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.
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.
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.
The holidays are not the only time to give back to the community. In fact, many local food businesses donate their extra food at the end of the day to charities all year long. The Samaritan House is a popular charity of choice for businesses such as Safeway, The Cakery and Kara’s Cupcakes.
The following is an interview with Mr. Migdow, long-term substitute for Ms. Berglund.
Football and basketball games are staples of Burlingame culture. At the peak of the fall and winter sports seasons, a student’s typical Friday night usually consists of cheering on the players and following the games.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Psychology is a long-established class, but this is the first year students are doing semester-long 20% Time Projects which are in-depth research projects about any psychology-related topic. The idea is that students spend 20% of their time in the class on the project.
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.
At a competitive school in the shadow of Silicon Valley and elite universities, there are many times when studying alone doesn’t cut it. In these times of need, students buy and sell Adderall out of pocket to keep up with the intensifying national trends of competitive college admissions.
On Jan. 1, 2018, the state of California will begin to give out permits for dispensaries to sell marijuana to people over 21 years of age for recreational use, in line with Proposition 64.California citizens over 18 years old can still obtain medical marijuana cards from a doctor, a policy which is unchanged by the passing of Prop. 64.
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.
The Animal Rights club will be screening the movie “101 Dalmatians” on Dec. 8 in the alumni room in order to raise awareness for their cause.The movie tells the story of a litter of dalmatian puppies who are kidnapped by the villainous Cruella de Vil, who wants to use their fur to make into coats.
Despite belief that students’ privacy at school is protected by the 4th Amendment, students at school have few to no rights guaranteed by the 4th Amendment according to state, district and school policy.
One of the most anticipated parts of the Little Big Game is the halftime show. Both schools work for months to put on an amazing halftime show for those in the stands. Burlingame’s cheer team and band both performed first, followed by San Mateo’s cheer, dance, flag teams and band.