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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...

Bringing mental health to the face of school shootings

Bringing mental health to the face of school shootings

By Melody Chen, Miya Liu, and William Ren

September 3, 2019

A lthough gun-related incidents have dropped from 67 to 47 occurences on U.S. school grounds up until August last year, according to the Center for Homeland Defense and Security, the debate has certainly not stopped for the district. “We have been doing a lot of talk about [school shootings] obviously,” principal Greg Giglio said. “It’s on everyo...

National bike to school day promotes healthy, safe transit

By Dexter Tatsukawa

June 5, 2019

C elebrations for National Bike to School Day swept the nation’s schools on May 8. As the name implies, the national day prompts people to get to school by bike over other forms of transportation. At Homestead, much of the event was organized by the school’s Safe Routes to School team, a parent, teacher, and student group ded...

Science Olympiad dishes on competitions

By Shruti Magesh

June 5, 2019

Science Olympiad participates in a variety of competitions throughout the year. The competitions are comprised of participation in a variety of events.   “For science olympiad, there are many different events. There’s two teams for our club. Each team has different events and basica...

FPA’s cow dissection helps members gain exposure to a possible career path

By Katelynn Ngo

June 4, 2019

Future Physicians of America held a cow eyeball dissection where members could get hands-on experience exploring and analyzing the anatomy of an eye on May 3. Around 16 members came to the event and got to dissect the cow eyeball that the FPA officer team had obtained from the science department. ...