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The Black Parents Association held its final meeting over Zoom where they discussed updates to the district’s bulletin, commented on a new Ethnic Studies course and hosted recent graduates to give updates on their college life.

SMUHSD’s final Unity in the Community meeting

Lizzy Wan, Senior Reporter May 9, 2022

On April 27, the Black Parents Association (BPA) held its final Unity in the Community town hall of the year on Zoom. Board president of the BPA, Medina McKinney, hosted the meeting along with Terrilyn...

The new data science curriculum, created by Rebecca Zielkowski, will include coding mixed with statistics.

Burlingame adds new data science class to math curriculum

Wali Chaudry, Staff Reporter May 9, 2022

Previously, Burlingame offered Integrated Math II and Algebra II for students, who had completed Geometry, to choose from; now, teacher Rebecca Zielkowski will introduce a new math class on data science. “It’s...

Although the mask mandate will remain in place until the end of May, summer school sessions will operate according to the policy of the California Department of Health in June.

District keeps mask mandate through school year, to align with CDPH in June

Elise Spenner, Copy Editor May 5, 2022

The San Mateo Union High School District Board of Trustees voted 4-1 on the evening of May 5 to keep its indoor mask mandate in place for the remainder of the school year. On June 1, in advance of summer...

The GSA placed boxes with sticker, pins and cards for students to take on Day of Silence, which was held at Burlingame on Friday, April 8.

Burlingame recognizes Day of Silence

Samantha Johnstone, Managing Editor April 18, 2022

Two college students started GLSEN Day of Silence in the mid 1990s; 30 years later, it’s a nationally-recognized day with hundreds of thousands of students taking a vow of silence to raise awareness...

Burlingame juniors and seniors will partake in CAASPP testing this year.

CAASPP testing returns after two years

Arshia Chakravartti, Staff Reporter March 20, 2022

The California Assessment of Student Progress and Performance (CAASPP) testing returned at Burlingame on March 15, after being canceled the past two school years due to COVID-19 and distance learning. CAASPP...

Students at Burlingame will be required to wear masks at least through April 21.

Board keeps mask mandate, to reconsider in late April

Elise Spenner, Copy Editor March 13, 2022

The San Mateo Union High School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously on the night of Thursday, March 10 to keep the indoor mask mandate in place for all campuses. In doing so, the trustees rejected...

Leaver chats with Matthew Gallegos, a social science teacher at Peninsula. Both Leaver and Sacdalan spoke to the support and kindness of staff.

Peninsula High School: navigating inequity

Elise Spenner, Copy Editor February 24, 2022

My conversation with Peninsula High School guidance counselor Elaine Llaguno and wellness counselor Lara Montoya took place in a counselor’s office at Burlingame. Even though the room is surrounded by...

The new Peninsula campus sits near the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in Burlingame. The location aims to offer a more accessible campus for students.

Peninsula High School: “a Lego-built school”

Elise Spenner, Copy Editor February 23, 2022

When Elaine Llaguno started as a guidance counselor at Peninsula in 2010, the future looked bright. The Crestmoor property in San Bruno was falling into disrepair, but the Measure O bond proposition had...

The students at Peninsula moved into their new school, located in Burlingame, in March 2021. The one-acre campus has 10 classrooms.

Peninsula High School: speaking out against neglect

Elise Spenner, Copy Editor February 22, 2022

On Sept. 20, 2021, the San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Peninsula High School to celebrate the opening of a state-of-the-art facility for the continuation...

Draft 102 divides the map according to feeder school districts in an attempt to keep neighborhoods grouped together.

Board hears update on student performance, weighs redistricting maps at recent meeting

Elise Spenner, Copy Editor February 20, 2022

Yancy Hawkins, the San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD) Chief Business Officer, presented extensive data on the results of the Panoramic survey and other metrics to gauge student performance at...

Left: Junior, oboist, and All-State band musician Audrey Limb practices in class on Jan. 24. Right: Senior, trumpeter, and All-State lead trumpet Johnny Willy rehearses in class on Jan. 25.

Two Burlingame musicians head to All-State

Farah Caban, Business Manager February 16, 2022

California's All-State Band selected two Burlingame students, junior Audrey Limb and senior Johnny Willey, for the second year in a row to play in their highly-selective band.    Each August,...

Superintendent Kevin Skelly jumps into the newly renovated Burlingame Aquatic Center pool alongside students and faculty at the opening ceremony on Jan. 8, 2020.

Superintendent Kevin Skelly announces retirement

Samantha Johnstone, Managing Editor February 16, 2022

On Jan. 12, San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD) Superintendent Kevin Skelly announced his retirement after seven years in the district. His career in education started 40 years ago, most notably...

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