On Friday, April 20, sophomore Ines Escobedo led a group of students in a walk-out to speak out against the country’s current gun laws and to call for reform. “My friends and I started asking around because we wanted to participate in the walk out but we found out that no one had planned anything,” Escobedo said. “So we decided to plan it.”
Burlingame’s activists took to the streets to call for more gun control in Burlingame’s March for Our Lives on Saturday, March 24. The march was organized by Cindy Sohn and Katherine Gerster of the Burlingame Mothers’ Club. The march was in conjunction with the Burlingame Mothers’ Club. Sohn and Gerster said the march, which drew about 400 participants, began at 10 a.m. at the picnic area of Washington Park.
Today, Burlingame students participated in a nation-wide walkout, organized by Women’s March Youth Empower, to honor the victims of the Parkland shooting. Students left class at approximately 9:55 a.m. this morning and gathered at the front of the school.Beginning at 10 a.m., students who led the event honored one victim each minute, for a total of 17.
Chris Coleman was recently hired as track and field’s new head coach, replacing Daniel Haas, who resigned at the end of last season after head coaching for six years.Though this will be Coleman’s first year as BHS’ head coach, he has been a member of the track program’s coaching staff for six years, coaching sprinting and hurdling.
For the first time ever, the First Tech Challenge (FTC) division of the Burlingame Robotics team has qualified for the U.S. West Super Regionals.Also known as Team 7316, the FTC team for the Iron Panthers advanced to Super Regionals, a group of competitions held in four different regions of the U.S.
On Thursday, Feb. 15, choir directors, Shawn Reifschneider of Burlingame and San Mateo High School choir, John Collaros of Burlingame Intermediate School choir and David Song of Bowditch Middle School choir collaborated to create “The Wonderful World of Song.” This performance was inspired by the 1954 TV series, “The Wonderful World of Disney.”
Former BHS student and Hillsborough resident, Nathaniel Crosby, son of the late Bing Crosby, has been selected to captain the US golf team in the 2019 Walker Cup. Nathaniel Crosby first played golf at the Burlingame Country Club and eventually went on to play golf at BHS. After graduating from the BHS class of 79’, Crosby later won the U.S Amateur Golf Championship in 1981 at 19 years of age. He eventually made the US team in 1983 that won the Walker Cup.
Since passing Proposition 64, legalizing recreational marijuana use for those over 21 in California, there has been an increased awareness of the dangers posed by high drivers. As the state works to adapt to this recent change, there has been controversy on the correct way to deal with high drivers, especially opposed to drunk drivers.
District board trustees and schools administrators are currently discussing the possibility of creating teacher housing on district campuses. If the plan is approved, Mills High School will be the first school in the district to offer housing to its employees. First, the district needs to find money to finance construction.
Since late December, the East Coast has faced relentless cold weather. First, a bomb cyclone, which is a severe storm formed by an unusually rapid drop in barometric pressure, blanketed the coast in snow in early January. However, when the cyclone finally subsided, a polar vortex emerged, bringing even colder temperatures.
Over winter break, the administration and freshman teachers met in hopes of finding a solution to the problems that students, particularly the freshman class, have been causing in the classroom this year.“Our freshman teachers were looking for ways to better meet the academic needs for our 9th grade students,” Assistant Principal Valerie Arbizu said.
On Thursday, Jan. 11, almost a month after student election polls closed, Principal Paul Belzer announced that the 2018-2019 ASB co-presidents would be juniors Lily Navab and Evan Mahaffey. The election was deemed compromised by administrators when polls closed on Thursday, Dec. 14, the day after an unknown student leaked information to the advanced leadership class regarding who was in the lead.
After flocking to stores to buy their last minute corsages and dresses, students arrived at around 8 p.m. on Jan. 27 draped in formal attire to the Peninsula Italian Social Club for a night of dancing, conversation and a little bit of sweat.
On January 9, Design Tech High School, a charter school authorized by the San Mateo Union High School District, moved from the North, industrial side of Burlingame to the spiffy Oracle campus in Redwood Shores. The move had been in progress for years, seeing as d.tech had known since its opening in fall of 2014 that its original campus could not fit the maximum number of students.
Every December, the Students In Action Club embraces the giving spirit of the holiday season by organizing the annual toy drive.The annual drive is in collaboration with the organization Moms Against Poverty that was founded in 2008, with the mission to “nurture and educate underprivileged children to their fullest potential so that, one day, they can contribute and lead within their own communities; thus breaking the cycle of poverty.”
The Citizens Environmental Council of Burlingame is offering a paid environmental internship program for high school sophomores and juniors next semester. In a partnership with the city of Burlingame, the eight-year-old nonprofit is ramping up community outreach efforts, especially among teens.
A committee of parents is currently planning Senior Spotlight, a variety show event for the seniors that will take place on April 14 next semester. There will likely be a showing at 3:00 in the afternoon and 7:00 in the evening. Tickets will cost around $25.
On Dec. 9, the robotics team, the Iron Panthers, held a competition on campus. Sixteen teams from across northern California attended, including four teams that won World Championship titles last season.The Burlingame Qualifier lasted from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m, and the alliance composed of Team 12635 (Kuriosity Robotics) and Team 5220 (RoboKnights) won. The two teams are now guaranteed to move on to regional competitions.
After inquiries from the Burlingame B, Principal Paul Belzer has reviewed the California Education Code 46012 and has decided to bring back the former practice that allows 18-year-old students to call themselves out of class, effective immediately.
The excitement surrounding winter formal always begins early, with talk of corsages, dresses and, of course, dates. But this year, the buzz has been more focused on an unofficial possibility of this year’s winter formal becoming a ‘Sadie Hawkins’ dance; this would mean that girls would be asking boys to be their dates instead of the ‘traditional’ guy-ask-girl format.
Former vice president Al Gore brought an important message about climate change to an audience at Aragon High School on Dec. 7. Apart from having served as vice president under Bill Clinton from 1993 to 2001, Gore ran for U.S. President in 2000 but lost to George W. Bush. Gore now devotes most of his time to environmental efforts.
On Thursday, December 7th, audiences witnessed the collaboration between the San Mateo and Burlingame High School choirs in their “Season of Song” at the San Mateo Performing Arts Center. Director Shawn Reifschneider put together an incredible concert, making history for the San Mateo High School District Music Department by directing Franz Schubert’s Mass Number 2, being the first major choral work done by the music department.