September 29, 2016

Smiles at the Club Fair -

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Joining a Club; Useful or Useless? -

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Spirit of Music Soars at SMHS -

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Trainer to Teacher Matt Labbie -

Monday, September 26, 2016

English Pro Aura Smithers -

Monday, September 26, 2016

Design Thinking Club visits Stanford D.School -

Monday, September 26, 2016

Welcoming the New Tennis Assistant Coach -

Monday, September 26, 2016

Introducing Ms. Campagnet-Reed, our New French Teacher -

Monday, September 26, 2016

SMHS Varsity Football Team is off to a Good Start -

Monday, September 26, 2016

SMHS Hires New Boys Water Polo Coach -

Monday, September 26, 2016

Tasting of Paradise -

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Migrant Crisis Facing Europe and America -

Thursday, September 22, 2016

A Look Inside SMHS Marching Band -

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Presenting the new Spanish Teacher, Ms. Lara -

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Colin Kaepernick’s Protest Causes National Outrage -

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Asilo No Concedido a Madres y Hijos -

Thursday, September 22, 2016

ELD en SMHS -

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Mr. Andruha, the new SMHS Mathematician -

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Struggle for Space -

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Why are Libraries so Important? -

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Migrant Crisis Facing Europe and America

The values of the West and the Middle East are unable to coexist in their current states.

Migrants and their effect on a nation and whether or not we should allow them into our country has been a heated issue recently. Our two most popular presidential candidates are perfect examples of this debate, with Trump arguing that we should not allow any migrants into the country, and according to Politifact, Hillary thinks that we should “increase the number of migrants that we take in from 10,000 to 65,000.” The latter of these two stances may create some problems for everybody. For those who don’t know, Europe has been going through what I and many others, including the…

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Colin Kaepernick’s Protest Causes National Outrage

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NFL quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick sat during the US national anthem, “Star-Spangled Banner.” The act caused a nationwide outrage. Kaepernick said to CNN, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” This statement quickly turned him into a target of the media. Famous athletes…

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The Struggle for Space

A crowded bus in the afternoon.

This year’s abnormally large freshman class has resulted in a lack of space in various aspects of life at San Mateo. Two of the most prominent ones are the shortage of lockers and the limited bus space. There have been many complaints about these two issues, particularly from those who had to squeeze three onto a seat on the bus, or students who couldn’t get a locker right away. The struggle to obtain a locker still continues now, more than a month after school has started. There are still several students who weren’t able to get one, with “approximately 30…

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Why are Libraries so Important?

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Recently, there has been a large amount of funds cut from library budget at public schools around the Bay Area. “I think it’s wrong and there should be more libraries than prisons,” says Mr. David Chau, Library Assistant of the San Mateo Public Libraries on the topic of reducing library funds. Mr. Chau states that libraries are more important to fund than prisons, because “the more you read, the less likely you are to commit crimes and you can better yourself.”   Since not all libraries are funded equally, San Mateo libraries are lucky to get sufficient funding and Mr….

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Social Justice Influence on the Social Climate of College Campuses

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Are you a conservative right wing individual? Do you want your opinions to be heard and to engage in the free exchange of ideas that universities and places of higher learning are meant for? Even if those ideas are controversial? Maybe it’s just hanging the American flag on the door to your dorm. If so, it is advised to exercise caution when doing so in the light of some recent problems on college campuses involving a lack of conservative expression. In recent years the social and political climate on college campuses has changed from its original climate, one of political…

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Should Mass Surveillance Be Allowed in the US?

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  As many know, the United Kingdom has passed laws that allow public mass surveillance, or the act of watching a large group of people without their permission, entailing a huge invasion of privacy. There are many downsides to it, but it may have helped bring down crime rates, according to the UK Office for National Statistics. If the US allows mass surveillance, less crime will be committed, but there will also be immense protests against it. In the UK, laws allow public businesses to demand any customer’s private information. They can order Internet service providers to reveal search histories…

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Is Age Just a Number?

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Is Age Just a Number?   “I mean I’m 13 now, so it doesn’t really matter…” says Emily Skelton, freshman. At age 12, Emily admits to faking her age to get her own Apple ID. Despite knowing that it was illegal to fake your age online, her actions were rooted in a desire to feel more independent and listen to her own music.  Emily didn’t think that there was any chance someone could be caught faking their age, saying to herself, “I mean, how do they know?”   Even as a freshman, I have noticed that the pressure to be…

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Letter to the Editor: Peninsula High School

Editor, I was just reading your article “SMUHSD Planning Relocations” in The Bearcat, and I wanted to share my perspective on an issue you bring up. I thought you did a great job reporting on the district’s plans for building staff and faculty housing, and some of the challenges present in relocations of current district holdings. You also bring up the reputation of Peninsula Alternative High School as part of the bigger picture; you imply that one concern is the impact that the so-called “troubled” students of PAHS may have on the community should the school be relocated. I’d like…

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To Barbie Or Not To Barbie…

That is the question.

PROS When you think of childhood toys for girls, Barbie dolls are one of the first to come to mind. You know what I’m talking about. The blonde, blue-eyed, slim doll young girls have loved ever since 1959. Throughout the years, Mattel has changed Barbie’s looks, occupations, and her boyfriend’s looks as well as her family members. Recently, Mattel made the biggest change to Barbie yet. In early 2016, Mattel unveiled tall, petite and curvy versions of the iconic doll. The new Barbies also had a larger range of skin tones, eye colors and even different facial features.These new dolls…

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Great Expectations

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At every age, we are expected to perform certain tasks and gain certain attributes. As you grow up, people begin to have higher expectations from you, but the problem is that nowadays, people expect too much from teens just on the verge of adulthood. The transformation from a teenager to adulthood is a tricky combination of  hormones, bodily changes, greater responsibilities, and the media. Expecting too much from teens only aggravates this unstable mix.  Teens aren’t ready to make life-changing decisions such as choosing a profession,  buying a house, or getting married, yet we are expected to know what we…

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