Commons addresses divisions due to election

Hoping to rally the community together after students and faculty alike reacted with shock and fear to the results of the election, President Rick Commons sent an email to the student body addressing ways in which the school can remain united in a time of division. “While it is important for us to welcome thoughtful political […]

Students react with shock, confusion to election

Students react with shock, confusion to election

Confusion, shock and disbelief are some of the words students are using to describe their reactions to the presidential election on Nov. 8. After Donald Trump became the president-elect Tuesday night, students have been registering the news in different ways. “I’m honestly appalled by the election,” Grace Dennis ’19 said. “I think it’s been messy and sort […]

Advocacy clubs strive to combat microaggressions

Advocacy clubs strive to combat microaggressions

Anonymous quotes heard around campus involving offensive language toward race, gender and sexuality flashed against a black screen at Wednesday’s assembly. Student club leaders produced the video to spread awareness of microaggressions on campus and start a movement to stop derogatory language. Leader of the Latino-American Student Organization Carmen Levine ’17, Black Leadership Awareness and […]

Fanatics rally community at Spirit Week assembly

Fanatics rally community at Spirit Week assembly

The Head Fanatics organized Fanatic Fest Friday morning in Taper Gym to rally the community. A sword swallower, plumes of fire and streamers increased excitement in the lead-up to Saturday’s Homecoming festivities. The pep rally concluded Spirit Week, during which a stilt walker visited the campus and the Kogi and Nitropod ice cream trucks served students tacos and […]

Holocaust survivors share their stories with the junior class

Holocaust survivors share their stories with the junior class

Holocaust survivors Gabriella Karin and Bob Geminder spoke at the junior class assembly Friday to share their stories with students and provide personal insight into the atrocities of World War II. Director of the Center for Excellence in Teen Experiential Education at the Builders of Jewish Education Organization Alisha Pedowitz introduced the two guests. “Humanity […]

Parents attend upper school Back to School Day

Parents attend upper school Back to School Day

Upper school parents convened on campus Saturday morning to visit their students’ classrooms and meet their teachers. The school provided refreshments for the parents mingling in between classes. Student ambassadors assisted in facilitating the event, and the jazz band performed throughout the day.

Musical accepts all students who auditioned

Performing arts teacher Ted Walch informed students who auditioned for the fall musical “Les Misérables” that everyone would have a role in the show. Walch made the decision along with performing arts teacher Michele Spears and temporary performing arts teacher Daniel Faltus. “The time we were able to spend with each of you individually persuaded us […]

Poet Max Ritvo ’09 passes away after battling pediatric cancer

Max Ritvo ’09 passed away Aug. 23 after battling with the pediatric cancer Ewings Sarcoma.   Ritvo was diagnosed at age 16 and dropped out of high school to receive treatment. Ritvo eventually became cancer-free and was able to return to Los Angeles and graduate from high school. He received both the Sandifer Creative Writing […]