The Student News Site of Burlingame High School

The Burlingame B

The Student News Site of Burlingame High School

The Burlingame B

The Student News Site of Burlingame High School

The Burlingame B

Elise Spenner

Elise Spenner, Managing Editor

Elise Spenner is a junior at Burlingame High School and a third-year journalism student. She is so excited to be this year's managing editor. When she's not reporting on investigative pieces, you can find her leading the Mock Trial club, writing about the Supreme Court, or working on political campaigns. She's a big fan of sports (especially soccer, cross country, and track), watching Netflix, and drinking hot chocolate.

All content by Elise Spenner
Junior and No. 1 singles player Mila Mulready won her match easily (6-0, 6-1) against Carlmont’s top competition. Last season, she won the Peninsula Athletic League’s individual tournament.

Girls’ tennis shows potential for an energized playoff run after close season opener

September 14, 2022

I’m not quite sure what the secret to the success of the girls’ tennis team is. It could be a head coach who will drive six hours round-trip from Chico for an impromptu Saturday morning practice...

Continue Reading
Trees line Burlingames main entrance on Mar. 12, 2021. On Tuesday, graffiti was discovered in the C-Building boys’ bathroom.

Racist, Anti-Semitic graffiti discovered on campus

August 31, 2022


Continue Reading
Although the mask mandate will remain in place until the end of May, summer school sessions will operate according to the policy of the California Department of Health in June.

District keeps mask mandate through school year, to align with CDPH in June

May 5, 2022

The San Mateo Union High School District Board of Trustees voted 4-1 on the evening of May 5 to keep its indoor mask mandate in place for the remainder of the school year. On June 1, in advance of summer...

Continue Reading
Students at Burlingame will be required to wear masks at least through April 21.

Board keeps mask mandate, to reconsider in late April

March 13, 2022

The San Mateo Union High School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously on the night of Thursday, March 10 to keep the indoor mask mandate in place for all campuses. In doing so, the trustees rejected...

Continue Reading
Leaver chats with Matthew Gallegos, a social science teacher at Peninsula. Both Leaver and Sacdalan spoke to the support and kindness of staff.

Peninsula High School: navigating inequity

February 24, 2022

My conversation with Peninsula High School guidance counselor Elaine Llaguno and wellness counselor Lara Montoya took place in a counselor’s office at Burlingame. Even though the room is surrounded by...

Continue Reading
The new Peninsula campus sits near the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in Burlingame. The location aims to offer a more accessible campus for students.

Peninsula High School: “a Lego-built school”

February 23, 2022

The new Peninsula campus sits near the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in Burlingame. The location aims to offer a more accessible campus for students.

The students at Peninsula moved into their new school, located in Burlingame, in March 2021. The one-acre campus has 10 classrooms.

Peninsula High School: speaking out against neglect

February 22, 2022

On Sept. 20, 2021, the San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Peninsula High School to celebrate the opening of a state-of-the-art facility for the continuation...

Continue Reading
Draft 102 divides the map according to feeder school districts in an attempt to keep neighborhoods grouped together.

Board hears update on student performance, weighs redistricting maps at recent meeting

February 20, 2022

Yancy Hawkins, the San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD) Chief Business Officer, presented extensive data on the results of the Panoramic survey and other metrics to gauge student performance at...

Continue Reading
Teachers, parents, administrators and SMUHSD Board members attended the Unity in the Community Town Hall on Jan. 11 to share and hear perspectives on social justice, equity and representation for Black students.

Unity in the Community Town Hall presents Capuchino mural, touches on social justice and hate speech in the district

January 16, 2022

On Tuesday, Jan. 11, the Black Parents Association held the second Unity in the Community Virtual Town Hall of the school year, with presentations from Black Student Union (BSU) leaders across the San...

Continue Reading
Model UN club members discuss Bear MUN in a meeting on Oct. 26.

[Photo] In conversation with Model UN co-president Alex Kelly

December 17, 2021

Model UN club members discuss Bear MUN in a meeting on Oct. 26.

The majority of the Educator Block Grant will be spent on an in-house induction program intended to support new teachers in the District and school climate initiatives related to anti-bias and improving culture.

Educator Effectiveness Block Grant for professional development aims to support induction program, school climate initiatives

December 5, 2021

Over the next five years, the San Mateo Union High School District will invest more than $2.2 million in professional development through the Educator Effectiveness Block Grant, with an emphasis on supporting...

Continue Reading
Burlingame runners Evan Kim and Lucas Keeley, both from the boys’ varsity team, competed at CCS against 13 other schools.

[Photo] Cross country wraps up season at CCS

November 23, 2021

Burlingame runners Evan Kim and Lucas Keeley, both from the boys’ varsity team, competed at CCS against 13 other schools.

The Student COVID-19 Vaccination or Testing Requirement for Participation in Extracurricular Activities will cover events with large numbers of participants, like school dances, but spectators at extracurriculars will not have to show proof of vaccination or a negative test.

Board unanimously approves extracurricular testing policy and hears student perspectives at recent meeting

November 1, 2021

Testing Policy: After months of deliberation, the San Mateo Union High School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved a COVID-19 testing policy for extracurricular activities on Thursday night. The...

Continue Reading
Despite two Board meetings largely devoted to public comment and deliberation over an extracurricular vaccine and testing mandate, the trustees have yet to reach an agreement. As of Sept. 26, 86% of students in the district were vaccinated for COVID-19.

Board of Trustees punts again on a vaccine and testing mandate for extracurricular activities

September 30, 2021

The San Mateo Union High School District Board of Trustees again postponed a vote on a mandate that would require a COVID-19 vaccination or a weekly negative test for all extracurricular participants by...

Continue Reading
With 82% of students in the district vaccinated, the proposal to mandate vaccines for extracurricular activities aims to bolster COVID-19 mitigation in schools.

School board tables decision on extracurricular vaccine mandates

September 14, 2021

At the San Mateo Union High School District Board of Trustees meeting on Thursday night, the trustees delayed voting on a proposed vaccination requirement for students participating in extracurricular...

Continue Reading
Sophomore Mila Mulready, Burlingame’s No. 1 singles player, returns the ball on her way to a 6-0, 6-1 victory in the first match of the season.

Camaraderie leads girls’ tennis to first win of the season over Lick Wilmerding

September 8, 2021

Burlingame’s girls’ tennis team swiftly conquered the junior varsity and varsity teams from Lick Wilmerding High School on Aug. 31, winning all 14 singles and doubles matches.  The match signaled...

Continue Reading
Burlingame and El Camino boys start a grueling 1600-meter race. While El Camino nabbed first place, Burlingame senior Bing Lin achieved a new personal record in the event.

Track and field sprints, jumps and somersaults into a new season

April 22, 2021

When Burlingame hosted its first track meet of the season last Monday, April 19, the team’s running prowess, camaraderie, and determination were on full display — as was their startling gymnastic...

Continue Reading
The intergenerational cookbook project allows isolated populations to bond and make lasting connections, while also producing a tangible product.

Cookbook project to spark connection between generations and assist broader community

April 19, 2021

Before the pandemic, senior citizen Gertrude Stopper would go to church multiple times a week. Occasionally, she would go downstairs and have a glass of wine at the senior living facility, but when the...

Continue Reading
Juniors Annika Ganguly (left) and Molly Wachhorst (right) high five with rackets during their doubles match.

Girls tennis aces the season, on and off the court

March 19, 2021

Before each match, the girls tennis team has a routine they follow religiously. They gather in a circle — distantly. The entire team begins to clap slowly — a raucous but organized beat. Over time,...

Continue Reading
In the Easton Addition, many of the streets are named for early conquistadors and explorers who brought genocide and colonization to the Americas.

Schools and statues. Why not streets?

March 4, 2021

In my 14 years on this planet, our society has grown more aware of the people we put on pedestals, glorify in textbooks and immortalize with monuments. Slowly, we have realized that the history we celebrate...

Continue Reading
During practices, tennis players must wear masks at all times and maintain social distancing. Although these practices don’t feel normal to players, they provide both physical activity and social interaction.

Girls tennis bounces back onto the court

February 12, 2021

Tennis coach Bill Smith knows the joke. The two week shut-down announced by the district in March of last year? Well, that quickly shifted from a brief hiatus to a temporary aberration to a year-long,...

Continue Reading
This January, the second full semester of distance learning begins. While pods and conditioning practices bring a portion of students back on campus, the vast majority remain at home.

Students forge on in distance learning

January 27, 2021

When freshman Cora Haggarty pictured her freshman year at Burlingame High School (BHS), the first few months would be fast-paced and rushed, chaotic and stressful – the growing pains that come with...

Continue Reading
An altered high school classroom at Crystal Springs. At the end of October, Crystal Springs returned to a hybrid learning schedule, with students on campus for four days and off for 10.

As private schools head back to campus, education disparities widen

December 14, 2020

On Tuesday, Oct. 27, 11th and 12th graders at Crystal Springs Uplands School, commonly referred to as Crystal, walked onto campus for the first time in seven months. The same day, San Mateo County dropped...

Continue Reading
94-year-old naturalist David Attenborough takes a stand on climate change in his recent documentary, which can be viewed on Netflix.

Listen to the voice of nature, Attenborough’s new documentary warns

November 18, 2020

In a recent documentary, the voice of nature has, at long last, spoken out. It’s weathered, deep and gravelly. It’s angry, upset and frightened. But, it is simultaneously uplifting, energized and confident...

Continue Reading
The SMUHSD Board of Trustees are in the midst of an election for 2 open spots.

The SMUHSD Board of Trustees candidates: Why they matter and what matters to them

November 1, 2020

With two days until a major national election, attention and publicity has been drawn to one small corner of the ballot. But for students, parents and other constituents within the San Mateo Union High...

Continue Reading
On a Friday night, the library shines bright despite challenging times.

In a time of crisis, the Burlingame Public Library forges on

October 20, 2020

For six months, the Burlingame Public Library has been quiet. No guests peek through the windows or tug at the heavy door, waiting for the lights to turn on. No toddlers jump around in excitement for story...

Continue Reading
Joshua Knudson, Assistant Principal, brings a unique perspective to Burlingame High School.

Joshua Knudson: Much More than a Suit and a Tie

October 10, 2020

In an entertaining anecdote, Joshua Knudson, the new assistant principal at Burlingame High School, compared our bizarre situation to “The Twilight Zone.”  “I’m working at a high school, but...

Continue Reading
Load More Stories
Donate to The Burlingame B
Our Goal