The Epitaph

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

The former site of the D building was demolished over the summer and work on the new GSS building has commenced. Construction is expected to be completed in October 2020.

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

HHS’ student to counselor ratio is above average nationally but lower in California.

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

The panelists discussed the ins and outs of the college application process.

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

District to implement Sandy Hook Promise app in lieu of nationwide school shooting.

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. ...

Youth takes charge against climate change

By Saanvi Thakur

June 4, 2019

Humanity has ten years left to prevent the worst of climate change, according to the United Nations. For the past five years, the debate about a federal bill regarding climate change has been discussed but never implemented. Now the youth of America has taken climate change into their own hands. Here ...

Science Olympiad strategies to success

By Shruti Magesh

June 4, 2019

Science olympiad has a variety of factors that contributed to their success in competitions. Some of these factors included organization and effective organization strategies. Science olympiad encompasses a lot of group work, so communication is an important aspect to achieving success during ...

Retraction for print article, “Cheating scandals tear through campus” in Issue 8

May 30, 2019

The Epitaph would like to issue a retraction for a statement made in a recent article published in Issue 8, “Cheating scandals tear through campus.” In the article, the authors mentioned a junior who was rescinded from Brown University as a result of their involvement in the cheating scandals. Th...