Fleeing from the Flames

Fleeing from the Flames

Shortly after the Getty Fire ignited in the early hours Oct. 28, Charlie Albert ’21 received a notification instructing him to prepare for evacuation. A few hours later, Albert’s street was placed under mandatory evacuation and, holding his most valuable belongings, he departed quickly into the morning darkness. “At first I packed my car and […]

Community Council organizes drive-in to raise funds for Make-A-Wish Foundation

Community Council organizes drive-in to raise funds for Make-A-Wish Foundation

To raise money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Community Council hosted its first ever drive-in movie, where it screened “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” in the senior parking lot Nov. 7. Students had the option of parking their cars in spots sold for $40 each or sitting in individual seats for $15. Community Council projected the movie […]

Prefect Council coordinates Halloween festivities

Prefect Council coordinates Halloween festivities

Students gathered in the lounge to watch their classmates compete in the annual Halloween costume contest and ate free Cinnabons, courtesy of Prefect Council on Oct. 31. Like last year, Halloween-themed movies played throughout the day, along with the new additions of pumpkin decorating and free candy on the quad. Costume contest, pumpkin decorating activities […]

The value of the humanities

The value of the humanities

It’s Thanksgiving. Distant relatives, now reunited, scoop sweet potatoes onto paper plates and slather gravy on slices of turkey. They dance around each other, moving from one trivial conversation to the next. Finally, the question arrives: What do you want to be when you grow up? Looking down at our feet, we consider saying artist, […]

Moving into the new school year with a peaceful mind

Moving into the new school year with a peaceful mind

“Try to let go of expectations for this practice, your day and even your life.” The yoga instructor said each word slowly, emphatically—I can still hear the mantra to this day. Nevertheless, in my head, that world is long gone and I’ve traveled to another dimension. It is hard to believe that was just three […]

No Place Like Home

No Place Like Home

Upper School Dean  Chris Jones (Taylor ’18, Avery ’23) has never enjoyed such a short commute to work— approximately 375 steps, to be specific.  “I joke about it in a sense,” Chris Jones said. “But I really appreciate it. [Living in on- campus housing] is so convenient. We’ll stay as long as they allow us.” While […]

Lawler to retire, travel with husband

After 21 years at the school, librarian Clare Lawler will depart at the end of the year in order to spend more time traveling with her husband. Lawler began her career at Harvard-Westlake in 1998 working as the Coordinator of the Deans’ Office. After five years, Lawler received her library science degree, marking the beginning […]

Speaking about the schedule

In an email sent to the entire community, the school announced its plan to implement a schedule change beginning in the 2020-2021 school year, when current sophomores will be seniors. The most prominent change in this schedule is the introduction of the block periods, which will create 75-minute class periods to replace the current 45-minute […]

Students elect next year’s Prefect Council

Sophomores and juniors elected the head, senior and junior prefects for the 2019-2020 school year. Grace Burton ’20 and Michael Lehrhoff ’20 will serve as head prefects. Dahlia Low ’20, Jaya Nayar ’20, Landon Poon ’20 and Clay Skaggs ’20 will serve as senior prefects, and Cleo Maloney ’21, Chelsea Cho ’21, Navid Ghodsi ’21 […]