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JuanCarolos Arauz in the DEI office. Arauz has spearheaded Bransons DEI mission since 2019

DEI leadership sees notable additions

By Finley Keeffe November 11, 2023

Since the hiring of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Director, JuanCarlos Arauz, four years ago, Branson has been actively striving to increase the diversity among its faculty and student body and...

Ali Evans (left) Sophia Duran (center), and Elsie Dedyo (right) sing during Convocation. Convocation is an annual Branson tradition to kick off each year with celebration.

Convocation 2023: Celebration, reflection, and community

By Sadie Winter and Sadie Saavedra November 11, 2023

Every year at Convocation, the entire Branson community comes together to celebrate the seniors and set the tone for the school year. It’s a joyous occasion, with performances from Jazz Band and Rock...

Owen Xu 25 solves a math problem in Bransons Linear Algebra course. The class has transitioned to the new problem-based curriculum under the leadership of Gayatri Ramesh, the Chair of the Math Department.

Teachers reimagine student-led math curriculum

By Josie Hohenrieder, Managing Editor November 11, 2023

The math classrooms at Branson are transforming as a group of teachers implement a new problems-based curriculum to several of the classes, specifically Algebra II Honors, Geometry Honors and Linear Algebra.  Teachers...

Students empty their compost scraps into new sorting bins in front of the commons. The compost sorting system was implemented at the beginning of the 2023-24 school year.

Green strides: Branson’s new compost-based waste program

By Alexa Warrin October 25, 2023

The Environmental Action Committee, in line with its efforts to promote an eco-friendly Branson and at the urging of Marin County, has developed and implemented a new waste management system. The digestion...

Photographers take photos of fall sports during the 2023 athletics media day. Girls volleyball, tennis and golf teams, as well as the boys football team, had their pictures taken.

Field to photo: Fall media day at Branson

By Hannah Hodges October 2, 2023

One by one, uniformed Branson athletes posed for the camera as the claps and hollers from their teammates filled up the gym. Branson held its first-ever media day for the fall sports teams on Wednesday,...

The former student lounge area by the commons on March 15, 2023. The school intends to bring back the student lounge in spring 2023.

Commons’ student lounge to return with gusto

By Cooper Tenney March 15, 2023
New furniture and perks will fill the now-dormant room beside the commons.
Malik Ali looks over a sophomore history class in February 2023. Another Ali class, History of Hip-Hop, will become a cross-registered course.

English, history to blend in new ‘cross-registered’ classes

By Shun Graves February 13, 2023
Starting this fall, students can choose whether to credit such classes under English or history.
Cars sit in the parking lot in February 2023. Seniors could see expanded exit privileges after a pilot program over two weeks in January.

January trial examines restoring complete senior privileges

By Adeline Newby February 12, 2023
Driving off campus, then returning, could make a comeback for seniors.
Will Ashley, right, counts as one of the Branson seniors who filled out a ballot in November. Some seniors got their first chance to vote during the midterm election.

Branson seniors complete ballots during midterms

By Sadie Winter, Samara Lehman, and Ashley Vela February 7, 2023
The November election marked some seniors’ first time to vote.
Nathalio Gray stands on the library porch in fall 2021. Starting that year, he has the title of assistant head of school. (File: Natalie Wendt, Lena Sugrue)

School helm falls to Gray after Mazzola takes dive

By Cameron Aryanpour November 22, 2022
Chris Mazzola called on the assistant head to act as head of school amid her medical leave.
Karl Schmidt teaches a freshman physics class this fall. The Branson administration has expanded objectives-based grading to all freshman classes.

Freshman courses, students grapple with OBG system’s expansion

By Alexa Warrin November 22, 2022
The school administration has cemented objectives-based grading in all introductory classes.
Todd Bickel serves as Branson’s new transportation director.

New role, new office: Transportation head dives into traffic tumult

By Shun Graves August 25, 2022
Todd Bickel, once an elementary school principal, must grapple with the traffic issues arising from growing enrollment.

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