Filling the Gap

Filling the Gap

Like a growing number of graduating high school seniors, including the president’s daughter Malia Obama, Conor Belfield ’14 took a year off before starting college in 2015. “I felt like I was on a path that was leading me very quickly towards adulthood and everything that entails, which is both very exciting and nerve-wracking at […]

HR head retires after 25 years

Director of Human Resources Marty Greco will retire in June after 25 years at Harvard-Westlake. Caitlin Adams will fill her position. Greco has been working at the school since 1991. “I’ve enjoyed the feeling of accomplishment that I’ve had in this position, because everything that I do to make the lives of our faculty, staff […]

Anna Gong ’18 pursues her passion for violin

Anna Gong ’18 pursues her passion for violin

Every night, Anna Gong ’18 plays scales to warm up her fingers for 10 minutes. She flips through her music looking for her solo piece, and plays through the piece from beginning to end, replaying the challenging parts. Gong is a third-generation violinist. Her grandparents were violin professors during the Cultural Revolution in China. Fleeing the Communist […]

Making it worth the extra mile

Making it worth the extra mile

Ever since I turned 16, my friends and older sisters have been asking me if I’m going to get my driver’s license soon. Each time I reply “not yet,” pushing it to the back of my mind until someone asks me again. Getting a driver’s license at 16 used to be seen as a rite […]

La Femme sells gender equality T-shirts

La Femme sells gender equality T-shirts

The La Femme club sold T-shirts advocating gender equality Feb. 23-26 on the quad, selling out of the shirts a day before the scheduled end of the sale and taking orders for additional shirts. Head of Upper School Audrius Barzdukas will have a pie thrown in his face at the next First and Third assembly […]

Seniors react to new English program

The English curriculum for seniors has been expanded this year, receiving appreciation from students. Students can choose from seven courses to satisfy their English requirement. The revamped program allows them to select from one of the three AP Literature courses, three AP Language courses or a Shakespeare course. Under the prior program, options for seniors […]

School employs new athletics assistant

School employs new athletics assistant

Julianna Hicks joined the athletics department full-time as the executive assistant to the Head of Athletics after working part-time for the girls’ and boys’ volleyball programs. She started the position Jan. 3, replacing Alyxis Trujillo. As executive assistant, Hicks manages the front desk of the athletics department and performs tasks for the coaches and athletic […]

School holds annual Christmas Convocation

School holds annual Christmas Convocation

The Christmas Convocation: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols in St. Saviour’s Chapel signaled the beginning of the Christmas season Dec. 13. Some students, alumni, parents, faculty and administrators gathered for the traditional service, which featured performances by the Madrigals and an Upper School Instrumental Ensemble. “It’s special because it is a uniquely religious ceremony at […]

Prefect Council hosts first Coffee House of the year

Prefect Council hosts first Coffee House of the year

Students and faculty filled Chalmers Lounge for the first Coffee House of the school year Monday, featuring 14 singers and musicians, as well as a comic and a slam-poet. Throughout the performances, students could have coffee and baked goods in the lounge, which was decorated in a coffee house style. Students performed a variety of […]

Trailers to substitute for locker rooms during renovation

Four trailers placed near the track will temporarily function as locker and training rooms while the old facilities are renovated starting the first week of December. Field sport athletes will use two of the trailers near the field for boy and girl locker rooms and the third trailer will be used as a general training […]