Class of 2019 celebrates commencement

Speeches from Salutatorian Clay Hollander ’19 and Valedictorian Sarah Moon ’19 highlighted the Class of 2019’s commencement ceremony June 7 on Ted Slavin Field. Hollander, who also received the Lamar Trotti Jr. award for having made the most dramatic transformation during his time at the school, spoke about the many talents of his classmates and […]

Kelly leaves to pursue writing career

English teacher Ariana Kelly will depart the Upper School this year. She plans to move to Northern California to pursue her writing and other hobbies, taking a break from teaching for the time being. “I have so many things I want to do once I finish teaching,” Kelly said. “At the top of the list […]

Students welcome Special Olympic athletes

Students welcome Special Olympic athletes

Students and faculty volunteers cheered as athletes who participated in sporting events during the third annual Special Olympics Unified Game Day on April 26. During a short assembly in Taper Gym, Special Olympics Gold Medal Winner Lucy Meyer spoke to the student body and faculty about her journey. Meyer serves as an ambassador for the […]

HW Works holds final roundtable of the year

In partnership with the Student Alumni Association, HW Works held its fourth and final roundtable of the year April 30, where three alumni with careers in law and government shared advice regarding their respective fields. Lauren Linde ’73, Josh Rodine ’92 and Melissa Miller ’06 led the event.  They spoke about their job experiences and […]

Don’t Stop Believing: Conspiracy Theories

Don’t Stop Believing: Conspiracy Theories

Abraham Gallardo ’20 may seem crazy, but he swears he isn’t. Standing in an empty Rugby classroom, Gallardo wildly gestured at the chalkboard filled with arrows and names, explaining how it was possible for Hitler to have escaped to Argentina. Gallardo is not the only one who believes in such theories. Conspiracy theories have become […]

Students report on gun violence

Since Parkland, a project run by teen journalists that has been chronicling gun-related deaths across the U.S., released their report on Feb. 14, the one-year anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Chronicle Managing Editor Kaitlin Musante ’19 has been working on the project since August with over 200 other high school […]

School releases grades unintentionally online

Due to a technical error, the school’s website displayed students’ first semester grades early through unofficial transcripts Jan 22. The premature release was due to a glitch with the system, upper school dean Celso Cardenas said. Teachers have a window between submitting grades and students receiving them so that they can make changes, Cardenas said. […]

Needle in a Haystack: Anti-Vaccination on Campus

Needle in a Haystack: Anti-Vaccination on Campus

A wave of frustration washed over Angela Wheaton (Sirus ’19) when she saw the vaccination policies of her son’s college, forcing him to receive a potentially dangerous injection. “[My older son] Noah, and Sirus soon, did have to have some kind of inoculation to be admitted to his college,” Wheaton said. “He could not attend […]

Here Comes the Signs: Protests of the 60s Compared to Now

Here Comes the Signs: Protests of the 60s Compared to Now

When Francine Werner ‘68 thinks back to her years at the then-Westlake School for Girls, she said she recalls the cultural phenomenon of the Beatles and the British Invasion, the counterculture movement and the anti-war protests. “Back then, it was our brothers and boyfriends who were getting killed, so I had to get more politically […]