Changing rallies for the better

The rallies at Burlingame High School are well organized and go smoothly every year, but these rallies are not very engaging for students. Each year, students participate in the same activities during rallies, but the repetition of events gets uninteresting after a while.

Posted on December 20, 2017 .

PC Culture from a Moderate’s point of view

As students living in the Bay-Area, many of us have grown up learning to be respectful of each other, and most of us have heard in the news and in our own lives  ‘PC,’ or politically correct. Schools like UC Berkeley have appeared in the news boycotting conservative speakers in the name of being PC have led many to question PC culture as helpful or harmful

Posted on December 19, 2017 .

Binge drinking culture in the U.S.

American teenage culture is often characterized by excessive partying, beer kegs and the infamous red solo cup. Yet our country is one of few to have drinking age as high as 21. By labeling alcohol as forbidden, we also label it as dangerous and the act of drinking it, rebellious.

Posted on December 19, 2017 .

The law of conservation of problems

In the field of science, there is a fundamental law called the law of conservation. Though there are many variations of this law, for instance, conservation of energy and conservation of mass, their central idea is the same: things (in this case energy and mass) cannot be created or destroyed within a system.

Posted on December 19, 2017 .

Student leaders are spread too thinly

Sophomore Olivia McCaa thought she was to perform solely in the background of her grade’s dance at the Little Big Game Rally in front of the entire school. She thought wrong.Two days before the rally, the sophomore skit had not yet been choreographed. After it became clear that the people in charge of it had backed out, the responsibility fell to her and some other students.

Posted on November 28, 2017 .

The closing our political divide relies on education

Horace Mann, whig politician and a 19th century member of Massachusetts state legislature, is credited in history for being the forefather of modern day public education. Mann famously characterized education as “our only political safety.” Mann’s assertion is rooted in the commonly held belief that the backbone of a functioning democracy is a well educated electorate.

Posted on November 27, 2017 .

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 .