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.
35 years ago, on Nov. 20, “The Play” occurred. It was a moment that changed the Cal-Stanford football rivalry forever.Stanford, on the verge of a seemingly inevitable win in a hard fought game was poised to kick off to Cal with four seconds left on the clock. In a crazy play involving five laterals, the University of California football team miraculously pulled off the win that no one saw coming, especially the Stanford band.
Due to the prevalence of cheating on campus, the school administration is looking to revise the academic honesty policy.“[The administration] is trying to make certain that [the policy] is representative of how we want to best address issues of academic integrity violations,” principal Paul Belzer said.
On Dec. 1, the San Mateo Union High School District plans to implement new websites for all schools, including Burlingame, using the new “Schoolwires” program instead of School Loop.The change is part of a district initiative to make school websites uniform because all the high schools currently use different platforms. The change is intended to make navigation across all school websites in the district much more intuitive and user-friendly.
Even before 2008, the popular and long-held tradition of the kNOw Limits event put on by the Student Impact Team will not take place this year. In addition, the Student Impact Team is no longer an active club at school. kNOw Limits was recognized by many students as a way to meet new people and get to know peers on a deeper and more personal level.
On Nov. 4, BHS students attended Homecoming 2017: Panthers Around the Globe. The event, which was held in the school gym and took place from 7:00 to 10:00 pm, was put on by the Burlingame cheer team.The event was held on the night of a victorious Little Big Game, creating an air of pride and enthusiasm among students.
At 9 p.m. on Oct. 8, many California wine country residents headed to bed, unaware of the uncontrollable and raging fires that had that would soon threaten their homes. Hours later, many of them were pulled out of their beds by firefighters and family members to evacuate the area. As of now, more than 20,000 residents from multiple towns throughout Northern California have been evacuated.
On Nov. 7, Burlingame voters will have a critical choice to make: whether or not to accept a proposed sales tax increase. Measure I consists of a quarter-cent per dollar sales tax increase. The tax does not impact purchases of medicine and groceries.
The Parents’ Group is continuing to fund a number of academic programs with its $400,000 budget. The Parents’ Group’s funds are allocated on a need basis to fund academic activities such as field trips, the school play and the band.During the 2017-2018 school year the group is to fund new projects as well as old ones. A large portion of the Parents’ Group’s budget, approximately $125,000, goes toward curriculum development and peer tutoring.
Sophie Abitbol was 17 years old when her parent’s restaurant went out of business, taking her family’s investor visa and life savings with it.
“And so we stayed because there was nothing to go back to,” Abitbol said.
The C building boys restroom has been sporadically closed for maintenance over the past few months due to repeated vandalism, according to Principal Paul Belzer.However, as repairs were carried out, the reason for the closure was never officially announced to students, leaving students speculating about the cause.
On September 30, the Burlingame High School Model UN team attended their first conference of the year at the Mills Model UN Conference. At conferences, club members are assigned specific pressing international issues and debate them from the perspective of an assigned committee or country.
This year, the district has decided to pilot Canvas, the school management system used by the California State University schools. In order to integrate the new system, a few teachers have been selected to use it for their classes this year, while the rest still rely on Schoolloop.
Unlike previous years, this year’s peer tutors are now being paid hourly for the tutoring of their fellow students.Peer tutors are available every day, with the exception of Friday, after school in the academic center to help students with their academics for free. The students being tutored will not have to pay as their hourly commission of $11.25 will come from the BHS Parent’s Group.
As the October 5th deadline for DACA renewal quickly approaches, organizations around the Bay Area are scrambling to keep current Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients under the protective wing of the program. Out of the 1,586,657 nationwide DACA approvals, 424,995 reside in California, most coming from Mexico, Guatemala, Korea, El Salvador, and the Philippines.
For the first time, the Burlingame robotics team 5026, the Iron Panthers, competed in the finals of a First Robotics Competition(FRC) event. On Sunday, September 17th, the Panthers competed in the finals of Chezy Champs, an offseason tournament held at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose. The team took home a finalist trophy, their first from an FRC event.
“Love Thy Neighbor”, a peace march organized by Burlingame advocates Lynn Ryan, Deborah Leon, and Rabbi Dan Feder, started at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. In response to the events in Charlottesville and the Patriot Prayer group rally that had been planned for earlier that day, the “Love Thy Neighbor” march went from St. Paul’s to Burlingame City Hall and drew a crowd of around 300 people.
When your team scores a touchdown the first time it touches the ball, it generally means you’re in for a good night.That was certainly the case Friday night at Burlingame High School, as the Panther football team scored 27 first-quarter points and rolled from there to a 54-0 victory over the visiting Mt. Pleasant Cardinals.
On Monday Aug 21, crowds of students gathered in the quad area to goggle at the singularly rare spectacle in the sky: a solar eclipse. Just minutes before, hordes of people had exited their classrooms for brunch, yet it was clear that this day was to differ from the norm. Clutching paper glasses akin to the 3D ones handed out at movie theaters, cardboard squares with black-tinted plastic windows, and DIY cardboard box contraptions, these students were on a mission to witness whatever inkling of the eclipse they could get.
On Tuesday, May 23, Burlingame High School hosted the third annual Film Festival. Students from the district were allowed to enter, but only students from BHS and Hillsdale entered. The festival featured four categories: Best Documentary, Best PSA, Best Music Video and Best Short Film. Each category had 6 final films. At the end of the night, the Best of Show was voted on by the audience from the finalists for each category.
On April 28th, Advanced Leadership threw the annual Buddies’ Carnival. The event as a way for freshmen to de-stress by playing carnival games, eating good food and socializing with upperclassmen. This year, leadership provided hamster balls, water slides, snow cone machines, and live music courtesy of Agustin Ortiz and Ronan McCaa.
The Iron Panthers finished off the season at the FIRST Robotics Competition World Championships in Houston, Texas on April 19-22. It was the first time the robotics team qualified and attended the World Championships and the farthest they have advanced since their founding in 2013.