‘See’-ing diversity in action: Author speaks to school about cultural identity

‘See’-ing diversity in action: Author speaks to school about cultural identity

The Asian Students in Action club invited New York Times Best Selling author Lisa See to speak about her family history and struggles with identity Monday. See is the first all-school assembly speaker chosen by the club. ASiA Club invited See in hopes that her speech would initiate conversations about cultural identity among the student […]

Prefects retreat to Palm Springs

Upper School prefects attended their annual retreat Aug. 19 in Palm Springs. Junior Prefect Jaya Nayar ’20 said the goal of the retreat was to plan for the upcoming school year by setting goals and areas for improvement. One of the main goals is to ensure the effectiveness of Prefect Council and their ability to […]

School hosts cultural competency training

In order to discuss how teachers can respect and honor the identities of their students, all new faculty members participated in the school’s first cultural competency training, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Janine Jones said. “We thought [the training] would be the best way to not just talk the talk, but also walk the […]

Student app valued at $1m sells equity

Student app valued at $1m sells equity

Co-founder of Trill Izzy Reiff ’18 and Coco Kaleel ’20 laugh during Trill’s Launch party. The modified app will have a greater focus on the user experience and is scheduled to launch Sept. 10. Ari Sokolov ’18, Izzy Reiff ’18, Lexi So ’19, Sara Kangaslahti ’19 and Georgia Messinger (Brentwood School ’18) sold 5 percent […]

Disciplinary process to be streamlined

As part of his increased duties this year, Upper School Dean of Students Jordan Church will oversee all disciplinary decisions and Honor Board cases. In the previous system, teachers or coaches could decide how to handle first offense minor infractions. Upper school deans and Head of Upper School Laura Ross also dealt with disciplinary measures […]

New student mentorship program has first meeting

New student mentorship program has first meeting

Members of the new student mentorship program met for the first time during a pre-orientation for new students Aug. 23. Counselor Michelle Bracken said the administration created the program after realizing a need for a support system analogous to Big Sibs at the Upper School. “[The program] gives you someone to ask if you need […]

Hall to retire after 35 years at the school

Visual arts teacher Marianne Hall will retire after 35 years at the school. Hall has taught The History and Art of Modern Europe and The World and Drawing and Painting I, as well as other eleventh and twelfth grade classes. Hall’s favorite part of her work was her students, she said. “It’s really fun to […]

Students present on socioeconomic issues

Six attendees of the Student Diversity Leadership Conference gave a presentation on socioeconomic differences during a faculty and staff meeting after school Feb. 27. They discussed how socioeconomic status plays into other elements of diversity. Following the presentation, the students broke up the faculty and staff into smaller groups in order to simulate the actual […]