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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, Webmaster 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, Managing Editor 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, Sports Editor 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, Business Manager 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, Senior 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, Design Editor 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, Copy Editor 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...

Manal Atallah (pictured) and Vicki Ottoboni (not pictured) have taken on the task of running the cafeteria by themselves.

Cafeteria workers adapt to the challenges of the pandemic

Mattingly Germack, Copy Editor December 15, 2020

In the rapidly changing world of high school during the pandemic, the school cafeteria has stayed open and strong, albeit with some changes to their procedures.   The Burlingame cafeteria is...

A post from SMUHSD Equity Instagram on Oct. 22 regarding a past teach-in with the District that was held on Nov. 17.

Student-run organization pushes for equity in the San Mateo District

Julianna Oliver, Senior Reporter December 14, 2020

San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD) Equity is a student-run group organized by students of color along with allies who are pushing for more diverse lessons to be taught in SMUHSD schools. Their...

An altered high school classroom at Crystal Springs. At the end of October, Crystal Springs returned to a hybrid learning schedule, with students on campus for four days and off for 10.

As private schools head back to campus, education disparities widen

Elise Spenner, Copy Editor December 14, 2020

On Tuesday, Oct. 27, 11th and 12th graders at Crystal Springs Uplands School, commonly referred to as Crystal, walked onto campus for the first time in seven months. The same day, San Mateo County dropped...

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