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SMUHSD students who attend Middle College attend classes at the CSM campus.

Middle College presents a unique academic opportunity for students

Isabelle Idio, Staff Reporter February 28, 2021

The Middle College program is an opportunity for juniors and seniors in the San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD) to take courses at the College of San Mateo.    In the program, students...

Apps like Life360 are common among parents to see where their kids are. This specific app not only tracks one’s location but monitors how fast they are driving, and how much battery life they have on their phone.

Tracking apps keep children safe but limits freedom

Lizzy Wan, Staff Reporter February 24, 2021

Apps such as Life360 and Find My Friends have become increasingly popular among parents in order to track their children’s locations. The apps consist of a map in which everyone in the group can see...

PanElixir is a website that tracks COVID-19 vaccine development and vaccine doses administered worldwide. The site also has a vaccine database and features COVID-19 related articles. It can be found at

PanElixir: a cure for all

Caroline Yeow, Senior Reporter February 22, 2021

In the spring of 2020, New York City was the epicenter of COVID-19 in the U.S. The bustling city skidded to a halt; schools closed their doors, restaurants stood idle and brick and mortar stores hung up...

The historic eucalyptus trees on El Camino Real will be removed and replanted in the coming years.

Burlingame’s eucalyptus grove set to undergo large-scale removal and replanting

Tobias Matthews, Staff Reporter February 9, 2021

Dubbed “The City of Trees,” Burlingame has had a complicated history regarding the lumbering eucalyptus and elm trees that line El Camino Real. First planted in the 1870’s, the trees have been a...

Lincoln Elementary School, like other elementary schools, will soon reopen in-person instruction under Newsom’s reopening plan.

How Newsom’s plan to reopen schools has affected students and teachers

William Chastain, Staff Reporter February 9, 2021

Gov. Gavin Newsom plans to allow elementary schools to reopen once their counties reach the purple tier. Reopening will begin with kindergarten through second grade, and proceed to older grades soon after....

Teachers face challenges while stuck at home during distance learning, but still have many concerns about reopening schools.

Teacher voices on reopening SMUHSD schools

Alex Kelly, Staff Reporter February 5, 2021

Teacher voices will play a very important role in the San Mateo Union High School District’s (SMUHSD) plan to bring students back to in-person school. Teachers will be taking on significant risks by...

A large crowd of skiers waits for the ski lift at Northstar’s “Tahoe Zephyr Express” on Jan. 29.

Tahoe dumped with snow and tourists

Samantha Johnstone, Webmaster February 2, 2021

Tahoe is notorious for its early spring skiing, and as it approaches, many families may be looking to head up to the snow. In the past week alone, Tahoe has received around 50 inches of snow, enticing...

Hiva Bastanmehr, a physician, holding her COVID-19 vaccination record card to show proof of vaccination against the virus.

One step closer to the end of the pandemic

Isaac Bostonmaer, Staff Reporter February 1, 2021

For nearly a year, the constraints brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic have affected countless people around the world. However, with vaccine distribution, which started in December of 2020, the beginning...

Students taking the SAT and ACT must sit six feet apart and wear masks at all times.

Pandemic brings changes to standardized testing

Farah Caban, Staff Reporter February 1, 2021

The SAT and ACT have long been important moments for many high school students, a benchmark of moving towards college and a terrifying ranking of one’s intelligence. Standardized tests are over a century...

The Amazon 4-Star Store on Burlingame Avenue advertises trends and highly-rated products.

Amid a pandemic, local businesses have one advantage over large chains: character

Jackson Spenner, Staff Reporter January 31, 2021

Burlingame Avenue has a new kid on the block, and it’s not a family-owned restaurant, homemade gift shop or frozen yogurt pop-up.  It’s a 4-Star store, a physical extension of online retailer and...

The elderly have been restricted from seeing friends and family, forcing them to feel isolated throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Elderly battle isolation in quarantine

Safiya Loomba, Staff Reporter January 28, 2021

The elderly have been heavily impacted by the pandemic with the new need to socially distance and a dependence on virtual conversations. The current restrictions have created repetitive days and limited...

This January, the second full semester of distance learning begins. While pods and conditioning practices bring a portion of students back on campus, the vast majority remain at home.

Students forge on in distance learning

Elise Spenner, Staff Reporter January 27, 2021

When freshman Cora Haggarty pictured her freshman year at Burlingame High School (BHS), the first few months would be fast-paced and rushed, chaotic and stressful – the growing pains that come with...

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