The Epitaph

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 ...

HOP forced to go online

Social distancing regulations have prevented HOP commissioners from planning an in-person HOP day like in previous years.

By Karuna Chandran and Leila Salam

June 30, 2020

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, incoming freshmen will attend a virtual Homestead Orientation Program (HOP) for the first time in HHS history. HOP commissioners Olivia Lee (12) and Bobby Gorelick (11) said they plan to release a YouTube video addressing important information along with hosting a Zo...

California eases COVID-19 lockdown restrictions

Shop owners began opening up stores for curbside pickup after being closed for more than two months.

By Amber Birrell

May 23, 2020

Gov. Newsom announced that on May 8 California would begin to ease lockdown restrictions and allow certain businesses that were deemed as “not essential” to reopen, The Guardian reported. According to The New York Times California has started stage two of the four-phase reopening plan which  allows ...

Students create, sign petition against canceling graduation

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, FUHSD has resorted to celebrating the seniors through a virtual graduation.

By Anika Karody

May 4, 2020

Due to COVID-19, events such as graduation and prom have been postponed, leading to disappointment from students. As a result, FUHSD announced a virtual graduation through a districtwide email; however, some students were still not content and expressed their disappointment through the creation of petitions, in an at...

Teachers look for alternatives to traditional finals

Teachers are looking for alternatives to traditional tests as a way to measure students' mastery of course material now that courses have changed to credit/no credit.

By Karen Li

April 26, 2020

With classes moved online for the remainder of the academic year due to COVID-19 and letter grades changed to credit/no credit, teachers are figuring out how to restructure their classes to adequately measure students’ proficiency in the course material.  Typically, teachers use tests and final...

California colleges adjust admission prerequisites temporarily in light of pandemic

Colleges may rely heavily on an applicant’s extracurriculars and hobbies instead of academics, when selecting students to admit.

By Jane Park

April 25, 2020

All California universities and colleges — including UCs, state schools, community colleges and private colleges — have temporarily changed their previous grade- and test-based standards for admission due to COVID-19, according to EdSource.  Colleges are known for heavily basing their admissions on statistics, but many schools are planning to switch to test optiona...

Alumni help seniors with post high school decisions

Seniors are having to get creative in the ways that they learn about prospective universities, programs. Watching day in the life Youtube videos from current college students is one way to learn about a school.

By Leila Salam

April 21, 2020

Spurred by a request from the PTSA, alumni are reaching out to current seniors to provide information about their post high school experiences to alleviate the stress surrounding college decisions, as COVID-19 has led to the cancellation of all college orientation events and campus tours. May 1, the i...

COVID-19 impacts future city, hospital, school operations

 Several hospitals in the Bay Area have executed different practices in effort to lower the risk of patients being infected by COVID-19.

By Madhavi Karthik and Ritaja Subrahmanya

April 18, 2020

COVID-19 has led to disruptions and struggles for various facilities, from hospitals to school districts. As a result, the Bay Area community has taken several measures to ensure the welfare of its citizens.  Hospitals implement preventative measures  According to the Centers for Disease...

HHS announces it will be moving to credit/no credit for remainder of semester

HHS will be moving the final semester grading system from letter grades to a binary credit/no credit system, according to an email and a frequently asked questions document sent to students and parents on Saturday, April 11. Here are some highlights from that email.

By Naomi Baron

April 17, 2020

HHS, along with every school in the district will be moving the final semester grading system from letter grades to a binary credit/no credit system, according to an  email and a frequently asked questions document sent to students and parents on Saturday, April 11.  The decision came after much deliberation and...