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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

Lindsay Augustine

Lindsay Augustine, Highlander Managing Editor

Lindsay is a senior who has worked on Scot Scoop, Scot Center, and Highlander as a staff member and editor. She loves journalism because she has seen articles convince Carlmont to change its policies, making a change for the better. This summer she went to New York to work with the School of the New York Times and Columbia University on her journalism skills. Outside of journalism, she is involved in Girl Scouts, theater, Junior State of America, Key Club, and Site Council. Visit her portfolio here.

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Foxs stuffed foxes can be found scattered around her class or on her desk. She gives them to students on test days to help them destress.

Staff Profile: The Spain-tastic Ms. Fox

December 25, 2022

It’s been a long time since I’ve walked into Madeleine Fox’s class, nestled far up on campus in the U building. I would make the trek before 8:00 a.m. every morning - Fox wasn’t lying when she...

Only four presidents have chosen to swear in on a text other than the Bible; there is a lack of separation between religion and the government.

Opinion: America needs to believe in its non-believers

November 17, 2022

As you read this article, states are counting votes for the recent midterm elections. Across the United States, citizens are exercising their right to vote, choosing candidates they view as trustworthy,...

A class of Barnard students walks across campus in 1913.

Same-sex, new meaning

November 11, 2022

A student gets help from an administrative assistant in the counselors office.

[Photo] Opinion: California students deserve better mental health services

October 18, 2022

A student gets help from an administrative assistant in the counselor's office.

Greer Stone looks for a slideshow for his AP Government class, his signature pumpkin spice latte sign displayed on his desk.

Staff Profile: Greer Stone teaches a new definition of success

September 27, 2022

Dodging trees and hordes of people as they walk across the paved stones of upper D-Hall, a student might hear the lyrics to “September” as they pass D23.  This is Greer Stone’s AP Government...

Although science has proven RBF as a real phenomenon, women are disproportionately affected by its negative connotations.

Opinion: I’m not mean, that’s just my RBF

September 8, 2022

Too often, I've heard my friends joke about their "resting b*tch face" or RBF.  A bad picture was taken? Blame the RBF. If someone dislikes them? All the RBF's fault. Someone asks if they're...

Protestors gather to decry the Supreme Court and potential abortion bans.

[Photo] More than a fetus

May 31, 2022

Protestors gather to decry the Supreme Court and potential abortion bans.

The abortion debate has been at the forefront of American politics for decades, but its origins are less pure than anti-abortion leaders imply.

Anti-abortion advocates didn’t birth the religious right

May 26, 2022

It’s no secret that most Americans - about 60% - support the right to abortion. Yet, the anti-abortion movement is prevalent in our media and government. Recently, Justice Samuel Alito’s majority...

Amber Heard accompanies Johnny Depp to the Black Mass premiere while they were married.

Editorial: The narrative needs to change

May 24, 2022

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. Once a glamorous couple driving around in a red, vintage car, they are now fighting in court over allegations of domestic abuse. The court case began in 2016, when Heard...

A band plays lively Christmas music at San Carlos Night of Holiday Lights.

[Photo] San Carlos hosts Night of Holiday Lights

December 31, 2021

A band plays lively Christmas music at San Carlos' Night of Holiday Lights.

[Video] Abortion legislation changes around the world

April 19, 2022

Recently, an abortion rights protest took place at the University of California Berkeley campus. This issue has become extremely controversial in the past couple of years, and more protests like these...

[Video] April Fools’ Day celebrations reveal a rich history

April 1, 2022

Whether your favorite prank includes whoopie cushions, placing a stapler in Jello, or drawing on someone’s face in their sleep, April Fools' Day is filled with fun antics. People have been celebrating...

[Video] Women’s soccer league enters equal pay deal

March 8, 2022

In a groundbreaking settlement, U.S. Soccer Federation has dedicated $24 million to equal pay for the U.S. men’s and women’s soccer teams. The federation has also promised to work towards equal pay...

Fewer students are getting to appreciate the fun in childhood. They are instead being forced to focus on education, especially in the Bay Area.

Editorial: Students need a childhood

February 28, 2022

Columbia. Harvard. Yale.  Household names, and names needed to get a household.  Education now defines a person’s worth and success. This is especially true in the Bay Area, where high costs...

[Video] Winter or summer, climate change affects the Bay Area

February 16, 2022

It’s another warm February day here in sunny California - a little too warm. February is supposed to be winter - so why am I suddenly comfortable wearing shorts outside the house? The line is being blurred...

[Video] Basketball season continues as Omicron cases rise

February 3, 2022

Even as the girl's varsity basketball game gets intense, the bleachers are sparsely populated. This is part of Carlmont's "family only" policy, part of the regulations to keep sports safe and COVID-free....

Female students perform labs in a Carlmont chemistry class.

Female empowerment in STEM starts with education

January 18, 2022

Society is supposedly closer to gender equality than ever before, but this is not reflected with women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. The number of women pursuing careers...

The National Guard was called in after the Kenosha protest where Kyle Rittenhouse shot three people.

Breaking News: Kyle Rittenhouse acquitted on all charges

November 19, 2021

After four days of deliberation, jurors have acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse on all charges.  There were seven different charges against Rittenhouse, although the judge, Judge Bruce Shroeder, dismissed...

[Video] Students march for diabetes advocacy

November 9, 2021

Carlmont students teamed up with JDRF, one of the world's leading Type 1 Diabetes research organizations for Type 1 Day. By walking down San Carlos Avenue, they spread awareness for those living with Type...

Protests against the Texas Heartbeat Act occurred across the state on Sep. 1 as many activists voiced their concerns about the law.

The start of a new Supreme Court; the end of abortion access

September 13, 2021

Across the country, the debate surrounding abortion — one of life and liberty — continues to put a strain on the American courts with a Texas law restricting abortions in the state. The...

The Pfizer vaccine was officially approved by the FDA on Aug. 23.

Breaking News: FDA approves Pfizer vaccine

August 25, 2021

The Food and Drug Administration has given full approval for the Pfizer vaccine 8 months after the first dose was administered under emergency authorization use.   On Aug. 23, the FDA approved the...

Norma McCorvey, widely known as Jane Roe, and her lawyer stand outside the Supreme Court in 1989. At this time, the Supreme Court was trying Webster v. Reproductive Health Services, a case that could have overturned Roe v. Wade.

New Supreme Court case challenges Roe v. Wade

May 30, 2021

A new Mississippi court case threatens to unravel some protections provided to women by Roe v. Wade, a landmark decision in the abortion rights debate. The Mississippi state legislature passed a...

Hillcrest Juvenile Hall is one of the youth centers affected by the passage of the San Mateo County Juvenile Justice Realignment Plan.

San Mateo County passes new Juvenile Justice Realignment Plan

April 27, 2021

The San Mateo County’s Board of Supervisors recently approved a new Juvenile Justice Realignment Plan to carry out Senate Bill 823, Juvenile Justice Realignment: Office of Youth and Community Restoration. The...

Gov. Greg Abbott made the controversial decision on March 2 to remove the Texas mask mandate and allow all businesses to reopen at 100% capacity via an executive order that took effect on March 10.

Texas eases COVID-19 restrictions with repeal of mask mandate

March 24, 2021

In a controversial decision, the governor of Texas ordered the abolishment of the statewide mask mandate and allowed all businesses to be open at full capacity. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s revocation...

The San Carlos School District brought their transitional kindergartners, kindergartners, and first graders back to a hybrid form of in-person learning on Feb. 22.

San Carlos School District’s return to school leaves many conflicted

February 28, 2021

After COVID-19 forced the San Carlos School District (SCSD) to transition to distance learning last March, the district has brought students back to in-person learning last Monday for the first time...

The VITA program is helping the underprivileged with their taxes. Their student volunteers will get certified in February.

VITA student volunteers help prevent panic a-tax

February 1, 2021

Over 165 million tax returns were filed in 2020, and VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance), a volunteer-run program that assists people with the preparation of their tax returns, is seeking to help...

Students in states that mandate sexual education go to class and learn about sex and human anatomy. They take a test at the end of the unit to test their knowledge on the subject matter.

Overcoming the stigma of sexual education

January 21, 2021

Four out of 10 high school students. That is how many students report having sex. This percentage may seem high, but it is actually at an all-time low.  Every parent worries that their child will make...

People wait in line to pick up food provided by Samaritan House on a busy afternoon.

Local charities adapt to COVID-19 while maintaining holiday spirit

December 4, 2020

With the holiday season already underway and the pandemic in full swing, charities have had to massively increase their capacity to serve their communities due to the influx of people requiring their services. Experts from...

The UC Davis Mondavi Center is a performing arts venue at UC Davis. Despite affirmative action being banned for public universities, the school has been actively trying to combat the education gap. It has instituted new admission programs that benefit disadvantaged kids.

California’s rejection of affirmative action affects university admissions

November 13, 2020
Many of California’s most influential politicians argued that Californians needed to pass Proposition 16 to help minorities in professional and academic spaces. But voters were unwilling to reinstate affirmative action, rejecting Proposition 16 by a large margin.
Just outside Hiller Aviation Museum, an aircraft is featured being “flown” by a statue in a mask. On Oct. 17, Hiller reopened its museum to the public, and this statue is demonstrative of the increased safety guidelines Hiller has had to undergo during its reopening process.

Hiller Aviation Museum hopes virtual gala offsets financial crash landing

October 21, 2020

As museums around the country are in danger of closing their doors due to a lack of funding, Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos is holding a virtual gala in an attempt to raise desperately needed...

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Lindsay Augustine