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

Shira Stein

Shira Stein, Scot Scoop Editor-in-Chief

Shira is a self-described overachieving senior who is involved in Treble Clef Choir, Swing Club, and Dead Poets Society. She is working hard in a multitude of difficult classes and preparing for her future.


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Touching with the front of the hands near sensitive areas is a form of harassment doled out by TSA.

[Photo] Airport harassment

February 2, 2015

Touching with the front of the hands near sensitive areas is a form of harassment doled out by TSA.

Principal Lisa Gleaton dedicates herself to Carlmont for the rest of this year.

[Photo] Principal Gleaton resigns to take care of husband

January 22, 2015

Principal Lisa Gleaton dedicates herself to Carlmont for the rest of this year.

The logo for Schooled Prep. Photo from

Student helps start a company

May 6, 2014

A typical college application process can include long essays, requesting letters of recommendation, filling out multiple questionnaires, and whole lot of stress. Senior can be a time filled with mixed...

Feminism’s true colors

January 30, 2014

“Maybe women deserve better than propaganda and lies. Get… out of our decisions and give us back our voice. Women do deserve better. Women deserve choice,” said National Poetry SLAM-winning performance...

Former Carlmont student Vladislav Miftakhov, who was arrested for possessing weapons of mass destruction.

Former Carlmont student arrested due to bomb possession

January 27, 2014

Former Carlmont graduate, 19-year-old Vladislav Miftakhov was arrested in Altoona, Pennsylvania on Jan. 24 due to the alleged possession of a weapon a mass destruction. Miftakhov was first suspected of...

Learning how to cook is still taught in some schools.

Everyday skills not taught in high schools

December 11, 2013

Are students being taught all the skills they need? When graduating from high school, students should theoretically be able to take care of themselves as adults. They are expected to know how to do any...

Thinspiration: the social media diet

Thinspiration: the social media diet

September 20, 2013

“I will be looking through magazines and wishing that I looked like those people. At some points I will go to any length, whether it is starving myself to get to that point,” said junior Hailey Crosby. The...

F*ggot: a bundle of sticks or a slur?

April 28, 2013

How the definition of the word f*ggot has evolved over the years Imagine the most insulting thing you’ve ever been called. Whether it was stupid, ugly, fat, r*tarded, or anything else. Imagine being...

People remember those impacted by the Boston Marathon bombings. Patrick Whittemore/Boston Herald/MCT

America: the land of the free and home of the disheartened?

April 18, 2013

It seems like every day that Americans hear about another crisis in this nation. One week, it was Hurricane Sandy. Another it was Boston. But what most Americans don't realize is that if we wallow in our...

SF Symphony at Davis Symphony Hall

San Francisco Symphony musicians strike the stage

April 5, 2013

The musicians of the San Francisco Symphony spent 18 days on strike because their management refused to raise their wages for the next contract. The San Francisco Symphony is a world-renown choir that...

Fans help spread entertainment across the globe

April 2, 2013

Most musicians, actors, and other people in media have consistently stated that every piece of entertainment in the world would be nothing without its fans. Mass media and public opinion have helped shaped...

Ralston Hall-taken by John Green of Mercury News

An earthquake could destroy Ralston Hall

March 14, 2013

Ralston Hall is one of the oldest buildings on the Peninsula, and its age is starting to show. This historic building was built in 1868 by William Ralston and has been a central part of the Notre Dame...

Introduction to the project

‘Bay Lights’ will shine up the Bay Area

March 3, 2013

Over 25,000 individually programmed lights will illuminate the Bay Bridge in a show on the side of the bridge by Leo Villareal. This show is to celebrate the Bay Bridge turning 75 years old and will...

The sexual evolution

February 26, 2013

Have you ever wondered what your parents did as teenagers? People today think that our society is hyper-sexualized, but in fact, society is more conservative today compared to the 1960s and 1970s. Sophomore...

Students play with a parent volunteer at Mountain View Parent Nursery School

Schools try to have a say in when kids start kindergarten

February 14, 2013

Many kids every year and held back by their parents in kindergarten for an extra year, but that is no longer a choice for Mountain View parents. Mountain View-Whisman School District has decided that...

Harvey Milk in the Castro circa 1977

Could San Francisco International Airport potentially be renamed?

January 31, 2013

San Francisco International Airport may soon be changing its name to Harvey Milk International Airport if the San Francisco Board of Supervisors chooses to amend the San Francisco Charter with the proposed...

Religious tolerance goes multiple ways

January 25, 2013

“Did you see that Jew nose?” “Did you hear that she goes to church every Sunday?” “Mormons have more than one spouse and that’s weird.” “Don’t all Buddhists have shaved heads and wear...

Kaitlyn Kelly taking notes in class

Out with STAR, in with the new standardized testing

January 17, 2013

California is taking the initiative to change the way state testing is done and make it more specialized to each student. California's school chief proposed a change to the way STAR testing is done...

Cliques: for better or for worse, Carlmont has them

Cliques: for better or for worse, Carlmont has them

December 5, 2012

The cliques that exist at Carlmont are similar to those seen on television or in movies, they are defined by where people sit. A person’s identity in high school is greatly influenced by the people...

Infinity is not just a number

Infinity is not just a number

November 27, 2012

As the weather becomes colder, scarves of all shapes, colors, and sizes start showing up in students' winter wardrobes. The most current kind of scarf is known as the infinity scarf. Infinity scarves...

Sophomore Hannah Knoot wearing a white cardigan

Cardigans: the regular closet staple

November 6, 2012

The cardigan is quickly showing up again in wardrobes as fall slowly changes into winter. The cardigan, which is a type of sweater, is typically worn by girls over dresses, tank tops, and shirts. They're...

Boyfriend shirt on a model

Boyfriends can influence style too

October 23, 2012

What's in the name of this trend? A stereotypical piece of clothing based on something many girls want to have, a boyfriend. This style can be worn in many ways, like the model in the photo who wears...

Brown Capreggings

What are capreggings?

October 11, 2012

One of the newest trends going around Carlmont are three-quarter length leggings, or "capreggings." They are the material of legging, yet they're shorter and more popular. Sophomore Rachel Chen said,...

Trending Topics during Tuesday afternoon

Hashtags: hot or not?

September 25, 2012

The most eye-catching words on a user's home page on Twitter and Instagram are preceded by the symbol #. These are called hashtags, and are the source of enjoyment and annoyance of many Twitter and...

Purple Tape Manicure

Nailed it

September 11, 2012

One of the newest trends that's sweeping the nail art world is the scotch-tape manicure. "It looks good, but I don't know how it's done," commented student Lily Zheng. To make these designs, users...

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Shira Stein