School responds to ‘blackathw’ Instagram account

School responds to ‘blackathw’ Instagram account

In light of the racial justice movement sweeping across the nation, members of the class of 2019 created Blackathw, an Instagram account highlighting the experiences of Black students on campus. After a series of discussions with Black alumni and students, upper and middle school administrators composed an anti-racism plan, which they released July 24. Director […]

Prefects encourage community building at first virtual convocation

As the community united to watch the eighth annual all-school convocation over Vimeo livestream Sunday, Head Prefects Jonathan Cosgrove ’21 and Cleo Maloney ’21 encouraged students to make the best of distance learning. Cosgrove compared his feelings of discomfort from the COVID-19 pandemic to his first day at the school, when he wore blue in […]

Administration introduces anti-racism plans

In response to schoolwide calls to take greater action against racism, the administration released a comprehensive list of initiatives July 24 to foster an anti-racist environment on campus. President Rick Commons, Associate Head of School Laura Ross and Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Janine Jones signed the email that was sent to the […]

Uprooting anti-Blackness in Asian America

Black people are protesting for the right to breathe in a society that has been slowly constricting their airways, suffocating them through racialized tactics: redlining, blockbusting, police brutality and a criminal justice system that disproportionately incarcerates people of color. The list of Black people killed by police officers continues to grow: Eric Garner. Michael Brown. […]

Commons releases update in response to rising coronavirus cases

President Rick Commons announced in a schoolwide email July 17 that summer sports practices will be suspended, and a full return to campus is less likely amid surging coronavirus cases. His statement follows California Governor Gavin Newsom’s order, which forbids campuses from reopening until Los Angeles County is taken off the California Department of Public […]

School opts out of PPP relief loan

The school opted not to apply for a loan through the Payment Protection Program (PPP), part of the federal government’s initiative to provide economic relief for small businesses during the coronavirus crisis. The PPP is a component of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) signed into law March 27, which has been […]

Commons postpones graduation for 2020-2021 school year

In an email to students, parents, faculty and staff, President Rick Commons announced Friday that the school will delay graduation for the class of 2021 until June 11 of next year and will continue to remain flexible in planning for the fall quarter. Commons said that the graduation ceremony, which was originally scheduled to be […]

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