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 […]

Jolly Good Fellows: 2016 Summer Fellowships

Jolly Good Fellows: 2016 Summer Fellowships

Max Robertson: Japan By Sabrina de Brito Walking through a five-story designer clothing store in Tokyo, Max Robertson ‘17 said he was surprised to find some of the clothes in glass cases, as if the shop were a museum. The clothes were mixed in with other pieces of art on display, an homage to how […]

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 […]

Faculty visits Israel for immersion program

Faculty visits Israel for immersion program

Sixteen faculty members traveled to Israel on an Immersion Faculty Fellowship June 13-27. The school’s Gunter Gross Global Fund sponsored the trip and provided faculty with the opportunity to study abroad. History teacher and trip leader Larry Klein said there was no notable impact from the current political state of Israel on their trip. Traveling […]

School completes Rugby Hall renovations

School completes Rugby Hall renovations

Rugby Hall underwent renovations this summer to update the facilities in order to be ready for classes this school year. Reburfishments include a carpet replacement, freshly-painted lockers and new doors. The changes made to Rugby Hall are similar to those of Taper Gym as part of the effort to modernize the upper school campus.

Teacher assignments leaked on The Hub

Upper school students found their teacher assignments on The Hub Tuesday morning, making this the second year in a row that The Hub has prematurely released teacher names and then promptly removed them from the site. Students logged onto The Hub and viewed courses to see their teacher assignments. Students had access to class schedules […]

Graham to move to New York, counselor to replace him

Graham to move to New York, counselor to replace him

Upper School Dean Kyle Graham will move to New York and will not be returning to Harvard-Westlake. Former college counselor and English teacher Jennifer Hunter Cardillo from Concord Academy in Massachusetts will fill Graham’s position. Graham served as a dean for two years at the school and is now moving to New York City to join his wife […]