The Loomis Chaffee Log

Honors Teas Promote Unnecessary Competition

Lily Potter '21, Staff Writer

June 2, 2020

Although honors teas recognize many students for their hard work in classes, the distribution of the awards is flawed, and they promote unnecessary competition among students. In a typical year, each May, every academic department hosts an honors tea in which every teacher in the department selects...

Being “Homeful” for the Homeless in Hartford

Viraj Dcunha '22, Contributor

June 2, 2020

“Homeless, need help,” the sign read. The sign written on brown cardboard cut from a banana box became clear as he walked towards our stopped car. On my way to see my grandmother he was always there, it seemed. At first, I barely noticed him. He could not be more than 25 years old, and he wore patched...

Living Under the “New Normal” in China

Stacey Zhang '22, Staff Writer

May 25, 2020

Masks, alcohol wipes, and constant hand-washing have become the elements of many people’s lives amidst the global pandemic. Flying back to China, where the lockdown has lifted, I feel compelled to share my sentiment living in the “new normal.” In the city I live in, Zhengzhou, the number of new...

LC’s Prestige Improves as Acceptance Rate Drops

Ryan Fortani '22, News Editor

May 25, 2020

This past admissions cycle, Loomis Chaffee’s acceptance rate dropped to 20 percent, which shows both our community and the outside world that Loomis is now more competitive than ever. The heightened competition in our application cycle directly correlates to Loomis’s increased prestige. While many...

Question of the Issue: How do freshmen feel about reading The Odyssey?

Emily Khym '23, Contributor

May 21, 2020

Freshman English teacher Ms. Kathryn Saxton: “The Odyssey has been a part of the English curriculum since well before I came to Loomis, so I cannot speak to the initial decision to include it. It is a great adventure narrative, a rich poem, and a foundational text in Western literature, so it gives...

Post COVID-19 Reopening Requires More Caution

Zachary Davis '21, Staff Writer

May 21, 2020

Since Loomis closed campus for the spring term, the coronavirus has vastly affected the entire country, forcing the vast majority of states to close schools through the end of this year. Public gatherings are prohibited, stores have been shut down, and people are restricted largely to their own homes....

AP Tests Become Even More Useless and Irrelevant

Lily Potter '21, Staff Writer

May 11, 2020

AP tests have gone from mostly worthless and a College Board money grab to almost entirely worthless and even more of a College Board money grab. Students have gone from cramming their knowledge of an entire year’s coursework into a 3 hour exam to cramming it into a 45 minute exam. Yet, students still...

Asynchronous Classes Present Unexpected Perils

John Howley '21, Staff Writer

May 11, 2020

The maroon banner of the Loomis Chaffee Portal login screen loads onto your laptop\; it’s an image you have grown increasingly familiar with over the past few weeks. You enter your username, password, and you click your math class resources page, ultimately landing on a folder titled “asynchronous...

Student Clubs Lack Participation

Stacey Zhang '22, Contributor

May 11, 2020

Browsing many interesting clubs while eating various pastries, I had an absolute blast at Harvest Fest. I, a curious new student, who signed up for a staggering twelve clubs, was excited to engage in extracurricular life on the Island. However, since then, I have only heard from three clubs regularly....

History Research Papers Running Smoothly

Zachary Davis '21, Staff Writer

May 4, 2020

Spring term at Loomis Chaffee has been thrust into turmoil with the advent of COVID-19. With the shift to virtual learning, every class has had to restructure its curriculum toward a more decentralized, hands-off approach. This has had implications across all subjects, but especially the U.S. History...

Virtual Learning Off to a Challenging Start

Virtual Learning Off to a Challenging Start

Edward Park '23, Contributor

April 27, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic has forced Loomis Chaffee to close its campus for the rest of the year, the school has made the decision to transition to online learning for the remainder of the school year. Loomis has adopted Zoom as the online platform through which to conduct virtual teaching. Class schedules...

Thoughts on Pass/Fail for the Spring

Cooper Raposo '21, Contributor

April 27, 2020

During Loomis Chaffee’s spring term distance learning, the school’s scattered population has had to come to terms with many new and challenging facets of our online boarding school. Along with the unfamiliar aspects of online learning, the student body has also faced personal upheaval as our lives...

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