Brookshire joins Upper School deans

Sara Brookshire joined the Upper School Dean Team after Beth Slattery assumed the position of Head of Upper School. Brookshire served as the Director of Admission at Brandeis University for the past six years. She previously worked at Emerson College as the Director of Admission. In addition, she is an Elected Board Director for the […]

Commons presents awards to faculty and staff

Commons presents awards to faculty and staff

President Rick Commons presented awards to six faculty and staff honoring their dedication to the school Aug. 17 . Mathematics teacher Mike Grier won the Kogan Family Award for innovation in teaching, and Learning Center Coordinator Nathaly Blanco was awarded the Marion Hays Award for her service to the school. Middle School Physical Education Department […]

Alumni speak about sustainability during Scholar in Residence event

The Kutler Center invited 2020 Scholar in Residence Adam Werbach ’91 and environmental attorney Jake Levine ’02 to discuss sustainability strategies during a Zoom webinar Tuesday. The school originally scheduled the Scholar in Residence Program to be a three day experience from March 11 to March 13, in which Werbach would attend classes and meet […]

McCullough departs to pursue a new career

After teaching The World and Europe II and United States History classes for the past three years, history teacher Pat McCullough will leave the school to pursue a career in instructional design and educational technology. “This job will have me spending more time on how best to structure learning experiences and will also let me […]

Alumni discuss college process during HW4L virtual meeting

Five alumni spoke about their educational, social and work-related experiences both during and after college at the HW4L Campus: College Experience on May 26. The panelists included Genesis Aire ’19, Aliyah Daniels ’14, Carolyn Hong ’17, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations Katie Lim ’13 and Sarah Winshel ’15, all of whom currently attend or graduated […]

Zooming to University

Zooming to University

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many colleges have been making significant changes to the admissions process. So far, the change in policy to optional standardized testing has sparked controversy. The cancellation of overseas summer activities for students has caused many students to panic. Activities such as sports tournaments, volunteering trips and fellowships, have been […]

Salamandra to retire after 41 years of teaching at the school

Senior alumni officer Harry Salamandra will retire after 41 years at the school, 15 of which he spent as Head of Upper School. President Rick Commons wrote a tribute to Salamandra in the third digital edition of the HW Life Magazine, reflecting on how his leadership gave rise to many student-led programs that persist to […]

Commons proposes revised River Park plan to City of Los Angeles

In an email to the school community, President Rick Commons announced that the school submitted the draft plan for the River Park athletic facility to the City of Los Angeles, officially initiating the entitlement process. Commons releases revised plan for River Park facility In the past months, administrators involved in the project communicated with members […]

Comparing school systems

Comparing school systems

When my multinational family meets during the holidays, many of us hailing from high schools and countries around the world, we discuss and compare the education systems. Though Harvard-Westlake ranks highly among other private schools in the United States, my cousins, who go to school in France, India, England, Canada and Ireland, seem to be […]

Photography students showcase portraits in Feldman-Horn Gallery

Photography students showcase portraits in Feldman-Horn Gallery

Photography I and II students displayed artwork that they have developed throughout the 2019-2020 school year at the opening reception of the Photography Student Showcase in Feldman-Horn Gallery on Feb. 21. The showcase will be on display until March 13. Photography students showcase self-portraits Photography I students displayed self-portraits and re-creations of personal or historical […]

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