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, […]

Robotics subteam 62X qualifies for state tournament

Robotics subteam 62X qualifies for state tournament

After earning the Design Award Sept. 21, robotics subteam 62X set a new record for the earliest VEX California State Championship qualification under Team 62’s division. Adjudicators at the qualifying competition, which took place at Arnold Beckman High School, granted 62X the award for creating an engineering notebook. The notebook chronicled all of the team’s […]

Seniors elect speaker for Ring Ceremony

To continue the tradition established last year, the Class of 2020 elected English teacher Sara Cohen as their faculty speaker. Cohen will deliver the closing speech at this year’s Senior Ceremony on Sept. 15. “I’m extremely honored to have been chosen to speak,” Cohen said. “[I’m] totally surprised. I had to read the email from […]

Anne Moore joins performing arts department

Anne Moore is joining the school community as a performing arts and part-time dance teacher. “I’m looking forward to working with the amazing dance students at Harvard-Westlake,” said Moore. “My teachers growing up were really inspiring to me, allowing me to explore movement, and then they inspired me to go to college for dance. I […]

Flight plan raises new concerns

Studio City For Quiet Skies is encouraging residents to contact their local representatives in opposition to the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) newest proposition to increase aircraft departures from Van Nuys Airport.  The organization, whose mission is to reduce aircraft noise in the Los Angeles area, has also partnered with Former Executive Director of Bob Hope Airport Dan […]

Ross to become Associate Head of School in 2020

Current Head of Upper School Laura Ross will step in as Associate Head of School beginning in July of 2020, President Rick Commons announced in an email to students, parents and faculty July 8. Ross will replace Interim Associate Head Debbie Reed, who agreed to fill in the position after the passing of former Associate […]

Affinity leaders gather for SLIDE conference

In an effort to encourage cross-cultural collaboration and develop their leadership skills, middle and upper school affinity group leaders convened during the inaugural Student Leadership in Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Conference at the Middle School on May 22. To begin the conference, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Janine Jones gave a speech empowering affinity […]

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 […]

Environmental activist group combats climate change at first-ever Sustainability Fair

Environmental activist group combats climate change at first-ever Sustainability Fair

Students of the Student Climate Emergency Coalition partnered with environmentally-friendly small businesses and vendors to raise awareness about the detrimental effects of climate change at their first-ever Sustainability Fair in Rancho Park on April 28. The SCEC, which Sonya Ribner ’19 founded this year, is an environmental activist group comprised of high schoolers from across […]

Alumni encourage students to pursue social entrepreneurship at HW Venture Impact event

In an effort to teach students about social entrepreneurship, HW Venture Impact hosted its kickoff event March 4 in Chalmers East and West. HW Impact Co-Founders Amaan Irfan ’21 and Alec Katz ’19 invited five alumni speakers, all of whom began organizations to serve their respective communities. The event allowed applicants for the upcoming Social […]