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Book Blog member Kristiyan Kurtev (9) helps students choose books during the book swap at lunch in the Quad on Thursday. Last year, Book Blog also hosted a book drive, except it was in collaboration with the Green Team for Earth Week.

Readers exchange mysteries, memoirs and more in second annual book swap

by Charlie Wang and Jonathan Szeto December 1, 2023

Harker Upper School Book Blog hosted its second annual book swap in the quad during lunch on Nov. 16 and in the Nichols Atrium after school on Nov. 17. Students and faculty explored dozens of books...

Om Tandon (12) smiles as he answers a question during the senior panel at the eighth grade introduction to the upper school. Om was one of the eight seniors selected to participate in the panel.

Eighth grade families explore upper school through performances, presentations and panelists

by Ashley Mo, Reporter December 1, 2023

Eighth grade students and their families assembled in the Rothschild Performing Arts Center for an introduction to the upper school from 6 to 7:15 p.m on Nov. 14 at the Saratoga campus. The annual upper...

An Israeli soldier examines a damaged house in Israel on Oct. 18. The attack by Hamas occurred on Oct. 7, when militants from the nearby Gaza Strip killed and captured numerous Israelis. (Provided by AP News)

Global Headlines (Issue 3)

by Disha Gupta, Janam Chahal, and Claire Yu November 30, 2023

Potential Israel-Hamas Cease-Fire Faces Delay Israel and Hamas reached a consensus to temporarily halt hostilities for four days in a diplomatic deal on Nov. 22. The agreement is part of a larger...

Conservatory representatives Luke Mehta (12), Jason Shim (11), Sam Parupudi (11), Shareen Chahal (12) and Iris Cai (11) present upcoming holiday shows. The shows include Big Assembly Day (BAD), Santana Row tree lighting and Downbeats home show.

School meeting 11/27/23: Transgender Day of Remembrance, Holiday Performances, Robotics Competition

by Janam Chahal, Reporter November 30, 2023

Associated Student Body President Daniel Lin (12) welcomed students to the first school meeting after Thanksgiving break on Monday. Daniel requested that students disconnect from their phones and remain...

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...

Claire Perng (11) plays Connect Four with her fourth grade eagle buddy at the team room in the Athletic Center. The buddy families also had the option to participate in activities like friendship bracelet making, karaoke and board games.

Juniors meet Eagle Buddies while seniors, sophomores and frosh attend LIFE assemblies

by Jessica Wang and Vivian Chen November 24, 2023

Seniors, sophomores and frosh attended Living with Intent, Focus and Enthusiasm (LIFE) sessions while juniors spent time with their Eagle Buddies at the upper school campus on Nov. 2.  Upper school...

Riya Samuel (9) claps for the frosh class as they participate in a family feud competition. The senior class came out on top, followed by the sophomores, juniors and the frosh.

School Meeting 11/14: campus cat ‘Tony,’ Honor week and Family Feud

by Andrew Liang, Co-News Editor November 24, 2023

Associated Student Body President senior Daniel Lin commenced the school meeting on Nov. 14. Head of School Brian Yager acknowledged rising levels of antisemitism in the United States and the hardships...

Russian President Vladimir Putin looks on as he directs a large-scale missile attack simulation from land, sea and air on Oct. 25. Rockets from Plesetsk Cosmodrome, a submarine in the Barents Sea, and a Tupolev Tu-95 in the air were fired to retaliate against a mock enemy nuclear attack. (Provided by AP News)

Russia conducts massive nuclear strike drill, withdraws from test ban treaty

by Mihir Kotbagi and Jonathan Szeto November 18, 2023

The Russian Armed Forces simulated a large nuclear strike in a military exercise on Oct 25. The Strategic Rocket Forces fired a nuclear-capable RS-24 Yars intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) from...

Caden Ruan (10) holds a container of ice cream syrup outside of Manzanita Hall during the DECA Ice Cream Social on Nov. 3. DECA month celebrations continue with the final Hustle for Muscle volleyball games happening in the Athletic Center on Tuesday.

DECA celebrates participation in DECA through ice cream social and more

by Vivek Moorjani, Katie Tcheng, and Gabe Sachse November 13, 2023

Harker DECA held an ice cream social in honor of DECA month outside of Manzanita Hall on Nov. 3 after school.  Every November, DECA affiliates throughout North America celebrate their membership in...

A moderator interviews a panel of speakers on the Constellations Connected Enterprise conference room stage about the future of humanity and artificial intelligence. Harker students listened to and participated in numerous panelist discussions and speaker events.

Students build connections at innovation conference through CareerConnect

by Lily Shi, Reporter November 5, 2023

Eight upper school students attended Constellation’s Connected Enterprise conference at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay on Oct. 24 on a CareerConnect field trip.  Six tenth graders, Victoria Ma, Claire...

Staff who entered the costume contest pose for a picture in front of Manzanita Hall. Both students and staff dressed up in creative Halloween costumes.

Halloween haunts Harker with spirit contests and mysterious physics phenomena

by Tiffany Zhu, Reporter November 5, 2023

The upper school community engaged in Halloween festivities like a pumpkin carving contest, haunted physics lab and costume contest on Oct. 26 and Oct. 31.  Pumpkin carving contest commences Halloween...

ASB Student Events Committee members Ella Lan (12), Ameera Ramzan (9), Sam Parupudi (11), Amishi Gupta (10) and Shareen Chahal (12) remind students about Chellaween on Tuesday during the school meeting. Chellaween featured singing and dancing acts from students and teachers in the quad during long lunch on Tuesday.

School meeting 10/31/23: Chellaween, DECA kickoff, game night

by Emma Li, Reporter November 5, 2023

Associated Student Body (ASB) Secretary Cynthia Wang (12) broke the news that the projector was broken and that slides and videos could not be projected.  ASB president Daniel Lin (12) wished students...

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