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Mr. Trombley: A History of Good Humor

By Foster Goff The Social Studies office at Saratoga Springs High School is a vibrant, bubbly bunch of teachers. As they walk through the hallway, they are eager to start a conversation with any student. Mr. Trombley is no exception. SSHS students and teachers love his sarcastic humor and his energetic nature, a manner that … Continue reading »

Mr. Wierbinski: Great Coaching in the History Department

by Jackson Cherry Saratoga Springs High School’s newest and youngest Social Studies teacher, Mr. Wierbinski, is making a big impact among students and staff. Since he graduated from The State University at Albany, where he completed his undergraduate and graduate studies just three years ago, he has become a well-known and respected teacher and coach … Continue reading »

Mrs. Chudy: Discipline on the Court, Commitment in the Classroom

by Liam Epstein Since this profile was written, the Saratoga Springs High School Girls Basketball team ended their 2020 season in the sectional finals. The team had a record of 21-2. Though she seems a normal teacher to some, her girls are at a pivotal moment not only for the basketball team, but for Saratoga Springs … Continue reading »

Coach Belanger: ‘Gym Class,’ a Haven for Inclusivity

by Abby Getz Smack! A student slapped the ball over the volleyball net. Cheers emerged from her team as she scored a point. This is a common scene in the Unified PE program where students with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities unite for an inclusive physical education course.    The class is built on … Continue reading »

Mr. Rhodes: An Example of Service for Young Republicans

by Spencer Ripchik Mr. Rhodes puts down his magnifying glass, turns in his lab coat, and switches over to the political side of the Saratoga Springs High School. He waits for his forensic science students to leave his lab and opens his doors to the members of the Teenage Republican Club.  Mr. Rhodes has no … Continue reading »

Hall Passes, Courtyards and More (MOS

Saratoga’s Traffic Problem

By Spencer Ripchik Despite security officer’s belief that the current afternoon traffic system is “good”, students are outraged that the system at Saratoga Springs High School is “not efficient”. Dismissal occurs at 2:30 in the afternoon at the High School, and two thousand students get onto a bus or into their cars. Students like senior … Continue reading »

Chowderfest 2020

By Julian Silva-Forbes  

Midseason hopes are still alive for the Blue Streaks

By: Spencer Ripchik The 2019-2020 season for the 6-4 Saratoga Springs High School Boys Basketball team has reached its midseason mark with rival Shenendehowa and tougher opponents still to come in the second half. The Blue Streaks have suffered their only home loss to Niskayuna 50-53. “The practice was very high energy after that loss,” … Continue reading »

SSHS Moves on from Class Rank

By: Julian Silva-Forbes Administrators and teachers of Saratoga Springs high school hope to return students’ focus to learning by eliminating class rank, starting with the class of 2022. The decision came after years of discussion by a group of administrators, teachers, students, and parents on the Building Leadership Team. “Getting rid of class rank will … Continue reading »

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