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

After hearing that Upper School Director Gretchen Warner had received the headship at The Madeira School, Head of School Elizabeth English and Warner’s mother sent her flowers, which currently decorate Warner’s office. “It’s been a lot of ’sorry to see you go, but we’re so excited for you’ [from the Archer community],” Warner said.

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

The servery features hot food options, salad, soup, frozen yogurt, snacks, breakfast, drinks and a grab-and-go section.

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

Destiny Morado '22 cheers at the Los Angeles Global Climate Strike. She said she was grateful to attend the event with Archer.

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

Director of Advancement and Communications Quyen Ngo works on her computer in her office on the first day of school. School started on Tuesday for both middle and upper school.

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

Upper School Director Gretchen Warner announced Wednesday that Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime were no longer blocked on the Archer network. The websites were banned for about a week.

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...

2018-2019 school year culminates with skits, dance, celebration

The culminating event of the last day of school is the maypole dance, which is performed by the sixth grade class every year.

By Chloe Richards and Rio Hundley

June 8, 2019

  The community celebrated Moving Up Day on Friday, June 7, with advisory and meetings, awards ceremonies, faculty skits, and the customary maypole dance, performed by the sixth grade class. The Oracle documented the final day of the 2018-2019 school year through a series of photos....

Eighth grader Karen Garcia wins California State Science Fair for research on microplastics

Karen Garcia '23 brought her project to the Archer STEM Symposium after winning the California State Science Fair. She researched the presence of microplastics in salt.

By Anna Brodsky, Editor-in-Chief

June 6, 2019

When Karen Garcia '23 joined a middle school science X-block that helped students prepare for the LA County Science Fair, she was "excited." But she did not know that her research on the presence of microplastics in sea salt would qualify her for the state science fair and eventually propel her to a...

Soviet Union exhibit hits its ‘Marx’ with sophomore history class

A guide explains one of the posters in the exhibit,

By Rio Hundley, Sports Editor

June 2, 2019

In the 1950s, the only thing most students were told about the Cold War was to "duck and cover." In recent years, Russia's approval ratings in the U.S. have dipped to 36%, the lowest since the USSR was disbanded.  However, sophomore world history teacher Nick Graham sought to include the Cold War into his course, called "Questioning the West," by giving his students a glimpse "behind the Iron Cur...

Archer students complete AP exams

A sign in front of the Dining Hall, which was lined with chairs and individual desks  for students taking the AP Exams. The exams were held in other places such as the library and lighting studio.

By Thea Leimone, Staff Writer

June 2, 2019

Students across the nation enrolled in Advanced Placement [AP] classes began the AP exams at the beginning of May. At Archer, the process began with girls clad in sweatpants and sweatshirts filing into one of the testing locations on campus. The exams took place from May 6 to May 17, and the individu...

‘Women are the future in film’: Archer holds eighth annual film festival

Junior Casey Nuss scoops popcorn at the film festival.

By Emma London and Nicki Rosenberg

May 30, 2019

In the film elective class, students learn more than cinematographic elements or how to use a camera. Each year, students have the opportunity to curate and showcase student films from around the globe at their very own film festival. On Wednesday, May 22, students, faculty, families and friends flooded...

Speech and debate team wraps up record-breaking season

The Speech and Debate team competed in the California Lutheran University invitational on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2019. The team made history, with many students making it to the final rounds of the competition. SPEECH AND DEBATE TEAM. Natalie Grant ('19), Evan Bowman ('22), Isabella Silvers ('20), Jessica Tuchin ('21), Eva Dembo ('21) and Noa Wallock ('22). ROW 2: Lola Wolf ('19), Lena Jones ('20), Grace Carter ('20), Kylie Chryss-Connell ('21), Lily Kerner ('22), Rachael Azrialy ('21), Maddie Fenster ('20), Anna Brodsky ('20).

By Amelia Stone, Staff Writer

May 30, 2019

Whether are qualifying for state championships or taking home first place trophies for Lincoln-Douglas debate, the speech and debate team has been breaking records this year. For the first time in Archer history at the La Costa Canyon tournament in November, sophomore Jessica Tuchin advanced to t...

We Day ‘celebration’ of student changemakers

Dancers performing during Meghan Trainor's set at WE Day at the Forum. Other well-known figures included Selena Gomez and Chance the Rapper.

By Liz Haltrecht, Culture Editor

May 29, 2019

Upper school and middle school students traveled to the Forum in Inglewood to participate in WE day on Thursday, April 25. WE Day is an event that celebrates people who are making a difference in today's world. According to, the day is important because "standing in a stadium full of change...

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