Could it Happen Here?

In early October, a series of fires swept through the Wine Country; aided by strong winds and arid conditions. Thousands of acres of land were scorched by these fires that burned through everything in their paths. When such an event happens only an hour or so away from Burlingame, those who live near can only wonder whether or not such an event could ever happen here, and what they can do to help prevent it.

Posted on December 20, 2017 .

A Robotics Recap

So far, 2017 has been a great year for the Iron Panthers, Burlingame’s robotics team. In this semester alone, the “student-built, student-run” team has beaten a world champion team sponsored by NASA, competed in semifinals and finals, and even won a tournament by a huge margin on Nov. 19.

Posted on December 20, 2017 .

New district committee investigates homework

As part of a multi-year initiative to combat student stress, the San Mateo Union High School District Board of Trustees has established a committee with the primary goal of reviewing the district’s homework policies with the possibility of recommending district-wide guidelines. The committee is comprised of administrators, teachers, parents and students who will come together four to six times over the 2017/2018 school year while continually updating the Trustees on their findings.

Posted on December 19, 2017 .

Alumni in the community give back

Four successful alumni who remain in the Bay Area have given back to the school by speaking to Mr. Karshan’s speech class or have hosted field trips at their places of work. Their stories shows that there are many paths to a career after high school.

Posted on December 19, 2017 .

Proven Student Improvement with Meditation

All students feel the immense stress of school. There are tests, homework assignments, extracurricular activities, projects, college applications and more. But how can this stress be managed? Teachers often dump all of this on students without real solutions to them. However, Spanish teacher Sr. Martinez works to help students manage their stress with his weekly meditation classes.

Posted on December 13, 2017 .

Burlingame students are breaking this California driving rule every day

Walking past school after the final bell, it is common to see cars full of students and their friends driving off campus, blasting music, and heading home after a long day. Whether they know it or not, these students are breaking a basic California driving law. California is one of the few states that imposes a restriction on all minors’ driver’s licenses that restricts their ability to drive around friends and younger family members.

Posted on December 7, 2017 .

Six students honor veterans through Band of the West

The Band of the West is the only sea cadet band in the United States. Six Burlingame High students play with the band: Lilli Hirth, Madison Kong, Verona Teo, Vanessa Teo, Ella Tarara, and Madelyn Tarara.Band of the West is a unit of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, which is a youth program sponsored by the Navy that teaches “leadership, musicianship, basic seamanship, courage, self-reliance, and discipline,” according to the band’s official website.

Posted on November 26, 2017 .

A need for an academic testing calendar

The problem of test overlap has become a serious concern for students, and the implementation of a more regulated test schedule is a necessity.The United States Department of Education has declared boundaries for teachers to abide by when assigning and creating tests. Some of the testing regulations include limiting the amount of tests students take to maximize learning time, accurately track the progress of students and equally represent a student’s needs.

Posted on November 26, 2017 .

College Board’s monopoly takes advantage of students

The College Board has adopted an indispensable role in high schools and the college application process.For many Burlingame High School students, the month of May is a frenzied cycle of crash courses, practices tests and the AP exams. The College Board regulates these AP exams and also controls the SAT and SAT subject tests that are required from each student who wishes to apply to college.

Posted on November 26, 2017 .

Hallmark Park and the heat, “a recipe for disaster”

On Tuesday, Oct. 24, sophomore Brendan Creeks spent the last hundred yards of his cross country race stumbling and crawling to the finish, barely getting one hand across the line before race officials had to carry him off the course. He earned first place, finishing just three seconds before the next runner, before completely collapsing.

Posted on November 26, 2017 .

Model UN excels in this year's Stanford Conference

Burlingame’s Model United Nations club participated in this year’s Stanford Model UN Conference on the weekend of Nov. 10 to Nov. 12, which draws students from all over the country. Burlingame had six participants in the conference: three seniors, one junior, and two sophomores, all participating in different types of committees.

Posted on November 26, 2017 .