Stop apologizing

Stop apologizing

This year, I have made a conscious effort to stop apologizing. Not for accidentally bumping into people in the halls, but rather for my opinions and actions. In Amy Poehler’s book “Yes Please,” she writes, “it takes years as a woman to unlearn what you have been taught to be sorry for.” I couldn’t have […]

Students with Dual Citizenship

Students with Dual Citizenship

When traveling to foreign countries, Gabriel Jenkinson ’16 has the choice to go through border security either as an American or Italian citizen. In approximately three months, he will also receive his Canadian passport, providing him yet another possible identity when exploring the globe. “I got my Canadian passport because I applied to a college […]

Composer speaks at annual Brown Family Assembly

Composer speaks at annual Brown Family Assembly

World-renowned composer, pianist and conductor Thomas Adès performed pieces from his opera, “The Tempest,” and shared his experiences with international composition today at an upper school assembly as the annual Brown Family Speaker. Adès began composing at 19 years old after winning second place at a national piano competition, in England. In 1995, his opera, […]

Composer Thomas Adès to speak at assembly Monday

Composer, pianist and conductor Thomas Adès will speak as the Brown Family Speaker at an upper school assembly Monday. Adès is an award-winning and internationally recognized orchestral composer who regularly performs at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony and the Boston Symphony, among other international orchestras. His most notable solo piano and […]

Administrator receives Bell Crow Award

Senior Advancement Officer and Director of Major Gifts Jim Pattison received the Robert Bell Crow Memorial Award from the International Council for Advancement and Support of Education. The award honors long-term private school advancement officers for their professional accomplishments, ability to allocate funds for their schools and service to CASE. “I was pleasantly surprised, and […]

A space for debate

A space for debate

Last year students had the privilege of hearing from several speakers who brought us inspiring messages of acceptance, struggle and perseverance. Terrence Roberts, a member of the Little Rock Nine, shared his experiences with the desegregation of schools and explained how racism is a persistent systemic issue. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti ’88 encouraged us […]

Melissa Wantz: Communications

Melissa Wantz will make the commute from Ventura County to Harvard-Westlake each day to lead the upper school communications department, serve as the Chronicle and Big Red adviser and teach journalism classes. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a bachelor’s degree in English literature and received her master’s in English literature […]

Department heads to leave middle school

Three middle school department chairs will leave the school at the end of the year. Spectrum adviser and English teacher Steve Chae will replace Middle School Communications Department Chair Jen Bladen, English teacher Amanda Angle will replace Middle School English Department Chair Jen Dohr and Spanish teacher Edgar Jurado will replace Middle School World Languages […]

Advanced Performance Studies to perform 100-character production ‘Under Milk Wood’ with 13 actors, 1 prop

Advanced Performance Studies will present Dylan Thomas’ “Under Milk Wood” in the Drama Lab May 31 at 4 p.m. Performing arts teacher Ted Walch will direct the play, and no tickets are required. “Under Milk Wood” was originally an 80-minute radio drama. However, Walch said that the class spent all semester rehearsing a fully-staged version. […]

Underclassmen salute graduating class

Students and faculty lined up along the fire road Monday to applaud and salute the seniors as they walked towards the quad after the year’s final 1st & 3rd Wednesday assembly, creating what the school hopes will become a new annual tradition. Also at the assembly, which was held on a Monday because of the […]

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