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

Millbrae Teacher Accused of Lewd Conduct

A Millbrae middle school teacher who was charged with two counts of lewd acts with a minor last month is set to appear in court on Oct. 12 for preliminary hearings, according to the San Mateo Daily Journal. Heather Butts, an English and drama teacher at Taylor Middle School, has been accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old girl, who was Butts’s former student. The relationship allegedly began while the girl was in middle school and continued after the girl started at Mills High School. On Aug. 15, the San Bruno Police Department were notified of an adult…

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Meet the Freshman Class Council

Eight baby bearcats just joined the ranks of San Mateo leadership after being elected as the 2016-2017 Freshman Class Council on Wednesday, Sept. 14. President Alison Hagen, who attended Borel Middle School, hopes to help bring the large freshman class together. “My main goal is to create a community for the Class of 2020 where freshmen feel safe and happy, and can make new friends and memories that will last through all of high school,”  said Allison. “I want the freshmen to love their school and their fellow peers and not be afraid to show it!” But with over 440…

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Computers Reach Groundbreaking Numbers

With just 78 primitive computers in 1998, San Mateo High School has since amassed more than 1600 state-of-the-art computers, more than 20 times what the school started with. Keeping these computers up and running is up to Carlo Montisano, who runs the Information Technology department here at SMHS. In 1998, Digital High School brought 78 computers to San Mateo High as a result of actions taken by a California senator. Dealing with these computers was “horrible,” according to Mr. Montisano. The computers ran on Windows 95, a virus-prone, sluggish software that made them very difficult to maintain and keep in…

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Freshman Hit Historic Number

  San Mateo High School’s largest freshman class ever is not only historic, it’s proof that the school is one of the most sought after in the district. It’s already the biggest school in the area, and, according to Principal Yvonne Shiu, students are attracted to SMHS because it is constantly improving, and can accommodate the growing community that lives in the area. While the overall student population has risen nearly 40% in the past decade, from 1,200 to 1,670 students, this year’s freshman class makes up nearly 26% of the student body. At 436 students, the class of 2020…

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San Mateo National Merit Semifinalists Announced

Seven seniors from San Mateo High School were recently announced as semifinalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship competition. Around 1.6 million high school juniors across the country entered the competition by taking the PSAT last October, and of these students, approximately 16,000 were chosen as semifinalists. San Mateo’s seven semifinalists—seniors Maggie Dong, Kevin Fang, Andy Feng, Angela Liu, Emanuel Rew, Cindy Zhang and Rachel Zheng—are part of a group that scored in the top one percent on the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) as juniors last October. Semifinalists in the competition will continue to compete for one of the 7,500 offered…

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Bagels and smiles at Senior Sunrise

Senior Vikki Krysov holds a tray of bagels at Senior Sunrise, which took place this Friday, Aug. 26 in the early morning before school officially started. All seniors were treated to a delicious breakfast and encouraged to share time with friends watching the (cloudy and mostly hidden) sunrise on the football field.

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Professional videographer comes to Programming Club

A professional videographer came to the Media Lab on Wednesday to film San Mateo High School’s Programming Club, which is also affiliated with Hack Club. The club, led by senior Samuel Escapa, is being featured on an international website devoted to spotlighting various clubs. From left to right, Selynna Sun, Zach Latta, Vince de Ramos (senior) and Annie Zhang (senior) are being filmed while discussing programming projects.

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PBS Publishes “Hacking Brogrammers”

As high school freshmen, these San Mateo High School students felt intimidated when they went to Programming Club and found themselves surrounded by 37 boys. So they started a club of their own. National journalism and media organization PBS published “Hacking Brogrammers,” a video produced by San Mateo High School’s award-winning journalism program, this past Tuesday, May 10, on their website. The video, about the gender gap in Silicon Valley and the world of technology, was created in collaboration with PBS after the San Mateo High School journalism program was chosen as one of PBS’s Student Reporting Labs earlier this…

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Bearcats Go Green

Green Week has joined the ranks of themed weeks like International and Health Week at San Mateo High, but what is Green Week? “Green Week is a week dedicated to raising awareness for the environment and the little things students can go to help,” said Ms.Cowey, the leadership advisor. “Throughout the week there are little activities designated to educate the students about the ecological problems going on in today’s world.” “Green Week is actually one of my favorite weeks at San Mateo,” said Tiger Paik, the Health and Beauty Commissioner, “I love all the activities going on and I feel…

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SMUHSD Planning Relocations

Peninsula, Design Tech High Schools to be Moved, District Office Expansion and Possible Employee Housing at Crestmoor Major changes are coming to the San Mateo Union High School District, which has unveiled plans involving the relocations of Peninsula High School and Design Tech High School,  the expansion of the district office and a proposal to construct housing for district employees.  Tech giant Oracle will house Design Tech High School (d.tech) starting in fall 2017. Currently at 1800 Rollins Road in Burlingame, d.tech will be moving to Oracle’s Redwood City campus. (See our related coverage on Design Tech High) New Plans for…

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