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GSA President Violet Hansma speaks at the Friday, Sept. 15 “Welcome Back Rally” following the removal of the Harry Potter theme for spirit week due to concerns over author J.K. Rowling’s transphobic views.

GSA, leadership lead positive change after divisive Harry Potter-themed spirit week

Elise Spenner, Sophia Bella, and Jake Rothstein September 16, 2023

The School Advisory Council (SAC) hosted a public meeting after school on Wednesday, Sept. 13, with a focus on addressing the fallout caused by the Harry Potter-themed spirit week and its relation to author...

Posters protesting J.K. Rowling, the controversial author of the Harry Potter series upon which the upcoming rally is based, were found around campus on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Protest posters spark controversy over Harry Potter-themed spirit week

Elise Spenner and Sophia Bella September 13, 2023

Art teacher Eislyn Wolf-Noyes printed and displayed posters during and after lunch on Tuesday, Sept. 12, denouncing leadership’s Harry Potter-themed spirit week and rally as an endorsement of author...

Construction for the new gym facilities began in May and are expected to be completed by January 2025.

Athletes, admin adapt amid gym construction

Sophia Puzon, Senior Reporter September 4, 2023

There is, quite literally, a hole in the heart of Burlingame this year. Walk between the basketball courts and the A-Building during passing period, or head to the football field for a rally, and it's...

Students sign into Flex Time by scanning their ID cards in history teacher Elizabeth Bellas classroom on Wednesday, May 17.

District proposes new changes to Flex Time

Jake Rothstein, Managing Editor May 17, 2023

In advance of the 2023-2024 school year, the San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD) is considering making changes to Flex Time — currently a shorter period on even block schedule days where students...

This year, the Citizens Environmental Council (CEC) recognized two Burlingame sophomores, Shayna Blum and Mayu Simpson, as the high school and overall winners.

Two Burlingame students win the annual CEC film fest

Arda Inegol, Business Manager May 2, 2023

The Citizens Environmental Council (CEC) hosted its sixth annual student film festival in partnership with the Burlingame Environmental Club (BEC) and The Nueva School’s Social Impact Filmmaking Club...

Whether motivated by insecurity, peer pressure or enjoyment, the way students beautify themselves is entirely up to them and some may choose not to do it at all.

ChapStick or Lipstick? The Choice Is Yours

Joelle Huysmans, Diversity Coordinator May 1, 2023

Despite the fact that Burlingame's first bell rings every day at 8:30 a.m., a number of students manage to carve out time in their morning routine to arrive to class with perfect faces of makeup, styled...

Anyone who’s logged into Snapchat in the past few weeks would have noticed an irremovable AI chatbot, My AI, awaiting them, pinned at the top of their screen.

Although clever, Snapchat’s AI bot threatens students’ privacy and academic integrity

Brinda Iyer, Copy Editor April 28, 2023

As of March, Snapchat has over 350 million active daily users and is one of the leading social media platforms for young adults. Anyone who’s logged into the app in the past few weeks would have noticed...

Security cameras, like this one in the A-Building, will soon be added to campus entrances.

Administration adds new cameras to address hate incidents and vandalism

Will Kriner, Senior Reporter April 20, 2023

In light of recent vandalism and hate incidents on campus, administration plans to install two new security cameras around the entrances of the school, which they hope will help deter future incidents. Although...

Although Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 101 in October 2021 making California the first state to require Ethnic Studies as a graduation requirement for the class of 2030, SMUHSD is still debating the relevance of the course.

Study session discusses implications of ethnic studies course

Lizzy Wan, Diversity Coordinator April 19, 2023

On March 15, San Mateo Unified High School District (SMUHSD) held a board study session where presenters expressed the importance of the mandated ethnic studies course, and board members discussed its...

Music students march down Burlingame Avenue and back to Washington Park on Saturday, Apr. 15.

Music department steals the show with seven-hour Play-a-Thon fundraiser

Abby Knight, Copy Editor April 18, 2023

On Saturday, April 15, the band and choir hosted its annual Play-a-Thon, in order to raise over 10,000 dollars for the music department. The event included a lively parade down Burlingame Avenue, along...

Students and teachers make the environment lively at the event.

Leadership hosts first ever International Food Night for Cultural Week

Abby Knight, Copy Editor April 16, 2023

On Tuesday, April 4, Leadership’s Diversity and Inclusion Commission hosted the first-ever International Food Night in the main quad. The night aimed to celebrate students’ cultural backgrounds with...

On Monday, Mar. 13, the Biden administration officially approved the Willow Project, leaving climate change activists in a state of frustration and dismay.

Biden administration’s approval of Willow Project sounds alarm for climate activists

Brinda Iyer, Copy Editor April 4, 2023

The Willow Project, an $8 billion oil-drilling project based in Alaska, is estimated to produce over 600 barrels of crude over 30 years, burn 280 million metric tons of carbon and release 9.2 million metric...

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