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girls love to dance Dancing has been an important part of established society since the early days of civilization. There have been dances that thanked the universe for bountiful harvests


In the News


Year-end Celebrations

11 Class of 2011: Where They’re Headed 13 Experiential Education 17 Featured Student Poem 20 Spring Athletics Highlights 22 Making a Difference 26 Alumna Interview

while there have also been dances that sought respite from drought and famine. Dances were used to prepare warriors for battle, to crown Kings and Queens, and to celebrate marriages. Since time immemorial, dance has been the expression of our lives. Essentially,

dancing has been and is vital to us as human beings – we live, we love, we laugh and we dance. Dancing has many advantages, for both young and old, and is especially advantageous for adolescent girls. Research has shown that dancing not only boosts self-esteem, it enhances overall confidence. Dancing improves listening skills, requires memorization, improves flexibility and overall health, and enhances social skills. By participating in dance, girls also learn to be supportive and collaborative. At Archer, more than 100 students participate in the dance program. In addition to beginning, intermediate and advanced level classes, students have the opportunity to join the Archer Dance Troupe as well as take part in the after school Dance Studio workshop classes. The Studio is open to all students and offers free classes in hip-hop, ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical and tap. Through partnerships with local dance professionals, including MNR Dance Factory, Lisa Kellogg, and Masterpiece Ballet Theatre, Archer is able to offer a full (continued on pg. 15)

A R T E M I S THE ARCHER MAGAZINE Editor Christina McIntosh Assistant Editor Angelica Bailon Contributors Angelica Bailon Shazia Durrani Elizabeth English Ankhet Holmes ’13 Daniel In Denny Lennon Christina McIntosh Alexandra Moritz ’11 Felicia Paik Karen Pavliscak Judey Petix Mia Rille Jenifer Santizo ’12 Michele Warner Special Thanks Budget Printing & Copy Ultimate Exposures Design Angelica Bailon Photography Daniel In Board of Trustees 2010-2011 Barbara Bruser Cornelia Cheng Victor Coleman Stephanie Darrow Beth Friedman Ann Gianopulos Mark Gordon Cathy Helm Kate Kang ’01 Kathy Kennedy Julie Mendoza Ray Michaud Catrice Monson Barbara Natterson Horowitz, Chair Winifred Neisser Gordie Nye Lawrence O’Donnell John Ohanesian Karen Richards Sachs Ana Serrano Suzanne Todd, Vice Chair Stephen Warren Nancy Zacky 11725 Sunset Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90049 310-873-7000

mission Statement The Archer School for Girls is an educational community that supports and challenges young women to discover their passions and realize their true potential. · We provide a rigorous, integrated college preparatory curriculum that fosters critical thinking and intellectual curiosity. · We create and sustain a collaborative teaching and learning environment that explores and refines the ways girls learn best. · We help girls to become leaders and life-long learners, strengthening their capacity to contribute positively to their communities. · We strengthen girls’ voices in a diverse and culturally rich environment. · We embrace possibility, promote challenge-seeking and support risk-taking. · We encourage girls to develop meaningful relationships with peers and faculty rooted in honesty, respect and responsibility. · We graduate courageous, committed, and ethical young women who take responsibility for their own physical, financial, and emotional well-being.

from the head of school “Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.”

- Twyla Tharp, Contemporary American Choreographer

While some might argue that art is not the only way to run away without leaving home, it is perhaps the only truly good way human beings have of giving voice to our most profound and intimate thoughts and feelings. For me, the most expressive medium has always been dance, beginning in childhood with ballet, then in middle and high school with jazz, and finally with my introduction to the methods of Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, and Jose Limon in college. I have always found interesting the tension between the choreographer as artist and the dancer as that artist’s medium. In the end, the quality of movement, both technical and interpretive, or emotive if you will, depends on the dancer. And I have always been of the mind that dancers dance because of a compelling need to express what they know and feel—to express who they are. There are few times in life when the need to express who we are is more urgent than in adolescence. Adolescent girls may love to dance, but I think it is more that: they need to dance. Our commitment to growing the dance program at Archer strives to address this need, and we are very proud of the strides our dancers have made in the past three years at Archer. Our partnership with top choreographers from across L.A. and our students’ passion for dance that is progressive and thought provoking has resulted in a program that, while inclusive of a wide range of dancers, dazzles audiences with some of the most inventive and moving dance around. Selfishly, one of the great pleasures of being at Archer for me has been the opportunity to choreograph for the annual Night of Dance (pictured above). Rarely have I had the chance to work with girls as expressive and willing to take creative risks. This year’s show, “Beyond Words” made it easy to see why when Archer girls choreograph and dance, there are no words needed.

Elizabeth English Head of School

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in the news spring 2011

After another successful school year completed, we take a look back at the wonderful memories we made together as a community and celebrate the numerous accomplishments of Archer’s 15th year.

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Spirit Week Despite several days of gloomy and rainy weather, Archer’s yearly Spirit Week was still a success! Theme days included Sweet Dreams (the cherished Pajama Day) as well as Alter Ego Day which allowed students to expose a different side

artistic expression has been used to exert identity as well as agency and advocacy for the Black community.

Speaker Series: Carol Muske-Dukes California Poet Laureaute Carol Muske-Dukes visited Archer as this year’s featured Speaker Series guest. Ms. Muske-Dukes also spent time with English classes providing advice on writing poetry and fiction.

Literature and... Conference Archer hosted

of themselves. The week wrapped with a lively dance competition featuring student-choreographed and performed dances as well as a special performance from Archer teachers.

Empty Bowls As is tradition in sixth grade, students participated in the annual Empty Bowls program which focuses on issues of hunger around the world. At the culminating activity, the Empty Bowls Dinner, students raise money for an organization of their choice by selling ceramic bowls they made. This year, the sixth grade raised more than $1,500 and donated the funds to Heifer International.

Black History Month The Black Student Union organized a moving celebration of Black heritage to commemorate Black History Month. Poems, songs, and dance were used to punctuate the richness and depth of Black culture and history. From a performance of Tupac Shakur’s “Changes” to an original Step dance routine, students participated in an event that highlighted the ways in which

the fifth annual Literature and... conference which brought students from all over Los Angeles on to the campus to participate in this educational meeting. Students delivered public presentations about literature and another subject of their choice and had the chance to dialogue about the various topics covered in their papers. Participating schools included Archer, Buckley, Marlborough, Crossroads, Flintridge Prep, Polytechnic, and Milken.

History Day On History Day, students were invited to dress up as particular figures or moments in history. This year the theme was Turning Points in History. Students’ costumes connected to the theme and their grade’s history curriculum (such as the agricultural revolution for World History students, or a Union



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Archer Musicians Place 1st at Music in the Parks Festival Each year, Archer

and Confederate soldier for Upper School History students).

Career Day More than 80

Latin Students Shine at Spring Convention Twenty six Archer Latinists in grades 8-12 attended the California Junior Classical League Convention and had a fantastic showing. The girls competed in academic contests, Latin Jeopardy (Certamen), Latin oratory, dramatic interpretation of Latin literary passages (in Latin), poetry composition, and Aeneid recitation. They also created artworks on classical themes, sang, and played instruments. The Latinists overall had 14 top-3 finishes. In addition to these honors, Benina Stern ’12 was elected Secretary of the California Junior Classical League.

organizations and companies hosted Archer students as part of Archer’s annual Career Day program. The day was organized by a dedicated group of more than 90 parent volunteers, led by co-chairs Catherine Wood (Dana ’15) and Sarah Stone (Sydney ’16). Students spent the day at sites such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Getty Museum, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, and The Jet Propulsion Labaratory.

Acting Accolades Students participated in the Drama Teachers’ Association of Southern California’s Shakespeare festival and received accolades for their rousing performances. Several Upper School thespians made it through to the semifinals in their various events while

Photographers Honored by The Armory Center for the Arts In recognition of excellence in the arts, Kendall York ’12 was presented a gold medal for photography in the 2011 Scholastic Art and Writing Award contest while Elle Brosh ’11 received a silver medal for her photography porfolio.

musicians and singers compete in the Music in the Parks Festival in Anaheim and have become quite the experts at bringing home the gold. This year, the Archer Middle School Choir, Middle School Orchestra, Upper School Choir, and Upper School Orchestra each earned 1st place in their respective categories.

Shakespeare on the Green A Midsummer Night’s Dream was this year’s featured play as part of the English Department sponsored Shakespeare on the Green. Students, faculty, parents, and other community members filled the Courtyard in April to watch the Independent Shakespeare Company’s presentation of this classic tale.

Student Juried Exhibit

the Middle School brought home two trophies: Jacquelyn Klein ’15 and Sage Orvis ’15 for their scene from As You Like It (pictured above) and Natalie D’Amico ’15 and Lulu Nye ’15 for a scene from Othello.

The final exhibit in The Gallery at Archer featured student work as part of the annual Student Juried Exhibit. Upper School students submitted pieces which were then evaluated by gallery owner Craig Krull (Emerson ’15). The following awards were given: 1st Place: Tara Niami ’11 (Photo); 2nd Place Tie: Ede Ravich ’12 (Ceramics) and Amanda Reiter ’14 (Drawing); Honorable Mention: Alexandria Vera ’12 (Photo).

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institute for film & video literacy

The Institute for Film and Video Literacy (IFVL) is a course dedicated to affording students the opportunity to explore their voice and creative vision as filmmakers. The course is divided into two parts. The first, Cinema Studies, emphasizes film language, analysis, iconography, and genre. The second course, Production, involves producing, screenplay writing, broadcasting, cinematography, directing, art direction, sound and editing. Through the class, students learn pre-production skills, film production, structure and aesthetics, camera operation and sound recording procedures, basic studio lighting and the fundamentals of editing. What are the course goals and outcomes? The course focuses on the process and artistry associated with digital video production and provides students with the tools and cinematic background necessary to create their own films. Students study filmmaking as a first-person, poetic art form. To this end, students explore the importance of film and video as an artistic medium and the impact it can have on its audience, as well as how the artistic criteria in the other arts might apply to the art of film. Students learn techniques that aid them in the creation of their own film projects that are artistically sound, technically advanced, visually unique and creatively inspired. In order to do this, students will learn how to put their ideas in script form, lay out their film shot by shot by story boarding and outlining, oversee and organize a production team including all technical aspects, and use advanced editing and graphic software to edit their project. At the end of the school year, students have a portfolio of work that includes short films, documentaries, public service announcements and broadcasts.

Why is a program like the Institute for Film & Video Literacy important at Archer? Archer’s Institute for Film & Video Literacy directly addresses the gender disparity still prevalent in the professional world. As media becomes an ever-growing influence on the lives of children and adults, it becomes even more important to level the playing field and to make sure that includes a female point of view. IFVL is dedicated to affording young women the opportunity to explore their voice and creative vision as filmmakers and future media professionals, while nurturing creative storytelling techniques that can be applied to other disciplines.

How is this program being supported? The Institute for Film and Video Literacy is supported by Archer Trustee Mark Gordon (Emma ’16) and is partially funded by a generous grant from The Margaret Hall Foundation. Archer is very grateful for the foundation’s support of $10,000 for the 2011-2012 school year. In addition, we thank the Fite Family (Lexie ’11) for generously matching the grant.



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year-end celebrations

The end of the school year is a time for both reflection and celebration. As the graduating seniors prepared to leave Archer, the rest of the school community took the time to recognize them for their many contributions to the School. During the annual Senior Tea Party, seniors were treated to a speech and song performance by the 6th grade class who reminded them that “Archer will always be your home” and in the Archer sisterhood “you’ll never be alone.” The traditional Senior Awards Assembly acknowledged the ways in which the senior class had touched the lives of their teachers and peers and was capped off by a performance of the class song, Hall & Oates’ “You Make My Dreams.” The next day, the class culminated their Archer years at Commencement, donning white attire and wreaths of flowers.

Comedienne Sarah Silverman served as the Commencement speaker and offered the Class of 2011 words of wit and wisdom, but most especially, reminded them to be ambitious, but also, to always be kind and humane--to others as well as themselves--in the pursuits of their goals. The remainder of the year was filled with the expected end-of-the-year projects, exams, and presentations, but also plenty of times to congregate as a school and have fun. Moving Up Day included the usual spirited antics from both teachers and students. This included a flash mob dance to CeeLo Green’s “Forget You” as well as skits by the faculty and staff humorously recounting some of the year’s memorable moments. The day ended with the traditional Maypole dance by the 6th grade class as well as the farewell wave from the faculty and staff on the front lawn as the students departed on the buses, officially signaling the close of yet another great year at Archer.

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award winners all school awards Community Service Award Arrow Award Upper School: Rosamond DePaul ’13 Upper School: Zoe Mooser ’12 and Emily Wishingrad ’12 Middle School: Dianne Lugo ’15 Presented to the student who best Middle School: Amanda Mihalke ’15 exemplifies the qualities of honesty, respect, and responsibility.

Presented to the student who demonstrates outstanding commitment to service benefiting Archer and the surrounding community.

Curiosity Award Upper School: Petal Niles ’14 Middle School: Sage Orvis ’15

Middle School Faculty Award Leandra Ramlo ’16

Presented to the student who best inspires others with her inquisitive instinct and insatiable desire for knowledge.

Pioneer Award Upper School: Grace Fetterman ’12 Middle School: Zola Berger-Schmitz ’15

Presented to the student who is joyful and ambitious in her approach to learning.

Presented to the student who, as an active member of the Archer community, evidences initiative, risktaking, and commitment.

junior book awards Bryn Mawr Jenifer Santizo ’12 “A true love of learning and intellectual curiosity about the world”

Cornell Emma Pauly ’12 “In recognition of scholastic excellence”

Dartmouth Tess Morgan ’12 “Interest and achievement in the Humanities”

Harvard Benina Stern ’12

Princeton Celena Staff ’12 “Academic excellence, extracurricular achievement, and personal character”

Wellesley Sophie Kimball ’12 “Exceptional academic performance, high character, contributions to school and community”

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Medal Victoria Chen ’12 “Distinguished achievement in mathematics and science”

“Excellence in scholarship and high character, combined with achievement in other fields”




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where they’re headed...

class of 2011 college matriculation

Brandeis University Brown University (2) Colby College College of Charleston Colorado College Duke University (2) Eugene Lang College (2) Loyola Marymount University Loyola University Chicago Maryland Institute College of Art Muhlenberg College New York University (7) Northwestern University (3) Ohio Wesleyan University Pratt Institute Reed College Santa Monica College Syracuse University Texas Christian University The George Washington University (5) The University of Arizona The University of Iowa University of California at Berkeley (2) University of California at Los Angeles University of California at Santa Cruz (2) University of Colorado at Boulder (4) University of Miami University of Oregon University of Pennsylvania University of Richmond University of Rochester University of Southern California (4) University of St. Andrews (Scotland) University of Wisconsin, Madison Vanderbilt University Wellesley College Wesleyan University Wheaton College Whittier College


class of 2011 Rachel Emma Abraham

Kandace Michele London

Cindy Jazmin Alvarez

Megan Patricia Loughman

Cynthia Ambriz

Sarah Eileen Loughman

Lauren Andelys Aragon

Rachel MacKenzie Lynd

Stella Breeze Baker

Taylor Joy McLeod

Lauren Sarah Bass

Anna Rebecca Mintzer

Arielle Pearl Brosh

Chelsea Austin Montgomery-Duban

Masha Alexandria Brumer

Alexandra Jordan Moritz

Madeleine Joan Cane

Tara Violet Niami

Mary Christina Chavarria

Carly Gayle Nogawski

Hope Gabrielle Cohen

Morissa Deanne O’Mara

Rachel Christine Collier

Rebecca Madison Peaslee

Clancey Jo Cornell

Jessica Suzanne Pelikan

Ronesha Louise Davis

Charlotte Laurie Pokoik

Lydia Michelle DeCoud

Emma Bjornskov Rasmussen

Joella Carla Dorenbaum

Norma Patricia Rojas

Jessica Noelle Fetta

Rachel Augusta Sachs

Alexandra Aaron Fite

Leasly Salazar

Caila Peri Gale

Courtney Erin Thelma Salindong

Katharine Rose Gottwald

Riley Brown Sandberg

Kate Anna Graff-Radford

Halston Jean Schrage

Lily Dolores Harris

Sarah Rachael Shatz

Danielle Morgan Hausberg

Abigail Anna Siegel

Horatia Isabelle Hopper

Madison Carlat Spahr

Kimberly Rose Horn

Alexandra Jacqueline Spahr

Emily Claire Idell

Caitlin Claire Topkis

Samara Elizabeth Josephson

Karla Kokoa Tytus

Tracy Gail Kopulsky

Hannah Rachel Warren

Caitlin Claire Kramer

Hallie Kyle Winant

Hannah Corinne Leder

Molly Jeanne Wylie

Eden Angelina Levin Courtney Alexis Lee Lewis


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senior awards 2011 Diana Meehan Award

Mary Christina Chavarria Given in honor of visionary feminist, educator, and Archer cofounder, Dr. Diana Meehan, this award recognizes a senior for revealing wisdom, grace, and dignity in her pursuit of scholarship.

Gary David Goldberg Award

Molly Jeanne Wylie Given in honor of writer and innovator Gary David Goldberg, this award recognizes a senior whose outstanding courage and conviction in application of original thought and artistic vision benefit her school community.

Honestas Award

Chelsea Austin Montgomery-Duban For demonstration of character and moral conviction, this award recognizes a girl who has served as a role model for her class and school community.

Sudikoff Entrepreneurial Award

Alexandra Jordan Moritz Given in honor of Joyce and Jeffrey Sudikoff, this award recognizes a senior for demonstrating determination and aptitude while leading a philanthropic endeavor.

Cynthia Harrell Horn Humanitarian Award

Karla Kokoa Tytus Given in honor of political activist and environmentalist Cynthia Harrell Horn, this award recognizes a senior for her devotion to the continual betterment of her school and surrounding community.

Founders Award

Cindy Jazmin Alvarez Given in honor of Archer’s founders whose actions, generosity, and commitment established The Archer School for Girls, this award recognizes a senior for her vision, perseverance, and tenacity.

Olivia Cull Faculty Award

Tracy Gail Kopulsky Given by the Upper School faculty, this award recognizes a senior whose academic, leadership, and extra-curricular achievements mirror the school’s value of honesty, respect, and responsibility.

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experiential education: challenging outdoor experiences Archer’s Experiential Education program reflects the belief that students need opportunities beyond traditional classroom study to engage in hands-on learning. Through participation in outdoor education trips, students learn how to use leadership effectively in cooperative group settings, take risks in order to discover personal strengths and challenges, gain an appreciation and respect for the outdoors and natural environment, enhance their ability to reflect and grow as critical thinkers, and learn how to apply knowledge, skills, and leadership to real world situations. Experiential Education is based on the premise that the closer the link between learning and experience, the more meaningful the knowledge will be. Archer’s program offers a wide variety of experiences and includes Fall Outing, Arrow Week and other outdoor education trips. Fall Outing is designed to help students get to know each other and create relationships that will carry on throughout the year. Students travel to various locations in Southern California and experience camping, ropes courses, team building games, and exploration of the outdoors. While all students benefit from these grade level excursions at the beginning of the year, 8th and 12th graders go on extended Fall Outing trips for several days. Archer’s Arrow Week program is integrated into grades 7, 9 and 11 and becomes increasingly challenging each year. This authentic outdoor education experience promotes selfdiscovery and personal growth by providing challenging experiences that are designed to generate confidence in the wilderness. This year, 7th grade traveled to the American River, 9th grade visited the Grand Canyon and 11th grade traveled to Big Sur.



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community service spotlight

city year

City Year is a non-profit, educational organization, which has several programs in public schools as well as middle school and high school programs outside of school. I have been involved in the high school program better known as City Heroes for the past two years. One hundred students from the greater Los Angeles area participate in City Heroes. There is without a doubt great diversity within the City Heroes program; people of different backgrounds from all parts of the city are involved. Through monthly retreats, we learn about social problems that are currently affecting the greater Los Angeles area. For example, we learned about domestic/gang violence, AIDS/HIV, poverty, and availability of resources. Through thoughtful activities we discuss and analyze our opinions and feed off each other as we tackle difficult issues. After the retreats, students spend a signature service day in an activity that helps alleviate the problem we investigated in some way. My personal experience at City Heroes has been a rewarding one. I have met many new people and in return widened my perception of the world. Many of the issues we have examined are some that I knew about, but had never actively engaged in addressing. Through my involvement in this program, I have grown as a woman, leader and as a humanist because this program provides you with the tools needed to lead for change. While we definitely have fun participating in the program, we also know the value of making tough discussions in order to resolve the issues that our city faces. In these past two years, I have grown tremendously. I find that when I look back at the person I was when I first entered the program and the person I am now, they are two different people. I have become more confident in myself and the things that I have to say. I’ve learned to be more accepting of myself and this allows me to better accept and work with others. I have learned a lot about my community. I have also met incredible people that have become great friends. I I’ve learned that a simple smile, and an earnest was even able to become a part of the City ‘How are you doing?’ can go a long way; I have Heroes Advisory Board (CHAB). The Board is a committee for alumni of the City Heroes learned that it is those recurring simple gestures program who decide to challenge themselves in life that impact you the most. as leaders. There are currently two levels of CHAB. The first creates and plans alumni service days for the Heroes and the second level is responsible for the Weekly Briefing for the Heroes, as well as completing other projects of their choosing throughout the year. My experiences in CHAB were the highlight of my time during the City Heroes program. I was able to strengthen my ties to the members, and I was able to see up close how wonderful the corps members are. They spend their whole days just working hard and even though their days are supposed to end at six o’clock some of them don’t leave until eight o’clock. From a simple smile or a hello or a much needed pep-talk, the most significant takeaway from my experience at City Heroes is to look at things positively and optimistically, but also to work hard at the things that I know I can change. I’ve learned that a simple smile, and an earnest “How are you doing?” can go a long way; I have learned that it is those recurring simple gestures in life that impact you the most. Honestly, there really are no words to say how much this program has given me, but I know it has given me a sense of purpose and lifelong commitment to service.

by Jenifer Santizo ’12

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spectrum experience for all levels of dancers. “This formula provides an artistic and creative bridge between the professional world and the school,” says dance teacher Andrea Locke. “It gives students early exposure to a level of dance which they can aspire to. It raises the bar and allows them to take risks and push themselves creatively. More importantly, it gives girls who love to dance access to high-level professionals.” The dance program at Archer is unique because it validates the importance of the experience for every girl who has the desire to dance. Whether a student is just beginning to explore the concepts of modern dance or wants to pursue more high-level jazz instruction, there is an on-campus opportunity that allows for continued exploration and expression. Archer’s 65-member Dance Troupe includes both Upper and

never thought I would be able to do.” Middle School students and With record student participation is an after school activity that in the 2010-2011 school year, the culminates with a “Night of program continues to grow and Dance” performance. The show evolve. “At Archer, we provide a is considered an Archer hallmark and never fails to amaze audiences. safe space that allows every girl the opportunity to explore her passion to Students not only perform, but dance,” says Ms. Locke. some are selected to choreograph As a significant art form of the featured pieces. Sophomore Jaymie Rubin, pictured in the Dance Troupe has challenged me upper right, says that dance to push myself harder and try to at Archer has master things I never thought I enabled her to grow in ways would be able to do. she didn’t think possible. 21st century, dance has proven to be “My involvement in the a means for sharing human values dance program has changed me and is ultimately a way to celebrate from being a quiet, shy girl to a individual uniqueness. At Archer, dance captain who is not afraid many girls find their unique voice to get in front of a large audience through this essential medium, and perform. Dance Troupe has because after all, most all girls love to challenged me to push myself dance! harder and try to master things I



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musical theatre

It was another successful year of innovative and engaging productions for the Performing Arts Department. Brava to the wonderful actresses and technical crew for another great season of entertainment!


In February, the Upper School performed its rendition of the time-honored classic, Grease, to three sold-out performances. The popular play, written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, is a story that follows the lives of teenagers at fictional Rydell High School as they navigate their way through friendships, love, and teenage rebellion in the late 1950s. The show featured senior Samara Josephson as innocent, fun loving “Sandy” and freshman Kathleen Kelso as bad-boy “Danny.” Supported by more than 20 cast members, this interpretation showcased the passion and talent of Archer girls, who played all of the male roles in the play. Photo by Courtney Lewis ’11

pippin This year’s Middle School Musical was nothing short of

spectacular. In May, more than 25 girls brought the Broadway play Pippin to life in a rousing performance that wowed audiences. Pippin, based on a book by Roger O. Hirson with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, is a medieval story about a young prince who goes from soldier to king by way of murder in his passionate search for meaning and significance. Eighth grader Olivia Bagg played the lead character and was supported by a talented middle school cast and crew who proved that difficult subject matter was no match for their innovation and creativity.

award winner tara niami Tara Niami ’11 was awarded first place in photography in the 23rd Music Center Spotlight Awards contest, an annual performing and visual arts education program for emerging teen artists. Her original piece, “Dreams Speak to Me in My Tongue,” was selected from among hundreds of entries for the top prize in her category. Tara will continue to pursue her craft at Pratt Institute in the fall. Photo courtesy of Tara Niami ’11

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featured student poem “language” by ankhet holmes ’13 I speak the language of the How are you’s and the Very fine thanks Handed over with lilac painted fingers Tripping over the bass line and forgoing the comfort of all the uncles callin where-d that lil one of yurs go Leave your lights on Let your music roll through the night Don’t uncork the bottle Try and reach me across my new sea Maybe I can remember the lyrics too I know where you live Little sally walker sitting in a saucer I know the ways Rise Sally rise and wipe your sleepy eyes I know where you live And put your hand on your hip and let your backbone slip On 84nVanness Shake it to the east sally Turn right on Magnolia Shake it to the west sally Stop before you reach Kristal’s aunt’s house Shake it to the one who you love the best sally I can speak it too Ankhet Holmes ’13 was named this year’s Upper School Poet Laureate as part of Archer’s commemoration of National Poetry Month in April. This is the third year that Ankhet has received this honor. It is a feat that is even more noteworthy since all submitted poems are judged by a panel without the scribe’s name attached. The poem, which is about crossing between different cultural spaces through language, has a special added meaning for Ankhet—she will spend next year studying in Indonesia.



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community member:

nilusha patel

Nilusha Patel has long been a beloved member of Archer’s community. As a staff member with more than 11 years of service to Archer, she is known for the warmth and care she exudes. This is especially true for the juniors and seniors who have sought her comfort and encouragement as they go through the college search and application process. Ms. Patel, who has been a fixture in the College Guidance Office, says that being able to provide support to the girls is not just something she views as part of her job, but is part of what she loves most about her work. “To be able to interact with the girls, it is such a joy. They are each unique in their own way and I love being able to get to know them and help them as they plan for college.” Ms. Patel’s care and attention is not just given to the girls; she is also well known as the resident animal lover at Archer. She has taken under her wing Smokey, the Barrington House cat, who began his residence there when he strayed into the home’s garden in 2004. Nilusha is also a favorite of many Archer dogs who are known to wander into her office for treats. This loving and compassionate nature is not just part of her innate self, but part of what Ms. Patel believes that Archer lets her be. “From the first time I came here, I felt at home and that makes every day a joy and very special. Archer is like family.”

Independent Research in the Humanities and Science Each year, a group of motivated and intellectually curious students participate in the Independent Research and Study program which allows them to conduct individualized research in the the Humanities or Science. This year, 11 juniors and seniors—with the guidance of their mentors—participated in the program. Their culminating projects included papers as well as a public presentation.

Independent Research Titles 2010-2011: Rebecca Peaslee ’11: The Role of Mast Cells in a Mouse Model of Coronary Arteritis Mimicking Kawasaki Disease Mary Chavarria ’11: Zinc Fingers 1 and 4 in IkarosMediated B Cell Development Quinley Levin ’11: The Selective Regulation of ProInflammatory Genes in Macrophages Courtney Salindong ’11: Theoretical and Experimental Analysis of Homogeneous Synthesis of Biodiesel Tracy Kopulsky ’11: The Mad Men Mystique: Feminine Roles and the Antihero’s Pursuit of Happiness Grace Fetterman ’12: Weapons of Mass Seduction: How “Conventional” Images of Gender Influence Warfare and Peacetime in America Lydia DeCoud ’11, Rachel Lynd, ’11, and Jessica Pelikan, ’11: An Introduction to the Italian Language and Culture Lily Harris ’11: After the Reverie: An Exploration Hallie Winant ’11: We Are People First: The Social, Intellectual, Psychological Development of Down Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorders

Rebecca Peaslee ’11 (pictured above) conducted research at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.

Cynthia Ambriz ’11: Suburban Imprisonment in Films by Sam Mendes and Postmodern Novels

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faculty spotlight: kathleen tundermann Kathleen Tundermann, Archer’s History Department Chair, has been a member of the Archer community for six years. She discovered her passion for teaching high school students while teaching English in China after completing her undergraduate degree at Yale University. It was in China that she also discovered her love for history itself. “I started getting interested in how societies present their history and how they use it to form a national narrative.” Her interest sparked a whole new approach to teaching history. “It’s about helping the students to put themselves in other people’s shoes analytically. What’s the calculus that allows us to ignore certain human rights and to highlight others?” For Ms. Tundermann, helping her students find the answers to historical questions is only the beginning. She is always looking for improvements in her own teaching. “A great quality of any teacher is asking about your own practice. Certainly as a new department chair, that’s something I do for myself and other teachers. I think we can show students that true reflection is what drives the study of history, science, English and professional practice in general.” In fact, by asking themselves tough questions, Ms.Tundermann and the history department have opened a dialogue on the evolution of the discipline. “How do we build enduring understanding about the key elements in history for our students?” While the History Department is looking for innovative ways to engage students in the learning process, they remain committed to the emphasis on scholarship. “It’s something that’s been a hallmark of this department and will continue to be.”

“ A great quality of any teacher is asking about your own practice. ”

Ms. Tundermann prides herself on the fact that the history department sets a premium emphasis on developing scholarly skills and habits of mind—not only on the nitty-gritty level, like citation, but also on a personal level. “It’s great to see a student develop an argument over five pages or more because she has to ask herself, ‘How do I best communicate my understanding and what steps do I need to take to get my reader to my conclusion?’” Perhaps more than teaching history itself, Ms. Tundermann loves collaboration. “Team teaching improves our practice because we all offer each other different strengths and strategies. One of the things I appreciate about Bethany Neubauer, fellow History Teacher and 10th Grade Class Dean, is that I think she asks illuminating questions. She has this ability to frame big ideas into concise, accessible questions that spark student inquiry.” Ms. Tundermann also appreciates what Archer means to her beyond just her place of work. “I believe in Archer’s community—having such a rich community in life is so important, and Archer is that for me.”



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spring 2011: athletics highlights

“ The only place you will find success before work is in the dictionary. ” - John Wooden, Legendary UCLA Basketball Coach

Coaches (pictured above, from left to right): Judey Petix, Kristen Benjamin, Caitlin Lawson, Denny Lennon, Kimberly Smith, Stephanie Ferri

• Upper School Track finished 3rd, their best ever in 8-school Delphic League. Nine athletes advanced to the league finals, five advanced to CIF preliminaries. • Upper School Swimming finished 6th, their best ever in 10-school Delphic League. The 400-freestyle relay team finished 3rd at league finals. Victoria Chen ’12 advanced to CIF finals, taking 7th in the 100 freestyle and 6th in 100 backstroke. • Upper School Softball finished with a best-ever record of 13-6, 6-2 in league and advanced to CIF playoffs. Four players made 1st team all-league, three 2nd team all-league. • Middle School Tennis, playing all boys’ teams, qualified for the Pacific Basin League playoffs, winning two matches. This was the first year of Middle School Tennis.

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a record-breaking season By Denny Lennon, Athletics Director The Archer Varsity spring season followed form with the rest of the Archer sports year as each team (softball, swim and track) enjoyed their finest seasons ever. Each of our teams set goals prior to the season, and each team rose to the challenge. Here’s what I witnessed: May 6 - Santa Monica College was the site of Delphic League finals in track & field. The girls’ 4 x 400, a marquee event, was coming into the last leg, and Archer 2011 Scholar-Athlete of the Year Krysia Sikora ’13 awaited the hand-off. Once she received the baton, she mowed down one competitor after another as her teammates screamed encouragement and the stadium exploded with cheers. Archer won 1st place in the race, a key to their 3rd place finish in the league. May 10 - After setting goals to win 13 games and qualify for the CIF softball playoffs, Archer was at home to host Sierra Canyon in the final league game of the year. With a win, the girls would notch their 13th victory and finish 2nd in the league, thus qualifying for CIF playoffs. With the game in the balance, Archer scored 7 runs in their last at bat to seal the deal with a 15-9 victory. 2011 Archer Athlete of the Year Lindsay Levesque ’13 lead the way, getting the win as the pitcher and going 4 for 5 with two RBIs and two runs scored. May 12 - After a dominating performance in the league swimming finals, Victoria Chen ’12 swam personal bests in both the 100 freestyle and backstroke at the CIF preliminaries, thus qualifying for the CIF finals. Victoria is the first athlete in school history to compete for a CIF championship. The school piled out onto the Harold Richards Court to rally her onto the bus as she headed off to the CIF finals in Long Beach. That night, I sat in the crowd at a CIF championship, and Archer was represented. It was a proud moment indeed. Victoria finished 7th in the 100 backstroke and 6th in the 100 freestyle. While each of these triumphs are highlighted with a particular athlete’s performance, it is due to the collective effort of players and coaches that allows for these great moments. As legendary coach John Wooden summed it up, “The main ingredient in stardom is the rest of the team.” In May, we recognized our athletes at our year-end Sports Awards Ceremony. Given that nearly 50% of the girls at Archer compete in a sport, it was a special evening. The accomplishments celebrated were achieved together, on the back of effort, discipline and the right spirit. We cannot wait to do it again next year.



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making a difference: fostering community Archer girls are engaged in a variety of community service projects which allow them to perceive community service as more than just a school requirement. Through matching their interests with local organizations, students are able to learn how to become leaders with purpose who work to better their community and the world. Here are reflections on just two of the many service initiatives students participated in this year.

Daybreak Women’s Shelter by Judey Petix Archer’s ongoing partnership with the Ocean Park Community Center/Daybreak Women’s Shelter in Santa Monica continued to flourish in 2010-2011. Every month, 16 Archer students joined faculty leaders Ms. Finney and Ms. Petix in leading art activities for the ladies at the shelter and cooking and sharing a nutritious, delicious dinner. Relationships were forged and the women looked forward to each of Archer’s visits. A group of seniors chose Daybreak as a site for their first ever Senior Service Day. In May, Archer’s Community Service Board sponsored a Daybreak “Prom Night,” and students helped the women dress up and accessorize for a fun-filled evening of dance, music, food and friendship. There was also a special send-off during the prom for Archer’s CSB President, Alexandra Moritz ’11 (pictured above with Ms. Finney and Caitlin Kramer ’11), who was a dedicated volunteer at Daybreak. She was presented with flowers, a graduation cake and a shower of well wishes from the Daybreak ladies. Rene Buchanan, volunteer coordinator at Daybreak wrote an email to the Archer community: “I think that is the most beautiful part of the Archer-Daybreak connection – the transformation that happens when we are together. We are just people having fun together and enjoying one another’s company. We are going to miss you all this summer but are looking forward to next year.”

Para Los Niños by Alexandra Moritz ’11 While continuing to foster existing relationships with local organizations, the Community Service Board wanted to expand Archer’s partnerships. Para Los Niños is a nonprofit organization that works with children and their families to promote academic success and social well-being through early childhood education and charter schools. After hearing Para Los Niños’ CEO & President Giselle Acevedo speak at Archer’s Annual Diversity Day, the Community Service Board decided to make Para Los Niños the recipients of the books collected from the spring BookEnds Drive. In total, Archer collected more than 2,000 books, which Archer middle and upper schoolers helped to sort, package and deliver to the Para Los Niños downtown campus. Twenty Archer girls took a bus to downtown L.A. to set up the books in the library and read to the children in the after-school program. We hope that this is only the start to Archer’s relationship with Para Los Niños as well as BookEnds. As Taryn Alexander ’17 (pictured above) reflected on participating in the delivery, “The children there were all so adorable, and they loved school…just like Archer girls! They were excited about reading, and I personally got to read with two children who were eager to take a book back to their house to share with their parents. Their enthusiasm inspired me.”

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leadership reception: honoring archer’s leaders in giving

The Archer School for Girls proudly honored and recognized our generous community at our annual spring Leadership Reception. Archer parents, alumnae parents, trustees and friends enjoyed a lovely evening—and delicious fare—at the home of Board of Trustees member Ann Gianopulos and her husband, Jim, who graciously hosted the event which included Mexican cuisine in honor of Cinco de Mayo. Part of this special evening was celebrating Ann and Jim’s daughter, Mimi ’07, who had just graduated from Carnegie Mellon University and is returning to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television. Archer’s annual Leadership Reception recognizes those Archer community members who generously support the School through various fundraising campaigns including the Annual Fund, Financial Aid, 1 to 1 Laptop Program, and key initiatives through Archer’s Major Gifts Program. As Head of School Elizabeth English said, this year has been a good one for Archer. Ms. English cited the 1 to 1 Laptop Program as just one example of fundraising dollars at work by reporting that, through generous support from our parents, all students in grades 6 through 10 will be equipped with laptops in the 2011-2012 school year. This is an acceleration of the original plan and will ensure that every student in the Middle School will have her own laptop. Ms. English closed her remarks by saying, “Thank you for believing in and investing in Archer’s mission and future.”



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fifteen and fabulous: archer’s annual dinner & auction Archer celebrated its 15th Anniversary in March at a sold-out dinner and auction on the rooftop of The London Hotel in West Hollywood. This special evening brought parents, alumnae, faculty and staff, and special guests together to celebrate Archer and recognize and honor Co-Founder Dr. Diana Meehan and Gary David Goldberg. Chairing our “Fifteen and Fabulous” annual Archer Parent Association auction event was Eileen Baral (Katie ’12), who together with more than 20 tireless volunteers, helped make this truly a night to remember. Cocktails in hand, guests perused the amazing silent auction items before sitting down together to a fabulous meal. During dinner, Archer faculty members Reed Farley, Justin Hajj and Ryan Hutchison shared a moving and heartfelt video tribute to Dr. Meehan. During the film, faculty and students shared their unique experiences and reflected on the many ways Archer has changed their lives; a school that would not exist if not for the determination, inspiration and hard work of Dr. Meehan. Joining in the celebration and speaking to Dr. Meehan’s vision, strength and resilience was Senator Barbara Boxer and award-winning songwriters Alan and Marilyn Bergman who wrote Archer’s alma mater. Rounding out this moving tribute was Dr. Meehan’s daughter, Cailin GoldbergMeehan ’01, and husband, Gary David Goldberg. At the conclusion of these inspirational speeches a standing ovation welcomed Dr. Meehan on stage to address the Archer community. This was indeed an evening to remember. As the night continued, Archer parent and auctioneer extraordinaire Kevin Montgomery (Chelsea Montgomery-Duban ’11) took to the stage with unmatched passion and excitement to auction off incredible items and unique experiences. Following Mr. Montgomery was Head of School Elizabeth English (Sage Orvis ’15) and Middle School Director Karen Pavliscak whose combined enthusiasm and commitment helped the Raise Your Paddle for Technology initiative secure more than $105,000 for Archer’s 1 to 1 Laptop Program. A truly fabulous night filled with exceptional people, lots of laughter and incredible love for Archer. Thank you to all those who helped make this year’s event so successful and the most memorable yet.

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Volunteer leadership is a key component to the success of an independent school community. Whether parent volunteers are working directly with the School as grade-level representatives, volunteering in the Library, recruiting sites for Career Day, providing lunches for faculty and staff, or organizing the year’s major fundraising auction/dinner, the Archer Parent Association’s talented volunteers make a significant difference.



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Volunteer fundraising is an important part of this equation. This year, the Archer Parent Association (APA) raised over $250,000 for the School through a variety of projects including Archer’s Party Book, Book Fair, Sally Foster Gift Wrap, the Fifteen & Fabulous Dinner & Auction, and Raise Your Paddle for Technology live auction. We would like to thank the APA officers, Chairs and Committees for their extraordinary leadership and energy throughout the 2010-2011 year.

2010-2011 officers

Ellen Gussman, President Julie Schweitzer, Vice President Linda Rosman, Recording Secretary

Tovya Wager, Communications Chair Saryl Samuelson, Treasurer Debi Arditi & Lisa Kaminir, Volunteer Coordinators Tema Schrage, Parliamentarian

APA Committees Fifteen & Fabulous Dinner & Auction: Eileen Baral, Chair Linda Rosman and Julie Seaman, Online Auction Co-Chairs Committee Members: Lisa Angel Patty Best Stefanie Bluestone Rachel Brown Sharon Gavin Ellen Gussman Mary Beth Kelso Debbi Landsberger Melissa McGarry Nicole Meyers Bettina O’Mara Jill Reichwald Freddie Reiter Linda Rosman Saryl Samuelson Julie Schweitzer Gail Stern Bobbi Thompson Tovya Wager

Book Fair: Halima Mohammed, Chair Career Day: Sarah Stone and Catherine Wood, Co-Chairs Dawn Maddox and Shelley Selover, Driver Co-Coordinators Faculty Appreciation Lunches: Jill Shachat Bell and Linda Cappello, Co-Chairs Sally Foster: Halima Mohammed, Chair Grade Level Representatives: Brenda Pitchford and Lisa Stein, 6th Grade Sandra Kiley and Tovya Wager, 7th Grade Jana Howard and Halima Mohammed, 8th Grade Debra Escobar and Lisa Kay, 9th Grade Lynn Neuberg and Sheila Carter, 10th Grade Sally Craven and Sherri York, 11th Grade Lauren Fite and Bettina O’Mara, 12th Grade Library: Cynde Wilen, Chair Middle School Picnic: Shelly Stevens, Chair Party Book: Teri Tabb, Chair


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Class of 2001 Celebrates 10-Year Reunion Nearly one half of The Archer School for Girls’ first graduating class gathered at the House of Blues, Los Angeles on Saturday, June 4 to celebrate their 10-year reunion. Head of School Elizabeth English along with teachers and staff Harris Hartsfield, Patty Lancaster, Patti Meyers, Genevieve Morgan, Nilusha Patel, Karen Pavliscak, and Brian Wogensen met the Class of 2001 at the Foundation Room to catch up and reminisce about their days at Archer. Discussions about past escapades, upcoming marriages, new jobs and exciting travel plans were plenty as alumnae and faculty congregated outside on the patio. While enjoying a cocktail and snacks in the Parish Room, alumnae from this pioneering class watched a video of old photos from their days at Archer, including shots from athletic events, Founders’ Day and graduation. Also available for their walk down memory lane was a yearbook from 2001 as well as the Senior Signature Book, which includes each young woman’s signature from June 2001. An Archer tradition, the book includes a signature from every student who has graduated from the School. Archer looks forward to celebrating the class of 2002’s 10-year anniversary next year.

update us! The winter edition of Artemis will feature Alumnae Updates from the Classes of 2001 - 2011. If you have news you’d like to share with the Archer Community—a recent career achievement, completion of degree, marriage or other exciting news—please send an update to Also, be sure to join the Archer Alums page on Facebook to keep up with the latest news from Archer and your fellow alumnae!

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alumna interview: annie thompson, class of 2007

How well did Archer prepare you for college life? Archer prepared me academically, socially, and athletically. My classes pushed me to the limits, and I had a more difficult work load at Archer than I did at both UCSC in my freshman year and at Simmons College. Archer’s diverse community enabled me to socialize with classmates from all different backgrounds, which helped me learn how to interact and be a part of a community. As a student athlete at Archer, I learned what it meant to be a leader and was given the opportunity to plan events and help coach the softball team. What led you to major in International Relations with a minor in Economics? I went to Simmons with a plan to study physical therapy but quickly realized that it was not my true passion. I have always been intrigued by politics and more specifically international human rights and found that international relations satisfied both of those interests. I switched majors and have never looked back. I was a bit nervous and hesitant before taking my first economics class; however, it turned out to be one of my favorite subjects and a great fit for an International Relations major.

You were on the Dean’s List and honored as a Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Scholar-Athlete your entire time at Simmons. How did you maintain this balance? Balance was not always easy, especially during my spring season when we played nearly 40 games within three months. Though we spent nearly three hours every day in practice, most of my teammates and I found that our grades did not suffer because we were forced to prioritize. For example, if I knew I had to travel to Maine for a game, I would need to plan ahead and finish assignments early.

been a passion of mine. During this time, I have focused on several positions, including catcher, shortstop, and outfield. I was chosen as captain both my junior and senior years at Simmons. I love softball, but even more so, I enjoy the camaraderie of a team sport. My teammates are not only there for me when it’s time to celebrate, but are also my support system during more difficult periods. I plan to continue to play softball as often as time allows, most likely in slowpitch leagues. In addition, I would like to teach lessons and work as a collegiate assistant coach.

What advice do you have for other young women who are considering a balance of athletics and a full academic schedule while in college? My best advice for other young women looking to balance athletics and academics would be to plan ahead and work hard. I do not regret one minute of my academic or athletic career, namely because I always worked as hard as I could. Hard work pays off, and both coaches and professors notice. It is essential to plan ahead because the longer you wait to start an assignment, the more overwhelming it can become. When you want to perform your best

do not regret one minute of my academic or “ Iathletic career...because I always worked as hard as I could and it was noticed. ” athletically, it is always better not to be distracted by an assignment which still needs your attention. Can you tell me more about your softball “career?” Do you plan to continue to compete? I have been playing softball since elementary school, and it has always

What are some of your goals for the future? Where do you plan to be 5, 10 years from now? My goal for the future is to be happy. I have many interests and hope to find a career that I find both exciting and fulfilling. I will be satisfied if in five or 10 years, I have found a job helping make the world a better place, either through coaching or human rights work.


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