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Freeway fire brings smell of smoke, unhealthy air quality to upper school campus

The location of the small fire that broke out today on the south side of Interstate 280. The fire, which burned briefly before the San Jose Fire Department extinguished it, released smoke that spread across campus and lowered air quality levels.

by Kathy Fang, Muthu Panchanatham, and Irene Yuan

November 14, 2019

During second period today, a fire on the south side of Interstate 280 caused a brief, sudden wave of smoke to sweep across campus, bringing the air quality index (AQI) to unhealthy levels. In a school-wide broadcast, Dean of Students Kevin Williamson informed students and faculty of a fire south...

Lights out, flames rise: As Sonoma County continues to burn, “historic” high-speed, dry wind event prompts PG&E to expand power shutoffs to reduce additional fire risk

A forecasted map of approximate regions, highlighted in orange, that may be affected by tomorrow's public safety power shutoff. The shutoff was prompted by warnings of a high-speed wind event that increases risk of damage to power lines and fire hazards.

by Kathy Fang, Arya Maheshwari, and Nicole Tian

October 28, 2019

As the Kincade fire in Sonoma County continues to burn and “extreme” weather conditions bring heightened fire risks to northern California, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced plans yesterday to implement the third consecutive public safety power shutoff (PSPS) of the week, whi...

Fire season in full force as Sonoma fire rages on, wind event pushes smoke into Bay Area and worsens air quality

Spare the Air forecast for tomorrow's air quality in the San Francisco Bay Area

by Kathy Fang and Nicole Tian

October 27, 2019

This is a developing story. Check Harker Aquila for additional coverage on wildfires and outages. As the Kincade fire in Sonoma County rages on, dry, gusty winds continue to push smoke from the wildfires southward, prompting Spare the Air to issue an alert warning for tomorrow in the San Francisco Bay A...

Lights and action for the holiday season

Kinetic Krew performs at the Santana Row Tree Lighting. The Kinetic Krew routine was choreographed by dance teacher Rachelle Haun.

by Varsha Rammohan, Copy Editor

November 22, 2018

As warm jackets and boots become a common sight around the upper school campus, the holiday season makes its appearance, starting off with the annual Santana Row tree lighting ceremony on Nov. 13, which featured several of Harker’s performing arts groups. Upper school performing arts groups Downbeat,...

Parents, students and teachers meet for first semester conferences

Chairs in the upstairs Dobbins hallway for parents and students attending conferences.

by Kathy Fang, Managing Editor

November 20, 2018

Students and parents met with teachers today in the first day of conferences, which will continue tomorrow. Due to unhealthy air quality conditions, students and parents were advised to stay indoors as much as possible, with some conferences moved to alternate locations in order to minimize outdoor exposure....

Some parent-student-teacher conferences to be relocated due to air quality

Smoke over San Jose from the Camp Fire in Butte County.

by Kathy Fang, Managing Editor

November 19, 2018

Due to the unhealthy air quality in San Jose, which is currently recorded at an index of 159, some teachers will be moving their parent-student-teacher conferences tomorrow and on Tuesday to alternate locations in order to minimize exposure to dangerous particulate matter outdoors. Students with teachers...

School will not be cancelled while unhealthy air quality, Camp Fire persist

Daniel Wu (9) wears a mask to protect from the unhealthy air quality today during lunch.

by Ryan Guan and Kathy Fang

November 16, 2018

Updated: 12:52 p.m. Nov. 16, 2018 School will not be cancelled Friday despite unhealthy air conditions across the Santa Clara County school district, which includes Harker, according to an email sent this afternoon by the Office of Communications at the upper school. School activities, especial...

Bay Area air quality on alert due to smoke from Camp Fire

Hazy air lingers over campus as smoke from the Camp Fire north of Sacramento travelled throughout the Bay Area today. The current Air Quality Index is 152, which is categorized as

by Ryan Guan, Kathy Fang, and Nicole Chen

November 9, 2018

The smell of smoke permeated the upper school today as air from the Camp Fire in Butte County, north of Sacramento, blew south toward the campus. As a result of the smoke, sports practices for boys and girls soccer, wrestling, JV boys basketball, tennis, cross country and after school workouts are canc...

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