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

Career Conversations: Allen Lam

What do you do as a sound engineer? Most of what I do is live sound, which essentially means that I operate sound systems to make people louder at various public events. From time to time I’ll do recordings, but for the most part, I work live shows. How did you get started in the sound industry? I started learning about sound by playing in bands. In those days, there was no sound industry. Everybody was figuring it out as they went along. In college, I decided to study acoustics and electronic music, and one day it just came over…

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Mike Masterson Passes Away from Cancer

San Mateo School Plant Operations Employee Michael Masterson, who went by “Mike,” passed away from cancer in November. “Mike was a truly positive, kind and thoughtful member of the bearcat family. Every time I saw him over the last five years, he always greeted me with a smile and asked, ‘How can I help you, young lady?’” said Harini Krishnan, a SMHS parent and co-president of the San Mateo High School Foundation. “He was always willing to help with any task at hand. The last time I saw him, he had mentioned that he was taking time off to get…

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Bearcats Organize San Mateo’s First High School Hackathon

The first hackathon for San Mateo high schoolers will take place in January 2017. A diverse set of approximately 200 students — all of different skill levels — will congregate in the headquarters of tech company Informatica, located in Redwood City, on Saturday, Jan. 14 and Sunday, Jan. 15 to participate in a 24-hour hacking marathon. A hackathon is any event where hackers get together to build or create something based on a task or theme relating to the event. This particular hacking marathon will consist of teams of four, and, according to their official website, www.smhacks.com, everyone will be…

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Bearcat Alum Victim in Oakland Fire

A fire that ravaged an Oakland warehouse on Friday, Dec. 2 claimed 36 lives, including a former bearcat’s. Jennifer Morris, who went by Jenny, grew up in Foster City and graduated from San Mateo High School in 2013. On Friday night, Morris, who was a 21-year-old junior at UC Berkeley, headed to an electronic-music concert hosted in the warehouse, which is known as the “Ghost Ship.” Music was a big part of Morris’s life. She was part of the SMHS choir, led by Mr. Shawn Reifschneider. “Jenny had a sweet elegance to her. Jenny was the type of person that…

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Over 300 San Mateo Students Walk Out in Protest

Over 300 San Mateo High School students walked out of class after fifth period at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15 to protest results of the recent election and to promote unity and tolerance. Here are some of the images captured during the walkout.                            Photographs by Cindy Zhang and Zulma Canahui-Bajxac.

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False Alarm Prompts Evacuation

Students and staff evacuated to the football field at approximately 11:10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25 after a clogged air duct in the E Building set off a fire alarm, according to Principal Yvonne Shiu. Firefighters climbed onto the roof before deeming it a false alarm. Students exited the field to go to lunch at around 11:50 a.m., causing afternoon classes to be shortened by 16 minutes. UPDATE: The following day, Wednesday, Oct. 26, the same alarm sounded during second period, prompting another short evacuation. Safety guidelines require the school to evacuate when any fire alarm sounds, even if it is…

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San Mateo Goes on Lockdown

A verbal confrontation near San Mateo High School put the school in a brief lockdown and secure campus action on Tuesday, Oct. 18. The San Mateo Police Department (SMPD) received a secondhand report of a male with a gun at the corner of East Poplar Avenue and Delaware Street at 8:06 a.m. on Tuesday. Police responded and alerted School Resource Officer Mike Nguyen to the situation. At 8:24 a.m., Nguyen relayed the message to school administration, sending the campus into lockdown. “It was pretty fast; we went into lockdown within a few minutes,” said Assistant Principal Adam Gelb, who said…

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Two Mateo Students Hit Biking to School

Over the span of two days, two San Mateo High School students were hit by cars while riding their bikes to school in the morning. The first biker was hit near the intersection of East Third Avenue and South Norfolk Street on Wednesday, Oct. 19, according to School Resource Officer Mike Nguyen. The second student was hit near the intersection of East Poplar Avenue and North El Dorado Street the day after, on Thursday, Oct. 20, at approximately 7:56 a.m. Both were hit by adults. Neither student was wearing a helmet. Although both students have complained of pain, they are…

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Career Conversations: Dominique Davis

Dominique Davis has been a Deputy District Attorney in the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office since December 2015. Davis received a B.A. in Professional Writing from Carnegie Mellon University and a J.D. in Criminal Law from the University of California, Davis. What is a district attorney? What do you do? Unlike most attorneys, we don’t have any clients. A district attorney (DA) is, essentially, employed by the people of California. If someone commits a crime, we assess whether or not all criminal elements are met and if it’s ethical to prosecute them. If we decide that it is, then…

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Spirit of Music Soars at SMHS

Nearly a century after jazz music was born in America, SMHS organized its first Jazz Band as a zero period class in November 1992, shortly after Mr. Tribuzi began teaching music at SMHS. Jazz Band quickly became a popular class after more students joined the fray to play the cool sounds of bebop, swing, Dixieland and orchestral jazz. Today, there are about 20 SMHS students taking Jazz Band, according to Mr Tribuzi. The large ensemble includes the saxophone, trumpet, guitar, bass, piano and drum. The SMHS Jazz Band practices during third period and performs a string of concerts each year….

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