Making history: Teachers analyze Civil War documents

Middle and upper school history teachers participated in Professional Development Day April 9 at the Huntington Library in San Marino to improve their teaching skills as a department and examine historical documents from the Civil War. The Huntington Library contains 15,922 Civil War telegrams between Abraham Lincoln, his Cabinet and officers of the Union Army. […]

Stressing students’ well-being: Survey measures stress at school, home

Upper school students participated in the Challenge Success survey conducted by the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. The survey was part of a national study focusing on the experience of being a high school student both at school and at home. Administrators said that data from the survey can later be used to […]

Students present on socioeconomic issues

Six attendees of the Student Diversity Leadership Conference gave a presentation on socioeconomic differences during a faculty and staff meeting after school Feb. 27. They discussed how socioeconomic status plays into other elements of diversity. Following the presentation, the students broke up the faculty and staff into smaller groups in order to simulate the actual […]

BLACC celebrates Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, the Black Leadership Awareness and Culture Club invited Black Panther Party leader and Harvard-Westlake grandparent Ericka Huggins (Jay Lassiter ’20) to speak to students and faculty. The club also hosted a screening of the film “Black Panther.” BLACC hoped to promote equality and progress for minority groups through the […]

Student leaders share experiences with faculty

Students and faculty participated in student-led discussions about fostering more effective and inclusive learning in the school community March 13. Faculty across all departments and student leaders of clubs and organizations, such as Prefect Council, Peer Support and Asian Students in Action attended the meeting. Groups discussed student mental health and the representation of marginalized […]

Stratford School hires Huybrechts as head

Former Head of School Jeanne Huybrechts will be the first Head of School at Stratford School’s high school, which will open fall of 2019. Huybrechts retired from her position at Harvard-Westlake at the end of the 2016-17 school year. During her 28 years at the school, Huybrechts filled several positions, including science and math teacher, […]

Food truck fanatics: waffle truck visits

Waffles de Liege food truck sold their traditional waffles on campus March 15 for this month’s Food Truck Friday. Toppings included vanilla ice cream, chocolate or caramel sauce and whipped cream. Prefect Council initially intended to hold Food Truck Friday on the third Friday of March instead of the last, due to Spring Break. The […]

Notre Dame hosts college info night

The University of Notre Dame hosted an event at the Los Angeles City Club to inform Latinx students about how the college admissions process affects their communities March 7. Latinx alumni of Notre Dame were also invited to share their experience at the university. Juniors and seniors from the Upper School were encouraged to participate […]

Photography student awarded second place in annual National Geographic competition

Cole Heine ’19 won second place in the annual National Geographic 2018 High School Photography Contest. With over 5,000 entries from across the country, this year’s competition was the most competitive on record. The judging committee publicly released the competition results March 13. Heine took his winning photograph last summer during a National Geographic Student […]

And All that Jazz: Prefect Council hosts jazz-themed Coffeehouse

In light of the Upper School Jazz band’s upcoming trip to Japan, jazz and instrumental acts were featured during the third Coffeehouse of the year on March 20. Other students showcased their talents by singing songs, performing instrumental pieces and dancing to an audience of peers and faculty members. “Prefect Council thought we should honor […]