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An illustration depicting some of the new courses for the 2023-24 school year. Next year, the upper school will offer new courses in a variety of topics, including: Corporate Finance, Venture Capital, Latin American History, Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies and several course evolutions including new vocal classes Rhapsody and Dolce Voce; and changements to both French electives: Honors French Prose, and Honors French Literature & Film.

Additions and advancements: New courses announced for 2023-24 school year

by Claire Bauschlicher, Reporter February 2, 2023

In the 2023-2024 school year, the upper school will offer new courses in a variety of topics, including: Corporate Finance, Venture Capital, Latin American History, Introduction to Women’s and Gender...

Cards with encouraging messages were displayed around campus during Wellness Week. “We all wrote down some kind of encouraging phrases on notecards to put around school,” Sonya Apsey (11) said. “It was really nice to see our advisory bonding over something [we] normally wouldn’t get an opportunity to talk about, and I think Wellness Week gave [us] that opportunity.”

Wellness Week: LIFE lessons with LIFE Board

by Shareen Chahal and Isha Moorjani December 14, 2022

The Living With Intent, Focus and Enthusiasm (LIFE) Board hosted their annual Wellness Week from Nov. 28 to Dec. 2 with activities dedicated to reframing, nutrition, exercise, sleep, relaxation and more...

A group of friends hold up peace signs. Being kind to myself is knowing and accepting that at times, we might be perceived as falling short, and thats okay, upper school Assistant Academic Dean and LIFE Board Adviser Kelly Horan said. Were all human, and we only have so much time and so much bandwidth.”

Building kindness and gratitude

by Sabrina Zhu, Winged Post Co-Editor-in-Chief November 15, 2022

From holding a door to giving a family member a call, there’s an endless number of ways that you can be kind to the people you love. And with International World Kindness Day taking place  tomorrow,...

Sophomore students rise in response to youth advocate Charis Denisons opening prompt, Stand up if in the last few weeks you reacted [to a situation] and then went home and went through all of the things you wish you had said or done rather than what you actually did. In her talk, Denison taught students about how to connect their feelings, thoughts and actions.

Speakers share insights about essential skills in annual LIFE sessions

by Ella Yee, Co-Asst. Multimedia Editor March 31, 2022

Additional reporting by Isha Moorjani and Lucy Ge Upper school students explored various topics from course planning to safe driving in interactive sessions coordinated by the Living With Intent, Focus...

Upper school students prepare for final exams in the library on Monday, Dec. 13. During finals week, librarians enforced a completely silent study zone in the library for students to focus on their studying.

In-person final exams return for fall semester

by Selina Xu and Michelle Wei December 15, 2021

harkeraquila · Aquila Audible of "In-person final exams return for fall semester" Students took 90-minute in-person final exams yesterday, which will continue until Friday of this week. This...

Vivian Bi (11) teaches Makayla Aguilar (11) how to fold a paper crane. The LIFE Board organized a project to fold 1000 paper cranes for upper school math teacherJane Keller, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

Students fold 1000 paper cranes for upper school math teacher recovery

by Alena Suleiman, Reporter December 2, 2021

Laughter emanated from Manzanita Hall and the orchard during the morning office hours block of Oct. 14 as LIFE Board members handed out slips of origami paper, inviting students of all grades to help them...

Charis Denison, expert in adolescent development and community involvement, gives an in-person presentation to the junior class about Relationships, Substances, Sex, Communication, and Your Rights.” She previously spoke to the class two years ago, when they were freshmen.

Students attend class-respective LIFE speaker events

by Kinnera Mulam, Edward Huang, Arely Sun, and Sabrina Zhu November 29, 2021

Content warning: This article mentions the topic of suicide. “There was a 17-year-old girl who texted her boyfriend, encouraging him to act on his suicidal thoughts. Was this criminal?” Skadden...

Time management is the act of organizing and allotting your time to different activities in order to optimize the 24 hours that are given in a day. A study from Princeton University found that adopting small habits such as having a routine, having an organized environment, and properly planning out your schedule are important keys to integrating good time management into a daily ritual.

Tick tock: Time management plays important role in student lives

by Rachel Ning and Smrithi Sambamurthy November 18, 2021

When Tanya Karpinchyk (10) started in-person school this year, an overload of homework suddenly hit her, leading to procrastination and unprecedented levels of stress. Although the need to quickly adapt...

Link Crew members Melody Yazdi (12) and Rigo Gonzales (11) demonstrate how to play the game “Zip, zap, zop with Intro to Journalism teacher Whitney Huangs freshman advisory on Sept. 1. Link Crew members visit assigned freshmen advisories once a month to relay advice, play activities and answer questions.

Bridging the gap: Link Crew leads freshmen, step by step

by Esha Gohil and Anika Maji September 22, 2021

Have you ever wondered how freshmen learn their way around campus? How do they get to class on time, after over a year of online learning, no less? Following a global pandemic and classes over Zoom,...

Associated Student Body (ASB) Vice President Ayan Nath speaks after he and other members of student council presented a video on cleanliness on campus during lunch. The other day, I was walking by, I heard someone say, Oh, my God, we go to Harker, we cant afford to buy more forks? Theres such a shortage of forks. And thats because youre throwing the forks away.

School meeting recap 9/10/21: 9/11 remembrance, self-study APs and Eagle Update

by Rachel Ning, TALON Organizations Editor September 13, 2021

Associated Student Body (ASB) President Dawson Chen (12) began the school meeting by introducing upper school Academic Dean Kelly Horan.  Horan discussed the importance of communication with teachers,...

The first semester of the 2020-2021 school will utilize a modified two-day rotation block schedule. This is in response to limitations from the COVID-19 pandemic, prompting Governor Gavin Newson to issue a directive to all schools to begin the year exclusively through remote learning.

Upper school implements bell schedule changes and Zoom guidelines for remote learning

by Nicholas Wei and Sally Zhu September 2, 2020

The upper school has adopted a modified bell schedule for the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year. All instruction will be taking place online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, prompting the administration...

The quad after school today. The upper school will be closed to all students beginning tomorrow following a reported case of COVID-19 in the family of a non-teaching staff member.

All 4 campuses likely to close through spring break after parent of non-teaching staff member tests positive for COVID-19

All four of Harker’s campuses will be closed for students after classes today after a parent of a non-teaching staff member in the upper school, with whom that staff member lives, tested positive for...

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