November 13, 2018

An amazing year for the wrestling team -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

My Experience at the Women’s March -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

El Regreso Del Racismo -

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Parkland Shooting -

Friday, March 2, 2018

California Flu Crisis -

Friday, March 2, 2018

‘Rapping’ Up the Grammy Awards -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

¿Cuál Será el Futuro de DACA? -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Marcus Peters traded to the Rams -

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

2018 Upcoming Movies -

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Instagram-Worthy Desserts of San Francisco -

Monday, February 26, 2018

Upcoming Season of Baseball -

Monday, February 26, 2018

Black History Month -

Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Black Panther Review -

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Destructive Culture of Social Media -

Friday, February 23, 2018

Badminton season launches into action! -

Friday, February 23, 2018

LimeBike Takes Over! -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

All Star Weekend Highlights -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Chinese New Year Brought to SMHS -

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

San Mateo Volleyball Season Kicks Off -

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Van Jones Show:Jay-Z -

Friday, February 16, 2018

Mr. Johnson Continues to Teach after 26 Years

A mentor. A man with a passion for writing, language, and learning. A teacher who really cares about his students success and growth. These are only a few of the ways one could describe Ivan Nate Johnson, a man who has dedicated 21 years of his life to challenging, teaching, and guiding his students through life, as well as AS English. Mr. Johnson has seen the school go through many changes, from the complete reconstruction of the school, to the ever fluctuating teachers and faculty but, “Fundamentally san mateo has always had that san mateo spirit and it’s always been…

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Ms. Casco Helps Students Thrive

Though not many student know her name, she plays a huge role in the San Mateo High School community. She is a caring, selfless member of the staff who helps ELD, or English Language Development, students who struggle with English succeed in class and in life, as well as helping administer testing with the ELD students. Ms. Casco came to the United States in 1997 from Nicaragua, and she didn’t speak a word of English, so she attended Skyline College in San Bruno to help develop her English skills. In 1997 she got a job at San Mateo High working…

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English Pro Aura Smithers

Name: Aura Smithers-Cordell Classroom: M112 Favorite part about teaching: “I love getting to know students, seeing them grow and seeing them improve in their reading and writing.” Goals for the year: “I’ve taught middle school for 13 years. This is my first year teaching high school so I’m excited to be here and really get a handle for the curriculum and meet the needs of high school students. Obviously I want to make it challenging and rigorous and also support students where they need it.” Why SMHS: “I have some colleagues who teach here that I went to the UC Berkeley credential program…

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Ms. Eckert: Chocolate Devotee

Classroom: M111 Classes: Sophomore and Freshman English Favorite part about teaching: “I love the social interaction that comes with teaching, discussing literature and watching students grow as writers, readers and people. Teaching is also like being on stage all the time or performing all day which can both be really fun and tiring.” Goals for the year: “I want to get to know the students and faculty here and grow personally as a teacher. I also feel like this school has a strong sense of community and I’m really excited to experience that.” Chocolate or vanilla: “Chocolate, duh.”

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Mr. Rodriguez the Ice Cream Enthusiast

Classroom: A237 Classes: Algebra 3-4 and Intensive Algebra Favorite part about teaching: “I like being a part of a student’s pathway hopefully towards college.” Goals for the year: “I would like to get to know more of the staff. Oh, and I want a 100% pass rate in Intensive Algebra this year.” Favorite midnight snack: “Right now ice cream is my favorite. Preferably vanilla and coffee flavors mixed together.” Cats or dogs: “Neither, I don’t like animals.” Personal theme song: “Dreams” by Beck – “It’s awesome like me!”    

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Ms. Beard: School Secretary

Sat behind her desk in Student Services filled with neat piles of important papers and filing folders, Ms. Beard professionally multitasks: flipping through stacks of papers, answering phone calls, and helping teachers passing through the office at the same time. With her perfectly coordinated ensemble of matching jewelry and a purple be-jeweled lanyard, Ms. Beard radiates spirit, showing she’s at home in San Mateo. Although Ms. Beard doesn’t interact with students as a teacher, she is just as important to the Bearcat campus as any other new staff member. As Administrative Assistant to the Principle, she essentially runs the front…

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Ms. Dybdahl: Health

A traveler since childhood and a lover of teaching, Ms. Dybdahl sets foot on the SMHS campus this year as a new member of our beloved staff. Her subject of expertise is health, but her views outside of that topic are only limited by the sky. In spite of her busy schedule, Ms. Dybdahl is more than willing to answer some of the questions we propose, her tone cheerful and friendly. Born in sunny Southern California, Ms. Dybdahl spent her childhood in Arizona until she attended college at California State University, Long Beach. From there, her eyes were opened to…

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Mr. McKenzie: Vice Principal

 Mr. John McKenzie sits in his black office chair in a crisp white shirt and a striped black tie, staring intently at the computer screen in front of him. He drums his fingers on his desk a bit absent-mindedly as he clicks the mouse several times, pausing to adjust his glasses. It is clear that he has already settled into his new office at San Mateo High, and a neon orange stuffed bearcat welcomes students in. Mr. McKenzie is one of San Mateo High School’s new assistant principals. He was working at North Salinas High School last year and is…

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Ms. Belvini: Biology

­­ Tapping her fingers and feet in thought, Samantha Belvini tries to formulate honest and inspirational responses to us. It’s not hard to tell Ms. Belvini is dedicated. Not only sporting a sophisticated yet stylized outfit but also cracking a few jokes here and there, Ms. Belvini almost seems like a down-to-earth sister. Ms. Belvini supplied us the details on how she began her teaching path, but first she gave us a fair warning. “So it’s not as inspiring as most people’s. When I graduated in 2008, the recession was all the way down in the ground. I didn’t make…

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The Math Queen of SMHS

Ms. Cintas, the math Queen of SMHS, stands in the math office sipping her daily tea, chatting amicably. Teaching at SMHS since 1998, she is an experienced and well-liked teacher. She has taught almost every math subject in the building, but her main focus right now is Pre-Calculus. She also currently teaches Integrated 3-4. She finds that it’s fun to solve problems, and to be good at math. Students feel good when they get it or have a natural inclination for it. Her classroom environment is very open and collaborative, as well as flexible. She believes communication is important, and…

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