Dear Saba: On the move

Dear Moving Day Saba, Today, I got stuck in traffic. It’s not a remarkable occurrence; this happens every day. No matter what roads I take or my destination – whether I’m sleepily cruising down Coldwater or racing along the Pacific Coast Highway – I will undeniably find myself stuck behind a roadblock or string of […]

FaceTime: a virtual classroom

FaceTime: a virtual classroom

Attending Harvard-Westlake while managing a disability is difficult, but the school can make the lives of these students easier in establishing a FaceTime program for students to attend class remotely. Although the Upper School takes pride in maintaining an academically rigorous environment, as it should, this intellectual rigor can often become too competitive or overbearing. […]

Wilairat to serve as new World Languages Head

Latin teacher Derek Wilairat will replace French teacher Jerome Hermeline as the World Languages Department Head starting next school year. Over his 13-year career at the school, Wilairat has taught Latin II, Advanced Placement Latin, Latin Literature Honors and Directed Study: Latin. Wilairat said his experience will help bring a comprehensive perspective to the position. […]

A Big Request: Teacher Recommendation Letters

A Big Request: Teacher Recommendation Letters

When Luke Rowen ’19 first picked up a deck of “Magic: The Gathering” cards as a junior in math teacher Andy Stout’s Design and Data Structures class, he was not thinking about college recommendations. One month later, when he traveled with Stout and other members of the Magic Club to Phoenix for the Grand Prix, […]

Six debaters reach elimination rounds at annual Tournament of Champions

Six debaters reach elimination rounds at annual Tournament of Champions

Six members of the debate team reached elimination rounds at the Tournament of Champions in Lexington, Kentucky, from April 27-29. Samantha McLoughlin ’21, Jaya Nayar ’20, Alexandra Mork ’20, Spencer Paul ’19, Ari Davidson ’19 and Chronicle Opinion Editor Vishan Chaudhary ’19 all cleared to elimination rounds. Mork made it to double-octofinals, McLoughlin, Paul and […]

LAHSO hosts first independent sleepover

LAHSO hosts first independent sleepover

Students in the Latin American and Hispanic Student Organization held their second annual sleepover at the school to get to know each other better and to discuss issues present in the Latino community April 26, attendee Penny Juarez ’21 said. The event was LAHSO’s first independent sleepover, as last year’s sleepover included members of the […]

Scheduling a Change

Scheduling a Change

The school recently announced plans to reform the daily schedule for the 2020-2021 school year. These changes will bring longer class periods, fewer classes per day and one late start day per week, among other changes. On the surface, this shift appears very positive, with a large focus on student wellness and pedagogy. With such […]

Breaking the Mold

Breaking the Mold

As Sophia Nuñez ’20 prepared to cheer for a basketball game, she put on her crisp, red uniform and tightened the laces on her pristine white tennis shoes. While a ponytail and bow were usually required as part of the school cheerleading uniform, Nuñez simply ran her fingers through her short, buzz-cut hair. Being a […]

Students showcase talents in last Coffeehouse of the year

Students showcase talents in last Coffeehouse of the year

Students displayed their musical talents at the final Coffeehouse of the school year April 22. As an end-of-year treat, Prefect Council provided complimentary Chipotle bowls and tortilla chips in addition to their usual snacks. To begin the event, The Jack Riley Experience, which has appeared regularly at Coffeehouses this year, performed “September” by Earth, Wind […]

A Case for Integrity

A Case for Integrity

On March 12, the Federal Bureau of Investigation indicted over 30 parents across the country, in addition to college coaches and a college counselor, on charges including mail fraud, tax fraud and bribery. This exposition may only be the beginning, as prosecutors indicated that more indictments may follow. Walking into class that Tuesday, talk of […]