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Pandemic journal: Heart to heart, mind to mind 

“I love you,” my dad said, radiating warmth and alacrity before his cheery smile, with the scruffy beginnings of a beard, disappeared from the screen. In those short minutes, he never once mentioned the demoralizing experience of complete isolation for two weeks, pacing back and forth each day in less than 300 square feet of space with just a small window overlooking a measly freeway.  
January 15, 2021

“Qi Qi!” My dad’s beaming face fills up my small phone screen, a tiny beacon in the post-sunset gloom of an early November evening.  “Hello?” I said, happy to see him, but nonetheless surprised....

What does shelter-in-place mean when shelter is unaffordable?

Only a chain-link fence separates the Joe Rodota Trail, a pedestrian and bike path, from California State Route 12 in Santa Rosa. Over the month of January, city officials relocated over 250 individuals living at the trail encampment, sending some to shelters across the city and some to temporary “pallet buildings” with bunk beds, heat and electricity in Los Guilicos in East Santa Rosa, a two-hour drive from the trail.
August 19, 2020
On March 16, Bay Area officials in six counties announced shelter-in-place directives, mandating that residents only leave their homes for essential purposes. But what does sheltering in place look like in the Bay Area, one of the most unaffordable housing markets in the U.S.? 

Heart of Harker: Wellness during shelter-in-place

Heart of Harker: Wellness during shelter-in-place
May 28, 2020

We hope you are all doing well and wanted to remind you that we are still here and available to help support you however we can both through email and Zoom. We all recognize what a difficult and challenging...

Lanterns and rats, noodles and dragons: Lunar New Year’s history and traditions

Dragons symbolize wisdom, power and wealth and are believed to bring good luck to people. Dragon dancing is an ancient traditional dance that is said to scare away evil spirits.
March 9, 2020

Rats, oxen, tigers, rabbits, dragons, snakes, horses, goats, monkeys, roosters, dogs and pigs. What do these animals have in common? They’re all Chinese zodiac signs, dedicated to mark the beginning...

Only regulation can solve housing crisis

March 8, 2020

In San Francisco, the median house costs $1.00 million — 5.7 times the national median, which remains at $244,000, according to data from Zillow. A two-bedroom apartment in SF would set you back $3,090...

Lax zoning allows for affordable homes

March 8, 2020

The affordable housing crisis in the Bay Area is defined by sky-high prices and lack of housing, trends that have only been rising over the last decade. As the number of new jobs rapidly outpaces the amount...

Editorial: Response to outbreak calls for corroboration

An illustration depicting  the reassuring power of being informed in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak.
March 7, 2020

With over 75,000 cases across 26 countries, as of Feb. 19 according to the World Health Organization (WHO), a novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has raised health concerns, caused city-wide shutdowns and made...

Editorial: Challenge Day serves as first step

An illustration depicting the beauty of diversity of all types.
March 7, 2020

A hundred students and 20 to 30 members of faculty met in the auxiliary gym to participate in community developing activities on Feb. 6. The program, Challenge Day,  focused on mindfulness, to address...

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.
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...

Dusting cookies with sugar and friendship

A plate of Christmas sugar cookies sits decorated with colorful sprinkles sits on a marble table. I baked these treats when I was in Heavenly, spending the winter holiday season with my friends and family.
March 5, 2020

In the photo, a plate of vanilla sugar cookies decorated with Christmas sprinkles sits on a dark, marble table. The golden brown edges contrast with the softer, white centers, and the festive toppings...

8 sports spring into action

8 sports spring into action
February 28, 2020

Eight spring sports — boys golf, girls lacrosse, baseball, softball, swimming, boys tennis, track and field and boys volleyball — began their regular season practices on Feb. 4, with most teams beginning...

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