Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wish at assembly

Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wish at assembly

Community Council partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to reveal a trip to Disneyland for a 5-year-old cancer survivor Nov. 14 at an all-school assembly. Leighton Kaba beat leukemia through chemotherapy and a successful bone marrow transplant from her sister. Soon after her surgery, she became eligible for a wish and decided to use her wish […]

Advocacy clubs strive to combat microaggressions

Advocacy clubs strive to combat microaggressions

Anonymous quotes heard around campus involving offensive language toward race, gender and sexuality flashed against a black screen at Wednesday’s assembly. Student club leaders produced the video to spread awareness of microaggressions on campus and start a movement to stop derogatory language. Leader of the Latino-American Student Organization Carmen Levine ’17, Black Leadership Awareness and […]

Walch rewrites film textbook for class

Performing arts teacher Ted Walch rewrote his cinema studies textbook entitled “Cinstuds” over the summer. Walch has been teaching Cinema Studies for 25 years and created his own guidebook for his class in 2000. Last year, Walch asked the curriculum development committee for a grant to revise the textbook. Cinema studies student Javi Arango ’16 […]

Jennifer Cardillo: Dean

Jennifer Cardillo: Dean

Jen Cardillo has joined the dean office after 25 years of working in the education system, replacing upper school Dean Kyle Graham. Cardillo studied history and English at Harvard University and John Burroughs High School. She worked at Phillips Academy as a teaching fellow and at Thayer Academy as a dean and teacher. Before coming […]

School to hold HW Inc. summer program

HW Inc., a summer program open to all Harvard-Westlake students interested in business and entrepreneurship, will take place from June 13-18 this summer at the Upper School. “I got involved because a friend of mine was on the leadership team when it was called HW Startup Scramble, and I joined the leadership team the next […]

Racanelli to retire after 13 years of student counseling

Racanelli to retire after 13 years of student counseling

Upper School Dean Rose-Ellen Racanelli will retire this upcoming summer after 13 years of leading and guiding her students. “I think deep down in my heart, I will miss the kids the most,” Racanelli said. “It is a terrific group of young people who attend Harvard Westlake. They’re interested in growing academically, they take risks […]

Cameron Schiller ’18 drives towards another robotics championship

Cameron Schiller ’18 drives towards another robotics championship

Cameron Schiller ’18 spends two hours everyday after school, countless weekends and breaks working on his robot with his teammates. He designs, builds and drives his seven-foot-tall creations, hoping for another win on April 20-23 at the next VEX Robotics World Championship. Having competed in robotics for five years, he began on his brother’s team at St. Francis High […]

LGBT advocate discusses gender with class

LGBT advocate discusses gender with class

Manager of the Transgender Empowerment Economic Project at the Los Angeles LGBT Center Drian Juarez discussed the misunderstood aspects of gender with a Gender Studies class March 16. Juarez advocates to set transition guidelines in workspaces for transgender people to create a safe and inclusive environment. Juarez discussed many misunderstood aspects of society’s constructed idea of what […]

Police captain visits class

Los Angeles Police Department Captain Greg Meyer spoke to the Criminal Law and Advocacy class March 3 about police force and racial profiling. “There is a whole lot less use of police force now than there was when I started [working as a police officer] 30 years ago,” Meyer said. “But at the same time, […]