Choral ensembles gather at Middle School for joint retreat

Choral ensembles from all grades convened on the middle school campus Saturday for the annual joint choral retreat. Zanaida Robles and Jeremy Pease, who led the event, said they intended to foster relationships between students of different skill levels. “The goal was to forge a connection between middle school and upper school choral students to […]

Debaters receive bids to Tournament of Champions

The debate team participated in a tournament at Cal State Long Beach last weekend, with Claire Conner ’23 and Chronicle Features Editor Joanna Im ’20 reaching the quarterfinal rounds. Debate team reaches quarterfinal and octafinal rounds Olivia Feldman ’22 and Allie Landecker ’21, reached the tournament’s octafinals. “I think the biggest thing we’ll be doing […]

Slattery appointed as Head of Upper School

President and Head of School Rick Commons announced Thursday that Upper School Deans Department Head Beth Slattery will become Head of Upper School effective July 1, 2020. Laura Ross, who currently serves in the position, will become Associate Head of the school on the same date. Commons said in an email that Slattery’s expertise distinguished […]

Fellowship recipients recap summer travels

The seven recipients of this year’s HWGo! Fellowships presented their findings from their trips to faculty and friends Sept. 19 in the Kutler Center. Most of the presentations consisted of a slideshow and a media supplement, which included photo collages and videos. The event lasted around three hours and included a 30-minute reception in addition […]

Students buy Homecoming tickets to support alumnus

Students buying tickets for the Homecoming Formal dance now have the option of donating five dollars in addition to the $50 ticket fee to the recovery fund for Kevin Chen ’19. Chen, a former head prefect, was hospitalized over the summer due to a brain aneurysm and spent several weeks in the Medical Intensive Care […]

National Merit Semifinalists announced for 2020

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation named 21 senior National Merit semifinalists this year, as determined by PSAT scores.  This year, the National Merit Semifinalists cutoff for California was a PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index of 222. In order to become a semifinalist, a student must be one of the highest-scoring students in their state. Generally, the number […]

Coolhaus CEO explains her success to HW Venture students

Coolhaus CEO Natasha Case ’01 kicked off HW Venture’s Middle School Speaker Series on Wednesday by sharing the secret behind the success of her start-up company, Coolhaus. Case said Coolhaus is an ice cream company founded and run by women that uses high-quality ingredients to make a variety of ice cream flavors. Their ice cream […]

New Learning Center provides students with alternative study space

A new Learning Center run by faculty members opened in Seaver 208 to give upper school students a place to study and complete their homework. Learning Resource Specialist Grace Brown, Receptionist and SAT/ACT Test Center Supervisor Nathaly Blanco, English teacher Jenna Gasparino and Librarians Edith Darling and Jessica Wahl are assisting in the center. “The […]

Jessica Wahl joins library staff

Jessica Wahl joined the school community as a librarian this year. Along with her library duties, she will work in the upper school Learning Center to provide assistance for students in writing and executive functioning. “I’m hoping to bring my love of libraries and literacy [to Harvard-Westlake],” Wahl said. “I love what libraries can do […]