24/7 School: Punishment for actions off campus

24/7 School: Punishment for actions off campus

Joe* ’18 glanced anxiously around the grocery store, his heart racing, wary of skeptical onlookers. Taking a deep breath, he placed the vodka bottle in his shopping cart, reassuring himself that it was legal. In a foreign country where the drinking age is 16, Joe said his friends promised him that drinking would make the […]

Risky Business: Coining a New Currency

Risky Business: Coining a New Currency

When Brandon Porter ’18 saw his 2013 Bitcoin investment triple in value in less than six months, he felt a sense of victory. He quickly sold his investment, congratulating himself on profiting off the “passing fad” as much as he could. Little did he know that the value of Bitcoin would continue to exponentially grow. […]

Math department head resigns midyear

Math Department Head Suzanne Lee has resigned from her position, effective immediately, Head of School Laura Ross announced in an email to her students Monday. Math teacher Kent Nealis will step in as interim department chair, and several math teachers will take over her AP BC Calculus 11, Trigonometry and Functions and Precalculus classes. “I […]

Learning to cherish our lives: A reflection of the fire

Before this week, Los Angeles felt incredibly distant from the outside world, impenetrable and shielded from any real devastation. Waking to the sound of sirens before sunrise to discover that another uncontained wildfire had engulfed houses just minutes away was utterly surreal. Many of my friends left their homes early this morning with the few […]

Entertainment speakers advise video artists

Screenwriter, director and actor John Gatins, most notable for his screenplay “Flight,” spoke to Video Art II and III students Nov. 9 about his introduction to Hollywood and the evolution of his career as a director and actor. Video Art I, II and III students also listened to Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis, most notable […]

Like a Good Neighbor: Neighbors Discuss Previous Expansion Concerns

Like a Good Neighbor: Neighbors Discuss Previous Expansion Concerns

Bruce Killlingsworth never thought he would be placing signs protesting Harvard-Westlake on his lawn. As a child, he would routinely walk the two minutes up to Harvard School for Boys for a game of baseball with his neighbors. Now living in the same home on Alcove Avenue more than 50 years later, Killingsworth said he […]

High Stakes: The Deadline Wildcard

High Stakes: The Deadline Wildcard

The infamous Nov. 1 deadline has come and gone for Early Decision and Early Action college applicants. For most students, juggling their applications with the workload of senior year was a struggle, and for many, hitting “submit” was a relief. They will now wait until December to receive early application decisions and potentially start working […]

Spin to Succeed: Is Harvard-Westlake Worth It?

Spin to Succeed: Is Harvard-Westlake Worth It?

After first reading “Privilege and Pressure,” a 2013 article in the LA Times criticizing Harvard-Westlake’s intense environment Upper School Dean Sharon Cuseo said she prepared herself for an avalanche of verifying responses from alumni. Instead, much to her surprise, she said, she received the opposite: Alums quickly and willingly came to the defense of the […]

School hosts Across Colors Diversity Conference

School hosts Across Colors Diversity Conference

Students, parents and faculty from Los Angeles independent schools participated in workshops and discussions as a part of the biennial Across Colors Diversity Conference in the effort to become more active participants in their communities at the Upper School on Nov. 18. Hosted by the Independent School Alliance of Minority Affairs, the event followed the […]

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