City Council postpones parking structure discussion

Due to an influx of public comments, the City Planning Commission postponed discussion of the school’s parking structure proposal from Sept. 28 to a date in the foreseeable future, Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian said in an email. “I support this decision to delay the hearing to ensure that everyone from the community and […]

Parents to attend forum for LAUSD

President Rick Commons urged the community to attend a forum for candidates for the L.A. Unified School District 4 school board. Participating in the forum would help members of the Harvard-Westlake community become more aware of the issues facing public schools, Commons said. The forum will take place Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. at the […]

Commons announces Head of Upper School

Effective July 1, Laura D. Ross will become the new Head of Upper School, leaving her position as Head of Upper School at the Greenhill School in Dallas, President Rick Commons announced in an email to students, parents and faculty Oct. 26. “Mrs. Ross stood apart for her inspiring educational vision, broad experience in secondary […]

Search for upper school head narrows

A team of administrators, deans and faculty narrowed the search for a new head of the Upper School to eight candidates and expects to make an appointment at least before Thanksgiving. Two of the eight semifinalists are current faculty members and the other six come from California, Texas, Ohio and New Hampshire. The names of […]

Seniors to begin year with ring ceremony

The Class of 2017 will receive rings or pins and listen to speeches and celebrate their graduating year at the annual Ring Ceremony Sept. 11. The event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Students will hear speeches from President Rick Commons and the senior prefects. Jordan Khorsandi ’17 will give a speech […]

Class of 2016 celebrates at commencement ceremony

Class of 2016 celebrates at commencement ceremony

Speeches from Salutatorian Jared Gentile ’16 and Valedictorian Joss Saltzman ’16 highlighted the class of 2016’s commencement ceremony Friday on Ted Slavin Field. Gentile used a series of jokes and his personal story of coming to the school as a new ninth grader to urge the audience members to be confident and happy in their […]

Visions to map out steps towards mission

President Rick Commons introduced six visions meant to fulfill the mission statement in the next three to five years at the annual faculty meeting Aug. 25. “Mission is generational — we hope the new statement will last another 25 years,” Commons said. “Visions, in my mind and parlance here, are more specific ideas of how […]

Alum to become Interim Director of Communications

Ari Engelberg ’89 (Jacob ’21) will replace Jill Shaw as Interim Director of Communications, where he will focus on strategically planning the school’s communications and marketing approach as well as fulfilling the job’s daily responsibilities, President Rick Commons said in an email to the school community. Engelberg will temporarily hold the position as the school […]

School welcomes Cuban and Czech Special Olympics athletes

Members of the school community welcomed 150 Special Olympic athletes and coaches from Cuba and the Czech Republic at the host town community barbecue on the school’s campus July 23. “Harvard-Westlake is thrilled to host athletes from Cuba and the Czech Republic on our Studio City campus,” President Rick Commons said in a press release. […]

Parents’ Association website breached, information stolen

The Harvard-Westlake Parents’ Association Party Book fundraising website experienced a security breach, compromising parents’ credit card information, President Rick Commons notified parents and faculty in an email March 5. Commons emphasized that the breach was limited to those who had used credit cards on the auction website and would not affect the school database, website, or […]