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On Thursday, May 20, the SMUHSD Board rejected a proposal to fly the LGBTQ+ pride flag during the months of June and October.

SMUHSD Board denies proposal to fly pride flag

Samantha Johnstone, Managing Editor May 24, 2021

On Thursday, May 20, the San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD) Board held their last meeting of the school year. Superintendent Dr. Kevin Skelly recommended the motion to approve a proclamation...

At lunch, students remained distant while talking with friends.

Burlingame reopens its doors to students

Jacob Lubarsky, Copy Editor April 2, 2021

Today Burlingame held its first day of hybrid-learning instruction, allowing some students to return to campus — marking the first time most students returned to Burlingame for instruction since...

Sixth through eighth graders have returned to in-person learning at Burlingame Intermediate School, with many students coming to campus three and a half days a week.

BIS begins in-person instruction as BHS welcomes students back to campus

Michelle Moshkovoy, Head Photographer April 1, 2021

With COVID-19 cases decreasing in the past months after a surge during the holiday season and with San Mateo County having moved into the orange tier on March 16, Burlingame Intermediate School (BIS) has...

On a hot day, rooms that lack air conditioning, like A105, quickly become overheated due to the poor ventilation, an issue that has become increasingly worrisome for teachers who will soon return to teaching in person.

Existing A Building ventilation concerns exacerbated by return to school

Amelia Harris, Editor-In-Chief March 9, 2021

As the San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD) plans to reopen schools, with the first phase of reopening beginning this Wednesday, concerns are mounting among teachers in the A Building regarding...

The textbook for AP Euro, the former advanced social science course offered to sophomores that will be replaced by AP World.

AP World to replace AP Euro

Samantha Johnstone, Managing Editor March 7, 2021

AP European History (AP Euro), the advanced history class previously offered to sophomores, is notorious for its demanding curriculum and challenging tests. However, this course was not offered to the...

At the “#StandForAsians” rally on Feb. 27, a participant raises a sign while listening to speaker and organizer Ashlyn So before marching to San Mateo Central Park.

Surge in anti-Asian hate engenders peaceful rally in San Mateo

Lexi Goldstein, Editor-In-Chief March 1, 2021

On Feb. 27 hundreds of mask-clad Bay Area residents gathered in San Mateo Central Park for the “#StandForAsians” rally to peacefully protest the recent onslaught of anti-Asian hate crimes.  Hate-fueled...

Barricades surround the Bay Trail and Coyote Point flood construction site, forcing residents to take a detour near Highway 101.

Bay Trail flood project gives residents first taste of climate protection program

Jackson Spenner, Senior Reporter February 25, 2021

In 100 years, much of Burlingame will be underwater due to rising sea levels. In fact, estimates from San Mateo County predict that in a century, Burlingame will see 452 acres underwater, putting nearly...

COVID-19 has drastically altered the college admissions process, and will now have permanent effects on the SAT.

Subject tests and optional SAT essay thrown away by College Board

Alex Kelly, Webmaster February 11, 2021

The College Board announced on Jan. 19 that they will no longer offer the optional SAT Essay and SAT Subject Tests. This change was due to practical reasons as fewer students were taking subject tests...

Parents stand on the corner of El Camino Real and Burlingame Avenue, holding signs to advocate for the reopening of high schools.

Parents and students hold protest over continued school closures

Amelia Harris, Editor-In-Chief February 10, 2021

A group of parents and students gathered on the corners of El Camino Real at Burlingame Avenue and Broadway Avenue this afternoon to protest the ongoing high school closures. Passing cars honked in support...

The Hillsdale Caltrain station is under construction to increase accessibility.

Caltrain electrification project promises efficient and environmentally friendly rides

Sabina Barrolaza, Staff Reporter February 5, 2021

Over the last decade, the Bay Area’s population has grown substantially, leading more people to use Caltrain to commute as an efficient, traffic-free, mode of transportation. Increased ridership in the...

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...

 During the Jan. 21 board meeting, the SMUHSD discussed what campuses will look like if they were to bring students back on campus.

SMUHSD reveals new campus policies for reopening

Jacob Lubarsky, Copy Editor January 25, 2021

In their Jan. 21 board meeting, the San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD) said that they remain unsure as to when their seven high schools will return to some version of in-person learning. At...

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