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Archer’s garden isn’t going anywhere: Students design new green space

Archer’s garden isn’t going anywhere: Students design new green space

By Kamryn Bellamy, Staff Writer

November 30, 2017


Filed under FEATURES

With the next phase of Archer Forward construction commencing this month, the back field and garden area will soon become a construction site. Rather than illuminate this green space, the garden has been relocated to the courtyard. Science teacher and Sustainable Living Coordinator Cushman Gillen is working alon...

Class of 2018 creates Eastern Star Infirmary themed haunted house

Class of 2018 creates Eastern Star Infirmary themed haunted house

By Molly Goldberg, Staff Writer

November 16, 2017


Filed under FEATURES

The Class of 2018 gave the Archer community a glimpse into an alternate past of the Eastern Start Home on Oct. 31, filled with hospital beds, patients and nurses. Screams and grim music echoed throughout the school as the community waited to walk through the basement halls and Blackbox to see what the se...

Nico-teen: Juul, vaping devices violate school drug policy, pose health risks

Nico-teen: Juul, vaping devices violate school drug policy, pose health risks

By Cat Oriel and Nelly Rouzroch

November 7, 2017


Filed under FEATURES

Lexie*, an Archer senior, pulls out a small black device that looks like a USB from her backpack. It is decorated with stickers. It is empty; there is no flavor pod inside. “It looks like a flash drive," Lexie said. "Doesn't look like anything out of the ordinary.” But this device isn’t used...

The Arrow Executive Board heads in new direction, shares changes for the year

The Arrow Executive Board heads in new direction, shares changes for the year

By Allie Worchell, Staff Writer

October 26, 2017


Filed under FEATURES

The Arrow — formerly known as the Archer Student Store — is snack central at Archer, offering treats from granola bars to iced teas. This year, The Arrow Executive Board is revamping with new members, as well as some familiar faces. Cat Oriel ‘18, the president of the Arrow Executive Board, ove...

Honor Education Council works to make Archer safer, more ethical community

Honor Education Council works to make Archer safer, more ethical community

By Nicki Rosenberg, Staff Writer

October 23, 2017


Filed under FEATURES

Twelve students and three faculty on the Honor Education Council [HEC] sit as equals every Tuesday to discuss ethical scenarios and plan events to make Archer a safe and honorable community. HEC is made up of three students from each high school grade, along with three faculty representatives. Thei...

Administration emphasizes importance of sexual misconduct prevention protocol

Administration emphasizes importance of sexual misconduct prevention protocol

By Cybele Zhang, Editor-in-Chief

October 1, 2017


Filed under FEATURES

Recent cases where teachers engaged in sexual misconduct with students at both Brentwood School and Marlborough School have called into question the practices at local independent schools. Unwanted touching, late night phone calls, explicit photography and sexual intercourse are all forms of sexual misconduct. For Archer's administrati...

Administration introduces new theme for the year, champions ‘humanity and compassion’

Administration introduces new theme for the year, champions ‘humanity and compassion’

By Alexandra Chang, Managing Editor/Culture Editor

September 14, 2017


Filed under FEATURES

Grit, gratitude, #LeanInTogether: These words are only a handful of the school-wide themes that Archer has implemented in the past. Head of School Elizabeth English announced this year's word, "love," at the middle school and upper school orientations in August. Initially, English intended this s...

College Guidance, administration introduces summer 2017 internship program

College Guidance, administration introduces summer 2017 internship program

By Cybele Zhang, Editor-in-Chief

August 28, 2017


Filed under FEATURES

For Archer girls, the 89 days of summer vacation may be some of the best days of the year — but how can students productively fill those 2,136 hours? Archer has a new solution. In the spring of 2017, Co-Director of College Guidance Sonia Arora and former Upper School Director Samantha Coyne Donnel...

Diving into diversity: faculty of color in independent schools

Diving into diversity: faculty of color in independent schools

By Ella Frey, Staff Writer

May 24, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, MULTIMEDIA

In the interest of full disclosure, this writer previously published an op-ed on diversity at Archer. During the 2016 Oscar awards season, there was a loud and public outcry when, for the second year in a row, only white actors were nominated for the Academy's major awards although t...

Archer Maypole tradition weaves together past, present

Archer Maypole tradition weaves together past, present

By Eden Motzkin, Staff Writer

May 23, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, MULTIMEDIA

Archer's annual Moving Up Day marks the final day of the school year, welcomes summer and celebrates rising students. This year's annual event will occur on Friday, May 26. The day begins with the final advisory of the year and ends with the faculty and staff waving goodbye to students as the buses...

Alumnae share Archer’s impact on college experience

Alumnae share Archer’s impact on college experience

By Alice Grainge, Staff Writer

May 16, 2017


Filed under FEATURES

Inspired by the Class of 2017 celebrating their college decisions and hanging their pennants, the Oracle interviewed four alumnae to find out how well Archer prepared them for college and impacted their experiences. A recent alum, Erika Kort '16 attended her first choice school, Tulane University. Although she be...

Food and the self: Changing attitudes towards eating disorders

Food and the self: Changing attitudes towards eating disorders

By Anika Bhavnani, Editor-in-Chief

May 11, 2017


Filed under FEATURES

Teenagers fear the stigma of being overweight, yet this pressure can lead to eating disorders, which have their own stigma. Archer's human development program is trying to fix this pressure and teach students how they can overcome this. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Assoc...

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