Class of 2016 celebrates at commencement ceremony

Class of 2016 celebrates at commencement ceremony

Speeches from Salutatorian Jared Gentile ’16 and Valedictorian Joss Saltzman ’16 highlighted the class of 2016’s commencement ceremony Friday on Ted Slavin Field. Gentile used a series of jokes and his personal story of coming to the school as a new ninth grader to urge the audience members to be confident and happy in their […]

Graham to move to New York, counselor to replace him

Graham to move to New York, counselor to replace him

Upper School Dean Kyle Graham will move to New York and will not be returning to Harvard-Westlake. Former college counselor and English teacher Jennifer Hunter Cardillo from Concord Academy in Massachusetts will fill Graham’s position. Graham served as a dean for two years at the school and is now moving to New York City to join his wife […]

School honors students, staff at awards ceremony

School honors students, staff at awards ceremony

Valedictorian – Joss Saltzman ’16 Salutatorian – Jared Gentile ’16 Lester Medvene Award – DJ Lesh ’18 Awarded to a sophomore who contributes to the life of the school and embodies Lester Medvene’s “curiosity of mind and dedication of spirit.” Renselaer Award – Jonny Berman ’17 Given to a junior who has distinguished himself or […]

Brentwood video spurs discussion about diversity

Brentwood video spurs discussion about diversity

After a video surfaced last week of some white students from Brentwood School singing a rap song with the n-word, upper school deans decided to open up a conversation about racial insensitivity among Harvard-Westlake students. “Honestly, this is an issue that I personally feel really strongly about, so when I saw that video, it just […]

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 […]

FAC considers new post-AP activities

The Faculty Academic Committee rejected the idea of continuing AP courses for students after exams finish but is still searching for other potential uses of seniors’ time during the period in late May between AP exams and graduation. “I think the discussion began because there was this concern that somehow we weren’t making a good […]

Amato to become Interim Head of John Thomas Dye

Amato to become Interim Head of John Thomas Dye

Vice President of School John Amato will leave Harvard-Westlake to take a new post as the Interim Head of John Thomas Dye School, JTD Board of Trustees President J. David Tracy announced Friday in an email to alumni. John Thomas Dye is a private elementary school in Los Angeles, which sent the most seventh graders […]

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. […]

Debate season starts with success

Debate season starts with success

Cameron Cohen ’16 won first place overall at the Greenhill Fall Classic in Dallas Sept. 19-21 a week after he and Nick Steele ’16 closed out the Loyola Invitational as co-champions. This was the first time a Harvard-Westlake debater won the Greenill event, a tournament attended by most top debaters in the country. Evan Engel […]

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