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Photo Essay: Through the eyes of Kimberly Tuxpan

Photo Essay: Through the eyes of Kimberly Tuxpan

By Celeste Ramirez, Multimedia Editor

December 6, 2019

This photo essay is the first of a new series called "Through the eyes of." This series will feature students, faculty and staff at Archer and use photo, audio and video to depict their individual experience at Archer. This essay uses images paired with audio. Senior Kimberly Tuxpan sits at a whe...

‘We’re all in this together,’ Warner says: In response to Getty fire, teachers provide alternative assignments

‘We’re all in this together,’ Warner says: In response to Getty fire, teachers provide alternative assignments

By Nicki Rosenberg, Cydney Johnson, Avery Fox, and Nyah Fernandez

December 3, 2019

The community was awoken by a notification at 3:46 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 28 stating that school would be closed due to “brush fires and mandatory evacuations near the school.” As the fire persisted throughout the week, the school remained closed for four days, impacting the academic week for both stud...

Getty fire ignites ‘panic’ in seniors submitting college applications

Getty fire ignites ‘panic’ in seniors submitting college applications

By Molly Goldberg and London Sinclair

November 18, 2019

College Guidance Counselor Gabrielle Dorsey’s inbox flooded with “concerned” emails when the Archer community was alerted of the school closures due to the Getty fire on the morning of Oct. 28. This news brought many families and their senior daughters “a high sense of panic,” Dorsey said,...

‘We had to live with the unknown’: Students reflect on Getty fire impacts

‘We had to live with the unknown’: Students reflect on Getty fire impacts

By Anna Brodsky, Jessica Jimenez, and Vaughan Anoa'i

November 7, 2019

When senior Stella Gregg's mother shook her awake at 3:00 a.m. on Monday morning, she glimpsed her bedside clock and thought she had slept through the school day. Instead, her mother said she had to evacuate because of the Getty fire. She grabbed some of her favorite clothes and childhood stuffed animals. ...

New counselor Jaime MacDonald focuses on wellness

New counselor Jaime MacDonald focuses on wellness

By Allie Worchell and Nicki Rosenberg

September 26, 2019

After the departure of school counselor Patty Lancaster at the end of last year, Jaime MacDonald has joined the community as a new resource for both students and faculty.  MacDonald started working as a teacher approximately 20 years ago in what was then called an ED classroom, a term for “emoti...

Under Pressure: Juniors feel ‘immense’ stress beginning college process, ‘staying calm’ in wake of college admissions scandal

Under Pressure: Juniors feel ‘immense’ stress beginning college process, ‘staying calm’ in wake of college admissions scandal

By Molly Goldberg, Sports Editor

June 8, 2019

While the college process of the class of 2019 has come to a close, members of the class of 2020 are just getting started. Though it is only the beginning, junior Kelsey Thompson said the college process for the junior class is already “demanding” and “overwhelming.”  According to an Oracle survey of Archer uppe...

Community members reflect on gun violence, gun control activism

Community members reflect on gun violence, gun control activism

By Chloe Richards, Staff Writer

June 8, 2019

More than one year ago, on Feb. 14, 17 students were killed by a shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. News of the shooting caused students around the nation and in cities worldwide, led by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas survivors, to call for gun control, putting the issue in t...

‘Important’ and ‘safe’: Students share thoughts on vaccines

‘Important’ and ‘safe’: Students share thoughts on vaccines

By Thea Leimone, Staff Writer

June 8, 2019

As of May 31, 981 cases of the measles have been reported in the U.S. — the highest number reported since 1992. Both high school and college campuses across Los Angeles have been affected by the measles outbreak as over 300 students were quarantined at UCLA. A measles outbreak has now officially been decl...

Ambassador Leadership Team reflects on school year

Ambassador Leadership Team reflects on school year

By Thea Leimone and Amelia Stone

June 7, 2019

The Ambassador Leadership Team [ALT], comprised of 17 Archer ambassadors, is a "tight-knit" group with the purpose of providing leadership for the regular Archer ambassadors who lead tours and answer questions at school events, member Nicole Farmer said. Farmer is the Tour Guide Chair for the upcom...

Students of color reflect on code-switching at Archer

Students of color reflect on code-switching at Archer

By Celeste Ramirez, Multimedia Editor

June 7, 2019

The upper school watched the film "The Hate U Give" during the annual Archer Diversity Conference on Jan. 29. The film sparked conversations both on and off campus. At Archer, clubs such as BSU and Hermanas Unidas hosted meetings a few days after the conference, while in the media, an Atlantic article ca...

In response to human trafficking, organizations focus on empowerment, liberation

In response to human trafficking, organizations focus on empowerment, liberation

By Allie Worchell, Multimedia Editor

June 7, 2019

Tassi* came to Los Angeles hoping for a better life. She had been living in a small farming village in Indonesia when a "hero" showed up. He told her that if she came to the United States there was going to be a wonderful job and a place for her to live. Little did she know that this was the groomi...

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