December improv workshops kick off

Performing Arts teachers Michele Spears and Lisa Frederickson hosted the first improv workshop of the year Dec. 4, in which  students played a variety of acting games.  In an email to upper school students, Spears described the improv workshops as a way to relax and have fun every Friday after school. No previous experience in improv is […]

Midterm exams cancelled

Due to the updated school schedule, teachers will not be assigning cumulative midterms this year before winter break. Instead, classes will take place as they normally would and teachers may assign regular assessments. Head of Upper School Beth Slattery said that traditional assessments can be an added burden to students’ lives.  “There’s a recognition that […]

Jones speaks at USC’s Gould Law

Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Associate Director of Admission Janine Jones  spoke about implicit bias and microaggressions  at a virtual educational event held by the University of Southern California’s (USC) Athletics Black Lives Matter Team on Nov. 17. Speaking to USC student-athletes and staff, Jones said implicit biases are stereotypes and views that affect one’s thoughts, beliefs […]

Latin students take part in S.C.R.A.M.

The annual Southern California Regional Amici Madness (S.C.R.A.M.) conference, the regional Junior Classical League (JCL) convention for Southern California, went fully virtual to provide students with Classical trivia, games, tests and more. S.C.R.A.M. was held online this year through Discord and Zoom. University High School in Irvine hosted S.C.R.A.M. 2020, boasting more than 20 activities […]

Students celebrate Diwali

Students celebrate Diwali

The South Asian Students’ Alliance (SASA) hosted an online event Nov. 20 celebrating Diwali, the five-day Festival of Lights observed by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs across the world. SASA President Mohona Ganguly ’21 began the meeting with a presentation offering an overview of the holiday and its origins. In India, various religions and areas of […]

Students to participate in poetry festival

Poetry organization Wider Than The Sky and upper school literary magazine Stone-Cutters will host a virtual workshop discussing bilingual poetry Sunday. Wider Than The Sky hosts monthly writing workshops for students and an annual two-day festival in April. The workshop will be the third event of the year for Wider Than the Sky and their […]

Get Lit poetry group performs

Members of Get Lit, a spoken word troupe based in Los Angeles, led a poetry teaser and showcase during Community Flex Time on Nov. 18. Get Lit Public Outreach Manager Mason Granger, a writer with over 15 years of experience, led the reading, which featured several high school performers from across California. Granger said that […]

School assesses virtual learning schedule

The Schedule Committee gave a presentation to upper school teachers Dec. 2 to discuss the findings of a school-wide survey about the new block schedule.  The school conducted the survey anonymously in order to ensure honest responses; it garnered over 600 student responses and additional faculty responses. Schedule Committee Co-Chair Heather Audesirk presented the results […]