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Student Politics, Visualized
January 22, 2021

First UPA student to test positive for COVID-19 reported

The Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine was authorized by the F.D.A. on Friday.
December 12, 2020

The first confirmed case of COVID-19 involving a student at UPA was announced by Executive Director David Porter in an email to the UPA community on Dec. 2. The student last attended Horton Connect,...

Distance Learning on Campus | Aquila Broadcast

Distance Learning on Campus | Aquila Broadcast
December 10, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, new safety protocols have been added to UPA's campus for future in-person instruction. Take a look into how students have been participating in Zoom classes on campus...

Half of student body attends first-ever virtual rally

Chelsea Nguyen covers her mouth in surprise as Zuleika Cruz announces that the juniors received last place with 60 points. In the chat, seventh grader Matthew Pham writes
September 22, 2020

UPA’s Associated Student Body (ASB) held its first rally since January via Zoom on Sept. 4, the first virtual rally in school history. ASB also hosted a spirit week and virtual lunchtime activities...

Senior seminar looks different after counselor Sandra Trotch’s retirement

Digital illustration of two students thinking about college applications and senior seminar.
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 her retirement three weeks later, they were left wondering...

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

Two weeks after his verbal commitment, Thien wears a Boston College shirt and poses with an eagle claw sign for a photo to inform his friends and family about his verbal commitment.
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 began the college recruitment process...

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

English Department Chair and Professional Development Coordinator Kristin Moore at her desk in Johns Hopkins at UPA, where she teaches her classes.
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 hybrid learning later in the year. The...

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

Firefighters battled to get control of the blazes in Napa, Calif., which were caused by lightning strikes.
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 UPA community. The SCU (Santa Clara Unit) Lightning...

COVID-19 Update | UPA to ‘Pass or Fail’ Grading System | Aquila Press Conference

COVID-19 Update | UPA to 'Pass or Fail' Grading System | Aquila Press Conference
July 26, 2020

Editor's Note: This video was originally published on YouTube on April 15, 2020. As of April 14, due to the continued presence of Covid-19, UPA will be transitioning to a "Pass or Fail" grading system...

Second COVID-19 School Closure Press Conference | Breaking News

Second COVID-19 School Closure Press Conference | Breaking News
July 26, 2020

Editor's Note: This video was originally published on YouTube on April 2, 2020. The following is a live broadcast of Executive Director David Porter addressing the UPA community about its closure...

COVID-19 Aquila Press Conference with Executive Director David Porter | Breaking News

COVID-19 Aquila Press Conference with Executive Director David Porter | Breaking News
July 26, 2020

Editor's Note: This video was originally published on YouTube on March 14, 2020. Around 11:30 a.m., all Santa Clara County public education institutions were informed a three-week hiatus would...

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