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Upper school takes precautionary measures against COVID-19 as California governor Gavin Newsom declares state of emergency

A custodial worker cleans the classrooms in Main after school yesterday. Harker is taking extra precautionary actions to ensure the appropriate sanitation of its campuses.

by Mark Hu, Winged Post STEM Editor

March 7, 2020

Governor of California Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency on March 4 to increase medical resources and standardize guidance in mitigating the spread of the virus in response to the concerns over COVID-19 in California, which has 60 confirmed cases as of March 6 and includes one death of an elderly adult with underlying health conditions i...

Elizabeth Warren suspends her presidential campaign with a message to keep fighting

Sen. Elizabeth Warren waves to the crowd at (D.-M.A.) at her first campaign rally in Oakland on May 31. Warren, who was one of the previous front runners of the Democratic primary race, dropped out today after falling short of expectations on Super Tuesday.

by Nicole Tian, Co-Lifestyle Editor

March 5, 2020

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D.-M.A.) ended her 2020 presidential election campaign today after announcing her candidacy last February, following former South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D.-M.N.) and former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg, who are all now endorsing forme...

News briefs: National Merit, biscuits and NSPA Photo Exchange

Head of Upper School Butch Keller prepares a biscuit for students after school meeting last week, launching an initiative.

by Nicholas Wei, Alysa Suleiman, and Arushi Saxena

March 5, 2020

62 Harker seniors named National Merit Scholarship finalists 62 seniors were named National Merit Scholarship finalists. Students entered the contest by taking the PSAT/NMSQT® in October 2018 and received their scores in mid-December of the same year.  Those who met the National Merit Scholarship Corporat...

Biden and Sanders score big wins on Super Tuesday as voters in 14 states cast their ballots

From left to right: Democratic candidates Bernie Sanders (I.-V.T.) and former Vice President Joe Biden.

by Varsha Rammohan and Arushi Saxena

March 4, 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders (I.-V.T.) both secured several key states on Super Tuesday as fourteen states held their primaries yesterday. Biden overwhelmingly won the primaries in Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Maine, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. Sanders clinched a lead in Vermont, California, Colorado, and Utah.  In order to clinch the party nominat...

AP U.S. Government and Politics holds mock primary elections

AP Government student Riva Saksena helps Shray Alag (11) turn in his ballot during fifth period on Monday. Students were able to cast their ballot for presidential candidates from all parties as well as vote on California’s Proposition 13, which regulates funding for education.

by Nicole Tian, Co-Lifestyle Editor

March 4, 2020

The AP U.S. Government and Politics classes held the 2020 Harker Primary elections on Monday ahead of California primary elections this Tuesday, which allows students of all grades to participate in mock elections that mimicked real life polling stations.  After setting up in the morning in upper sch...

Menlo School announces school closure through weekend due to coronavirus exposure

Menlo School announces school closure through weekend due to coronavirus exposure

by Arya Maheshwari, Managing Editor

March 4, 2020

The Menlo School in Atherton announced today a closure of the School through this weekend due to a staff member’s exposure to COVID-19 through a relative who tested positive for the novel coronavirus today.  “Out of an abundance of caution and for the safety and well-being of our community, we have...

Community spread, local outbreaks of coronavirus impacts countries around the world

A warning sign with information about coronavirus and a station with hand sanitizer, tissues and face masks stand outside the entrance doors to the emergency room of Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, CA. As of March 2, there are 9 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County.

by Kathy Fang, Varsha Rammohan, and Arushi Saxena

March 3, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first possible cases of community spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. last week in California, Oregon and Washington as well as the first six U.S. deaths from the virus, marking an escalation in the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus...

School meeting recap 3/2/2020: Soccer CCS champions, kissing pigs and solving the squirrel problem

The varsity boys soccer team applauds after senior Andrew Cheplansky finishes speaking about the team's accomplishments this season. The boys won against Saint Francis on Saturday, winning their first CCS championship.

by Lucy Ge, Asst. News Editor

March 2, 2020

Avi Gulati (12) started off the meeting yesterday by announcing that the sandwich bar is being shut down due to students being unable to clean up after themselves. Head of upper school Butch Keller encouraged students to not let academic counselor Lori Kohan’s absence deter them from seeing a counselor. Grace...

Harker journalism program hosts Summit High School journalists for photography class

Director of Journalism Ellen Austin explains the fundamentals of DSLR photography to visiting journalism students from Summit High School. The Summit students arrived during lunch and stayed through third period, where they participated in a photo scavenger hunt with Harker students.

by Arushi Saxena and Sara Yen

March 2, 2020

Encapsulating a fairy tale aura, a colorful gnome figurine stands out in defined focus in contrast to the blurrier leafy surroundings, an effect produced by bokeh, the out-of-focus result in photos using certain lenses. Students captured this mystical woodland scene in a joint scavenger hunt between...

School meeting recap 2/25/2020: Popeyes, ping pong tournament, and art portfolios

Giovanni Rofa (12), Meona Khetrapal (11), Rohan Varma (11) and Adhya Hoskote (12) deliver the Eagle Update during Tuesday's school meeting. They reviewed the results from recent games played by the girls basketball, girls soccer, boys basketball and girls basketball.

by Lucy Ge, Asst. News Editor

February 27, 2020

Avi Gulati (12) welcomed everyone to the school meeting. The junior council announced a Popeyes chicken sandwich fundraiser in front of Manzanita during lunch on Tuesday. Giovanni Rofa (12), Meona Khetrapal (11), Rohan Varma (11) and Adhya Hoskote (12) gave the Eagle Update. The boys soccer te...

Downbeat advances to Varsity Vocals a cappella semifinals

Downbeat senior Joel Morel solos during a performance of the song

by Kathy Fang, Editor-in-Chief

February 25, 2020

The upper school’s vocal ensemble, Downbeat, placed third in Varsity Vocals’ International Championship of High School Acapella (ICHSA) regional quarterfinals this weekend, earning the ensemble a spot in the semifinals for the first time in the Conservatory’s history After placing fourth in...

School meeting recap 2/19/2020: Chef Keller, sandwiches and an abundance of Valentine’s grams

Student council members Calais Poirson (11) and Bennett Liu (12) perform a skit on how to make sandwiches at the sandwich bar at school meeting yesterday. The sandwich bar gives students the opportunity to craft their own soy butter and jelly sandwiches after school.

by Lucy Ge, Asst. News Editor

February 20, 2020

Avi Gulati (12) started off the school meeting by announcing a high of 66 degrees and a low of 52 degrees Fahrenheit.  Head of upper school Butch Keller thanked students and faculty for the successful Challenge Day that took place on Feb. 6.  “I heard from a lot of people that participated that...

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