November 13, 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

Doodle 4 Google Contest: “What I See for the Future…”

Millions of students across the U.S. are busy designing their own Google logo for the annual Doodle 4 Google contest, with the ultimate prize: having their design featured on Google’s home page. This year, the theme is “What I See for the Future…” Any and all students in grades K-12 from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Guam and Puerto Rico are welcome to use the materials of their choice to create a design expressing their view of the future, as stated on the official Doodle 4 Google website. To enter, you only have to fill out and submit an entry…

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Watch The Siege of Jadotville

The screen of the TV is filled with the African landscape of tall grasses and trees, as a multitude of armed Katangese mercenaries advance upon the position of a small group of UN Irish peacekeepers. The action unfolds with the bursting of gunfire from both sides of the battlefield, erupting into a full scale bulletstorm. Chaos ensues as the commanding officer of the Irish Force yells commands for his men to keep suppressing fire on the enemy. Mercenaries start dropping on the opposite side of the field, as they lacked the trenches and buildings necessary for protection from the onslaught…

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New Novel “Winter” Recently Released

  “Winter,” written by Marissa Meyer, is the fourth and final installment of the thrilling series, “The Lunar Chronicles.”  The series consists of “Cinder,” “Scarlet,” “Cress” and “Winter,” as well as two short story-books, “Fairest” and “Stars Above.” Currently, Marissa Meyer is working on the two-part graphic novel series, “Wires and Nerve.” The first volume will finally be released on Jan. 31, 2017, and the second volume of the series is expected to come out in 2018.   As a modern twist on fairytales, “The Lunar Chronicles” series takes place in futuristic Asia and Europe in about the 126 year…

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The Marching Band Rocks the Half-Time Show

After weeks of preparation, the San Mateo Marching ‘Bearcat’ Band performed in front of hundreds of spectators during the 89 Annual ‘Little Big Game’ vs Burlingame. Countless hours have been spent creating, practicing and performing the routine that debuted on Nov. 5. The field show consisted of the marching band playing three songs from the 80’s; “Take on Me,” Thriller” and “Living on a Prayer;” as well as moving in various formations and patterns. The whole show was designed by Ralph Shehayed, a junior, who is the drum major for the whole marching band. The outline for the show was…

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The Shadow of the Wind Book Review

Working through required English reading lists can make anyone wonder if they’ll ever be a real book lover. “The Shadow of the Wind” changes all of that. In this first-person novel, author Carlos Ruiz Zafon weaves together romance, mystery, horror and love for literature into a life-changing story about a boy who lost his mother. “The Shadow of the Wind” came out in 2001 and has sold over 15 million copies worldwide, making the critically-acclaimed book one of the all-time best sellers. Reading Zafon’s novel becomes an irresistible obsession. Each page bleeds with passion, erupts with curiosity and entices with…

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Reality T.V. Series “Born This Way” Is Limitless

Limitless.  The one word that can perfectly describe the lives of seven young adults with Down Syndrome in the Emmy-winning reality television series, “Born This Way.”  The series is produced by the same company that created “The Real World,” “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” and several other popular reality shows. The reality series on A&E Network takes place in Southern California, and follows the lives of friends Cristina, Steven, Rachel, Sean, Elena, John and Megan.  Their ages range from the 20’s to 30’s and they were all born with Down Syndrome, the most common chromosomal disorder in the United States….

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GRID Recap

Flocks of students followed the White Rabbit to the Wonderland known as Homecoming. This year’s annual dance was held at Cañada College. The event consisted of dancing, refreshments and the nomination of the GRID court winners. This year’s GRID court winners were: Zain Barrios, Luis Magana, Keagan Howarth-Dunn, Nayelli Ah Tou, John Li, Fernanda Onterrverios, Sophia Jaro and Andrew Skelton. The names were announced halfway through the dance, and the winners received a sash and flowers. Winner Zain Barrios stated “The dance was great, had a good time and can’t wait for the next one.” “Everyone seemed to be having…

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Long-Time Teachers

Appleman & Cowey & Friedman & Micheletti & Friedman are five pillars of the San Mateo High experience. They all celebrate their twenty-fifth anniversary this year, with a combined experience of a hundred and twenty five years at San Mateo High, teaching hundreds of students in the process. In celebration of their longevity, we’ve decided to profile not only them, but their long-teaching colleagues as well. In a special series for The Bearcat, we will be highlighting those who have taught longer than 20 years throughout the next three issues. These are their stories, this is their legacy, and they…

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Flying into the Hudson with Sully

The movie theater darkens as the enormous screen in front of me gets brighter.  Commercials and movie trailers zoom by, until, finally, the movie starts. Tonight, I’m watching the movie called “Sully.” Supplied with a medium-sized cup of Cherry Coke and a small bag of buttered popcorn, my eyes were trained onto the movie. As the minutes went by, the vivid scenes of the main character, Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (played by Tom Hanks), piloting the plane of U.S. Airways towards the chilly waters of the Hudson River in January, 2009. In my mind, I could imagine myself in the…

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FIFA 17: Game Review

Fifa 17 is finally out, and it’s better than ever. The latest installment to the FIFA games has finally been released on Sept. 27 after endless anticipation and excitement. Fifa 17’s graphics are beautiful and work flawlessly. It’s worthy of being called a commendable game, because EA has added a mix of details into the game that is effective in immersing the players. Thanks to the game engine, Frostbite, the game now contains amazing effects; such as improved lighting, shadows and animation. EA deserves a big pat on the back for its new upgrade: “The Journey.” It is a story-like…

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