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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.

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Sophie Haddad

Sophie Haddad, Multimedia Editor

Sophie Haddad is a senior at Carlmont High School. She writes and edits for Scot Scoop. In addition to journalism, she enjoys playing saxophone and sewing.

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The characters working at the diner face daily harangues from their tyrannical boss, Jared, played by senior Sergiy Holmer.

‘The Diner on Washington Street’ proves the capabilities of students

April 24, 2016

"Basically what I'm saying with this play is, 'Listen. Stop latching on to ideas, because ideas only get you so far, and some of them are just plain lies. Live in the real world. Truly live your life....

Feminism squandered by pop musics self-degradation

Feminism squandered by pop music’s self-degradation

April 15, 2016

Oiled and tanned, men’s muscles ripple in the sunlight. Women’s hair blows sensuously in an artificial wind, reminiscent of a Pantene commercial. Their makeup is flawless, because apparently guys are...

An organizer for the Tackle Homelessness protest starts a chant.

Super Bowl City policies spark ‘Tackle Homelessness’ protest

February 5, 2016

Police surrounded a group of people, not letting anyone in. At first, it was peaceful. Then the yelling started. Everyone turned on their video cameras. On Feb. 3 at 4:30 p.m. in San Francisco, near...

A new Vader-esque Sith Lord reinvents the Empire, calling it the First Order.

The Force falls asleep in new Star Wars movie

December 18, 2015

In order to trick a powerful, force-wielding Sith Lord in control of the Empire, secret plans are hidden in a droid. The droid must travel to a barren land and brave the sand dunes to return the information...

The neer-forgotten cast of Muppets pose for a promotional photo.

It’s time to watch ‘The Muppets’

October 5, 2015

Chalk-full of dad jokes that will provoke your most violent and self-conscious guffaws, "The Muppets" are back to lighten your life. Not tailored to a Sesame Street-shaped audience, "The Muppets" represent...

Life after high school

Life after high school

October 2, 2015

The virtual world approaches reality

September 24, 2015

The digital world is becoming more and more vivid in its representation of the real world. Remember when families in the '50s crowded around a single television set to watch soaps in black and white, exclaiming...

‘Black Mass’ hits critical mass

September 23, 2015

A Boston mobster teams up with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to take down the Italian mafia in Boston. In return, his murders and drug deals are overlooked. A story as intricate and compelling...

Carlmont clubs reach out to students

Carlmont clubs reach out to students

September 22, 2015

Interviews with Activities Director Jim Kelly, Human Relations Supervisor Cailan Cumming, and Culture Commission Supervisor Tara Shahrvini illuminate the new policies and tactics clubs are engaging in...

Paranoia runs rampant in this anxiety-charged film. Simon (Jason Bateman) fears an intrusion.

‘The Gift’ that keeps on taking

September 1, 2015

Gatorade drips enigmatically. The shutters slap each other aggressively. The hallway stretches excessively. On the spectrum of horror, "The Gift" (R) is hard to place. It is incomparable to other thrillers...

Shaun and his flock are deeply concerned about something in the distance...all except the baby, Timmy, who is concerned with Shaun and the fat sheep, Shirley, who is concerned with eating.

A bleatin’ good story from a Claymation sheep

August 23, 2015

A mobile home is on the loose. Adults look on, appalled. The perpetrators gasp with guilt. Teenagers capture the event on smartphones. Disregard the target audience of "Shaun the Sheep" (PG) for a moment,...

Staring toward He whom he has thwarted, Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) wishes he could go back and fix his fatal decision.

Modern day technological fears manifest in ‘Ex Machina’

May 1, 2015

At the juncture of Hitchcock and Orwell, a strange new form of cinema takes up residence. This horrifically poetic amalgamation goes by the name of "Ex Machina." (R) Even the film's title connotes the...

‘Danny Collins’ hits its mark

April 15, 2015

The world-weary rockstar gazed dejectedly at the travesty his life had become -- his unfaithful fiancée who was half his age lay on the lawn of his mega-billion dollar mansion sleeping off a drink. His...

‘Furious 7’ drives itself off a cliff

April 1, 2015

It's just not enough. Seven movies, $819 million, a martial artist, a pop star, a helicopter destroying a skyscraper. None of it is enough to satiate my hunger for directionless, gratuitous car chases. Denounced...

Surprisingly comfortable as she claims they are, glass slippers are perhaps not the best choice for an evening out.

‘Cinderella’ captures the nostalgia and poignancy of childhood

March 18, 2015

She's got a curfew to end all curfews. Scrambling to secure a smooth subterfuge, seconds tick away, a slipper is lost in the fray. The audience's fists clench the seats with growing anxiety as they...



March 16, 2015

Lydia Howland (Kristen Stewart) helps her Alzheimers-ridden mother off a park bench. Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) is hardly responsive; she bears a cross she deserves not.

Nothing gold can stay

February 28, 2015

I turned to my right. I turned to my left. There was not a dry eye in the theater. "Still Alice" (PG-13) is the kind of movie you go to see if you either want to feel better about your life, or you...

Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) constricts Anastasia Steeles (Dakota Johnson) freedom.

‘Fifty Shades’ is monochrome

February 18, 2015
Despite its attempts to delve deep, "Fifty Shades of Grey" is exactly the calibre of the "Twilight" fan-fiction it was originally based on. The conflict centers around Grey's tortured soul, all the while trying to make excuses for his disgusting preferences.
Choosing next years classes

Choosing next year’s classes

February 13, 2015

      Choosing next year's classes

Scandal heats up as Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and President Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn) worry that the public will discover their affair.

‘Scandal’ strikes the streets of D.C.

February 3, 2015

Red wine spills on the white couch. Twenty-five seconds more and they've made the capture. Screams are stifled and scuffles silenced. The next red substance to stain the furniture isn't wine. "Scandal,"...

‘Galavant’ adds a new twist to an old tale

January 21, 2015

A damsel in distress who would rather not be saved. An oppressive king who means well. A hateful diatribe sung to the tune of a love song. Land pirates. Try as he may, Galavant, the title character...

Mark Wahlberg delivers a tantalizing performance in the nuanced film, The Gambler, which has been in theaters since Christmas day 2014.

‘The Gambler’ travels to unforeseen depths

January 8, 2015

I'm feeling lucky. All on black. From the tell-all trailer and type-castable title, we may think we know all there is to know about "The Gambler." Some idiot loses all his money at a poker table and...

[Video] Rockstars at Carlmont enact change

December 1, 2014

A fan whirs overhead. The classroom is devoid of life. Then a guitar comes in, strumming with ease and subtlety. A kick drum and a bass vie for dominance over the low tones rounding out the sphere of sound....

The difference [between teaching special education and regular education] is that there is a slightly different mindset in that you need to be creative and flexible with special education more so than regular education. Whereas, regular education requires you to be a little bit more rigid because youre dealing with so many more students and you cant bend the rules as much. With special education students, you need to be able to meet them where they are more, said Cary Milia, a special education teacher at Carlmont High School.

Teacher touches students’ hearts

November 12, 2014

"He helps me with emotional support. That's number one because, if you don't have that, you don't have anything," said Marvin Lomeli. Lomeli is one of the students whom Cary Milia, a guitar player and...

Tina Smith prepares to have her child

Science teacher prepares to have son

October 29, 2014

Heading a department is a bit like having a child. Once one takes on such a great responsibility, it becomes apparent that much love and care are necessary in order for it to realize its full potential. More...

Mr. Nguyen in his classroom

Former war refugee now teaches chemistry

October 15, 2014

Hai Nguyen escaped from the communist regime of Vietnam and now teaches chemistry at Carlmont High School. When Nguyen was growing up, he lived in a tent in a war refugee camp with his ten siblings....

Annelien Ciara Smart

Music teacher becomes proud father

September 30, 2014

On Sept. 11, Edward Smart's wife gave birth to a baby girl. Smart has been teaching instrumental music at Carlmont for the past couple years, ever since the program expanded enough to necessitate an...

Scott Backovich talked at the assembly


Scott Backovich talked at the assembly

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