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Student council holds postponed Halloween celebration in response to Getty Fire closure

Student council holds postponed Halloween celebration in response to Getty Fire closure

By Chloe Fidler and Lola Lamberg

December 4, 2019

Tables full of candy in the courtyard, costume competitions and the senior-planned Haunted House are unique traditions of the annual Halloween celebration organized by the student council. However, due to the Archer campus being in the mandatory evacuation zone of the Getty Fire from Oct. 28 until Oct. 31, no student was on campus on the day ...

‘A force to be reckoned with’: Speech and debate team members take first, second place in tournament

‘A force to be reckoned with’: Speech and debate team members take first, second place in tournament

By Allie Worchell, Voices Editor

November 17, 2019

Huddled in a circle, speech and debate team members watch as Administrative Captain Grace Carter ‘20 runs around them chanting "ride that pony." Carter stops in front of a fellow teammate, who continues the call-and-response chant by saying: "My baby this is how we do it." By the end of the exercise...

PerSISTERS: Archer celebrates 24th year, recognizes seniors

PerSISTERS: Archer celebrates 24th year, recognizes seniors

By Rio Hundley, Sports Editor

November 17, 2019

Women were granted the right to vote 99 years ago in the year 1920. Seventy-six years later, Diana Meehan, Vicky Shorr and Megan Callaway completed their own journey for female empowerment when they opened The Archer School for Girls. The goal of the school, as written in the mission statement, was t...

Back to School Night replaced by Back to School Day due to change in CUP

Back to School Night replaced by Back to School Day due to change in CUP

By Avery Fox, Staff Reporter

November 17, 2019

Archer's annual Back to School Night is an "exciting" event for both teachers and parents, Associate Head of School Karen Pavliscak said. On Saturday, Sept. 28, parents participated in Archer’s first Back to School Day, an event that replaced Back to School Night but maintained a similar structure....

HERstory in space: NASA astronauts Jessica Meir, Christina Koch conduct first all-female space walk

HERstory in space: NASA astronauts Jessica Meir, Christina Koch conduct first all-female space walk

By Lola Lamberg, News and Features Editor

November 10, 2019

NASA astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch entered the crew lock of the International Space Station [ISS] and into space 220 miles away from earth on Oct. 18. As 42-year-old Meir and 40-year-old Koch left the crew lock at 7:38 a.m., the first-ever all-female spacewalk began. The walk lasted fo...

Getty fire prompts evacuations, school closure

Getty fire prompts evacuations, school closure

By Anna Brodsky and Rio Hundley

November 1, 2019

Head of School Elizabeth English woke up at 3 a.m. on Monday to the sound of sirens and helicopters. The Getty fire, which sparked when the Santa Ana Winds carried a tree branch into a city power line, had started less than two hours before. "It was unlike anything I've experienced before," Englis...

Color Clash: Student Council organizes ‘supportive,’ ‘competitive’ new event

Color Clash: Student Council organizes ‘supportive,’ ‘competitive’ new event

By Rio Hundley, Sports Editor

October 16, 2019

As the buses pulled into the school's driveway, students emerged sporting red and black pajama pants, tutus and face paint on Friday, Oct. 5.  A week earlier, Student Council [StuCo] released a video introducing the Color Clash, where the red (grades sixth, eighth, tenth and twelfth) and black (grades...

BREAKING: Upper School Director Gretchen Warner appointed Head of Madeira School

BREAKING: Upper School Director Gretchen Warner appointed Head of Madeira School

By Anna Brodsky, Editor-in-Chief

September 27, 2019

Upper School Director Gretchen Warner will become the Head of The Madeira School, an all-girls school in Maclean, Virginia, starting next year, according to a school-wide email from Head of School Elizabeth English sent Friday morning. The appointment was the culmination of a six to seventh month applic...

Servery works to reduce lines, offers options to community

Servery works to reduce lines, offers options to community

By Rio Hundley, Sports Editor

September 26, 2019

Although students and faculty experienced new classrooms, common areas and work spaces after the opening of the Diana Meehan center last spring, one newly remodeled room remained dormant. Archer’s new servery was launched at the beginning of this year and began providing food to students on the first...

‘Our future matters’: Global Climate Strike calls for governmental action, ’empowers’ youth

‘Our future matters’: Global Climate Strike calls for governmental action, ’empowers’ youth

By Anna Brodsky, Editor-in-Chief

September 21, 2019

If there's a protest, Susan Millman and Steve Clare are probably there. The two retirees, both in their early 70s, have been political activists for 50 years, fighting for causes ranging from civil rights to the Vietnam War to immigration. Friday's Global Climate Strike in Los Angeles was no exception. "This...

Reflecting, reading, hiking: Staff and faculty reflect on back-to-school routines

Reflecting, reading, hiking: Staff and faculty reflect on back-to-school routines

By Allie Worchell and Lola Lamberg

September 18, 2019

The hallways of Archer were no longer silent as students, faculty and staff returned to campus on Tuesday, Sept. 3. While students ordered textbooks and did summer homework in the weeks leading up to the first day of school, faculty and staff had their own back-to-school routines and preparations.  ...

Administration lifts streaming ban, emphasizes harms of television at school

Administration lifts streaming ban, emphasizes harms of television at school

By Anna Brodsky, Lola Lamberg, and Molly Goldberg

September 11, 2019

Upper School Director Gretchen Warner announced Wednesday that the ban on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime has been lifted for computers using the Archer wireless network. One week before, Interim Dean of Students Brianna Coughlan had announced the ban to the upper school, prompting anger from many students. "The...

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