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The High School Student News Site of The American School in London

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Posters outlining the Fundamental British Values are pasted to the walls in every High School classroom. With the commencement of the 2022-23 school year, the school introduced a series of changes regarding pedagogy, student life and curriculum to adhere to requirements outlined by Ofsted.

School implements pedagogical, organizational changes adhering to Ofsted requirements

Grace Hamilton, Editor-in-Chief September 30, 2022

In tandem with the commencement of the 2022-23 school year, the school introduced a series of pedagogy, student life and curriculum changes adhering to requirements outlined by the Office for Standards...

After-school study hall is set up to take place Sept. 14 in classroom O-345. Students partaking in the study hall are required to remain in the room for the full 90-minute duration.

Students, faculty scrutinize new attendance policy

Sophia Bassi, News Editor: Online September 14, 2022

The administration introduced a new High School attendance policy for the 2022-23 school year, which includes enforced consequences for unexcused absences and tardies. To reflect the difficulty of the...

Two hours after the public announcement of the Queen’s death Sept. 8, crowds gather in front of Buckingham Palace backdropped by a flag lowered to half-mast. The official notice from the Royal administration consisted of two sentences posted on the gates as a double rainbow framed the Palace.

Death of Queen Elizabeth II ripples through community

As a child, Assistant Principal Natalie Jaworski said she viewed England as a “magical place.” Jaworski’s perception of the country was largely shaped by stories of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign that...

Colette Brown (’23) wraps herself during her aerial silks class. Brown said she has partaken in trapeze and aerial circus since Grade 8 and hopes to continue exploring her passion.

Colette Brown explores sense of self through trapeze, aerial circus

Rudi Chamria, Lead Features Editor September 6, 2022

After attending the renowned circus show Cirque du Soleil and watching the hit musical “The Greatest Showman,” Colette Brown (’23) said she quickly realized trapeze and aerial circus was her calling.  Brown...

Following The Standard’s transition to a new editorial board, the 2022-23 editors explain the customization of their laptops. Each individual shares the way in which their laptop decor, or lack thereof, reflects their identity.

Editorial board expresses itself through laptop decals

Eden Leavey, Features Editor: Print June 15, 2022

To begin each Journalism: Editors class, members of the editorial board take turns answering the “Question of the Day.” To introduce the 2022-23 editorial board, each editor responded to the question:...

Zal Rimer (’25) selects a pre-packaged food item in the cafeteria. Pre-packaged items were re-implemented amid the pandemic to mitigate germ exposure, but the catering staff plans to return to their goal of reducing plastic consumption in the 2022-23 school year.

COVID-19 mitigation hinders sustainability progress in cafeteria

Nassef Sawiris, Staff Writer June 15, 2022

In past years, the cafeteria set goals to reduce plastic consumption and subsequently lower the school’s carbon footprint. However, to limit COVID-19 exposure at the start of the pandemic, the cafeteria...

With an increasing global interest in the world of cryptocurrency, students and faculty share their thoughts and experiences around the novel market. Engagement with cryptocurrency in the High School is prevalent, as multiple investigative clubs and individual crypto traders have emerged on campus.

Cryptocurrency presents economic opportunities, becomes social phenomena

Annika Skorski, Staff Writer June 15, 2022

In tandem with a global infatuation with cryptocurrency, students have begun to invest in, research and trade the currency. In fact, two new crypto-centric clubs – the Blockchain Club and Crypto Investment...

Students gather in a ring around the tug-of-war competition between Grade 11 and Grade 12 June 10, which concluded with the victory of Grade 12.

StuCo hosts Bangers and Bash event at Canons Park

Eden Leavey, Features Editor: Print June 13, 2022

Computer science students and teachers provide suggestions for summer opportunities through both their past experiences and plans for future accomplishments.

Guest submission: Computer science students, teachers reflect on skill-building opportunities

Benjamin Nilson, Guest Writer June 1, 2022

Over the summer, the school provides many opportunities for students to build their computer science skills beyond the classroom. Students have discovered their passion for computer science through various...

In Texas, two teachers and 19 students died in a school shooting at Robb Elementary School May 24. In response, Head of School Coreen Hester sent a community-wide email May 25, opening up conversations about the impact of the shooting on students, parents and teachers.

Texas school shooting spurs discourse on gun control

Clara Martinez, Lead Culture Editor May 30, 2022

Over 1,000 students ages 5 through 18 walk onto the ASL campus every day. When doing so, students file past numerous security guards and bulletproof glass that surrounds the entrance. For 19 students and...

Real Madrid and Juventus face off in the 2017 Champions League final match. Real Madrid is now back in the Champions League finals and will face Liverpool May 28.

Champions League final spurs excitement, speculation among students

Tristan Weiss, Sports Editor: Online May 20, 2022

With Europe’s most famous football competition edging closer to its final, the Champions League has generated much anticipation and excitement as the Liverpool and Real Madrid teams go head to head May...

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