School meeting recap–1/22


Prameela Kottapalli

Sophomore class president Jimmy Lin, junior class president Sandip Nirmel, ninth grade treasurer Shania Wang, ASB president Michael Zhao along with Honor Council presidents Kevina Xiao (12) and Vineet Kosaraju (12) speak in front the student body at the school meeting. The student council addressed many of the topics that were brought up during the Harker Summit that was held in October, where students from all grades discussed school issues.

by Prameela Kottapalli, Reporter

In the past two months, the student council addressed various issues that the students were facing. ASB organized the holiday decorations project for the past holiday season by setting up lights in Main and placing snow globes and Christmas trees around the campus.

Student council collaborated with track and field coach Scott Chisam to bring in therapy dogs during finals week to provide students with an outlet for stress and pre-test anxiety.

There will be no Sadie’s dance this year because in previous years, student council lost fundraising money for the dance due to a low turnout.

Honor Council spoke to academic dean Evan Barth about potentially reducing the number of prerequisites to take certain courses; however, administration decided to keep these requirements in place because students must display proficiency in a certain course before entering the next level.

The Honor Council is also offering tutoring sessions, and all students interested in signing up should contact the Honor Council.

Any requests regarding maintenance issues with Upper School facilities should be sent to [email protected].

From now on, the suggestion box will only be used for the Honor Council, and student council inquiries should be sent through email to any ASB officers.

Results from the survey regarding the pilot bell schedule, sent out by ASB, show that majority of students are in favor of extending the block schedule for the rest of the semester. Currently, ASB is discussing the possibility of prolonging the bell schedule with administration.

Student Council and Honor Council are also working on addressing the topics of opening more gender-neutral bathrooms and amending the late-slip detention policy.
Head of school, Chris Nikoloff will hold a philosophy seminar during the next long lunch.

Kicks against cancer will take place on Friday Feb. 5, and sign ups for Butts Up, kicking a soccer ball at teachers, will be available next week. Teachers who plan on participating in butts up will post signs outside their door.

Jared Anderson (9) scored the winning goal against Eastside College Prep, leading the boys varsity soccer team into a 2-1 victory. The team will play today at 3 p.m. against The King’s Academy.

The dance show premieres this upcoming week on Friday and Saturday. The theme for this year is “Mixed Tape” and features hit songs from the eighties and nineties. One hundred and forty student dancers and 12 faculty dancers will be performing in the upcoming production. Tickets will be sold in manzanita during lunch next week.

Placement tests for AP computer science will occur next week after school. An announcement regarding further details will be posted on the PCR announcements page.

Eric Kallbrier held a short air-guitar contest for the Sharks-Coyotes hockey game on Feb. 13. Lyndsey Mitchell (11) was the winner of the contest.

The green team advises all students to turn down the heat and be mindful of their energy usage in cold weather. Wearing warm layers of clothing, sealing drafty windows and turning down the heat during the nighttime are all ways to conserve energy this winter season.

The Harker “Oscars,” the annual talent show, will be held on March 18. All those interested in being an MC should contact [email protected] before Jan. 29.