Convocation unites both campuses

  President Rick Commons invested this year’s senior prefects during the Opening Convocation Aug. 31, where head prefects Grace Pan ’16 and Hunter Brookman ’16 instructed the student body to embrace the community as a family and to try new things. The ceremony began with Head of School Jeanne Huybrechts introducing the convocation as an […]

No conflicts arise from lunch period

The new mandatory lunch period did not cause any conflicts with student schedules, the upper school deans’ office said. “We always have conflicts, but there were no extra conflicts created because of lunch,” Upper School Dean Sharon Cuseo said. “There might have been a little less flexibility. We were able to ensure from the beginning […]

Visions to map out steps towards mission

President Rick Commons introduced six visions meant to fulfill the mission statement in the next three to five years at the annual faculty meeting Aug. 25. “Mission is generational — we hope the new statement will last another 25 years,” Commons said. “Visions, in my mind and parlance here, are more specific ideas of how […]

Chronicle adviser retires after 192 issues

Communications Department Head and Chronicle adviser Kathy Neumeyer will retire this summer after 24 years at the school. “What she has built during her time here is incredible,” President Rick Commons said. “[The Chronicle] is a signature center of excellence at our school for which she can take enormous credit.” Neumeyer came to Westlake School […]

School considers Chinese exchange program

Head of Upper School Jeanne Huybrechts will visit China in June in an effort to establish a potential partnership with the Chinese International School, which could include a student exchange program. “Everyone is really impressed with the program and so this is just a matter of actually visiting the campuses and solidifying our thinking about […]

Administration bans anonymous polling app

Due to complaints of bullying, the administration blocked the location-based, anonymous polling app What’s Goodly from the school Wi-Fi network April 16. Students have still been able to access the app by disconnecting their devices from the Wi-Fi and using cellular data instead. Assistant to the Head of the Upper School Michelle Bracken said she […]

School moves to improve relations with neighborhood

President Rick Commons is taking steps to increase communications and improve the school’s relationship with neighbors. Commons plans to meet with local residents and organizations over the next few months to discuss how Harvard-Westlake can be a better member of the community. The administration also hired Stacy Marble, the former chief deputy of Los Angeles […]

All-gender bathroom stirs opposition

Replacement of the sign on the boys’ single-stalled restroom on the first floor of Mudd Library with an all-gender sign to accommodate transgender or gender non-conforming students is creating backlash from some students. The single-person restroom that locks was previously one of the two men’s restrooms in the Mudd Library. Since the sign has been […]

After Assault

After Assault

For months, she didn’t know anyone else who had gone through what she had. Samantha* was sexually assaulted by an acquaintance at a friend’s house after a party last April, she said. “No,” she had told her attacker during the assault. “I don’t want to, please stop, get off me.” Samantha said she thought “he […]

School policy changes following Cuba trip

An investigation into student complaints about the digital storytelling trip to Cuba over semester break, though disputed by organizers, has led to changes in school policy for trips. The administration will no longer allow students from other schools to participate in Harvard-Westlake trips during the school year, nor permit outside vendors to serve as chaperones, […]

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