The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

The student news site of The Harker School.

Harker Aquila

Green Team Public Relations Head Joelle Wang (11) and member Lindsey Tuckey (10) place trash in a bag as possible at a Campbell creek for Coastal Cleanup Day. A total of 18 students participated in the event as part of Californias Coastal Cleanup Day on Sept. 17.

Students clean creek for California Coastal Cleanup Day

by Kinnera Mulam, Co-STEM Editor September 28, 2022

18 students, including Green Team members, and three teachers attended the California Coastal Cleanup Day event on Sept. 17 in Campbell to clean up trash near a creek in an effort to decrease water contamination.  Coastal...

The tables in the orchard sit deserted as students remain indoors to escape the heat on Tuesday afternoon, when temperatures reached over 100 degrees. A record-breaking heat wave on the West Coast raised temperatures to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit at the upper school campus, leading to the cancellation of outdoor activities this week.

Temperatures reach record highs in week-long heat wave, upper school cancels outdoor activities

by Felix Chen, Isabella Lo, and Emma Gao September 8, 2022

A record-breaking heat wave on the West Coast raised temperatures to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit at the upper school campus, leading to the cancellation of outdoor activities this week. As per school...

California history’s deep roots in Hispanic and Latinx culture

June 2, 2022

To celebrate the culture and contributions of the Hispanic population, then-president Ronald Reagan established National Hispanic Heritage Month on August 17, 1988. The month-long celebration commenced...

Blue dicks on ___. Dipterostemnon capitatus require fires or other periodic disturbances to maintain its populations.

Wildlife watch: Spring wildflowers to look out for

by Nicholas Wei, HoH Managing Editor April 11, 2022

As spring unfolds, tiny hidden gems dot California’s renowned golden hills, now green with new life. Walking through our chaparral slopes and forests, one needs only to look more closely between blades...

The Coyote Brush Bud Gall Midge grows on the California Coyote Brush. The adults lay mate, have offspring, and die all within 24 hours.

Wildlife watch: Late fall features living gems in Bay Area

by Nicholas Wei, Humans of Harker Managing Editor December 9, 2021

The La Niña winter climate pattern, defined by colder weather in the Pacific region, announced its arrival last month with its entourage of clouds and rain. With this change comes new life regenerating...

Native American tribes such as the Muwekma Ohlone used bundles of tule, a wetland bulrush plant, to construct boats for transportation. The month of November, officially recognized as Native American Heritage Month by President George H. W. Bush in 1990, commemorates the history and culture of Native American peoples.

‘We are still here’: Native American Heritage Month pays tribute to rich tribal history and traditions

by Michelle Liu and Selina Xu November 29, 2021

When Aneesha Asthana (11) attended the Women for the Rivers Gathering in Minnesota this summer, she knew little about the cause behind the movement. They had originally attended for their sister, who does...

We are running out of time, year by year, month by month. The world we inherit is shaped
by the decisions and problems of previous elections. For a generation watching as the climate rapidly fluctuates and the ocean creeps into cities, we
don’t have the luxury to wait.

Editorial: Proposition 18, our generation’s next step

by Editorial Board October 31, 2020

For the first month of school, we woke up to dim orange skies and the smell of smoke in the air. Some of us packed bags for evacuation, others faced permanent loss and the unforgiving raze of wildfires....

Upper school English teacher Beverley Mannings 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.

Fleeing fires: Evacuated community members face challenges with new reality

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...

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.

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

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...

An expanding animal agriculture industry leads to deforestation to open up new lands, but by cutting down on customer demand by either eliminating or minimizing personal beef consumption, the impact is twofold: forested lands are protected, combating the effects of CO2 emissions, and methane produced by cattle farming decreases.

Cattle and carbon: Why I chose to stop eating beef

by Nicole Tian, Co-Lifestyle Editor January 21, 2020

At the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit held on Sept. 23 in New York City, one speaker’s words were particularly convicting. In a YouTube video from Guardian News, 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta...

Saanvi Arora (10) joins other high school students from around the Bay Area in leading last Saturdays March for Education. Saanvi is a member of GEN-Up, a student-led social justice organization and student-activist coalition.

“Students, teachers take a stand”: March for Education rallies support for educational funding

by Kathy Fang, Arushi Saxena, and Alysa Suleiman November 19, 2019

Over 100 people gathered in César Chavez Plaza in downtown San Jose on Nov. 9 as part of the March for Education, an event hosted by GEN-Up, a student-led social justice organization and student-activist...

Kick Back with Kushal: California does right by collegiate athletes

Kick Back with Kushal: California does right by collegiate athletes

by Kushal Shah, Sports Columnist October 16, 2019

On Sept. 30, free labor in California’s college athletics programs finally came to a close with California’s newly instituted “Fair Pay to Play Act,” also known as Senate Bill 206. Of course, while...

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