The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

Zoom Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Kelly Steckelberg speaks to over 40 students on Jan. 13 in a joint speaker event hosted by CareerConnect and Oeconomia. Steckelberg touched on the possible economic shift away from business travel, Zoom’s expansion of services and the power of networking.

Zoom CFO shares insights into career journey and economic trends

by Lucy Ge, Co-Managing Editor January 23, 2022

Zoom Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Kelly Steckelberg spoke to over 40 upper school students on Jan. 13, sharing insights into her daily responsibilities as CFO and her journey in the business world.  Steckelberg,...

TALON Yearbook Organizations Editor Rachel Ning (11) announces that club photo day will be next Tuesday as the Olivas advisory looks on through Zoom last Tuesday. Class and school meetings will take place over Zoom until further notice.

School meeting recap 1/11/22: National Chocolate Cake Day, stress level and new dress code

by Lucy Ge January 18, 2022

Associated Student Body (ASB) President Dawson Chen (12) started the school meeting, which advisories watched together through Zoom, last Tuesday. Harker Spirit Leadership Team (HSLT) Vice President...

According to the Harker COVID-19 Data Dashboard, 19 students tested positive for COVID-19 from Jan. 2 to Jan. 8. As of yesterday, the upper school is not planning on implementing remote learning for any groups or grades on campus.

Upper school COVID-19 FAQ: Learning format, case numbers and contact tracing

by Lucy Ge, Co-Managing Editor January 12, 2022

This article has been updated on Jan. 16, 2022, to reflect current COVID-19 case numbers from the Harker COVID-19 Data Dashboard. 1. How many students and faculty have tested positive for COVID-19 at...

Upper school Dean of Students Kevin Williamson introduces upper school security guard Josh Conti, who followed Williamson with more advice about parking lot safety, reminding students to not risk their safety when rushing to class in the morning and to walk on the sidewalks. Conti also urged both students and faculty to not text and drive, sharing a personal anecdote from when he was hit by a driver who was texting while driving.

School meeting recap 1/5/22: Traffic and safety, Kicks Against Cancer and Student Directed Showcase

by Isha Moorjani, News Editor January 11, 2022

Associated Student Body (ASB) Treasurer Aaditya Gulati (12) began the school meeting last Wednesday. Aaditya introduced Dean of Students Kevin Williamson, who gave an announcement about parking and...

The Office of Communication notified parents today that the Harker Outlook email accounts are currently inaccessible. Faculty will be notified when Outlook is restored.

Breaking: Harker Outlook temporarily unavailable for faculty

by Alysa Suleiman, Co-Editor-in-Chief January 8, 2022

This is a developing story. Check Harker Aquila for future updates. Jan. 9, 11:19 a.m. The Harker website and portal have been restored this morning, according to an email Office of Communication...

The vaccination site at Santa Clara County Fairgrounds administers COVID-19 vaccine and booster shots on Tuesday. The omicron variant is spreading at a rapid rate across the U.S. as Santa Clara County reported its first case last Thursday, with the variant estimated to constitute three percent of all COVID-19 cases nationwide as of yesterday.

Omicron spreads at rate ‘not seen with any previous variant’ as Santa Clara County detects first case

by Isha Moorjani and Sabrina Zhu December 16, 2021

This article has been updated on Dec. 17, 2021, to reflect COVID-19 updates sent by Head of School Brian Yager.  The omicron variant is spreading at a rapid rate across the U.S. as Santa Clara County...

Upper school students prepare for final exams in the library on Monday, Dec. 13. During finals week, librarians enforced a completely silent study zone in the library for students to focus on their studying.

In-person final exams return for fall semester

by Selina Xu and Michelle Wei December 15, 2021

Students took 90-minute in-person final exams yesterday, which will continue until Friday of this week. This semester’s finals mark the first time in-person exams were administered on the upper school...

Sophomores Selina Xu, Meishin Yen and Claire Miao work on cards at a table outside of Manzanita with chapter president Ishani Sood (10) and vice president of outreach Trisha Iyer (10) during the upper school Women for Women Internationals holiday card writing event on Dec. 7.

Women for Women International hosts holiday card event

by Desiree Luo, Asst. Sports Editor December 15, 2021

The upper school's newly founded Women for Women International (WFWi) chapter set up a table outside of Manzanita Hall during lunch on Dec. 7 for students and faculty to create holiday cards for women...

Upper School Division Head Butch Keller joins in on student councils dance skit, performed to to Lil Nas X’s “HOLIDAY. Last Thursdays school meeting marked the last school meeting of 2021.

School meeting recap 12/9/21: Culture Day, Kicks Against Cancer and 1,500 donut holes

by Lucy Ge, Co-Managing Editor December 14, 2021

Associated Student Body (ASB) President Dawson Chen (12) welcomed everyone to the last school meeting before winter break last Thursday.  Upper school English teacher Jennifer Siraganian announced...

Anish Jain (10) hugs Justin Chao (10) under a flurry of fake snow during Winterfest on Nov. 29. A snow machine showered the outside of Manzanita with fake snow, while HSLT members offered hot chocolate to the upper school community and HSLT co-adviser and Director of Student Organizations Eric Kallbrier hosted a holiday-themed karaoke, inviting students and teachers to sing along to holiday tunes.

Upper school community enjoys holiday-themed activities in first ever Winterfest

by Olivia Xu, Reporter December 9, 2021

Over 80 students and faculty participated in gingerbread house decorating, tree decorating and karaoke during the first ever Winterfest, hosted by the Harker Spirit Leadership Team (HSLT) and Student Activities...

Upper School Divison Head Butch Keller shared a message of gratitude and hope concerning upper school math teacher Jane Keller’s medical leave. Keller also said that scans taken over Thanksgiving break indicated that by March, she may enter complete remission and be able to return to school.

School meeting recap 12/3/21: Leukemia and Lymphoma Society fundraiser, Honor Choir and Review Bowls

by Trisha Iyer and Anika Maji December 9, 2021

Associated Student Body (ASB) President Dawson Chen (12) opened the school meeting on Dec. 3. On behalf of the Harker Conservatory, Anya Warrier (12) and Kai Due (12) congratulated the students who...

Green Team co-president Camilla Lindh (12) talks about protecting Coyote Valley from industrial development during the clubs meeting last Wednesday during long lunch. This local place is a location Green Team has been working on saving since the beginning of the year.

Harker Green Team discusses upcoming sustainability goals

by Kinnera Mulam and Ananya Sriram December 7, 2021

Harker Green Team gathered for their sixth meeting to discuss updates regarding their goals for the school year in upper school Spanish teacher Diana Moss’ room on Wednesday, Dec. 1, during lunch.  Co-president...

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