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Attending to Absence

Attending to Absence

by Nicole Tian, Winged Post Co-Lifestyle Editor

September 9, 2019

About 20 minutes into third period, Attendance Coordinator Susan Prutton has just begun to keep track of the 794 students at the upper school. With her eyes fixed on the monitor screen, she picks up the phone, starting with “Hey, can you take attendance for me?” and ending with a smile, “Th...

Building a community from the ground up

Building a community from the ground up

by Arely Sun, Esha Gohil, Alysa Suleiman, and Anna Vazhaeparambil

June 10, 2019

With his head tilted to one side, eyes unfocused and thoughtful, Mike Bassoni smiles as he answers questions about his lifetime of work at Harker. As he touches on his past and present accomplishments, his voice softens nostalgically from its usual upbeat rhythm, his memories taking him back decades. Bassoni...

Appreciation Committee creates posters for staff appreciation

Appreciation Committee creates posters for staff appreciation

by Nicole Tian, Reporter

March 17, 2019

Lining a bulletin board in one of the corridors in Manzanita are 17, out of the 24, beaming faces of the upper school kitchen staff, accompanied by their favorite sports teams, music, bucket list items and other similar questions. Executive Chef Steve Martin, who has been on staff since Harker was a...

Honor Week celebrates honor for Harker’s 125th anniversary

Honor Week celebrates honor for Harker’s 125th anniversary

by Lucy Ge, Reporter

March 3, 2019

Microphone in hand, physics and science research teacher Chris Spenner spoke on Wednesday, Feb. 20 during the school meeting about acceptance within the Harker community. He highlighted three speeches given earlier in the school year by Haris Hosseini (12), Raphael Sanche (12) and chemistry teacher Robbie...

School meeting recap 2/26/19

School meeting recap 2/26/19

by Eric Fang, News Editor

February 27, 2019

Head of School Brian Yager started the school meeting by congratulating students who performed in either the annual dance show or the recent Gala. He also praised the varsity boys soccer team for advancing to the Central Coast Sectional (CCS) semifinals. Next, he announced a series of accreditation visit...

Editorial: Channeling our anger to effect change

Editorial: Channeling our anger to effect change

September 28, 2018

After the recent events involving two former Harker teachers’ inappropriate interactions with students and their subsequent arresting, we’ve seen, among other warranted responses, some knee-jerk reactions to the news. The news is absolutely important, and as the national situation with Supreme...

Editorial: Healing, recovery and moving forward with time

Editorial: Healing, recovery and moving forward with time

September 3, 2018

In the wake of the arrest of a longtime Harker teacher for misconduct involving a student, the Harker community is experiencing a complex jumble of emotions — denial, grief, frustration, shock, betrayal.   You may be feeling the jolt of that initial shock, or a blanketing sadness that dulls you...

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