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

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.

by Sara Yen, Anna Vazhaeparambil, Varsha Rammohan, Alysa Suleiman, Kathy Fang, Arushi Saxena, Aditya Singhvi, Esha Gohil, and Eric Fang

March 12, 2020

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 the novel coronavirus COVID-19.  At the moment, it is not clear who the staff member is. Classes ...

English teacher leaves upper school, handing over classes

The upper school Main office building.

by Kathy Fang, Editor-in-Chief

January 26, 2020

English teacher Dr. Anne Douglas will not be returning to the upper school for the second semester. Her two sections of AP English Literature will be taught by English teacher Nikolai Slivka, and her sophomore British literature class will be taught by English teacher Christopher Hurshman. Dr. Dougl...

Upper school administration calls sudden, mandatory all-school meeting after students reported threatening graffiti message

The downstairs boys bathroom in Dobbins was closed today after two upper school students found and reported a threatening graffiti message inside the bathroom. In response to this report, upper school administrators called an all-school meeting at 2:45 p.m. today.

by Harker News Staff

November 5, 2019

Upper school administration called students and faculty to a sudden and mandatory all-school meeting in the athletics center at 2:45 p.m. today after students reported a threatening graffiti message in the downstairs Dobbins boys bathroom this morning.  At the meeting, Head of School Brian Yager a...

Students, faculty celebrate Halloween with creative costumes

Seniors Rohan Cherukuri, Martin Bourdev, Rishi Dange, Arnav Johshi Nikhil Sharma dressed as clowns in matching red suits covered in white polka-dots, flamboyant red wigs, and classic red noses with white face paint. Not only did their costumes receive appreciation and laughter, but the boys themselves learned juggling as well as enjoyed planning for their costumes together.

by Alysa Suleiman

October 31, 2019

This year's Halloween showcased a variegated barrage of unique costumes. Either humorous, traditionally terrifying or a classic; simple, complex, or colorful, costumes reflected the personalities and spirit of the upper school body.  Students and faculty put their creativity to the test and donne...

Upper school orchestra celebrates seniors in annual spring concert

Conductor Dr. David Hart leads the upper school orchestra in a performance of Stravinsky's

by Kathy Fang, Managing Editor

May 3, 2019

Wrapping up a year of concerts and performances, the upper school orchestra played their final concert of the school year in the Patil Theater tonight, honoring senior musicians in an expansive collection of pieces that ranged from Harry Potter to Stravinsky. The show, which began at 8 p.m. following...

Parents, students and teachers meet for first semester conferences

Chairs in the upstairs Dobbins hallway for parents and students attending conferences.

by Kathy Fang, Managing Editor

November 20, 2018

Students and parents met with teachers today in the first day of conferences, which will continue tomorrow. Due to unhealthy air quality conditions, students and parents were advised to stay indoors as much as possible, with some conferences moved to alternate locations in order to minimize outdoor exposure....

Some parent-student-teacher conferences to be relocated due to air quality

Smoke over San Jose from the Camp Fire in Butte County.

by Kathy Fang, Managing Editor

November 19, 2018

Due to the unhealthy air quality in San Jose, which is currently recorded at an index of 159, some teachers will be moving their parent-student-teacher conferences tomorrow and on Tuesday to alternate locations in order to minimize exposure to dangerous particulate matter outdoors. Students with teachers...

Matriculation welcomes class of 2022

Freshman adviser Yumiko Aridomi and members of the class of 2022 recite the matriculation oath at the matriculation ceremony in the upper school’s quad on Aug. 24.

by Eric Fang and Arushi Saxena

August 31, 2018

The 2018-19 school year’s annual matriculation ceremony welcomed incoming freshmen, returning students and faculty with a series of speeches and skits on Aug. 24. After sophomores, juniors, and seniors settled into their seats in the upper school’s quad, the processional of teachers in their gowns took...

Former upper school teacher faces charges for misconduct involving a student

The upper school’s quad. Former Harker upper school teacher Florio was terminated in June and arrested on Aug. 16 on felony and misdemeanor charges.

by Nicole Chen, Kathy Fang, Ryan Guan, Prameela Kottapalli, and Katherine Zhang

August 22, 2018

A former Harker upper school teacher was arrested in San Jose last Thursday and currently faces criminal charges for inappropriate communication with a minor during school functions and on social media. Schools officials terminated instrumental music teacher, orchestra and jazz band conductor and...

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