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By ELLIE MALCHIONE
Assistant news editor

With the upcoming departure of Lower School Director Mariana Robles, Poly welcomes Paula Martin as the incoming director beginning in the 2009-2010 academic year. Martin was selected as the new director this winter after a several month nation-wide search. Head of School Debbie Reed described Paula as “an experienced and talented instructional leader who brings a depth of understanding about curriculum and an abiding affection for students to Polytechnic School.” (more…)

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By KATE HAMILTON
Assistant news editor

For anyone who has gone through the acting program or participated in an acting class, improvisation is often one of the favorite performance games. It is also vital to the acting process as it teaches actors how to handle mistakes during a performance while still staying true to their character. For these reasons, Tiffany LaBarbera, who has been taking on Cynthia Crass’ classes while she is on a yearlong sabbatical, is offering a class entirely devoted to improvisation—“Comedy Sportz.”  (more…)

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With the Chinese exchange program in its second year, trips to Italy and France join the school’s global studies offerings.

By CATHERINE CLARY
News editor

From April 11 to April 25, eighteen students from the Victor DuRuy School in Paris will visit Los Angeles and stay with Poly students.
The students will come to classes at Poly for one day. During the rest of the time, they will visit attractions in the Los Angeles area. After the day trips, the students will reconvene with their host families in the afternoon.

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Four Poly students and three faculty members particpated in the conference which aimed to encourage understanding and foster diversity. A new Diversity Club has been inspired by the trip.

By JUSTIN WORLAND
News editor

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By WESLEY DEVOLL
Student contributor

Juniors and the History Department faculty gathered on November 3 in Gosney Hall, named for the Poly donor and eugenicist, to attend a lecture by Professor Gary W. Gallagher, a Civil War historian and professor at the University of Virginia. According to history teacher Rick Caragher, who has had the privilege of taking a various number of Gallagher’s courses, Professor Gallagher is renowned in his field and one of the preeminent Civil War scholars in the United States. (more…)

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Latinos Unidos holds all-school fiesta

By JOSELYN LAI
Editor-in-chief

With a festive blend of food, music and dancing, Latinos Unidos hosted “Una Celebración de la Cultura Latina” on the evening of November 16 in Gosney Hall.

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After months of planning, the Chinese program has begun for sixth and seventh graders.

By ALIXANDRA BINNEY
Story editor
and JOSELYN LAI
Editor-in-chief

Four months into its pilot year, Poly’s new Chinese Language Program has successfully found its footing with Minhua Gu at its helm. The Global Initiatives Committee’s proposal last year to implement Mandarin into the sixth and seventh grade World Language curricula, along with the research conducted by the Chinese Language Initiative Committee (CLIC), culminated in the addition of Gu to Poly’s faculty this year. Her challenge: to develop for the long term a curriculum for Chinese language and culture. (more…)

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