School counselor and humanities teacher retires

After a 27-year tenure working at Harvard Westlake, School Counselor and Humanities Teacher Luba Bek will retire at the end of this school year. She is looking forward to spending the next chapter of her life with her wife, she said, but will miss many aspects of the school, especially the students. “The students have […]

Peer Support leaders, trainees attend retreat

All 54 of the Peer Support leaders and trainees went on the annual retreat at Gindling Hilltop Camp in Malibu from Sept. 9 to 11. “The coordinators of the program, four seniors, had a lot of say in how it was run and worked more independently,” advisor and counselor Luba Bek said. Bek, upper school […]

Faculty visits Israel for immersion program

Faculty visits Israel for immersion program

Sixteen faculty members traveled to Israel on an Immersion Faculty Fellowship June 13-27. The school’s Gunter Gross Global Fund sponsored the trip and provided faculty with the opportunity to study abroad. History teacher and trip leader Larry Klein said there was no notable impact from the current political state of Israel on their trip. Traveling […]

Peer support to go on annual bonding trip

Peer Support leaders and trainees will go on their annual retreat from Sept. 10 to Sept. 12. Counselor and psychology teacher Luba Bek and upper school psychologist Kavita Ajmere will chaperone the trip to Camp Hess Kramer in Malibu. Roughly 25 senior leaders and 26 junior trainees will go to bond before the club starts

Peer Support to hold annual retreat

Members of Peer Support will go on a retreat Sept. 11 to Sept. 13 with counselor and faculty advisor Luba Bek. This year, approximately 25 senior leaders and 27 junior trainees, along with faculty advisor Kavita Ajmere and upper school dean Celso Cardenas, will travel with Bek to Camp Hess Kramer in Malibu. “In the […]

ISIR adds Abnormal Psych, Human Conflict

The Interdisciplinary Studies and Independent Research Department will offer two new courses next year, Abnormal Psychology and Human Conflict: from Intolerance to Genocide. Last year, a student enrolled in Projects in Interdisciplinary Studies and Research, taught by history teacher Larry Klein, came up with the idea for a class on human conflict. “The student wanted […]

28 sophomores to serve as Peer Support trainees next year

Nearly 30 sophomores will learn to counsel other students as Peer Support trainees next year, school psychologist Luba Bek announced today in an email to all applicants. Bek, along with fellow adviser Dr. Sheila Siegel and the Peer Support coordinators, chose 11 boys and 17 girls to be trainees next year and eventually leaders during their […]