Slattery appointed Head of Upper School beginning 2020

Following a months-long, nationwide search, Upper School Deans Department Head Beth Slattery will assume the position of Head of Upper School, effective July 1, 2020. Laura Ross, who currently serves in the position, will become Associate Head of the school on the same date.  Thinking behind the Promotion Because the school conducted such a comprehensive […]

Saddleridge Fire Leads to Evacuations, Changes in Homecoming Plans

Following two days of uncertainty surrounding the effects of the Saddleridge fire on the air quality at the school, the administration proceeded with the Homecoming varsity football game and celebrations as planned Saturday, though middle school football and varsity and junior varsity field hockey games were canceled. Though all after-school outdoor athletics were cancelled the […]

Slattery appointed as Head of Upper School

President and Head of School Rick Commons announced Thursday that Upper School Deans Department Head Beth Slattery will become Head of Upper School effective July 1, 2020. Laura Ross, who currently serves in the position, will become Associate Head of the school on the same date. Commons said in an email that Slattery’s expertise distinguished […]

Jessica Wahl joins library staff

Jessica Wahl joined the school community as a librarian this year. Along with her library duties, she will work in the upper school Learning Center to provide assistance for students in writing and executive functioning. “I’m hoping to bring my love of libraries and literacy [to Harvard-Westlake],” Wahl said. “I love what libraries can do […]

Joyce Wagner joins language department

After six years of retirement, Joyce Wagner will be returning to the World Languages Department to teach a section of Latin II at the Upper School. Since her retirement in 2013, she has spent her time consulting for Paramount Pictures, consulting for movies like Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension. While she spent most of her […]

Bin He joins Chinese department

Bin He will join the Upper School World Languages department this August. He will teach Chinese II, Chinese IV and Post-AP Chinese during the upcoming year. “I’m so glad that I can work with so many highly engaged students together,” He said. “At the same time, I’m looking forward to working with my students together […]

Nate Fox joins performing arts department

Nate Fox joined the Performing Arts Department as an Assistant Technical Director this year after working as a technical director at Northern Arizona University. Fox said he is excited to help set up the light and sound requirements for on-campus events such as choral and dance performances. “The position of Assistant Technological Director is [one] […]

Conor Thompson joins visual arts department

After substitute teaching photography at the school for two months last year, Conor Thompson will join the Visual Arts department full time to instruct Drawing and Painting classes. Thompson started painting in high school when he was 14 years old. He earned his bachelor’s degree in painting from Rhode Island School of Design and his […]

Gohar Movsisian joins math department

Gohar Movsisian joined the Upper School Mathematics Department this upcoming year to teach Algebra II with Analysis, Precalculus and Precalculus: Trigonometry and Functions. Movsisian worked as the chair of the mathematics department at Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenion School, a K-12 school in Los Angeles. Movsisian previously taught Algebra II, Precalculus, Advanced Placement Calculus and […]

Prefects plan for school year, take annual retreat

Upper school prefects and Community Council members attended their annual summer retreats from Aug. 16 to 18 and Aug. 18 to 19, respectively, at the same house in Escondido. Head Prefect Michael Lehrhoff ’20 said that the prefects got to know each other and formed stronger bonds through discussions and activities including kayaking, cooking and […]

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