Hair today, gone tomorrow

Two days after tearing her skin off with Sally Hansen’s Wax Strips, Kristen Gourrier ’16 was in the emergency room with a third-degree chemical burn. Gourrier’s friend had placed a waxing strip made of chemicals rather than wax on her upper lip, and when she ripped the strip off, Gourrier’s skin had turned red. “I […]

2 new deans to replace Bird, Silberman next year

Jamie Chan and Kyle Graham will join the deans office next year, replacing deans Mike Bird and Pete Silberman, Head of Upper School Audrius Barzdukas announced to their counselees in emails. Chan is coming to Harvard-Westlake from Emory University, where she is an Assistant Dean in the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Chan will visit Friday […]

A Family Affair

Emma, You have a birthday on Aug. 5, and you are from Zhanjiang in the Guangdong Province of China. While we don’t know for sure what happened, I believe that your birth mother must have cared about you very much, but she couldn’t take care of a child as she wanted to. She kept you […]

Emory admission officer to join deans' office

Jamie Chan will replace Mike Bird as an upper school dean beginning next school year, Head of Upper School Audrius Barzdukas announced in an email May 9 sent to students and parents of the current dean. Chan is coming to Harvard-Westlake from Emory University, where she is an Assistant Dean in the Office of Undergraduate […]

Oh, Mother#@%&*!

“F***!” Dominique Gordon ’15 yelped in shock after a piece of celery hit her face in the middle of English class. Aaron Esagoff ’15 had thrown the piece to his friend who wanted celery, but accidentally hit Gordon instead. Immediately after she screamed the curse word, Gordon’s face turned bright red, and her first instinct […]

Addicted to Starbucks

Okay, so it’s not a drug addiction, but being addicted to Starbucks is more dangerous than it seems. I finally admitted to myself that I had a problem when my Iced Venti Nonfat Chai Tea Latte was waiting for me with my name on it at the cashier before I had even ordered it. I […]

Sweet Tooth

Sloane Chmara ’15 opens the refrigerator door on a Monday morning and grabs the pan of crumbled graham crackers and sugar with chocolate ganache in the middle and marshmallows sprinkled on top. Chmara baked the bars the night before, and allowed them to refrigerate overnight. She slices them into squares, calling them s’mores bars and […]

English department offers new essay options

For the first time, students in both junior English courses and Advanced Placement English Literature have the option to write essays based on an alternative prompt.  As a response to the English Department’s “renew and review process,” English teachers Jeremy Michaelson and Jocelyn Medawar, along with several other teachers, proposed to create a bank of […]

Peer Support draws students

A total of 417 students, nearly half of the upper school student body, signed up for Peer Support at Activities Fair this year, making it the largest club on campus. Peer support coordinators also created groups without any adult involvement for the first time. Although many students signed up, only about 300 students attended the […]

Alumna acts in comedy play

It’s the second act of “The Sunshine Boys,” and advancement assistant Annie Abrams ’99  is on stage with Danny DeVito, dressed in a tight white nurse’s costume with padded sleeves and making the crowd burst into laughter. Abrams has been performing in the show at the Ahmanson Theater eight times a week since Sept. 24, […]