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Johnny Tvedt, also known as The Magnus Man plays a number of roles during the day, including tracking down students who did not fill out their COVID-19 reporting app prior to coming to school. “The Magnus list has really been the only consistent thing for me at the school, I was basically bred for this job by Dean Thornberry in between my other jobs here,” Tvedt said.

Have you seen the Magnus Man?

Will Schavee, RubicOnline January 28, 2021
Enigma: a person or thing that is mysterious, puzzling, or difficult to understand. The Magnus Man. Who is he?
Teachers work relentlessly to make sure everything is getting across over Google Meets... the least students can do is to actively listen and stay focused.

Cut teachers slack; they’re the ones holding the rope

Tommy Verhey, RubicOnline September 18, 2020
Distance learning is difficult for teachers as well and students need to understand that.
The return to school plan includes daily temperature checks and symptom reports, wearing masks at all times and practicing social distancing.

Are we really prepared to go back to school? Yes.

Thomas Reinhart, RubicOnline September 17, 2020
The back to school plan does everything possible to make it safe for students to return to the building.
Dean Anderson announced April 25 that end of the semester exams are canceled.

Finals canceled during distance learning

Lucia Granja, RubicOnline May 1, 2020
SPA will not hold final exams for the second semester. Information about grading and exams for the rest of the school year, was released by Dean Anderson through an email on April 25.
Cooking and calculus can be equally helpful; life skills should be taught in school

Cooking and calculus can be equally helpful; life skills should be taught in school

Catherine Hooley, Staff Writer February 1, 2020
If students are taught how to deal with ordinary things an adult has to go through at a younger age, it could lead to more financially successful and less stressed out young adults.
When given the option, will you shut the laptop screen and open a notebook to take control of your success in school?

[STAFF EDITORIAL] Stop allowing (or creating) tech distractions in class

RubicOnline Staff December 8, 2019
Put away the laptop when the teacher doesn't declare it necessary.
Sophomores Esther Allen, Sarina Charpentier, and Judah Thomas work together to piece together the last hint.

School-wide scavenger hunt leaves advisories craving for annual tricks and treats

Elle Chen, RubicOnline November 7, 2019
The Lockwood advisory scavenger hunt turned into a school-wide event as twenty-four advisories participated.
Upper school history teacher, Andrea Moerer, dressed up as famous French historian Michel Foucault. She poses for a photo carrying his book.

Teachers dress up as…teachers?

Lynn Reynolds, RubicOnline November 6, 2019
To celebrate the holiday, multiple teachers dressed up as famous teachers in history and pop culture.
Students must become more proactive about their waste habits and be aware of their impact on the environment.

[STAFF EDITORIAL] The trash and recycling system is simple. Use it.

RubicOnline Staff September 25, 2019
Waste bins encourage sorting of compostables, recyclables, and trash but it's essential to understand the system to use it well.
Pacific Education Group shows St. Paul Academy and Summit School faculty how to conduct productive and safe conversations around diversity

Pacific Education Group meets with faculty, staff to build conversations about diversity

Amodhya Samarakoon, RubicOnline Creative Design Manager September 8, 2016
Courageous Conversations curriculum promotes examination of racial systems and how to keep race on the table in discussions.
Upper School history teacher Aaron Shuler pretends to throw a book into the fireplace, something highly unusual of him. Something else that he doesn't usually do is hand out insider teacher hacks to students.

10 things your teachers never tell you

Boraan Abdulkarim, Chief Visual Editor February 14, 2015
Upper School teachers share a few "school hacks."
Voltmer returns to college, continues coaching

Voltmer returns to college, continues coaching

Lucy Li, Online Editor-in-Chief May 30, 2013

Some Upper School students may know Anna Voltmer as the past Girls Varsity Basketball coach and the Girls Swimming and Diving coach. Others know her as the Fitness for Life teacher, a position she has...

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