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Student Council president Gus Bhatia (’25) and vice-president Jaden Gardiola (’25) pose together. The vote followed a ranked-choice voting system, where Student Council members would rank their desired candidates in order.

Student Council elects Gus Bhatia, Jaden Gardiola as president, vice-president

Rahil Punshi, News Editor: Online February 22, 2024

Following Student Council’s leadership elections, Gus Bhatia (’25) and Jaden Gardiola (’25) were elected president and vice president respectively Feb. 22. They will be stepping into the roles formerly...

Students listen while Saoirse Burlingame (’24) and Sofia Limena (’24) present a workshop about bias in artificial intelligence during Aequitas Week in March 2023. This year, Aequitas will take place over the course of a whole day and contain a simulation portion.

Aequitas scheduled to take place as one-day event

Ella Friel, Opinions Editor: Print February 9, 2024

Director of Student Life Royce Wallace announced in an email Nov. 20 that Aequitas would take place Feb. 22 this year. Aequitas, an event hosted by the Social Justice Council that involves student-led...

Maddie Hepburn (’26) looks at different course pages on Schoology. Students in the High School have used Schoology for the past five years but will use a different learning platform beginning in the fall.

School plans to replace Schoology with alternative

Sophia Hsu, Media Team February 6, 2024

Students will no longer use Schoology beginning in the fall, as it is likely to be replaced by a different learning management system, according to Tech Coordinator Mark Scharen. The leadership team made...

Kiko Shehata (’24) returns victorious to the Grade 12 section of the bleachers Feb. 2. He was declared the winner of “musical chairs” after tossing the beanbag from its cone and running to retrieve it before his opponent.

Students compete in Spirit Assembly, Grade 12 wins Spirit Cup

Eden Leavey, Deputy Editor-in-Chief: Print February 5, 2024

Students participate in the AMIS Honor Orchestra festival in Madrid, Spain April 22, 2023. The selected students for the Honor Orchestra Festival have prepared for months and will perform in the School Center.

School to host AMIS Honor Orchestra festival

Isabella Gibson and Ailish Herrmann January 30, 2024

The school will host the Association for Music in International Schools Honor Orchestra Jan. 31-Feb. 4. Schools from across Europe will come to the school to perform in the School Center Feb. 4 at 6:30...

Students will participate in the Clash of the Titans film festival in Paris Jan. 24-27. They have been preparing for the festival, where they will be required to produce a film in one day.

Students to participate in Clash of the Titans film festival

Amelia Bassi, Reporter January 23, 2024

Eight selected student directors participating the school’s yearly film festival will attend the Clash of the Titans film festival in Paris Jan. 24-27. Performing Arts Teacher Todd Sessoms said 16 schools...

The Office for Standards in Education rated the school “Outstanding” after their inspection Nov. 14-16. Community members reflected on the process of implementing changes since the “Requires Improvement” rating the school received in December 2021.

School leadership, students reflect on road to Ofsted “Outstanding” rating

Rudi Chamria, Deputy Editor-in-Chief: Online January 19, 2024

For Board of Trustees Chair Erin Roth, no word better describes her reaction than “speechless” after receiving the report that the school had now been rated “Outstanding” by the Office for Standards...

Assistant Principal Natalie Maisey will take the place of Interim HS Principal Jack Phillips in July. Her arrival will mark the third academic year in which the High School has had different principals.

Natalie Maisey announced as Interim HS principal for upcoming school year

Rahil Punshi, News Editor: Online January 18, 2024

Assistant Principal Natalie Maisey has been announced as the Interim High School Principal for the upcoming school year, according to Head of School Matthew Horvat. Maisey is set to begin her role in July,...

Republican candidate Vivek Ramaswamy answers questions from reporters following a rally in Ames, Iowa Jan. 14. He announced he would drop his presidential bid and endorse former President Donald Trump after placing fourth at the Iowa caucus Jan. 15.

Ramaswamy drops presidential bid after placing fourth at Iowa caucus

Clara Martinez, Editor-in-Chief January 16, 2024

Republican candidate Vivek Ramaswamy dropped his presidential bid after he earned less than 8% of the Iowa caucus vote. He also announced he would endorse Trump’s campaign to continue the “America...

An ambulance waits outside the private St. John & St. Elizabeth Hospital Jan. 10. Junior doctors at the National Health Service were among groups who recently planned strikes over wages, according to The Guardian.

Community reacts to recent strike action

Sophia Bassi and Oskar Doepke January 15, 2024

Junior doctors working for the National Health Service went on strike Jan. 3-9, causing the cancellation of 113,779 appointments, according to The Guardian. Junior doctors make up approximately half of...

Students discuss an assignment in class Jan. 12. Following an inspection in which they visited classes Nov. 14-16, the Office for Standards in Education rated the school an “Outstanding”.

Ofsted rates school “Outstanding” following previous rating of “Requires Improvement”

Sophia Bateman, Lead Features Editor January 12, 2024

Board of Trustees Chair Erin Roth announced in an email Jan. 9 that the Office for Standards in Education rated the school as “Outstanding” in a recent report created after their inspection Nov. 14-16....

Team Chicken Bath and Team JCAT wait while HS English Teacher Hannah Notowitz prepares to read out the first question of the Quiz Bowl. The first point was awarded to Team JCAT, contributing to their 24-14 victory.

Annual quiz bowl takes place

Roman Prosperi, Reporter December 11, 2023

The final of the annual Quiz Bowl took place Dec. 8 in the auditorium, with Grade 11 Team JCAT ultimately winning the tournament as well as £20 Amazon Gift vouchers. Eight teams competed against each...

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