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Sophomores are now able to apply for Global Online Academy (GOA) courses for the upcoming academic year. The opportunity was made available to all upperclassmen—not just seniors—after students expressed interest in joining the program during junior year, said History Teacher Lizanne Moynihan, the school’s site director for GOA.

Although most other GOA schools allow both juniors and seniors to enroll, since joining GOA in 2014, the school had only permitted seniors to take the online courses because the opportunity was still new, Ms. Moynihan said. When Ms. Moynihan brought the expansion idea to the Education Policy Committee—a group of faculty and administrators that makes decisions about courses—in January, they agreed that juniors passionate about a GOA course and good at time management should be able to participate in the program.

Next year’s GOA courses range from Bioethics to Gender Studies and will be taught by faculty from the 64 schools involved with GOA. Since 2014, roughly 25 Upper School students have participated annually, and this year about 30 have applied.


CHASM: Science Zine
To give Upper School (US) students the opportunity to explore science topics of interest, Elisa Tabor and Adam Levin (both ’18) recently created Current Happenings Across Science Magazine (CHASM), a print publication that connects the school to the outside world of science.

The duo recruited Science Teacher Amanda Borking as faculty advisor and eight other student writers to join their team. They plan to publish their first issue one or two weeks after March break and another by the end of the school year. Elisa says the group hopes to meet three times a year, and the editors will meet three times by themselves.

The articles can incorporate any science topic, Elisa said, such as interviews of parents in science fields, teachers in science, or GAINS (Girls Advancing In STEM) speakers.

“My motivations to start the club were from hearing a lot of people say that they’d be interested in either writing or reading a science magazine,” Elisa added. “I realized that enough people loved science that, with a little effort, we could make the magazine a reality.”


Louder Than a Bomb:
Around eight Upper School (US) students will compete at the Louder Than A Bomb spoken word poetry festival on April 2 at the Institute of Contemporary Art. Group leader Athena Chu ’18 said the group hopes to gain experience at the festival, celebrate poetry and art, and grow as spoken word artists. 

The team, accompanied by English Teacher Sarah Getchell, plans to enter as individuals and in smaller groups for the competition, joining roughly 450 other students ages 13–19. The top 10 individual poets—determined by five judges—will move on to a semi-final round, and from there the top five will attend the finals in Chicago.

The group includes both experienced spoken-word poets and newbies and meets weekly to practice and receive feedback on their pieces. Athena, Elijah Davis, Claudia Iglessis, and Armando Hazaveh (all ’18) are working on a collaborative piece about growing up in immigrant families.

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