US Back-to-School moves to Sept. 22

Upper School Back-to-School Day was moved to Sept. 22 due to the second installment of “Carmageddon” 405 freeway closures between the 10 and 101 freeways. The 405 will be closed on Sept. 29 and 30 in order to continue the expansion of the Mulholland Drive bridge, dubbed “Carmageddon II,” according to the Los Angeles County […]

New editors take charge of yearbook

By Elizabeth Madden Emily Persky ’13 and Alex Ravan ’13 will serve as editors-in-chief of this year’s edition of Vox Populi. “Alex is our technical expert, and Emily’s expertise is leadership,” yearbook adviser Jennifer Bladen said. “Together they make the ideal team.” Persky and Ravan plan on making a few changes to the format of […]

Riemer will head foreign language

By Lucas Gelfen Riemer is set to begin her new position as foreign language Department chair this year. Riemer, who is entering her 21st year of teaching as a Harvard-Westlake Spanish teacher, accepted the position after Latin teacher Paul Chenier announced he was stepping down as department chair and returning to teaching full time. Riemer […]

Community Council kicks off year with retreat

By Kenneth Schrupp Community Council went on their first retreat, visiting venues across Los Angeles. The trip started with dinner at Maria’s, an Italian restaurant near campus. Students then ventured to a trampoline park in Woodland Hills, and a bowling alley in Studio City. Finally the council headed back to school for teambuilding games. The […]

Interview: New Upper School Dean Chris Jones

By Rachel Schwartz Having endured freezing winters his entire life, Upper School Dean Christopher Jones is looking forward to a California winter. “You get to a point where that cold really gets in your bones and you kind of can’t thaw out,” Jones said. In July, Jones moved with his wife and two daughters (7 […]

Jury finds razor company not guilty in student's death

By Sarah Novicoff A federal jury ruled Friday that the manufacturer of an electric razor was not responsible for the death of Ishan Bose-Pyne ’12. The jury found Wahl Clipper Cor­poration not guilty of a manufacturing defect or negligence in design and gave the Bose-Pyne family no financial compensation. The lawsuit was filed on July […]

Over 80 students to compete in National French Contest

By Claire Goldsmith More than 80 upper school students will compete in the National French Contest on March 14. Called Le Grand Concours in French, the test is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. The national test challenges students’ understanding of spoken and written French with questions on grammar, syntax, vocabulary, French […]

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