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Community finds faith amid global pandemic

Community finds faith amid global pandemic

Yesh Nikam, Staff Writer

June 3, 2020

Recently, Daanyal Agboatwalla (11), a practicing Muslim, has been praying five times a day and listening to renowned Islamic scholar Dr. Mufti Menk’s daily podcast, “Muslim Central”, to help him get through the quarantine. “[Dr. Menk] has been calling on us to be grateful for what we have and...

Strict quarantines: Some students not leaving house at all

Devin Allard-Neptune, Staff Writer

June 3, 2020

Even though most Americans are currently cooped up inside their houses, there are some families that maintain stricter quarantine rules than others. Halley Robbins (12) has not left her apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan since March 16, the first Monday after school was cancelled. Upon her...

Asian Americans confront racism during COVID

Asian Americans confront racism during COVID

Sam Chiang, Staff Writer

June 3, 2020

The week after school closed due to COVID-19, Masa Shiiki (12) was confronted while walking down the street. A man with a microphone appeared and began screaming ‘corona’ into Shiiki’s face, he said. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Shiiki and other Asian American members of the school’s community...

SciTech 2020

SciTech 2020

Louise Kim and Alex Lautin

May 14, 2020

Sophia Zelizer (12) was busy at work this school year in a Lutnick laboratory growing generations of fruit flies and adding different pesticides to their food to see how they would be affected. This week, Zelizer and six other members of the science research course, Amanda Katiraei (11), Alex Rosenblatt...

Simon Schackner’s (10) “student-teacher” program lends a helping hand

Simon Schackner's (10)

Lauren Ho and Jillian Lee

May 14, 2020

Over Zoom, three-year-old Kiera McNally, history teacher John McNally’s daughter, took Vivien Sweet (11) on a virtual tour of her house, after they read books together. It was the first of many meetings between Upper Division (UD) student volunteers and teachers’ children as a part of the new Student-Teacher...

Dorr and summer school canceled

Dorr and summer school canceled

Claire Goldberg and Oliver Lewis

May 14, 2020

“The lessons taught at Dorr are all about taking care of the collective, and that’s what we’re going to do,” said Head of School Dr. Tom Kelly in reference to his decision to cancel all overnight events at the John Dorr Nature Laboratory for the 2020-2021 school year. Dorr has been canceled to...

Wei supports local businesses amid COVID-19

Wei supports local businesses amid COVID-19

Emma Colacino and Maya Nornberg

May 8, 2020

As Jeren Wei ‘19 watched his home town of New Rochelle suffer from the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, he decided he needed to help. Upon his return home from Emory University in Atlanta, Wei has raised over $15,000 through a fundraiser devoted to supporting communities in New York and Atlanta by de...

Ministry of Fun unites faculty members long distance

Ministry of Fun unites faculty members long distance

Devin Allard-Neptune and Max Chasin

May 8, 2020

The school’s closure has made interacting with members of the community more difficult; nevertheless, the Ministry of Fun (MOF), a faculty-led initiative, continues to connect faculty members to their coworkers. At the beginning of the school year, Psychologist Dr. Ian Pervil and history teachers...

Virtual Connections: HM seniors continue reflections online

Lucas Glickman and Teddy Ganea

May 8, 2020

Senior reflections have been a part of the school since 2017, and despite the current pandemic, Upper Division Library Department Chair Caroline Bartels does not want the seniors to lose out on the opportunity to reflect on who they are, she said. In the past years, the faculty understood the importan...

Guest speaker Dr. Edith Eger reflects on Auschwitz in Zoom discussion

Guest speaker Dr. Edith Eger reflects on Auschwitz in Zoom discussion

Hanna Hornfeld, Staff Writer

May 1, 2020

Auschwitz survivor, psychologist, and award- winning author Dr. Edith Eger and her daughter Dr. Marianne Engle participated in a Zoom discussion on Tuesday during D period. In the meeting, which is held annually by English teacher Dr. Deborah Kassel for her Man’s Search for Meaning senior English elective,...

New classes, new format: Students navigate course selection online

New classes, new format: Students navigate course selection online

Madison Xu and Jacob Shaw

May 1, 2020

Even when school is normally in session, course registration can be a challenging time for students and faculty alike. However, major changes including the new 100-400 level system and the entirely virtual process of course selection will likely make this year stand out from all others. The 2020-2021...

Parent power: Parent community finding new ways to interact

Parent power: Parent community finding new ways to interact

Claire Goldberg and Alex Lautin

May 1, 2020

Despite the confining nature of quarantine, yoga classes, wellness workshops, sports business forums, and other online events have helped the school’s parents balance their home life with a virtual parent community. Parents have stayed engaged with the community by attending a number of webinars hosted...

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