Assistant principal Kerry Mohnike pointed to a sentence projected onto a board. “She went to the doctor,” said Mohnike, slowly and carefully articulating each word.
Thirty-one students — all of them adults — stared at the board, carefully listening to Mohnike’s pronunciation of the sentence. “She went to the doctor,” a medley of assorted accents chanted back.
As the second semester began, students and staff members were missing the smile of a prominent teacher on campus: Jim Yowell.
A new California law, Assembly Bill No. 526, that allows schools to punish off-campus bullying, took effect on Jan. 1. School administrators and superintendents can now suspend or even expel a student for bullying that occurs via an “electronic act,” such as sending messages via text, email or social media from an on or off campus location.
At an ASB meeting in November, some members posed a question for student debate: Should Saratoga remove secondary GPA awards from the graduation program?
Senior Zofia Trujillo goes through the lyrics of “I Dreamed a Dream,” marking off her staging to refresh her mind of the last rehearsal. Trujillo and around 60 castmates are investing numerous hours to this year’s spring musical, “Les Miserables.”
Among the challenges of “Les Mis” is that it is narrated with only music and no dialogue. “Les Mis” showcases a serious plot, which presents challenges and learning opportunities for the actors and director and drama teacher Sarah Thermond.
When seniors Akshay Madhani and Alex Renda walked into the guidance office in early February, they had a suspicion of what was going to happen. Yet, that didn’t stop the two from being “in a state of disbelief” when they left. Madhani and Renda had just received the school’s highest academic honors: valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively.
Senior Jason Li stood on stage in front of a small group of investors. With bright lights shining and cameras running, Li looked at the four "sharks" in front of him and delivered a confident, 2-minute pitch to potential investors.
Students, their families and alumni laced up their dance shoes and headed to the annual Jazz Cabaret and Swing Dance on the evening of March 1.
Hosted by the music department and Saratoga Music Boosters, the event showcased the Jazz Bands I and II, the Men and Women’s Choir, Concert Choir, the Redwood Middle School Jazz Band and Footnotes Jazz, a professional jazz group.
Spring Fling Week, from March 24-28, is an annual celebration of school spirit normally bookended by Powder Puff football and the Sadie’s dance.
For Gou, who has been fencing competitively since age 6, each tournament is a test of the mind. Not only must he study and analyze his opponent, but he also must balance himself between an appropriate level of intensity and relaxation.
From April 27-30, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) will visit Saratoga High in order to assess and certify the school’s accreditation.
Senior Rio Harada has sat through hundreds of hours of lectures, jotted down notes in English and history, taken the SAT and passed countless tests. But in June, after the years that he spent struggling through school with his classmates, he plans to take a very different path: Harada will be enlisting in the military.
After a successful 2013 season for the baseball team ending in a tough loss to Saint Ignatius in the first round of the CCS playoffs, the Falcons are looking to try and get back this season. While they have strong senior players and a lot of potential from the junior players, the Falcons will have to overcome the loss of several key players.
After beating Leigh High 2-0 in the first round on Feb. 26, the girls’ soccer team advanced to quarterfinals of CCS for the first time in Saratoga history. The girls lost a close game to Woodside 2-1 during the quarterfinal round on March 1 and ended their season with a 9-9-2 record.
The ice cold concrete bites at sophomore Bradley Newton’s toes as he runs onto the dark, empty pool deck. Rubbing the drowsiness from his eyes, he and his teammates listen to the warm-up set and get ready to take the first plunge. It is 5:30 a.m.
It is hard to be excited about the Winter Olympics when it is hard to relate to and there is very little head-to-head action.
Despite dominating the scoreboard for the majority of the game, the girls’ soccer team was unable to pull out a win on Jan. 31 against their rival, Los Gatos, losing 2-1.
“We had four girls play club all summer and fall and with tons of girls showing up for off season workouts and captain practices, our stick skills are better than they've ever been this early on,” Jennie Werner said.
During the last 10 minutes of the game against Silver Creek High School on Dec. 2, the boys’ varsity soccer team was down 1-0. When the ball seemingly went out of bounds, a Silver Creek forward brought it back to play and put the ball past senior goalie Bobak Tooyserkani and into the back of the net. The goal was awarded, and Tooyserkani was furious.
In early February, with the Super Bowl still fresh in the minds of football fans, Michael Sam decided to make history. Sam, an NFL draft prospect, came out as gay, and if signed by an NFL team, will be the NFL’s first active homosexual player.
When I tore open a flat, long box in the mail that was labeled “Airsoft GI” and lifted out my $218 airsoft gun for Christmas, I was ecstatic. Once I ordered the safety equipment, I could have battles at nearby airsoft fields with my friends.
American journalist Chris Hedges wrote, “We live in a society where doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the press destroys information, religion destroys morals, and our banks destroy the economy.”
The buzz from the Winter Olympics is winding down. The Games had a good showing, everyone was safe and there were no major international incidents. On the whole it was deemed successful, but seeing as the country had four years to prepare could it have been better? Was Russia ready?
In the month of February, there were several students cited for marijuana offenses on campus. The number is alarmingly high in such a short period of time, which begs the question: Why are students using the drug?
One of the main reasons encouraging recreational drug use is social media. On Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, there are pictures glorifying the use of marijuana. People often talk and converse about using the drug. Since our generation is so addicted to social media, the constant references and allusions to marijuana use can encourage students to experiment with the drug.
Imagine a student walking down the hallway, arms swinging at his side, shoulders back and openly giving high-fives to other students passing by. Everybody looks at this student and thinks he is someone who was born confident. His emotions and confidence did not come first. His posture, gestures and body language have helped him become the person he is.
Students who are ambivalent and timid can change that just by opening up. In a way, they need to fake these “power poses” to boost their confidence and courage.
On the campus of Central Michigan University in the town of Mt. Pleasant, administrators have installed security cameras in hopes of catching thieves. Sadly, as recounted by senior Meghan Rhoa in the publication CM Life, the cameras failed to capture any images showing who stole her friend's bike.
This is just one small example of the downsides of security cameras on campuses.
The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry conducted a national study in 2011 and found that a shocking one in three 12th graders have used marijuana in the previous year.
On a sedentary day with not much to do, few things are better than the breathtaking scenery of a good view and a calm surrounding. One such place with these elements is Vista Point in San Francisco, which is a popular spot to go for a nice breezy experience and a fabulous view of the city and the Bay.
Aggarwal is the kid who walks into a room with a smile plastered on his face at all times; he is the guy who works to make everyone around him laugh as hard as possible. In short, Aggarwal is a class clown.
Like any other city close to the coast, the salty air that lingers and the sunsets over the ocean make the town of Carmel-by-the-Sea most well-known for its white sand beaches. Many people, however, often think only of the bonfires on the beaches, overlooking the city itself.
Spring is coming into full swing, people look for new places to visit. With places like Vasona Park becoming monotonous with each passing year, students will be looking for the next local attraction that provides something new. Lake Elizabeth Park in Fremont is one such place.
Spring has come earlier than usual to California this year. With temperatures around 70 degrees and drought conditions prevailing for most of the winter, it may be the perfect time to go out and explore the nature around Saratoga. One of the great things to do in this weather is go hiking.
American, Los Angeles-based vocalist Jillian Banks, known as BANKS, has grown quite the reputation in a short time. It all started with her sultry single "Warm Water,” a somber, loungy, beat-driven single that captivated many ears. Her soothing vocals along with the song’s hook really set a wave through the blogosphere.
School and college essays were indeed tough for me, but I placed most of the first semester stress on myself when I made a dreadful mistake on my first college interview.
I have a new addiction and I’m not too flappy about it.
Upon hearing that there was a winter sports challenge this issue for newspaper, I enthusiastically signed up, but that excitement only lasted a brief moment. Later that day, when I found out that my winter sport challenge was for soccer, excitement quickly turned into panic.
On the day I was born at El Camino Hospital, my grandparents stood hovering over my clear hospital crib, smiling down at me. I weighed barely 6 pounds and was dressed in a pink cotton cap and a hospital blanket, but my grandma held me in her arms and rocked me while my grandpa looked on proudly. Little did I know that 10 years from that day, my grandparents, would be 6,698 miles away.
Most of us wouldn't recognize Christmas in Russia.
“Did I sound abstract? I hope it sounded more confusing than that,” rapper and producer El-P said in “Tuned Mass Damper,” a song off his 2002 album “Fantastic Damage.” For the better part of the last 20 years, El-P has been a leading figure in the underground hip-hop scene and a part of some modern day classics in the genre.
I take a lot for granted, which isn’t right. It is during times like Thanksgiving when I think of what I have and appreciate how lucky I am. I’m most thankful for my life inside one of the greatest communities around.
March 14: AP Registration Period ends
March 18: Jazz/Percussion Concert
March 21: Sadies
March 24: Spring Fling Week
March 27: Powderpuff Final