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Going virtual: How teachers have adapted hands-on activities online

Students work on a watercolor project in Pilar Aguero-Esparza's Study of Visual Arts class. She made and mailed packages of art supplies to each student to help them continue their art at home.

by Brian Chen, Reporter

April 26, 2020

Virtual dance auditions. Online orchestra practice. Mailing art supplies and lab notebooks. Conducting experiments at home.  With the campus closed and a shelter-in-place order throughout California, teachers have adapted to online learning, inventing creative solutions to replace hands-on activities ...

“Remixed and Reimagined”: Students and faculty prepare for the annual dance production

Junior Zoe Kister jumps into a crowd of dancers. Zoe is one of eight student choreographers.

by Esha Gohil and Sabrina Zhu

January 31, 2020

The stage lights up in a purple hue, silhouetting a group of dancers in the background. They pose as the music begins, before gracefully leaping towards the audience during Thursday’s dress rehearsal. The upper school will present its ninth annual dance show tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 an...

Fall Quadchella invites students, faculty to watch performances through informal talent show

Nathaniel “Nash”
Melisso (12) strums
the ukulele as he
performs his original
song “Insight” during the fall Quadchella on Nov. 7. This Quadchella contained a total of four teacher acts and six student acts, along with face painting, popcorn, and tattoos on the side.

by Sriya Batchu, Reporter

November 16, 2019

Harker’s biannual Quadchella talent show invited students and faculty to watch an array of performances in the quad during long lunch on Nov. 7. This Quadchella contained a total of four teacher acts and six student acts. Face painting provided by the art club along with popcorn and tattoos were a...

Boys can dance: Insensitive comments show that toxic stereotypes live on — but shouldn’t

Boys can dance: Insensitive comments show that toxic stereotypes live on -- but shouldn’t

by Arely Sun, Co-Lifestyle Editor

September 17, 2019

Imagine a ballet dancer. Did you summon an image of a lithe woman with a bun, clad in a tutu and pointe shoes? Or did you instead conjure a sinewed, muscular man elegantly leaping several feet in the air? Now consider these iconic men from professional sports and Hollywood: Rob Gronkowski, Herschel...

Dance show auditions launch preparation for annual production

Upper school dance teacher Karl Kuehn looks on as students audition for the annual dance production. Auditions took place on Sept. 14.

by Catherine Feng, Asst. Copy Editor

September 16, 2019

Auditions for the annual dance production took place on Saturday, Sept. 14. Students of all ability levels from all four grades were encouraged to audition, even if they had never danced before. This year, 173 upper school students auditioned, an indication of the popularity of the dance show.  Everyon...

Conservatory Kickoff marks official start of performing arts season

The 2019-20 Student Directed Showcase (SDS) directors talk to audience members about their visions for the upcoming year. SDS is an opportunity for students to try directing other students.

by Irene Yuan, Asst. Photo Editor

August 28, 2019

Upper school students and parents attended the annual Conservatory Kickoff meeting hosted by the performing arts department in the Patil Theater today.  “This is our one time a year for parents and students that we come together as a unit, as a group, as an entire conservatory to talk about who we ...

Keeping up with the Kuehn Klass: Behind the scenes of after school dance classes

Dancers stretch out their splits in the

by Alysa Suleiman, Reporter

May 27, 2019

Ambient white blocks of fluorescent lights line the angled ceiling, reflecting in the wall-length mirror of the dance room. Spread across the polished wooden floor in two straight rows, dancers in the Tuesday 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 pm. “stretch, leaps and turns” class sit in a straddled stretching position...

Conservatory seniors honored at annual Senior Showcase

A senior practices her routine prior to Senior Showcase. The showcase features all members of the Conservatory who have completed the Certificate program, which culminates in this final performance.

by Varsha Rammohan and Irene Yuan

May 23, 2019

Senior members of the upper school conservatory certificate program performed at the annual senior showcase last Friday. This year marks the eighteenth anniversary of the showcase since the first one in 2002, where the inaugural certificate candidates graduated. Senior showcase honors the work and ...

This is Quadchella: Harker’s biannual music festival celebrates talent and “chillaxing”

Computer science teacher Anu Datar and her advisory performs a Bollywood dance. This Quadchella showcased mainly dance, vocal music and instrumental music.

by Gloria Zhang, Features Editor

May 8, 2019

“I don’t care. I don’t care. I don’t care. I don’t care. You’re a square. You’re a square. You’re a square. You’re a square.” The rhythmic beats of lil strype’s, also known as Nathaniel “Nash” Melisso (11), “idc (prod. 408)” reverberates around campus. The chorus of the e...

Juniors and seniors make memories at “Frozen in Time” themed prom

Junior Delaney Logue dances with friends at prom on Saturday. Prom was held at the Silicon Valley Capitol Club in downtown San Jose.

by Irina Malyugina and Kathy Fang

April 29, 2019

Seventeen floors above the lights of downtown San Jose, upper school students spent the night of April 27th "frozen in time" at this year's prom, hosted in the Silicon Valley Capitol Club from 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. On the balcony, students dined, drank mocktails mixed by the venue’s staff, interacted...

Students leap, twirl and jump during annual “Just Dance”

Joel Morel (11) grins at the audience as he dances in perfect coordination with his fellow members of Kinetic Krew. Kinetic Krew, 
an all-boys group directed by Rachelle Haun, features dancers from 9th to 12th grade.

by Arushi Saxena, Global Editor

April 15, 2019

As a medley of multicolored lights flush the stage, dancers prance into their starting positions and strike a pose. The music begins, and with a graceful turn, “Just Dance” begins. Six dance groups from the lower, middle and upper schools joined together on the stage of the Rothschild Performing...

School Meeting Recap 4/8

Kinetic Krew performed at school meeting on Tuesday to preview the upcoming Just Dance showcase, which will be held in the Patil Theater on Friday.

by Eric Fang, News Editor

April 10, 2019

Avi Gulati (11) began the school meeting on Monday by announcing when the annual Quadchella talent show will take place. The event will be on May 2 and will be held at the Shah patio instead of the quad this year. Because of this, Avi joked that the event would be more appropriately named “Shahchel...

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