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 […]

Prova-iding the best: Seniors launch company

Prova-iding the best: Seniors launch company

After nearly two years of preparation, Jonathan Damico ’19 and Cameron Schiller ’19 launched Prova Design Backpacks, a start-up company that manufactures redesigned versions of the traditional school bag. “We’re really happy with the success of our Kickstarter,” Schiller said. “It’s insane. Within the first day we raised $26,000, which is mind-boggling for us. Our […]

Sophomore teaches robotics in Ethiopian middle school

Sophomore teaches robotics in Ethiopian middle school

Over the course of the five-day camp he created, Futterman used LEGO Mindstorms EV3 technology to introduce the basics of designing, programming and operating simple robots. Futterman said he was inspired to share his knowledge, experience and passion for robotics after hearing from Ethiopia Health Aid that students in Gode Village were eager to learn. […]

Faculty follows WWII track and tours Europe

Faculty follows WWII track and tours Europe

As part of the Summer Faculty Fellowship Program, 15 staff and faculty members from both the middle and upper school campuses traveled to Europe.The trip took place from June 10 to 25, beginning with a four-day visit to Berlin, Germany, where the faculty studied the rise of the Nazi regime. The faculty also visited Krakow, […]

New recycling initiative introduced

New recycling initiative introduced

The school added 109 recycling bins around campus as a part of the Environmental Club’s initiative to create a greener, more environmentally friendly campus. The new recycling initiative aims to lower waste consumption. “Having a comprehensive recycling program at Harvard-Westlake will not only motivate students to engage in good waste disposal practices, but will make […]

Student app valued at $1m sells equity

Student app valued at $1m sells equity

Co-founder of Trill Izzy Reiff ’18 and Coco Kaleel ’20 laugh during Trill’s Launch party. The modified app will have a greater focus on the user experience and is scheduled to launch Sept. 10. Ari Sokolov ’18, Izzy Reiff ’18, Lexi So ’19, Sara Kangaslahti ’19 and Georgia Messinger (Brentwood School ’18) sold 5 percent […]

Offices in Chalmers redesigned

Offices in Chalmers redesigned

The school completed a remodel of Chalmers Hall over the summer, including the relocation and expansion of several administrative offices and a remodel of the math department office.In addition to its old space, the math department office incorporates the former dean conference room. The larger office also includes space for new math teachers Michael Burnett, […]

New student mentorship program has first meeting

New student mentorship program has first meeting

Members of the new student mentorship program met for the first time during a pre-orientation for new students Aug. 23. Counselor Michelle Bracken said the administration created the program after realizing a need for a support system analogous to Big Sibs at the Upper School. “[The program] gives you someone to ask if you need […]

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 […]