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A student pushes a recycling bin onto campus.

Policy Against Pollution

Saisha Kumar and William Liu September 22, 2023

As Senior Prefect Elizabeth Johnstone ’24 walked into a meeting with members of the administration, she was determined to voice her concerns about the school’s sustainability. However, Johnstone said...

School announces new Wellness Plan

Alex Lee and Chloe Park August 27, 2023

President Rick Commons and Head of School Laura Ross released the “Mental Health and Wellness Plan” in an email to students, parents, faculty and staff Aug. 1. The document outlines the school’s...

Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and Associate Director of Admission Janine Jones poses for her yearbook portrait during the 2022-2023 school year.

Jones to become Assistant Head of School for Community and Belonging

Davis Marks June 2, 2023

Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and Associate Director of Admission Janine Jones will become the Assistant Head of School for Community and Belonging beginning in the 2023-2024 school year,...

Jacob Massey ’25, Elliot Lichtman ’23, Hugh Cheng ’25 and Sophomore Prefect Eric Lee ’25 take the new unified course survey on their laptops, allowing them to give feedback on their teachers.

Unified course surveys rolled out

Iona Lee and Hannah Shahidi February 8, 2023

Upper school students completed surveys for each of their courses during January, the first time the administration has conducted a universal survey instead of ones created by individual teachers. Through...

In response to the multiple antisemitic vandalism incidents this year, members of the Jewish Club posted signs around campus meant to spread awareness about antisemitism.

School searches for suspects after fifth antisemitic vandalism incident

Davis Marks and Natalie Cosgrove February 8, 2023

The school administration filed a police report and has increased surveillance on campus after a Nazi symbol was found poked into a bulletin in the student lounge on Jan. 23, the fifth in a series of antisemitic...

Associate Head of School Laura Ross will begin serving as Head of School in July. Prior to becoming Associate Head of School in July 2020, Ross was Head of Upper School from 2017 to 2020.

Ross to become Head of School

Davis Marks and Chloe Park January 3, 2023

Associate Head of School Laura Ross will become Head of School in July, according to an email sent by President and Head of School Rick Commons on Jan. 3. Following the change, Commons will serve solely...

Illustration by Sydney Fener

Law and Omicron: Trial by Worry

Editorial Board January 20, 2022

As winter break came to a close, students eagerly awaited a return to on-campus education, only to be met with two disappointing days of asynchronous assignments. What could have been a triumphant beginning...

Administration introduces anti-racism plans

Ethan Lachman July 26, 2020

In response to schoolwide calls to take greater action against racism, the administration released a comprehensive list of initiatives July 24 to foster an anti-racist environment on campus. President...

Speaking about the schedule

Ethan Lachman June 1, 2019

In an email sent to the entire community, the school announced its plan to implement a schedule change beginning in the 2020-2021 school year, when current sophomores will be seniors. The most prominent...

Data used from the January Chronicle poll. Graphic by Indu Pandey.

School considers AP class limit in talks of student well-being, academic balance

Jean Sanders January 12, 2017

School administrators and faculty are discussing placing a limit on the number of AP classes students are able to take throughout their high school careers as part of their ongoing discussion about the...

Commons announces Head of Upper School

Sammi Handler November 23, 2016

Effective July 1, Laura D. Ross will become the new Head of Upper School, leaving her position as Head of Upper School at the Greenhill School in Dallas, President Rick Commons announced in an email to...

1st and 3rd Wednesdays approved for next year

Eugenia Ko February 13, 2015

The 1st and 3rd Wednesday assemblies have been approved by the administration for the 2015-2016 school year. Assistant to the Head of Upper School Michelle Bracken said the assembly is being fine-tuned...

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