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Senior Sachi Bajaj received her vaccine today. She and her family qualified to receive the vaccine as caregivers for her grandparents, who are at high risk of contracting the coronavirus.

Harker staff and students receive COVID-19 vaccinations, more vaccinations scheduled this month

by Lucy Ge, Winged Post News Editor March 1, 2021

With upper school faculty and students beginning to receive their COVID-19 vaccines, more Harker staff are set to be vaccinated in Phase 1B of California’s vaccination plan.  All education workers,...

Seventy-four upper school students received regional awards in the 2021 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition, with the results announced on January 28. The Scholastic Art and Writing awards is a competition held annually in which students can submit various works of art and writing in a variety of categories.

Upper school students recognized in annual Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

by Isha Moorjani, Winged Post Asst. News Editor February 28, 2021

Seventy-four upper school students received regional awards in the 2021 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition, with the results announced on January 28. The Scholastic Art and Writing awards is...

Upper school LIFE program director and math teacher Jane Keller talks about the difference between vaping and

Students, faculty partake in first annual Substance Abuse Awareness Week

by Lucy Ge, News Editor February 27, 2021

“Think down to the very last detail: what are you going to wear to a party tomorrow night?”  Students gazed thoughtfully into the distance on Feb. 19 as they contemplated upper school LIFE program...

Attendees laugh at upper school Director of Learning, Innovation and Design Diane Main’s joke during a Zoom cook-off held by junior class council, where contestants gave presentations and taste tests of their dishes.

Upper school student council connects community virtually

by Anmol Velagapudi and Arjun Barrett February 23, 2021

The upper school Associated Student Body (ASB) and class councils aim to continue events like Zoomchella, previously known as Quadchella before quarantine, in order to emulate a more realistic school environment...

A fire broke out at the largest vaccine manufacturer in the world, the Serum Institute of India, on Jan. 21, leaving at least five people dead.

Global Headlines (Issue 4)

by Isha Moorjani, Asst. News Editor February 15, 2021

London approves removal of statues related to city’s role in slavery The removal of the statues of William Beckford and Sir John Cass from the Guildhall home of statues was approved by the Policy...

President Donald Trump addresses the crowd at Target Center in Minneapolis, MN, for his 2020 presidential campaign rally on October 10, 2019. The Senate is currently holding Trump's second impeachment trial on charges of

Daily updates: Senate votes on article of impeachment against former president Trump

by Varsha Rammohan and Anna Vazhaeparambil February 13, 2021

As the Senate proceeds with the second impeachment trial of former president Donald J. Trump, this article will be updated with the latest news. Check Harker Aquila for more updates. Saturday, Feb. 13 The...

Upper school history teacher Mark Janda speaks about African American history during an Introduction to Social Justice class on Feb. 2.

New semester electives offer unique opportunities for students in the 2020-21 academic year

by Isha Moorjani, Asst. News Editor February 10, 2021

The upper school offered eight new semester electives this year, providing students with the opportunity to further explore various interests and hobbies in an academic setting. These new courses include ...

Justine Fonte spoke with upper school students and parents about topics surrounding sex, consent, and positive relationships as part of the LIFE program.

Speaker Justine Fonte discusses consent with upper school students for LIFE Program

by Sabrina Zhu, Assistant STEM Editor February 6, 2021

The LIFE Program invited Justine Fonte to speak with upper school students about sexual consent on Feb. 4, covering topics like sex positivity and enthusiastic consent. Fonte also gave a “Sex 101”...

Flags of different countries stand outside a 2016 meeting of the International Syria Support Group. “I think we can all come together and agree that Biden's vision of America is a fundamentally more optimistic one.” Youth Activism Club president Ethan Choi (12) said. “And it's one that values the impact of immigrants so much more so than [former President] Trump.”

President Biden signs executive orders regarding immigration

by Irene Yuan, Multimedia Editor January 31, 2021

In the first days of his presidency, President Biden signed several executive orders regarding immigration, including defending the DACA program, ending the "Muslim-travel ban," changing immigration enforcement...

The upper school does not currently have definite plans for students and teachers to return to campus for in-person learning, but they are proceeding with preparations for the senior trip and graduation over the next few months.

Upper school unlikely to return to campus soon but continues planning for senior activities

by Sara Yen, Winged Post Editor-in-Chief January 25, 2021

Head of upper school Butch Keller wrote in an email with Harker Aquila that as long as Santa Clara County remains in the purple tier, and teachers are not vaccinated, the chances of returning to full in-person...

A stack of SAT-prep books. The College Board announced that administration of SAT Subject Tests and the optional SAT Essay would be eliminated on Tuesday.

College Board discontinues SAT Subject Tests, optional SAT Essay to streamline pandemic services

by Aditya Singhvi, Aquila Co-Managing Editor January 20, 2021

The College Board announced yesterday that they will eliminate SAT Subject Tests and the optional essay component of the SAT and investing in creating a flexible, online version of the regular SAT examination.  “The...

Yemenis play music at a cultural club in Aden, Yemen. The conflict between the Houthis and the Saudi Arabian coalition has largely affected the civilian population of Yemen, with many facing famine, disease, poverty and a lack of access to education.

Yemenis face poverty, famine as ongoing civil war leaves 112,000 dead

by Isha Moorjani, Asst. News Editor December 21, 2020

Yemeni civilians continue to be affected by the conflict between the Saudi Arabian coalition and the Houthis, with an estimated 12,000 civilians dead and an additional 100,000 soldiers according to a report...

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