February 20, 2018

San Mateo Volleyball Season Kicks Off -

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Van Jones Show:Jay-Z -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Chris Bosh Possible Comeback -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Chloe Kim: The 17 Year Old Phenomenon -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Shaun White Wins Gold at Pyeongchang -

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Biggest Problems with the NBA All-Star Games -

Friday, February 16, 2018

History of Super Bowl -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Where would you take your date out on Valentine’s Day? -

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Jeff Sessions’ History with Race Follows Him -

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Crazy Trades During The NBA Trade Deadline -

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

“Love, Simon” and representation on the Big Screen -

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Contraceptive Coverage Rollback Endangers Women -

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Rape Accusation Made Against Former “Voice” Star -

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Should Confederate statues be taken down? -

Friday, February 2, 2018

John Aguilar: Ataque Rapido -

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

“The Mini Show” -

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

‘Coco’ captura corazones de todos -

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

College Visits -

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Viaje a Teotihuacán -

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

R&B Comeback -

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Next Year’s Later Start Time

The San Mateo Union High School District is contemplating pushing school’s start time back 30 minutes for the 2017-2018 school year. This discussion is being led by superintendent Dr. Kevin Skelly. It’s well known that students face a lot of stress. Part of the problem is not enough sleep. Students work late into the night and wake up early in the morning for school. The district recognizes this, and plans to take action. “Research shows younger generations are more ‘night owls’ as opposed to getting up early,” said Dr. Skelly. Sleep is important to the development of the young mind…

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Bearcats Celebrate Spirit Week

During the first week of November, from Oct. 31 to Nov. 4, San Mateo High celebrated Spirit Week. Spirit Week is one of the many times that bearcats can show off their spirit, as each day during that week was themed. Monday was Halloween, Tuesday was Tacky Tourist Day, Wednesday was Pajama Day, Thursday was Decades Day and Friday was the coveted Crazy Orange and Black Day. Spirit Week was also a competition between the classes to see which grade has the most spirit. The school measured this by counting the number of students in each class that dressed up…

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Eighth-Grade Shadows Visit San Mateo High School

Most of us here at San Mateo High remember what it was like to enter high school: the huge campus, the new people, the new expectations and the new responsibilities. Now, eighth-graders are shadowing at San Mateo, preparing to make the journey into Baby Bearcats. Shadowing at San Mateo works a little differently this year. Instead of having pairs of eighth-graders and ninth-graders, with the eighth-grader following the freshman around all day, now the experience is more like a tour. A group of eighth-graders all follow a set path with a few faculty members, and observe some classes in session….

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False Alarm Prompts Evacuation

Students and staff evacuated to the football field at approximately 11:10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25 after a clogged air duct in the E Building set off a fire alarm, according to Principal Yvonne Shiu. Firefighters climbed onto the roof before deeming it a false alarm. Students exited the field to go to lunch at around 11:50 a.m., causing afternoon classes to be shortened by 16 minutes. UPDATE: The following day, Wednesday, Oct. 26, the same alarm sounded during second period, prompting another short evacuation. Safety guidelines require the school to evacuate when any fire alarm sounds, even if it is…

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Goodbye Schoolloop, Hello Canvas

For the next school year, 2017 to 2018, San Mateo High will switch from using Schoolloop to Canvas by Instructure. Canvas, which was launched in 2008, is an open online education platform used by over 2,000 schools around the country. Similar to Schoolloop, Canvas is a way for students to track their different courses and grades. Since the switch is very knew to teachers at SMHS, most staff are unfamiliar with the new platform. Ms.Shiu, Principal, is aware of the switch but has not had previous experience using Canvas. “It was more of a district decision,” says Ms.Shiu. “Dominic Bigue…

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San Mateo Goes on Lockdown

A verbal confrontation near San Mateo High School put the school in a brief lockdown and secure campus action on Tuesday, Oct. 18. The San Mateo Police Department (SMPD) received a secondhand report of a male with a gun at the corner of East Poplar Avenue and Delaware Street at 8:06 a.m. on Tuesday. Police responded and alerted School Resource Officer Mike Nguyen to the situation. At 8:24 a.m., Nguyen relayed the message to school administration, sending the campus into lockdown. “It was pretty fast; we went into lockdown within a few minutes,” said Assistant Principal Adam Gelb, who said…

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8th Graders Take Geometry at SMHS

A few select 8th graders are raising the bar for what is considered “middle school level” math classes. There is a new program this year at SMHS, where 8th graders are eligible to take geometry courses during the 6th period of the school day. Two in particular are from Bayside STEM academy. “They are all older than us, but It’s not that different from being in a middle school class.” says Randy Liu. Although San Mateo High is a drastic change in atmosphere from a regular middle school, the 8th graders still fit in with their high school peers. Although…

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New Mental Health Counselors Join Bearcat Stafulty

                “This is a new system so the program is still adjusting, however it has taken off successfully and many students are coming in to see the counselors,” said Principal Yvonne Shiu. Before this year, the School Safety Advocate was available, but  it was up to the student to go to  her. This new system ensures that every student receives help whether they approach a counselor directly or a teacher or parent refers them.. Our new counselors are a resource for all student, especially for those who do not have access to help…

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Coming Out Day Excites Many

More than 30 students participated in Coming Out Day on Friday, Oct. 14, revealing things from their sexuality to their politics to their ongoing battles with mental illnesses. With cheerleaders rooting for them every step of the way, the event attracted a large crowd very quickly. Dominic Harge, Madeleine Seidman and Pacita Del Balso, all sophomores and members of GSA (Gay Straight Alliance), took turns following the people who came out, holding up a whiteboard with that person’s details for the onlookers to see. “I had a lot of energy inside of me,” said John Elvir, freshman, who decided to…

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Visiting the Circle Show

There’s a lot of commotion in the gallery of the M Building, where art students opened The Circle Show Oct. 12.. The theme was inspired by last year’s yearbook cover when Ms. Elizabeth Yapp, one of the art teachers, collected the cardboard disks that were cut out from the cover of the yearbook for her students to paint on.  Some students from the Advanced Art and Drawing, Beginning Art and Drawing, 3D Art, Digital Photography and Art and Multimedia classes used the recycled disks and others didn’t, but all kept with the circle theme. Many students who visited have commented…

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