Senior named LA County Youth Poet Laureate

Sophie Kim ’19 was selected as the 2018 Los Angeles Country Youth Poet Laureate from a record number of applicants.  Over the course of the next year, Kim will also work with Penmanship Books to publish a compilation of her original poetry. The Youth Poet Laureate is an initiative of Urban Word Los Angeles, an […]

Senior inspired by grandfather, school shootings to host blood drive

In response to recent school shootings and his grandfather’s hospitalization, Ben Bookstaver ’19 partnered with humanitarian organization American Red Cross to host a blood drive Tuesday at the Palisades Branch Library. The drive collected 25 pints of blood, which could potentially save up to 75 lives, Bookstaver said. “It was hard to get many Harvard-Westlake […]

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 […]

Jones creates school’s first Diversity Council

The newly created Diversity Council will hold its first meeting June 2 as the first step in a five-year strategic plan to increase diversity in more areas of the school initiated by the DEI office. The council will be comprised of around 25 different faculty members and parents. “We are looking to do more with […]

DEI office suggests first summer read

Faculty will read “Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People” by Anthony Greenwald and Mahzarin Banaji over the summer as the diversity, equity and inclusion optional summer read. Around 175 faculty members will participate, according to Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Janine Jones. Faculty will have the opportunity to discuss the book at a […]

School to host Coro Leadership program

Students will gain leadership skills at the first Coro-Harvard-Westlake Civic Leadership Summer Program at the Upper School for three weeks beginning June 11. Coro Southern California works to build up communities in order to promote the democratic process and develop future leaders, according to its website. Among its notable alumni are Senators Tim Kaine and […]

LAHSO presents on student experiences

The Latin American and Hispanic Student Organization presented on experiences of Latinx and Hispanic students to faculty members during the Brown Bag Lunch events on May 14 and 16 at both the Middle and Upper School. The presentation covered language barriers, mindfulness and relationships between parents and the school, LAHSO leader Antonio Cue ’19 said. […]

School addresses online slur usage

In light of reports of a racist, homophobic and anti-semitic comment left by a member of the school community on a gaming site, the school has launched an investigation to find the offender. Students brought the incident to the administration’s attention, reporting that a classmate had used offensive language toward others in a chatroom on […]

Spanish teacher recognized for research

Spanish teacher Joaquin Fernandez-Castro has worked to improve the Los Angeles education system by publishing his research on the common strengths of top private and public schools in the New York Academy of Public Education Research Journal. While studying education for his doctorate program at Vanderbilt University, Fernandez-Castro was inspired to complete his own independent […]

School to offer free physical exams

Harvard-Westlake partnered with Exer More Than Urgent Care, urgent care clinics that work in association with Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, to provide free comprehensive physical exams for Harvard-Westlake students at all of the Exer facilities June 3. Exer worked with the school to organize “Harvard-Westlake Day” for students to visit any of the Exer […]

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