Middle schoolers face discipline for selling, using vape devices on campus

Middle school students faced disciplinary consequences for buying and selling vaping devices and cartridges on campus, as well as vaping on campus, President Rick Commons announced in an email to parents Monday. “As last week made clear, Harvard-Westlake students—both middle and upper schoolers—are by no means immune to the problems of use and potential addiction […]

School uncovers middle school students vaping, may take disciplinary action

Middle school students will likely face disciplinary measures after a number of students were found using vape devices, President Rick Commons said. Commons said he does not have an estimated number of students involved in the incident. “It’s not widespread, but it’s more than two or three,” Commons said. Commons also said he could not […]

Prefect Council holds holiday movie screening

In order to help diminish students’ stress over the upcoming midterms, Prefect Council screened holiday movies for students and faculty in Rugby Theatre on Friday. “I think the movies were a fun way to spread excitement for the holidays,” Coco Kaleel ’20 said. “Usually people hang out in the lounge, but because everyone is stressed […]

Survey reveals students’ experiences

Results from a survey examining student stress and sleep levels, parental expectations and cheating occurrences, taken by students of all grades last spring, showed a correlation between parent expectations and student stress, as well as an increase in the enjoyment of the overall experience of female students since 2013. The survey was administered by Challenge […]

Teacher gives art research to Getty Museum

Visual arts teacher Cheri Gaulke donated her research based on the Los Angeles feminist art movement of the 1970s and ‘80s to the Getty Museum’s Research Institute.  The Woman’s Building, a seminal Los Angeles-based center for feminist art, will digitize and process various artist archives, which include project files, research papers, flyers and postcards. “It […]

HW Venture holds Prova Design Launch

Jonathan Damico ’19 and Cameron Schiller ’19 held a launch party for their startup company, Prova Backpacks, to deliver pre-ordered bags to students Dec. 7. Schiller said that though selling commercial products at school can be difficult as there are rules that restrict on-campus sales, he and Damico were still able to use the school […]

School to alter late-start block schedule for second trial period

In response to surveys sent out to the student body following the first late-start block schedule days Oct. 25-26, the administration will slightly adjust the second pair of late-start block days in March.Based on the students’ feedback, the Scheduling Committee will consider shortening the class periods and tweaking their order, Head of Upper School Laura […]

Prefects organize Winterfest

During the Prefect Council-sponsored Winterfest, students participated in various winter-themed activities, such as buying Wintergrams, refreshments and dress-up days, from Dec. 7-11 . Students received complimentary hot chocolate and cider, decorated cookies and listened to ensembles, including performances by Alec Davila ’20, Lauren Juzang ‘20 and duo Mila Fejzo ’19 and Becca Frischling ’19.Sophomore prefect […]

Reduce, reuse, recycle: Speaker urges students to protect the environment

Educator and artist Miles Hochhalter spoke to the Environmental Club about how disposable materials affect the planet and the necessity of environmental activism Dec. 3. Hochhalter also encouraged students to implement change by living environmentally-friendly lives. “It’s important to know that you guys have significant change-making potential,” Hochhalter said. “If you’re one person who says, […]

Alumni offer career advice to students

Sasha Cohen ’06 and Christine Sasaki ’13 spoke to upper school students about their careers in marketing at an event sponsored by HW Works and the Harvard-Westlake Student Alumni Association on Dec. 4. Cohen and Sasaki described their experiences working in marketing and gave advice to students who are interested in the field. Cohen, who […]

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