Francine Werner to retire

History teacher Francine Werner will retire after 44 years of teaching, 16 of which she spent at Westlake School for Girls. Werner said that her favorite classes to teach were World and Europe II, government classes, Advanced Placement United States History and a class that combined government and post-World War II history that she taught […]

What’s The Buzz? How Students and Faculty Get Their News

What’s The Buzz? How Students and Faculty Get Their News

Coco Kaleel ’20 sighed when she heard her morning alarm go off on her nightstand. She rolled over on her side, picked up her phone and opened up Daily Mail on the Snapchat Discover Page. Kaleel tapped through the updates on the latest celebrity scandal or political controversy that popped up at the top of […]

Admission Impossible: Exploring the HW Admissions Process

Admission Impossible: Exploring the HW Admissions Process

After each interview, Senior Student Ambassador Co-Chair Sirus Wheaton ’19 always asks perspective Harvard-Westlake students how it went. One tenth grade applicant’s response, however, left him speechless. The student was distraught because his interview did not play out as he and his family had carefully planned. He knew that his mom would be upset with […]

Nonbinary genders to be shown on Calif. licenses

Individuals applying for a driver license in California can self-certify their gender category as male, female or nonbinary as of Jan. 1. Driver licenses will be marked with an “X” for those who do not identify as male or female. This law also extends to birth certificates. California is one of the few states, including […]

The Aftermath: The school community reacts to the destruction of the Woolsey wildfire and the environmental factors that contributed

The Aftermath: The school community reacts to the destruction of the Woolsey wildfire and the environmental factors that contributed

SWith the wood and cement rubble that used to be her home crunching beneath her, Maayan Milchan ’21 sifted through shards of shattered pottery and other memorabilia, attempting to piece together the charred remnants of her childhood home. “The first time going back there, a part of it [was] surreal,” Milchan said. “The things that […]

Alumnus appointed to First District Court of Appeals

Gabriel Sanchez ’94 was appointed associate justice, Division One of the California First District Court of Appeals Oct. 26 by California Governor Edmund Brown Jr. If confirmed by the California Commission on Judicial Appointments on Nov. 26, Sanchez will be the first male Latino justice ever appointed to this court. Sanchez will replace Justice Robert […]

Neisser to retire, travel the world in his free time

History teacher Ken Neisser will retire after 10 years of teaching at the school in order to relax, spend more time traveling with his wife and pursue interests he did not have time to focus on while teaching. “I want to rejoice in things that I will have time to do,” Neisser said. “I would […]

Foreign language teachers induct students into Language Honor Societies

Foreign language teachers induct students into Language Honor Societies

Foreign language teachers inducted students in advanced Spanish, Latin, French and Chinese classes into their respective National Foreign Language Societies on May 22. Calvin Kaleel ’18, Strauss Cooperstein ’18, Gina Choi ’18 and Jarett Malouf ’18 received the Outstanding Senior Award for their dedication to Latin, Chinese, Spanish and French respectively. Kaleel, who is the […]

Junior and senior girls learn self defense strategies

Junior and senior girls learn self defense strategies

Founder of self defense organization Divas In Defense Christopher Britto taught junior and senior girls effective strategies to defend themselves against attack April 29. After growing up with a single mother who was a survivor of both sexual assault and domestic violence, Britto started Divas in Defense with his brother to provide women with the […]

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