KAPA performs K-pop dances

KAPA performs K-pop dances

Student members of the Korean American Parents Association (KAPA) danced to popular Korean songs, participated in several musical ensembles and presented a taekwondo demonstration to showcase various aspects of Korean culture to the school administration at the Oxford Plaza Hotel on Oct. 28. James Chung ’19, who acted as the liaison between the parent body […]

Karate chop: student wins 21st world championship

Kathryn Tian ’17 won her 21st world title at the World Organization of Martial Arts Athletes International World Martial Games XVI after defeating both girls and boys in the 17 and under black belt division in July. Tian traveled to Germany for the martial arts competition as one of 34 members on Team USA. Tian […]

External company conducts first diversity survey of school, identifies areas to improve

The first of three diversity surveys was conducted by third party HR Matrix Sept. 29-30 to assess upper school community members’ experience with diversity on campus. The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and administration made a joint decision to hire an outside group to impartially evaluate the school’s treatment of all aspects of diversity, including […]

Giving a grade to grade transparency

Giving a grade to grade transparency

Rachel Lee ’17 impatiently waited as the clock counted down the minutes until 6 p.m. on March 22. Three minutes later, she logged onto the Harvard-Westlake student portal and accessed her long-awaited third quarter grades. “I just felt so relieved to finally see my grades, regardless of whether they were good or bad,” Lee said. […]

HWPA to host final panel

The last event of the Upper School speaker series for this school year will offer parents the opportunity to meet Interim Head of Upper School Liz Resnick at a “Fireside Chat” Wednesday evening at Chalmers at 7 p.m. Organized by the Harvard-Westlake Parents’ Association, 130 to 150 parents are expected to attend this event. At […]

Astronomer discusses research with club

UCLA research astronomer Michael Rich (Jonathan ’16) spoke to students Feb. 22 about his recent projects, including the Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX), an orbiting ultraviolet space telescope used to measure the history of star formation in the universe. The Astronomy Club, with help of Upper School science teacher Antonio Nassar and Jonathan Rich, the club’s […]

JSA hosts one-day conference

JSA hosts one-day conference

The Junior State of America Club held its Equality and Economy Conference on the third floor of Chalmers Jan. 31. The conference included four blocks where students debated topics such as wage ratios, the rights of small business owners, food stamps and other social issues. There were also games, Thought Talks, which are conversation-styled debates, […]

Spots filled for Spain Spring Break trip

Spots are filled for the Spain trip over spring break, led by Spanish teacher Javier Zaragoza and three other chaperones. The trip will take place from March 25 to April 10. Nineteen middle and upper school students will study at two different language institutes in Granada and Toledo and spend their evenings with host families. […]

School to no longer serve as April ACT venue

The Upper School is no longer a venue for the April ACT Test due to a lack of proctors. Instead, the school will host the test Feb. 6. Students who planned to take the test in April will have to either move their test to a different time or choose a different location. In November, the […]