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Cathy Wu

Cathy Wu, Executive Editor

Cathy has been at Brimmer since 2020. In addition to writing on The Gator, she enjoys learning about philosophy, reading and listening to music.
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Exam sheet. Photo illustration purchased from BigStock.com.

Seniors Can Skip AP Exams in Most Subjects

Cathy Wu, Executive Editor
November 20, 2023
Math remains the only subject where seniors enrolled in AP classes will still be required to sit for exam.
A screenshot of the teacher login page to Veracross, which is Web-based, unlike the previous student information system.

Q&A: New Information System for New School Year

Cathy Wu, Executive Editor
September 27, 2023
Veracross acts as a repository for grade entries and attendance records, consolidating information and creating report cards.
Teachers and administrators recently announced the closure of the solarium, after repeated warnings to students to keep the space neat and clean during Upper School lunch.  

Closed: Solarium Left a Mess

Cathy Wu, Executive Editor
May 15, 2023
During lunch the space is closed until fall, after repeated warnings to keep the area clean.
Actors rehearse a scene for the musical. Photo by Bill Jacob.

‘Nothing’s as Amazing as a Musical’: Come See ‘Something Rotten!’

Cathy Wu, Executive Editor
March 1, 2023
‘Something Rotten’ is a comedic play filled with reversals that showcases how one of Shakespeare’s most renowned works, ‘Hamlet,’ came to be. 
A Polar Bear Mother and her cub.  Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Op-Ed: Acknowledging International Polar Bear Day

Cathy Wu, Executive Editor
February 27, 2023
International Polar Bear Day is held on February 27 annually, typically when polar bears emerge from their dens.
Science Teacher Matt Gallon leads a workshop.

18th Annual Bissell Grogan Symposium Returns

Cathy Wu, Executive Editor
January 23, 2023
The School’s 18th annual Bissell Grogan Humanities Symposium launched last Wednesday with a speech and a wide range of workshops.
Poster design by Leni Hicks-Dutt 23.

Get Ready to Fly with ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’

Cathy Wu, Executive Editor
November 1, 2022
Whereas last year, where the cast rehearsed in masks, the new mask option policy made play rehearsals a lot more convenient.
Upper School English teacher Bradley Starr

New Faculty Profile: Bradley Starr, Writing Center Director

Cathy Wu, Executive Editor
September 20, 2022
The Gator sat down with new Upper School English Teacher and Writing Center Director.
Basketball players Raymond Baez 24, Jackson Ostrowski 22, Theo Johnson 22, and David Kaplansky 22, huddle with their coaches during timeout.

Mask Mandate, Gym Closures Impact Winter Sports

Cathy Wu, Executive Editor
January 7, 2022
Student-athletes here are adapting to new COVID-19 guidelines for winter sports. "We will do what we have to do to stay safe," Jarrel Okorougo '22 said.
Poster courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment

Movie Review: ‘Dune (2021)’ Lacks Storyline Despite Stunning Visuals

Cathy Wu, Executive Editor
December 6, 2021
While the film was visually strong and featured an amazing soundtrack, ultimately the lack of plot dragged the whole thing down.
Brian Barrera 22 takes a corner kick during Homecoming in 2021.

Homecoming Successful After Hiatus

Cathy Wu, Executive Editor
October 20, 2021
The School's annual homecoming made a strong return, featuring two back-to-back victories.
Sous Chef Taran Gavrin serves an Upper School student at lunch.

Students, Faculty Appreciate Cafeteria Reopening

Cathy Wu, Executive Editor
October 7, 2021
The cafeteria is back to full capacity, including the salad bar and the lunch line, as COVID-19 cases decrease.
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