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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.

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Robin Linares

Robin Linares, Staff Writer

Robin Linares is a junior at Carlmont High School in her second year of the journalism program. She is interested in journalism and enjoys reporting on what is happening in the community. Outside of journalism, you can find her catching up on current events and spending time with her friends and family.

Twitter: @_robin_linares_

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As many around the country are concerned about the likely overturning of Roe v. Wade and increasingly restrictive abortion laws in states, junior Luiza Nunes wants to make sure people continue to protest. “Those who have been organizing for abortion rights saw this coming. It’s almost inevitable, and it’s something that we have to keep fighting for,” Nunes said.

California commits to continued abortion access as Roe v. Wade likely overturned

May 10, 2022

In response to the unclear fate of Roe v. Wade and strict abortion restrictions popping up around the country, California prepares to aid those seeking out-of-state abortion care in areas where abortion...

An observer looks at the variety of work shown in the Annual Womens View 2022. By having a lot of different artists, we can capture many different views of the world, and thats essentially what this group exhibition is about: celebrating the unique power of each woman, said Shawna Vesco, the San Mateo County Galleries Curator.

Annual art exhibition celebrates local artists

March 19, 2022

San Mateo County is holding its 17th Annual Women's View Group Art Exhibition, showcasing work from various women, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming artists in the local area.  The exhibition, located...

San Mateo County still recommends the use of face coverings, despite its lifting of the mask mandate, as a study published by the Centers for Disease Control showed that even wearing a cloth mask decreases the likelihood of getting COVID-19 by 56%.

Masks still recommended as San Mateo County lifts indoor mask mandate

February 17, 2022

San Mateo County, along with most other Bay Area counties, lifted its indoor mask mandate starting Feb. 16, following state recommendations.  Under the new requirements, vaccinated individuals are...

Amid an ongoing blood crisis, the Red Cross urges those who are eligible to donate. “It’s vital that donors come forward in the days and weeks ahead to help prevent further delays in vital medical care,” said Cari Dighton, the Regional Communications Director for the American Red Cross in the Northern California Coastal Region.

Red Cross blood shortage sparks need for donations

January 27, 2022

The Red Cross declared a national blood crisis after having the worst blood shortage in over a decade. Blood donations are used for blood transfusions, which are needed in many different circumstances....

 It is essential to step away from the stress that the technological world can cause and enjoy what nature offers. Georgie Rauls, the green team co-president, noted the importance of spending time in nature. “I still dont interact with nature as much as Id like to, [but] I think connecting with nature is important because it gives us a break from things,” Rauls said.

Nature’s role in a digital world

January 21, 2022

Click.  Tap.  Scroll.  Like.  The use of technology has become an essential part of our lives, for better or for worse. It seems, through the haze of a more stressful, urbanized world,...

After the guns are collected, they are put into various bins, as shown from the last buyback from 2019. Danielle Lacampagne explained what the police department does with the collected firearms. The Sheriffs Office process them and have to log them, but they dont trace them to anyone, Lacampagne said. In the end, they all get destroyed, and essentially melted down.

Gun buyback promotes gun safety and mental health awareness

November 25, 2021

Content Warning: This article mentions suicide and contains other content which may be triggering to some readers. In an effort to offer a safe space for gun owners to dispose of their firearms, San...

To make getting the vaccine less scary for younger children, San Mateo County has a set up a pediatric vaccine clinic with many fun activities. According to the county website, they have set up televisions and life-size games of chess and Connect Four [that] will also help children feel at ease while waiting for their shot and during the 15-minute observation period.

CDC approves Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11

November 3, 2021

Children ages 5-11 are now eligible to get Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, following the recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  The decision comes following a Pfizer study whose...

Congestion and traffic jams outside of the entrance to Carlmont present a major challenge for students who are trying to park.

Easing the bottleneck

October 13, 2021

When students hear the final bell, many rush to their cars to go home, only to find a sea of traffic awaiting them. That is the reality for many Carlmont students as the congestion from the number of...

A tarantula raises its front two legs outside of the T-wing. According to Live Science, tarantulas do this when they feel threatened, usually to scare off predators by making themselves appear larger.

Tarantulas return to the Bay Area for mating season

September 21, 2021

Within the past few weeks, the local tarantula species dubbed the Bay Area blond has returned to the trails of Belmont and San Carlos for its mating season. Tarantula mating season begins in early fall...

The overwhelming amount of geese in the Redwood Shores area has affected the cleanliness of much of the sidewalk space, which is a common dropping area.

Redwood Shores embarks on a wild goose chase to control geese population

August 31, 2021

Efforts to control the population of geese are underway in the Redwood Shores area as they threaten the cleanliness of the community's facilities and the native wildlife that inhabit the area. The San...

Carlmont’s open house website provides an interactive experience for families to check out student work. Gay Buckland-Murray, the instructional vice principal, stressed the importance of the continuation of an open house, despite the abnormal circumstances. “Open House is a chance for students and families to ‘see’ teachers/classes that the student has been involved in all year [and say] ‘here’s the teacher/class that I’ve been talking about’. It’s a chance to look back in that sense to what has been happening this year,” Buckland-Murray said.

Virtual open house highlights perseverance with distance learning

May 7, 2021

Carlmont’s open house goes virtual this year, with a website showcasing student work and course information.  In past years, the open house has been a tool for families to see projects done in classes,...

The AP testing schedule gives information on what day each AP test will be and whether the exam is on campus or digital from home.

Carlmont releases AP exam schedule and information to students

April 18, 2021

Carlmont released their AP testing schedule with many options for at-home testing and gave more information about the digital exam software. According to the College Board, this year’s Advanced Placement...

One of the slides presented at the seminar shows how specific hallways will be designated as one-way or 2-way hallways. In most cases, the one-way or one-directional hallway [is used] to minimize the crossing of students, but there are some hallways that are going to be two way, said Greg Patner, the administrative vice principal. You can see some of those arrows are two-way arrows like near the football field, and then theres some that are one-way arrows to help students to navigate successfully around campus.

Parent seminar gives information on concurrent model

March 19, 2021

A Parent Information Webinar held by Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) and the Carlmont Academic Foundation (CAF) sought to provide more information for the new concurrent learning plan for the...

Students weigh their options on what science class they want to take next year before their counselor meeting to finalize course selections.

Carlmont adds new science courses to expand student options

February 26, 2021

Two science courses, AP environmental science and green technology engineering, have been added as course options for next year as students are in the process of choosing next year’s classes. Green...

Some students take access to online resources, prep books, and tutoring support for granted. This is not the case for all students wanting to take College Board classes; some students do not have the same amount of resources due to financial difficulties, making it harder for them to be successful.

Assessing the College Board

February 18, 2021

When students hear the phrase “College Board,” thoughts of PSATs, SATs, Advanced Placement (AP) classes, and college applications immediately cross their minds. While the College Board provides...

As the search for a superintendent continues in the Sequoia Union High School District, the  community is giving input to help aid the next steps.

SUHSD searches for new superintendent with community input

January 31, 2021

The current “Phase 2” of the superintendent search is well underway, as The Board of Trustees starts receiving input from administrators, teachers, students, and various community members. The Sequoia...

Once someone enters the Scots Gym, the hand sanitizing station and a list of directions and procedures await them. 
When students get to the check-in station … [they] fill out a questionnaire … then they take their temperature and sanitize their hands, said health aide Samantha Gingher, adding that students cant go to class until she reviews their questionnaire.

Administration revises, expands reach of cohorts

November 28, 2020

After evaluating the trial run of educational cohorts on campus, the Carlmont administration decided to open up more cohorts for students. The first round of educational cohorts included two cohorts,...

A classroom at Carlmont High School demonstrates precautions being taken for educational cohorts. It has plexiglass partitions at each desk, with seats measured 6 feet apart from each other.

Carlmont implements educational cohorts for on-campus support

November 4, 2020

As COVID-19 rates have started to slow in San Mateo County, Carlmont High School was able to use educational cohorts to open up its doors for some students. While following the guidance of the San Mateo...

Inside the administration office, the administrative vice principals (AVPs) have been intermittently coming to campus to work while following safety protocols.

Administrative vice principals shift focus during distance learning

October 14, 2020

As the pandemic closed school doors and changed the way school is normally run, the administrative vice principals have found ways to adapt their job and responsibilities to aid students during distance...

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