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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...

‘It gave my mind back to me’: UCLA OCD program changes lives one kid at a time

‘It gave my mind back to me’: UCLA OCD program changes lives one kid at a time

By Rio Hundley, Staff Writer

June 6, 2019

Though UCLA is known for its sports teams and academic rigor, it also changes the lives of young people in less traditional ways. UCLA's Adolescent OCD Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) has helped hundreds of young people living with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).  Though the program has ...

Political discourse ‘messy’ but ‘valuable’ in school communities, national politics

Political discourse ‘messy’ but ‘valuable’ in school communities, national politics

By Anna Brodsky, Editor-in-Chief

June 6, 2019

In February of 2016, The Higher Education Research Initiative at UCLA released a study that found that the highest share of college students since 1973 consider themselves left of center in terms of political ideology. Such sentiment is shared at Archer, where, according to an Oracle survey of the stude...

‘I felt broken’: Anti-Semitism impacts students in Newport Harbor, Alameda schools

‘I felt broken’: Anti-Semitism impacts students in Newport Harbor, Alameda schools

By Lola Lamberg, Voices Editor

June 5, 2019

At a high school party on March 2, smiling Newport Harbor High School students gathered around plastic red cups laid on a table in the shape of a swastika. Along with the swastika, eight teens in the photo performed a Nazi salute for the camera. The morning after, pictures taken at the event were circl...

Camila Blank wins international violin competition

Camila Blank wins international violin competition

By Anna Brodsky, Editor-in-Chief

June 2, 2019

When seventh-grader Camila Blank's mother first told her that she had won the American Protégé International Music Talent Competition, Blank was "really surprised." "I thought my mom was joking," Blank said. "I didn't think I could do it." American Protégé is an organization that aims to showcas...

The Rainbow Grows: LGBTQ community at Archer ‘supported,’ students say

The Rainbow Grows: LGBTQ community at Archer ‘supported,’ students say

By Ella Frey, News and Features Editor

June 1, 2019

In 2015, gay marriage was legalized in all 50 states. In the same year, the Pentagon said it would reform military policy to include transgender soldiers. However, as LGBTQ individuals rights continue to grow, many members of the LGBTQ community still face discrimination in education and social enviro...

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