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After years of academic exploration, Zocchi bids farewell to Masters

Zocchi (center left) with her daughter Ariana Copland '20 (center right) after she performed in the Upper School's production of Sideshow in February. Zocchi said some of her fondest memories at Masters are those she has made with her daughter.

Kate Sibery, Editor-in-Chief

July 22, 2020

Latin is sometimes ridiculed as a dead language by students who don’t take it, as well as some that do. Yet, those who have had Upper School Latin teacher Emily Zocchi recall the vivacity and immense passion she brought to the language. After 12 years working at Masters, Zocchi is departing from the sc...

Kitchen says ‘vale’ to Masters

Latin teacher Keith Kitchen poses next to a statue of Cicero.

Carol Queiroz, Staff Writer

June 21, 2020

After eight years of teaching at Masters, Keith Kitchen, the Middle School Latin and Upper School Greek Teacher, is leaving the school. Next year, Kitchen plans on moving back to his home state of Pennsylvania and teaching at a private school there.  “I had a lot of freedom to make my curriculum here at Masters,...

COVID-19 changes gap year statistics

California College at San Diego is among the schools haulting in-person classes next fall.

Tyler Conway, Sports Editor

June 6, 2020

With schools closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 academic year, there is a palpable sense of loss amongst students nationwide. This sense of loss becomes more intense for members of the 2020 graduating class, as they are the first class of students to collectively miss out on end of year activities s...

Graduation to be held virtually and commencement to be postponed

A photo capturing graduation for the Class of 2019. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, graduation will be held online in June and an in person ceremony is scheduled for mid-August.

Nora Fellas and Annie Rubinson, Opinion Lead Editor and News Lead Editor

May 31, 2020

Masters’ graduation is traditionally held in early June on the aptly named Graduation Terrace, where students, teachers, friends and family come together to send off the senior class. This year, as social distancing guidelines will remain in place on the original date of the 2020 ceremony, Masters h...

A Senior Speech from Nora Fellas: When procrastination proves poisonous

Many students nowadays find themselves focusing on grades and schoolwork, often forgetting about their well-being.

Nora Fellas, Opinion Lead Editor

May 31, 2020

It’s considered normal for most teenagers to procrastinate – put off that English essay, do your entire City Project the night before it’s due, study for your math test during X-band. And while teachers and parents would argue that this is probably ill-advised, it’s worth considering that g...

Yearbook to be put online due to COVID-19

The yearbook staff gathers for a virtual meeting via zoom. This year, the team has decided to upload a digital version of the yearbook due to COVID-19 shifting their plans.

M. Brody Leo, News Editor

May 31, 2020

When Head of School Laura Danforth announced that classes would be cancelled through spring break, yearbook editors-in-chief Ariella Uribe and Kishan Mangru never expected the impact it would have on their staff. With three months of normal schooling down the drain, the yearbook staff has been forced ...

Masters family battles COVID-19 at home

Denis Sadrijaj '22 and his father working together outside in the yard. During quarantine, Sadrjijaj's family has had to cope with their father getting the COVID-19 virus.

George Chang, Staff Photographer

May 14, 2020

Testing for the coronavirus can be frightening, but sophomore Denis Sadrijaj found out during spring break that his father had tested positive for the virus. For weeks, Sadrijaj has been living with his recovering dad. Sadrijaj said that his dad no longer requires medication and is doing better day by day....

Power For Good: Essential workers in our community

Essential workers stand outside their hospital, receiving meals during their shifts. Healthcare workers have had to work extra shifts and take pay cuts due to the ongoing pandemic.

Kyla Barantsevitch, Contributing Writer

May 11, 2020

Grocery workers. Delivery people. ER nurses. The list of people who hold jobs that are considered “essential” can go on and on. Within our own school community there are many students whose parents are these types of workers. And while the current coronavirus pandemic compels millions of Americans t...

COVID-19 concerns force Broadway to go dark

After New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo's order not to gather in large groups was set in place, live entertainment industries, including Broadway, were forced to go dark and stop shows.

Lexi Wachen, Contributing Writer

May 11, 2020

It’s been 54 days since Broadway’s last spotlight went dark. This crisis has not only had an impact on the performers but creative teams, musicians, directors and programs. Throughout history, Broadway theatres have never experienced a closing this extensive, even after the shutdown after the terrorist ...

Faculty on campus explore uncharted territory

Faculty on campus explore uncharted territory

Tyler Conway, Sports Editor

May 7, 2020

Although most members of the Masters community have yet to return to campus since Head of School Laura  Danforth announced  that classes will be remote for the rest of the year,  many teachers who live on campus year round have elected to stay on campus while the world struggles with the ongoing cris...

COVID-19 affects mental health

Yasmine Pascal, Features Editor

May 5, 2020

There has been massive efforts from world leaders to control the spread of COVID-19  – from social distancing to curfews. This self-isolation period is having a large impact, both positively and negatively, on people’s mental health.   According to Upper School counselor Katya Ostor, this quarantine...

Zoom vs. Google Meet

Jiayun Tang

Lance Leys, Contributing Writer

May 5, 2020

As The Masters School adjusts to life in quarantine, students and teachers alike have been learning about Google Meet as a teaching tool. Many other high schools and colleges, however, have turned to Zoom as their own program of choice, or have even allowed teachers to pick whichever program suits th...

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