The Rubicon

GSA moves away from Day of Silence

The Day of Silence took place on Apr. 12 this year, but members of the GSA decided not to host or encourage participation: “If LGBTQ people’s voices around the world are erased every day in schools, why should we have to continue that silence, just in a more noticeable way?” GSA president Zoe Hermer-Cisek said.

Meagan Massie, Rubicon Editor

April 14, 2019

The Gender and Sexuality Acceptance club has decided to move away from the Day of Silence because they no longer want to be silent. They want to speak out and move people to enact change.

Library showcases LGBTQ+ history month through diverse literature

Sophomore Raffi Barocas stands in front of the library's LGBTQ+ book display.

Sam Hanson, RubicOnline Editor

October 31, 2018

The library highlights LGBTQ+ diversity in its October book display.

GSA encourages respect on Transgender Day of Visibility

Vice President of GSA Zoe Hermer-Cisek hands a ribbon to US science teacher Dr. Heilig.

Nitya Thakkar, RubicOnline Editor

March 31, 2018

GSA handed out ribbons and talked about the new gender diversity policy in honor of Transgender Day of Visibility.



Aaron Datta

November 26, 2017

National Coming Out Day showed how compassionate SPA can be. Let’s continue that kindness.

GSA impacts community with LGBTQ+ Month

11th grader Zoe Hermer-Cisek runs the Coming Out Stand

Noah Raaum, Videographer

November 1, 2017

Reflecting on the activities and events during LGBTQ+ History Month

GSA hosts Avenues, raises awareness for youth homelessness

Craig Freeman from Avenues for Homeless Youth presented to SPA students on October 17

Isabel Gisser, RubicOnline Editor

October 17, 2017

Craig Freeman from Avenues for Homeless Youth presented to SPA students on youth homelessness in LGBTQ+ communities.

Expanding visions and goals: club leaders reflect on the groups they joined in 9th grade

Senior GSA president Aaron Datta and member Zoe Hermer-Cisek host a booth at the clubs fair on Sept. 11.

Emma Sampson, RubicOnline Editor

September 14, 2017

Students who have been involved in a club since ninth grade take advantage of their upperclassmen status to lead their group in new directions.

Teacher training adds weight to Gender Sexuality Alliance program

The helping hands of trained teachers will welcome people who feel different and separate into a comfortable space of acceptance.

Ellie Findell, Staff Writer

March 10, 2016

SPA teachers should be trained to function as allies to students struggling with gender identity and acceptance.

Teachers carry the (paper)weight to help lift some from you

Junior Isabelle Bukovsan points to one of the old rainbow stickers given to teachers and staff to designate their offices and classrooms as safe spaces for LGBTQ+ youth.

Dianne Caravela, Feature Editor

March 7, 2016

Gender Sexuality Acceptance group restarts the safe space program using teachers classrooms, and surprisingly, paperweights.

Day of Silence: Quiet makes noise

Junior Miriam Tibbetts poses for the National Day of Silence on Apr. 17 with a finger over her mouth. This action symbolizes the quiet that is used to make a bigger sound. The face paint shows support for the LGBTQ+ community. “It’s important to use Day of Silence to pay tribute to those who have been silenced, to help show people they aren’t alone in feeling silenced, and encourage change to help people regain their voices,” senior GSA Co-President Maggie Clark said.

Meghan Joyce, Chief Visual Editor

May 5, 2015

Students take part in National Day of Silence in order to draw attention to the lives of LGBTQA teenagers which were silenced by bullying.