May 30, 2017

Bearcats Blown Away by Chalk Fest -

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The New Tardy Policy Pilot Is Over -

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

SMHS Chalk Fest is an Instant Successes -

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Chalk Fest is Shaping Up Well This Year -

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Boys Volleyball Season Comes to a Close -

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Bearcat Chefs Compete in Nacho Contest -

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Bearcat Invitational Track Meet a Huge Success -

Monday, May 8, 2017

Concert Band Prepares for Spring Concert -

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Students: “Beware the Banality of a Busy Life” -

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Roger Federer Proves he is the GOAT -

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Coach John Tells Us About Boys Tennis -

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Olaiha Fonua and His Friend Perform at Green Week -

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Eureka, We Built It! -

Thursday, April 20, 2017

International Week Celebrates Diversity -

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

International Week Shines -

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Patent Battle Closed for CRISPR -

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Trump’s New Executive Order Is Not Effective -

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Uber Drives Itself Into a Corner -

Thursday, March 30, 2017

A New Tale That’s As Old As Time -

Thursday, March 30, 2017

“Life” Falls Flat -

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Patent Battle Closed for CRISPR

  Looks like UC Berkeley beat out Harvard and MIT in a patent battle over a new gene splicer. Crispr-Cas9 is a new and cheap genome editing tool, more accurate than previous tools for editing DNA. A patent legal battle over the tool has been now going on ever since 2012 but on February 15, 2017, US Patent and Trademark Office(USPTO) ruled that the applications filed by the UC Berkeley team to be different than the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. The Broad Institute’s use of CRISPR-Cas9 systems in eukaryotic cells, such as human cells, was ruled by the…

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The International Food Fair has something for Everybody

  Hundreds of students enjoyed the mouthwatering food at the International Food Fair on the Spirit Lawn recently, helping nine clubs earn money for their activities. “One of my favorite parts of the food fair is how many options you had to choose from” said Brandon Lee, a ninth grader. The clubs served numerous kinds of food, including sweet bread, lumpia, chow mein, egg tarts, and churros. “It’s great because there’s something for everyone” said Brandon. “I’ve tried the churros that the Sophomore class council was serving, and even though they were from Costco, they were really good,” said Brandon. Many…

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Conservationists at SMHS: Perspective from Cole Mefford

Cole Mefford is a man of many hats. The hats must be quite large because his mind is a vast encyclopedia of knowledge regarding environmental issues and ways to solve them. At school, he runs the Green Team with fellow junior Sabrina Jin. Outside of school, he helps educate visitors at the Monterey Bay Aquarium by interpreting exhibits for everyone to understand as well as help the Presidio Native Plant Nursery replant native plants back in california soil. This is all on top of being a full time student and volunteering his time to educate less-than-knowledgeable people like myself. At…

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It’s the Promposal Season

Boutonnieres, corsages, fancy attire, loud music…all stem from the infamous and well thought-out promposal. Prom is an extremely popular event for high school students but it is believed to have actually started as a college event. “Prom” is an abbreviation of the word, “promenade” defined in the dictionary as “a leisurely walk, or sometimes a ride or drive, typically one taken in a public place so as to meet or be seen by others.” The promenade started around the 1900’s at American universities which held promenade balls for each graduating senior class. In the 1940’s, “proms” were held for graduating…

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Pranks you can pull on April Fools’ Day

April Fools’ Day is coming, and a few people are probably excited because of the pranks that they want to pull on someone, like their family or friends. If you still don’t know what to do for April Fools’ Day, I’m going to give examples of pranks you can pull for April Fools’ Day. Don’t worry, these pranks are harmless and won’t take much effort, so it’s very easy to do. The first prank is called an “Insect Lamp” and what you have to do is get a picture or an outline of an insect like a cockroach, and cut…

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Learn the History of April Fools

April Fool’s Day’s origins are a mystery as referring also as All Fools’ Day has been celebrated for several centuries by multiple cultures. Historians have then said that April Fools’ Day goes back to 1582, when France had swapped from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. People who were just slow to get the news or who had failed to recognize the start of the new year which had moved to January 1st instead of April 1st. These people were then pranked by others who would place a paper fish on their backs which referred to them been a…

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The Real Stars of Theater: Crew – An Insight with Josh Grush

Have you ever seen a play here at San Mateo? Time and time again, the drama program has created amazing productions for our entertainment. The actors and actresses work very hard, but none of the amazing production would be possible if not for the crucial backstage work of Crew. “Crew is everything that happens backstage from scene changes to costume changes and everything in between,” says Josh Grush, junior at San Mateo and Stage Manager in Crew. Everything that happens backstage is Crew’s responsibility. They are responsible for building, setting up and tearing down sets and props, designing costumes, lighting,…

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Counselors Begin Next Year’s Course Selections

At the beginning of February San Mateo High School counselors begin offering courses to students for next year. Seniors are lucky because they are exempt from the process. A variety of courses are offered for students at San Mateo varying from art to computer science. In addition the school offers fifteen AP (advanced placement) classes for students who excel at a specific subject or want to take a class taught at a college level. Counselors begin the course preview process with course preview day. This is a day where students get to choose three classes from a list and visit…

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Don’t Forget: Wear Green on St. Patrick’s Day

To celebrate the annual Irish holiday of St. Patrick’s Day, many wear the color green. As you may know, people who don’t wear green run the risk of being pinched. But why do we pinch people who don’t wear green on St. Patrick’s Day? Is it some kind of punishment or just an excuse to pinch somebody? “A lot of people say that leprechauns pinch you,” Cameron Kao, a student at San Mateo High School, stated. Guess what? She is absolutely correct! The tradition of pinching somebody for not wearing green may seem odd, but it does hold meaning on…

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It’s Time to Say Goodbye to Club Penguin

If you want to take your final chances at tipping the iceberg, now is the time to do it.  That’s right, folks, on March 29, all Club Penguin servers will be shut down.   Most children have gone through that phase of boredom where they search up free games on computers, and amidst those free games, you may have stumbled across Club Penguin.  Released to the public on Oct. 24, 2005, Club Penguin is categorized as a Massive Multiplayer Online (MMO) game.  The game was originally created by Lance Prieve and his co-workers Lane Merrifield and Dave Krysko, as well…

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