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Common Core Replaces Star Tests in California

Cindy Zhang Guest Writer Students at San Mateo High School should expect to see no STAR tests this school year. As of right now, the annual STAR tests have been cancelled due to the implementation of the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The new standards are part of a nationwide initiative to equalize the education in all states throughout America. Adopted by 45 states the CCSS mark a shift towards “more critical thinking and problem solving, rather than just regurgitating facts,” said SMHS Principal Ms. Yvonne Shiu. Implementation of the CCSS has begun with full-state implementation scheduled for

2014-15. Teachers in our district are being trained on the new standards next month, and students might experience a change in curriculum, instruction, and exams as early as this year. Next year’s juniors, will be the first to take the new state tests for the CCSS.

California will be using the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) to measure student success with the CCSS. “It will be a computer generated test,” revealed Ms. Shiu. But, the first

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sophomores while juniors take a math and English test and the Early Assessment Program according to the California Senate website. Federal requirements ask for testing results, which conflicts with California’s new testing plan that would postpone statewide testing. According to Mercury News, the federal government may withhold funds from California, though it is not clear whether or not this will happen.

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Star Testing Canceled

The State Senate passed a bill on September 10 allowing the Measurement of Academic Performance and Progress (MAPP) to replace STAR Testing, but the fate of the test is still unsure. Currently, its on the governor’s desk, waiting for a signature. The bill would postpone standardized testing for this school year, though it would issue a science test for

School Reaches State Goal of 800 API For First Time

Angela Zhang Staff Writer Class of 2017 baby bearcats chose their class council for this school year on September 11, and they deserve a big round of applause. President Sophia Jaro has been spiritedly involved in Bearcat activities despite being only a

freshman. A member of the girl’s varsity water polo team, Sports Editor in Yearbook and trombone player in marching band, she is “glad to be a part of all these activities because it’s a great way to meet new people.” As Student Body President last year at Bowditch Middle School, Sophia

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Evan Adary News Editor For the first time ever, San Mateo High reached California’s goal for all schools when it scored 800 on its API. “Our 4-year trend data continues to be impressive,” said superintendent Scott Laurence in an email to staff, when scores were released. “I am very proud to say that we are making solid academic progress with some of our student populations and our graduation rate has improved. It is nice to see multiple measures all indicating See API, Page 5

PHOTO OURTESY OF M ARISA FRANKE Elizabeth Mitelman, freshman, and Jessica Fetanatnia, freshman, help each other, as they maximize their education.

Mills AP Scores Invalidated Juhie Desai Opinion Editor

More than half of Mills High School’s AP test takers had their hopes of college credit dashed when scores were invalidated this past year. The College Board cancelled results of 634 tests for nearly outraged students, more than half of Mills High’s test takers during the 2013 AP test season. “A student that personally took the AP test himself, contacted College Board requesting an investigation due to seating irregularities”, said Mills High School junior, Alvin

Chan. According to Chan, the entire controversy rooted from only one room that had students sitting in a circle rather than rows. “We were notified through email, explaining the situation and had a meeting at our school to discuss what happened and what we can do. The administration simply stated that we could eith Mills High School attempted to pursue litigation of College Board in an attempt to repeal the decision, but ultimately failed to the students’ despair. Dozens of upset students had no choice but to retake their

tests at later, inconvenient times. What happened to Mills High School can happen anywhere, which is why San Mateo High will continue to ensure all goes as planned when AP tests comes around as we always have. “After what happened at Mills, we are going to make sure that we follow all requirements and guidelines”, stated SMHS Principal, Ms. Shiu. However, Ms. Shiu added that we would not be taking any extra precautions, as we are confident that we will continue to follow all guidelines.

Vicky Mesquita Staff Writer The wait is finally over. After two years of construction, San Mateo’s new Performing Arts Center is here. The $25 million project took three years total to complete including planning time. Measure M, a bond passed by voters in 2006, paid for all of the massive reconstruction. The renovations of the new theatre include a two-story lobby, a completely remodeled off stage area, and a balcony. The new theatre houses 1,540 seats, a few less than the old PAC’s 1,620 seats, due to necessary features like increased whealchair accessibility. The impressive new theatre had

its grand opening to the public yesterday, October 3. Students and families were welcome to attend the opening and see the beautiful building for the first time. San Mateo production of The Drowsy Chaperone will be the first production held in the new theater from October 24-27. “I want students to be proud of this building,” said Mr. Friedman. Rallies will not be held in the PAC as they previously have been. “They will continue to be held in the gym to maintain a close atmosphere,” stated Ms. Shiu. SMHS students will benefit the most from the new PAC. San Mateo’s drama and musical theatre classes will be able to move into the PAC starting next semester.

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Racists Trash Miss “A” Mack is Whack Amanda Janks Staff Writers

Juhie Desai Opinion Editor Quite frankly, I’ve never paid much attention to beauty pageants. I’ve never watched them. Not even once. However, when I heard the news that Indian-American beauty Nina Davuluri won the title, I felt a sense of pride. Not only was she gorgeous, intelligent, and well-mannered, but she made history by becoming the first American of Indian descent to earn the prestigious title. Unfortunately, my pride quickly turned into disappointment when I discovered the absolutely absurd responses certain Americans, my fellow citizens, had in response to her achievement. Before Nina even had a few hours to soak in her title, the media exploded with some of the most ignorant and bigoted remarks I personally have heard in a while. For those Americans who believe

Nina Davuluri is undeserving of the Miss America title due to her ethnicity or skin color, I would like to address some misconceptions. #1. “Americans” don’t identify as one race, religion, skin color, or ethnicity. If you were born in the US, or if you’re simply a citizen of the US, you are considered an American. I could go into the whole “Native Americans are the only true Americans” rant, but you get the point. This is why I was awfully confused as to why certain people were expressing their discontent with the new Miss America not being “American enough”. Nina Davuluri was born in Syracuse, New York people, not an Indian village. She’s just as American as the rest of her respective contestants. #2. One thing I cannot ignore is the way people in our country immediately assumed that a dark -skinned woman was of Arabic descent, failing to distinguish

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between Arabs and Indians. I was appalled at the number of people who tweeted ridiculous things like “And the Arab wins Miss America. Classic”. Where were you all during your geography lessons? I’m not sure if I’m more ashamed with their lack of foreign knowledge or the Islamophobia expressed. Whether Nina is an Arab or an Indian, a Hindu or a Muslim, who cares? Nina Davuluri won because she deserved to. Obviously, there are always going to be those people who can’t help but criticize out of ignorance. I’m not going to be naïve and hope that racism and ignorance is completely abolished in the US. However, I think it’s fair to say that Americans should take their own initiative to learn about new cultures; our mindsets need to get out of the 1800s and adjust to the diverse 2013 America. Nina Davuluri deserves our respect

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rhetoric receives positive feedback from the general public in a way that other more talented and qualified artists don’t. Macklemore’s climb to stardom reflects on him considering his unearned entitlement as a white male, although his fame equally shrieks ‘conventional society’ from rooftop to rooftop with the vigor of all 43 presidents preceding Barack Obama, 80% of CEOs, and 95% of management positions in this country. Ignoring privilege and inciting social change conflicts like oil and water. Macklemore wants to liberate people via his own multithousand-year old liberation, a birthright so inherent that he inhales it as unknowingly as oxygen. Macklemore, a heterosexual man, used the word ‘faggot,’a prominently known anti-gay slur, in a song that supposedly preaches ‘equality.’ Macklemore, a wealthy man, glamourizes thrift shopping in a song of the same name, fully conscious that Goodwill and other thrift stores are a mean of survival for people who can’t otherwise afford clothing. Macklemore, a white man, raps his lyrics and iterates lukewarm, stale messages on white privilege without referencing people who suffer firsthand from societal imbalance. Macklemore, a cisgendered man, has a song called “Contradiction” where he openly says, “I am sexist, I’m prejudice,” yet still, feminists,, Ellen DeGeneres, etc. all refer to him as a beacon of social progress. Wake up, America. He has no credibility.



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Macklemore’s career amplified several weighty, uncomfortable points to a typically unwilling media. Let’s get down to brass tacks: Macklemore’s known as an LGBTQ activist, plain and simple, badda bing, badda boom—why? His song “Same Love” caught the eyes of some heterosexual liberals who see rap as a strictly counterprogressive, ignorant genre. The radio-bound song conquered more than charts, but hearts, headlines— the works. As a socially-conscious woman and an open member of the LGBTQ community, I question his motives as a white, heterosexual, cisgendered man (cisgendered meaning a male that identifies with masculinity) who feels the need to call out homophobia, especially since he caters to the cause with practically zero experience, if not none at all. Who is he to speak on these issues, and why is he celebrated as the first rapper who supports LGBTQ causes? Jay Z, one of the most powerful, influential men in the country, said in a televised interview with CNN, “What people do in their own homes is their business and you can choose to love whoever you love. That’s their business.” Other rappers who contribute to tearing down the anti-gay stigma include 50 cent, Kanye West, A$AP Rocky, Tyler the Creator, Queen Latifah, Le1f, Mykki Blanco, Syd the Kid, Angel Haze, and the numbers continue substantially. Odd Future’s Frank Ocean even released a song about his unrequited love with a man. Somehow, Macklemore’s lukewarm renditions of tired

Friday, October 4, 2013

PE Paper: Should Jews Skip Religion for School?

Jillian Osheroff Staff Writer

High school is a place for personal growth, meeting new friends, and self-expression, but has it also become a place for religious discrimination? Freshmen and sophomores taking P.E. have to face the reality of writing a onepage paper when missing class. The paper is due a week after the actual absence and gives the student five points back for the day missed. That makes perfect sense to me when someone has a doctor’s appointment or is feeling sick in bed, but what about for a religious holiday? Living in America, where the major religion is Christianity, everyone in school is required to take off national holidays, including those specific to Christianity. Students of minority religions are included in the days off, even though they may not celebrate the holiday; however public schools fail to recognize holidays of minority religions in the same way. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining about receiving a full day off from school, but it is upseting that I will eventually be penalized for missing school on a holiday just as important to me as their holiday is to them.

At the beginning of this school year, Jewish holidays filled up many weekends and some weekdays. These days are known as the ‘high holy days’ and are considered to be the most important time for a Jew to go to temple. Yom Kippur fell on a Saturday, but on Rosh Hashanah, which fell on a Thursday, most Jews from SMHS went to a local synagogue. This year, no Jewish students had points taken off for not writing a paper, thanks to planning weeks in advance; however, the fact that the San Mateo Union High School District hasn’t addressed this minority struggle with an overarching policy is extremely unfortunate. “A student’s absence shall be excused for the following reasons (per Education Code 48205):…. religious exercises”, is all that is written in the San Mateo High School Family Handbook. It also states that a student must inform the school three days before missing school for it to be counted as excused. “It makes me feel as if jogging for ten minutes in P.E. is more important to the school than our religious freedom. We were exercising our minds and our souls for twenty-five hours [on Yom Kippur], which is

much more taxing and rewarding at the same time,” said Roz Jeffries, sophomore. Penalization for having to miss school on a religious holiday is a very specific issue in the bigger picture of religious discrimination. “It seems unfair that federal holidays celebrating the military or past presidents excuse students from school without consequence, but religion, a widely practiced and constitutionally recognized right, has less respect, especially considering how important it is to loads of cultures,” said Amanda Janks, senior. It is impossible to predict what will happen in the coming years when dealing with this subject, but it goes to show how a short statement in an official book or a one-sentence rule can affect a large group of people in a diverse land like ours. As a diverse student body, we must work together to make sure that policies are fair for all. I believe that the rules on religious absences should be elaborated so people can get a better understanding. In a time of change, we have to take the initiative to work on issues that were once set in stone. I think we have some work to do, America.

A Hero Makes a Wish Vicky Mesquita Staff Writer Whistleblower and public hero Bradley Manning shocked the world by revealing her desire to live out her sentence as a woman. Manning had been sentenced to serve 35 years for leaking a huge quantity of classified military documents to WikiLeaks. On August 22, 2013, Manning stated that she would like to begin her hormone therapy while in prison. Unfortunately, the military prison she served at did not allow her

to go through with the hormone therapy. While there is a possibility for Manning to be transferred to another facility, she could face the next 35 years stuck in a body she doesn’t feel is hers. Manning was diagnosed with gender dysphoria, the feeling of being trapped in the body of the wrong gender. This condition can only be treated by hormone therapy, but once again, her prison ignored her condition. By neglecting the needs of someone with gender dysphoria, the prison is discriminating against transgender individuals

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like Manning, denying her of her rights. There should be no question whether or not her treatment is necessary. Why should Manning be treated differently? Her case should be handled as any other medical treatment. Refusing to supply treatment to Manning would be a direct violation of her eight amendment right. It is an outrage that someone who sacrificed themselves for the benefit of the country is being treated so inhumanely by the government. A person the government has put in prison for 35 years should not be neglected.

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OPINION The Doll Street Journal By Amanda Janks

An Intro to Patriarchy and Gender Constructs Picture a gaze, one of many, expectations from either arise, plastering itself to a female form. however drastic or suppressive, The gaze takes human shape, especially from the concept of male—it gapes and whistles at gender and either’s accompanying a scurrying woman in clacking roles. Ultra-imposing, strict gender heels that pace themselves in metronomic uniformity. He yells classifications permeate into us obscene language at her seemingly from birth depending on what inattentive expression. She peeks color parents paint your bedroom over her tensed shoulder, thinking (seriously, who assigned gender to to herself I should just get in my colors?). Society challenges men car and leave—after all, it’s a work as it does women, though more day—but something off-putting internally. Men carry a burden, alarms her. A repressed grip in an unspoken liability to sustain her fist clenches; strength from a a masculine image in efforts to place deeper than her quivering unconsciously preserve gender muscles wakes up in defense of her hierarchies. For men, any emotion gender. “Pervert!” she shrieks after besides anger or arrogance becomes much consideration, twisting the a cause for bullying, a side-eye curvature of her body towards the from peers. “Take it like a man, you stalking predator. The man inches pussy,” they’ll say. The slightest back, partly out of shock, partly out touch of femininity suddenly of humiliation—definitely out of a indicates male homosexuality or weakness, both strongly associated bruised ego. The and heavily same, frustrated demeaned m o t i o n s “Men aren’t since either ties reciprocate from the culprits: to femininity his body, and or feminine he returns with, patriarchy and gender roles, i.e. “Bitch!” This its distant cousin submitting to the scenario isn’t male entity. We unfamiliar. For masculinity unknowingly some women, are”” pressure men it’s common, into impractical possibly daily, definitions of maybe going gender. We further than an exchange of socialize them into unremorseful remarks. The media yammers on and on, shells of what they could be. Ultimately, the foundation interpreting what about women advocating men harassing pushes men to their most primal, women—the man behind the oafish state but scarcely probes mask—is patriarchy. Patriarchy the down and dirty nitty-gritty— why men harass women. What are coddles male sexual dominance the origins of aggressively sexual and gender power structures. To behavior from a gender with severe patriarchy, men are incapable of humanity, only controlling and entitlement complexes? It isn’t rational to argue that men hunting mercilessly for what they are inherently killers or rapists, and want, and when they don’t receive any man or woman who suggests that satisfaction, they act out. otherwise needs to stay far, far Mass shootings and rapes originate away from me. We adore men in accordance with males’ social individually, and we all know men dissatisfaction, both of which whom we love, trust, and respect associate with not only men, but unconditionally. Thank your lucky white men specifically, another stars that men aren’t the culprits: group that invents self-indulgent patriarchy and its distant cousin power structures. According to, 99% of rapists are masculinity are. For millennia, humankind male and 52% of perpetrators are managed to uphold a patriarchy, white men. Men learn this behavior, and which is roughly defined as a though nobody condones it, male-dominated society (though understanding the history and according to third-wave feminism, motive behind a belligerently the term is multi-faceted and includes various realms of patriarchal culture alters the Men aren’t all bad. ‘traditionalism’). With gender context. divided into a binary of attitudes, They’re just a work in progress.

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Llego Octubre: Prepárate para Celebrar de Día de Los Muertos

Estudiante Kimberly Cano muestra el accesorio de cabeza tradicional para Día de Los Muertos.

Kimberly Cano Editor-in-Chief La fiesta mexicana conocida como “Día de los muertos” a primera vista se puede confundir con la celebración Americana de Halloween. Ambas fiestas se producen alrededor de la misma hora y comparten la idea de sentirse especialmente cerca de los fallecidos durante la duración de 3 días. Día de los muertos se centra conmemorar la vida de las personas

que ya no están físicamente en la tierra. En la típica fiesta Halloween, la muerte es algo de qué preocuparse. Al cambio en el Día de los muertos, la muerte, y todos los recuerdos de aquellos que han fallecido son celebrados. Día de los Muertos, que tradicionalmente comienza medianoche, la noche del 31 de octubre, continúa hasta el 2 de noviembre. Rituales Aztecas influye mucho

a la celebración de Día de los Muertos. Los Aztecas y las civilizaciones mesoamericanas mantenían los cráneos como trofeos y los utilizaron para simbolizar el renacimiento y muerte de la persona. Los nativos ven la muerte como la “continuación de la vida” en lugar de algo que debe de ser temido. Ciertos rituales han inspirado las celebraciones de día de los muertos, como la creación de calaveras de azúcar y altares en honor de las vidas de los muertos. Familias adornan las tumbas de sus seres queridos que han partieron. Las festividades del Día de los Muertos también incluyen dulces tradicionales como pan de muerto. Calaveras de azúcar son hechos a mano con los nombres de la persona fallecida en el frente, que son seguidas por el ritual de ser comidos por un pariente o amigo. Altares son ofrendas que incluyen fotografías, pan, alimentos, flores, juguetes, velas y otros objetos simbólicos. Día de los muertos es celebrado en todos los estados unidos. Venga y únase a las festividades y honra a aquellos que han dejado el mundo físico.

Mantenga un ojo para el altar anual de la Sra. Adamcikova representada en aula A145.

Ríncon De Poesia: La Luna Nos Orbita por Maribel Amador

Yo soy la luna, y estoy abrumada y preocupada

orbitando puede ser Lloro, pero me quedo tranquila mientras que veo

Por la idea de que,

El mundo que se desvanece, lentamente

Terriblemente extraño y cruel,

A un universo diferente lleno de odio, por accidente.

El mundo en que estoy

Las top 8 Esta lista fue creada por Diana Rodriguez

Eventos para Día de Los Muertos

Darte Un beso Prince Royce

SOMArts Center, San Francisco

El Ruido de Tus Zapatos

Reúnanse y celebren la “tradición secular” de construir altares para recordar a los seres queridos difuntos. SOMArts Centro Cultural presentara los altares tradicionales y arte multa-dimensional para la celebración de Día de los Muertos. Asegurense se traer papel para hacer flores cempazuchitl!

La Arrolladora Banda el Limon de Rene Camacho FOTO POR


Sábado, 9 de noviembre a las 6:00pm

Sympothy Hall, San Francisco FOTO POR mission local

Garfield Park, San Francisco

Sábado, 2 de noviembre de 6 a 11

Sábado, 2 de noviembre a las 2:00pm

Has tu camino al Festival de Altares de Garfield park y celebra Día de los Muertos. Garfield Park va a presentar maestrías hechos por artistas. Si piensas levar velas, las velas deben de estar en vases de vidrio. Habra música y artistas voluntarios que le pintaran las caras

No hay nada mejor que pasar la celebración de Día de los Muertos con la familia y un poco de música. La Sinfónica de San Francisco marca su sexto concierto anual celebrando la cultura Latina. Asegúrese de llegar a la 1pm para festividades antes del concierto, incluyendo actividades para los niños, refrescos y altares celebrando los difuntos.


Ella No Sigue Modas Don Omar Ft.Juan Magan Limbo Daddy Yankee Loco Enrique Iglesias Ft. Romeo Santos Me Gustas Mucho Codigo FN Propuesta Indecente Romeo Santos Vivir Mi Vida Marc Anthony

¿Como celebras el Día de Los uertos?

Fotos por Brishell Hererra

“Hacemos pan dulce,chocolate, y tamales.” José Hernández, año 9

“ Hacemos comida tradicional, paso tiempo con familia y hacemos un altar.” Ivan Rodríguez, año 10

“No lo celebro, pero en halloween me disfrazo y salgo a pedir dulces.” Jennifer Velázquez, año11

“Ceno con mi familia y resamos” Rony Guzmán, año 12

“Pongo un altar en mi casa y en clase, y voy a la procesión en San Francisco. ” Profesora Adamcikova

Friday, October 4, 2013


District Bans Field trips? Hannah Chloe Staff Writer Rumors have been passing from student to student that field trips will no longer be allowed in the San Mateo Union High School District. But after considering banning all field trips, the District Office settled for tightening the rules. “Overnight field trip rules may have changed, but nothing has else has been modified,” said Principal Yvonne Shiu. The new rules help the school’s Board of Trustees have more time to figure out which field trips are safe and have enough educational value for the students. In the past couple of years, sudden requests continued to catch the Board off guard. Unprepared and

surprised, the board felt pressured to allow the field trips, without having enough time to review everything including budget, boarding, food, transportation, and schedules. The new rules are that all overnight field trip plans must be submitted to the Board of Trustees six months before the actual date of the field trip. A male chaperone and female chaperone are required for any trips that have both male and female students. The policy is permanent, but the Board will have another meeting soon to consider other ways to improve the overnight field trip rules, Ms. Shiu said.

Elections Continued From Page 1 “absolutely loved it” and brings much experience to the table. When asked why he decided to join class council, Vice President Jonathan Li said, “because I thought it would be a fun experience and a good way to get involved.” He is also looking forward to “the opportunity to get to know peers and the school better and assist them in any way I can.” In addition to joining San Mateo’s boy’s varsity water polo team, Jonathan also plays tennis and swims. Secretary Bhavane Nair is looking forward to being a part of class council and making a difference in high school. She is already a part of San Mateo’s new Indian club and is excited to become more involved in all aspects of activities that San Mateo has to offer, including other clubs and sports. Treasurer Eddie Wong is following in the footsteps of his sister, Kristie Wong, class of 2015 Vice President for the past 3 years, by joining class council. He was “inspired to get involved with the warm welcome,” he received during freshmen orientation and decided the best way to do so was by joining class council. Eddie is also a part of San Mateo’s Model United Nations Club. Because she wanted “to take an active role at San Mateo High School,” Publicity Coordinator Cindy Zhang “thought that class council would be a great way to do this.” Aside from class council, Cindy is a member of the junior varsity volleyball team, music program, math team, mock trial team, and French club. Activities Coordinator

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Kiana Chu “joined class council to meet new people, get involved with San Mateo High School, and make our school a fun community for everyone.” In addition to playing tennis and softball, Kiana is also part of the Jefferson club, Interact club, and S.E.A. Star club, and San Mateo’s drama program. Kevin Fang, one of the Site Council representatives in the Freshmen class, decided to be a part of class council because he “wanted to be more involved in school and help to represent the freshmen at Site Council meetings.” He is also involved in other San Mateo activities, such as the Model United Nations Club and Mock Trial Club, in addition to playing saxophone, piano and tennis. The other half of site council, Jazmine McDonald is also excited to represent to freshmen on site council and make a difference in the whole class. Jazmine is part of San Mateo’s junior varsity volleyball team and is looking forward to joining other activities. The freshmen have a common goal to accomplish plenty this year. Sophia said that “since this year’s elected Freshmen Council are all from Bowditch Middle School, we’re making it a priority to make sure we equally represent all opinions. We encourage everyone to speak their ideas and add their input.” Kevin agrees, saying that he wants to “get the whole freshmen class to be more involved in the school instead of only a select few.” They already have plans for fundraisers, school wide events, class bonding activities, and even Senior Prom. Good luck Baby Bearcats!

API Continued From Page 1 progress.” “API” stands for the “Academic Performance Index,” which measures the progress of each school in California. A school’s score can range anywhere from 200 to 1000. The score is primarily based on California Standardized Tests and the CAHSEE, which is

the high school exit exam. “Reaching 800 as our API was a school-wide effort, from teachers covering the standards, practicing test questions, stressing the important of the STAR tests to our students, and parent support. We have worked very hard over the past few years on improving our API every year,” said Ms. Shiu, the principal.

The report shows sub-categories of single race, two or more races, the socioeconomically disadvantaged, English learners, and students with disabilities. The only sub-categories that didn’t meet test score goals at SMHS were the 358 socioeconomically disadvantaged students and the 102 students with disabilities.

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year the SBAC is given (2014-15), it might be part computer and part paper/pencil in California to give schools time to adjust. It is still to be decided whether San Mateo High School will be using computers only for next year’s SBAC. The SBAC is only taken in junior year and is primarily on math and English. But, “social studies and science might be incorporated in the English part,” said Ms. Shiu. The SBAC is supposed to be a more custom-tailored test -- it is supposed to generate different questions based on the student’s responses. It is also more openended and requires students to explain their answers, rather than just bubbling in a circle. On professional development day, October 14, teachers will be looking at the CCSS by content

area and trying out the new SBAC on computers. “That way, teachers know what their students are tested on,” explained Ms. Shiu. The new standards pose several challenges for schools: teachers need to realign their curriculum to the CCSS, schools need to possess technology for the SBAC, textbooks may need to change, students will have to be able to type efficiently, and students will have to learn to analyze and apply their knowledge. Not only do schools need to have enough computers and/or tablets for students, but they also need to make sure all screens are 10 inches or larger and everyone has a set of headphones. These new technology requirements may pose financial hardships for schools, but students and the community should not have to chip in extra

to support the new standardized tests, according to Ms. Shiu. The new standards and tests are the latest attempt to improve education. Designed specifically to make students college and career ready, the new standards force students to be able to really comprehend and apply their knowledge, which is essential in the real world. Also, the new standards allow for national unification, meaning moving across the country will be a much smoother transition in the educational aspect, and all students should have equal opportunity for a good education. These new standards will help create a new generation of “gogetters who are able to see the issue and problem solve rather than wait for someone to say do this, do that,” said Ms. Shiu.

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Friday, October 4, 2013



We Scream for Polly Ann’s Ice Cream

Shaking your booty has never been so fun-- or so controversial.

Twerk – everyone’s heard of this dance move. In case you have been living under a rock, twerk essentially means to shake one’s butt rapidly. From Miley Cyrus to ordinary teen girls, this confident dance move has taken over the media. But did you know that it actually derives from an African dance move? Twerk has its roots in traditional West African dances, in particular, mapouka, which comes from the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire. There are two sorts of mapouka: a more civilized, traditional type used in ceremonies, and a more scandalous, popular type that lies more closely to our definition of twerk, according to This controversial dance movement is not only deemed by most people in the U.S. as suggestive, but it was also viewed

this way by the government of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire. For a while it was banned for being too vulgar, but after a government coup, it was made once again legal, according to Marco Werman of PRI’s The World. DJ Jubilee, a popular 90’s artist living in New Orleans, came out with a hit song “Do the Jubilee All.” A music video came out shortly and presented people shaking their derrière violently to the lyrics “twerk baby, twerk baby, twerk, twerk, twerk.” The artist had expertly combined the words twist and jerk to form the new, tasteful name twerk. Another artist, Diplo, added another scandalous component to twerk in the hit song “Express Yourself.” The song’s music video introduced the concept of a wall twerk, where one perches ones legs on the wall and twerks. More risqué than the original twerk, this

particular move brought further controversy to twerking. Twerking has grown more and more popular since the 90’s, and reached its pinnacle in 2013. This contagious move has spread across the nation like a wildfire. Recently, Miley’s VMA performance made twerk evem more popular. Perhaps trying to get rid of her Disney star childhood “good girl” persona, Cyrus’s performance caught the attention of many, including other celebrities and TV watchers. Commonly considered an inappropriate dance move to all ages, twerk has understandably created buzz on modern pop culture. For many, this move has gone too far. For others, it simply needs to disappear. Although twerk may be a fad, soon to be replaced by another equally shocking dance move, twerking has certainly done its work on popular culture.



The Lurking Craze of Twerking

Kathy Fu Staff Writer



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Nestled in the Sunset District on Noriega St., Polly Ann Ice Cream Parlor is sure to make your taste buds sing.

Jillian Osheroff Staff Writer Do you like ice cream? Yeah. you like ice cream. Come to Polly Ann’s in San Francisco for a creamy treat any time of the year. It’s a little out of the way from downtown, but the trip is definitely worth it. One can always find a flavor here with about 50 choices on the menu including classic flavors like ‘The Bumpy Freeway’ (rocky road) and ‘Kooky Dough Boy’ (cookie dough), but also unique tastes such as durian and black sesame. If you can’t decide, a flavor wheel is immortalized on the back wall to help customers narrow down their options. An employee spins the wheel, and the customers must choose from one of the flavors it lands on. Customer service is great – the employees let me try at least three

flavors, which were all delicious to say the least. Every flavor is extremely creamy and luscious in texture, making it the perfect ice cream. I sampled sabra (chocolate ice cream with orange mixed in), pistachio, and honeydew, which I ended up ordering. I’m not good at making decisions, but they let me take my time. Polly Ann Ice Cream is a nostalgic family shop, now in its fifty-eighth year. My parents, growing up in the Sunset District, frequented Polly Ann’s for a sweet treat as little kids. Pure happiness was splattered on their faces when we visited back in July, seeing their children in their old neighborhood spot. Whether you’re in the city for sightseeing, sports, or shopping, Polly Ann’s is a must-stop ice cream shop.

Join Hazel and Gus on their heartwarming journey.

Angela Zhang Web Editor It may have come out in 2011, but people are still eating up The Fault in Our Stars, a #1 New York Times bestseller by John Green that Time Magazine called a “damn near genius...instant classic,” is a mustread to any teenage realistic fiction lover who enjoys an emotional rollercoaster every once in awhile. Our endearingly sarcastic

protagonist, 16-year old cancer patient Hazel Grace Lancaster, offers her opinion on this type of book: “Cancer book suck.” The irony is apparent, given that Hazel herself is the narrator of a cancer book, one that does not suck. Set in the seemingly boring city of Indianapolis, Hazel’s life has revolved around her lung cancer and staying alive with it, until she meets gorgeous cancer survivor Augustus Waters. They embark on

“...called ‘luminous’ by Entertainment Weekly” comedy” by USA Today. It has been a #1 Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Indiebound bestseller, and won the Teen Book of the Year at the 2013 Children’s Choice Book Awards. John Green, author as well as notable Youtube persona with a cult of fans known as “Nerdfighters”, has written multiple other books, including 2006 Michael L. Printz Award winner Looking for Alaska and Paper Towns. The movie adaption of the book, starring Shailene Woodley as Hazel and Ansel Elgort as Augustus, is being directed by Stuck in Love’s Josh Boone and started filming August 26, 2013.


a “living life to the fullest” journey together. The critically acclaimed novel has elicited quite a collection of good reviews, being called “luminous,” by Entertainment Weekly and a “pitch-perfect, elegiac


The Fault In Our Stars Lights Love We Miss Monteith

Glee’s Cory Monteith passes away and writers decide how to continue the show.

Andrea Flores Staff Writer

This past summer, Glee star, Cory Monteith passed away due to “mixed drug intoxication” and was found in his Vancouver hotel on July 13. His death took a large toll on his girlfriend, Lea Michelle, and all his fans according to an article in Hollywood Life. Monteith played popular football player, Finn Hudson. Lea Michelle played his on-again-off-again girlfriend, Rachel Berry. He was a part of the original cast and was one of the main characters on the show. Monteith was known for his caring smile and was said to be the “glue” that held Glee together. As soon as the news of his

death broke out, fans immediately flocked to writers; Ryan Murphy, Brad Flachuk, and Ian Brennan, to see how they would continue the show, which was set to film its fifth season in late July. The writers, as well as the cast, have decided to move back production to late August and are scheduled to film a tribute episode to Monteith and then take an extended break to mourn the loss of their friend. Fans also reached out to Lea Michelle on her social media accounts, making #staystronglea, a trending topic. It is always sad to see someone pass away at such a young age, but Monteith’s legacy as a talented, thoughtful, and beloved actor will live on.

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Taking Over, FOB’s Break is Over



This month’s playlist by Mayeesha Galiba PHOTO BY MAYEESH GALIBA

Bowl of Oranges Bright Eyes Do I Wanna Know? Arctic Monkeys Swimming in the Flood Passion Pit Who You Are Paradise Fears Be My Escape Relient K Sweater Weather The Neighbourhood

The world of pop-punk rejoices as beloved band Fall Out Boy returns from their hiatus.

Mayeesha Galiba A&E Editor Take over, the break’s over. Yes, that’s right, Fall Out Boy fans collectively let out a sigh of relief and shed many tears of joy as the band’s three year hiatus came to end this February. Gone were the constant swirling rumors of their reconciliation, replaced with a very real full US tour and album, titled Save Rock and Roll (2013). Having purchased the album the day of its release, it’s been a staple in my music library since, and I can’t get sick of it. After four years of no new music from this incredible band, I felt as if I had been living

Underground Kings Drake Out of My League Fitz and the Tantrums Wrecking Ball Miley Cyrus Roses Outkast

in the Sahara and someone finally gave me water. I was apprehensive at first about liking it, because their sound did change quite a bit since Folie à Deux (2009), but after giving it a fair chance and listening to the album all the way through, I finally came to a conclusion: I loved it. Patrick Stump, the lead singer, fills his voice with this renewed power and passion, retaining the familiarity of older albums while adding a new finesse. The angst that we all fell in love with years ago is still there, but with a new level of maturity that will send shivers down your spine. Bass guitarist Pete Wentz’s lyrics preach

the importance of saving rock and roll, as the title track suggests. “I will defend the faith, going down swinging,” Stump bellows, and we don’t doubt it. The album kicks off with a bang with the song “The Phoenix”, an upbeat, fast paced number that will remind you of your favorite action movie. From there, there’s a good mix of upbeat songs and the angstfilled love ballads true to Fall Out Boy. With a mix of rock with some old-school disco beats and even a rap verse thrown in smoothly, this album is fresh and different. Rolling Stone writes, ““Does rock’s future depend on this overheated nonsense? Of course not. But life is more fun with Fall Out Boy than without them,” What makes this album truly unique is the use of guest vocals from well-known artists like Courtney Love, Big Sean, Elton John and Foxes. Their voices coupled with Stump’s creates a unique sound that’s almost addictive. In the title track Save Rock and Roll, Elton John comes in with his deep rich voice and sings a verse, making the entire song come together. As a Fall Out Boy fan for many years, I can say I was not disappointed by this album, and would recommend it to anyone. Bravo, Fall Out Boy, and welcome back.

Fun Things To Do In October

In Golden Gate Park, the Conservatory of Flowers, a large greenhouse full of exotic flowers, is a breathtaking sight. You can also visit the Japanese Tea Garden and drink amazing tea after going through a beautiful maze of perfectly trimmed bushes and unique Japanese statues. If you are into art, the De Young Museum is the place to go. Collections of American, African, and Oceanic art make up this vast museum.

In Chinatown, there are many antique shops and amazing restaurants. You could go to the Kite Shop, or eat a delicious dim sum lunch at Hang Ah. Dim sum is a Cantonese main course of small steamed or fried foods, such as dumplings. Want to know the future? Visit the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory.

At Pier 39, the adorable sea lions will melt you heart. Eat clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl, go shopping in the small shops along the water, buy amazing treats from the candy shops, get lost in the mirror maze, or just take in the beautiful view of the bay. There are cute, furry otters, extravagant fish exhibits, and movies about the animals in the Aquarium by the Bay.

Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

San Mateo Performing Arts Center, San Mateo

Ride a Cable Car, San Francisco

Lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my, are in this big zoo filled with a wide variety of animals. There are many different sections of the zoo, including the Big Cats, African Animals, Monkeys and Lemurs, Birds, Reptiles and Amphibians, and much more. This zoo boasts one of the largest collection of animals in the country, how cool is that? The Leaping Lemur Café is a good place to stop for a tasty lunch.

Come see The Drowsy Chaperone directed by Brad Friedman in our brand new Performing Arts Center from October 24th-27th.

Feel the wind in you hair and see the amazing sights of San Francisco whilst riding a cable car. A cable car can take you to pretty much anywhere, but the best place to go is Union Square. Union Square is the height of shopping in San Francisco, where you can shop at the big department stores. Go up to the Cheesecake Factory on the roof of Macy’s, and take in the sights from behind the Macy’s sign. After you get your fill of shopping, you can get back on the cable car and go somewhere else!




Pier 39, San Francisco


Award winning show American Horror Story gears up for their third season American Horror Story: Coven. The critically acclaimed show is set to air October 9th. Considering it is American Horror Story, you can definitely expect this season to be sick and demented. The first season revolved around a twisted love story between a serial killer ghost and a troubled girl in a house full of spirits, the second season revolved around sane people locked up in a gruesome asylum in the 1960’s, and now this season revolves around witches and magic. Coven is set and filmed in modern day New Orleans. The surviving decedents of the Salem Witch Trials are sent to Miss Robinchaux’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies, when weird attacks against their kind start to increase. The attacks capture the

Chinatown, San Francisco PHOTO BY RACHEL KIRKES

Shelby Staneart Staff Writer

Golden Gate Park, San Francisco


Beware of the terrible things that are in store for this popular TV show.

attention of Fiona Goode, the most powerful witch of all, who then returns to New Orleans to protect the coven. When Fiona returns, the ancient rivalry between the Salem witches and the Voodoo witches is reignited. American Horror Story: Coven will have many returning cast members such as Evan Peters, Jessica Lange, Sarah Paulson, and Taissa Farmiga. Joining the spooky cast is Emma Roberts, Angela Basset, and Kathy Bates, who will be playing the show’s version of the historical Madame LaLaurie, a woman who tortured and mutilated her slaves. Bates, having played Annie Wilkes in Stephen King’s Misery, is definitely no stranger to playing the villain. Co-creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy announced that this season would be “fun and romantic.” Like the two previous seasons, no one really knows what to expect. Jessica Lange’s character, Sister Jude, from the second season of American Horror Story, undergoes electroshock therapy to cure her of her “sins” and then becomes delusional and starts hallucinating a funny musical number. The show can go from sinister and disturbing to funny and interesting in a matter of minutes. To the returning viewers, expect lots of twists and lots of romance, hopefully between Evan Peters and Taissa Farmiga’s characters. First time watchers, don’t expect to get much sleep afterwards. Above all one thing is for sure, you won’t get bored with this season of American Horror Story.

Ever get bored on a weekend and don’t know what to do? Well the City by the Bay is calling you!



American Horror Story Coven: What Terror To Expect

Rachel Kirkes Staff Writer

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Welcome to our new SMHS Bearcats Niklas Pietzcker Mayeesha Galiba A&E Editor Andrea Flores Staff Writer

Niklas Pietzcker smiles bashfully at the ground as he digs into his lunch. Unaccustomed to being bombarded by questions, he’s apprehensive at first, but soon opens up. Tall, blonde, and blue eyed; he starts talking in his thick German accent. Niklas is an exchange student from Germany, and is staying in America with a host family (a student that goes to Hillsdale High School) while attending San Mateo for his junior year. He lives in a village on the border of Munich and Austria named Pähl, thousands of miles from California. He says the people in America are generally nicer than the people in Germany. In his free time, Niklas enjoys playing handball, skiing, and running sprints in track and field. He says his favorite classes this year are American history with Ms. Kalinski and Photography with Ms. McCabe. Niklas also says he really enjoys listening to the ever popular “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. When asked what his favorite color was, Niklas thinks for a second before splaying his

arms out and saying goofily, “BLACK AND ORAAANGE”. He grins at his own humor, leaning against a locker. He goes on to talk excitedly about the things he’s done since arriving in America, like attending the music festival Outside Lands. If he could live anywhere in the world, he would live in Thailand because of the food and the weather. He wants to be successful in life, but he’s not sure what field he wants to go in to or what university he wants to go to. “The school system in America is very different from Germany. The classes are harder and there are more of them in Germany, and the university system is different too.” “He’s a great guy who is really funny, and I like getting to know him. It’s also interesting to hear his stories about Germany,” says Julia Hansen, a junior. Julia is just one of the many new friends Niklas has made since he has been here. When asked to give a closing statement he laughs and says, “I don’t know, you have to write the article. I am only happy to be here”.

Johannes Mokry Jack Pope Staff Writer Vidhu Raj Copy Editor Chatting and smiling with his friends during lunch. Johannes Mokry, a foreign exchange student from Düsseldorf, Germany traveled thousands of miles away to be a part of the San Mateo Community. Johannes loves to meet new people, who have brought him much closer to San Mateo. Johannes transferred to San Mateo High School from Germany. He was able to speak English by second grade, and has been to America eight

times. He had been a great rower in Germany and continues to row today. He also plans on playing tennis at San Mateo.. “I guess I’m kind of social. I like meeting friends and spending time with them,” said Johannes. In three words he describes America as “great fast food.” His favorite classes are French and Biology, and he thinks his teachers a r e

“experienced and easy-going.” “He is a pretty cool guy” said Noah Bender, a friend of Johannes. “He is super nice and outgoing, and he knows a surprising amount of American pop songs,” said Maggie Phillips another friend. Unfortunately, Johannes is only staying in America for the remainder of the first semester, but he still has some goals in his time at San Mateo. His main goals are to meet many new friends and to continue rowing in America. “It’s a great school with great people, and it looks good,” said Johannes.

Maria Arellano Jillian Osheroff Staff Writer Breana Picchi Staff writer Reading her favorite Agatha Christie mystery, listening to One Direction and munching on some popcorn, Maria Arellano belongs in America even though she’s from Spain. With her long, light-brown hair and her sophisticated style, Maria’s taking over the world, one country at a time. Ever since she was a child growing up on the island of Mallorca to the east of mainland Spain, Maria learned English through school and also attended summer camp in West Virginia and California. She was an exchange student in Ireland for 3 months at age 11 as well. Maria has visited many other places including Disneyland in both Anaheim and Paris. With a connection to her host family through her uncle, Maria decided to give San Mateo a try. Maria, in three words, is young, wild, and free (Not to be confused with the song. Remember, she likes One Direction). “I have fun”, said the cheerful sophomore. As an exchange student, Maria is asked many questions about her life. “People ask a lot, How’s Spain? How’s your school? What about boys? Are there cute boys? How

do you say that in Spanish?” said Maria through her giggling. Not only does she speak the obvious Spanish and English, but also Catalan, a language spoken in Barcelona and Mallorca, Spain. “I can touch my nose with my tongue, but it’s not a big deal,” said Maria, sharing her secret talent. In another one of her stylish outfits, Maria goes to church every Sunday. Like most teenage girls, she loves to go shopping, keeping up with the latest fashion trends. In Mallorca, “we have everything except for Abercrombie and Forever 21,” said Maria, with a frown on her face. Whatever the situation, she is always ready to go, which is a great tool to have when it comes to being an exchange student. In the short time she’s been at SMHS, Maria has already made lots of new friends and met many of her peers. “Maria is a really nice friend and she is great to have around. I love being with her, because she has a great sense of humor and an amazing personality,” said Helen Citrin, sophomore. Maria actually likes school better here than in Spain, and says it’s easy to be an

exchange student. “The people here are nicer than in Spain,” shared the Spanish native. Like her favorite animal, the peacock, Maria will be spreading her wings this year. She plans to try out for the soccer team here at SMHS, and make the most of her time in the Bay Area. If Maria won one-million dollars, she would give half of it to charity, and with the rest, she would travel the world with her friends. Maria wants to be a businesswoman when she grows up. The phrase, ‘Hakuna Matata’ basically sums up Maria Arellano. She has always seen the glass half full, even when Dan and Serena broke up in Season 1 of Gossip Girl, her favorite TV show. Her word of advice for anyone thinking of becoming an exchange student: “Have fun and don’t worry!”

Jose Ochagavia Brishell Herrera LEL Editor

J o s e Ochagavia is an exchange student from Lampa, Chile with a passion for learning and is excited to be in a foreign country. Jose came to the United States in late August for a new learning experience. Coming from a Spanish-speaking country for anyone would be hard, but for Jose it is not so difficult as he can communicate well with classmates and teachers. “It was not difficult at all to leave my family. I was excited to be in a new environment but nervous too,” said Jose. “They

are good people. I got a good family to be with,” said Jose. One of his favorite hobbies is playing tennis and his riding bike. Jose does miss his family at times, but knows he will go back and be with them. He also stated that the schools here compared Chile are very different, and he is taking time getting used to a new environment. This December, Jose unfortunately has to go back to Chile as he could only stay for a semester. “I would enjoy staying a little longer, but I can´t which is a bummer.” said Jose. He likes SMHS, and will miss it when he leaves. “It´s a great school,”.

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New Faces Are Gracing Our Halls

Student English Teacher Mr.Toben

Amanda Janks Staff Writer Kay Zhang Editor-in-Chief Perched at a paperless desk with a Mona Lisa smile, Mr. Graham Toben is room B202’s student teacher extraordinaire. At first, San Mateo seems to be an incompatible place for Mr. Toben. “I have a fear of birds pooping on me,” he confesses, and you

can practically hear the school’s formidable seagull population squawking in fury. Phobias aside, San Mateo proves to be a delightful place for Mr. Toben. He’s “loving it – the students are supportive, the teachers are supportive, and the amount of school spirit? Amazing.” Before arriving at San Mateo, Mr. Toben journeyed fearlessly to the divine flatlands of North Carolina where he studied at Chapel Hill. Manifest Destiny called him west, and he landed on Whitman College in Washington. Over the course of his adventures, he developed a fervent passion for English, hence his current pursuits in education. Already, Mr. Toben has guided the lucky youngsters of Nueva Middle School. His extra-curricular activities are equally funky and fresh. He has a deep interest in music, knows how to DJ and can freestyle rap. He cites Macklemore

as a personal favorite, noting that “wordplay is the most important thing for a rapper to have in their songs,” and nods approvingly at the mention of Coconut Records. “I wrote a book,” he brings up casually – a memoir of his times spent on a life-changing road trip across the States. “I wanted to write about my experiences as a traveller rather than a tourist.” This year, Mr. Toben looks forward to the Canned Food Drive. “The school spirit here is unrivaled,” he says, mentioning that none of the schools he has been at have had as much spirit as San Mateo does. Despite being a teacher, he’s just as relatable as any other student, jamming to tunes, rocking with the beat, and smelling the roses all the way down that yellow brick road of life.

Student History Teacher Ms. McFadyen Tiffany Lee Sports Editor Savannah Liu Features Editor Wearing a grey cotton shirt, a pearl necklace, flats, glasses, and a matching bow in her curly hair, Ms. McFadyen cheerfully greets us from the teacher’s desk. Ms. McFadyen is a student

Student Teacher Mr. Lipski Shelby Staneart Staff Writer Marjorie Miranda Staff Writer Attending Stanford, teaching high-school students, and having people gawk at his height are everyday things for the six-footnine, Mr. Lipski. Mr. Lipski is currently a student teacher for Ms. Seebode’s chemistry class. He recently graduated from Stanford with a master’s degree in Chemistry. Now he is studying general education at Stanford. Mr. Lipski is originally from Ashland, Oregon, but moved to California because he enjoys the weather and wanted to be with family. The transition for him has been sort of strange he tells us, “This is my first year pumping

gas for my car by myself.” He

enjoys swimming in his free time and doing outdoorsy activities, especially here in the Bay Area. Mr. Lipski sheepishly admitted, “I know how to knit.” While students work on their daily classwork, Mr. Lipski walks around the class and aids confused students, making sure they know what they’re doing before moving on. “He’s really cool and super tall!” said tenth grader Emma Cousineau. Following in the footsteps of both of his parents, Mr. Lipski plans on becoming a teacher. He enjoys science and would like to teach chemistry somewhere in the Bay Area, maybe even at our very own San Mateo High School. “I’m looking forward to this year and working with all of the students.”

Student English Teacher Ms.Chang Hannah Choe Staff Writer Rachel Kirkes Staff Writer Ms. Chang is a new student teacher for Ms. Malone. “Ms. Chang demonstrates a true desire to help her students understand, achieve, and enjoy their learning,” says Ms. Malone. Ms. Chang is part of the Stanford Student Teacher Program, allowing her to observe teachers and enhance her teaching abilities. Ms. Chang is the first person in her family to go to a college outside of Minnesota, her home state, and she also published a short story in a journal about Asian Americans. She enjoys singing, drawing, and playing tennis. She loves Korean food, and she can speak fourlanguages: English, Hmong, Japanese, and Korean, and can say “hello” in seven different languages. Despite all her skills, she still doesn’t know how to swim. As a student teacher, she will have to work very hard, but who says you can’t have fun while doing your job? She enjoys gaining experience and inspiration for her future teaching jobs, and working with Ms. Malone. She has wanted to become a teacher since third grade, and has

wanted to pursue English since high school. When she was younger, she

“It is not always about starting out at the top. It’s about making mistakes and making your way through them” would play with her nieces and her nephew. They would play house and she would be the teacher. Her family supported her dream by allowing her to move to California. As a student teacher, she observes Ms. Malone teaching classes, sometimes takes over the class, helps students in smaller groups, and discusses teaching strategies and plans with Ms. Malone. She plans to teach for five years in America, and then teach abroad. “It is not always about starting out at the top, it’s about making mistakes and making your way through them,” Ms. Chang said. Here she expresses her desire to take this time as a student teacher

to learn, fix mistakes, and figure out how to become successful teacher.

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teacher for Ms. Johnson’s classes this year. Before she started student teaching, she was a middle school history teacher. She decided to get her credential to become a high school teacher to see what it’s like. (A difference she’s noticed between middle and high school students: “High school students are more laid back and more tired.”) A dancer since she was seven years old, Ms. McFadyen has done

ballet, jazz, tap, and theater. She even tap dances while she teaches, she said - and it’s something her students have witnessed as well. Ms. McFadyen immediately noticed the colorful posters at every turn; our “beautiful campus” and “really vibrant student population” are some of the things Ms. McFadyen loves about San Mateo. “I think as a student teacher you get more chances to interact with the students. I’m constantly amazed by them.” “I love working with McFadyen. Collaborating with someone makes you question why you do things,” said Ms. Johnson, who teaches psychology and modern world history. “This helps even a veteran teacher grow and change. She is incredibly smart and has a really deep love for history. I feel lucky to have gotten someone who is as much of a geek as me.” During her time teaching in this school, Ms. McFadyen wishes to be very organized and a part of the vibrant student life, including our countless clubs and activities. In the future, her aim is to teach history for real - anything but gov/ econ, that is. She doesn’t want to teach sixth graders either, deeming them “strange and weird,” but her love for history remains the same. “I think Ms. Johnson has many great ideas to make history accessible and fun,” she said in anticipation for the rest of the school year. “There’s a lot of heart here, and I’m excited to be a part of it.”

Student Spanish Teacher Ms. Fawson Juhie Desai Opinion Editor Liza Galanter Staff Writer

Wearing a summery, floral top paired with a quirky, yellow maxi dress, Ms. Fawson sits in Ms. Adamcikova’s room, grading papers while smiling. Ms. Fawson is one of SMHS’s newest studentteacher additions. Coming here as a part of Stanford Education’s Program, Ms. Fawson brings an endearing personality and exciting past with her. Ms. Fawson grew up in Saratoga and attended UC Berkeley, where she created her own minor called Women and Health and studied Spanish as a minor. She later got the opportunity to further expose herself to Spanish when she studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. “I started taking Spanish classes in sixth or seventh grade. I still remember my first teacher, Senor Burns who taught us the ‘vosotros’ form”, said Ms. Fawson. “I also travelled a lot with my dad in Mexico for his work.” Ms. Fawson loves visiting Spanish-speaking countries and often goes with family and friends. In fact, she was just in Mexico over in September. In addition, she resided in Spain for eight years where she taught English. Outside of the classroom, music plays a great role in Ms. Fawson’s life. As a fan of reggae, not only does she have a unique music taste, but she knows how to sing and

play the guitar. When she’s not lost in the world of music, she enjoys reading books such as The Hunger Games and Outliers. After all her exciting adventures in Europe and Mexico, we are lucky to have Ms. Fawson at SMHS. “I love SMHS and being involved in a spirited school and supporting the Bearcat culture!”, said Ms. Fawson. She has already grown to enjoy her time as a student teacher here, whether it’s getting to know all the different students at school or collaborating with the “fantastic staff.” With her cheerful persona and enthusiasm for Spanish, Ms. Fawson has already become a wonderful addition to our Bearcat family!

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Teacher Ms. DeRosa

Gareth George Web Editor A multitude of posters cover Ms. DeRosa’s classroom walls; all of them preaching optimistic messages about potential for success and learning that are central to Ms. DeRosa and her teaching. Ms. DeRosa, the newest addition to the SMHS math department, teaches Algebra 1, Algebra Support, and Algebra for ELD students.

Before coming to San Mateo High she spent a few years teaching at Sequoia High School and was a student teacher at Burlingame High School, from which she is an alum. Multitalented, Ms. DeRosa is an avid Salsa dancer and sports enthusiast. Over the summer, she completed a half-marathon in San Francisco; she hopes to eventually complete a full marathon. In the short period I was in Ms. DeRosa’s classroom for this interview, a number of students approach her for help regarding late work and other issues. Instead of begrudgingly accepting the late work and sending the students on their way, she encouraged them for getting the work in and spoke about how they could improve their grades and turn bad trends around. In future years, Ms. DeRosa aspires to coach girls softball, combining her love for teaching with her love for sports. Embodying her message of optimism and potential to her students, Ms. DeRosa says to “Believe in yourself.”

English and ELD Teacher Ms. Labrum Brandon Chin Business Manager Kyle Kang Staff Writer

Ms. Alicia Labrum, who taught at SMHS ten years ago is the new English and ELD teacher in room A222. “I moved to San Diego ten years ago, so I took off for a period of time. But, guess what? Now I am back,” said Ms. Labrum. Ms. Labrum taught in San Francisco and San Diego and her all-time favorite high school is still SMHS. A graduate of UC Davis and UC Berkeley, she began her teaching career at SMHS in 2003. She loves SMHS because all the students are friendly and energetic, a very ideal teaching environment. Asking about the whether she likes the SAT or ACT she gave a very agreeable statement. “It must be pretty ironic to hear, but I personally dislike ACT and SAT and I am not in favor of any standardized test,” said Ms. Labrum. She believes that the standardized test cannot perfectly

reflect one’s ability of learning. Unfortunately, our educational system requires standardized testing to determine a student’s eligibility to get into a college. Ms. Labrum’s favorite bands are Muse and Phoenix. In her teen years, she had a crush on Johnny Depp. Her favorite dinosaur is the pterodactyl because it is the one that can fly. “Ms. Labrum is a really nice teacher who cares about her students. Her classes are really interesting and fun. Wooooo!” said Hanny Octaviani, a student from Ms. Labrum’s first period class. Ms. Labrum’s words of wisdom for all Bearcats: “Don’t give up!

Teacher Mr.Hyndman Maribel Amador Staff Writer Javi Gaytan Photo Editor Capuchino High School’s former football guard and middle linebacker Adam Hyndman is one of SMHS’ new P.E. teachers this year. On weekdays, Mr. Hyndman wakes up daily to an active routine, driving from South City and exercising with freshman and sophomores. While getting accustomed to the San Mateo High School spirit, he also works on memorizing the fight song because orange and black he honors! He enjoys the spirit of our school. “I would have wanted to get Capuchino involved in some school spirit,” he said. Mr. Hyndman spent 13 years teaching at Capuchino High School, which he graduated from and where he played football, track,

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Teacher and Coach Ms. Parodi Kathy Fu Staff Writer Angela Zhang Web Editor Clipboard and stopwatch in hand, Kathy Parodi looks on as her second period P.E. students run their fourth lap around the track. While her class starts sweating under the scorching California sun, Ms. Parodi has expertly brought out a visor and sunglasses like any practiced P.E. teacher would. With the whistle and SMHS lanyard around her neck, Ms. Parodi looks

right at home. Although new to San Mateo High as a teacher, Ms. Parodi is

no stranger to our Bearcat campus. Coaching both our water polo and swimming team for the past nine years, she has seen many Bearcats grow and mature. Previously a P.E. teacher at Bowditch Middle School for fifteen years, Ms. Parodi

“Ms. Parodi is an active teacher and definitely loves her athletes” transferred to SMHS this year “looking for a change.” . In addition to being extremely “proud of student athletes when they make it to CSS and break records,” her humble, most prized accomplishment is her “connection with family and friends.” While other teachers start to leave campus as soon as the end-ofschool bell rings, Ms. Parodi’s day at work is not over yet. Locking the

door to the gym, Ms. Parodi crosses the spirit lawn to the pool, where some students have already begun taking off the pool covers. Known fondly as “KP” by the swimmers and water polo players, Ms. Parodi brings coach-and-athlete relations to a whole new level. Jokingly threatening the kids with a 500 yard butterfly swim if they don’t get in the water on time, Ms. Parodi is able to bring authority to the pool deck while simultaneously adding fun and banter. “Ms. Parodi is an active teacher and definitely loves her athletes,” said junior Priscilla Law, one of the best athletes on the water polo and swimming team. Ms. Parodi, “always wishes her athletes to do their best in sports,” and “helps them reach their full potential,” Priscilla said. Ms. Parodi threw us some encouraging last words on her life perspective inspired by flying fish, her favorite animals: “nothing holds you in, nothing holds you down.”

Spanish Teacher Ms. Ramirez Diana Rodriguez LEL Editor Kimberly Cano Editor-in-Chief Ms. Ramirez, the new Spanish 5-6 teacher at SMHS, shares a classroom with Ms. Freyre in room A205. This past summer, Ms. Ramirez took some courses taught by our beloved bearcat, Ms. Adamcikova. “She’s very nice. She has helped me a lot. I love the way she teaches,” said Ms.

Ramirez. A graduate of UC Berkeley’s teaching program, Ms.

Ramirez said things didn’t always come easy for her. She had to look within and find herself. When she isn’t grading quizzes, she likes to enjoy her free time. Besides teaching, “I love to cook. I like sewing, gardening, reading, and ceramics,” said Ms. Ramirez. She also loves chocolates and every sugary dessert. In the end, she gave us some words to live by: “You need to have a vision, or else you will get stuck,” said Ms. Ramirez.

Teacher and Coach Mr. Reeves

Kenneth Chen Staff Writer Catherine Mahoney Staff Writer We all learn from mistakes.” “Every day you either get better

or worse, but you never stay the same,” encouraged Mr. Reeves, varsity football coach and the new PE, guided studies, and weightlifting teacher. He is tall, sports athletic wear, and currently has a buzz cut. Though new to San Mateo High, he is definitely not new to teaching. In fact, he is currently coaching his seventeenth year of football. During his free time, he enjoys training. He lifts weights and always pushes himself to progressively get better, just like he does with the students in his weight lifting class. “When I first met Mr. Reeves, he had a smile on his face and I immediately knew he was an

outgoing teacher,” says student Emma Goodman. All his students that we asked had great things to say about him, including how encouraging, nice, and hard­ working he is. In every class, he gets students pumped and worked up about exercising; he works them well, and enjoys his job! “It is a great place to work. The people here are amazing,” said Reeves. “The teachers I have met are amazing, and the kids are great to work with,” said Mr. Reeves. He is excited to continue coaching and teaching as a new member of the Bearcat family.

Student English Teacher Mr. Oh and wrestled. “I hope all teachers, students, and the staff get to know him well. We also hope for him to get along with all his students and colleagues while enjoying his job at the same time,” said Principal Ms. Yvonne Shiu. When asked if by any means Mr. Hyndman liked the San Francisco Giants he replied “By any means?! The Giants is my team!” with enthusiasm. “It’s important to get an education ,but you should have fun too” Mr. Hyndman advises students.

Evan Adary News Editor Vicky Mesquita Staff Writer Glasses firmly planted on his face, sitting casually in his chair, Mr. Oh, a student teacher, discusses class plans with his mentor, Mr. Pirie. Mr. Oh is a young and charismatic student teacher. As part of a student teacher program at Stanford University, he spends some days at SMHS assisting Mr. Pirie with his English classes. He also attends night classes at Stanford for his Masters degree. “I’m part of the Cal boxing team. I also like hip-hop music, but I’m

not talking about today’s stuff. I like retro, 80’s hip-hop like Grand Master Flash and DJ Kool Herc” said Mr. Oh, who is part of a breakdancing crew. Wearing a blue button down and

casual blue jeans, Mr. Oh stands in front of Mr. Pirie’s 5th period AP English class. The junior class watches eagerly as he discusses the text in great depth. “He is always eager to help and has a heart of gold,” said Tennyson Show, a junior. Mr. Oh wants to become an English teacher and eventually start a school that is arts and civics oriented with an emphasis on the importance of creativity with likeminded teachers. “All your teachers have so much wisdom and experience. See them more as people with little nuggets of personal wisdom,” said Mr. Oh .

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Fall Sports Bring Out the Best

Cross Country Season Takes Off

Photo courtesy of Christian Jose

Kenneth Chen Staff Writer

Gianna Raucher and Emma Rocha smile for the camera while supporting the football team with the cheer team.

Kyle Kang Staff Writer You know what’s the second most thrilling thing in a football game? It’s cheer’s performance! Students are able to feel the team’s joy and enthusiasm. “Cheer has changed my life and made me a better person. Being a cheer member, I love every person in the squad,” said Brooke Londa, a junior in SMHS cheerleading. As a cheerleader, she has to practice dance and routines for every rally and varsity game. “I think cheerleading really connects to relationships among people because we have a lot of bonds. It might sound funny,

training hard every day, the girls have their share of fun as well. “This year’s tennis team is so OUTRAGEOUS,” jokes Megha Bindal and Lucy Dai-He, both seniors and long-time varsity doubles partners who are so in sync that they say the same thing. “We have such a great group of girls, and we have a laugh at every practice.”

Members of the cross country team line up on the track, getting ready for a practice run after schoool.

still runners were able to get their personal best run. Byron Santizo ran 2.5 miles in 14 minutes and 55 seconds. Also, Simon Bartos beat his personal best with a time of 16 minutes and 11 seconds on a 2.5 mile run. Some tips that members of the team gave were to always stretch before running, drink lots of water, and eat bananas to prevent cramps. A special meet that the team had so far this year was the Invitational meet at Lowell High School on September 14. The

meet contained more schools who ran in San Francisco. The San Mateo cross country team has attended the Invitational meet for about four years and plans on returning in the future. Coach Riley has many things to be proud of about the team, but he is most proud of how the students focus on school before sports. “They are very scholastic,” said Coach Riley. “We have a 3.5 average G.P.A.”

Water Polo Works and Plays Hard Kyle Kang Staff Writer FWEEW! It’s a new water polo season, and the SM water polo team is now busy recruiting. Fortunately, the result seems to be extraordinary so far: Several boys began their first season a few weeks ago, and the girl’s team size has doubled. Most of them are freshmen, which \eveals that our baby bearcats have started to participate in school activity. In fact, a couple of the recruits have been playing water polo for years, and their joining of the water polo team will eventually lead to a wonderful season. “Last year, our elite player graduated and I used to think that this coming year would not be as good as I

expected. But now I am glad to see a lot of young bearcats joining the team,” said Ms. Parodi, chief water polo coach and currently one of the P.E. teachers at SMHS. The season officially started in September, but the practice started on Monday, August 19. “Although our teammates have a decent foundation of swimming, there are still lots of preparations need to be done. It will never be easy, but I believe our team will be in shape before the actual games,” said Coach Whitney, boys’ water polo coach. During practice, Coach Whitney makes her players do laps to get them in shape and get used to being in the water. She uses the whistle to get the players attention if it is a necessity. “Water polo is hard but you will

enjoy the game afterward. If you are not a person that commits to something and gives up then water polo is not a good option for you. I like it because I enjoy meeting and talking with my friends. And I think this year the JV will do much better through practicing,” said Ryan Hong, a sophomore. Water polo is a sport that takes time and commitment. The San Mateo water polo team is determined to do better this year and try their best to win all their games. They practice Monday through Friday after school, and they even do weightlifting on dry lands in their own time outside of school. The girls’ next match will be at Mills on October 8 at 5:15 p.m.

but cheerleading is actually a sport, which requires a certain amount of effort,” said Hannah Mefford and Michelle Maya, two joyous sophomores. Cheerleaders practice every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30 to 5:30. Last week, the cheer team went to the varsity football game in Berkeley, and both teams were amazed by their influential smile and loving attitudes. Even though our football team was down by 7-41, cheer’s fabulous performance eventually won the audience’s applaud. Our next night football game will be October 18, so come see our marvelous cheer and varsity football team!

Girls Tennis Starts Out Even Stronger

Photo Courtesy of Christian Jose

Running is a great way to stay healthy and fit. So why not join the San Mateo cross country team and have a great time running along with friend and students from different schools? Track and cross country starts during fall of every year. This year there are a total of fourteen members in the team. The cross country coach is Ed Riley and the assistant coach is Roy Michon. “They’re great. They’re really chill and inspiring. They push us to do more and better,” said Mark Woo, junior. Last year the cross country team did fairly well, according to Coach Riley and Emily Laubscher was able to participate in the CCS. The CCS brings all of the best high school cross country runners in central California into one meet to compete against each other. The captains of this year’s cross country team are Emily Laubscher, Noah Gerber, and David Feng, all seniors at San Mateo. They lead warm-ups during practices that happen Tuesdays and Thursdays and give pep-talks before going out on a run at a track meet. The track and cross country recently had a meet on September 11 at Westmoore High and the varsity teams topped 15 out of 17 schools. The weather was “cold and clammy” said Coach Riley, but

Photo Courtesy of Breana Picchi

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With a new school year comes a new sports year and what athlete, fan, or supervisor wouldn’t want anything more than to start the year off with some wins? This fall SMHS athletes are participating in football, cheerleading, golf (boys/girls), tennis (girls), volleyball, cross country, and water polo (boys/girls). Last year the varsity volleyball team, went all the way to CCS (Central Coast Section). “We work really well together and we are definitely going to kick butt. We made it to CCS so we did pretty well! And we are definitely capable of doing it again this year,” said volleyball player, Haley Goell, junior. Positive attitude from team players is a perfect way to get everyone excited for this year’s season.

Bearcats Cheer


Breana Picchi Staff Writer

How else do football players get motivation during the game? The cheerleaders! No one else can pump up a crowd more than a squad of cheerleaders, motivating everyone the JV football members pose in their suits and ties. during next play in Not only is our volleyball team the game. working its butts off, but our Athletes of all sports are excited football team is too. Practicing six and pumped up to start playing times a week, the varsity football their favorite sports. As the fall team works on stepping up their season starts, the sports teams game, now heading into a more get more and more competitive. competitive division. All an athlete No sport is more important than really needs is determination, another! So come out to support which our SMHS football players the fall sports teams on an energetic have, to succeed this season. and motivated route to victory!

Lizzie Siegle gets ready to serve during tennis practice.

Tiffany Lee Sports Editor With a cheerful outlook and strong determination, the girls tennis team is back again this season to smash their way to victory. After coming in fifth place in the Bay league last year, the girls have gained many new members this year, especially freshmen, and are forming new bonds of teamwork. Contrary to some sports beliefs, playing as a part of the team isn’t only about winning. In addition to

“We have such a great group of girls.” From the start of the season, the girls have played multiple scrimmages against other schools, such as Mills (6-1) and Sacred Heart (2-5). Their official matches kick-started against Half Moon Bay (6-1), followed by Aragon (1-6), Sequoia (7-0), and Hillsdale (2-5). “This year is going to be wonderful because with all our amazing freshmen and newcomers, our team is the biggest it’s ever been--they add a new depth to the team, and I’m confident we’ll win more matches this year,” said Lizzie Siegle, senior and varsity player. “Everyone is optimistic and enthusiastic, and I’m so glad they’re playing.” Remember to check out their next match, October 8, at Half Moon Bay at 4:00 p.m.!

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“Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.” -Michael Jordan

San Mateo Football Team Strives for Victory






and weaknesses: Mr. Scheller’s goal is to get better every game, which is very realistic, because practice makes perfect! Not only does the coach want improvement and success, but the team does as well. “The team is different from last year. Overall, we are more prepared. Our weaknesses are our depth and our passing, but we are focused, committed, and motivated. Our San Mateo football goes head-to-head against Menlo at a home game. goals are to win the league with Breana Picchi with energy, boys from all grades ten wins, go to CCS, and bring the Staff Writer are ready to take the season head on. Paw home!” said captain Jason Ready to lead the varsity football Gonzales, senior. Jason plays Fall football starts again, with new goals, new players and new fans. team to victory, head coach Mr. quarterback for varsity and plays One of the most popular sports on Scheller said, “The team is coming football because he loves the sport. Every player has a different campus is football. San Mateo High along good! They are fantastic and School has two football teams: the enthusiastic.” There is no team that opinion on how the team is coming varsity and junior varsity. Packed doesn’t have their own strengths along so far. Line Latu, junior and

co-captain for varsity football, shares: “I think our team is more cooperative than last year and we all have goals. Our weaknesses are forgetting plays, but our strengths are our bonding and getting along with each other.” Cooperation during practices and games helps the team stay focused and learn their plays. Line takes on the position of running back for the second year of varisty, playing hard and improving his skills with his fellow teammates. His fellow teammates know him for his energetic personality and his leadership skills. Co-captain Chris Zarco is looking to achieve the same goals and improvements as everyone else. Chris not only set goals for his team, but also for himself, striving to beat the San Mateo County Interception Record. “I think this year our team is ready to take it. Last year we weren’t as focused and we weren’t as much of a team. What makes our team a team is our bonding and our communication. I expect our team to go out to every game ready and focused.” said Chris, senior. Leading the

team as the wide receiver, Chris is always excited to go out and take the field, getting hyped up on the adrenaline that the fans give off. So what really makes this team a team? Well, most of the players said, the fact that they all bonded, hung out, and had barbeques brought them all closer together, but transfer student Carl Lutu shares, “Coming from Serra High School, I feel that SMHS’s football team is more of a family-based team, and SMHS showed me what true brotherhood is.” The diversity and acceptance of the team are two things that make this team a team, and our Bearcats welcomed the senior to their varsity football team for the 2013 and 2014 season. The San Mateo High School football teams play every Friday. Come and support the bearcats as they strive for victory, work on reaching their goals. They will play against Christopher on October 5, away, at 2:00 p.m. You can be a further part of the action by going games, which are listed on the San Mateo football website (

Natalie Rejas jumps to spike the volleyball during a home game against Aragon.

Breana Picchi Staff Writer The San Mateo High School Volleyball players has jumped into action taking the season on and setting up for a year of victory. This year the varsity volleyball team has three seniors whereas last year there were eight seniors. Even though this team may be younger than previous years, the team strongly believes that with enough practice they will win games this year. Bella Mauricio, junior and captain for the varsity team, hopes to get as many wins as possible and expects to improve in all areas of the game. “ Our positivity, our ability to learn and our athleticism are our strengths and our weakness is staying consistent.” Bella also shares, “This team is a team,

because of our willingness to be a family, the way we accept our mistakes and how we get along with each other.” Their teamwork is apparent on the court, by cheering each other on and comforting each other after a difficult play. With plenty of experience, senior captain Morgan Ho plays varsity for the fourth year in a row and is ready to improve with the team and make it to Central Coast Section Playoffs, or CCS. All though this team may be lacking height, Morgan says, “We work well together, no one is selfish, and everyone helps each other out.” Like any other player, Morgan wants to win, and is taking the season head on, putting 110% into every practice and game. What is a team without a coach? Well varsity coach Chris Tigno pushes his team getting them ready

for the season, reaching for the league title and a stop in the CCS playoffs. “There is always room for improvements in all aspects for any team. This team will benefit most from improving discipline on defense and becoming more dynamic on offense.” Tigno says about his young but determined team, as they get ready to attack the court. The coaches and the players communicate well together as they prepare themselves for upcoming games and events. Varsity volleyball plays on Tuesdays and Thursdays, if you are interested in watching, the schedule is on the San Mateo High School online sports website ( Come and support the team to motivate and support our team on October 8 at Woodside at 4:00 p.m.

Angela Zhang Web Editor San Mateo’s girls’ varsity swim team capped off their brilliant undefeated season last spring with the best win of them all, the PAL Championships. In what turned out to be an exciting race to the finish, the Bearcat girls won the meet with 226 points, a close call of 7 points to second place El Camino’s 219. Even more surprising, the team accomplished this with only two first place finishes out of eleven events. With the top three teams, San Mateo, El Camino, and Hillsdale respectively, knotted very closely in the standings come event 45, the 400-yard freestyle, our girls’ third place finish over El Camino’s ninth made the difference. San Mateo’s two golds were both courtesy of now-junior swimming sensation Julia Hansen, who, according to head coach Rich Farley, showed great spirit and leadership for the team. She

won the 100-yard butterfly with a stunning 1:01.14 and the 100yard breaststroke with a new PAL Ocean Division record of 1:09.99. Topping her success off by earning the title “Swimmer of the Meet”, Julia was joined by now-senior Samantha Low and graduated senior Audrey Grimes to represent the Bearcats in the girls’ varsity first team. The foursome of Julia, Audrey, Samantha and Louise had begun the meet with a pleasant surprise, qualifying for CSS in the 200yard Individual Medley relay. “It was a good way to start the meet,” Julia said. “I thought we would get a season best. We exceeded our expectations for sure.” San Mateo has always been one of the top schools in the girls’ varsity Peninsula Athletic League Ocean Division, and they were finally able to the break El Camino’s championship winning streak and take the trophy home for themselves. Undoubtedly, the team will remain strong this spring as well.

Last season’s girls varsity swim team proudly smile.

Photo by Angela Zhang

Photo Courtesy of Breana Picchi

Volleyball Takes a Jump Forward Varsity Swimming Become PAL Champs

Golf Team Gets a Good Start from Last Season’s Success Kyle Kang Staff Writer If you wish to know what the most successful fall sport in SMHS, the answer would probably be girls golf. Winning the PAL championhip for past two years,

our fabulous golf players even successfully made it to CCS. “Golf is a sport that requires an adequate amount of skill and takes a lot of practice to get better,” said Kristin Kanaya, the shining star of the girls team. Kristin currently holds a record

of 94 strokes. For a beginning golf player, this record would take years of patience and practice. To be qualified to go to CCS as a team, the the members have to win the champion in their league, and only five out of six of the players’ scores are counted. With

Lisa Sasaki, Aman Sangha, Tiffany Tang, and Kristin Kanaya, four amazing players who compete on the team, girls golf this year is definitely going to CCS. However, the golf players still need to attain certain scores to stay in the top 96 places in the

division until being able to become qualified to go to CCS. Currently, Aman Sangha holds the best score in CCS, and seven hitting a hole– in-one. The team’s will compete next against Mills on October 9, location and time to be announced.

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October 2013 Issue of TheBearCat, school newspaper for San Mateo High School

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