FEBRUARY 2002 (VOL. 8, NO. 10)
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An Evening at the Conservatory Place DDR Time Feb. 1 & 2, 8:00 Ticket Prices $10 for family of 3 or more $5 individual Presented by the music students of the Conservatory Bel Canto Show Choir Instrumentalists Senior certificate candidates
For tickets and information, contact Musical Director Cathy Snider at firstname.lastname@example.org
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STUDENT ■ MS Counselor Deanna Barnett reported that a group of middle school students sent 1,000 paper cranes in December to Mayor Giuliani of New York City in a show of support and friendship. The leadership project, headed up by 8th grader Ariel Wang, was inspired by the Japanese story of 1,000 paper cranes that her friend Mika Sugawara had shared with her. Since October the students have devoted time during lunch, school breaks and after-school to make the cranes, with assistance from ESL teacher Eric Siemens. The cranes, which symbolize peace and hope for the future, were boxed and sent to New York, and Ariel received a thank you letter from the mayor’s office. Congratulations to Ariel for organizing such a wonderful project, and to the following students for their countless hours making the cranes: Ariel Wang, Mika Sugawara, Leo Liu, Nicole Chuang, Milton Lee, Robert Yu, Katy Yu, David Woolsey, Young Jo Kim, Andy Lin, Anthony Liu, Michael Lee, Daisuke Ito, Michael Choi, Rita Leung, Jack Wu, and Mr. Siemens. ■ In January, the US Key Club participated in a Creek Clean Up Project in Portola Valley, planting native grass at an old landslide site on MROSD land. From there the members volunteered for “Loaves and Fishes,” preparing and serving lunch to homeless people at St. Patrick’s Church in Santa Clara. During the entire month of February, US students will join other high schools in Santa Clara County by participating in “Pennies for Patients,” a fundraising program for the Leukemia/Lymphoma foundation. Harker “adopts” an individual in Santa Clara County with leukemia, and our funds go towards that individual’s care, as well as to other general needs for the Foundation. This fundraiser will be a class competition, and though
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Left: Chris Daren Right: Danny Anderson
Ariel Wang pictured with the 1,000 paper cranes recently sent to New York City pennies are all that count for the class competition, quarters, nickels and dimes are used to “negate” points from opposing teams! It’s all in good fun, and the
bottom line will hopefully be a great deal of change donated to this wor thwhile cause. Watch for an update in the March newsletter!
Middle School Notes ■ The MS Student Mentor Program, now in its 3rd year, provides opportunities for selected 8th graders to form supportive relationships with 6th graders and help them address a variety of issues important to the age group, such as friends, cliques, popularity, homework and peer pressure.
This new program is also intended to help our 6th graders feel more comfor table with the transition to the Saratoga campus when they move up to the middle school. The 8th graders visit with the 6th graders on the Bucknall campus once per quarter. continued on Pg. 3
This year’s student mentor participants are Ellen Harris, Mina Lee, Rohini Venkatraman, Ira Patnaik, Elizabeth Moul, Meghana Dhar, Miles Bredenoord, Tanuj Thapliyal, Keir Myers, Aaron Nemetz, Michael Lee, Asavari Gupte, Muhammed Ahmed and Gareth Sheerder. Terry Walsh
■ Bradley Stoll, US Math teacher, your control, and we are grateful for announced that the four students your careful operation of the on Harker’s MS MathCounts team shuttle and for its safe return to are Yi Sun, Robert Li, Justin Chin earth.” We’re proud of our team of and Houston Hoffman. The students and eagerly await updates following students will also once the analysis begins! participate and compete as ■ Dr. Rand Harrington’s US individuals: Jackson Davis, Hailey Modern Physics classes toured the Lam, Jonathan Tan and Jessica Stanford Linear Accelerator in Lee. The competition will be held at January. The class was privileged San Jose State University on Sat., to have UC Berkeley professor Bob Feb. 2, and Jacobsen as results of the their private One student summed up the competition tour guide. will be Professor trip by saying, “This was the reported in Jacobosen, the March coolest field trip I have ever who works on newsletter. the Babar been on!” Good luck, experiment, everyone! showed the 18 ■ Junior class Judiciary Committee members Alexandra Stanek and Palak Patel will join Judiciary Committee chair Jennifer Gargano and Dean of Students Kevin Williamson for an Honor Codes and Honor Council workshop, to be held at the Episcopal School of Dallas, Texas. Harker will be sending this delegation to share ideas with other schools regarding the development of effective Honor Codes and Honor Council policies. Over 140 representatives from seventeen schools from California to Louisiana participated in the workshop last year.
■ Thanks to a tip from parents Dianne Reese and Charles Perkins, Harker was recently awarded 4 Lexmark Color Inkjet printers for the Art Departments at the Saratoga and Bucknall campuses. The Lexmark Print Art Educational Program awarded printers, along with famous artwork CD ROMS, to numerous schools across the country. While the program usually limits the awards to one printer per school, Lexmark made an exception and awarded Harker four printers. Linda Voss, Lexmark Director of Community Relations, said, “We were blown away by the incredible art being produced by the students of The Harker School. We are delighted to have Harker participate in this exciting project.” Contact Bill Bost, Special Projects Director, at 408-871-6611 or email him at email@example.com if you know NASA
■ Physics instructor Phil Becker announced that the NASA SEM Project is back to earth and awaiting return to Harker for the team to analyze the results. In the meantime, the students sent a letter to the astronauts of the Endeavor Shuttle, which included
US students where electrons and positrons are accelerated down a 3 mile long tunnel and then collide together to produce b and anti b mesons. One question these physicists hope to answer is why antimatter does not seem to exist in the same quantities as matter, a question essential to understanding the creation of the universe. The students were able to explore several old detectors as well as visit the data storage center where scientists from around the world can remotely control robots to access data tapes of the experiments. One student summed up the trip by saying, “This was the coolest field trip I have ever been on!”
the following excerpt: “Our school’s students, their parents, and our teacher supervisor Mr. Becker are honored to have been provided with such an incredible oppor tunity. Without your astronaut team at the helm, our project would not have been possible. All of us watched from afar with keen interest as our project flew through space under
of other companies with similar donation programs. ■ Be sure to visit the Harker library’s web site section, “Staff Picks,” for a list of book reviews for Gr. 7-12. These new titles have been read by our four staff
librarians, and the library owns all the books recommended. Look under the heading “Book Lists” for these wonderful titles, and thanks to our librarians for providing this fantastic resource for our students and parents!
US students recently competing in a “Soda Sip” contest during a class competition. The Class of 2005 won this event! As of this issue, US Activities Coordinator Chris Daren reports that the class rankings are juniors, freshman, seniors and sophomores.
■ Sophomore parents, remember to attend the 10th Grade Parent College Night on Wed., Feb. 13 from 6-7 p.m. in the Saratoga gym. Our outstanding college counselors will update you on the current college admission situation and inform you about what your family should be doing now. They’ll also answer questions, such as: How do colleges actually admit students? Which factors are most important? Is it really just about GPA and SAT's? What about the UC's? No need to RSVP—just plan to join us for an information-packed evening! Also, your student will be asking you for a check for the SAT II exams. Please return the check and registration form to us no later than Feb. 11th. ■ Important reminder that by April 26 all US students must have fulfilled their service requirement for this year. Your children will get the most out of their community service experience if they choose one that is meaningful to them. However, a mandatory community
service outing will be assigned to students who have not met their requirement by this date. Check out the community service website at http://users.harker.org/hs/ JenniferG/CommServ/menu.htm for current opportunities. Once students volunteer at the site they choose, they must have the Community Service Verification form filled out by whoever was in charge of their service activity, and this form needs to be returned to Ms. Gargano. Copies of this form can be downloaded from the website above. Direct your questions about community service to Ms. Gargano at firstname.lastname@example.org. ■ US Attendance Reminders: Please call the attendance line by 8:00 a.m. if your student will not be attending for part or all of the day OR if your child has to leave school for any reason during the day. Remind your student to sign in and out either in the Dobbins or Main Office. The attendance phone number is 345-9645.
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Middle School Poetry Contest Winners Honored In Publication ■ Each year MS English teachers Sylvia Harp and Steven Hewitt hold a poetry contest for the entire 8th grade, and students may submit as many original poems as they wish. Last year’s three winners were Christine Kang, Alice Chi and Nina Joshi, and their work appears in a recently published book entitled The Teachers’ Selection—Anthology of Poetry. Congratulations to our budding poets whose poems we are pleased to share here.
Loneliness Jardin de Giverny Indefinite yearning a pit in my soul Why is it that No amount of that masqueraded joyfulness Can wash this aching away? The lies I live and weave day by day glow and thrive Looking so much less ethereal than the real thing Uncertainty finds its way into the pattern Your kind words and acts surround me like liquid light I’m feeling around through the honeyed chaos Groping For some unnamed truth My hands come up empty each time I can’t Accept the chaos-tainted light for reality No one Speaks the answers I listen for This cavernous soul of mine echoes With my own empty cries No reply Can’t decide what you take me for And God, I am praying tonight Tomorrow, too, as long as it takes (—ETERNITY) For my missing half
lovely laid-back lotuses laugh, friendly frogs frolic like children. floating Islands of roses: scarlet, violet, Monet— Sunlit: open and camouflaged. Fountains of branches sprouting up and reaching down for another sip of Ambrosia. a tranquil Mirror never disturbed just sits inscribed in earth, reflecting and enlarging the Grace, Dimples engraved upon the Mirror’s face are pods of lotus leaves with their hands spread out offering their child to heaven. rivers flow, quickly in summer, winter too. the old are wise and young follow, lavender, emerald, Beau Ideal— the Garden is the Garden of Eden and sings as inconspicuously as a Budding rose reveals Her true Emotions. Suns shine simultaneously, in the center, raised above all, watching as others weep for Joy. Impressionistic brush strokes captured on Nature’s Canvas. —Nina Joshi
Expression The drops of rain skim lightly on the windowpane And though it ripped monotony It could not penetrate the glass In which concealed the darkened thoughts Of loss of hope and imperfection Of dancers here whose art so confined Are merely robots more alike Feeble, cold, and meticulous And where the movement of pale pink slippers Are mice that seldom venture forth But huddle forth behind the wall That separates them from true expression And I who adhered so faithfully to steps and leaps and turns of careful monotony Yet staring out I could not stand To execute yet another command So stepped outside I did indeed With caution into the careless world Where scent of earth mingled here and there Like ginger on a Christmas Day And while it bathed the flowers and pine The drops of rain beat lightly, beckoningly, Warm and inviting Like flickering flames from the falling snow And bathed me of my simple woes Of dancer’s imperfection, skill, and prose Having shed this burden momentarily I took a pirouette without any skill Never minding technique, timing, Or ideal expression And though it defied the art and rules How fine it is to be able to pirouette, pirouette, And pirouette While the rain continues to sing Jingle ring and tinkling bells And leave the world of perfection behind. —Christine Kang
PERFORMING ■ To commemorate the centennial celebration of the partnership of Rogers and Hammerstein, Harker will be staging two of their most beloved productions this year. The
counselor Chris Colletti, students discussed the theme and shared ideas for the show. What eventually emerged was creating the four elements of fire, air, water, and earth as characters that contemplate the world and our human condition. A turning point in the brainstorm session was adding a creative fifth element called “Love” that would appear as a fool. The weekend away in nature was a wonderful way to share quality time together and gather ideas. The students also did an excellent job of weathering the element of “water” as it stormed the entire trip!”
US Conservatory will be performing “Oklahoma!,” an early collaboration of the famous musical playwriting team, and the MS Performing Arts Dept. will be presenting “Cinderella,” one of their later works. In addition, the Middle School Girl’s Chorus will be per forming a medley of music from “The Sound of Music,” under the direction of music teacher, Len Allen.
Students par ticipating in this planning field trip were Ashley Alston, Maheen Kaleem, Neil Bahalero, Rick Hayashi, Vivian Leung, Karla Bracken, Maya Hey, Sean McKenzie, Katie Ball, Mariama Eagan, Nikhil Deshmukh, Chris Kim, Estelle Charlu and Kimberly Wong.
The Per forming Arts Depar tment hopes to get the entire Harker community involved, and department members are asking those interested to share stories about their experiences either performing in or seeing a Rogers and Hammerstein production. Mr. Brian O'Sullivan, Performing Arts Teacher and director for the middle school production of “Cinderella,” will be coordinating this information. Email him at email@example.com and share your anecdotes, which will be included in a display honoring these American icons.
Reminder that all dancers have a Mandatory Dress Rehearsal on Sat., Mar. 9th.
Music Department News ■ The Upper School’s musical ensembles are gearing up for spring festivals! Bel Canto and Show Choir, under the direction of Cathy Snider, will attend the California Music Educators' Association Choral Festival at San Jose State University on April 20. Show Choir is also hoping to attend a Vocal Jazz Festival at Diablo Valley College on May 4. ■ The Harker Eagle Jazz Band, with director Bob Scannell, will attend the CMEA Jazz Festival at Homestead High School on February 2. Mr. Scannell will also send students to the CMEA Orchestra Festival in May. ■ Several brave students are also attending the CMEA Solo/ Ensemble Festival on March 2. Vocalists Gabby DeMers, Whitney Graves, Maheen Kaleem, Daphne Karpel, Nadia Raza, Mickey SelboBruns, and Kalpana Sundaram, along with violinist Anjana Sundaram and flute/piano duet Meghan Desale and Kathryn Lee will perform. Last year all of our soloists/ensembles received Superiors and Excellents. At all of these festivals, our students will perform several selections and be adjudicated by a panel of experts, then awarded a rank of Superior, Excellent, Good, Fair or Needs Improvement. Last year, our first year of participation, Bel Canto received an Excellent. These events are not open to the public, but we will share the results of these exciting competitions in future editions. We wish all of our talented students the best of luck! ■ Announcing our new Boys Gig Group! This ensemble, open to boys of any grade without audition, will begin second semester and meet three times a week. Under the direction of Len Allen, this group is Harker's answer to the “boy bands” of today! The group will work on lots of close harmony, jazz songs and pop tunes. Boys should
Under the direction of Len Allen, this group is Harker’s answer to the ‘boy bands’ of today!
■ Laura Rae, K-12 Artistic Director and Saratoga Show Director, reported that the annual Harker Saratoga Dance Production is in full swing with rehearsals for 1st through 12th grade. Dancers are learning new steps for their routines and working on selecting costumes for the show. The theme this year is “What In The World?,” and it celebrates diversity. This year’s performance dates are Thur., March 14th and Sat., March 16th. Both shows are at 7:00 p.m. in the Saratoga gym.
remember that if they're interested in auditioning for Show Choir some day, they need to be in this group first! Please write to Cathy Snider at firstname.lastname@example.org or Len Allen at email@example.com if your son is interested in joining this new ensemble. CD Release Announcement! The Harker Conservator y is proud to announce a “greatest hits” CD, which will include moments from concerts, the spring musical, and many other per formances. The February per formance of the Conser vator y Concert will be recorded for inclusion on the CD, and there will be much, much more! The CD will be available beginning at the Family Picnic in April.
Ms. Rae reports: “In early fall, fifteen upper school students from the dance troupe took a field trip to the beautiful Point Reyes area to brainstorm ideas for this year’s show. With the guidance of Laura Rae, Gail Palmer, and upper school
Don't forget, if your student is interested in joining Bel Canto, she needs to have signed up for this class during the recent schedule sign-ups. If she didn’t, you should contact the school right away to add Bel Canto to your student’s schedule. Bel Canto is a class offered to all grades, without audition. Auditions for available slots in Show Choir will be in the early spring. Boys interested in singing, please see the above notice for our new Boys Gig Group! —Reported by Catherine Snider, US Music Intstructor
Mid-Season Athletic Reports Upper School:
Starting off with a victor y over Valley Christian Dublin, the varsity boys basketball team currently sports a 3-3 league record, including a thrilling last second victory over Woodside Priory. Brian Chow fired in a three point shot with only seconds left to lift the Eagles to a 50-48 victory. Days later, David Hsu and Ryan Graumann led a furious fourth quarter rally to lead the Eagles to a come from behind victory over Kings Academy. Coach Brewer’s team plays hard and fast and is very entertaining to watch. Come out to a game soon and check out the new bleachers in the Bucknall gym. The junior varsity team is off to a great start, with an 11-2 mark and a 6-1 league record. The team is led by the scoring, rebounding, and defense of freshmen Ben Shapiro and Adhir Ravipati. The team will continue its quest for a league title when it meets Menlo School on Jan 29th at the Bucknall gym. The girls varsity basketball team is currently 6-5 overall and 2-1 in PSAL league play. The young team, sometimes starting three freshmen, is getting stronger every game, and Coach John Near is excited about the future with this group of student athletes. They will, however, definitely miss Harvard and Stanford bound seniors Alexa Bush and Stephanie Tsai following this season, but the future looks as bright as these young ladies, with an incoming group of strong freshmen next year! Varsity girls soccer is currently on a roll, having earned a 1-1 tie with Woodside Priory and taking a 2-1 decision over league rival St. Lawrence. Guiding a young team on the rise, Coach Tia Barth is excited about the Eagles’ future. Finally, our wrestling program in its third year is turning heads
The winter sports seasons are well under way. Harker’s Upper School is fielding varsity and junior varsity teams in boys’ and girls’ basketball, girls’ soccer, and wrestling. League play began the first week of Januar y, and the newest member of the Private School Athletic League (Harker) has represented itself quite well.
Varsity boys at recent Valley Christian game throughout the valley. Led by defending JV League Champ Charles Hung, the Eagles placed 6th out of 19 teams at a recent tournament in Cupertino. Charles was crowned tournament champion in his 112 lb. weight class. Finishing in 2nd through 6th place respectively were Ahksar Kharebov, Matt Vucurevich, Ed Williams, Solomon Awe, and Andrew Chang. Coach Karriem Stinson is proud of the attention the Eagle wrestlers are garnering! Late Breaking NEWS: Wrestling coach Karriem Stinson proudly announced at press time that Harker had its first varsity wrestling victory recently, defeating Milpitas High who was 3-0 and first place in the league. Great job!
Middle School: Basketball is in full swing for both our middle and lower school teams. The A1 boys have a current record of 4-2. The A1 girls are currently undefeated posting wins against Carden, Hoover, Burnett Academy, Steinbeck and Apostles. The B1 girls are 1-1 beating Carden and losing to Valley. At press time, the Harker 8th grade boys and girls were getting ready for the Harker Tournament Jan. 2226. This annual tournament will host 16 teams and is sure to be an exciting one. We'll have the results in the next issue. Good luck to all teams!
The Harker School will benefit from the sale of a shark at the SharkByte Art Auction on March 2nd, thanks to the creative genius of one of Harker’s ar t teachers and the suppor t of our Harker families! SharkByte Art is an outdoor art exhibit that premiered last summer with the installation of 100 color ful shark sculptures commissioned by area sponsors, each of whom designated a local nonprofit organization to benefit from the eventual sale of the shark. The exhibit, which continues through February, is designed to raise money for local charities and nonprofit organizations in a fun, creative way, and on March 2nd the entire collection will be sold at a special evening auction (see insert in this month’s mailing for details). US Art Teacher Jaap Bongers was commissioned by Harker parents Gary and Suzanne Mathers of the Community Insurance Agency to create “SHarker,” pictured here, and currently on display at the corner of Post and Lightston near Waves Smokehouse in downtown San Jose. The Mathers designated
The Harker School as the beneficiar y, and 70% of the proceeds from the sale of our shark at this March 2nd event will go to Harker. Fiberglass sharks were provided to each artist participating in this event. All of the artists then personalized their sharks with their own creative vision. Art teacher Jaap Bongers explained his journey of choosing a theme and creating his stunning shark: “I wanted to do something that symbolized ‘thinking for yourself as an individual,’ a symbol for what we are trying to teach our students here at Harker,” he said. “So I photocopied many, many little sharks, cut them out with an exacto knife and used these stencils to paint a school of little black sharks swimming in the opposite direction on the big shark, swimming upstream—the ‘black shark’ of the family.” Mr. Bongers added that he was inspired by surrealistic Belgian painter Magritte when he decided to make the shark look like it was “made out of sky.” We congratulate Jaap Bongers for his fabulous shark creation, and thank the Mathers for their sponsorship and support. Harker’s “SHarker” is featured on the SharkByte web site—check it out at www.sharkbyteart.com!
Innovative Food Service Program Provides Something for Everyone at Harker Shah, a 7th grader, offered this very favorable evaluation: “I like the vegetarian sandwich, there is always something for me. I can always have a veggie burger if I don’t like the regular entrée. They have fruit options everyday, too.” New this year, Chef Martin has implemented further innovations on the Saratoga campus to add healthy vegetarian alternatives for those seeking variety to supplement the typical staples of teenagers. In fact, new entrées such as Sesame Grilled Eggplant Napoleons with a roasted red pepper and garlic cannelloni bean puree garnished with a toasted spaghetti Chef Steve Martin (center) pictured with Assistant bouquet have students Chefs Matthew DuTrumble (l) and Rob Esse (r) now looking forward to what great options each Harker has always put a high day’s lunch will bring. Sharon priority on the quality of the food Hung, an 11th grader, loves trying offered to our students. Under the these new choices. “Oh! The food outstanding direction of Chef Steve is SO exotic!! You don't know what Martin for the past 10 years, you are eating but everything tastes Harker’s food service good. I feel like I am program has also exploring different become one of the cultures each day. most innovative The food is K-12 food such healthy service stuff!” programs in Alternative the country. desserts are With the also opening of available, the Upper such as fresh School, Chef fruit, granola Martin and his and tofu capable crew desserts. implemented The Harker Grill and various food stations, offering variety, quality and a cafe ambience for our upper school students. Beginning this year, our middle school students also enjoy additional variety, with an impressive array of choices now included in their tuition. And those choices have become very popular with middle school students. Mansi
As a byproduct of these innovations, Harker students are becoming familiar with culinary ar ts, expanding their palates and being introduced to exotic and unusual ingredients like jamica flowers, a flower used to make a special juice drink; agave syrup, a sweetener substitute much like honey that comes from the cactus;
miso, a fermented soy product used as a base for many sauces and soups; and edamame, fresh soybeans steamed to make a great healthy snack. This new program of offering healthy alternatives in addition to the more traditional selections is a collaboration between Chef Martin and Asst. Chef Matthew DuTrumble, both graduates of Johnson & Wales University College of Culinary Arts in Providence, Rhode Island. The philosophy of the program is to provide the freshest food possible, to use alternative and proper cooking techniques in preparing a healthy product, and to be unique
“I feel like I am exploring different cultures each day. The food is such healthy stuff.” in presentation and ideas. The expanded offerings have been very well received by the vegetarian and vegan students and have also helped expand the palates of the general student population. “The ultimate goal is to incorporate healthy eating into the lifestyle of all of our students,” added Chef Martin. The program continues to grow. In addition to the variety of fresh juice drinks, specialty snacks and entrées offered without dairy or egg, Chefs Martin and DuTrumble would like to offer fresh breads baked daily on the premises and a vegan soup each day. They also hope to create an area on the patio to offer fresh grilled, healthy items such as Grilled Portabella Sandwiches, Barbeque Vegetable Kabobs on a Rosemary Sprig, Grilled Teriyaki Tofu and fresh Grilled Vegetable
Pizzas on a mesquite grill. Over 8 years ago Chef Martin began an association with his alma mater, bringing Johnson & Wales interns to Harker. Asst. Chef DuTrumble was originally one of those interns (now over 40 in number) from the world renowned culinary institute who have participated in a 3-month work/study program at Harker. This program helps qualified culinary students develop into future chefs. Having this fresh influx of creativity, energy and ideas has contributed greatly to Harker’s innovative reputation in the industry. We were delighted to welcome Chef DuTrumble back after his bachelor’s graduation, and we appreciate the value his passion for vegetarian food has brought to the program. Though he will be temporarily leaving us in June to complete his Associates in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales, he plans to return to Harker. Interns currently working at Harker are Rob Esse, Anthony Geary and Esther Lee. Rob will return to work for us in the fall. Chef Mar tin intends to keep Harker on the cutting edge, providing a superior food service program for all Harker students. We congratulate him for an outstanding program and for his collaboration with Johnson & Wales, which has brought so much innovation to our food ser vice program.
■ What has four legs, two with La Mama, Etc., Equity Library bachelor’s degrees in Nursing and Theatre and, for the last five years, runs triathlons? Your Bucknall as a principal actor with Gorilla nurses, Debra Nott and Kathleen Repertory Theatre, in various guest Harrington! Kathleen and Debra artist appearances, as well as film have committed themselves to and television roles. participating in the Wildflower ■ The October 2001 issue of The Triathlon on May 5th, with the Journal of College Science Teaching support of Team in Training. Team contained a research article coin Training is a nonprofit organizawritten by Harker US Physics tion dedicated to raising funds for teacher, Dr. Rand Harrington, the Leukemia and Lymphoma entitled “Student Understanding of Society. TNT funds more research Ionizing Radiation and Radioactivity.” in the area of leukemia (the number one killing disease of children), ■ Harker had a very special guest lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and in February, as we hosted Mr. myeloma than any other voluntary Tsuyoshi Oyama, a P.E. instructor health agency. As one of the bestfrom Tamagawa, Japan as part of managed nonprofit organizations in our teacher exchange, a new the country, at least 75% of the feature of our relationship with the contributions go directly to research Tamagawa School. and patient services. The goal of The Tamagawa School in Japan and Team in Training The Harker School have exchanged (www.teamintraining.com) is to students, visited each other’s increase the funding that supports campuses, and studied together the Leukemia and Lymphoma since 1994; however, the Teacher Society, while promoting a healthy Exchange Program was launched lifestyle. They will provide training just last year. The selection of and support for Kathleen and teachers for this exchange Debra as they spend the next three program is based on their ability to months on the bike, in the pool and provide appropriate instruction in pounding the pavement. They each need to raise $2800 to support leukemia research and earn their places in the Wildflower Triathlon. As nurses with 35 years of practice between them, they are all too aware of how devastating a diagnosis of cancer can be. It’s a thousand times worse to hear that your child has cancer. Research funded by Harker students enjoyed classes taught groups like TNT has helped recently by Mr. Tsuyoshi Oyama make a dramatic increase in the cure for leukemia, particularly in children. So topics of study that will benefit the support our nurses with a check students at both schools. made out to the Leukemia and Translators are available at all Lymphoma Society. Your check can times during these exchanges to be dropped off at the Nurse’s facilitate communication between Office on either campus. And stop the students and the teachers. by the Bucknall Nurse's Office any time to check on their training, eat Last year Mr. Aono, an art teacher a cracker or take a Tylenol! from Tamagawa, visited our campus and instructed in our classrooms ■ Performing Arts teacher Brian for two weeks while Harker art Sullivan will be appearing with the teacher Eric Hoffman instructed at Calaveras Repertory Theatre in The the Tamagawa School. This year, Merchant of Venice by William the schools decided to exchange Shakespeare. Mr. Sullivan, a physical education instructors. In professional actor for almost twenty October Harker P.E. teacher years, has appeared with Magic Jeremiah Brewer visited and taught Theatre, San Francisco; Colorado students at Tamagawa, and Mr. Shakespeare Festival; and Oyama joined us last month to Michigan Ensemble Theatre. He instruct our 6th graders. has also performed in New York
summer ■ Just a reminder that K-8 Harker students have priority enrollment for the K-8 Harker Summer Program until Feb. 8th. Materials for the K-8 program were mailed to parents several weeks ago, and we urge parents to register soon—these programs fill up fast! The US Summer Institute, as well as our new US Summer Conservatory Program, begins enrollment on Mon., Feb. 4th, and materials were sent out Jan. 29th. More information on our Summer Tennis Camps will be available midFebruary, and enrollment for these camps will begin Fri., March 1st.
update ■ The Annual Summer Camp Faire will be held in the Bucknall Gym on Thurs., Feb. 28th from 5:307:30 p.m. Harker sponsors this annual, public event for families in the Bay Area to learn more about camps in the area and throughout the state. Representatives from over 60 camps will have displays, brochures and information, and will be available to answer questions. Children are welcome, and special, fun activities are planned.
All of our Summer Camp and Summer Institute information and enrollment forms are available on the Harker web site.
For More Summer Information Gr. K-3 program Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, 408.871.4611 Gr. 4-8 program, US Institute and Tennis, US Summer Conservatory Program and Annual Summer Camp Faire Contact email@example.com, 408.345.9675
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Frank and Archie Harker Heroes from the Past We all know about the Harker eagle, our school’s mascot, but have you heard the tale about Archie, the “knee-sprung horse,” who belonged to Frank Cramer, one of the founders of The Harker School? Frank Cramer, who founded Manzanita Hall in 1893, was very much involved in Palo Alto’s relief effor t for San Franciscans after the 1906 earthquake. He and his faithful Archie would go back and forth from the train station delivering yeast and flour from San Jose to bakers in the Palo Alto area, and back again to the station with the loaves. In one incident Mr. Cramer heard that Duff & Doyles’ store in Menlo Park was offering lots of yeast for the cause. He hitched old Archie to a 600pound wagon, imagining himself the hero of the day when he would deliver at least 50 pounds of yeast to cheering bakers. Instead, he received a tiny package from a worker, who insisted that they were dispersing one small box to each family. “My dream of valiant service was shattered,” reports Mr. Cramer. “But I took the dainty box of yeast cakes. On the way back I wondered, if rumor can do that kind of thing traveling only a mile and a half, what could it do going once or twice around the world?” According to reports, “Mr. Frank Cramer furnished his horse and express wagon and worked himself untiringly, or at least ceaselessly, from early morn till late at night, receiving, checking, counting, and delivering at the station the finished product, amounting to several loaves of bread daily. His good grey horse may well be counted among the earthquake sufferers.”
Fri. & Sat., Feb. 1 & 2: US Conservatory Concert— 8-9 p.m. Dining Room STG Tues., Feb. 5: Gr. 7-8 Semester 1 Awards,—5:30-6:30 p.m. Gym Thurs., Feb. 7: Gr. 10 Course Selection—7-8 p.m. STG. gym Thurs., Feb. 7: “Picnic in Paris” Volunteer Kick-Off—8-9 a.m. BKN gym. Drop in and sign up! Fri., Feb. 8: MS Winter Dance—7:30-10:30 p.m. STG Gym Fri., Feb 8: MS Parent Mixer,—7:30 p.m. Shah Hall Sat., Feb. 9: US Student Mixer—8-11 p.m. STG gym Wed., Feb. 13: Gr. 10 Parent College Night,—6-7 p.m. STG gym Sat., Feb. 16 - Mon., Feb. 18: US Ski Trip Fri., Feb. 15: No late supervision - Campus closed at 5pm Mon., Fri. Feb. 18 - 22: President’s Week - No Classes K-12 Mon., Feb. 25: Classes Resume K-12 Mon., Feb. 25: Gr. 8 Parents DC Trip orientation—5-6 p.m. STG Gym Thurs., Feb. 28: Summer Camp Fair—5:30-7p.m. BKN Gym We are extending our January survey through February to allow parents ample time to respond. Information from these surveys, located on the Parent Home Page, assists Harker in improving parent communications thanks for your participation! Go to http://faculty.harker.org/adm/parents/
Next: More insight into our founder’s character. Author: Enid Davis, Harker Librar y Director
Sources: Dick, Linda. Palo Alto: 1906. Foothill College District, N.D. p.14. ■ Now that we have completed the Upper School expansion, the US Parent Leadership Council is focusing on leading our parent volunteer corps to a new level of formal organization and growth. At its January meeting, Council members began outlining specific volunteer committees whose missions will be to help meet particular needs of the Upper School and its students. Committees will include US Parent Ambassador Program, Parent Socials, Picnic, Activities/Clubs Support, Community Resources and Development, with chairs of these individual committees serving on the Leadership Council. For more information on these proposed committees, or to volunteer to participate as a committee member or in a leadership capacity, contact email@example.com, or contact our
current US Parent Leadership Council members: Kim Bush, Nancy Hartsoch, Susan Lee, Jacky Liu, Amanda Lundie and Pat Vucurevich. We need your help and ideas to help build some unique upper school traditions and activities that will nurture our bonds as the Harker “family.” ■ To date, we have logged 2903 volunteer service hours and a total of 315 parent volunteers! ■ The Summer Camp office is still marveling at its good fortune in having an efficient group of parents assemble 1,000 summer camp packets for mailing in January. Huge thanks to: Janie Fung, Gita Ranganath, Lillian Schmidt, Sophie Koffler-Horovitz, Jane Kwant, Fumiko Kimura, Kim Pellissier, Dee Hospoder, Lisa Mata and Fran Axelrad.
The Saratoga and Bucknall editions of the Parent Pages are published monthly by the Harker Office of Communications. They are also available on the web at: www.harker.org. Click on PARENTS. Editor: Pam Dickinson Design: Blue Heron Design Photo Editor: Chris Daren Printing: Communicart
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Mid-Year Report of Student Achievements, Gr. 7-12 Head of School, Diana Nichols, sent an e-mail announcement to our parent body in January updating parents on some of the outstanding achievements of our students this year. “Although we would probably all agree that 2001 was a difficult year, I am very happy to say that Harker students continued to do amazing things,” she noted. The hard work of our students and faculty deserve repeated recognition, and we are proud to recap our student accomplishments to date in this month’s EXTRA.
College Acceptances Begin A very small percentage of students apply for early admission to the college of their choice and are notified in December. Congratulations to the following seniors who have been admitted to one of their top choice colleges during this early acceptance period: Alexa Bush .......... Harvard Jerry Chi .............. Stanford
Outstanding Test Results SAT I - College Boards Students take College Board SAT I tests in their junior and senior years in English, Mathematics and Writing, and most colleges strongly consider the SAT scores for college admissions. Our students’ performance on the SAT examinations is outstanding. The test scoring range is between 200 and 800, and the SAT mean scores for Harker students were as follows: Mean SAT I Verbal Score: 670 Mean SAT I Math Score: 700
SAT II - Subject Matter Tests Our students demonstrated remarkable achievement in ever y subject area. Subject
Number of Test Takers
Biology E Biology M Chemistry French Literature Latin Math 1C Math 2C Physics Spanish U.S .Histor y Writing
647 670 663 656 658 635 659 710 621 692 650 663
7 12 62 9 18 2 36 48 61 13 33 86
Liang Dong ........... Stanford Meghan Fair ......... Smith College Max Gokhman ...... Claremont Mc Kenna Leslie Hernandez .. Georgetown Ben Janofsky ........ U. of Pennsylvania Kimberly Kanada .. Harvard Anjali Khurana ...... Stanford Stephanie Tsai ..... Stanford The majority of acceptances will be announced in April when decisions for regular admission are made by the colleges. We anticipate additional exciting news at that time based on the stellar performance of our seniors to date.
Harker Debater Wins National Honor We have received a national honor for one of our debaters, Alex Iftimie, who has earned the title of Fellow and will attend the University of Kentucky this summer along with 11 other nationally chosen debaters representative of the best debaters in the country. Alex will have his picture in the Rostrum magazine in March. This is a great honor for him as well as the school since only 12 students in the nation receive this honor each year. Congratulations also to Alan Liu and Liang Dong who earned their second qualifying leg to the prestigious national Tournament of Champions (TOC) Debate Tournament by advancing to the field of 8 teams from an initial field of 96 teams at the University of Redlands recently. Liang and Alan will return for the second year in a row as representatives of Harker’s debate team. This tournament allows 72 of the best teams in the country to decide the national champion of high school debate. Last year, 48 schools gathered in Kentucky from a total of over 4500 schools nationwide.
Practice SAT and National Merit Semi-finalist Qualifying Test This test is a practice for the SAT tests and is taken in the sophomore and junior years. Its scoring range is between 20 and 80, so a 60 would be the equivalent of a 600 on an SAT. Most students’ scores increase between 30 to 50 points as they take the test the following year, so one can anticipate higher scores each time the student takes the examination. It is an indicator of what types of scores students might earn when they take the SAT I's . PSAT’s taken in the junior year
are used to determine National Merit Semifinalist and Commended students. One third of this year’s graduating class received those honors as shown in the box below.
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Letters of Commendation National Merit Semifinalists National Achievement Program Semifinalist National Hispanic Scholar
Mean scores for students who took the exam in 2000 Sophomore Scores Verbal 57.7
Junior Scores Verbal 61.6
Mean scores for students who took the exam in 2001 Sophomore Scores Verbal 60.2
Junior Scores Verbal 61.0
7th and 8th Grade Johns Hopkins Scholars Our 7th and 8th graders have also distinguished themselves this year. In order to qualify as Johns Hopkins scholars, students must earn a 97, 98 or 99 in math or English on their ERB tests. Eighty percent of our 7th graders and 85% of our 8th graders were identified as scholars. Once identified, these students are allowed to take the SAT exams (the same exams taken by high school seniors). This year Yi Sun, an 8th grader, scored a perfect 800 on the math exam.
Advanced Placement Testing
Course Title Percent of Harker students scoring 4’s and 5’s
being the highest score possible. A 5 on an AP test is the equivalent of receiving an A in a college level class. Scores of 3 or above are accepted by many colleges for college credit.
81% of Harker Percent of students nationally scoring 5
The charts on this page compare the national distribution of scores with the scores of Harker students in each of the specific test areas as explained by the key to the right.
Scores of 4 & 5 were earned by
Students take AP tests after they have taken Advanced Placement courses. These courses are college level classes whose curriculum is tightly prescribed by the College Board. Our students (freshmen, sophomores and juniors) took these exams last May just after they had taken AP classes in individual subjects. There were 177 examinations written by 106 Harker students. Scores range from 1 to 5 with 5
Percent of Harker students scoring 5
Scores of 3, 4 100 90
Calculus AB Subscore
or 5 were
Calculus BC 100%
98% of Harker
20 10 0
Computer Science AB
60 50 40 30 20 10 0
90 80 70
Language *Includes students who do not speak or hear French at home
Language *Includes students who do not speak or hear Spanish at home
40 30 20 10 0
Bringing in the New Year with Spirit! With the New Year underway, we are excited to announce 70% of our goal committed. We are especially grateful to those Harker families listed below who have participated thus far. Their support and commitment to our children are invaluable. As mentioned last month, the $25,000 Matching Challenge Grant contributed by a Harker family is still in need of support. This grant will match dollar-for-dollar gifts received from returning families who did not participate in the 2000-01 Million for the Millennium Annual Giving Campaign. If you qualify for this grant, it is a magnificent way to double your contribution and, ultimately, double the support of your children. Again, we wish to emphasize the eScrip program, an additional way you can support your children and their educational and extracurricular experiences at Harker. According to San Jose Middle School, their 400 registered families have generated $2,700-$3,000 a month for their school. Think of the financial opportunity for our children’s programs! For more information on eScrip and/or the Campaign itself, please contact Amalia Keyashian, Director of Annual Giving, at firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to www.harker.org and click on ADVANCEMENT & ALUMNI. Thank you for your enthusiasm and spirit! —Kelly S. Parker, Development Director
We wish to thank members of the Associates gifting club and above who have contributed to the Campaign as of January 18, 2002. Anonymous (3) • Richard Abdalah and Diane Bennett • Mr. Arthur Kahn and Ms. Debbora Ahlgren • Bill and Lauren Alley • Drs. Robert and Carol Amick • Mr. and Mrs. Robert Amick • Mr. Torben B. Andersen • Sally Anderson • Mr. and Mrs. Elie Antoun • Brian and Pam Araki • Mr. and Dr. Abid Asghar • Frank Au-Yeung and Wing Tan Wong • Mr. and Mrs. Moses Awe • Jonathan and Frances Axelrad • Mr. and Mrs. Kannan Ayyar • Ken Azebu and Dede Ogami • Alex and Gloria Banuelos • Mr. Anil Bedi • Steve and Sandy Berglund • Mr. and Mrs. Vinod Bhardwaj • Drs. Reena Bhargava and Gautam Bhargava • Mr. and Mrs. Hemant Bheda • Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Blair • Mr. and Mrs. Richard Boberg • Rick and Violet Boyle • Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bracken • Dr. and Mrs. John Busch • Fred and Candy Carr • Mr. Herbert Stanek and Ms. Huali Chai Stanek • Mr. Ravi Chalaka and Ms. Chitraleka Vivek • Mr. and Mrs. David Chang • Mr. and Mrs. Homer Chang • Dr. and Mrs. Rong Jong Chang • Mr. and Mrs. Simon Chang • Mr. Liang-Jih Chao and Ms. Ya-Min Su • Sheila Chatterjee • Jason Chen • Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Chen • Lee Chen • Teyao and Hui-Mei Chen • Mr. Fred Cheng and Ms. Alice Huang • Mr. Peng Cheng and Ms. Xiaoyu Yang • Ivy Chi • Mr. Ajay Chopra and Ms. Shyamoli Banerjee • Robert, Betsy, Jonathan, Jeremy and Jessmyn Chung • William T. Cleary • Mr. and Mrs. Jose Costa • John and Rebecca Cox • Allen and Eden Cronce • Mr. Wei-Jin Dai and Ms. Faustina Chen • Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Davis • John and Christine Davis • DingYuan a#nd Shin-Mann Day • Mr. Youping Deng and Ms. Ming Lu • Mr. and Mrs. James Dorrian • Mr. and Mrs. Allan Douglas • Mr. and Mrs. Mark Dunkle • Stan and Joan Dutrow • Mr. and Mrs. Ian Edvalson • Mr. and Mrs. Doug Emery • Mr. and Mrs. Larry Fernandes • Mr. Sheldon Finkelstein and Ms. Beatriz Infante • Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Fong • Mr. and Mrs. James Forsberg • Catherine Frye • Mr. and Mrs. Sai-Wai Fu • Toshiyuki Funaki and Ahyoomi Woo • Mr. and Mrs. Alberto Gavarre • Mr. and Mrs. Gideon Gimlan • Steve and Debra Gordon • Mr. and Mrs. Jeremy Gorman • Russ and Julie Grabeel • Concepcion Grande • Mr. Tim Graumann and Ms. Clare Lindsay • Mr. Mark Green and Ms. Kayo Yamamura • Mr. and Mrs. Boris Gruzman • Mr. and Mrs. Larry Guevel • Mr. and Mrs. Rao Gummadi • Mr. and Mrs. Amar Gupta • Mr. and Mrs. Julian P. Hammersley • Mr. and Mrs. James Han • Mr. and Mrs. Craig Hansen • Jim and Candy Hardy • Mr. and Mrs. Edward S. Harriman • Mr. and Mrs. Nick Harris •
Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Harris • Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell Hartsoch • Mr. Wayman Hauser and Ms. Rosalie Falconer • Ting and Angela Herh • Mr. and Mrs. Huddee Jacob Ho • Mr. and Mrs. Tom Ho • Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Ho • Mr. and Mrs. Hajrudin Hodzic • Mr. and Mrs. John Holmes • Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hong • Mr. Michael Howells and Ms. Paulina Wegrowicz • Colin and Cindy Hsi • Dr. Jackson Hu and Mrs. Michelle Hu • Susan and Charlie Huang • Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Huang • Mr. James Huang and Ms. Casie Ho • Ernaz and Mahyar Irani • Mr. Ashok Krishnamurthi and Ms. Deepa Iyengar • Mr. and Mrs. Ashok Jain • Mr. and Mrs. Asad Jamal • Drs. Yaminali Javid and Athiya Javid • Mr. and Mrs. Joong S. Jeon • Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Johnson • George and Nancy Jones • Mr. and Mrs. K. Kailash • Mr. and Mrs. Ron A. Karpel • Mr. and Mrs. David Kawahara • Mr. and Mrs. Robert Kendall • Cindy Kerr • The Keyashian Family • Mr. and Mrs. David Kim • Mr. Yong-Tae Kim and Ms. Mal-Bul Park • Mr. and Mrs. Makoto Kimura • Mr. and Mrs. Han Young Koh • Mr. and Mrs. Chia Cheng Kwan • Larry and Lisa Lau • Mr. Chieu Le and Ms. Yen Quach • Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Lee • Mr. and Mrs. Peter Lee • Mr. and Mrs. Sheau-Jiung Lee • Joseph P. Leonard, Sr. • Mr. and Mrs. Sui-Hing Leung • Dan and Hannah Lewis • Hong Li and Xinwei Jen Zheng • Mr. and Mrs. Fu Lin • Dr. and Mrs. Wen-Jung Lin • D. and G. Liu • Tony and Jacky Liu • Kelvin Liu and Yun Wang • Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Low • Mr. and Mrs. Martin Lundie • Mr. Congyun Luo and Ms. Haiyong Deng • Mr. and Mrs. Ming Ma • Mr. and Mrs. George Malek • Mr. and Mrs. Saeed Malik • Ed and Mary Malysz • Dr. and Mrs. Jay A. Mandell • Bill and Linda Manry • Roger and Marilyn March • Mr. and Mrs. Chris J. Marchese • Mr. and Mrs. Terry Martin • Mr. and Mrs. Pankaj Mayor • Mary Ryan McCarthy • Mr. W. Barry McCarthy, Jr. • Ms. Lisa McEuen and Mr. John Dickman • Mr. and Mrs. Michael T. McNamara • Mr. and Mrs. Nimish Mehta • Mr. and Mrs. Nitin Mehta • Mr. and Mrs. Sanjay Mittal • Mr. and Mrs. Narayan Mohanram • Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Morris • Mr. and Mrs. Harry Motro • Mr. and Mrs. Michael Moul • Ms. Melody Moyer • Mr. and Mrs. Kip Myers • Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Nagalingam • Mr. and Mrs. Russell Nakano • Dushyant and Suchitra Narayen • Mr. and Mrs. Kishore Narra • Ben and Aloka Naskar • Mr. and Mrs. Howard Neckowitz • Mr. and Mrs. Gary Nemetz • Jim and Irene Newton • Mr. and Mrs. Long Thanh Nguyen • Mr. and Mrs. Howard E. Nichols • Peter and Peggy Noonan • Kevin and Christine Normoyle • Mr. and Mrs. Kazumasa Okubo • Ms. Alice L. Palmer • Mr. and Mrs. Philip Palmintere • Shobhana and Bidyut Parruck • Mr. and Mrs. Dinesh Patel • Javed and Amena Patel • Mr. and Mrs. Jitendra Patel • Mr. and Mrs. Kaushik Patel • Pierre and Kim Pellissier • Jow H. Peng & Ivy Chang • Mr. and Mrs. Ian D. Pennell • Mr. and Mrs. Bradford Peppard • Ms. Jeanne Peterson • Pete Peterson and Amy Motroni • Jose Picazo • Mr. and Mrs. R. Stephen Polzin • Mr. and Mrs. Donald Porter • Dr. and Mrs. Louis Prusa • Mr. and Mrs. Simon M. Prutton • Mr. and Mrs. Ramesh Ragu • Rodney and Roxanne Rapson • Mr. and Mrs. Gianluca Rattazzi • Mr. and Mrs. Tulasiram Ravuri • Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Ringold • Lynn Wilson and Howard Roberts • Dr. and Mrs. Robert Rodriguez • Mr. Ronald Rohrer and Mrs. Catherine Jones • Ms. Mary Rorabaugh and Ms. Karen Coates • Mr. and Mrs. Yoram Rubin • Mr. and Mrs. Fred Ruegg • Claude Leglise and Cindy Salisbury • Mr. and Mrs. Mark Sanchez • Matt and Angie Sanders • Mr. and Mrs. Mark Santora • Barney and Karen Saunders • Dr. Daniel Scharre and Mrs. Lenore Dowling • Mr. and Mrs. Janpieter Scheerder • Drs. Kathryn Goller and Bruce Schwartz • Mr. and Mrs. Robert Schwartz • Mark and Barbara Shapiro • Mr. Raghav Sharma and Dr. Seema Sharma • Mr. and Mrs. Gungnan Shen • Mr. and Mrs. Ravi Shenoy • The KCD Shih Family • Venkatesh and Abha Shukla • Ann and Simon Shvarts • Dr. John P. Siegel and Dr. Alice Chi • Mr. and Mrs. Frank So • Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Sofaer • Mr. Glenn Song and Ms. Sandra Choi-Song • Rakesh and Sapna Sood • Lynette Stapleton • Mr. Richard Stern and Ms. Rosanne Wyleczuk • Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Sung • Dr. and Mrs. Rajesh Suri • Mr. Joseph Sweeney • Mr. and Mrs. Barry Swenson • Mr. Thomas Taboada and Ms. Chris Gustafson • Mr. and Mrs. Joe Tam • John and Ellen Travis • Dr. and Mrs. Huy Trinh • Mr. and Mrs. Stephen R. Troyer • Mr. and Mrs. Gwo-Tung Tu • Mr. John C. Tung and Ms. Mary M. Zhang • Mr. and Mrs. A. Edward Turner • Mr. Sing-Mo Tzeng and Ms. Diane Wu • Mr. and Mrs. Mohan Uttarwar • Kelly Sheahan and David Venuti • Drs. Eduardo Vergara and Nilda Vergara • Mr. and Mrs. John R. Villadsen • Ted and Patricia Vucurevich • Sudhir and Nina Walvekar • Dr. and Mrs. Raymond Wang • Mr. and Mrs. Rick Wardenburg • Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Wei • Mr. and Mrs. You-Pang Wei • Mr. Min-Hur Whang and Ms. Lihhuar Sun • The Wigginton Family • Mr. and Mrs. Earl R. Williams, Jr. • Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Wolfe • Dr. Bill Wong and Ms. Mary Liu • Dr. John Wong • Mr. Steven Wong and Dr. Lorna Yamaguchi • Dr. and Mrs. Allan Wright • Mr. and Mrs. William S. Wu • Mr. and Mrs. Chia Yang • Mr. and Mrs. Hansen Yao • Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Yu • Mr. and Mrs. David Yuan • Dr. and Mrs. Abraham Zachariah • Mr. Lei Zhang and Ms. Wei Lu • Yi Zhang and Fei Xu • Mr. Jieming Zhu and Ms. Jin Zhou