On My Mind: a better way to create community

On My Mind: a better way to create community

I have something On My Mind, but I’m going to elaborate here in The Chronicle, so you can actually hear me. And because you’re not being forced to listen to me. And because you’re genuinely interested about what I have to say, instead of waiting for the magic words: “You’re dismissed. Third period begins at […]

A space for debate

A space for debate

Last year students had the privilege of hearing from several speakers who brought us inspiring messages of acceptance, struggle and perseverance. Terrence Roberts, a member of the Little Rock Nine, shared his experiences with the desegregation of schools and explained how racism is a persistent systemic issue. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti ’88 encouraged us […]

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. […]

Trying to maintain an inclusive student body

“Harvard-Westlake strives to be a diverse and inclusive community united by the joyful pursuit of educational excellence, living and learning with integrity, and purpose beyond ourselves.” We’ve heard these words of the mission statement many times from President Rick Commons, enough for the student body to make jokes about it, because most of us feel […]

New director of public affairs to reach out to neighbors

Stacy Marble has been named the director of community and public affairs, a new position created to “make sure that Harvard-Westlake is engaged with the social fabric of Studio City,” she said. Marble grew up in the San Fernando Valley and attended Grant High School. She graduated from Northwestern University and worked for 14 years […]

School moves to improve relations with neighborhood

President Rick Commons is taking steps to increase communications and improve the school’s relationship with neighbors. Commons plans to meet with local residents and organizations over the next few months to discuss how Harvard-Westlake can be a better member of the community. The administration also hired Stacy Marble, the former chief deputy of Los Angeles […]

Reevaluate Civitalks

Contrary to what the five tests you have this week might lead you to believe, the year is winding down, and fast. It’s the season of assessment (and promposals and Assassin 3.0) — AP exams, finals and report cards assign inarguable judgment to the (academic) way in which we’ve spent the last nine months. Why […]

I wouldn't change a thing

As a ninth grader on the Spectrum, I wrote a monthly column called “What Grinds My Gears.” I still get jokes about it, which is only to be expected given that the subject matter fluctuated from siblings to dog poop. In my “Final Rant” for the Spectrum, I wrote about multiple “gear-grinders,” grumbling about fun-sized […]