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Some teachers argue that cellphones distract students during class, making it challenging for students to learn. According to English Teacher Christopher Moore, following the English department cellphone policy of placing phones elsewhere allowed for deeper learning.

Students, teachers consider phone usage in class

Ayra Ansari, Reporter June 14, 2024

Social Studies Teacher Lanting Xu allows students to possess their cellphones in her classroom. However, Xu said she has noticed students focus less when they have their cellphones in sight. “Students...

Print books and e-books provide unique benefits to readers. While physical books have existed for centuries, e-books were invented in the last 40 years, according to Britannica.

Students, teachers consider benefits, drawbacks of e-books

Joseph Friel, Reporter June 14, 2024

For English Teacher Christopher Moore, reading an e-book is more difficult than reading a print copy. "Any reading I do on a screen is more of a struggle to hold my concentration than any reading I'm...

Renewable energy sources are being used at an increasing rate across the world, according to Irena. Community members discussed the benefits and drawbacks of the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

Community discusses transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy

Alexander Sawan and Meher Sareen June 10, 2024

For Model United Nations Club Co-President Aris Perrotis (’25), the recent rise in renewable energy goes beyond the climate crisis. Perrotis said implementing renewable energy sources can increase various...

Prithvi Srivastava (’24) works on testing and programming his prosthetic hand. He has worked on crafting the prototype since the start of the school year.

Prithvi Srivastava tests innovative limits crafting prosthetic hand

Raj Chamria, Reporter June 6, 2024

Prithvi Srivastava (’24) began designing a prosthetic hand in his Advanced Design Thinking Apprenticeship class at the beginning of the 2023-24 school year. Srivastava became interested in creating the...

The high school yearbook, Sojourner, released at the end of the school year, documents the events, activities and students of the school year. Founded in 1960, the publication was originally named Gateway. Covers courtesy of Sojourner.

Capturing memories: A dive into the High School’s yearbook

Zoe Karibian and Inez Stephenson June 3, 2024

“There's just nothing quite like it, as far as the depth of learning that happens when you're really engaged in a creative project like this,” Yearbook Adviser Lina Densley said. Since taking on...

Dylan Chambers teaches Jelani Conteh (’26) in Algebra II May 28.  He shared his experiences from the 12 years he has spent teaching at the school.

Dylan Chambers shares teaching journey

Melisa Atalay, Reporter May 31, 2024

Now in his 12th year of teaching at the school, Math Teacher Dylan Chambers is a familiar face to many. Spending his childhood in neighborhoods surroundingASL and receiving a degree in mathematics from...

Arabic Teacher Udai AbuLteaf spends time with his family in Syria in 2011. Shortly after, AbuLteaf left for the U.S., avoiding the Syrian Civil War and its aftermath.

Udai AbuLteaf reflects on pivotal journey from Syria to London

Apollo Gettleman, Reporter May 30, 2024

In September 2010, Arabic Teacher Udai AbuLteaf sensed a catastrophe was about to unfold in his home country, Syria. A few years prior to the Syrian Civil War, AbuLteaf said he felt like he was “suffocating"...

Jeffrey Gettleman (P ’27 ’30) works at his first journalism job for the St. Petersburg Times in Brooksville, Florida in 1996. Gettleman later worked for the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times.

Jeffrey Gettleman strives to empower readers through words, bridge communities

Rania Raj and Meher Sareen May 23, 2024

“I resisted journalism,” Jeffrey Gettleman (P ’27 ’30) said. “I had a teacher in college tell me, ‘You seem to like writing. What about working for a newspaper?’ and I said to him, ‘Who...

Rian Puri (26), Neel Dandekar (27) and Fede Formenti (’26) work on math problems at the International Schools Mathematics Teacher Foundations Junior competition in Vienna Feb. 24. The three students completed complex problem-solving questions on various tests and activities. Photo courtesy of Mark Basoum.

Students participate in math competitions

Sophia Hsu, Media Team May 9, 2024

Over the past school year, High School students have participated in math competitions, including the U.K. Maths Trust, International Schools Mathematics Teachers Foundation and, for the first time, the...

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