A Grateful Goodbye

A Grateful Goodbye

It’s easy to read this paper and imagine a few reporters and editors in Weiler late at night writing, editing and designing the entire paper. We work in a hierarchical staff structure, and, as such, it’s easy to attribute the bulk of this paper to the managing team that often signs these editorials. This, however, […]

Scheduling a Change

Scheduling a Change

The school recently announced plans to reform the daily schedule for the 2020-2021 school year. These changes will bring longer class periods, fewer classes per day and one late start day per week, among other changes. On the surface, this shift appears very positive, with a large focus on student wellness and pedagogy. With such […]

A Case for Integrity

A Case for Integrity

On March 12, the Federal Bureau of Investigation indicted over 30 parents across the country, in addition to college coaches and a college counselor, on charges including mail fraud, tax fraud and bribery. This exposition may only be the beginning, as prosecutors indicated that more indictments may follow. Walking into class that Tuesday, talk of […]

The Importance of Discussion

The Importance of Discussion

As our school community came together to listen to Holocaust survivor Erika Jacoby and former German Nazi Ursula Martens Jan. 16, we witnessed two women reconcile their experiences on opposite sides of history (read more on A3). Both women eloquently demonstrated the power of being vulnerable in difficult discussions and offering empathy. Throughout the most […]

An open letter to our parents

An open letter to our parents

Dear Parents, Last year, middle and upper school students took a survey about their experiences at Harvard-Westlake. The results are in, and we feel compelled to share them with you. Students who felt that they failed to meet their parents expectations suffered –– they got less sleep, enjoyed academics less and were more likely to […]

Creating Community Connections

Creating Community Connections

As students and faculty members drove up Coldwater Canyon Ave. on the first day of school, they may have noticed a formerly prominent element missing from the front lawns of the neighboring homes—the protest signs. While these signs once served as a physical manifestation of the tension between the school and its neighbors, their absence […]

Cardi B(e) Yourself

“I’m a boss in a skirt, I’m a dog, I’m a flirt,” Cardi B exclaims in her anthem, “She Bad.” Unapologetically herself, Cardi could easily be seen as emblematic of a new wave of empowerment in contemporary music. While hits like Katy Perry’s “Roar” and Fifth Harmony’s “BO$$” may have rallied consumers with their messages […]

Raise Your Voice

For 17 minutes last week, faculty and administration joined us in solidarity. For 17 minutes, we honored the 17 victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting. For 17 minutes, we imagined the change that our generation has the potential to enact. Since the shooting in Florida last month, high schoolers have stepped up to challenge […]

Giving voice to vulnerability

Mental health has been on everyone’s mind recently. An email from Ms. Ross two weeks ago informed us of a recent suicide by a student in our area. An event like this is a reminder that we should cherish those we love and never be afraid of seeking help for whatever personal struggles we all […]

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