Think mind over matter

On my first day of seventh grade in 2009, I nervously walked into the Saperstein Theatre for the first time. Surrounded by my new classmates, I was greeted with a projection of the school’s motto: They can because they think they can. The words filled me with trepidation and fervor. I came into the Harvard-Westlake […]

Sophomores to explore local historic, urban sites

Five sophomores will be among 20 Los Angeles high school students given the opportunity to experience culturally diverse aspects of Los Angeles during a summer program and eight Saturdays next year through the Los Angeles Service Academy. Ben Winters ’16, Noah Redlich ’16, Shelby Weiss ’16, Emma Schechter ’16 and Patrick Hudnut ’16 will explore […]

Business of Life textbook editor stresses searching for simple solutions

Peter D. Kaufman, editor of the Business of Life class textbook “Poor Charlie’s Almanack” and CEO of electrical connector accessories company Glenair, told students that the key to productivity is finding simple solutions and relying on an understanding of how the world works in a lecture May 20. Sarah Jensen ’14 said that Kaufman emphasized  […]

Students present business ideas to Yahoo! experts

This year’s STEMFest included Harvard- Westlake’s own “Change the World Idea Competition,” an opportunity for students to receive feedback on environmentally beneficial tech business ideas from Yahoo! tech experts, a new addition to the annual science and math festival. Students were sent an email informing them how to prepare their presentations and the potential questions […]

Kelly to pursue writing career

English teacher Ariana Kelly, who has taught at Harvard-Westlake for six years, has received a book deal and will not teach at Harvard-Westlake the next school year. Her book, which might be titled “The Phantom Phone Booth,” is a “collection of lyrical essays about developing ideas around privacy, freedom, power, sanctuary and communication,” she said. […]

Hinden to retire after 23 years

After 23 years at Harvard-Westlake, science teacher David Hinden will be retiring at the end of this school year. When Hinden first arrived at the school, he only taught Biology and Biology Honors. However, as time progressed, Hinden began to play a number of different roles at the school. In addition to teaching, Hinden served […]

Both Birds to retire, volunteer in Maine

Director of Financial Aid and French teacher Geoff Bird and Upper School Dean Mike Bird have spent 47 years working for schools. Now they’ve announced that this is their last. “I love coming to school everyday, but we’d rather leave when we aren’t tired of our jobs than when we’re too tired to do anything,” […]

Robotics competes regionally in Madera

The Robotics Club participated in the third Central Valley Regional FIRST Robotics Competition at Madera South High School in Madera, Calif. from March 7 to March 9 and prepared for the Los Angeles Regional FIRST Robotics Competition in Long Beach on March 20 through March 22. “We honestly did not do very well,” Robotics co-captain […]

Librarian to retire after 12 years

Maureen Frank, who will retire as a librarian in June, initially came to Harvard-Westlake as the stay-at-home mother of David Frank ’98 and Richard Frank ’00. She had volunteered frequently at the middle school library and was eventually hired after the retirement of a previous part-time librarian. Before coming to Harvard-Westlake, Frank obtained her law […]

Casting director calls back 8 seniors for science commercial

Eight seniors received callbacks for a commercial after a casting director contacted the school looking for “real science kids,” Director of Student Affairs Church said. Patrick Angelo ’14, Donhem Brown ’14, Mac Colquhoun ’14,  Andrew Friedman ’14, Henry Jiang ’14, Irene Kao ’14,  Divya Siddarth ’14, Megha Srivastava ’14 and Kevin Zhang ’14 were called […]