December 16, 2019

With Christmas Comes Nostalgia -

Monday, December 9, 2019

November Book Recommendations -

Monday, December 9, 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

Mr. Shea: The Meme King

You can find him in his classroom working hard on his lesson plans or putting up memes on his classroom door during brunch. After school, he’s also on the soccer field coaching the ELD soccer team. Despite it being his first year at San Mateo High School, Mr. Shea has already taken a prominent role in the SMHS community. Mr. Shea grew up in the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts and earned his degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from Boston University. At BU, he was also a four-year starter for the nationally-ranked Division I men’s soccer program. A standout student and…

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Mrs. Tribuzi, Dance Teacher Extraordinaire

     Dressed in silver tap shoes and yoga pants, Mrs. Tribuzi can almost always be found in the dance studio, leading stretch warm-ups or teaching a new dance routine to her students. Mrs. Tribuzi has been teaching dance at San Mateo High for the past 14 years since 2003. A talented and dedicated instructor, she is the teacher behind the annual spring dance concert, Mateo Motion, as well as the choreography in some of San Mateo High School’s shows. But how much do you really know about Robyn Tribuzi?      A Bay Area native, Mrs. Tribuzi grew up in South…

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Ms. Burke the Book Lover

I recently interviewed Ms. Burke, the AS and CP English teacher here at SMHS for 26 years, and asked her about her experiences here as a teacher. This is what she said. Over the years, how have you seen San Mateo change? What’s remained the same? Over the years I’ve seen the SMHS population demographic shift, which has shifted our priorities, class offerings and clubs. I’ve seen so many new and diverse clubs established and contributing to our ‘family’ in positive ways. I see the same spirit (which is what we’re known for) that I’ve seen for 26 years. Although…

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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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The Nuance of Nels

With the voice of Tom Hanks, the humor of Mark Twain, and the knowledge of Encyclopedia Britannica, it’s no coincidence that Nels Johnson has had a successful twenty-two year tenure here at San Mateo. Officially, he’s an English teacher. Unofficially, he’s a college advisor, a foreign rock aficionado, an enemy of birds, a high-end coffee consumer, and above all else, a mentor in sarcasm. On any given day, you can witness Mr. Johnson in his natural habitat – strolling down the B-building, almost late to class, sporting a pair of his signature spectacles. Having taught each and every section of…

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Sr. Moreno: Maestro de Todo

Muchos no tienen el privilegio de decir que su maestro de español es un campeón de taekwondo. ¡Aquí en SMHS los estudiantes del Sr. Moreno pueden decir que su maestro es increíble! El Sr. Moreno es un nuevo maestro en SMHS y está enseñando el espanol 1 y el AP español literatura y cultura. Ha sido maestro por muchos años que hasta no solo es maestro de espanol, “He sido maestro desde que tenía nueve años, comencé dando clases de taekwondo y después di clases de baile por muchos años. Soy maestro de baile y entrenador personal.  Ahora soy maestro…

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Sra. Lara: Maestra de La Raza Unida

La Raza Unida es un club en SMHS que es para los estudiantes hispanohablantes, pero no solo recibe a hispanos pero a cualquier estudiante que quiera participar en el club. La Sra. Adamcikova ha sido la tutora del club por varios años, pero ahora la Sra. Lara va ser la nueva tutora de La Raza Unida. La Sra. Lara ha sido maestra de espanol por dos años. Ella es de los Ángeles y tiene raíces mexicanas. “Pienso que SMHS es una muy buena escuela donde hay mucho apoyo para los estudiantes. Ademas, una escuela con mucho espíritu,” dice la Sra….

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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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Presenting the new Spanish Teacher, Ms. Lara

Teacher: Ms. Lara Room nu mber: A143 Subjects: Spanish for Native Speakers, Spanish 3 for Non Native Speakers, Guided Studies Favorite part about teaching: “The interaction with the students and me being able to push their limits.” Goals for the year: “My goals are obviously to be the best teacher that I can be for my students so they can excel.” Why SMHS: “I love the spirit in the school. I think it’s a great school with a lot of resources for students and a lot of great opportunities.” Favorite cereal: “ My favorite cereal would be Captain Crunch.” Cats…

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