Seven months after Deputy Superintendent Kirk Black announced the creation of the district’s homework committee, the Board of Trustees was presented with a summation of the committee’s findings and a draft homework policy. The committee, which was formed last fall to combat student stress and anxiety, is comprised of 23 individuals that represent each district campus and various stakeholder groups, such as the black and asian parent associations.
Health teacher Nicole Carter will be taking on a new role next year as Activities Director, supervisor of the leadership class. While she is somewhat nervous for the new role, Carter is very excited for what is to come.
The winningest coach in Burlingame’s boys’ varsity basketball history, Jeff Dowd, was rehired to lead the team next season after being released from the coaching position in 2013. “I’m excited to be back coaching at BHS and I'm grateful for Mr. Belzer and coach Phil for having faith in me and giving me this opportunity,” Dowd said.
The Burlingame and San Mateo High School choirs recently attended their annual competition in Anaheim for the Worldstrides Heritage Festival. Being the biggest event of the year for the joint choir, the competition and stakes were intense. Junior Ryan Cheng describes the event as “highly competitive.” But despite the immense pressure, the Chamber Singers of Burlingame and San Mateo received first place for their performance, maintaining their streak of placing. The Concert Choir also received Silver III for their performance.
For the second consecutive year, the Burlingame High School FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team participated in the World Championship tournament in Houston, Texas. From April 19 to April 21, the Iron Panthers competed along with 404 other teams from around the world in the 2018 FRC challenge. Every year, the FRC offers a new challenge for high school teams competing at worlds to participate in.
Due to a water shortage in Cape Town, South Africa, the popular club One Dollar For Life (ODFL) canceled its annual trip for the summer of 2018. ODFL is an organization based in Palo Alto, specializing in small-scale building projects in third world countries. The cancellation of the trip was a surprise to many students due to the club’s sustained popularity.
Randy Williams has been campus safety specialist at Burlingame High School for the past 19 years, and in the district for over 30 years. Unbeknownst to many students, however, is Williams’s unique perspective as a black resident of San Mateo County.
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.