Don’t Stop Believing: Conspiracy Theories

Don’t Stop Believing: Conspiracy Theories

Abraham Gallardo ’20 may seem crazy, but he swears he isn’t. Standing in an empty Rugby classroom, Gallardo wildly gestured at the chalkboard filled with arrows and names, explaining how it was possible for Hitler to have escaped to Argentina. Gallardo is not the only one who believes in such theories. Conspiracy theories have become […]

A-broadening Perspectives: School Year Abroad

A-broadening Perspectives: School Year Abroad

Kristina Riordan ’19 could feel everyone’s eyes on her. Surrounded by 17-year-olds speaking rapidly in an Italian dialect she couldn’t understand, Riordan was briefly overwhelmed with terror. The prospect of spending nine months at the traditional Italian high school felt more daunting than ever, she said. However, within a few weeks, Riordan felt fully immersed […]

Resist reading summaries

There is nothing wrong with reading an online summary for a chapter of a book that there was no time to read the night before. Given the intense daily workload many students face from both academics and extracurriculars, some occasionally use online summaries as a replacement for completing their English homework. The issue arises when […]

Powering Down: Government Shutdown

Powering Down: Government Shutdown

For over 30 days, Tailor Gutierrez, a contact representative for the International Revenue Service, worked without pay, struggling to support herself financially without her daily income. Gutierrez had no way to get money she needed for her basic necessities, and since her job is labeled as “non-pay essential,” she was unable to file for unemployment […]

Government shutdown impacts school community

Government shutdown impacts school community

When Sam’s* friends first told him about the government shutdown during winter break, he was initially shocked by the news. His disbelief, however, quickly turned into concern as he thought about the thousands of government employees who would be without pay. The government shutdown began at midnight on Dec. 21, which caused all non-essential federal […]

Here Comes the Signs: Protests of the 60s Compared to Now

Here Comes the Signs: Protests of the 60s Compared to Now

When Francine Werner ‘68 thinks back to her years at the then-Westlake School for Girls, she said she recalls the cultural phenomenon of the Beatles and the British Invasion, the counterculture movement and the anti-war protests. “Back then, it was our brothers and boyfriends who were getting killed, so I had to get more politically […]

Workman begins position in Human Resources

Jessica Workman joined the Business Department as the newly appointed Human Resources Generalist. She will deal with the training and support of personnel as part of Human Resources. Additionally, Workman will answer questions about faculty and staff benefits. Workman said she will not only deal with logistical questions but also support the staff with any […]

Babel invites students to submit their work

“Babel,” the Upper School’s foreign language magazine, is open to submissions for this year’s publication. The magazine is accepting all types of works in foreign languages, including essays, poems, reviews and artwork. The works can be in languages offered as classes at the school as well as those not offered. The pieces submitted in languages […]

Nia Kilgore: Upper School Dean

Nia Kilgore landed the position of Upper School Dean after years of experience as a college counselor at various independent schools in the Los Angeles area. Kilgore worked as the Interim Director of College Guidance at Yeshiva of Los Angeles Girls High School, an orthodox Jewish day school. Before working at YULA, Kilgore was the […]