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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, SHOWCASE

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, SHOWCASE

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...

Breaking the stigma: mental health on campus and in the culture

Breaking the stigma: mental health on campus and in the culture

By Eloise Rollins-Fife, Managing/News & Features Editor

May 10, 2017


Filed under FEATURES

One in five. Twenty percent. Theoretically, nearly 100 Archer students. That's how many adolescents, ages 13 to 18, currently live with or will develop a serious mental illness in their lifetime, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Eleven percent of youth have a mood disorder, 10 percent...

Maria Chavez’s journey to Archer

Maria Chavez’s journey to Archer

By Ella Frey and Eden Motzkin

May 9, 2017


Filed under FEATURES

Right now, Maria Chavez is hard at work somewhere on the Archer campus. Chavez has been described as a vital part of the Archer community, but unbeknownst to most students, it took a long and difficult journey to get here. Journey to the United States Chavez was born in Guatemala and said that wor...

‘Writing was my salvation’: InsideOUT Writers brings creative writing to juvenile halls, changes lives

‘Writing was my salvation’: InsideOUT Writers brings creative writing to juvenile halls, changes lives

By Alexandra Chang, Culture Editor

May 5, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, MULTIMEDIA

Imagine being imprisoned and confined to a single room. Imagine living in an oppressive environment filled with violence and brutality. According to the ACLU, 60,000 children experience these circumstances on any given day in the United States in juvenile detention facilities. InsideOUT Writers...

Archer girls ‘follow their passions’ in science honors research class

Archer girls ‘follow their passions’ in science honors research class

By Sara Weitz, Staff Writer

April 26, 2017


Filed under FEATURES, MULTIMEDIA

Stem cells. Chlamydia. Manure. These are just a few of the topics being studied in Archer's year-long honors research course for upper school students. The students develop and conduct a research project of their choosing in the science and engineering fields. The class is extremely independent,...

Lost Years: Remembering the Japanese Internment’s 75th anniversary

Lost Years: Remembering the Japanese Internment’s 75th anniversary

By Cybele Zhang, Sports Editor

April 19, 2017


Filed under FEATURES

Feb. 19, 1942, began like any other day, but what Japanese-Americans did not realize was that the day's occurrences would change the rest of their lives forever. That morning, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, declaring parts of the United States to be designated military regions "from...

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