285 debaters participate in summer program

During the summer, 285 debaters from all around the globe took part in in the first ever Harvard-Westlake Institute for Speech and Debate. The camp, called “debateLA,” was an intensive summer camp where students participated in debate classes. Students from 105 different high schools attended the camp from all across the United States, as well […]

Students intern at Chinese technology, financial companies during the summer

A group of students accompanied by two teachers spent two weeks interning in China this summer at the Shanghai office of the Parthenon Group and the Lieuhe office for the Venture Capital Company. Jed Kronenberg ’17, Hannah Wilen ’16, Theo Velaise ’17 and Jon Nelson ’16 conversed with the workers of Chinese companies about the […]

Middle School bans cell phone use before 9th

Middle school cell phone and technology policies are being reexamined at the beginning of the second year of the One-to-One laptop initiative, which the Upper School begins this year. The laptop initiative mandates that all students bring a laptop to school, but Head of Middle School Jon Wimbish said that rules to ensure proper technology […]

Community wears denim to raise awareness

Students, faculty and staff were asked to wear jeans for Denim Day today in order to raise awareness about rape and sexual assault. Trishta Dordi ’15 brought Denim Day to the school during her freshman year and has organized it ever since. Dordi, Assistant to Head of Upper School Michelle Bracken and volunteers also organized […]

Faculty, staff re-elect Schuhl to 2nd term

Science teacher Dietrich Schuhl will begin a second term as Dean of Faculty and Staff next year. Schuhl was first elected by upper school faculty and staff in 2013 for the two-year term and was re-elected this year in a race against Spanish teacher Joaquin Fernandez-Castro. The maintenance staff was able to vote in the […]

Concerns arise on trip to Death Valley

Concerns that some students were using illegal substances marred the March 14-16 geology trip to Death Valley, geology teacher and trip chaperone Wendy Van Norden said. Van Norden noticed that “some students were acting unusually lethargic,” but she originally assumed it was due to Death Valley’s heat. Van Norden told some of the lethargic students […]

Debate co-captains place in top 30

Debate co-captains Cameron Cohen ’16 and Nick Steele ’16 finished in the top 30 of 88 competitors at the 2015 annual Tournament of Champions held at the University of Kentucky April 25-27. The national championship attracts top high school debaters and is considered one of the most prestigious tournaments in the country. Cohen and Steele […]

Science teacher to depart after 5 years

AP Environmental Science teacher Florence Pi will not be teaching next year and instead will take a break to travel in Africa. Pi has been teaching for five years at Harvard-Westlake, four of which were spent teaching biology at the Middle School. Last year marked her first year teaching AP Environmental Science at the upper […]

Grafitti sparks dialogue to empower

Posters of students and faculty imitating the Wonder Woman pose with an encouraging word they chose were hung on the quad and displayed on TV screens around campus in reaction to the “lipstick graffiti” found in the girl’s restroom in Seaver Academic Center. Assistant Director of Communications Shauna Altieri organized the project as a response […]

1st and 3rd Wednesdays approved for next year

The 1st and 3rd Wednesday assemblies have been approved by the administration for the 2015-2016 school year. Assistant to the Head of Upper School Michelle Bracken said the assembly is being fine-tuned in terms of how long presentations will last or how sign-ups for presentations will work. The assemblies are overseen by the Community and […]

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