Matthew Smalbach Editor

Matthew Smalbach is a sophomore at Redwood High School and is a Cub Reporter for The Redwood Bark. He enjoys writing and playing football, basketball, and baseball.

Contact Matthew Smalbach: msmalbach@redwoodbark.org.


Struggling with identity is common among minorities, especially when surrounded by a white culture.

Understanding the identity struggle of minority transfer students

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Vietnamese senior Dana Nguyen picks up her remote control to turn on the television. Immediately, a cast of white actors fills her screen. She changes the channel; still, not a single minority is represented. Frustrated, she shuts off the TV and focuses her attention on the cover of the magazine next to her, which shows […]

Textbooks over tablets

Reinventing learning: it’s time for tablets

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At Redwood, sometimes it feels like there is so much pressure to succeed―to learn better, to learn more, to learn faster. This pressure, however, does not need to be as significant as it currently is because there is an easy, cost-effective solution that could help students at Redwood learn more quickly and efficiently: replacing textbooks […]

Freshman Samantha Glickman tries to prevent a Drake goal early in the second half

Girls’ JV lacrosse cruises past Drake after tough loss

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After a disappointing one-goal loss late Tuesday afternoon against Acalanes, the girls’ JV lacrosse team cruised to a 10-5 win over Drake on Wednesday evening to preserve their undefeated MCAL record. Freshman Graciana Ratto led the way with four goals, including three in a row to start the second half. Redwood jumped out to an […]