Riemer returns to world language department

After working in Germany for two years, Margot Riemer returned to the upper school world language department as a Spanish teacher. Prior to her departure, Riemer was a Spanish teacher at the school for 24 years. Riemer was a Spanish teacher at the Berlin Bilingual School, where she said she developed and learned new teaching […]

27 seniors qualify as National Merit Semifinalists

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation named 27 seniors as National Merit Semifinalists based on their PSAT scores. This marks an increase in Harvard-Westlake semifinalists from the past two years. This year’s semifinalists, comprising of about 16,000 seniors from all over the country, make up less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors. The NMSC […]

Prova-iding the best: Seniors launch company

Prova-iding the best: Seniors launch company

After nearly two years of preparation, Jonathan Damico ’19 and Cameron Schiller ’19 launched Prova Design Backpacks, a start-up company that manufactures redesigned versions of the traditional school bag. “We’re really happy with the success of our Kickstarter,” Schiller said. “It’s insane. Within the first day we raised $26,000, which is mind-boggling for us. Our […]

Senior wins two silvers in History Olympiad

After preparing for the tournament and traveling to Berlin, Emmanuel Zilber ’19 won two silver medals in the Varsity division of the 2018 International History Olympiad. Zilber competed in Recent, Ancient, Pop Music, German Military and International Bee History categories in the Quiz Bowl event July 14-22. He also participated in the Potsdam Simulation, Berlin […]

PA protests air traffic over school

 In response to the Federal Aviation Administration’s public proposal to place two GPS waypoints over Ventura Blvd. and Valley Vista Blvd., HW Parent Association President Kairavi Daum (Maddy ’18, Alex ’20, Isabella ’23) encouraged all parents to submit comments against the project in an email Aug. 22. The FAA’s project would utilize new satellite technology […]

New and improved audio-visual system to be implemented this year

The technology department introduced a new audio-visual projector system over the summer. Installed in every classroom and conference room, the projector systems will help to simplify the presentation of information, IT Director David Ruben said. “It’s mostly just an easier interface,” Ruben said. “I think that maybe teachers have given up on trying to project […]

Faculty follows WWII track and tours Europe

Faculty follows WWII track and tours Europe

As part of the Summer Faculty Fellowship Program, 15 staff and faculty members from both the middle and upper school campuses traveled to Europe.The trip took place from June 10 to 25, beginning with a four-day visit to Berlin, Germany, where the faculty studied the rise of the Nazi regime. The faculty also visited Krakow, […]

Niche.com ranks school second best private school in the nation

Niche.com ranks school second best private school in the nation

Niche.com, a ranking and review site, rated Harvard-Westlake the best private high school in California and second best in the United States for 2019. This marks the highest score the school has received to date. The ranking was determined by an assessment of multiple aspects, including college data, standardized testing scores, student-teacher ratio and comments […]

Senior inspired by grandfather, school shootings to host blood drive

In response to recent school shootings and his grandfather’s hospitalization, Ben Bookstaver ’19 partnered with humanitarian organization American Red Cross to host a blood drive Tuesday at the Palisades Branch Library. The drive collected 25 pints of blood, which could potentially save up to 75 lives, Bookstaver said. “It was hard to get many Harvard-Westlake […]

Kind ‘sole’: junior uses fellowship funds to send donated shoes to youth in Senegal

Kind ‘sole’: junior uses fellowship funds to send donated shoes to youth in Senegal

Alec Katz ’19 received the Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship, a grant that supports entrepreneurial ideas by providing mentors and financial support, and hosted a shoe drive this past week for underprivileged youth in Senegal to initiate his business, Soles4Good. Soles4Good ships shoes to Senegal’s street-youth, also known as the Talibés, and provides them funds to start […]