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.
As the year comes to an end, many senior traditions and events are planned and beginning to take place. Seniors partake in a wide variety of activities that are both affiliated with the school and outside groups.
Juniors and seniors in history teacher Alison Liberatore’s classes were in for quite a surprise when they walked into room A112 on Monday, March 13. Liberatore is piloting a new cell phone policy called Yondr. Students place their phones in magnetic pouches at the beginning of class and lock them up, and the phones remain in their possession inside the pouches during class. At the end of class, students magnetically unlock the pouches and retrieve their phones.
In a notice sent to all students in November of this school year, Fred Wolfgramm, Burlingame’s Dean of Students, informed students of the four places students who do not posses a valid school parking permit can park. Students legally can park along the south fence near the baseball field, along the street on Carolan Avenue, in the north lot on Oak Grove Avenue, or on any of the side streets along the perimeter of the school.
Over the last several months, Burlingame has seen a rise in student use of electronic cigarettes, the most common of which is the Juul—a brand of e-cigarettes made by PAX Labs and distinguished by its intensely high nicotine content compared to competitive devices. Several incidents have occurred on campus where students were caught “Juuling” in the bathrooms and locker rooms.
The Iron Panthers have had a busy season so far, competing in the San Francisco Regional FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) from March 16-19 and the Silicon Valley Regional FRC from March 29-April 1. They placed 16th out of 41 teams during the San Francisco Regional after winning six of their ten matches and 12th out of 60 teams at the Silicon Valley Regional. The Iron Panthers have also qualified for the World Championships in Houston, Texas on April 18-21.
Senior Brandon Beswick is currently writing chapter twenty of his novel Reincarnation, which he began working on about two years ago.
Every year as the course selection process rolls around, Burlingame students struggle to decide which electives to take. There is one course on the list, however, that some students might not know is offered: AP Music Theory.
The school’s very first Young Republicans Club formed at the beginning of the spring semester. Founded by sophomores Matthew Zell and Kai Galvan, the club aims to create a healthy discussion about politics amid ongoing controversy surrounding conservatives.