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From Jane Austen to Salman Rushdie: Why Meredith March became an English teacher

English teacher Meredith March poses for a photo in her classroom in Dartmouth, where she has been working during distance learning.

Akhila Ayyadevara

October 6, 2020

New English teacher Meredith March—who teaches seventh grade English and AP Language and Composition—has known she wanted to be a teacher since she was five years old. “I've always loved the idea of school itself,” March said. “When I was little, I used to make my siblings sit around th...

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

Siu takes a silly classroom picture with her fourth grade students in 2018 at Kuwait American School.

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 subject ...

Three Weeks Later (Covid-19 Stories) w/ Andrew Crabtree

Three Weeks Later (Covid-19 Stories) w/ Andrew Crabtree

Kristian Crowther and Greg Haessner

July 26, 2020

Editor's Note: This episode was originally published on April 19, 2020. On April 14, UPA announced it would be moving to a Pass/Fail grading system hours after the recording of the third installment of Weeks Later, a conversation show where our hosts Greg Haessner and Kristian Crowther delve in...

Two Weeks Later (Covid-19 Stories) with Meghana Bellam

Two Weeks Later (Covid-19 Stories) with Meghana Bellam

Kristian Crowther and Greg Haessner

July 26, 2020

Editor's Note: This episode was originally published on April 6, 2020. On April 1, Executive Director David Porter announced that UPA's on-campus hiatus will be extended until the end of the 2019-2020 school year. This was due to the rise in numbers of cases from the Covid-19 pandemic. Kr...

Odd One Out | Episode 1

Odd One Out | Episode 1

Tiffany Tran and Joe Shem

July 26, 2020

Editor's Note: This episode was originally published on April 2, 2020. In the first episode of the podcast "Odd One Out," reporter Tiffany Tran and editor Joe Shem interview freshman Yanrui Li about her experiences at UPA as a student who started in the second semester. ...

One Week Later (Covid-19 Stories) with Social Science teacher Katherine Poltorak

One Week Later (Covid-19 Stories) with Social Science teacher Katherine Poltorak

Kristian Crowther and Greg Haessner

July 26, 2020

Editor's Note: This episode was originally published on March 29, 2020. From March 16 to May 4, UPA and several of its sister schools in the Santa Clara County have gone on a hiatus from on-campus learning due to the pandemic that is Covid-19. Kristian Crowther and Greg Haessner wish to exp...

3D Printing in Education | Aquila Broadcast

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 imple...

National Counselors Week | Aquila Broadcast

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 studen...

The Teenage Face of Essential Jobs

Working beside her coworker Kristian Shirallie, Unity Aldaco makes a drink for one of the mobile orders. According to Aldaco, mobile orders are typically larger orders and include more than one drink or food item.

Alyssa Garcia

June 24, 2020

Walking into Walmart, new requirements resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic are unlike anything before: everybody has masks and gloves on. Customers feel the wet disinfected shopping cart through their latex gloves, then take a deep breath upon entry, inhaling the smell of surgical masks and being cau...

UPA: Was the Move Worth It?

UPA: Was the Move Worth It?

Akshara Kollu

June 7, 2020

Should I go to UPA? The simple yet complex question echoed in my mind throughout the entirety of my sixth grade year.  Torn between a future at UPA and Santa Teresa High School, I made the most detailed pro/con list on the back of my flunked math test. Impulsively, I chose to attend UPA, and I hav...

Behind a Mask of Insults

Behind a Mask of Insults

Britney Stout

June 7, 2020

During their one year of playing lacrosse together, junior Adam Lawson finally got the chance to play against their biggest rival: Josh, their older brother by two years. Josh was extremely experienced, having played several more years of the competitive sport. Throughout the game, Adam repeatedly hit t...

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