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HS counselors Johnice Moore and Yanna Jackson chat in Moores office. Both counselors joined the school this year but have previous experience in similar positions.

Yanna Jackson, Johnice Moore join counseling team

Leila Meilman and Inez Stephenson September 20, 2023

Yanna Jackson and Johnice Moore, who are both new to the school, have filled the two High School counselor positions since both of the previous counselors left to fill other roles. Moore previously worked...

Inji Novruzlu (’26) looks at the Marzano Scale after her World Civilizations II class. The social studies department changed their grading system from the Rainbow Chart to the Marzano Scale this fall.

Social studies department changes grading system

Leila Meilman, Reporter September 14, 2023

The social studies department announced the grading system for this school year will be changed from the Rainbow Chart to the Marzano Scale, both of which determine a final letter grade from standards-based...

Interim High School Principal Jack Phillips approves the affirmation of student free expression rights Sept. 8. The affirmation was developed by the Private School Journalism Association and the Student Press Law Center to ensure that students in school-sponsored media have free expression rights.

Interim High School Principal affirms student free expression rights

Sophia Bassi and Oskar Doepke September 9, 2023

Interim High School Principal Jack Phillips signed an affirmation of student free expression rights Sept. 8. The affirmation, which was developed by the Private School Journalism Association and the Student...

Director of Student Life Royce Wallaces advisory convenes outside to discuss upcoming activities as well as reflect on their back-to-school experience. Wallace introduced the Student Advisory Council as one of his first actions since taking on the Director role this school year.

Administration announces new Student Advisory Council

Annika Skorski, Lead Opinions Editor September 8, 2023

The Administration has announced its plan to initiate the application process for the new Student Advisory Council this fall. The council’s primary mission is to facilitate better communication between...

Clay Olson (’24) and Sara Khan (’24) play volleyball after returning from a group hike Sept. 1. The retreat also included activities such as yoga, team-building games and cooking.

Peer leaders embark on retreat to Wolverhampton

Sophia Hsu, Reporter September 6, 2023

Grade 12 students in the Peer Leadership Practicum went on an annual retreat Sept. 1-4. Peer leaders, who mentor Grade 9 advisories, spent several days a few hours outside of London at a bunkhouse in Wolverhampton...

Indian rocket deploying satellites during takeoff in 2017. Chandrayaan-3 followed the efforts of the failed Chandrayaan-2 mission and succeeded in landing on the moon.

India’s moon landing prompts discussion on future space discoveries

Rahil Punshi, News Editor: Online August 31, 2023

India made history Aug. 23 when the Chandrayaan-3 rocket touched down on the moon, according to Sky News. India is the first country to land on its south pole, following three countries with previous successful...

As part of the recent renovations, the Blue Gym now features new school-themed wall paddings. The gym renovations were one of nearly 60 projects that occurred during the summer break.

School undergoes summer renovations, prioritizes sustainability

Oskar Doepke, News Editor: Print August 29, 2023

During the summer break,  nearly 60 renovation projects took place at the school to modernize the buildings and replace old equipment. Among the improvements include upgrades to the MILL, a revamped Computer...

Interim High School Principal Jack Phillips delivers a speech to Grade 12 students in Bruce House Garden Aug. 24. At the gathering, food and drinks were provided as students mingled and received their red senior shirts.

Students gather for Grade 12 social event despite Head of School’s absence

Sophia Bassi, Lead News Editor August 24, 2023

Grade 12 students received their red “Seniors 2024” shirts Aug. 24 at a Grade 12 social organized by Head of School Matt Horvat. Interim High School Principal Jack Phillips and Horvat’s wife, Susan...

 Lewis is the co-founder of UES Education, an independent educational consultancy based in London. The school partnered with UES Education during May, utilizing their diagnostic SAT and ACT tests for Grade 10. (Photo courtesy of Simon Lewis)

Administration announces Simon Lewis to join university advising team

Zoe Karibian, Reporter June 9, 2023

Simon Lewis will join the university advising team part-time next academic year and full-time from August 2024, according to an email from High School Principal Devan Ganeshananthan May 25. Currently,...

A Turkish citizen casts his vote in a previous election. In the second round of the vote, Recep Tayyip Erdoganmearned 52.14% while Kemal Kilicdaroglu received 47.86%.

Erdogan wins Turkish presidential elections

Inez Stephenson, Reporter June 5, 2023

Tens of millions of Turkish voters casted their votes for the presidential election May 14, according to The Guardian. However, with no candidate earning more than 50% of the vote, a runoff vote between...

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