 2016 — by Neehar Thumaty

A junior finds solace and brillance in the innovative genre of rap.

May 27, 2016 — by Vibha Seshadri

Seniors look back on friendship.

Dislike for STEM is not a fatal disease
Your next four years: Enjoy them while you can
Blonde, blue-eyed but not dumb
To me, from me: A letter to my inexperienced freshman self
One girl, one test: How I acquired my driver’s permit
Sightless in Saratoga: Actor learns to trust others
Ringing in the end of the school year
May 30, 2016 — by Oksana Trifonova

  I don’t like math. And it’s not because I find it boring or useless, but because I simply don’t get it.

May 27, 2016 — by Anant Rajeev

Dear freshman Anant,


May 27, 2016 — by Summer Smith

For me, the stereotypes I face are mostly because of my hair color (blonde)  and choice of extracurricular activity ( cheerleading). These two factors come with the stereotype of being unintelligent.


May 27, 2016 — by Melissa Magner

Dear freshman Melissa,


May 24, 2016 — by Julia Miller

For hours a day, reading 25 different practice guides and a read-through of the entire driving handbook had led up to the moment I had been dreading: taking my permit test.  


May 19, 2016 — by Saya Sivaram

Junior drama actor shares transforming experience. 

May 19, 2016 — by Julia Miller

 The story of how a sophomore got to hold the Golden State Warriors Championship Ring

Photo of the week

Freshman Chloe Peng tries to lift the 5-pound Talisman yearbook that was released on May 18 as freshman Alexandra Li looks on.


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