Homestead High School's student newspaper

The Epitaph

Homestead High School's student newspaper

The Epitaph

Homestead High School's student newspaper

The Epitaph

Taking a break from activities is necessary to improve mental health because it allows time for rest and relaxation, reduces stress levels and allows for a clearer mind.

Rethink the grind

By Naaga Senthil April 28, 2024

It is easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of activities, assignments and assessments. We as students constantly strive to check off tasks on our never-ending to-do lists. However, it is crucial to pause...

 Senior Kaz Nakao studies AP chemistry to succeed on the AP test.

AP test prep in full swing: how students strive for success

By Nathan Gu May 17, 2023

The timer rings to mark the end of finals for AP chemistry students and the heavy thoughts of pushing through finals dissipate. Students are excited to enjoy the rest of Friday with friends, but looming...

Francesca Pastizzo and French teacher Ms. Ronsheimer gather in the dance room on the first Monday of the month to have a quick, relaxing yoga session.

A mental stretch

By Helen Tam February 7, 2023

School can seem overwhelming, especially around now, with course selection, ap tests approaching and more, many students have a lot on their plate. But members of the yoga club know there is a place for...

Students who are not fee waiver eligible are forced to pay money to every college they apply to.

The endless rabbit hole of stress and debt

By Gabriela Salazar December 17, 2022

By October, many students in their final year of high school diligently organize their personal list of colleges they plan to attend, finalizing their portfolios and resumes. Students rush into the college...

STRESSFUL STUDENT EXPECTATIONS: Teenagers are faced with unrealistic standards when choosing a career path.

Career culture adds unnecessary stress

By Veronica Zhao October 29, 2022

Instead of enjoying their fleeting childhood, teens are now faced with an impending reality--choosing a career. According to Counseling Today, career choice is a significant stressor during the development...

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What matters in the long end

By Christine Kim December 10, 2021

We live on a floating rock. This concept, although not quite applicable to all problems, is a refreshing reminder to step back and realize what actually matters in the grand scheme of things. Life is so...

Juggling schoolwork and ones social life is something students are trying to master.

Students regain confidence in their academic life

By Chloe Wong November 4, 2021

As the wave of tests and homeworks starts to steadily steam in, time management is a crucial building block to uphold the refuge that will withstand the trials of the year. With grades and class expectations...

The YPPI mental health team met with school based therapist Jenna Starnes to discuss tips for mental wellness while in school.

Sunnyvale Youth Public Policy Institute raises awareness about mental health

By Ritaja Subrahmanya December 9, 2020

Despite setbacks due to COVID-19, the Sunnyvale youth group, Youth Public Policy Institution (YPPI), an advocate for more mental health resources in schools, continues to spread awareness about mental...

History teacher Andrea Yee plays with her kids in the extra time given by distance learning.

‘You can’t keep everyone else warm by setting yourself on fire’

With the sudden and dramatic shift from in-person to remote learning, teachers have risen to the challenge and quickly adapted to online learning. However, issues arise for teachers who are also parents,...

The brain can do amazing things, but keep in mind that the brain is as strong as you are when it comes to stress.

Home life, online school only pile on to preexisting stress

By Yukari E. Zapata June 15, 2020

For many students, attending school is an anxiety- and stress-filled experience that gets more difficult as assignments and work start piling up.  However, once schools shut down, one main concern was...

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