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What Do Your Teachers Think of Distance Learning?
Features

Cedrik von Briel | October 15, 2020

It has now been six weeks since the start of the 2020/21 school year, and for the first time in Woodside High School’s 60+ year history, that first month has been conducted from home for most Woodside…

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School in the Time of COVID-19
Features

Amelie de Leon | October 14, 2020

The new school year has begun for students across the world in recent weeks. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they return to circumstances they have never seen before. The Paw Print reached out to students…

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Wildfire smoke causes disruptions to Woodside Teachers and Students
News

Cedrik von Briel | September 18, 2020

As California’s fires rage on, one obvious problem to those nearby has been the smoke, which has been disrupting both life and the distance learning experience for teachers and students at Woodside.

Ever…

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The Redwood City Police Department’s Role in Helping with the Fires
News

Emma Montalbano | September 16, 2020

After an intense thunderstorm passed through the Bay Area on August 16, several fires sparked as a result of the lightning, dry soils, and high winds. As the fires spread, first responders were sent out…

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What You Missed at the BLM March in SF on May 30, 2020
Opinions

Zoe Mason | June 1, 2020

It is an overcast day in San Francisco, California. A Facebook event has invited people to protest police brutality after the brutal murder of George Floyd by police just a few days earlier. As of…

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Wildcats Find Ways to Help During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Coronavirus

Taila Lee | June 1, 2020

COVID-19 has affected everyone’s lives, and though times are tough, students at Woodside High School are finding ways to support their communities.
Wildcat Masks
“I have a bunch of friends and…

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“The Timing Was Right”: Bob Dylan’s Newest Release Isn’t a Coincidence
Arts & Entertainment

Emma Chiu | April 15, 2020

If you’re looking for a cheerful pop tune with a catchy backbeat, Bob Dylan’s newest song, “Murder Most Foul,” may not be for you. But, in darker times—such as the current coronavirus pandemic—the…

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Pasta Pandemic
Coronavirus

Tessa Bertine | March 27, 2020

As coronavirus concerns increase, many Bay Area locals hit grocery stores in preparation for the government’s “shelter in place” order. 

As of Tuesday, March 24th, the Bay Area was up to 1,104 confirmed…

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Out Of His “Idle Town”: Review of Conan Gray’s “The Comfort Crowd Tour”
Arts & Entertainment

Taila Lee | March 24, 2020

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA— Sad, soulful, and sassy, YouTuber-turned-pop-star Conan Gray is a rising king of dream pop with his down-to-earth lyrics, comforting voice, and growing fanbase.

Gray took the…

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A Look at Woodside’s “Non-Essential Activities”
Coronavirus

Claire Manuel | March 16, 2020

Following district guidelines regarding the coronavirus, a number of prominent student activities were deemed “non-essential” and prohibited from continuing. Here’s a closer look at four of them.
The…

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Coronavirus Closes Woodside Until April 6
Coronavirus

Chloe Postlewaite | March 16, 2020

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), all Sequoia Union High School District (SUHSD) schools are transitioning to online learning beginning Monday, March 16, and are planning to return to in-person classes…

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Menlo School Reopens Following Coronavirus Scare
Coronavirus

Emma Chiu | March 10, 2020

Menlo School, a private school in Atherton, reopened today after a three-day closure related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Last Tuesday, March 3, Menlo students received an email from Head of School Nathaniel…

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Ten Years Later: Still Waiting for “Superman”
Features

Emma Chiu | March 10, 2020

In 2010, during her first year as Instructional Vice Principal of Woodside High School, Diane Mazzei was not expecting to face the press. But, following Woodside High School’s appearance in the award-winning…

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Everything you need to know about the California State Senate candidates
News

Cedrik von Briel | March 3, 2020

With the primaries coming up on Tuesday, many of Woodside’s seniors will be voting in the primaries for the first time. While the presidential election is the one most will pay attention to, there are…

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More Than $5,000 in Student Body Funds Stolen
News

Emma Chiu | March 2, 2020

What Happened
More than $5,000 in cash was stolen from Woodside student body funds after the senior basketball game versus Menlo-Atherton on Friday, February 14.

Girls junior varsity was the first…

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Clases de Colocación Avanzada: Los Segregadores no Intencionales
News

Emma Chiu | February 25, 2020

To read this article in English, click here.

El perfil de Woodside de 2018 a 2019 refleja una población diversa. La mayoría de los estudiantes son latinos (49 por ciento) o caucásicos (40 por…

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North Star Academy Holds First Redwood City School District Climate Strike
News

Taila Lee | February 3, 2020

More than 150 students at North Star Academy, a third through eighth grade school in Redwood City, walked out of class to raise awareness about climate change and demand climate action on Friday, January…

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“Isn’t It Just Soap?”: Gender Stereotypes in Marketing
Features

Claire Manuel | December 30, 2019

Earplugs, pens, soap, tape, and razors: what do these products have in common? Many are commonly marketed separately towards men and women, revealing underlying gender stereotypes.

When marketers try…

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TikTok: The Epitome of Gen Z
Features

Taila Lee | December 27, 2019

“I spend two to five hours on it everyday.”
Ayiana Randolph, a 16-year-old student from the Bay Area, joined TikTok about a year ago. Now, she has three million likes across all her posts and over…

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A Trip to the Circus
Arts & Entertainment

Cedrik von Briel | December 20, 2019

After four weeks in Redwood City, Zoppé Family Circus is back on the move.

The one-ringed, kid-friendly spectacle was in Redwood City’s Red Morton Community Park between October 10 and November 3 to…

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Guns, Schools, and Activism
News

Isabella Calcagno | December 18, 2019

On February 14, 2018, seventeen-year-old Joaquin Oliver walked to class with a bouquet of flowers and a plan for a date with his girlfriend to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Later that day, Oliver was shot…

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Conservation and Conversations: The Smithsonian’s National Zoo
Video

Sam Brook | November 26, 2019

Even on rainy days, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute in Washington D.C. provides educational insight for everyone from youth to adults.

Founded in 1889 and offering…

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Review: “Magdalene” by FKA Twigs
Arts & Entertainment

Alexander Balfanz | November 15, 2019

FKA Twigs released her second album “Magdalene” on November 8, 2019, marking her first full-length album since 2014’s “LP1.” The album features Twigs collaborating with a variety of talented electronic…

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National Period Day Raises Awareness For Period Poverty
Features

Taila Lee | November 7, 2019

People across the United States celebrated National Period Day on Saturday, October 19, organizing rallies in all 50 states to raise awareness for period poverty and to petition for increased accessibility…

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Power Outages Disconnect Seniors From Their College Applications
News

Taila Lee | October 29, 2019

With the November 1 early action college deadline approaching, many seniors panicked over their inability to edit their online applications due to the power outage beginning October 26 with no confirmed…

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Photo essay: 13 birds for the 3 billion lost
Photo

Cedrik von Briel | October 21, 2019

A startling report recently published by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology states that North America has lost about 2.9 billion individual birds of many different species since 1970; that’s just over one…

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Police Visit Results in Discomfort for Skeptical Students
News

Sam Brook | October 21, 2019

Four San Mateo County sheriffs came to visit Woodside High School with cookies and donuts for students arriving to their first and second period classes; however, the interaction has left some students…

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Dodie’s Enchanting Performance Lights Up The Fox Theater
Arts & Entertainment

Taila Lee | October 16, 2019

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA — The Fox Theater glowed a striking sunflower yellow on Sunday, October 6 as Dodie took to the stage in front of hundreds of fans for her 2019 “Human” tour.

Known as “Dodie…

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Disney Introduces First LGBTQ+ Character
Arts & Entertainment

Claire Manuel | October 2, 2019

Disney has just announced that they are going to give their female character, Valkyrie, a female love interest in the next Thor movie.

In the upcoming film “Thor: Love and Thunder,” Valkyrie, king…

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Woodside Alum and NFL Star Launches Film Production Company
Features

Emma Montalbano | October 1, 2019

Julian Edelman, National Football League (NFL) star and former Woodside student, and Assaf Swissa, award-winning creative director, recently launched the new production company Coast Productions.

Swissa…

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JUULs, Suorins, and Novos, Oh My
News

Chloe Postlewaite | September 30, 2019

With teen usage and vaping-related deaths on the rise, President Trump’s proposed ban on flavored e-cigarette products leaves students and teachers skeptical.

On September 11, Trump proposed a flavored…

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Marching for Mother Nature: Woodside Students Join Biggest Climate Protest in History
News

Isabella Calcagno | September 27, 2019

Woodside High School students joined millions of worldwide protesters in the biggest climate strike in history to spread awareness for climate change and fight for action from government leaders on September…

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Advanced Placement Classes: The Unintentional Segregators
News

Emma Chiu | September 19, 2019

Woodside’s profile for 2018 to 2019 reflects a fairly racially diverse student body. The majority of students are either Hispanic (49 percent) or white (40 percent), with black, Asian, Pacific Islander,…

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Netflix’s “Tall Girl” Fails to Reach New Heights
Arts & Entertainment

Taila Lee | September 19, 2019

“You think your life is hard? I’m a junior wearing size 13 Nikes. Men’s size 13 Nikes. Beat that.”

This is a line from Netflix’s latest original rom-com Tall Girl, which focuses on the story…

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Taylor Swift’s “Lover” Is Easy to Fall in Love With
Arts & Entertainment

Taila Lee | September 17, 2019

Taylor Swift’s seventh album Lover soared to the top of the charts in dozens of countries quickly after its release on August 22, 2019, with the album crowning the Billboard Top 200 Albums and all 18…

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Forty Days Of Controversy
News

Tessa Bertine | May 24, 2019

A group of Pro-Life activists has been protesting outside the Redwood City Planned Parenthood since March 6 as part of “40 Days for Life,” creating backlash throughout the community.

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Derogatory Language in the Liberal Bay Area
Features

Sam Brook | May 20, 2019

Derogatory language is common in teens’ lives, and though its use has decreased, especially in liberal areas such as the Bay Area, high schoolers still face slurs and offensive language in their communities….

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Avengers: Endgame smashes pre-sales records on way to Box Office
Arts & Entertainment

Cody Bowers | May 16, 2019

Avengers: Endgame, the latest film in the critially acclaimed Marvel Cinematic Universe, has achieved the best pre-sales record of any movie ever and is on course to break many more records after its release.

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Everything You Missed In Taylor Swift’s “ME!” Music Video
Arts & Entertainment

Taila Lee | May 15, 2019

Pop star Taylor Swift is back with her new single “ME!” featuring lead singer Brendon Urie from Panic! At The Disco, sending fans to scour her new music video for clues about her seventh album.

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Why Being Polite Isn’t Always a Good Thing
Opinions

Taila Lee | May 3, 2019

The following story by Taila Lee and Chloe Postlewaite will be broadcast on KQED for Youth Takeover week in late April 2019, where students from high schools in the Bay Area share their stories.

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Stigma, Silence, and Slang
Features

Emma Chiu | April 30, 2019

Warning: The following story contains mentions of mental illness, self-harm, and suicide, and may be triggering for certain audiences.

One in five American teens lives with a mental illness, but…

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The LGBTQ Fight Will Continue
Features

Spencer Graham | April 23, 2019

The Bay Area was once considered to be the “gay capital” of the world, with many people being liberal and accepting. Yet this is not the whole story.

This is Zeejai Leonard, and they are a senior…

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Young Conservatives Club Encourages Political Discussions at Woodside
News

Taila Lee and Emma Chiu | April 22, 2019

Woodside’s Young Conservatives Club aims to create a politically open environment on campus, especially for those whose views differ from the liberal majority of the Bay Area.

Jack O’Hara, a Woodside…

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Khalid Unites His Music With Cinema in “Free Spirit”
Arts & Entertainment

Taila Lee | April 14, 2019

When I first heard Khalid was making a short film based on his new album, I was instantly intrigued. One night only. In theaters. A fan event.

Based on his sophomore album Free Spirit, his film— also…

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Billie Eilish Stuns With a Haunting Debut Album
Arts & Entertainment

Taila Lee | April 9, 2019

“I’ve taken out my Invisalign, and this is the album.”

Billie Eilish, a bold, blue-haired 17-year-old from Los Angeles, released her debut album WHEN WE FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? on March 29,…

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The Scoop on the College Bribery Scandal
Admissions Scandal

Noelia Arteaga | March 20, 2019

Fifty people were charged in a thread of college bribery scandals unveiled on Tuesday, involving some of television’s top-name Hollywood actors.

Many top schools including Yale, University of Southern…

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I-wing Bathroom Closure Causes Inconvenience But Protects from Larger Issue
News

Sam Brook | February 13, 2019

Imagine you’re in Audio class working on music and making some beats when you realize you have to go to the bathroom. So, you raise your hand, get called on, get up, and go. It’s a nice short walk…

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Oval Office or Bust: Nine Democratic Candidates Declare a Presidential Campaign
Features

Emma Chiu | February 13, 2019

Nine Democratic candidates have publicly declared a 2020 presidential campaign, 149 have filed to run with the Federal Election Commission, and more are expected to enter.

Before the November 3…

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Sweeter than “Sweetener”: Why We Should Thank Ariana Grande for “thank u, next”
Arts & Entertainment

Taila Lee | February 12, 2019

“I can’t stop crying. I love y’all. I hope you enjoy this album. This music, you guys, and my friends saved my life. Love you.”

Less than six months after releasing her Grammy-nominated album…

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Woodside Spanish Teacher, Brett Bowles, Resigns Amidst Controversy
News

Holly Rusch | January 29, 2019

“A person only has his [or] her reputation, especially at a relatively small school, at the end of the day,” former Spanish 3 and 4 teacher Brett Bowles told the Paw Print following his resignation…

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