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

Bearcats Blown Away by Chalk Fest

With the sun beating down and chalk dust floating through the air, SMHS Bearcats spent the best of four periods completing their Chalk Fest masterpieces in the quad. This year’s theme, “movies,” or animated movies in particular, was expressed incredibly colorfully. A few works included scenes from “The Lion King,” “Wall-E,” “Up,” “Mulan,” “The Hunger Games” and “Tangled.” The scenes and gridwork were mulled over for weeks before showcasing on Monday, May 15. “Everybody is very collaborative in working together. They have very positive attitudes, and are probably enjoying a much-deserved break from AP’s. It’s a good stress releaser,” said…

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The New Tardy Policy Pilot Is Over

If you were hoping to restart the semester with a clean tardy record, now is the time to do it. San Mateo High School began to pilot a new tardy policy that could possibly be put into use for the 2017-2018 school year. This new policy came into fruition on April 17 and lasted until May 12.   Instead of teachers writing tardy referrals, students are given consequences after accumulating a certain number of tardies to any class, not just the first class of the day. Each semester, the tardy policy is reset, so you can start with a clean…

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Eureka, We Built It!

What did you do this spring break? Stay home, catch up on sleep, go to Disneyland? The San Mateo High School Interact Club planned an exciting event this April that was both fun and served a community! SMHS Interactors and Foster City Rotarians went on the SMHS Interact Club Yurok Native American Reservation Trip from April 2 through April 5, where they traveled to the Klamath River Reservation located in Northern California. This trip was the second year that the club installed a playground for the Yurok tribe. The Yurok Reservation is an economically challenged community with few safe areas…

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Another Successful Year of Open House

Open House was Thursday, March 16 this year, and it was a huge success. Hundreds of students and parents from all over the Bay Area came to get an idea of what SMHS is like. Leadership students volunteered in the dozens to answer any questions, in any language, that incoming students and parents might have had. The infamous Bearcat mascot even made an appearance! The night was one of spreading both information and fun, with teachers hosting the guests in their classrooms and explaining all that is taught throughout the year. Ms. Cowey, Leadership and Renaissance teacher, organized much of…

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New Habitable Planets Discovered by NASA

New planets have been discovered and are about 39 light years away from Earth. But these newly-discovered planets aren’t just normal planets. People might be able to live on them. That’s right, on February 22, 2017, NASA discovered not just one, but three planets, which can be used as another place in which people can live in. This amazing discovery made many people happy and hope that maybe one day it will be the human civilization’s second home, or in any case, our new home. The reason why these chain of planets’ living condition is so amazing for an average…

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You are invited: SMHS March Student Art Show

After a successful District-wide art show in both January and February, the San Mateo High School Art Department will be hosting a Student Art Show from March 16-31 at the SMHS Art Gallery located at the M Building. The opening reception on March 16th, 6:30-8:30p.m which will include amazing art created by our fellow SMHS Bearcats, but there will also include refreshments and entertainment by SMHS music students. There will be artwork exhibited at the event will be by the SMHS visual art classes which include Art and Multimedia, Digital Photography, and Drawing. Did you know that there is a…

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Congresswoman Jackie Speier Holds a Town Hall Meeting

[By: Cindy Yan and Sydnee Tan] On Feb. 10, Congresswoman Jackie Speier held a Town Hall meeting in the San Mateo Performing Arts Center. She briefly introduced herself, talking about her past political campaigns and affiliations. She also mentioned multiple events in her personal life that thoroughly convinced her to never give up, including incidents involving her past failures and shortcomings. Throughout the entire meeting, she emphasized the importance of younger generations participating in government-related activities, especially in protests and internships. Congresswoman Speier began the meeting by talking about her early years. Raised in Burlingame, young Speier attended Mercy High…

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New PBS Video Features Abhaya Krishnan-Jha

San Mateo Journalists produced their fourth video for PBS this month, focusing on student Abhaya Krishnan-Jha and the experience of children of immigrants who blend two worlds. Produced by Editor Ariel Seidman, Camerapersons Nic Wratten and Cindy Zhang, and Sound Engineer Angie Neta, the two-minute video won pride of place on the “New Americans” site, appearing first in the upper left corner. You can watch it here: https://srlnewamericans.tumblr.com/ New Americans features short videos on the theme of immigration produced by high school journalists from across the nation. We’re grateful to PBS for supporting student journalists this way, giving them a very public voice and the tools they…

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Dancin’ in New York

For many, it’s easy to view New York City and the successes of those who’ve made it there as beyond our grasp. When the buildings scrape the sky, rivaled only by the level of talent, it can seem daunting to even begin to take on that impossible dream of success in the city. However, the Big Apple and the artists who work there welcomed us with open arms, and proved to us that with a little hard work, anything is possible. Contrary to popular belief, the biennial SMHS Dance Trip to New York is not a vacation. In fact, it’s…

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Oroville Dam Crisis Continues to Worry Residents

Rain may be essential for California to end the five-year-long drought, but what happens if there is too much rain? In Oroville, California, the local dam is not agreeing to the continuous downpour. On Feb. 7, the dam’s main spillway, used for overflow, was damaged and the emergency spillway had to be operated as an alternative. Unfortunately, the emergency spillway didn’t fix the situation. As time went on, the dam began overflowing into the river below, causing chunks of earth to erode and risk the safety of the dam and the city of Oroville. The overflowing water continued to pour…

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