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

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

Scot Scoop News

Sarah Schisla

Sarah Schisla, Scot Scoop Editor-in-Chief

Sarah Schisla is currently a senior at Carlmont High School. She is the Editor-in-Chief of Scot Scoop and a staff writer for The Highlander.

Her portfolio can be found at:


All content by Sarah Schisla
Jack communicates using his current AAC device, which costs around $9000.  VocaliD estimates that voices will cost only $1249, making them significantly more affordable.

Carlmont students can lend a voice

October 25, 2015

When 7-year-old Jack tries to speak, he can’t make the words come out. Jack was born with a rare genetic disorder called ornithine transcarbamylase (OTC) deficiency. As a result, he suffered hyperammonemia...

Despite the increasing number of gun-related deaths in the United States, there has been virtually no progress in establishing laws to regulate firearms.

Gun violence still rampant with lack of regulations

August 27, 2015

It happened again. Only this time, the tragedy was broadcast live on television. The names and details are different each time, but innocent lives have once again been cut short by an angry man with...

Detention centers in the United States are filling up with  children and single mothers.

Immigrants forced to look in from the outside

May 6, 2015

An 11-year-old boy, a U.S. citizen, wrongfully detained for over a month. A woman forcibly returned to her abusive husband’s control without her attorney's knowledge. The rampant spread of tuberculosis...

Principal Gleaton plays Operation with freshman Priscilla Carrillo as part of the Aspiration mentoring program.

District searches for Gleaton replacement

April 10, 2015

After a meeting last Thursday, April 2, only three candidates remain for the position of Carlmont Principal. In light of her husband’s health issues, Principal Lisa Gleaton announced her resignation...

Rixton is currently touring with Ariana Grande, and will tour with Ed Sheeran this coming summer.

Rixton is on the road to success

April 1, 2015

Still struggling to get over Zayn Malik leaving One Direction? Stop listening to “Up All Night” on repeat and try something new -- Rixton’s debut album “Let The Road,” which was released on March...

Freshman Keanu Dono pours over his history textbook.

[Photo] Using stress to your advantage

March 20, 2015

Freshman Keanu Dono pours over his history textbook.

Junior Sam Levy and sophomore Annabelle Lee are currently taking AS Physics.

[Photo] A new break for physics

March 31, 2015

Junior Sam Levy and sophomore Annabelle Lee are currently taking AS Physics.

People mourn the death of three Muslim students following a vigil  at the University of North Carolina.

Some see Chapel Hill shooting as a hate crime

March 2, 2015

On Tuesday, February 10, three young Muslim students were murdered in Chapel Hill, N.C. over what police have characterized as a “neighborhood parking dispute.” However, many are calling for the shooting...

Junior Aaron Yofin helps Bijan Khalili with math homework at the tutoring center.

Students fail to utilize school resources

February 2, 2015

Why would you spend hours struggling to understand confusing lessons or spend hundreds of dollars on tutoring sessions when you could get the help you need for free? Fortunately for Carlmont students,...

[Principal Lisa] Gleaton said, We would be okay without [our fundraising groups], but we are great with them!

Donations help fund excellence

January 21, 2015

Organizations on campus frequently ask students and parents to raise money. Some people have grown so accustomed to this practice that they often pitch in the requested amount without ever finding out...

President Segal holds the banner from last years Ally Week.

Ramroth co-sponsors Gay-Straight Alliance

September 30, 2014

Carlmont's Gay-Straight Alliance, which has been renamed "Harmony: Carlmont's Alliance for Queer Youth and their Allies," was joined this year by a new sponsor — math and AVID teacher Andrew Ramroth. French...

The Hershey Company, Nestlé, and Cadbury are three of the leading importers of Ivory Coast cocoa.

Sweet justice in the chocolate industry

September 16, 2014

For almost two decades, major chocolate companies have maintained a lower price level by sourcing their cocoa from plantations that use slave labor. Now, something is finally being done about it —...

Castros hockey team puts a Lake Tahoe spin on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to conserve water.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge — you’re doing it wrong

September 1, 2014

Since when is it considered charitable to dump freezing water on yourself to avoid donating to a noble cause? The popular Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Ice Bucket Challenge asks participants to...

The Carlmont Jazz Ensemble performs The Jazz Police.

DaBaldo returns for Jazz Night

May 18, 2014

On Friday, May 16, Carlmont's semi-annual Jazz Night marked the return of director John DaBaldo (JD) to "JD and the Carlmont Jazz" after a three-month absence. DaBaldo said, "I'm thrilled to be back....

Jazz Ensemble members swap instruments and jam together after class.

Talent and dedication lead

May 1, 2014

It is no secret that Carlmont's Jazz Ensemble members are dedicated, talented, and successful. The group attends more events outside of Carlmont and has more awards than any other music group. "It's...

Over 30 students showed up at DaBaldos home on Sunday.

Students surprise DaBaldo

April 3, 2014

On Sunday morning, around 30 students from the Instrumental Music program made a special house call to their director John DaBaldo, who is currently recovering from back surgery. The students met outside...

The 2014 All-State Honor Mixed Choir performs in Sacramento. Photo property of the Segal family.

Carlmont represents at all-state

March 27, 2014

Last weekend, 11 Carlmont students traveled to Sacramento to represent Carlmont in the 2014 All-State Honor Choirs. The 340 all-state participants were selected based on their scores from regional honor...

Carlmonts Symphony Orchestra rehearses with Smart.

Smart steps up

March 13, 2014

High school students are accustomed to having the occasional substitute teacher, but sometimes a teacher's extended absence calls for an unusual solution. This is especially true for Carlmont's music...

A woodwind quintet including Joyce Ling (left), Franklin Rice (middle), and Christina Galisatus (right) finishes performing The Pink Panther.

Chamber Music Night impresses

March 2, 2014

On Friday, Feb. 28, Carlmont's Chamber Music Night entertained its audience with a wide range of musical styles, including classical, jazz, and even a Pink Floyd cover. Senior Andrew Sohrabi said, "The...

Senior Nicole Galisatus plays clarinet in Symphony Orchestra.

Students choose a lifetime of music

February 12, 2014

Although many Carlmont students participate in the instrumental music program throughout high school, only a handful of students plan on making a career out of music. For many, playing an instrument...

Choir Director Genevieve Tep leads Concert Choir in their warm-ups.

Choir students prepare for placement assessments

January 30, 2014

Choir placement assessments for next year take place in less than a month, and some students have already started preparing. Although it is not necessary to audition to be in every choir, spots in higher...

Conductor Edward Smart rehearses with Pit Orchestra for Annie Get Your Gun.

Pit Orchestra prepares for ‘Annie Get Your Gun’

January 15, 2014

The drama department is not the only group in Carlmont preparing for the upcoming performance of "Annie Get Your Gun." A pit orchestra will provide the show’s music, both accompanying the actors for...

The AP European History students use a textbook called Western Civilization.

Western Civilization becomes AP European History

December 11, 2013

This year, sophomores in AP European History will have the option of taking the AP exam in May, something that was not offered to previous Western Civilization students. AP European History teacher Linda...

Carlmonts football team wears helmets to decrease the risk of concussions.

Concussions: not just for football

December 9, 2013

Although concussions are generally associated with sports like football and hockey, they are increasingly recognized in other sports as well. Carlmont Athletic Trainer Jesse Little said, "It's not just...

Caslows basketball players wear compression sleeves on their ankles to prevent running injuries before they occur.

Changing running surface can cause pain

November 19, 2013

Shin splints are one of the most common injuries for runners and other athletes. This separation of the muscle from the shin bone leads to inflammation, resulting in a sharp pain with each step. Head...

Distance Runner Mario Valenzuela demonstrates the proper runners position.

The real way to run

November 4, 2013

Running is not the “natural skill” that everyone seems to think it is. Without knowing the proper running technique, it is possible that someone could be running incorrectly. There are different techniques...

Boys Varsity Cross Country Runner Franklin Rice twisted his ankle, injuring it further by continuing to run on it.

Two kinds of pain

October 21, 2013

"Just finish this race." This is what Boys Varsity Cross Country runner Franklin Rice thought as he forced himself across the finish line on an ankle he had injured days earlier. After twisting his ankle...

During a conditioning session for basketball, freshman Mikayla Fong (far right) and junior Erin Lucett (second right) lead the team in a wall stretch to loosen their muscles.

Making the stretch is definitely worthwhile

October 9, 2013

Exercising without stretching is like taking a test without studying. Skipping this important step in one's athletic routine can have serious consequences. Sure, there will be more time for other practice...

Girls varsity basketball player Erin Lucett rehydrates after running a lap for conditioning.

Hydration is important even when not exercising

September 24, 2013

Although most athletes make sure to drink plenty of fluids during their game or practice, they may not feel revitalized for a while. This is because staying hydrated before exercising is just as important...

Load More Stories
Activate Search
The student news site of Carlmont High School in Belmont, California.
Sarah Schisla