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Police K-9 visit to SSHS

Officer Sartin guides his dog Riki through Saratoga Springs High School during a lockdown drill on February 7th. Riki is a German Shepherd who is specially trained to sniff out drugs, explosives, and people. He is an absolutely invaluable asset to our local police force.

SSHS Drama Club Presents “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”

By Grace Billok On a Wednesday night in mid-March, the Saratoga Springs High School Drama Club performed their final dress rehearsal for 2019’s spring musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. How to Succeed follows J. Pierrepont Finch (played by junior Liam Epstein) in his quest to—naturally—succeed in business. Finch begins as a … Continue reading »

2019 Pepsi Halftime: Not a “Sweet Victory” for Maroon 5

By Grace Billok Last night the New England Patriots pummeled the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in a historically low scoring Super Bowl. However, the halftime show may have been sadder than the main game itself. Headlined by Maroon 5 featuring Travis Scott and OutKast’s Big Boi, the Pepsi Halftime Show failed to save itself from … Continue reading »

The Biggest Sunday of the Year

February 1, 2019 by Tyler Charnik The most anticipated weekend in sports. The greatest platform for commercial advertising. The biggest gig in the music industry. The Super Bowl caters to all viewers by offering a variety of appeals. Super Bowl LIII between the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots will be played on … Continue reading »

SaxOClaus is Comin’ to Town!

By Grace Billok You better watch out; you better not cry; you better not pout; I’m tellin’ you why! Luke McNamee, A.K.A. SaxOClaus, is comin’ to your Victorian Stroll! Since 1997, McNamee has been donning full Santa garb and bringing smiles to the people of the Capital Region. Whether he embodies the magical Claus for … Continue reading »

The Great Outdoors Project: Changing the School and the Community

November 20, 2018 by Jake Somoza The $15.6 million Great Outdoors Project will add many new recreational and learning spaces as well as improve many of the existing spaces to the Saratoga Springs City School District (SSCSD) and the local community. The Great Outdoors Project, a capital project proposed by the Saratoga Springs City School … Continue reading »

The Junior Parking Predicament

By Adelle Feeley SARATOGA SPRINGS- High School juniors’ parking problems have dominated morning dialogue; juniors and other students are frustrated by administration’s choice to close the gates at Joseph Street, eliminating the already limited underclassmen parking. “I hate it,” said Ethan Kopraski, a junior at SSHS, “Having to worry about running multiple blocks to get … Continue reading »

The Virtual World Just Became Reality

By Vincent L’Hommedieu SARATOGA SPRINGS – A new virtual and augmented reality lab has been installed in the refurbished Distance Learning Center over the summer to enhance students’ learning environment. The equipment was donated by Global Foundries and ZSpace last summer, after Dr. Greco and Mr. L’Hommedieu researched options and met with these companies about acquiring … Continue reading »

Shakespeare: To See or Not To See

By Tyler Charnik Saratoga Springs High School English teacher, Katie Cole is attempting to create a new English elective for seniors. The course, “Shakespeare: To See or Not To See” will combine Shakespeare’s original writings with modern interpretations of his works, both direct modifications and new literature influenced by his work.  The largest concern of … Continue reading »

Saratoga’s Season Ends with 28-14 Loss to Shaker

By Tyler Charnik and Jared Nightingale The Saratoga Blue Streaks suffered a loss to the undefeated Shaker Blue Bison on November 2, 2018 at the University of Albany in the Section II AA Championship game. Both teams were aware of how significant the game was, but they needed to treat it the same as any … Continue reading »

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