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Marchers attend a rally in San Francisco on June 19, 2020, to commemorate Black history and advocate for investment in education. Last Wednesday, the passage of the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act established June 19 as a federal holiday.

Juneteenth celebrated nationwide as a federal holiday

by Sabrina Zhu and Arjun Barrett June 23, 2021

Juneteenth celebrations were in full force Saturday following the passage of the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act last Thursday, which officially established June 19 as a federal holiday. The Senate...

Head of School Brian Yager reviews the Harker Community Town Hall agenda. The town hall included discussions about the progress made so far, the AIM survey results, reflections and a question and answer session.

Town hall sparks conversations for embracing diversity and inclusion

by Sarah Mohammed and Isha Moorjani June 22, 2021

To discuss new updates, ideas and concerns regarding diversity among students, alumni and faculty, the administration organized Harker’s second set of town halls of the 2020-2021 school year on June...

The Rothschild Performing Arts Center. The orchard was one of many places on campus set up with picnic tables for social distanced student seating.

Closing out a year of change: Upper school completes remote learning

by Alysa Suleiman and Nicole Tian June 2, 2021

After a year of online school, social distancing and the loss of social interaction, the upper school’s spring semester ended its last academic day last Friday on May 28. Though the year was filled with...

Mayor Yan Zhao shares her own experiences with racism at the West Valley Stop Asian Hate Rally on March 27.

Saratoga mayor speaks out against anti-Asian hate at rally and at upper school club event

by Arely Sun, Winged Post Lifestyle Editor May 10, 2021

A sprawling crowd speckled with bold posters before her at Saratoga City Hall, Saratoga Mayor Yan Zhao stepped up to the podium and began her speech on March 27.  “America is a place with diversity,...

Students and faculty clap and snap after Sophia Gottfried (12) reads her poem titled

Poetry Palooza celebrates National Poetry Month with student and teacher readings

by Michelle Liu, Winged Post Design Editor May 4, 2021

To celebrate National Poetry Month, students and teachers gathered in the Zoom room of upper school English teacher and Los Gatos Poet Laureate, Jennifer Siraganian, for a Poetry Palooza reading last Thursday....

Akshay Manglik (12), Andrew Lee (12) and speech and debate teacher Greg Achten pose for a photo after learning about the National Debate Coaches Association National Championship results.

Upper school debaters co-champion national tournament in Lincoln Douglas debate

by Lucy Ge, Winged Post News Editor April 18, 2021

Andrew Lee (12), Akshay Manglik (12) and Deven Shah (11) co-championed the National Debate Coaches Association National Championship last weekend in Lincoln Douglas debate.  The upper school debate...

John Near scholar Saloni Shah (12) shares her research on the Nuclear Freeze Movement in the 20th century during her scholar salon on March 10. “The Near Mitra Chen Lin program is really impactful because it gives you the harmony between being a scholar and a student,” Saloni said in an interview before her salon.

Near Mitra Chen Lin scholars present results in inaugural virtual salons

by Isha Moorjani, Assistant News Editor April 7, 2021

Attendees’ faces glow with anticipation as Donna Gilbert and Lauri Vaughan, co-directors of the Near Mitra Chen Lin research program, introduce Sophia Gottfried (12), a Mitra scholar. Sophia begins to...

The sun sets on the back  entrance that leads to the quad at the upper school on Mar. 2. Classes will began a rotation of at least one day per week per grade beginning in mid-April.

Upper school to continue campus reopening efforts for in-person learning

by Alysa Suleiman, A&E Editor April 6, 2021

Santa Clara County entered the orange tier last week, with the new COVID-19 case rate per 100,000 citizens dropping below 10 for the first time since the first week of December. Currently, the upper school...

Stanford Neurodiversity Project Program Coordinator Isabelle Morris talks about the wide range of conditions in the neurodiversity spectrum during her speaker event on March 11.

Students work to break down stigma surrounding neurodiversity, educate community through interactive events

by Lucy Ge, Winged Post News Editor March 26, 2021

Screen sharing her presentation and addressing over 780 upper school students and faculty, Stanford Neurodiversity Project Program Coordinator Isabelle Morris shared her experiences as an Autistic young...

Over 2,500 protestors gathered at the #StopAsianHate Community Rally at San Jose City Hall on Sunday, Mar. 21, at 1 p.m. to protest the recent violence against Asian Americans across the nation. The rally focused on Asian American discrimination, minority intersectionality, recent injustices against elderly Asian Americans and the history of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) discrimination in the United States.

#StopAsianHate Community Rally ushers in thousands of protesters

by Alysa Suleiman, A&E Editor March 24, 2021

"One beat. One heart.”  Over 2,500 protestors gathered at the #StopAsianHate Community Rally at San Jose City Hall on Sunday, March 21, at 1 p.m. to protest the recent violence against Asian...

Seniors Bayden Yazalina and Ryan Tobin work on building a stable plastic bridge as math teacher Anthony Silk gives feedback.

Back in action: Engineering students conduct outdoor and indoor bridge labs

by Lucy Ge and Sara Yen March 23, 2021

Masked and working in small groups, seven Introduction to Engineering students carefully connected K’NEX building pieces to form plastic bridges between tables outside of Nichols on Feb. 26. Nearly two...

Ariana Goetting (9) works at her desk during remote learning. Upper school students will be taking most of their AP exams from home through a computer.

Most upper school AP exams to be taken digitally, seven on-campus exams

by Lucy Ge, Winged Post News Editor March 18, 2021

Seven Advanced Placement (AP) exams will be administered on-site at the upper school, while students will take all other AP exams for this year digitally at home, according to an email sent out on Feb....

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