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Divided We Stand: How political stances shape UPA

Digital illustration of a Republican (left) and Democrat (right) fighting each other.
December 8, 2020

As a result of the November election, tension and bitterness run high on both sides of the political spectrum. At UPA, several students are struggling to maintain relationships because of differences...

College Looks Different for UPA’s Class of 2020

UPA alumnus Hannah Van Gelder sits on her bed in her dorm at Marymount Manhattan College.
Graduates Hannah Van Gelder, Sophia Singh and Joel Jaison speak on their lives in college.
December 3, 2020

After finishing the remainder of their senior year online, UPA’s Class of 2020 has started college, albeit differently than how they had imagined when they first applied. For liberal studies major...

Jump into a fantasy world with art teacher Cameron Seibly

A friend commissioned Seibly to create a drawing of the World of Warcraft video game, which is one of his favorite art pieces he has made.
November 14, 2020

Art teacher Cameron Seibly has been “world building” since he was a child, first with Legos and 3D modeling kits and then with digital art. Inspired by the creative process behind “Lord of the...

Lights, Chemistry, Physics!: New teacher Matthew Bourbeau joins the science department

Science teacher Matthew Bourbeau's UC Irvine roommates snap a goofy picture at Golfland in San Jose during the summer of 2019. From left to right: Jason Yu, Reo Sato, Bourbeau and Robert Dang.
November 10, 2020

It is 2013. High school senior Matthew Bourbeau stands hunched over on a stage at Atascadero High School, donning an uncomfortable glued-on beard as he plays the wise old rabbi in Atascadero High School’s...

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.
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...

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.
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...

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

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

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

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

Odd One Out | Episode 1

Odd One Out | Episode 1
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...

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

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

3D Printing in Education | Aquila Broadcast

3D Printing in Education | Aquila Broadcast
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...

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