Faculty give birth during summer

Three faculty members each gave birth to boys over summer break. Upper school Dean Tamar Adegbile gave birth to Aaron on Aug. 29. She expects to be out of school for about three months. Head of middle school performing arts  Emily Reola gave birth to Mario on Aug. 17. Reola will return to school on […]

Salamandra to pioneer new position

By Saj Sri-Kumar In 1979, a young science teacher came to 3700 Coldwater Canyon Avenue as one of 13 new faculty members that year. Thirty-three years later, Harry Salamandra is still here. “I didn’t expect to stay here as long as I have,” Salamandra said. Today, Salamandra, or “Mr. Sal,” is known as the Head […]

25 middle school students, faculty take part in cupcake baking competition

By Lizzy Thomas  In honor of the “Hunger Games” movie release, the Middle School held its first ever cupcake baking competition on March 23. The “Hunger Games” book was the middle school’s all-community read last summer, and features prominently a character named Peeta, who is a baker. Twenty-five students and faculty members entered the competition, […]

Wimbish to serve as Head of Middle School

By Eli Haims Upper School Dean Jon Wimbish will replace Ronnie Codrington-Cazeau as Head of Middle School next year, Head of School Jeanne Huybrechts announced in an email to all faculty members Nov. 29. Cazeau will move to Seattle to serve as the head of the Evergreen School. Wimbish said his main responsibilities for this […]

Give us an opportunity for independence

By Eli Haims I spent my summer in a plasma physics lab at the University of California, Los Angeles. On the first day of work, I was given a computer and an instrument used to measure light and essentially told to make it work. With no programming experience and not formally working with anyone, I […]

Decisions, decisions

By Jordan McSpadden During my last month in Spain, I looked forward to summer 2010, believing it would be a time to relax and adjust to being back in America. Little did I know, my summer would be filled with college research, the Common Application, and visiting 17 different colleges on the east coast. Most […]

School continues focus on sportsmanship

By Austin Block A teacher ejected two students from the Sept. 16 girls’ volleyball game against Redondo Union in the most recent manifestation of the school’s new emphasis on eliminating unsportsmanlike conduct. Though the Sportsmanship and Fan Behavior Review Committee was not involved in the ejections, it is moving closer to finalizing its draft proposal […]

Forbes ranks H-W 12th best American prep school

By Alice Phillips and Allegra Tepper Forbes magazine published a list ranking the 20 “Best Prep Schools” in America. Harvard-Westlake was twelfth on the list. Fifty-five ‘candidate schools’ were evaluated to create teh top 20 list. To decide the top 20 rankings, Forbes considered four factors: percentage of students who matriculate to the Ivy League, […]

Faculty members visit Israeli school as part of teacher exchange program

  By Daniel Rothberg Two teachers returned Sunday after visiting Ironi Dalet High School in Tel Aviv where they explored ways in which Harvard-Westlake could broaden its global education program. As part of a teacher exchange program, Middle School Communications Department Head Jen Bladen and Middle School Chaplain Emily Feigenson attended classes at the Israeli […]