Clearing the smokescreen: a frank discussion on marijuana

San Mateo Union High School District held a discussion panel in the BHS theatre about the effects of marijuana and Proposition 64 on minors, specifically those in San Mateo County. This particular panel was focused on how Proposition 64 was going to make a difference in the way the law and teenagers in California handle marijuana use.

Posted on November 6, 2017 .

Remembering Camp Newman

The wildfires ravaging through California’s wine country have touched the whole Bay Area. For senior Ellie Feder and other Burlingame kids, the fires destroyed their beloved summer camp, Camp Newman, in Santa Rosa on Oct. 9.  

Posted on October 26, 2017 .

Two Students on SoundCloud have over 100 followers

Two seniors, Jorge Ancheta and Jack Hirschmann, began posting music on SoundCloud about four months ago and have already racked up approximately 110 followers.They started out making music just to pass the time. Since then, Ancheta and Hirschmann say they’ve been getting really good feedback, especially around the school.

Posted on October 26, 2017 .

Five Guys adds shakes

In early October, a source closely connected to the Five Guys Burgers and Fries Burlingame location reported that Five Guys will be adding milkshakes to menu in the coming months.Other Five Guys restaurants around the United States have already added milkshakes, and Burlingame is going to be the next in line to add them later this fall.

Posted on October 26, 2017 .

BHS Robotics Wins Recognition

The Burlingame robotics team, known as Team 5026 or the Iron Panthers, has recently won recognition for itself and the school by competing in the finals of an offseason FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) event, Chezy Champs, for the first time on Sept. 17 and the semi-finals of the CalGames tournament on Oct. 15.

Posted on October 26, 2017 .

Linda Stephenson, the face of the Royal Donut, is familiar to many BHS students when they walk in to buy donuts after school.“I’ve been working here for about 14 and a half years now,” Stephenson said. “I love it here. My employers are wonderful, and most of the high schoolers are good. I just have so many wonderful friendships here.”

Posted on October 26, 2017 .

Peninsula High School mandatory for students behind in credits

Peninsula Alternative High School is ditching the “alternative” component of its name due to a new policy mandating that all students falling behind in credits in San Mateo High School District schools attend the continuation school. PHS’s new status contrasts their former alternative school status, in which students were able to choose whether to attend the school, even if they were determined to be at high risk for completing an inadequate number of credits for graduation.

Posted on September 26, 2017 .

State legislature seeks to mandate later school start

On February 13, 2017, California State Senator Anthony Portantino introduced Senate Bill 328, which amends the California Education Code to require middle and high schools to start no later than 8:30. The bill, which is co-authored by Senator Richard Pan, mirrors a proposal that the San Mateo Union High School District Board voted to not pass in a four-to-one decision last spring.

Posted on September 26, 2017 .

The Iron Panther end a successful season at the World Championship

The talented Iron Panthers gather at SFO prepared for the challenging tournament in Houston, Texas.

The talented Iron Panthers gather at SFO prepared for the challenging tournament in Houston, Texas.

Created in 2013, the BHS robotics team, or the Iron Panthers, consists of driven students who are passionate about programming and engineering. Excited to show off the product of a year’s hard work, the Iron Panthers headed to Texas on Wednesday, April 19, staying through the weekend. Around 20 BHS students flew to Texas in hope of finding success at this highly competitive level. This was the first time the robotics team qualified for the World Championships and brought to an end the most successful season the club has ever seen. At the tournament, they made the ‘Roebling’ division quarterfinals, placing 43rd out of 66 teams. Overall, the team won five, tied one, and lost four of their ten matches. Erina Yamaguchi, a junior member of the Iron Panthers, was a part of the group that traveled to Texas.

Yamaguchi had an eye-opening experience at the tournament saying, “We got to strategize and help out teams from other countries including Mexico, China, Canada, Israel, and Turkey.” The interactions with students from other countries taught the Panthers communicative skills and helped them improve their strategies.

During the tournament, the teams scored points if their robots could successfully complete certain objectives. The objectives included shooting Wiffle balls and climbing onto ropes at the end of the match.

Yamaguchi clarifies that the team “made sure that the mechanism that we made and programmed did its job quickly and efficiently.” The team was able to win an impressive total of five matches with this efficient technology.

Yamaguchi adds, “We also modified our robot so it would be easier to fix during competitions.” This key strategy helped the Iron Panthers excel during the competition because any technical difficulties were to be quickly resolved.

The robotics team owes their success to the perseverance and ingenuity that took place all throughout this year. Working hard to make gradual improvements, the Iron Panthers spent the entire year building quality robots that proved to be very competitive. Yamaguchi notes, “During our local competitions, we were also ranked a lot higher, finishing in the top 20 at all of our competitions, which each had over 40 teams.”

Next year, Erina and her team members hope to recruit even more students to the club. Yamaguchi takes pride in the club, saying that it is an “amazing club where students can learn about programming, engineering, how to write grants, set up fundraisers, and many more skills.” Yamaguchi and her team members encourage driven and passionate people to join the club next year.

Posted on May 23, 2017 .

Prom a hit among students despite hotel venue

The chatter and excitement filled the air as the days drew closer to April 22 for one of the most highly anticipated events of the year: prom. Dressed in style, seniors and juniors headed off to San Francisco’s Hotel Nikko in the evening to dance to the theme “As the Lights Go Down in the City.”

Posted on May 8, 2017 .

Sojourn to the past- students experience history

Over spring break, Burlingame High School students Eileen Kohli and Jackson Gravagno embarked upon the Sojourn to the Past trip, a journey that takes students to see civil rights monuments and meet civil rights leaders. The trip begins in Atlanta, Georgia and moves through Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

Posted on May 5, 2017 .

Marci Bowers: the pioneer surgeon next door

Dr. Marci Bowers is a pelvic and gynecologic surgeon who has performed 1600 gender reassignment surgeries, 400 hysterectomies, and thousands of other surgeries throughout her decades-long career. She is world renowned for pioneering gender reassignment surgery and is one of few physicians worldwide who perform the surgical reversal of female genital mutilation (FGM) free of cost.

Posted on May 1, 2017 .

Is television really in a “Golden Age”?

The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, House of Cards—all of these shows have millions of followers and have influenced our culture at BHS immensely. The television industry as a whole is experiencing a multitude of successful shows and the birth of a new competitive market where certain TV shows are achieving levels of success that shows in previous years have never seen before.

Posted on May 1, 2017 .

Giving a voice to LGBTQ+ students

Today, April 21, is the Day of Silence, so named because students vow to remain silent throughout the day in solidarity with LGBTQ+ students bullied into silence. As this day approaches, students across the country reflect on whether LGBTQ+ students have a voice at their schools, whether the student body and administration are welcoming and respectful, and ultimately, whether these students are supported.

Posted on April 21, 2017 .