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Shutdowns in space: What Mars rovers and NASA scientists have in common

Shutdowns in space: What Mars rovers and NASA scientists have in common

By Nicki Rosenberg, Managing Editor

February 15, 2019


Filed under FEATURES

After 15 years of exploring the red planet, the Mars Opportunity rover died Feb. 12. After the rover team's attempt to contact it on Tuesday was unanswered, NASA shut down Opportunity's mission. This, however, was not the only shutdown NASA was concerned about this week. The government agency was facing another...

The Big Chill: Members of Archer’s class of 2018 acclimate to Midwest winter, record-breaking temperatures

The Big Chill: Members of Archer’s class of 2018 acclimate to Midwest winter, record-breaking temperatures

By Molly Goldberg, Sports Editor

February 12, 2019


Filed under FEATURES, SHOWCASE

Two weeks ago, more than 680 temperature records were broken or tied as a tremendous cold settled in over the American Midwest. In some areas, temperatures dropped below minus-50 degrees and were responsible for several deaths across the nation. Even Midwesterners who are used to the cold were sho...

Admissions supports multilingual families, introduces new programs

Admissions supports multilingual families, introduces new programs

By Emma London and Chloe Richards

February 12, 2019


Filed under FEATURES, SHOWCASE

When admissions season rolls around and Archer opens its doors to prospective students, tours, interviews and campus previews take place on any given day. As one of Archer’s initiatives to be more inclusive and diverse, these events are increasingly becoming available in Spanish. Junior Angelica ...

Mobile Science Camp strives to make STEM inclusive, accessible

Mobile Science Camp strives to make STEM inclusive, accessible

By Celeste Ramirez, Staff Writer

February 3, 2019


Filed under FEATURES, SHOWCASE

Junior Hannah Kim was cleaning up after a Mobile Science Camp club visit to the Palms-Rancho Park Branch Library when the working librarian approached her. "Please come again, like, all the time, because I overheard a kid saying, 'Oh, I want to come to the library more often,'" the librarian sai...

New year, new uniform: Fitness and Wellness department creates new uniform through Land’s End

New year, new uniform: Fitness and Wellness department creates new uniform through Land’s End

By Amelia Stone, Staff Writer

February 2, 2019


Filed under FEATURES

The Greek goddess Artemis has been central to Archer's identity since its founding. In her book "Learning Like a Girl," founder Diana Meehan described Artemis as the "Protector of Girls, the Archer." To add to the myriad ways in which Archer's image is associated with the deity, Artemis is now featured...

iPads vs. laptops: Former, current sixth graders give opinions on iPads

iPads vs. laptops: Former, current sixth graders give opinions on iPads

By Chloe Richards, Staff Writer

February 2, 2019


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Each year, new sixth graders sling black cases marked with small purple Archer logos over their shoulders. These bags are similar to every other carrying case given to incoming students, but unlike the cases of older students, which hold laptop computers, sixth graders' cases contain iPads. At the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year, ...

‘I have never experienced anything like this’: Archer Abroad travels to India

‘I have never experienced anything like this’: Archer Abroad travels to India

By Nicki Rosenberg and Molly Goldberg

January 28, 2019


Filed under FEATURES, SHOWCASE

This Thanksgiving, 13 Archer students and two faculty members swapped their turkey and stuffing for rice and dal as they traveled to India for Archer’s annual Abroad Trip. From Nov. 18 to Nov. 30, the group traveled through India with Where There Be Dragons, a company that offers cultural immersion...

Advisory Revamp: Eighth, ninth grade advisories incorporate Social Emotional Learning, adapt to student feedback

Advisory Revamp: Eighth, ninth grade advisories incorporate Social Emotional Learning, adapt to student feedback

By Allie Worchell and Rio Hundley

January 18, 2019


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When Dean of Students Jenn Babin saw Patty Lancaster, Archer's guidance counselor, holding an advisory binder from the year 2000, she felt that it was time for an advisory 'revamp.' At the start of the 2018-2019 school year, Archer changed the structure of eighth and ninth grade to incorporate So...

Cuisine Queens: Freshlunches employees Shari Dillon, Nancy Eisenberg ‘thankful’ to work with Archer

Cuisine Queens: Freshlunches employees Shari Dillon, Nancy Eisenberg ‘thankful’ to work with Archer

By Rio Hundley and Chloe Richards

January 15, 2019


Filed under FEATURES, SHOWCASE

Students swarm the Freshlunches table, grabbing the assortment of brown paper bags. Calm despite the chaos, Freshlunches employees Shari Dillon and Nancy Eisenberg hand out hot meals. Despite the daily hustle and bustle, Eisenberg says she "feel[s] very fortunate to be here." Seven years ago,...

New kitchen to emphasize nutrition, offer variety of dining options

New kitchen to emphasize nutrition, offer variety of dining options

By Thea Leimone, Staff Writer

December 19, 2018


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Archer students integrate food into the typical school day, like advisory snacks, the Snack Shack and the treats that typically accompany any special event, such as the donuts and cookies at the club fair. "I love how people bond over [food] at Archer," freshman Gabby Wolf said. "No matter what ...

Creation of uniform committee gives students voice in uniform policy decisions

Creation of uniform committee gives students voice in uniform policy decisions

By Chloe Richards, Staff Writer

December 19, 2018


Filed under FEATURES

Last school year, the Archer administration decided to create a uniform committee to allow students, faculty and administration opportunities to discuss opinions about the uniform. The creation led to several uniform changes, including a change to the sweatshirt policy. "[The uniform committee was...

Padlet perspectives: Archer’s Digital Bulletin Board reduces emails, not routinely checked

Padlet perspectives: Archer’s Digital Bulletin Board reduces emails, not routinely checked

By Emma London, Staff Writer

December 3, 2018


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Before administration announced the Digital Bulletin Board at the start of the year, freshman Shaunael Milton had an email inbox “clogged” with lost and found emails and club meeting notifications. The new Digital Bulletin Board limits the number of emails sent and provides one place for announce...

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