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Sara Kim (’24), Ines Caillaux Diaz (’24) and Emma Symonds (’23) wear masks while working on the yearbook in the journalism lab Dec.6. Director of Operations Jim Heynderickx sent an email to members of the community to address a new mask mandate imposed Nov. 28.

COVID-19: Emergence of Omicron evokes concerns within community

Gabrielle Meidar and Nick Zirinis December 6, 2021

Among the threats posed by COVID-19 is the frequency of mutations arising that cause new variants.  The World Health Organization has declared that Omicron, the new COVID-19 variant first identified...

World leaders pose for a photo at the 2021 United Nations Climate Conference. Attendees from each country face public pressure to mitigate the effects of the climate crisis.

COP26 propels community to consider climate crisis

Gabrielle Meidar, Lead News Editor November 22, 2021

The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, commonly referred to as COP26, occurred from Oct. 31 to Nov. 12 in Glasgow, Scotland. According to the BBC, it was initially due to take place in 2020;...

High School students converse on St. Johns Wood High Street without masks Nov. 17. Due to rising COVID-19 cases, the government has been pressured by the British Medical Association to re-introduce more restrictive and preventative measures similar to those in place throughout the rest of Europe.

High COVID-19 cases prompt concerns around UK’s limited restrictions

Antoine Warnery, Staff Writer November 17, 2021

Currently, the U.K. records an average of over 30,000 new COVID-19 cases daily, per This is almost double what was reported in November 2020 while England was under national lockdown.  According...

The High School Concert Choir, directed by MS/HS Choral Directors Lisa Ross and Dustin Francis, performs its first in-person concert since 2019. Members of the school community were able to gather in the School Center and watch the live performance.

Choir concert returns with live audience

Nick Zirinis, News Editor: Online November 1, 2021

For the first time since 2019, the High School Concert Choir performed in person in the School Center Oct. 28. Kiera Agyei (’23), who performed a solo act during the concert, said she enjoyed performing...

Jack Cutler (’22) and Leyth Sousou (’22) shovel dirt and rake away leaves in order to set up fencing at Pace Fortune Green for Community Volunteer Day Oct. 17. ASL families volunteered at 13 different community volunteer sites on the day.

Biannual Community Volunteer Day returns for fall

Nick Zirinis, News Editor: Online October 25, 2021

Members of ASL took part in Community Volunteer Day, organized by the PCA Community Engagement Committee Oct. 17.  Community Volunteer Day is an opportunity for people to engage with the greater London...

Students wear masks while leaving school campus Oct. 7. As of Oct. 18, masks will no longer be required.

Mask-wearing to be made optional Oct. 18

Sophia Bassi, Staff Writer October 8, 2021

Wearing masks will not be required on campus as of Oct. 18, per Director of Operations Jim Heynderickx. The decision was made by the Senior Leadership Team based on the number of COVID-19 cases within...

The math department invites upperclassmen girls to participate in the Math Olympiad for Girls taking place Oct. 7.

Math Olympiads for Girls to be held Oct. 7

Nick Zirinis, News Editor: Online October 4, 2021

Grade 11 and 12 girls have the opportunity to participate in the Mathematical Olympiads for Girls, a yearly math competition organized by the U.K. Mathematics Trust, Oct. 7.   Participants must answer...

With over 80% voter turnout, new Student Council representatives were elected Sept. 24. Following a four day online voting period, five students in each grade have been selected to represent the student body during Thursday meetings and various committee gatherings.

Students elect StuCo representatives with over 80% voter turnout

Clara Martinez, News Editor: Print September 27, 2021

New representatives for the Student Council were announced Sept. 24. Candidate speeches were filmed in the School Center rather than delivered live to students. After a four day voting period via a Google...

100 colleges and universities from across the world participated in ASL’s Virtual College/University fair Sept. 22, providing students and parents the opportunity to learn more about and engage with these institutions.

Upperclassmen, parents engage in virtual College/University Fair

Nick Zirinis, News Editor: Online September 23, 2021

Grade 11 and 12 students and parents took part in the online College/University Fair organized by the Office of University Advising Sept. 22.  Grade 11 students participated in the No-Name College...

University Advisor Joanna Shearer introduces Maia Learning to Grade 11 students and parents. Maia Learning is a platform for students to explore different universities and compile a list of those that interest them.

Grade 11 students participate in college kickoff

Gabrielle Meidar, Lead News Editor September 21, 2021

Grade 11 students and parents were invited to the University Advising Department’s college kickoff meeting Sept. 20 from 6-8 p.m. in the School Center. According to University Advisor Nicole Thompson,...

Marie Ogino (’20) helps local students explore their interests at the Shine community partnership, where ASL students can mentor other students on the ASL campus, in 2019.

Community partnerships commence in person

Sophia Bassi, Staff Writer September 14, 2021

This year, students have the opportunity to participate in in-person community partnerships, where ASL students work with others in the wider London community. A few of the programs students are working...

The completed Grade 12 banner lies on the ground in the Coreen Hester Courtyard Aug. 31. Members of the grade collaborated throughout the day to decorate the banner, which Saskia Whitmoyer (22) described as “a really great grade bonding activity.”

Grade 12 commences yearly traditions

Isabel Link, Deputy Editor-in-Chief: Print September 6, 2021

To celebrate the start of their final year at ASL, Grade 12 students participate in a variety of events. This year, most traditions proceeded as usual, with a few new ones on the way. Banner-making On...

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