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LIFE speaker Julie Lythcott-Haims gestures during the LIFE Assembly in the Zhang Gym on April 19. Students learned the importance of pursuing their passions and living authentically.

Former Stanford Dean speaks to upper school students in LIFE assembly

by Felix Chen, Katerina Matta, and Katie Reed May 4, 2023

Former Dean of Freshmen at Stanford University and TedX speaker Julie Lythcott-Haims presented to upper school students about living with purpose in a Living With Intent, Focus and Enthusiasm (LIFE) program...

Ayla Apsey (12) and Sonya Apseys (11) Haft-seen showcases the seven traditional elements, as well as hyacinth flowers, a bowl of goldfish, colored eggs, a mirror and a candle. The Haft-seen serves as a reminder of the rebirth of the new year.

Nowruz: ‘A holiday that represents togetherness’

by Ariana Goetting, Co-A&E and Lifestyle Editor March 26, 2023

Connecting with my Persian roots has always been somewhat of a struggle. Being half-Iranian, celebrations of my culture mostly come from my “maman,” or mother, who emigrated from her homeland when...

Students play wall ball on the lower school campus during the sophomore eagle buddies event. “I think it benefits both sides tremendously,” Lower school Dean of Students Walid Fahmy said. “The third graders get to see what theyre going to look like, and what things are going to be like as they get older. When youre a kid, everybody always wishes they were older. And then when you get to that point with the tenth graders, they come back and theyre like, ‘Oh my god, I miss this.’”

A day of festivities and engagement: seniors, sophomores meet eagle buddies, juniors, frosh participate in LIFE assembly

by Anwen Hao and Vika Gautham October 7, 2022

Smiles bloom on sophomore and seniors’ faces as they meet their Eagle Buddies for the first time. Their relationships would only strengthen as they proceed to engage in outdoor activities in the lower...

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...

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...

Upper school LIFE program director and math teacher Jane Keller talks about the difference between vaping and Juuling at the start of the Psychology Club event on Feb. 19. Keller encouraged 30 students to think deeply about their values and discussed supporting peers struggling with substance abuse.

Students, faculty partake in first annual Substance Abuse Awareness Week

by Lucy Ge, News Editor February 27, 2021

“Think down to the very last detail: what are you going to wear to a party tomorrow night?”  Students gazed thoughtfully into the distance on Feb. 19 as they contemplated upper school LIFE program...

Justine Fonte spoke with upper school students and parents about topics surrounding sex, consent, and positive relationships as part of the LIFE program.

Speaker Justine Fonte discusses consent with upper school students for LIFE Program

by Sabrina Zhu, Assistant STEM Editor February 7, 2021

The LIFE Program invited Justine Fonte to speak with upper school students about sexual consent on Feb. 4, covering topics like sex positivity and enthusiastic consent. Fonte also gave a “Sex 101”...

Stephen Hughes (12), Nick Nguyen (15), Sheridan Tobin (15) and Raghav Jain (16) talk about their college lifestyles during a LIFE meeting for the seniors last Wednesday. The discussion was moderated by seniors Radhika Jain and Adhya Hoskote.

Students attend LIFE assemblies, meet with Eagle Buddies

by Saahil Thoppay, Reporter November 19, 2019

 Freshmen, sophomore and seniors attended LIFE assemblies on Wednesday while the juniors went to the Bucknall campus for Eagle Buddies.  The freshman assembly in Nichols Auditorium was a presentation...

Maddie Hansen (10) converses with her Eagle Buddy over a lunch of burgers and chips on the Bucknall field. The class of 2022 traveled to the Bucknall campus to meet their Eagle Buddies for the first time yesterday.

LIFE, Eagle Buddy events build healthy lifestyle, community for students

by Kathy Fang and Irene Yuan October 22, 2019

Upper school students engaged in a variety of LIFE and Eagle Buddies activities yesterday, kicking off this year's LIFE and Eagle Buddies program. Freshmen participated in a course planning activity with...

Andy Lu (10) helps Arjun Virmani (10) with his worksheet during the sophomore LIFE assembly on Nov. 6. The students filled out worksheets during the assembly with information about their courses, how much time they allocated to them weekly and how much they enjoyed them.

Freshmen, sophomores and seniors attend LIFE assemblies, juniors meet Eagle Buddies

by Irina Malyugina, Photo Editor November 14, 2018

Freshmen, sophomores, and seniors attended LIFE meetings while the juniors met with their eagle buddies during lunch Nov. 6. Freshmen discuss anxiety management Freshmen participated in an assembly...

We really owe it to [her], assistant head of school Jennifer Gargano said. It is hard to say what she has contributed because it is hard to say what she has not.

In memory of Diana Nichols

Diana Nichols, former chair of the board of trustees and school leader, died on Sept. 2 in her home in Carmel due to pancreatic cancer. Family members, faculty, staff and students attended a memorial service...

Freshmen discuss the course planning website at their LIFE session on Friday. Academic Dean Kelly Horan spoke about how to maintain a balanced course load.

Seniors and sophomores unite with Eagle Buddies, juniors and freshmen attend LIFE sessions

by Helen Yang, Columnist October 15, 2018

Seniors and sophomores met with their Eagle Buddies for the first time this school year, while juniors and freshmen attended their respective LIFE meetings last Friday during lunch. After seniors and...

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