There's no shame in sitting

Last year, the student body struggled mightily with being mature and respectful during assemblies. The problem didn’t stop there. During dance performances, plays and class meetings the glare of phone screens and whispers pervaded the mass of students supposedly listening intently to the events taking place on stage. This year, I’ve noticed that we have […]

Commons visits headmasters meeting

President Rick Commons met with New York area alumni, trustees and donors before attending a Headmasters Association meeting in Philadelphia last week. The alumni came from Harvard and Westlake graduating classes of the 1960s to the Harvard-Westlake class of 2008. “It was great connecting with people who have such an interest in the success of […]

Commons to rewrite mission statement

President Rick Commons has decided to rewrite the school’s mission statement to be more memorable and reflective of Harvard-Westlake’s core values. The current mission statement emphasizes the opportunities the school strives to provide for the development of its students’ intellectual, spiritual and emotional capacities. It states that students are taught to learn how to live […]

Philomatheans screen "Strangers on a Train"

The Philomathean Society hosted its first movie screening of the year after school Monday in Ahmanson Lecture Hall. The club, which organizes screenings of classic films and holds discussions about the films during activities period, screened Alfred Hitchcock’s “Strangers On A Train,” a film chosen by club founder Henry Hahn ’14. “We wanted to choose […]

Commons to speak to alumni, parents

President Rick Commons will address alumni and their parents Oct. 16 at the middle school at an event titled “Meet the President.” The event already has 300 RSVPs from families and alumni. Commons said he still does not know what he will say to the attendees but said he hopes to figure it out soon. […]

Journal publishes teacher’s research

Though science teacher Antonio Nassar has had 56 research papers published in physics journals during his career at Harvard-Westlake and the University of California Los Angeles, he considers his latest to be his crowning achievement. “There was always one journal, the most prestigious one, that never published me before,” Nassar said. “But now that journal […]

Teachers don’t bite, I promise

I can’t speak with any conviction about much of anything that happened in the ancient Greek acropolises and I don’t know any Greek letters beyond what we’ve been forced to learn for math. One thing I do know about the goings-on of Athens in the 400s and 300s BC is that Plato and Aristotle, the […]