September 21, 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

Mock Trial Takes Bronze

San Mateo High has a lot of teams that are all very successful in their own right, but our very own Mock Trial team has been really raising the bar this year. During the last months of the calendar year, the Mock Trial team prepares to try a fictional case written by the Constitutional Rights Foundation. Beginning in January, teams from all over California’s northern district face off in real courtrooms. Competition is fierce, and only the best of 16 teams come out on top. This year San Mateo’s Mock Trial team won third place overall in San Mateo County,…

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Bearcats Rally for Education

Teachers and public education supporters rallied nationwide in response to policies proposed by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, who was confirmed by the Senate, 51-50, on Tuesday, Feb. 7 with Vice President Mike Pence’s tie-breaking vote — believed to be the first time that a vice president has needed to break a tie for a cabinet nominee. Numerous students, teachers and staff of SMHS gathered at the entrance of campus at 7:30 on Jan. 19 for the National Day of Action. The protest was for the push toward racial and religious equality in public school systems, including public universities. It…

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Up Beet for Health Week

Health Week, from Tuesday, Feb. 21 to Friday, Feb. 24, will be a blast. Tuesday’s theme is mental health; there will be free stress balls and students can pop balloons with messages. Wednesday’s theme is physical health and a taekwondo instructor will come during lunch. Thursday’s theme is emotional health, and there will be a food market, a watermelon-eating contest and Olaiha’s band on the Spirit Lawn. Friday’s theme is spiritual health and Mr. Moreno will lead Zumba. Go out and get healthy, bearcats!

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Does Nutella Cause Cancer? Say it isn’t So

That sweet, smooth chocolate and hazelnut spread that you put on your toast for breakfast may not seem as appetizing anymore. Nutella has become a controversial health concern due to its key ingredient, palm oil, which is thought to cause cancer. Palm oil is made from a fruit that is grown on African oil palm trees and is an edible vegetable oil. While palm oil is used popularly for the replacement of trans fats, it is usually found in foods that are not recommended for frequent consumption and are highly saturated with fat. According to the American Heart Association, consuming…

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Women’s March: Global Movement Close to Home

The Women’s March on Washington was the largest single day of protest in U.S. history, with somewhere between 3.3 and 4.6 million gathering in cities across the nation on Jan. 21 to protest the inauguration of President Donald Trump the day before, according to the Independent. Many students from San Mateo High went to the marches in the Bay Area. Hayley Schaumkel, Sophomore, attended the march in San Francisco. “I was so happy to be there,” said Hayley. “I felt very inspired by everyone around me. Most of these people were there to show support and love to people. San…

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FLL Airport Shooting Shocks Nation

Ever since 9/11, airport security has become a huge concern. TSA agents must scan every item of baggage and every passenger to check for weapons or explosives without missing a single thing; weapons are only acceptable when a passenger checks the luggage containing it. This is clearly one of our nation’s faults, as shown by  the horrific shooting in Fort Lauderdale on Jan. 7. After arriving into FLL (Fort Lauderdale’s airport), Esteban Santiago went to pick up his only luggage—a checked bag containing a 9mm handgun. Suddenly, without any warning, the handgun was taken out of its case and was…

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SMHS Reaches 105,000 LBS in 2016 Canned Food Drive

Every holiday season, San Mateo High holds one of the largest Canned Food Drives in the nation. The 2016 drive took place from November 10 to November 28 and the goal was to collect 100,000 pounds. This year, SMHS raised 104,369 pounds, beating the goal. Every year, tutorial classes compete for which class can raise the largest amount of pounds. This year, Ms. Moore’s tutorial took first place, with a total of 6106.19 pounds. In second place, Ms. Pappas with a total of 4887.26 pounds. Mr. Ikeda was third place, with 4597.55 pounds. Fourth place was Mr. Pirie, with 4507.38…

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Mike Masterson Passes Away from Cancer

San Mateo School Plant Operations Employee Michael Masterson, who went by “Mike,” passed away from cancer in November. “Mike was a truly positive, kind and thoughtful member of the bearcat family. Every time I saw him over the last five years, he always greeted me with a smile and asked, ‘How can I help you, young lady?’” said Harini Krishnan, a SMHS parent and co-president of the San Mateo High School Foundation. “He was always willing to help with any task at hand. The last time I saw him, he had mentioned that he was taking time off to get…

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Bearcats Organize San Mateo’s First High School Hackathon

The first hackathon for San Mateo high schoolers will take place in January 2017. A diverse set of approximately 200 students — all of different skill levels — will congregate in the headquarters of tech company Informatica, located in Redwood City, on Saturday, Jan. 14 and Sunday, Jan. 15 to participate in a 24-hour hacking marathon. A hackathon is any event where hackers get together to build or create something based on a task or theme relating to the event. This particular hacking marathon will consist of teams of four, and, according to their official website, www.smhacks.com, everyone will be…

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Bearcat Alum Victim in Oakland Fire

A fire that ravaged an Oakland warehouse on Friday, Dec. 2 claimed 36 lives, including a former bearcat’s. Jennifer Morris, who went by Jenny, grew up in Foster City and graduated from San Mateo High School in 2013. On Friday night, Morris, who was a 21-year-old junior at UC Berkeley, headed to an electronic-music concert hosted in the warehouse, which is known as the “Ghost Ship.” Music was a big part of Morris’s life. She was part of the SMHS choir, led by Mr. Shawn Reifschneider. “Jenny had a sweet elegance to her. Jenny was the type of person that…

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