Seniors apply to schools early, reach more than last year

Seniors applied to colleges early action and decision by Nov. 15 in usual numbers, deans said. Roughly 95 percent of seniors applied early to at least one college, including early action schools, Upper School Dean Sharon Cuseo said. “I think there was a coalescing around the usual suspects, the same ten or fifteen colleges,” Cuseo […]

Mock trial team holds tryouts, selects members

The mock trial team selected 16 members, 15 with roles and one substitute member. Roles included witnesses, defendants, prosecutors and judges. Leaders held tryouts for all interested upper school students Sept. 21. “[The tryouts] were more successful than expected,” team co-captain Ravi Durairaj ’17 said. “We had a lot of people try out, and we […]

Club members to hold voter registration drive

The Junior State of America club will host a voter registration drive throughout the school day and after school Oct. 17. The deadline to register to vote in California is Oct. 24. “We hope to register at least three dozen students at Harvard-Westlake and send many more home with information about how to register to […]

Teachers work on two campuses

History teachers Celia Goedde and Lilas Lane will commute between the upper and middle school campuses to teach this year. The two history departments hope to use the program to better integrate the World and Europe classes, since the course is split between ninth and tenth grade, Goedde said. “We always want to make the […]

Stephen Thompson: English

Stephen Thompson: English

Stephen Thompson has joined the upper school English department this fall, having completed his doctorate in English requirements in English from Cornell University earlier this year. Thompson will teach English II and AP English Language: Imagined Societies- Utopias and Dystopias. “I’m really excited to talk about books with students,” Thompson said.” For a long time, […]

School screens documentary about sexual assault

The school hosted a screening of “The Hunting Ground,” a documentary about incidences of sexual assault on college campuses in the United States, in Ahmanson Lecture Hall Thursday. The documentary emphasizes the failures of some college administrations to handle these situations. “I personally enjoyed the movie screening of ‘The Hunting Ground’ and I felt more aware […]

Prefect Council hosts last Coffee House of the school year

Prefect Council hosts last Coffee House of the school year

Students preformed in the last Coffee House of the year Thursday during eighth period for exclusively seniors and after school for all students. Seniors participated in a senior-only Coffee House during eighth period as part of Senior Day. “The last coffeehouse was great, the senior section especially,” Prefect and performer Adam Yaron ’16 said. “Because […]

Spanish classes go on school trip to Spain

A group of 18 Spanish language students along with three faculty advisors traveled to Spain for educational immersion March 24 to April 10. Participants spent their first weekend in Madrid before attending Aula Toledo, a Spanish language institute, in Toledo. “I think the teachers were very good in both institutes,” Adin Ring ’18 said. “They […]

JSA members run for regional office

Two members of the Harvard-Westlake Junior State of America club will run for regional office positions within the organization. Lucy Kim ’19 and Eleanor Halloran ’18 declared their candidacy during the Los Angeles Region Winter Congress Feb. 20-21 for Los Angeles Region Senator and Mayor, respectively. Senators represent their region on the JSA State Senate, […]

School uses Amazon to fund financial aid

Amazon customers can now use AmazonSmile to donate 0.5 percent of their purchase to the Financial Aid office. AmazonSmile allows customers to donate to a charity of their choice on eligible purchases from Amazon. Those interested can sign into their Amazon accounts at the AmazonSmile webpage and select “Harvard-Westlake School.” AmazonSmile periodically increases the donation […]