September 25, 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

Meet Mr. Toben

Perched at a paperless desk with a Mona Lisa smile and polite, relaxed language, Mr. Graham Toben, an unfamiliar critter in room B202 and student teacher extraordinaire, claims his place as one of Mr. Brasel’s newest – and oldest – students. At first, San Mateo seems to be an incompatible place for Mr. Toben. “I have a fear of birds pooping on me,” he confesses, and you can practically hear the school’s formidable seagull population squawking in a satisfying fury. Phobias aside, San Mateo proves to be a delightful place for Mr. Toben. He’s “loving it – the students are…

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Niklas Pietzcker

Niklas Pietzcker smiles bashfully at the ground as he digs into his lunch. Unaccustomed to being bombarded by questions, he’s apprehensive at first, but soon opens up. Tall, blonde, and blue eyed; he starts talking in his thick German accent. Niklas is an exchange student from Germany, and is staying in America with a host family (a student that goes to Hillsdale High School) while attending San Mateo for his junior year. He lives in a village on the border of Munich and Austria named Pähl, thousands of miles from California. He says the people in America are generally nicer…

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I’ll Take A Club Profile, Hold the Mayo

New clubs at San Mateo High School are popping up quicker than students can join them. Thanks to motivated students and kind advisors, there are more clubs covering culture, entertainment, community service and religion. A Renaissance of sorts has begun this year, which will hopefully continue for years to come. Not Indian, not a problem is one of the mottos of Indian Club, taking place in Mr. Appleman’s room on Tuesdays at Lunch. “San Mateo’s the most diverse school, and I thought that there should be an Indian Club,” said Payal Kela, a junior and one of the officers. Meetings…

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Maria Arellano: All-American Girl

Reading her favorite Agatha Christie mystery, listening to One Direction and munching on some popcorn, Maria Arellano belongs in America even though she’s from Spain. With her long, light-brown hair and her sophisticated style, Maria’s taking over the world, one country at a time. Ever since she was a child growing up on the island of Mallorca to the east of mainland Spain, Maria learned English through school and also attended summer camp in West Virginia and California. She was an exchange student in Ireland for 3 months at age 11 as well. Maria has visited many other places including…

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Ben Flieshman, New Student Teacher

Ben Fleishman, student teacher for Mr. Teague, had come to San Mateo High through the Stanford Student Teacher Program. According to Mr. Teague, “Mr. Fleishman has already shown he is going to be a great teacher in the past couple weeks.” Some accomplishments that he is proud of is getting into Berkeley (before he went to Stanford), writing a thesis, which is a 40-page essay in order to graduate, and having a lot of cool friends. Some talents that he has are he can solve a rubix cube, drive a car with his knees, and can make really good stir-fry….

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Ms. Zenilman

A biology teacher with long, curly brown hair and a very inviting smile sits at her desk after school, answering questions from teachers and students, planning the lesson for the next day. Ms. Zenilman recently moved to California from Boston, where she was a biology teacher at a Catholic school. “I came to California for personal reasons and because of the nice weather. Ms. Zenilman says. “I am looking forward to the fun labs with my students and for students to get excited for science. I like that my students are ninth graders, because this is a time that they can reinvent and redefine themselves and I want…

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Giulia Rotunno: Bearcat Profile

The best part of coming to the United States, Giulia Rotunno says, is that she gets the chance to create new relationships – with her new ‘sister,’ in her host family, and with the Bearcats at San Mateo High School. Giulia, a fourth-year high school student in Italy, came to the United States last summer. She’s been attending San Mateo High since the beginning of the school year. Since her arrival, she’s had many new experiences – visiting Angel Island, for example, or going camping for the first time. In her free time here, she hangs out with her host…

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Students in Action Club Profile

Among the many volunteer clubs that have bloomed in San Mateo High, one supports and recognizes community service done by the students in the school: Students in Action, currently managed by Sarah Rossi, Lizzie Siegle, Elise Chu. Known to compete with other schools, SIA has accepted various awards in the past, such as the Youth Service Challenge Award for the canned food drive. During the past years, SIA hosted events to support those with hunger or cancer. Last year, they planned out the Hunger Games for hunger, where students sponsored teachers in a balloon stomp by donating money, which went…

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Art Club Profile

San Mateo High has many opportunities for student artists to express their creativity and share their talent, such as the variety of art classes offered here. Joining Art Club is another way students can be involved with art and showcase their talent. Art Club organizes the colorful Chalk Fest every year. The Chalk Fest is an annual event that invites all Bearcats to participate in a project where students use vibrant-colored chalk to recreate images in the quad. This year, the Art Club is shifting its focus. “What’s different about this year is more collaboration and more emphasis on art…

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S.E.A. Stars Club Profile

S.E.A. Stars is a group of SMHS students that is passionate about making art more accessible in public schools. It is quite obvious that there is a “hierarchy of subjects. At the top are mathematics and languages, then the humanities, and the bottom are the arts,” said Ken Robinson, an expert on and advocate for the arts in education. When funding is limited, schools cut back the art classes first. “If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original. And by the time the come to be adults, most kids have lost that capacity [to…

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