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Ramadan, the holiest month in the Muslim calendar, will take place this year from Mar. 10 to Apr. 9. Over the thirty days, those who are physically able will fast from sunrise to sunset, fulfilling one of the five pillars of Islam, sawm.

Fasting and faith

by Katerina Matta, Co-Sports Editor March 10, 2024

Millions across the world turned to the sky tonight, awaiting the first sighting of the new crescent moon. As the pale white glow emerged from the clouds and replaced the setting sun, cheers erupted, and...

Mandarin students hold poles supporting a dancing dragon in the Quad on Feb. 22. The dragon followed the movement of a spherical pearl which represents wisdom.

Lunar New Year Gala rings in the year of the dragon with song and dance

by Margaret Cartee and Felix Chen March 8, 2024

National Chinese Honor Society held the first annual Chinese Lunar New Year Gala to welcome the year of the dragon in the Quad during lunch on Thursday. Chinese students and students taking Mandarin...

Art Club officers Emma Li (10) and Laurel Davies (12) and Student Diversity Coalition Leader Dina Ande (12) draw in chalk outside of the Rothschild Performing Arts Center on Friday. Students responded in chalk to the prompt What do you hope to see in the future?

Culture Week Days 4 and 5: Students collaborate on chalk mural, mark countries of origin

by Janam Chahal and Lily Shi March 2, 2024

Upper school students contributed to a school-wide collaborative art piece outside of the Rothschild Performing Arts Center during lunch on Friday, marking the end of Culture Week’s activities. Student...

Alicia Ran (11), Mina Okamoto (12), Yifan Li (11) and Harshini Chaturvedula (12) smile and pose for a photo together. Many students wore traditional attire from their cultures to celebrate Culture Day.

Culture Week Day 3: Students explore culture and cuisine through booths and food trucks

by Janam Chahal and Lily Shi February 29, 2024

Upper school students and faculty visited student-run culture booths inside the Auxiliary Gym and tasted various cuisines from food trucks outside the Rothschild Performing Arts Center for Wednesday’s...

Riya Samuel (9) and Ivanya Sadana (9) dance to a Bollywood routine during Mondays assembly. The Student Diversity Coalition opened the showcase by introducing culture week and promoting events later in the week like a chalk art activity.

Culture Week Days 1 and 2: Students showcase diverse performances in cultural assembly

by Janam Chahal and Lily Shi February 28, 2024

Upper school students commenced Culture Week by sharing their cultural traditions through song, dance and poetry during an assembly in the Athletic Center on Monday.  Student Diversity Coalition leaders...

Maria Hantzopoulos speaks as the morning keynote for Harkers Social Justice Conference in the Zhang Gym on Nov. 10. Hantzopoulos spoke about her personal upbringings in Queens, New York and her experiences with students with New York City public schools to address how the community can support social justice.

Harker hosts first ever Social Justice Conference

by Felix Chen, Alison Yang, Brandon Zau, and Vivek Moorjani November 29, 2023

275 students, faculty and staff from all Harker campuses attended Harker’s inaugural Social Justice Conference at the upper school from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 10.  The conference featured a...

Assistant technical director Aren Olson speaks about their educational journey in high school and college during the college panel on Nov. 8. Olson attended online high school, state university and community college before discovering their interest in technical theatre.

Upper school staff share unique college experiences in DEI panel

by Charlize Wang and Tiffany Zhu November 27, 2023

Upper school staff discussed their distinct academic journeys at the First-Generation and Community College Attendees panel discussion during the Nov. 8 lunch period in English teacher Susanne Salhab’s...

Members of the ASB Lifestyle Committee and Honor Council present their interview with station chef Rupa Banerjee. They also asked that students keep the campus clean during lunches.

School Meeting Recap 10/20/23: Green Team, Fall Play, Club Photos

by Felix Chen, Co-News Editor October 28, 2023

Associated Student Body (ASB) President Daniel Lin (12) initiated the school meeting on Oct. 20 by advertising the TEDxHarkerSchool event to take place later that day at 3:45 p.m. in the Rothschild Performing...

Audience members settle in as Considering Matthew Shepard begins. The oratorio was written by Craig Johnson.

To consider Matthew Shepard

by Alison Yang, Co-Arts & Entertainment Editor October 12, 2023

Trigger warning: This article includes discussion about assault and death. We advise readers who may be sensitive about these topics to reconsider reading this piece. 25 years ago, Matthew Shepard...

Francis Parker School assistant head Priyanka Rupani and national Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) chair Dr. Rodney Glasgow give a presentation at the fifth annual Student Diversity Leadership Gathering (SDLG) on Feb. 4. The event garnered high school students and faculty from over 30 schools to discuss issues of diversity, equity and inclusion.

Upper school hosts over 30 schools in fifth Student Diversity Leadership Gathering event

by Edward Huang, Hima Thota, and Ella Yee February 14, 2023

Around 200 Bay Area high school students and faculty members engaged in the fifth annual Student Diversity Leadership Gathering (SDLG) at the upper school campus on Feb. 4, exploring the theme of “What...

Head of upper school Paul Barsky claps after reading excerpts from English teacher Charles Shuttleworths recently published book “Desolation Peak: Collected Writings. Barsky read from number 11 of 12 choruses and thanked Shuttleworth for his scholarship.

School meeting recap 11/28/22: Winterfest, “Desolation Peak” and Middle Eastern Student Association

by Felix Chen, Assistant News Editor December 6, 2022

Associated Student Body (ASB) President Kris Estrada (12) opened the school meeting on Nov. 28 after students entered Zhang Gymnasium to the tune of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You”...

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