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October 30, 2014

Peace Week: Teacher Band -

Monday, October 20, 2014

SMHS vs. HHS Blackout Game -

Monday, October 20, 2014

Petition Against SMHS Dress Code: What’s your take? -

Friday, October 17, 2014

Legalize Medical Marijuana? -

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Boys vs. Girls: Morning Routines -

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Teachers vs Teen Slang -

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Volleyball Jumps Into Action at the Net -

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cross Country Team Profile -

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Maze Runner Review -

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Censored In All the Wrong Places -

Thursday, October 9, 2014

All About That Bass, but Trainor’s in Treble -

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Girls Tennis Team Serves up a Spectacular Start to the Season -

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Mr. Rotman: Modern World History -

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Beyoncé is Flawless -

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Club Fair 2014 -

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Ms. Yance Chavez: Parent Involvement Coordinator -

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Mr. DeJesus: Special Ed -

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Sebastian Lee: Speedy SM Stud -

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Mr. Cooley is a Cool Cat -

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Robin Williams Leaves a Legacy -

Thursday, October 9, 2014

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    SMHS vs. HHS Blackout Game

    Emma Hays (12) and Brooke Londa (12) stand patiently for their next cheer at the SMHS versus HHS football game.

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    Petition Against SMHS Dress Code: What’s your take?

    This heated debate started when a senior girl was sent home for dressing inappropriately. Ginny Yao, a junior, later began a petition on Facebook to change dress code. She is not the only one angry at the current dress code. Many believe that by sending girls home to prevent them from distracting boys, the school has put boys’ educations above girls’ educations. “People’s bodies are not a distraction,” Ginny wrote on the Facebook group, “Do not sexualize my body or shame me for wearing what I wear. I am not disrespecting my body or shame me for wearing what I…

  • Teachers vs Teen Slang

    Teachers try to guess what different words commonly used by teenagers really mean.

  • SMHS Reacts: The Gameover

    Students react to “The Gameover” rally video from 2011. You can leave your comments on the SMHSNow YouTube channel.



Club Fair 2014

Oct 9, 2014

The busy clubs and Leadership students hurriedly taped signs over tables and put last minute decorations and flyers down, as the students rushed out of their classrooms to get a glimpse of the new variety of clubs that were on show at lunch. The clubs busily passed flyers out to passing student, hoping to recruit more members.   A few of clubs that were active at Club fair were the new HBV Club, Gay- Straight Alliance, Anime Club, PC Gaming Club, and Quiz Kids, and many more. The wide range of clubs available at San Mateo High School is sure…

Natalia Diaz-Amabilis (10)

AVID Leaving Those Who Need Them Most in the Dust

Oct 9, 2014

This year, the  AVID program will assist 34,234 seniors nationwide in their graduation and college application process. These students will be ending their four-year involvement with the program diploma in hand, and smile on their face. There is absolutely no doubt that AVID is a wonderful program that guides thousands of students towards a bright future. But there is one flaw in the seemingly perfect program: they do not allow students with a GPA of 2.5 or lower, those who need the extra help the most, to be a part of it. Would graduation rates and percentage of kids going…

GSA members at one of their meetings.

We Stand United! –Join GSA

Oct 7, 2014

GSA, also known as Gay Straight Alliance, is a club for students, gay or not, to unite and discuss issues in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, Ally, and Pansexual (LGBTQQIAAP) community. It’s a safe place for everyone to discuss these issues openly without judgment. GSA has 4 missions: “to educate, to support, to be activists in the community, and to be social with others,” advisor Mr. Ortega stated. The club is all about being a community, so regardless of your sexual identity you can join the club and just be a part of the change we…



Volleyball Jumps Into Action at the Net

  This year the volleyball teams are better than ever. Lets travel back to when the volleyball tryouts were and hear how they went. When asked how the tryouts were and their predictions for the season, Lexus Kato and Alexa Carreon, freshmen, on the JV team said, “The tryouts were very good. They pushed us to do our best and I think we will be very successful this season.” Isabella Mauricio, senior, who is on the Varsity team, was asked the same questions and she said, “ The tryouts were very good and I think we will have really good…

the SMHS Cross Country team

Cross Country Team Profile

Cross country crosses San Mateo’s runner’s minds as it comes into season. Fifteen dedicated runners come together to face against the other 16 schools in the district. Both their feet and their hearts are ready to win. The first meet will be held at Westmoor High School, they will be facing 16 different schools, resulting in over 150 runners at the meet. It will be a 2.9 mile run up difficult hills and paths. The meet will be in Daly City on Thursday, September 11, 2014. Although Cross country is a great and fun sport it is “an indomitable sport,…


Girls Tennis Team Serves up a Spectacular Start to the Season

Having several productive practices and winning the first match of the league, the girls tennis team is off to a great start this season. With a large team of twenty­six players, there is a lot of talent to go around. The team consists of ten freshmen, ten sophomores, five juniors and one senior. Meeting every Monday and Wednesday for practice with two games a week, they are getting lots of practice and are improving everyday. The players are feeling supported and confident. The freshmen especially feel very welcomed as baby bearcats and the future of the team. Highest rank singles…

Sebastian Lee poses for a photo

Sebastian Lee: Speedy SM Stud

Sebastian genuinely loves cross country for many reasons, including the fact that it is very beneficial. “One of the first things I can say is that it’s healthy. I mean, you’re out there running five or six miles a day. It’s great. It’s a feel good sport, you have a great team, great running, great training, great coach, it’s a great experience,” he said proudly. Although cross country might seem like a “solo sport”, as Sebastian describes it, it does involve teamwork and encouragement. “At practices, we always push each other. When someone’s ahead of us, we always try to…