The road less navigable

Am I a bad driver? Personally, I would say that I’m a wonderful driver; so far, I’ve mostly only hit inanimate objects. Yet for some unfathomable reason, I have earned a reputation as a notoriously poor operator of vehicles. A friend’s recent comparison of my car to a “death machine” forces me to consider that […]

Logan Paul: Using suicide for success

Between tangled branches and moss-lined trunks, a man sways from a tree. Though he had entered the forest not long ago, he’ll never set foot out of it again. It’s a cloudy day. Mount Fuji continues to sleep on, and the Aokigahara is calm. Until a burst of laughter pierces through the air. “Yo, are […]

Farewell to Formalities

Farewell to Formalities

When Marc Novicoff ’18 walked onto the quad after his eighth period class, he was immediately led to a chair in the middle of a crowd on the quad. Awaiting his arrival in the center of all the commotion was Nicole Bahar ’18, prepped with a sign, flowers and backup dancers ready to spring into […]

Chinese students experience campus life

Chinese students experience campus life

Eight students from the World Leading Schools Association in Shanghai, China visited the Upper School for 13 days from Jan. 29 to Feb. 10 with the goal of deepening their knowledge of American society and the English language. During their stay, the students lived with host families. The students shadowed their hosts in classes throughout […]

Musicians perform in instrumental concert

Musicians perform in instrumental concert

Musicians from the Upper School Symphony, Wind Ensemble, Camerata Strings and String Quartet performed in the Fall Instrumental Music Concert in the Rugby Theater Nov. 18. Students performed piecessuch as Bela Bartok’s “Romanian Folk Dances,” Antonin Dvorak’s “String Quartet in F” and other compositions. Performing Arts Teacher Shawn Costantino conducted the Wind Ensemble, and Mark […]

Do you hear the people sing?

The voices of two dozen students singing echo throughout the halls of the first floor of Chalmers, evoking the revolutionary atmosphere of Paris 200 years ago. The music is coming from the dance studio, where rehearsals for the fall musical “Les Miserables” are well under way. Rehearsals began Sep. 12, and the musical will feature […]

New Pokémon Go App Is A Summer Trend

New Pokémon Go App Is A Summer Trend

When Assistant to the Head of Upper School Michelle Bracken received a call from her sister-in-law, she was expecting a casual chat about family and friends, she said. Instead, her sister-in-law informed Bracken that her nephew had been robbed at gunpoint while catching Pokemon. Bracken’s nephew had been Pokemon hunting in North Hollywood with a […]

Yutopia Essex: Benefits Administrator

Yutopia Essex has joined the upper school as the new benefits administrator. In her new position, Essex will be in charge of self-insured medical plans, the school’s flexible spending account, the student accident plan and worker compensation. Los Angeles born Essex grew up in Cincinnati. She returned to Los Angeles seven years ago to pursue […]