Preschoolers to visit for Special Olympics

Preschoolers from roughly a dozen different Los Angeles Unified School District elementary schools will come to campus to participate in a Special Olympics competition Dec. 2. The event will include over 200 3-year-old to 6-year-old athletes. “I love seeing the enthusiasm in both the faces of HW students and the [Special Olympics] athletes. It’s also […]

School announces plans to bury capsule

The school community will commemorate the school’s 25th anniversary with a time capsule featuring objects representative of the 2016 school year. Students can contribute small sports memorabilia, digital or printed photos, recorded school performances or sports footage and short films. The time capsule will be buried in the spring of 2017 at the Middle School […]

Club passes out ‘I am appreciated’ stickers

As part of their initiative to express gratitude on campus, Community and Character Committee members passed out stickers with the phrase “I am appreciated” after assembly Nov. 16. They encouraged students to give the stickers to other students, faculty and staff that they feel left a positive impact on them. “We realize there are a […]

Entrepreneur speaks to Business of Life Class

Entrepreneur Evan Horowitz ’99 advised Business of Life students to follow their dreams and learn from their failures during his speech Oct. 27. Horowitz came to speak as a part of HW Venture’s Lunch and Lecture series after he was recommended by entrepreneur Sameer Gupta ’99, an instrumental person in the development of the entrepreneurship […]

Cards for Humanity club holds bake sale

Student members of the Cards for Humanity club held a card and bake sale Nov. 14 to raise money for the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Child Life Program. The club leaders, Brigid Cawley ’18, Chronicle illustrator Anna Gong ’18 and Vivian Lu ’18, said they decided to support the charity after they became junior ambassadors […]

Faculty attends professional growth day

Faculty from both the middle and upper school campuses attended Understanding by Design’s daylong workshop Nov. 11 to learn about the most effective way to plan a lesson. Understanding by Design is an organization that focuses on creating a standardized curriculum constructor model that improves communication between teachers when planning lessons. “I’ve known about the […]

Student volunteers hold daycare for faculty, staff

Ten student volunteers watched 19 children of faculty and staff members during the Faculty Professional Growth Day on Nov. 11. Students did not attend school Friday, as the school day was designated for faculty development. The babysitting program allowed teachers the opportunity to take breaks during the day with their children and also relieved the […]

Facebook argument erupts over Breitbart News

After Head of External Relations Ed Hu shared the New York Times article  featuring Alexander Marlow ’04, the current editor-in-chief of the Breitbart News Network, on Facebook, alumni commented on the post and disputed whether the school should have called attention to the alumnus’s role at the publication as an accomplishment. Commenters argued over the difference […]

Website ranks school statewide, nationally

Niche.com named Harvard-Westlake the best private high school in California and the fourth best in the nation for 2017. According to the website, the rankings were calculated based on several factors, with the most weight on standardized testing scores, top colleges score and enrollment and cultural diversity.  Harvard-Westlake was given an A+ on their rating scale […]

Commons addresses divisions due to election

Hoping to rally the community together after students and faculty alike reacted with shock and fear to the results of the election, President Rick Commons sent an email to the student body addressing ways in which the school can remain united in a time of division. “While it is important for us to welcome thoughtful political […]

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