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

Mr. Rotman: Modern World History

Steve Rotman watches the class as their pencils fly across the papers, some of them tapping their feet while looking at the ceiling. You can usually find him on Mondays and A daysin room A236, which he shares with Mr. Ortega. Mr. Rotman began working in San Mateo High last semester as a substitute teacher for Ms. Johnson. This year he has stayed to teach two Modern World History classes. He’s been a substitute for two years and a student teacher at a variety of different schools. Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Mr Rotman moved to California because he was tired…

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Ms. Yance Chavez: Parent Involvement Coordinator

While strolling down the halls of San Mateo, it seems as though Ms. Yance Chavez has been a part of the bearcat community for years. She sits behind her computer screen and pays attention to every word in several important emails. Typing away at her keyboard, she is ready and determined to respond to anyone who is in need of her guidance and expertise. Although Ms. Yance Chavez does not directly communicate and interact with the students, she plays a key role as the Parent Involvement Coordinator. For the community of spanish-speaking parents who struggle with english, Ms. Yance Chavez…

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Mr. DeJesus: Special Ed

While indulging in a burrito bowl from Chipotle, Mr. DeJesus begins to open up to the bearcat community. Mr. DeJesus is a new Special Ed. Teacher in room A009. Hailing from New York, Mr. DeJesus moved to the Bay Area at 2 years of age. Throughout high school, he participated on the basketball team as the point guard. He then continued on to a college in San Francisco where he decided to pursue teaching. Starting off as a student teacher, he made the courageous decision to become a teacher 4 Years ago. He started from the bottom, now he’s here….

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Mr. Cooley is a Cool Cat

As soon as we entered the room, both of us couldn’t help but notice the laid-back attitude of Mr. Cooley. Dressed casually and swiveling around in his wheely chair, he definitely lives up to his name. Mr. Cooley is one cool guy, and both of us immediately noticed it. Being a new teacher at such at big school can seem extremely daunting, but Mr. Cooley is up to the task. A UC Davis grad, Mr. Cooley has always loved math and believes it to be a useful tool in everyday life. Growing up in Clovis, Central California, math was his…

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Ms. Gomez: College-Oriented Counselor

In a UC Davis shirt and comfortable clothes, Ms. Gomez, a counselor here at SMHS, can be found working at her desk or talking with a student. Her door is always open, and she welcomes each of her students with a smile. Even though she’s new to our community, Ms. Gomez is already becoming the bearcat she was always meant to be. Ms. Gomez was born in Fremont, but grew up right across the bridge in Hayward. After graduating from Tennyson High School, she moved on to UC Davis, majoring in Anthropology Psychology and minoring in Chicano Studies. “When I…

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Mr. Lee: Spanish

Well over four thousand people in the San Francisco Bay Area speak Spanish, and Mr. Lee is running up the score, one class at a time. He sits behind a messy desk (the true mark of an intellectual) in front of a map of Central America as he prepares to continue teaching the language of Cervantes. Mr. Matt Lee teaches Spanish 1-2 and 3-4 classes and this is his first year at SMHS.He has previously taught at Capuchino and Terra Nova. The language as well as hispanic culture are part of his curriculum and he  works with La Raza Unida cub…

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Ms. Lipinski: English

Ms. Lipinski’s soft voice and sweet countenance are the first things that you’d notice. When she isn’t solving puzzles with her three-year-old daughter, she’s outdoors doing every possible type of physical activity that Mother Nature has to offer. She’s tried pretty much everything, from hiking to swimming to rock climbing. She can also speak German, and has a party trick in her back pocket: she can open any jar with one quick motion (you’ll have to ask her personally how she does it, because it’s still a mystery to me). She likes to joke around, and she throws around sarcasm…

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Ms. Samsi: French Teacher Enthusiast

Dorothy Samsi, a new teacher for the world language department, can be found in room A146, teaching French 5-6 to her first class of SMHS students. When walking into the class, the only language heard is French. She, no doubt, teaches with the same incredible fluency and draws the entire class’ attention to her. Dorothy Samsi is not new to the job though. This is actually her seventh year teaching French. Before San Mateo High, she taught at St. Francis DeSales, a Catholic school in Columbus, Ohio. “SMHS is much bigger and more diverse than St. Francis, and the school…

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Mr. Robinson

Don’t be surprised if you walk by Mr. Robinson’s classroom , and hear laughter floating into the hallway. It’s probably just the man himself entertaining his students with one of his spot-on Family Guy impressions. If you are lucky enough to be his student, you already know that Mr. Robinson is not only a phenomenal teacher, he is also a funny and relatable person. Robinson’s relationship with SMHS began earlier than you may think. He grew up in San Mateo, and attended Carlmont High School in San Carlos. When asked about his hobbies and interests, he immediately starts talking about…

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Ms. Wagner: The Math and History Wiz

Ms. Wagner, an SMHS alumnus, is walking around her classroom in A009 as she does every school day. She is discussing algebra, a subject that is well-known for its scary formulas to memorize, but she makes algebra seem like it has never been easier or more interesting. The class slowly comes to the realization that it understands algebra, and the room becomes brighter with enlightenment. Ms. Wagner is in her first year of teaching at San Mateo High. She received her undergraduate degree at UC Davis, and will get a master’s degree in special education at Notre Dame de Namur…

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