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Senior seminar looks different after counselor Sandra Trotch’s retirement

Senior seminar looks different after counselor Sandra Trotch’s retirement

September 17, 2020

Sandra Trotch, UPA’s junior and senior counselor and AP English Language and Composition teacher since 2008, retired July 1. When seniors learned of...

‘Swimming has been my whole entire life’: Senior Kenneth Thien verbally commits to swim at Boston College

‘Swimming has been my whole entire life’: Senior Kenneth Thien verbally commits to swim at Boston College

September 11, 2020

The senior class is usually in the same lane when applying to colleges, but senior Kenneth Thien has chosen to swim in a separate lane: college recruiting. Thien...

Lessons Online: UPA teachers prepared to begin the 2020-2021 school year via distance learning

Lessons Online: UPA teachers prepared to begin the 2020-2021 school year via distance learning

September 10, 2020

Five months after the first day of distance learning caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020-2021 school year began digitally, with the hope of introducing...

SCU and CZU Lightning Complex fires cause stress as fear of evacuation looms

SCU and CZU Lightning Complex fires cause stress as fear of evacuation looms

September 7, 2020

The smell of smoke lingers in the Bay Area as the SCU and CZU Lightning Complex fires burn, causing a surge of fear and anxiety for members of the...

Global Teaching Crusade: New teacher August Siu joins the math department

Katherine Nguyen, Multimedia Manager
September 4, 2020

Math teacher August Siu peers at the virtual displays of her students in a Zoom meeting as they gaze back, waiting for her next instruction. This is not how she originally envisioned her first day of teaching at UPA. Siu has taught students from fourth grade to 10th grade and holds a multiple...

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3D Printing in Education | Aquila Broadcast

Melanie Rayas, Sheyla Escalante, and Katherine Nguyen
July 26, 2020

Editor's Note: This video was originally published on YouTube on May 20, 2020. In Dec. 2019, Science 8 and IED teacher Alan Kahn, purchased a 3D printer for use in his seventh-period “Introduction to Engineering Design” course. Take a look at this class and see how the 3D printer is being implemented. Reporting...

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National Counselors Week | Aquila Broadcast

Katherine Nguyen
July 26, 2020

Editor's Note: This video was originally published on YouTube on Feb. 26, 2020. During National Counselors Week (Feb. 3-7), we interviewed the students of UPA with the question: "Why would anyone become a school counselor?" to highlight the contribution and impact of school counselors in helping students...

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Why Indians should stand with the Black Lives Matter movement

Akshara Kollu, Copy Editor
September 9, 2020

The Gandhi Mahal, a Bangladeshi-Indian restaurant in Minneapolis, was set aflame on May 9 amid the protests and riots regarding Black Lives Matter (BLM) and the unjust treatment of George Floyd, amid crimes against other Black citizens. Yet Ruhel Islam, the owner of the restaurant, continued to stand...

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The Great Debate

Desiree Pekar
May 29, 2020

Music blasts in the gym. Students cheer on the Guzaarish dancers. After Guzaarish ends, students clap for the cheer team as they watch them create a variety of formations. Then, a flyer is lifted up into the air, supported by two girls at the base. But what the audience cannot see is the sweat that...

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Under Pressure

Kristian Crowther
September 6, 2019

On the three orange and blue plaques hung up in every UPA classroom, students are told to be honest, accountable and to persevere in all of their academic endeavors; however, there comes a point when students may feel that breaking these very values is the only option to achieve success. “The idea...

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Pick & Roll Podcast Quarantine Edition ft. Jason Plasschaert
Pick & Roll Podcast | Season Conclusion 2020

Pick & Roll Podcast | Season Conclusion 2020

July 26, 2020

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Can Guys Wear Birkenstocks? | Aquila Broadcast
All is fair in love and ‘1917’

All is fair in love and ‘1917’

June 5, 2020

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Misinterpretations?

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Misinterpretations?

May 23, 2020

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Reska: The Spine of Aquila
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The Classic Rock Algorithm

April 12, 2019

Young Adult Novel Characters Crossword Puzzle

April 12, 2019

Musical Mad Libs

April 12, 2019

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