Ross to become Associate Head of School in 2020

Current Head of Upper School Laura Ross will step in as Associate Head of School beginning in July of 2020, President Rick Commons announced in an email to students, parents and faculty July 8. Ross will replace Interim Associate Head Debbie Reed, who agreed to fill in the position after the passing of former Associate […]

Former Headmaster passes away

Former Headmaster of Westlake School for Girls Nathan O. Reynolds ’51 died peacefully June 24, President Rick Commons said in an email to alumni, faculty and staff. “During his quarter century of leadership of Westlake, [Reynolds] modernized the school’s curriculum, diversified its student body and strengthened its faculty and culture,” Commons wrote in the email. […]

Class of 2019 celebrates commencement

Speeches from Salutatorian Clay Hollander ’19 and Valedictorian Sarah Moon ’19 highlighted the Class of 2019’s commencement ceremony June 7 on Ted Slavin Field. Hollander, who also received the Lamar Trotti Jr. award for having made the most dramatic transformation during his time at the school, spoke about the many talents of his classmates and […]

Hermeline to teach in New York City

Jérôme Hermeline finished his sixth and final year at Harvard-Westlake this year, after serving as World Language Department Head for three years. He will teach French at Horace Mann School in New York next year. Hermeline said he will miss the students, faculty members and close friends he has made at Harvard-Westlake when he leaves, […]

Berezin to focus on family and writing

After a 10 year tenure working at Harvard Westlake, English teacher and Ethics Bowl Advisor Charles Berezin will retire at the end of this school year. Berezin plans on spending more time publishing essays on politics and culture on his website, writing a screenplay and spending time with his newborn grandson. While he is looking […]

Lawler to retire, travel with husband

After 21 years at the school, librarian Clare Lawler will depart at the end of the year in order to spend more time traveling with her husband. Lawler began her career at Harvard-Westlake in 1998 working as the Coordinator of the Deans’ Office. After five years, Lawler received her library science degree, marking the beginning […]

Affinity leaders gather for SLIDE conference

In an effort to encourage cross-cultural collaboration and develop their leadership skills, middle and upper school affinity group leaders convened during the inaugural Student Leadership in Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Conference at the Middle School on May 22. To begin the conference, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Janine Jones gave a speech empowering affinity […]

Environmental Club hosts final events to encourage sustainability

In addition to distributing donuts to students using reusable water bottles, the Environmental Club sold sustainable utensils and promoted environmental organizations as part of its Donut Forget Your Water Bottle event May 23. Club members sold environmentally sustainable cutlery sets, straws, bracelets and homemade pins to encourage students to seek environmentally friendly alternatives. Proceeds from […]

Immigration attorney discusses asylum seekers

Immigration attorney Lori Schoenberg spoke to students about immigration at the United States-Mexico border and the current administration’s policies regarding asylum seekers in Ahmanson Lecture Hall on May 20. Schoenberg, who volunteers with the Harvard-Westlake Immigration Assistance Club, addressed the immigration process and challenges that the system is facing. Schoenberg discussed asylum seekers’ motivations for […]

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