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COVID-19: A data dive

A data-driven dive into the effects COVID-19 has had locally, nationally, and globally.

by Aditya Singhvi, Aquila Co-Managing Editor

September 17, 2020

259 days. That’s how long it’s been since the World Health Organization (WHO) determined that a novel coronavirus caused a pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan, China. And since then, the staggering numbers have continued to pile up. 29 million cases worldwide. Over 900,000 lives lost. In the United States alone, ...

Harker considers gradual transition into in-person activities as county restrictions loosen

The front office at the upper school on March 12, the day students were sent home. The administration has also enacted several key safety changes to prepare for the possibility of in-person activities, including installing hospital-grade HVAC systems across all four campuses, creating outdoor hand-washing stations, having an increased janitorial presence and providing masks for those who forget them.

by Aditya Singhvi, Aquila Co-Managing Editor

September 14, 2020

As Santa Clara County loosens coronavirus restrictions with declining case counts, the Harker administration is considering resuming certain activities by the end of September as part of a phased shift to an in-person program.  California recently began tracking coronavirus case numbers through a four-tier r...

WeChat and TikTok to be banned from the United States

National security concerns prompted President Trump to issue two executive orders banning U.S. citizens or permanent residents from transaction with the owners of WeChat and TikTok. The orders go into effect on Sept. 15.

by Irene Yuan, Multimedia Editor

September 11, 2020

On Aug. 6, President Trump issued two executive orders that prohibit U.S. citizens or permanent residents from transacting with the owners of WeChat or TikTok, citing national security concerns as the reason for the orders that would take effect on Sept. 15.  This essentially gave American companies 45 days...

Extracurricular activities and programs transition to remote learning

Director of Roleplays Anika Muddu (10) teaches how to prepare for and present a roleplay at DECA Launch. “The conference experience was mainly something that we might be missing out [on] because the preparation for DECA can be done over Zoom or you can Facetime, but the in-conference experience is something that I don’t think we’ll get to convey to the freshmen this year,” Harker DECA CEO Lisa Barooah said. Everyone who’s ever done DECA can tell you the conferences are the most fun part.”

by Isha Moorjani, Winged Post Asst. News Editor

September 10, 2020

With the 2020-21 school year beginning remotely, both students and faculty are experiencing the changes that come with having extracurricular activities online. Many of these extracurriculars relied on in-person interaction and activities, yet each one has thought of unique ways to provide members with si...

Fleeing fires: Evacuated community members face challenges with new reality

Upper school English teacher Beverley Manning's house was burned to the ground by the CZU Lightning Complex Fire, which has now burned over 86,000 acres. Manning evacuated from the wildfire with her rescued animals.

by Lucy Ge, Winged Post News Editor

September 8, 2020

Since a heat wave struck California on Aug. 14, over 900 fires have rolled through 1.8 million acres, destroying at least 3,400 structures, according to Gov. Gavin Newsom during a press conference today.  Californians experienced extreme heat over Labor Day weekend, with Newsom declaring a state of...

“Art has prevailed”: Performing arts prepare versions of shows depending on COVID-19

The Conservatory program held its virtual kick-off on Aug. 26, introducing an unusual year for the arts. “When we had one day to turn around and teach online, it was such an unknown,” said Susan Nace, vocal music teacher and director of Camerata and Cantilena. “Where we are now, it's not as scary, and we're seeing a lot of possibilities because we don't have that fear holding us back.”

by Sara Yen, Winged Post Editor-in-Chief

September 8, 2020

The end of last year was a devastating time for much of the upper school performing arts department. Both the orchestra trip to Carnegie Hall and the spring musical “Damn, Yankees” were canceled due to COVID-19’s seeming wrath.  Yet, performing arts quickly rebounded and held a video release ...

Rescue efforts underway after deadly blast destroys Port of Beirut

On Aug. 4, a deadly blast destroyed the port of the city of Beirut, killing over 170 people and wounding over 6,500 more. The explosion was prompted by a fire which ignited 2,750 pounds of incorrectly stored ammonium nitrate, a chemical compound used in fertilizer and the production of bombs.

by Arushi Saxena, Managing Editor

September 6, 2020

On Aug. 4, a deadly blast destroyed the port of the city of Beirut, killing over 170 people and wounding over 6,500 more. The explosion was prompted by a fire which ignited 2,750 pounds of incorrectly stored ammonium nitrate, a chemical compound used in fertilizer and the production of bombs. The ammonium nitrate...

UCs must go test-blind, Alameda judge rules

SAT and ACT prep books lie on a shelf. A judge in Alameda County ruled that the University of California must immediately cease considering SAT and ACT scores in admissions and scholarship decisions.

by Arushi Saxena and Aditya Singhvi

September 4, 2020

An Alameda County Superior Court judge ruled in a preliminary injunction on Sept. 1 that the University of California system must immediately bar all use of SAT and ACT test scores for scholarship and admissions decisions.  “The current Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in restrictions on the availabi...

Upper school implements bell schedule changes and Zoom guidelines for remote learning

The first semester of the 2020-2021 school will utilize a modified two-day rotation block schedule. This is in response to limitations from the COVID-19 pandemic, prompting Governor Gavin Newson to issue a directive to all schools to begin the year exclusively through remote learning.

by Nicholas Wei and Sally Zhu

September 2, 2020

The upper school has adopted a modified bell schedule for the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year. All instruction will be taking place online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, prompting the administration to release new Zoom guidelines for remote learning last week, helping students balance screen...

Students receive supplies for upcoming school year during distribution day

Upper school librarian Meredith Cranston waves to a student driving by. Students drove by the front loading zone on Saturday to receive supplies for the upcoming school year.

by Lucy Ge, Winged Post News Editor

August 27, 2020

Students drove by the upper school front loading zone on Saturday to receive supplies for the upcoming school year.  Masked faculty members put bags into trunks and waved the students on. Students received supplies from their teachers, advisors and coaches, including items like lab kits, anthologi...

Online matriculation ceremony marks the start of 2020-21 school year

Associated Student Body President Jason Lin records his speech for the virtual matriculation ceremony, as head of school Brian Yager looks on. Jason touched upon ways that the Harker community has stayed connected during quarantine.

by Lucy Ge, Winged Post News Editor

August 25, 2020

Upper school students viewed a video put together by Harker administrators, student council and honor council on Friday during the online matriculation ceremony.  Head of school Brian Yager delivered the opening speech, encouraging freshmen to look to upperclassmen for guidance and inspiration. ...

Harker community members evacuate in response to California wildfires burning over 1 million acres

Lightning strikes from thunderstorms were seen across the Bay Area on the morning of Aug. 16. The storms, which came after record-breaking heat, helped fuel the fires, according to a press release from California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

by Lucy Ge, Winged Post News Editor

August 25, 2020

This is a developing story. Check Harker Aquila for future updates. Over 100,000 California residents have evacuated due to ongoing evacuation orders issued for parts of the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma, as hundreds of wildfires continue to burn o...

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