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

Jacob Lubarsky

Jacob Lubarsky, Copy Editor

Jacob Lubarsky is a senior at Burlingame High School and a copy editor for the Burlingame B, but also works as a senior reporter and page designer. He is also an intern and columnist for the San Mateo Daily Journal. This is his third year of journalism, and it remains his favorite class In his free time, Jacob enjoys listening to classic rock; specifically, the Grateful Dead or Pink Floyd. In the future, Jacob hopes to practice law, as he has a passion for law and politics.

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At lunch, students remained distant while talking with friends.

Burlingame reopens its doors to students

April 2, 2021

Today Burlingame held its first day of hybrid-learning instruction, allowing some students to return to campus — marking the first time most students returned to Burlingame for instruction since...

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

Burlingame’s professional development focuses on student equity following grand jury

March 12, 2021

In October of 2020, the San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury published an in-depth report titled “Hate @ Schools — Opportunities Lost,” which argued that Burlingame did not sufficiently combat hate...

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Senioritis is becoming a new infectious disease that is on the rise as COVID-19 cases dip.

Senioritis reaches new heights with COVID-19 restrictions

March 11, 2021

While COVID-19 cases begin to decline across California, a seasonal disease is beginning to make waves — senioritis. It is a virus that spreads faster than any infectious disease and carries significantly...

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 During the Jan. 21 board meeting, the SMUHSD discussed what campuses will look like if they were to bring students back on campus.

SMUHSD reveals new campus policies for reopening

January 25, 2021

In their Jan. 21 board meeting, the San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD) said that they remain unsure as to when their seven high schools will return to some version of in-person learning. At...

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The San Mateo Union High School District plans to push back the date for which schools will reopen. This is in response to Gov. Gavin Newsoms stay-at-home orders, an issue San Mateo County is expected to soon follow, that will create restrictions on the ability of schools to reopen for in-person learning.

SMUHSD unsure of school reopening likelihood — state orders bring setbacks

December 16, 2020

On Thursday, Dec. 10, the San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD) held their monthly board meeting, where they were scheduled to discuss the possibility of reopening schools sometime in January,...

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Following the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Burlingame School District parent Sari McConnell created a petition to rename Burlingame Intermediate School after the late justice. The petition can be found on, where it had accumulated 804 signatures as of Dec. 2.

A parent’s push to rename Burlingame Intermediate School after Ruth Bader Ginsburg

December 2, 2020

The nation mourned when Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died this September. While many people across the nation honored her life and the strides she made for women throughout her 27 year run...

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Four ideas are proposed by the San Mateo Union High School District Board to bring students back into the classroom. All four involve an A/B system, in which only one half of the school will learn in-person, while the other half remain online at a given time.

SMUHSD Board proposes in-person learning

November 13, 2020

On Nov. 12, the San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD) held their monthly board meeting, with the topic of bringing students back to school being on the forefront of everyone’s minds.   The...

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BPA Board of Director Medina McKinney speaks about the history of the BPA in their town hall, “Unity in the Community” on Oct. 20.

SMUHSD holds town hall on racial representation among demands for diversity

October 23, 2020

On Oct. 20, the San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD) paired with the Black Parents Association (BPA) of SMUHSD to hold a virtual town hall called “Unity in the Community.” The hour-long Zoom...

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A visual graph depicting data from the gender, grade level and political views from Burlingame students in a poll taken in September.

The 2020 Presidential Election: Where do students stand?

October 16, 2020

On Sept. 22, The Burlingame B sent out an anonymous poll for students regarding the 2020 presidential election. Most questions consisted of political inquiries, such as where students lean politically,...

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A student sits at his desk, where he is learning via Zoom.

Online learning results in an elaborate new schedule for students and teachers

September 3, 2020

With online classes becoming the new norm for students and teachers, the San Mateo Union High School District (SMUHSD) administration has had to work to create an online learning environment that would...

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A list depicting several stocks and the state of their current values.

Students in the Stock Market — how the virus has impacted them

April 26, 2020

The closure of nonessential businesses across the nation during the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a stock market plunge, with the market facing some of its biggest dips in history, having hit its worst...

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BHS canceled due to coronavirus concerns

March 13, 2020

The San Mateo Union District High School decided to cancel school throughout the district due to the coronavirus pandemic. The board made the unanimous vote to cancel school and all school activities beginning...

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February 2020

Students differ on U.S. and Iran relations

February 13, 2020

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Photo caption: In Parasite, one of the leading Best Picture nominees, the poverty-stricken Kim family attempts to make a living by exploiting the wealthy Park family.

Academy Award for Best Picture 2020: Who deserves to win?

February 9, 2020

The Academy Awards will air tonight at 5 p.m. on ABC. For a last-minute briefing on who is up for Best Picture and how good the films actually are, The Burlingame B’s reporters have written a guide to...

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Bombalurina, a cat played by Taylor Swift, performs one of her several songs in the film.

“Cats”: a CATastrophic film

December 30, 2019

While other students took marvelous trips across the world, visited family and had a spectacular holiday break, I spent my time watching “Cats,” a movie based on the play of the same name. This feline-filled...

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School Plant Operator Employee Victor Delaplaine removes the swastika from a banner.

Burlingame High School target of hate-motivated vandalism

September 6, 2019

Facilities Engineer George Reyes arrived at school Thursday, Sept. 5 at 6 a.m. to discover vandalism containing anti-Semitic, homophobic and racist messages on the walls of several buildings. Reyes immediately...

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The Easton Branch Librarys front sign, located on 1800 Easton Drive.

The Grand History of Small Library- The Easton Branch Library

April 30, 2019

In 2019, one may consider libraries around the world to be useless, with information and entertainment accessible through the internet. The Easton Branch library, however, is as successful now as ever...

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A screenshot from the Lime App, with each Lime logo representing one bike in the area, showing the few bikes left in the area.

Burlingame to discontinue Lime products

April 23, 2019

Lime (formerly known as LimeBike) began to pull its rentable bicycles away from sidewalks and streets of the Bay Area last February, with many citizens unaware of its permanent leave. Over the past...

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Confused, Lucy Angkatell (sophomore Jessie Fleming) holds a lobster as she forgets as to why she needed it.

A Close Investigation on BHS’ Play, “The Hollow”

March 25, 2019

The drama department premiered its take on the murder mystery “The Hollow” on March 15, 16, and 17. The play follows members of the Angkatell family who decide to put their troubles behind them by...

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Students line up in the BHS cafeteria to receive their food.

BHS Cafeteria faces immense problems

October 28, 2018

The school cafeteria has been in two difficult situations over the past few years. The school lunches have consistently climbed, with the most recent addition of $.50 added to the lunches this school year,...

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