The Epitaph

Library opens for on-campus pickup

Place a hold on grab bags to discover new favorites!

By Miya Liu

October 23, 2020

To encourage students to read during virtual learning, Verna Grant, the new library media teacher, and Shannon Vakili, the library media specialist, have created a system to pick up library books from school by requesting them through the library website.  Students can place holds on up to five bo...

ASB, PTSA join forces to create Homestead Food Pantry

The Homestead Food Pantry distributed care packages including food and other necessities to 120 families on Oct. 14.

By Ritaja Subrahmanya

October 21, 2020

Despite COVID-19, the Homestead Food Pantry, a partnership between ASB and the Homestead PTSA, held  their first food drive on Sept. 30. The group started planning the service in mid September, IDC Representative Martin Wu said in a Zoom interview.  “This year the organization that we [usually] pa...

What needs to happen before school can reopen?

What needs to happen before school can reopen?

By Shreya Partha and Alyssa Zimmerman

October 8, 2020

Specific requirements must be met if school is to reopen. This video covers these requirements as well as necessary regulations. ...

Staff work together to improve equity

Staff work together to improve equity

By Nika Bondar, Madhavi Karthik, and Erin Loh

October 2, 2020

The murder of George Floyd on May 25 generated waves of self assessment that impacted every community in the United States, including HHS.  Teachers are now required to attend seminars and re-evaluate their standard teaching practices through the lens of antiracism, Principal Greg Giglio said. The new me...

FUHSD reaches agreement to keep schools closed

While thoughts on returning to in-person instruction are mixed, there remains a hesitation to reopen schools in the FUHSD due to the potential health and safety risks of all stakeholders.

By Joshua Cantwell Nahrung, Shreya Partha, and Allen Zhang

October 2, 2020

During the pandemic, schools, districts and government officials have been tasked with figuring out the logistics of reopening schools so that in the future, it is both safe and reasonable for students and faculty to return to campus. There are many aspects school officials must consider before sch...

Creating connections during remote learning

Creating connections during remote learning

By Amber Birrell, Riley Dalton, and Christine Kim

October 1, 2020

Advisory is a new addition to everyone's schedule during remote learning. It is a time for students to connect with their teachers and peers to form a deeper relationship beyond faces on a screen. This is accomplished through icebreakers and discussions surrounding important issues, principal Greg Giglio s...

First virtual rally broadcasted to enhance school spirit

First virtual rally broadcasted to enhance school spirit

By Naomi Baron, Lia Klebanov, Mae Richardson, and Ariana Tejeda Moreno

September 28, 2020

As distance learning continues, ASB is working to keep the Mustang spirit alive through virtual rallies.  The first rally of the school year took place September 16 during the advisory period through a YouTube live stream. Despite the move to distance learning, ASB was excited to continue hosting rallies,...

Wildly popular TikTok app faces potential ban

TikTok is known for its whirlwind of viral challenges, trending dances and humorous comedy skits.

By Macy Li

August 19, 2020

Over the past few years, teens from all across the world have fallen in love with TikTok, an app that has redefined internet culture and social interaction among Generation Z.  TikTok is known for its whirlwind of viral challenges, trending dances and humorous comedy skits. It has also become a popula...

Students, staff say goodbye to five retiring staff members

Students, staff say goodbye to five retiring staff members

By Miya Liu and Leila Salam

July 17, 2020

Five valuable staff members - Susan Wilson, Mary Jo Gunderson, Steve Schmidt, Mary Lund and Nina Swendig - retired at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Each of them uniquely contributed to the HHS community and will continue to share their gifts in retirement. Susan Wilson English teacher Susan Wilson is retiring...

HHS welcomes new dean, two new assistant principals

Teri Hannigan and Anthony Nguyen are the newest additions to the Mustang staff.

By Naomi Baron

July 15, 2020

With the new school year approaching, HHS welcomes one new dean, Anthony Nguyen, and two new assistant principals, Terri Hannigan and Geoff Wright, to the administration team. Anthony Nguyen Anthony Ngyuen will be the new dean of students for students with last names A-Li. He joins HHS from Mou...

California senate passes Affirmative Action bill

Affirmative Action bill will be placed on Nov. 3 ballot.

By Naomi Baron

July 5, 2020

After 24 years of Affirmative Action being banned in California public colleges and universities, the University of California’s Board of Regents unanimously voted to repeal Proposition 209 — which banned schools from considering race, gender and ethnicity in college admissions — on June 15. The amendment w...

The new war: equality for all

 On June 5, crowds gathered in Los Altos to protest the killing of George Floyd. HHS students, including Indhu Chandra, were in attendance.

By Karuna Chandran, Ritaja Subrahmanya

June 30, 2020

To protest the killing of George Floyd, HHS students, including rising junior Indhu Chandra, attended a gathering in Los Altos on June 5. “I think it’s good that people are making this [movement for racial equality] important now,” Chandra said in a Zoom interview. “This has been going on for ...