Community mourns loss of history teacher at assembly

Community mourns loss of history teacher at assembly

In honor of history teacher Eric Zwemer, who died yesterday, faculty shared memories of him as well as words from students at an all-school assembly before classes this morning. President Rick Commons began the assembly by reading an excerpt of Zwemer’s writings from years ago about the students at Harvard-Westlake. The excerpt reflected Zwemer’s dry […]

Assembly to honor memory of history teacher

Assembly to honor memory of history teacher

History teacher Eric Zwemer died peacefully Sept. 13, President Rick Commons said in an email to the school community. Upper school students, faculty and staff will honor his memory in an assembly tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. in Taper Gym. “He will be remembered for his broad erudition, dry wit, and deep affection for both students […]

Homelessness rates rise in the valley due to a lack of affordable housing

Amidst the new artisan coffee shops and boutique clothing stores that opened along Ventura Boulevard this year, the San Fernando Valley’s homeless population continues to rise. Despite an overall decrease in Los Angeles’ homeless population, the number of people experiencing homelessness in the valley increased by five percent, according to the 2018 Los Angeles Homelessness […]

Letter from the Editors: Fighting against fake news

Letter from the Editors: Fighting against fake news

Fake news. To some, it’s the Enemy of the People; to others, it’s just a joke. However, it’s not a concept to be taken lightly. At its most, fake news can sway an election. At its least, it can falsely manipulate the opinion of one person, impacting their thoughts and actions. In both cases, it […]

Prefects emphasize self acceptance, courage at sixth annual all-school convocation

Prefects emphasize self acceptance, courage at sixth annual all-school convocation

Head prefects Ryan Stanford ’19 and Kevin Chen ’19 spoke about the importance of courage and being comfortable with oneself as middle and upper school students joined at the sixth annual all-school convocation. Stanford stressed the importance of balance and asked her peers to be courageous in their endeavors this school year. “If I could […]

Senior directs documentary on LA homelessness crisis, screens movie

Charley Connon ’18 screened his documentary about the homeless crisis in Los Angeles “God’s Children,” which he produced with funding from a Harvard-Westlake fellowship May 25. Working alongside Assistant Director Abner Benitez ’18 and Chief Photographer Pavan Tauh ’18, Connon researched homelessness by speaking to city councilmen, police officers and homeless individuals. “The most impactful […]

Seeing past polarization

I can’t often point to a singular experience that informed a moment of clarity in my life, but when my sister FaceTimed me as she packed up her dorm room after finishing her last final of her freshman year in college, she told me a story that did exactly that. Sitting on a bare mattress, […]

Students face consequences for disturbing AP Language exam

Students face consequences for disturbing AP Language exam

After disrupting the AP English Language and Composition exam and prompting the proctor to file an Incident Report to the College Board, over 10 students received Honor Board infractions and had their exam scores canceled. During the free response section of the exam May 16, some students began causing distractions by stomping their feet and […]

School honors students, faculty for achievements at awards ceremony

Valedictorian – Vivian Lu ’18 Salutatorian – Nicole Bahar ’18 Lester Medvene Award – Zoe Redlich ’20 Cuscaden Blackwood Medal – Caroline Cook ’19 Renssalaer Medal – Sarah Moon ’19 Jerry Margolis Jazz Award – Calvin Kaleel ’18 Morris Michael Landres Award – Anusha Mathur ’20 Brendan Kutler ’10 “Two Hats” Award – Lucy Kim […]

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