School task force planning for next year

School task force planning for next year

A specialized task force will handle the school’s operations for the fall semester and decide whether classes will be held online or in-person during the 2020-21 year, President Rick Commons said. The task force is comprised of seven members: Head of Athletics Terry Barnum, President Rick Commons, Head of Communications and Strategic Initiatives Ari Engelberg […]

Zooming to University

Zooming to University

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many colleges have been making significant changes to the admissions process. So far, the change in policy to optional standardized testing has sparked controversy. The cancellation of overseas summer activities for students has caused many students to panic. Activities such as sports tournaments, volunteering trips and fellowships, have been […]

Head of Upper School Laura Ross declares final exams optional

Head of Upper School Laura Ross declares final exams optional

In an email sent out to the junior and sophomore classes June 1, Head of Upper School Laura Ross announced that final exams administered this week will be optional. Students will have the option to postpone their finals if they feel that they are struggling to focus in the midst of nationwide protests against racial […]

Coronavirus Live Updates

Coronavirus Live Updates

For a case map tracking the spread of COVID-19, click here. Update: May 20, 12:02 p.m. School seeks clarification from Public Health Department regarding drive-through graduation Despite the recently issued Los Angeles County Department of Public Health guidelines warning against drive-in graduation ceremonies, President Rick Commons stated in an email to the senior class that […]

Should we be worried about our pets?

Should we be worried about our pets?

With an increasing number of people adopting or fostering animals over the quarantine, some may be worried about possible virus transmission through their new household pets. Articles published by the Veterinary Centers of America (VCA) and American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) suggest otherwise by saying that the transmission of COVID-19 through pets is highly unlikely. […]

Teachers provide feedback for administrators in faculty survey

Over the past four months, faculty and staff have provided anonymous feedback for the school’s division heads through online surveys conducted by FNS Consulting. Division heads include President Rick Commons, Head of Upper School Laura Ross, Head of Middle School Jon Wimbish and Head of Athletics Terry Barnum. The survey included a variety of questions […]

Going Viral: How Coronavirus is affecting Harvard Westlake

Going Viral:                           How Coronavirus is affecting Harvard Westlake

To learn about the latest developments of the coronavirus and Harvard-Westlake’s response, click here. Glancing outside her window at the nearly empty streets, Catherine Zhu, a student at Harvard-Westlake’s sister school WLSA Shanghai Academy, could think only of how badly she wanted to go outside. But Zhu was stuck, one of the millions across China […]

APES students travel to Will Rogers Beach

AP Environmental Science students visited Will Rogers Beach on Jan. 10 to collect samples of trash. In class, they analyzed their findings and presented them in lab reports that detailed waste on the beach. Depending on the question they sought to answer in their lab reports, students utilized different methods to collect data about trash […]

Neighborhood restaurants offer discounts to students

In an initiative to facilitate relationships between students and the community, students can now receive discounts at neighboring restaurants such as Carney’s, Sharky’s, Yen Sushi, Brian’s Shave Ice and Brit Boba if they present their student IDs. Student discounts vary from restaurant to restaurant: at Carney’s, students received 50 percent off on their purchases Friday. […]

Senior art students tour renowned artist’s studio

Seniors in AP Studio Art and visual arts teacher Conor Thompson visited acclaimed artist Jonas Wood’s art studio in Silver Lake on Nov. 26. Thompson arranges studio visit Thompson said that the idea of visiting Wood’s studio began when one of his students, Oscar Montanez-Garay ’20, mentioned that some of his paintings were influenced by […]

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