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Beginnings: Back to school with sixth graders

The backdrop of the welcome and opening remarks ceremony on the first day of school. The backdrop was inspired by the Maypole, a spring tradition that takes place on May 1 every year. Sixth grade dean Lauren Sekula said seeing that backdrop on the first day of school made her 'excited' for the spring tradition.

By Celeste Ramirez, Multimedia Editor

October 27, 2019

On the opposite side of the courtyard, members of the class of 2026 reconnected with their new peers after Fall Outing. They wore long khaki skirts, purple polos and white cardigans, carrying large backpacks. Sixth grade dean Lauren Sekula shared that as dean she gets to have "different," "really...

Endings: Back to school with seniors

The backdrop of the welcome and opening remarks ceremony on the first day of school. The backdrop was inspired by the Maypole, a spring tradition that takes place on May 1 every year. Sixth grade dean Lauren Sekula said seeing that backdrop on the first day of school made her 'excited' for the spring tradition.

By Celeste Ramirez, Multimedia Editor

October 27, 2019

Before the welcome and opening remarks on the first day of classes, seniors wearing gray blazers filled the front side of the courtyard at the unofficial "senior section." They wore red accessories, including firefighter hats, beaded necklaces, hats, wigs, and earrings to represent the class' senior...

New counselor Jaime MacDonald focuses on wellness

Jaime MacDonald and her dog Cleveland sit in MacDonald's new office.  MacDonald is Archer's new school counselor.

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

College pennants from the class of 2018 hang in the downstairs hallway. Many juniors are under stress as they begin the college process.

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

Students at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa protest against gun violence after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Approximately 3 million American children witness gun violence every year.

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

In an anonymous survey conducted by the Oracle, students at Archer shared their opinions on vaccines; 74.3% of the responses answered that they strongly support 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

Middle schoolers in the ALTeachers X-Block follow sophomore Ambassador Leadership Team member Jessica Tuchin '21. The X-Block focused on teaching students how to be ambassadors for the school.

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

A photo from the Shanti Foundation, an organization put in place to help girls and women who have experienced human trafficking in Nepal. The founder, Shanti, pictured on the right. Shanti was held in a brothel for many years where she contracted HIV. Now she is the leader of the Shanti Foundation and wants to raise awareness of this issue.

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

At UCLA's Intensive Outpatient Program for OCD (IOP), patients are exposed to things that trigger their OCD.

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

A photo illustration depicts a lack of political discourse. History Department Chair Bethany Neubauer emphasized the importance of political conversations in the classroom.

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

When now 16-year-old Alameda High School student, Natasha Waldorf, walked into her classroom one morning during her freshman year, Waldorf found etchings on her desk done by fellow students The etchings contained the phrase

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...

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