November 15, 2019

SMHS Mateobotics Gears Up for the Season -

Thursday, November 14, 2019

The Leap from High School to College Sports -

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Mateo Comes up Short: 2019 Little Big Game -

Thursday, November 14, 2019

The Master of Self-Deprecating Humor -

Thursday, November 14, 2019

How Old is “Too Old” for Trick-or-Treating? -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

We Need to Get Serious About Shootings -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

How Boyan Slat Is Helping Solve The Great Pacific Garbage Patch -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Youtube’s Yankovic turned Chinese TikTok Star: Bart Baker -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

#TeamTrees -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Varsity Football -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

CA Bill Pushes School Start Times Back -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Why the Empire Strikes Back is the best Star Wars movie -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Pros and Cons of Energy Drinks -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Movies to Watch during Halloween -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Bearcats Strike for Climate -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

A Personal Account On Vaping -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Girls Water Polo Resumes Winning Ways -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Running into the 2019 season -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

How Media Affects The Mind -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Matilda Provides Hope -

Monday, October 14, 2019

Programming Club

The SMHS Programming Club is one of the up-and-coming clubs at SMSH having recently gained its popularity and “fame” with a splashy show at the club fair (which some of you may remember) using a remote controlled drone programmed by students in the club. The club meets every wednesday at lunch in Mr. Rainaldi’s room. Club activities include hacking sessions working with remote controlled drones, learning javascript syntax, and other programming activities. Because most members of the club are still beginners little prior knowledge is needed – to quote Sara, the club president, describing the level of requisite knowledge, “we’re…

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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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