A Gender Neutral Dress Code

By Malena Solin '20   Upon receiving Thacher’s 2018-2019 Student/Parent Handbook, many community members were surprised to see significant differences in the “Appearance and Dress” section. The handbook notes that the School will not “reinforce or increase marginalization or oppression” of either gender identity or gender expression, revising the dress code to be gender neutral … Continue reading A Gender Neutral Dress Code

Pollos Locos

The well-anticipated arrival for the chickens is back!   With a fresh new squad of the Pollos Locos, the chickens this year are here to storm the playing field. With hot team lineup of 24 small chickens, these birds assure terror alongside prosperity with their rule, pledging for a new era of no fowl play. … Continue reading Pollos Locos

Thacher Faculty Pet Spotlights

Name: Cheerio Age: Appx 10 Breed: Lovable unknown breed Favorite toy/activity: Chasing string/rope How did you get your pet: He wandered onto campus and found us. Funny story: I don't have a funny story but I can share one of Cheerio's quirky traits 🙂 He has many quirky traits, but one is that he follows … Continue reading Thacher Faculty Pet Spotlights

Pidduck Special: An Interview with our New Head’s Family

Armed with questions and anxious to interview the new Head’s family for the first time, I ventured over to Mr. and Mrs. Pidduck’s residence as the sun set after formal and the “pink moment” descended. Immediately upon entering the house and settling down in the living room with the Pidducks, I felt at ease. The … Continue reading Pidduck Special: An Interview with our New Head’s Family

My School “Stool”

By Malena Solin '20 In her candidate statement for the school chair position last spring, Piper Stacey emphasized goals for promoting friendships between grades in Thacher’s student body: “I wanted to be able to give people a way to have connections between grades because I felt like I didn’t have that as an underclassman.” She … Continue reading My School “Stool”

Deconstructing Binaries: Thacher’s Shift Toward Gender Neutral Bathrooms

Before the Thacher community departed for their Fall Extra Day Trips this past August, many noticed a change in the Commons that caused a buzz among the student body: the signs reading “Men” and “Women” on the bathroom doors had been removed, new head-to-toe stalls were being installed, and urinals had been pulled out of … Continue reading Deconstructing Binaries: Thacher’s Shift Toward Gender Neutral Bathrooms

Comm Serve, Center Stage: Poco Farms

By Karina Andersen '21 Carved out amongst the cozy bungalows of the humdrum community of Mira Monte lies a patch of farmland, shared by orchards of juicy oranges and savory avocados, succulent vegetables and a medley of barn animals from pigs to goats to chickens. The vibrant Ojai sun warms our hair as our feet … Continue reading Comm Serve, Center Stage: Poco Farms

The Thacher Bubble

By Jackie Thacher '20 At Thacher, a close-knit community is integral to the overall school experience. While finding a place you feel safe is important for students, becoming too comfortable stifles the educational dialogue provided at an institute like Thacher. This stifling takes away the ability to engage with different viewpoints, to discuss challenging topics … Continue reading The Thacher Bubble