May 26, 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

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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Pirie, Dave

English teacher and facial hair aficionado, David Pirie can be found showering his students with great knowledge of the english language. Mr. Pirie is known around campus for his shining sense of humor and unusual passion for whales. Mr. Pirie has taught english at SMHS since 2010. Previously, he attended University of Vermont majoring in English and Philosophy. When asked about what draws him to his subject, he stated “I like reading books.” He believes reading, writing, and communication are very important skills that should be practiced as much as possible. When asked what his favorite part about teaching at…

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Ms. Booth

Students with last names starting from the end of the alphabet will miss an important part of their school life next year: their counselor, Ms.Booth, is leaving for a 6 to 9 month trip and won’t be back until fall of 2015. Ms. Booth will be traveling through South America, visiting family and doing volunteer work along the way. Columbia, Peru, and Argentina are planned stops, but who knows where the winds will take her? In her free time, Ms. Booth enjoys dance and music, so she hopes to involve those activities in her trip as well. Although she is…

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Ms. Steinbrecher

 Ms. Steinbrecher, who shares classroom A204 with Ms. McCabe, teaches ELD classes and the highly demanded Chinese classes that started in fall 2013. She has been a teacher at San Mateo since 2000. “I grew up speaking Chinese. I grew up in Taiwan,” said Ms. Steinbrecher. She is drawn to teaching Chinese because it is her language. Ms. Steinbrecher’s teaching philosophy focuses on mastery of the material. “It doesn’t matter when you understand the material, as long as you eventually get it,” she said. For this reason, Ms. Steinbrecher allows her students to turn in work late for partial credit….

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Ms. Malone Styling Out Her Skills

  Ms. Malone, a kind and extremely dedicated English teacher, has been teaching English for 13 years and joined the Bearcat community four years ago. As an English teacher, an indubitably important and successful subject in the Bearcat community, Ms. Malone does the job better than anyone else.   Ms. Malone was destined to be a teacher since day one. As a kid, she was always the best when it came to dealing with kids. She babysat, arranged swim lessons for kids, and worked in programs with kids. Yet Ms. Malone said, “I swore I wasn’t going to be a…

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Teacher Profile: Ms. Barba

Susan Barba grew up in San Francisco having a passion for the Spanish and French languages. She attended San Francisco State University, where she studied Spanish, and then went to Institut Pour Étranars in Aix en Provence, France to study French. “I like the Spanish and French languages because I grew up Peruvian and French just  sounds pretty,” said Ms. Barba. During her free time she enjoys quilting, walking her dog Stanley, and loves going to beaches while listening to David Bowie, Bobby Mcferrin and Mozart. Ms. Barba loves eating spicy food especially her favorites such as uni and agi…

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Mrs. Abernathy

Mrs. Abernathy is one of the most versatile teachers I know. While her main focus right now is teaching Contemporary World Studies to mostly freshmen, she has taught various classes in different subjects to all different grades. Mrs. Abernathy has experienced working at many schools throughout her years of teaching, but she feels that there is something special about San Mateo High School. Mrs. Abernathy is able to keep a good balance of work in class and at home, and truly wants all of her students to succeed. She tries her best to relieve the pressures of learning, but still…

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