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Town hall discussion explores solutions for racism at Harker

Middle school computer science teacher Sharmila Misra offers her opinion during the town hall last Tuesday. This event took place in light of the racism towards African American students at Harker and the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters across the nation.

by Lucy Ge, Winged Post News Editor

June 23, 2020

Why are there so few African American and Latinx students at Harker? What should the school do to be more inclusive? Is there a way for the school to be more transparent with consequences for racial incidents on campus?  Over 170 Harker faculty, staff and students from sixth to 12th grade gather...

Editorial: Say their names — and listen

This illustration depicts how the country has reached a flashpoint. The African American community is speaking out against systemic racism and police violence, across the nation and in the Harker community, too.

by Editorial Board

June 14, 2020

Say their names.  Tony McDade. Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. Eric Garner. Rodney King. Tamir Rice. And so many more African American men and women — most unpublicized, many minors — have been killed by the police in this country. Black lives matter.  Yet this country continues to sys...

Harker community holds vigil to discuss racism and current Black Lives Matter protests

Attendees at the virtual Solidarity and Fellowship Vigil used images of candles as their Zoom backgrounds to symbolize their support and solidarity. The hosts provided the photo of the candle in the Zoom chat for participants to download.

by Lucy Ge and Isha Moorjani

June 7, 2020

Over 250 Harker students, faculty, staff and alumni attended the virtual Solidarity and Fellowship Vigil event on Thursday evening to speak about issues of racial inequality and community exclusion in an hour of open discussion. The Harker Diversity Committee organized the vigil in light of the recent ...

Community vigil and town hall meeting regarding protests to take place

In response to the protests in the Bay Area, Harker's administration and Diversity Committee are hosting a virtual community vigil and town hall meeting for students and faculty in the upcoming week.

by Lucy Ge, Winged Post News Editor

June 3, 2020

In response to civil unrest breaking out across America and Black Lives Matter (BLM) protestors calling for reform of the police system, Harker administration and the Harker Diversity Committee is hosting a virtual community vigil and town hall meeting for students and faculty to process the current ...

Spirit Week bridges upper school community virtually

A flier made by the freshman class summarizing the events taking place throughout Spirit Week. “I was definitely looking forward to the spring spirit rally, but I’m glad HSLT and the student council worked together to ensure a virtual version of spring spirit still would happen,” Michelle Jin (9) said.

by Sarah Mohammed, Reporter

April 26, 2020

Upper school students participated in a virtual spirit week for the first time this year, with various events and dress-up days organized by the Harker Spirit Leadership Team (HSLT) throughout the week of April 13.  Each class made their own virtual “quilts,” collages of drawings students wer...

Editorial: Challenge Day serves as first step

An illustration depicting the beauty of diversity of all types.

by Editorial Board

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 racist epithets and racially-charged comments made by Harker students.  And while Challenge Day may have served as a...

Community spread, local outbreaks of coronavirus impacts countries around the world

A warning sign with information about coronavirus and a station with hand sanitizer, tissues and face masks stand outside the entrance doors to the emergency room of Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, CA. As of March 2, there are 9 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County.

by Kathy Fang, Varsha Rammohan, and Arushi Saxena

March 3, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first possible cases of community spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. last week in California, Oregon and Washington as well as the first six U.S. deaths from the virus, marking an escalation in the global outbreak of the novel coronavirus...

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

Facilities director Mike Bassoni posed on a pathway in the landscaping in front of the Rothschild Performing Arts Center. Bassoni played a key role in the landscaping’s development, providing input on its design.

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

Director of Community Service Kerry Enzensperger and Alyssa Huang (11) position the posters. LIFE agreed to lend their bulletin board to the Appreciation Committee.

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

During the campus clean-up on Friday, Clarice Wang (9) put a piece of trash in a garbage bag held open by Abel Olivas, Spanish teacher and department head of Modern and Classical languages.

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

Members of Green Team Ashley Jazbec (11) and Anvi Banga (11), joined by Head of School Brian Yager and Upper School Head Butch Keller, announce that the cafeteria will no longer provide single-use plastic as a part of an initiative for environmental sustainability.

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...

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