Parents bring taco truck to seniors

Seniors were treated to free tacos from Tacos El Gallito on Dec. 13 by the Harvard-Westlake Parents’ Association’s Grad Night Committee. The senior class received an email from Assistant Head of School Michelle Bracken on Thursday instructing them to come to the quad for a “surprise”— one which the committee had been planning for a […]

‘Dare to Dream’ student wins trip to Monaco

A 10-year old elementary school student participating in Justin Carr’s Dare to Dream Project won an international art contest, winning a trip to Monaco to attend the 38th International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo. The contest sponsored by Princess Stephanie of Monaco asked children ages 8-10 from all over the world to make art with […]

Latino Club helps students apply to private high schools

The Latino Club is collaborating with an organization called Hype to connect with aspiring middle school students and get underexposed but high-achieving public school students into private high schools. Mentors employed by Hype help students with standardized test prep and applications before acceptance. After enrollment, the mentor accompanies the student’s parents to dean meetings and […]

Gun magazine publishes Visual Arts teacher's article

Upper school visual arts teacher Art Tobias’s article was recently published in a gun collector magazine. Tobias’s article, entitled “The Root of the Matter,” appears in the December 2013 issue of “Man at Arms for the Gun Collector and Sword.” The story discusses the cabin and Indian scene on Colt’s Model 1855 Sidehammer Revolver. It […]

Chamber Singers practice new songs, participate in group activities on retreat

Chamber Singers gathered at Camp Wrightwood in the San Gabriel Mountains for their annual retreat Sept. 27-28. Students rehearsed new songs and played volleyball as a group activity. At the end of the retreat, students gathered in a full circle to share their feelings and experiences during the retreat and discuss their expectations for the […]

Peer Support draws students

A total of 417 students, nearly half of the upper school student body, signed up for Peer Support at Activities Fair this year, making it the largest club on campus. Peer support coordinators also created groups without any adult involvement for the first time. Although many students signed up, only about 300 students attended the […]

Presidential Medal of Freedom to honor astronaut Sally Ride ’68

Sally Ride ’68, the first American woman and youngest American to travel to space, will be posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor the U.S. bestows on civilians. She died in July 2012 of pancreatic cancer. Ride will be among 16 recipients of the medal to be honored in a ceremony at […]

Peer Support connects on retreat

A total of 54 Peer Support leaders and trainees bonded in team-building exercises such as a ropes course and an egg drop during their annual retreat at Temescal Canyon Gateway Park Sept. 20-22. The retreat was organized by school counselor Luba Bek and Director of Counseling and Psychological Services Kavita Ajmere. Both planned to attend, […]

Librarian writes book on e-books

Head librarian Shannon Acedo’s first book is slated for publication sometime this fall by the American Association of School Libraries. Her book, entitled “E-books in School Libraries: A Handbook for School Librarians,” will be available in both print and e-book form. Acedo began the roughly 269-page, 16 chapter book about a year ago, after she […]

Senior meets Obama as Boys State rep, others attend Sacramento conference

Oliver Goodman-Waters ’14 represented California at a national conference from July 19 to July 26 in Washington D.C. and met President Barack Obama. Goodman-Waters was selected for the honor when he and three other seniors participated in a statewide Boys State conference in Sacramento from June 21 to June 29. The 1000 delegates from  California […]