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Learning from legacy

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the upper school is integral to promoting racial equity within our community. Especially at the upper school level, learning about Dr. King’s legacy in a thorough and informed manner allows students to better understand America’s history of racism and examine the nuances of bridging the racial divide of today.
Celebrating MLK Day and recognizing Black leaders will further the upper school’s diversity and inclusion efforts
January 19, 2021

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote in his “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” With these words, Dr. King persevered in his pursuit of racial justice...

Goodbye, 2020. Hello, 2021.

Goodbye, 2020. Hello, 2021.
January 13, 2021

As we say goodbye to 2020, the Harker community reflects on the most exciting, catastrophic and positive events that have affected their lives. Looking into the new year, Harker students share their hopes...

Editorial: Striking down the gavel on the First Amendment

Twitter holds Trump accountable with permanent suspension of his account
January 11, 2021

In a survey sent out to members of the Harker Journalism news staff, 100% of the 27 respondees indicated that they agreed with the stance of this editorial. “Account suspended. Twitter suspends accounts...

“Enough is enough is enough”

At 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday during the Senate confirmation of election results, a mob of supporters of President Donald Trump broke into the Capitol. Members of Congress who met to count electoral votes in the 2020 presidential elections evacuated and sheltered in place, and the U.S. Capitol Police failed to prevent rioters, some of whom were armed, from storming the building.
Attacks at the Capitol exposed our crippled democracy and the laborious work of repair
January 9, 2021

“Enough is enough is enough.”  With these words, President-elect Joe Biden, in a speech from Delaware on Wednesday, declared democracy under “unprecedented assault.”  At 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday...

Trump acknowledges Biden’s electoral victory after violent, pro-Trump riots erupt at U.S. Capitol

 Congress officially certified the electoral votes of the 2020 presidential election in a joint session early today morning, ratifying Biden’s victory after pro-Trump rioters breached the U.S. Capitol yesterday in an unprecedented rampage of violence and destruction.
Growing number of legislators call on Trump's resignation and removal
January 7, 2021

President Trump condemned yesterday’s riots and announced his new focus on “ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power” to the Biden-Harris administration in a video statement released...

Holidays at Harker

Ellis Goldman (12), who celebrates Hanukkah lights a candle on the menorah. The candles of the menorah are lit from right to left, with the shamash burning brightly in the center each night.
Upper school community shares festive traditions, memories and hopes this holiday
December 24, 2020

As the days turn colder and nights grow longer, the festive holidays of Hanukkah, Christmas and Diwali bring light to the Harker community. Despite limitations this year caused by the newest stay-at-home...

The show must go on: Student directors prepare plays to be shown virtually

From left to right, Jasmine Li (10), Sarah Raymond (12) and Aastha Mangla (10) rehearse lines in the Rothschild Performing Arts Center on Nov. 18. All three students are performing in senior director Vaishnavi Murari's play
December 18, 2020

Ever since joining the performing arts community at the upper school in freshman year, Topaz Gao (12) knew they found their place of inspiration. Their journey in theater inspired them to dabble in playwriting,...

Wajahat Ali tells the real stories of America

As Wajahat Ali continued on his path of storytelling as a Pakistani-American and Muslim, the lack of representation he has found along the way with has sometimes been difficult to overcome. But because of his love for and his interest in expressing and documenting stories and moments that unveil the richness of the stories of America, he found it fulfilling to keep doing what he does.
Harker alum embraces his multicultural identity through storytelling
December 11, 2020

Wajahat Ali remembers working on his first short story in Harker’s fifth-grade English and art classroom. His teacher, Ms. Peterson, had instructed him to write a page-long narrative—and Ali’s piece...

Season 1 sports postponed to January at the earliest

Daniel Lin (9) cleans a weight ball in a water cooler after a workout. In order to reduce spread of COVID-19, all equipment must be cleaned after workouts before being used again.
December 7, 2020

The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) announced in a press release on Dec. 1 that the start of Season 1 sports will be postponed to Jan. 1, 2021 at the earliest. Season 1 sports, which include...

Santa Clara County to implement new COVID-19 stay-at-home order

The toiletries aisle at a Safeway store in Saratoga was empty on Nov. 21, as local residents stock up on essential supplies to prepare for the increased county restrictions. Health officials issued a new stay-at-home order, which will go into effect at 10 p.m. today until Jan. 4.
December 6, 2020

Santa Clara County health officials issued a temporary stay-at-home order, which will go into effect at 10 p.m. today in response to a recent surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the Bay Area. The...

Stories from quarantine: Our pandemic workspaces

My pandemic workspace consists of my table, binders, laptop, earbuds, water bottle, pens and pencils, pencil case, my iPad that I use for drawing, my journal to keep me organized, whichever book I'm reading and other various small items.
December 2, 2020

From when the Harker community first left campus in March until now, students have adapted to the challenges of remote learning, such as long hours of screen time and sitting, by modifying or even completely...

Biden becomes the 46th president of the United States, defeating Trump

Joseph R. Biden won the 2020 presidential election, defeating incumbent President Donald. J. Trump as he crossed the threshold of 270 electoral votes with a win in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania (20 electoral votes).
Kamala Harris to be first female vice president of color
November 7, 2020

Joseph R. Biden won the 2020 presidential election, defeating incumbent President Donald. J. Trump as he crossed the threshold of 270 electoral votes with a win in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania...

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