October 16, 2018

An amazing year for the wrestling team -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

My Experience at the Women’s March -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

El Regreso Del Racismo -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Parkland Shooting -

Friday, March 2, 2018

California Flu Crisis -

Friday, March 2, 2018

‘Rapping’ Up the Grammy Awards -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

¿Cuál Será el Futuro de DACA? -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Marcus Peters traded to the Rams -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

2018 Upcoming Movies -

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Instagram-Worthy Desserts of San Francisco -

Monday, February 26, 2018

Upcoming Season of Baseball -

Monday, February 26, 2018

Black History Month -

Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Black Panther Review -

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Destructive Culture of Social Media -

Friday, February 23, 2018

Badminton season launches into action! -

Friday, February 23, 2018

LimeBike Takes Over! -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

All Star Weekend Highlights -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Chinese New Year Brought to SMHS -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

San Mateo Volleyball Season Kicks Off -

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Van Jones Show:Jay-Z -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Mr. Ortega

Mr. Ortega has been teaching at SMHS for over a decade, starting in 2002. He’s taught various classes such as US history, Contemporary World Studies, and Psychology/Sociology, but the one class he’s most notable for is AP European History. Why does he love his social studies? “The political nature and the fact that it’s issue based gives me the ability to talk to the students about real things.”

Mr. Ortega believes that every student should be accountable for content and facts. It’s important to him that the students learn through a Socratic process, and learn to be inquisitive and collaborative. He advises students to figure out the best way that they learn, and always have something that you care about in life. He stresses the importance of being mentally tough, because you’re more likely to be taken advantage of mentally in this world if otherwise.

I had Mr. Ortega as teacher for AP Euro, and he drove me hard the entire year and it felt like boot camp. I came out stronger and tougher, while knowing that I learned a whole lot, and I enjoyed a lot of aspects of his class. I think I didn’t appreciate his teaching as I fully should have until I looked at it in retrospect.

When asked if there’s anything he would like the general public to know, he says, “My reputation is that I’m intimidating, which is true. But I feel like students who get to know me on a more personal level will be rewarded by having a real interaction with another person who might be surprisingly more like them than they think.”

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