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Fires continue to tear through California

Fires continue to tear through California

By Leila Salam and Dexter Tatsukawa

December 18, 2019

W hether direct or indirect, the fires in California have had a number of effects on the state’s residents. This has not gone unnoticed by the district, which has had to contend with these difficulties. For example, PG&E’s power cuts were a situation that was of great concern for school admin...

New club application gets rid of rubric, signatures, presentations

New club application gets rid of rubric, signatures, presentations

By Katelynn Ngo

December 10, 2019

Clubs offer students paths through which they can explore new experiences and find their passions. In an attempt to make opening new paths easier and give students more options, the club application process has been streamlined for ease of use. New additions to the process include a checklist, rat...

Cubing competition allows students to test skills

Cubing competition allows students to test skills

By Allen Zhang

November 19, 2019

Cubing Club held its first competition, allowing students to experience a competitive atmosphere and to test their cubing skills against others.  During the competition, held on Nov. 8 after school, participants attempted to solve a mixed-up Rubik’s Cube in the shortest amount of time. For a typica...

Boba with Berman informs students about Bay Area issues

Boba with Berman informs students about Bay Area issues

By Jane Park

November 5, 2019

Assemblymember Marc Berman hosted the first Boba with Berman Youth Town Hall last Wednesday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the FHS cafeteria, where high school students had the opportunity to enjoy free boba and provide input on local issues.  Berman discussed issues relevant to the Bay Area, such as clean ...

Turf fields pose potential health risks

Turf fields pose potential health risks

By Katelynn Ngo, Shreya Partha, and Sahil Venkatesan

September 27, 2019

Artificial grass, commonly known as turf, has become a staple for at least 5,500 high school fields across the nation, according to the Synthetic Turf Council, and is what athletes regularly play and practice on.  However, research has found a link between playing on turf fields and developing h...

Changes made in leadership meant to improve reachability toward student body

Changes made in leadership meant to improve reachability toward student body

By Katelynn Ngo

September 26, 2019

Leadership has decided to implement new changes this year, to be put into place immediately.  Last year, students in leadership were randomly assigned to committees, in which they were required to create two events a semester. ASB president and senior Lior Kishinevsky said he decided this system ...

Former student arrested with loaded weapon

By Miya Liu, with additional reporting by Saanvi Thakur, Shreya Partha and Elaine Huang

September 24, 2019

FUHSD staff, parents and students received an email on Sept. 19 stating that a current HHS student had received threatening messages on social media from a student at San Jose State University. The messages, however, did not mention any names or locations, and there was no specific threat to HHS or its...

Guidance Student Services first of many future construction projects

Guidance Student Services first of many future construction projects

By Jacqueline Beaufore, Emily Choi, Shruti Magesh, and Saanvi Thakur

September 12, 2019

With the construction of the I-Hub — a center with 10 classrooms for engineering, business, art and computer programming classes — now complete, a new construction project near the original D-building has commenced. The new project will be the Guidance Student Services building (GSS), which will house the...

Roundup more than ‘one stop shop’

By Jackson Faria, Karen Li, Sara Shohoud, Dexter Tatsukawa, and Jack Xu

September 9, 2019

Students trickle into the line clogging the entrance to the Student Center, waiting to receive supplies for the year. The event, Roundup, took place from Aug. 12-13 and served as a chance for students to receive their schedules, buy an ASB sticker, take yearbook photos and meet up with friends. As...

Guidance department prepares students for college

Guidance department prepares students for college

By Elaine Huang, Jane Park, Leila Salam, Renee Wang, and Allen Zhang

September 9, 2019

Students are well aware of the pressures in Silicon Valley surrounding college acceptances. According to the district website, HHS has a 93 percent college-going rate. This puts Homestead well above the state average of 84 percent, according to EdSource. With a 598:1 student-to-counselor ratio, acc...

Alumni speak on college application process, life after high school

Alumni speak on college application process, life after high school

By Leila Salam and Sara Shohoud

September 9, 2019

On Thursday, Aug. 29, the college a panel of six alumni spoke on the college application process at an event hosted by the PTSA. Held in the auditorium to a packed audience of parents and students, the panel of graduates from as recent as last year to as far back as 2015 clarified uncertainties about t...