Integrity: meet us in the middle

The school website states that “Harvard-Westlake’s academic community is defined by our Honor Code.” Every student on campus has signed their name affirming their commitment to uphold the code. In it, we promise to not cheat, not steal and not harm others, and we also promise to be honest with ourselves and our administration. We […]

The Academic Epidemic: Some Seniors Lose Motivation Once they Enter Second Semester

The Academic Epidemic: Some Seniors Lose Motivation Once they Enter Second Semester

After discussing genetic mutations in AP Biology, the conversation took a lighthearted turn to talk about a condition more relatable to students. The symptoms for “senioritis,” including lack of motivation and oversleeping, seemed all too familiar to Eitán Sneider ’17. While he listed the side effects, Sneider’s teacher stared unfalteringly at him, confirming his diagnosis. […]

First quarter attendance improves from previous years

Despite some recent traffic on Coldwater Canyon, first quarter has been the lowest amount of tardies recorded for a single quarter since the attendance office has been keeping records, Attendance Coordinator Gabriel Preciado said. According to last year’s first quarter numbers alone, there was a significant 29 percent drop from last year’s first quarter tardies according […]

Attendance drops due to 'ditch day' and Coachella

Fifty-two percent of scheduled senior classes were missed yesterday as a result of absences for college visits, the March of the Living Holocaust awareness trip, the Coachella Music Valley Festival and the unofficial senior “ditch day.” This is the second highest number of absences in the school’s history after April 21, 2005 when only 33 […]

Lowest attendance occurs before break

Friday, March 21 was the second worst attendance day in school history. On the day before spring break, 20 percent of the student body was absent from school. The worst attendance day was April 2005 on “ditch day,” according to school attendance coordinator Gabe Preciado. While the absences in 2005 were largely due to students […]

Lowest attendance occurs before break

Friday, March 21 was the second worst attendance day in school history. On the day before spring break, 20 percent of the student body was absent from school. The worst attendance day was April 2005 on “ditch day,” according to school attendance coordinator Gabe Preciado. While the absences in 2005 were largely due to students […]

Attendance drops due to Coachella Music Festival

Attendance dropped in upper school classes today as students travelled to the first weekend of the Coachella Music Valley Festival April 11- 14. It is unknown how many students in total are missing school because of the event, but a fourth period class had 11 out of 29 students absent on April 11. Only six […]

Parents to resolve absences online

A new system for submitting parent notes has recently gone live on the Parent Portal. With the new electronic note sending system, when  students have an unresolved absence on their record, a parent is automatically sent an email notification informing them of the absence. The system was created over the summer by software development manager […]

Coachella absentees to get detention

Students who choose to miss class this Friday to attend the Coachella Music Festival are being urged to be honest about the decision and accept the consequences, which would be a single detention. In an email to parents sent during spring break, Head of Upper School Audrius Barzdukas said the school’s position was that honesty […]