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Junior mental health alliance leaders Dennett Stibel 25, Rachel Reiff 25, Sunny Lu 25 and Micah Parr 25 pose together.

Student mental health alliance formed

Justin Tang, Assistant Sports Editor September 23, 2023

The school created the Student Mental Health Alliance, an organization focused on bringing awareness to mental health issues and reducing the stigma around mental illnesses.The organization is a part of...

Two students are seen sitting at tables on the quad having a conversation.

Behind the Wellness Plan

Hannah Shahidi and Connor Tang August 25, 2023

The school is implementing new schoolwide wellness initiatives in response to recent student deaths in the community, as announced in an email from President Rick Commons on Aug. 1. The current Mental...


Protecting choice

Allegra Drago May 27, 2022

After she was told it was unlikely she could conceive children, Paula* said she engaged in meaningless hookups, unconcerned about a possible pregnancy. Weeks later, she found herself staring at an ultrasound...

On a dummy, an illustrated student practices CPR technique. With the new requirement, all students beginning with the class of 2024 will be trained in CPR.

School institutes new CPR community service requirement

Grant Park September 20, 2021

The school announced a new requirement for all upper school students to complete 10 hours of CPR/AED and first aid training before graduation in an email sent to students and parents Sept. 14. Dean...

Counselors send schoolwide mental health email

Tessa Augsberger February 11, 2021

Upper School Counselors Michelle Bracken, Brittany Bronson and Tina McGraw and Athletics Counselor Kat Scardino sent an all-school email Thursday addressing heightened mental health concerns in the school...

Deadline for community service requirement extended

Siobhan Harms March 23, 2020

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, Upper School Counselor Michelle Bracken and Upper School Dean of Students Jordan Church said in an email March 23  the deadline for the community service requirement...

Community Council hosts toy drive for New Directions for Youth

Milla Ben-Ezra December 14, 2019

Community Council hosted a toy drive on campus from Dec. 9 to Dec. 13 in support of New Directions for Youth, an organization that provides many services and programs that support children in need. Founded...

As part of National Suicide Awareness week, Allison Salvador 19 created the Truth Tree outside Rugby Hall to allow students to voice their inner feelings and goals.

Truth Tree Spreads Awareness During Suicide Prevention Week

Hannah Han and Ethan Lachman September 15, 2018

In an effort to spread awareness regarding teen suicide and mental health, Ally Salvador ’19 initiated and organized a project called the Truth Tree from Sept. 11 to Sept. 14. Members of the community...

Mentoring Mentors: Paige Corman ’20 tours incoming sophomores around campus. Peer Support trainees and leaders, Student Ambassadors and New Student Mentors helped at the Sophomore Orientation.

New student mentorship program has first meeting

Luke Schneider August 29, 2018

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...

Students attend Talk Project meeting

Anusha Mathur January 31, 2018

Talk Project representative Ashley Cooper spoke to students interested in presenting at this year’s workshops to inform them about the training process and begin organizing the curriculum on Jan. 29. The...

Students propose future assembly speakers

Isabel Llevat October 25, 2017

Assistant Head of Upper School Michelle Bracken and Director of Student Affairs Jordan Church are taking suggestions for future all-school assembly speakers following Luis J. Rodriguez’s speech Oct 18. In...

Faculty members pose together during one of their tours. Printed with permission of Gustavo Godoy.

Faculty traveled to Mexico over break

Sofia Heller August 29, 2017

Seventeen faculty members immersed themselves in Mexican history and culture in Mexico City, traveling to museums, staying at a hacienda and exploring the streets of the city June 13-19. The trip was...

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