Administration prohibits Peer Support sleepovers

Peer Support sleepovers have been prohibited by the administration due to one sleepover last month being “run inappropriately,” counselor and humanities teacher Luba Bek said. While Bek said she would not describe the details of what happened, she did say that several people at the sleepover were uncomfortable with events that occurred and told adults […]

Students Who Observe Lent

Students Who Observe Lent

Every year when Ash Wednesday comes around, people emerge from St. Saviour’s Chapel after a service with the ashes of palm leaves on their foreheads, marking the start of the Lent. There are both religious and secular students who observe Lent, the 40-day period when Christians prepare for Easter Sunday through fasting and service. Seventeen […]

Effects of Adderall on academics

Effects of  Adderall on academics

Facing the pressure of schoolwork and outside obligations, Mary* ’17 turns to medication such at Ritalin, Vyvanse and Adderall to keep her focused and awake. She started taking them regularly this year when her schoolwork and extracurricular activities increased, claiming that it was not possible to complete hours of work without “some sort of outside […]

High Stakes: The First Reveal

High Stakes: The First Reveal

The All-Around: When Virginia* ’16 was deferred from Princeton, she was really disappointed since it was her dream school. However, she used this deferral as a motivation to regain her focus in school and work harder on her fourteen regular applications and art supplement during winter break. “I took a couple weeks off track and […]

High Stakes: Placing their early bets

Third in our "High Stakes" series examining the college application process during senior year.

High Stakes: Placing their early bets

The Brain: Although Austin* ’16 planned to apply Early Decision to the Brown-RISD Dual Degree Program, he decided against it because it seemed “very limiting and [he] wasn’t sure it was [his] first choice.” Austin struggled with his decision for a while but eventually decided not to waste an opportunity to apply early. “In the […]

Teachers introduce new classes

Three new courses will be offered next year at the Upper School: Broadcast Journalism, Analysis of Interactive Media and Advanced Placement Computer Science Principals. Because Harvard-Westlake has been live broadcasting sports games and events, yearbook teacher Max Tash has created a Broadcast Journalism class. The class will work in tandem with the Chronicle to build […]

New policy to combat truancy

A new policy that holds students accountable if they miss more than 20 periods of any single class will take effect this year. Twenty periods is equivalent to about 15 percent of a class that meets four times per cycle. Upper school dean Beth Slattery announced the new system during a faculty meeting Sept. 29. […]

A Wider Scope of the World

A Wider Scope of the World

Two summers ago, I went to my mother’s home country, Cambodia. To be honest, I didn’t really have any expectations going into the country. Everything I knew about Cambodia was either history relayed from my mother talking about her experiences or a brief mention in a history book about the Vietnam War. A lot of […]

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