27 seniors qualify as National Merit Semifinalists

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation named 27 seniors as National Merit Semifinalists based on their PSAT scores. This marks an increase in Harvard-Westlake semifinalists from the past two years. This year’s semifinalists, comprising of about 16,000 seniors from all over the country, make up less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors. The NMSC […]

Dr. Christopher Clement joins history department

Christopher Clement joined the upper school history department for the upcoming year to teach both U.S. History and A.P. Human Geography and International Relations. Before coming to the school, Clement served as the chair of the Social Studies Department at Pomona Catholic High School and taught a range of courses such as world history, A.P. […]

Students attend WLSA conference in Jeju

Students traveled to Jeju Island, South Korea to attend the World Leading Schools Association (WLSA) Conference and engaged in cultural activities and workshops. The school was a founding member of WLSA, Director of Kutler Center and Summer Programs Jim Patterson said. The organization brings students together from all around the world to discuss timely topics […]

Senior wins two silvers in History Olympiad

After preparing for the tournament and traveling to Berlin, Emmanuel Zilber ’19 won two silver medals in the Varsity division of the 2018 International History Olympiad. Zilber competed in Recent, Ancient, Pop Music, German Military and International Bee History categories in the Quiz Bowl event July 14-22. He also participated in the Potsdam Simulation, Berlin […]

Prefects retreat to Palm Springs

Upper School prefects attended their annual retreat Aug. 19 in Palm Springs. Junior Prefect Jaya Nayar ’20 said the goal of the retreat was to plan for the upcoming school year by setting goals and areas for improvement. One of the main goals is to ensure the effectiveness of Prefect Council and their ability to […]

PA protests air traffic over school

 In response to the Federal Aviation Administration’s public proposal to place two GPS waypoints over Ventura Blvd. and Valley Vista Blvd., HW Parent Association President Kairavi Daum (Maddy ’18, Alex ’20, Isabella ’23) encouraged all parents to submit comments against the project in an email Aug. 22. The FAA’s project would utilize new satellite technology […]

New and improved audio-visual system to be implemented this year

The technology department introduced a new audio-visual projector system over the summer. Installed in every classroom and conference room, the projector systems will help to simplify the presentation of information, IT Director David Ruben said. “It’s mostly just an easier interface,” Ruben said. “I think that maybe teachers have given up on trying to project […]

School administration receives results from Stanford survey

School administrators received results from the Stanford Survey of Adolescent School Experiences that middle and upper school students took last spring. The results include information ranging from workload to classroom enjoyment and will be used to determine how to improve student life. President Rick Commons presented his early findings during his opening remarks to the […]