Why Kids Should Read The Catcher in the Rye

Every sophomore student at Burlingame High School in the Advanced Standing (AS) English classes reads “The Catcher in the Rye” as their first book of the year. Many people around the world also will or have read it. The book, although popular across the country, is still widely criticized.

Posted on October 26, 2017 .

Why Doesn’t BHS Offer Honors Classes?

Advanced Placement classes, also known as AP classes, were created by the College Board as a means to offer college-level curriculum and college credit to high school students. Here at Burlingame, it is very popular to take these courses, and starting junior year, students have the freedom to take as many AP classes as they please.

Posted on October 26, 2017 .

The five-cent fork policy needs to go

For over eight years, the Burlingame High School cafeteria has been charging students who do not purchase anything 5 cents for utensils. While it may seem insignificant, that 5 cents can ultimately determine whether a student eats a lunch, or is forced to endure three periods of testing and lecturing on an empty stomach.

Posted on October 26, 2017 .

Stand up

Over 1.1 million Americans have died in the line of duty fighting to defend the United States, the freedom its citizens have, and yes, the flag.The first six weeks of the National Football League season have seen players from almost every team kneel during the playing of the national anthem, a protest popularized by Colin Kapernick, the former starting quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers,

Posted on October 26, 2017 .

Harvey is an anticipated disaster

There was a time around fourth grade when I became enamored with environmentalists, naturalists, and ecologists. The most joy I ever got out of school at that point was Outdoor Education at Jones Gulch. Our humble campus was dotted with green recycling bins and decorated with the now annoyingly simple mantra, “reduce, reuse, and recycle.”

Posted on September 26, 2017 .

Why we need to preserve our natural spaces

After months of consideration, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke submitted a proposal to President Trump on August 18, 2017 with the goal of shrinking the size of several national monuments. The decision to slice-and-dice the protections on these lands comes at a time of great conflict between local ranchers and developers eager to make a profit, Native Americans...

Posted on September 26, 2017 .

The Pressures of Social Media

Social media has become an influential presence in everyone’s lives, especially among teens. Students at BHS use social media to share noteworthy moments of their high school years, usually on Instagram, Facebook, or other social platforms. Since social media has risen in popularity in the last few years, there has been both good and bad feelings surrounding it.

Posted on May 1, 2017 .

Are AP classes worth your time?

The increase in students taking AP classes and tests sparks the question of whether or not they are worth the time devotion, as well as if they truly prepare students for college level courses. Burlingame High School offers around 17 AP classes each year, but other schools may offer more or less.

Posted on April 21, 2017 .

Fundraisers achieve varying levels of success

There are many great fundraisers and drives for important causes at Burlingame High School, but more often than not there is a large disconnect between the fundraiser and the student body. The “problem” consists of many different factors such as poor promotion of these fundraisers, an abundance of fundraisers and donation to these fundraisers being too difficult to attract the average student.

Posted on April 21, 2017 .

What Teens are Reading and Why

Any major bookworm knows that thrift store bookshelves can be an excellent resource for rare tomes. Yet the real stunners are often hidden like buried treasure beneath piles of bestsellers and Teen Young Adult (YA) novels from the last decade. As sub-genres such as dystopian fiction begin to trend or go out of style, the cycle of shoddy second-hand books continues.

Posted on March 23, 2017 .

Diversity is more than a number

Last summer, as a rising junior, the college admissions game caught up with me. A walk with friends on a cloudless day turned into an odd mixture of college counseling and ranting until we began discussing “hooks,” appealing traits that supposedly set a student apart from colossal applicant pools. The “underrepresented minority” hook is the most popular. It was through this lens that I finally revealed my heritage to my friends, a revelation that garnered shocked and borderline envious responses.

Posted on March 21, 2017 .

The danger of “I like what I know and know what I like”

Before the advent of smartphones and computers, people obtained news by radio and the newspaper. Nowadays, modern technologies, such as smartphones, have revolutionized the news industry, and greatly impacted how news readers obtain their news. More importantly, and concerningly, with these new sources, people now have little to no control over what news actually gets to them.

Posted on March 21, 2017 .

Should BHS add more books by African-American authors to its curriculum?

Currently, Burlingame High School students learn about African-American literature in both History and English classes. Despite this, we still face challenges as individuals and as a society in being capable of adopting the perspective of others. In order to progress as a society, we need to move past these challenges, and one way to accomplish this is through literature.

Posted on February 27, 2017 .

An Introduction to Cultural Appropriation

In the wake of our new presidential administration’s latest executive orders such as the Immigration Ban and the unblocking of the Dakota Access Pipeline, it is imperative that every individual work on developing an ethic of respect and shared learning for different ethnic minorities. A familiar battle cry of protesters and opponents of the Trump regime is “love trumps hate.” Let’s cultivate this environment of love and acceptance by eradicating cultural appropriation and racism from our community.

Posted on February 24, 2017 .