The Sanctity of Ditch Day

The Sanctity of Ditch Day

Although many teachers’ views on this matter have evolved over the years, I still believe that excellence should be recognized. This senior class has, to my knowledge, surpassed all previous classes (including my own) by every metric that the school uses to measure success. As perhaps no one is surprised to hear, this year’s “skip […]

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 […]

Facing the Music: Coachella Consequences

Facing the Music: Coachella Consequences

Sirus Wheaton ’19 stood alone, surrounded by hundreds of strangers. The crowd was silent in anticipation, waiting for the members of BROCKHAMPTON to perform at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. When the band walked on stage, however, Wheaton said he no longer felt alone. “I was just there by myself,” Wheaton said. “I […]

No-chella: Have some chill

Eyes half open, restless from hours of driving and exhausted from a pitiful night of sleep, I walked onto campus and into my second period history class. It was April 17. I had just returned from one of the best weekends of my life, the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. […]

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: combination of Coachella, Senior Ditch Day contributes to record low attendance

One-hundred-twenty students missed school after Coachella on April 17, exceeding the number of absences in recent history. Upper School Attendance Coordinator Gabriel Preciado said this year’s absences were slightly higher than in the past due to the combination of Coachella and senior ditch day, as well as the fact that it fell the day after […]

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 […]

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 […]