The student news site of Carlmont High School in Belmont, California.

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The student news site of Carlmont High School in Belmont, California.

Scot Scoop News

The student news site of Carlmont High School in Belmont, California.

Scot Scoop News

Benjamin Taylor

Benjamin Taylor, Staff Writer

Benjamin Taylor (Class of 2026) is a staff writer for Scot Scoop. In his free time, he enjoys playing baseball and listening to music. He is looking forward to expanding his skills and growing as a writer


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Mindy Chiang holding up a collage she received from one of her previous classes of students. 
My most memorable gift was when the class of 2022 got together and made a book of appreciation letters that looked like our textbook. They also made me a collage with signatures throughout the frame,” Chiang said.

Teacher Appreciation Week spurs connection between students and teachers

Benjamin Taylor, Staff Writer May 10, 2024

Students give thanks to their teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week.  Each year, the first full week of May is dedicated to celebrating teachers. This year, Teacher Appreciation Week takes place...

A Carlmont student places a piece of attire into a donation bin outside of the ASB room. We get all different kinds of clothes, said Maddy Ho, a Carlmont freshman.

ASB clothing drive offers old clothes new life

Benjamin Taylor, Staff Writer April 20, 2024

Carlmont's Associated Student Body (ASB) is hosting a clothing drive in preparation for their Monty's Thrift Shop event. Students are encouraged to donate clothing into bins outside the ASB room, at...

Carlmont junior Neel Sijp launching the CAASPP testing software. “After the test, I needed to use the restroom, and I needed an escort from a teacher for test security purposes,” Sijp said. “Although I got a mental break, it would have been better without the escort.”

State testing diversifies students’ routines

Benjamin Taylor, Staff Writer March 22, 2024

State testing annually mixes up the routine of Carlmont High School students. Every year, all juniors in California must take the California Assessments of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)...

A poster for Startup Club placed in the quad. One thousand posters were put up to drive attention and encourage membership to the club after it was founded last fall.

Startup Club ignites entrepreneurial spirit

Benjamin Taylor, Staff Writer March 2, 2024

Startup Club encourages entrepreneurship at Carlmont as it offers a pathway for those interested in starting a business.  Club leaders teach different skills and ideas at their meetings, imparting...

John Rowe helps a student. I love working with young people. Theyre super fun and optimistic and have all kinds of potential, Rowe said.

Staff Profile: John Rowe prepares students for life success

Benjamin Taylor, Staff Writer February 1, 2024

Often, students graduate high school feeling unprepared to enter society in regard to crucial life skills. One teacher, however, is working to change that. John Rowe teaches Introduction to Business...

A salt marsh in front of some developments near Redwood City.

The fight against habitat destruction continues

Benjamin Taylor, Staff Writer January 24, 2024

Beneath our community, there lies a dirty secret. It’s dirt. There are 243 square miles of bay fill in the San Francisco Bay Area. Bay fill, also known as land reclamation, is the process by which...

Speed limit signs on the side of Alameda de Las Pulgas inform drivers of the legal limit. Speed limit signs can be found all across California roads, which remind drivers to maintain safe speeds.

Automated speed cameras come to California

Benjamin Taylor, Staff Writer December 11, 2023

California is introducing automated speed cameras in major cities starting in 2024.  Gavin Newsom signed a bill allowing for the trial of automated speed cameras in Oct. 2023. The trial will occur...

A firefighter ignites a prescribed fire to help maintain a strong ecosystem. Prescribed fire can be very useful in maintaining the health of an environment and in the prevention of out-of-control wildfires.

California sees significant drop in recent wildfire activity

Benjamin Taylor, Staff Writer November 16, 2023

Wildfire levels hit a lull, bringing relief to many residents.  In the past 50 years, wildfires have been burning an ever-increasing area in California due to climate change, according to a UCSB study....

The iconic Oracle Parkway complex in Redwood City opened in 1989. Oracle chose to relocate its headquarters to Austin, TX in 2020.

Bay Area office buildings remain vacant post-pandemic

Benjamin Taylor, Staff Writer November 5, 2023

Empty office buildings sit alone as office workers choose to remain home post-pandemic. In the San Francisco Bay Area, tech companies and office work reign supreme. Yet, after lockdown forced employees...

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