School suspends on-campus activity for three weeks

In an email Thursday, President Rick Commons announced the closure of both the upper and middle school campuses for three weeks from Saturday to Jan. 10. Both campuses will be closed over winter break until the week after classes resume. During this period, students will not be allowed on campus. Athletic activities and other student […]

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 […]

Quaranteen Love

Quaranteen Love

For Stone Kletecka ’21 and his girlfriend, their one-year anniversary came Oct. 26, but it barely resembled the celebration they envisioned at the start of their relationship. Accustomed to living within a volatile pandemic, they spent their day  journeying to Laguna Beach instead of going to the Santa Monica Pier, one of their favorite spots […]

On-campus social events suspended after 10 days due to COVID-19 surge

On-campus social events suspended after 10 days due to COVID-19 surge

Members of the administration and Prefect Council worked in conjunction to host a series of optional on-campus social activities from Nov. 10 to Nov. 20 on weeknights. Because of rising coronavirus case numbers following the Thanksgiving holiday, the in-person events were postponed until after winter break, Head of Upper School Beth Slattery announced in an […]

As cases rise, future of on-campus athletics appears to be in jeopardy

As cases rise, future of on-campus athletics appears to be in jeopardy

With COVID-19 cases at an all-time high in California according to the Los Angeles Times, new restrictions may affect on-campus sports practices. In an all-school email sent by President Rick Commons, the school announced the cancellation of all on-campus activities from Thanksgiving Day to Dec. 4 in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 during […]

2020: Just a number

My last conversation in 2019 was with my friends. We spammed our group chat with cheers about the end of the year and lamented the difficulties of ninth grade, deciding that no matter what would happen in 2020, it had to be better than 2019. Yikes. Sure, hindsight is 2020 (literally), but there was nothing […]

Connections Cut Off

Connections Cut Off

  Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, French teacher Amandine Nelaton began every class by stopping at her students’ desks and conversing with them about their goals, passions and lives. Using her positive aura to illuminate the classroom, she was able to put a smile on the faces of students who showed signs of stress. Now, […]

There’s no us in team

There’s no us in team

When point guard Melissa Zozulenko ’21 packed her bag on the last day of in-person school, she didn’t realize she would have to say goodbye to her basketball team for over six months. Since then, she has been isolated from the majority of her teammates and coaches, even though she has recently returned to the court […]

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