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

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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Two Mateo Students Hit Biking to School

Over the span of two days, two San Mateo High School students were hit by cars while riding their bikes to school in the morning. The first biker was hit near the intersection of East Third Avenue and South Norfolk Street on Wednesday, Oct. 19, according to School Resource Officer Mike Nguyen. The second student was hit near the intersection of East Poplar Avenue and North El Dorado Street the day after, on Thursday, Oct. 20, at approximately 7:56 a.m. Both were hit by adults. Neither student was wearing a helmet. Although both students have complained of pain, they are…

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Limited Homework for a Fremont School

When many students think about school, the pressure of homework, tests, college applications and sports come to mind. Students these days are more stressed out than ever before, but that may soon start to change. More and more schools are adopting a strategy enacted by a high school in Fremont, which involves limiting homework to 20 minutes per class per weeknight and none on the weekends. Irvington High School (IHS) in Fremont surveyed two-thirds of its 2,100 students last spring, and found that around 54 percent of students showed symptoms of depression and up to 80 percent of students showed…

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Mateo by the Numbers

Graphic by Ellen Zhu. San Mateo High School has seen an unprecedented amount of freshmen this year, with the Class of 2020 at 443 students. Here’s a cool infographic by Ellen Zhu with a quick summary of San Mateo’s statistics, including ethnicity, population and our student-to-teacher ratio.

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Joining a Club; Useful or Useless?

San Mateo High School has a plethora of clubs that students with a variety of interests can join, ranging from clubs like the Rubik’s Cube Club to the Green Team. The Club Fair, held in the Quad on Sept. 21, showcased the many interests of the Bearcat community, and gave students the chance to peruse the many clubs and join the ones that interest them the most. But what is the point of joining a club? Having such a wide variety of clubs is,“pretty cool!” said Carlos Ortiz, freshman and a member of the Photography Club. “They bring out everyone’s…

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