School to text, email emergency notices

By Arielle Maxner A new emergency system will be used this year to alert students, faculty and parents in case of crises.  The system will simultaneously email, call and text parents, students and faculty in emergencies, Head of Security Jim Crawford said. In the case of a lockdown, “we will continue to send everyone information […]

School uses standardized hiring process to fill 12 teaching positions

By Chloe Lister   Harvard-Westlake receives “hundreds of resumes” from potential teachers each year, Head of School Jeanne Huybrechts said. The school acquires these resumes in three main ways: A candidate will send his or her resume to Administrative Assistant Pat Nolte at the school, Huybrechts or another faculty member meets a good candidate at […]

New department will foster interdisciplinary study, research

  By Hana Al-Henaid An Interdisciplinary Studies Program will be created as a new department to support independent research and interdisciplinary study, Head of School Jeanne Huybrechts said. “[The department will] be the clearinghouse for the development and awarding of all on- and off-campus academic research opportunities and summer internships for students,” Huybrechts said. Interdisciplinary […]

Surveys monitor amount of homework

  By Anna Etra Every year, at the end of each quarter, a form is distributed to every student in grades nine through twelve in every course. The form is 8.5 inches by 3 inches, with one line running across the top: “On average, how many hours per week do you spend on homework?” Under […]

Visual arts head steps down

By Gabby Ahlzadeh Visual Arts Department Chair Arthur Tobias will be stepping down at the end of this year after 17 years of heading the department. Cheri Gaulke will be assuming the position next year. Head of School Jeanne Huybrechts decided to “give someone else an opportunity to make their mark on the department,” Gaulke […]

16 students to go on trip to Argentina

By Maya Spitzer This summer, 16 Spanish students will take a three week trip to Argentina and will make use of the Los Andes Language School in San Juan. The program will be led by Foreign Language department chair Javier Zaragoza and middle school Spanish teachers Judith Harjenstein and Andrew Brabbée. The trip is intended […]