Science grant to replace old probes

The science department will use a $11,219 grant to replace the calculator-based laboratory units and probes used in Chemistry Honors classes for collecting temperature and pH values. The grant is from a capital fund that helps meet departmental needs. “The CBL units are about 15 years old,” Upper School Science Department Head Larry Axelrod said. […]

School may provide faculty measles vaccine

As a child, science teacher Walt Werner contracted the measles. As an adult, Werner developed non-Hodgkins lymphoma and took a five-month medical leave last year to undergo treatment, which included chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant. During Werner’s chemotherapy treatment, doctors targeted cancer cells, which, because of the type of cancer Werner had, meant intentionally […]

Gender Studies class offered again next year

A class entitled Ethics and Culture: Gender Studies in Science, Philosophy and History will be offered again next year. “In a sense, my class is what the gender studies course has always been, however, there is a common view that gender must mean feminism,” Malina Mamigonian said. “Gender is a social construction and feminism (though […]

New midyear plan draws mixed reviews

Students completed alternative assignments, such as group activities and videos, as well as traditional cumulative midyear tests in December as part of the new assessment schedule. In addition to moving assessments before winter break, the administration scheduled tests by periods, with two periods meeting each day for their assessments. “I feel that the new schedule […]

New chemistry teacher will teach spring classes

Heather Audesirk will take over teaching Jim Brink’s four chemistry classes during the spring semester Jan. 21. She is currently working to earn her teaching credential from Azusa Pacific and has been a tutor and teacher for Kaplan SAT Prep. Brink died Nov. 12 in an auto accident. Audesirk received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry […]

Adegbile to direct college counseling at Cate School

Upper school dean Tamar Adegbile will not return to school next year, she announced Wednesday in an email to students and parents. Adegbile will become the Director of College Counseling at the Cate School near Santa Barbara. She expressed appreciation for her 12 years at Harvard-Westlake to students during junior class meeting. “Though I will […]

Investigation clears Levin

An investigation found allegations of sexual misconduct by Chief Financial Officer Rob Levin to be unsubstantiated, President Rick Commons wrote in an email to the community Thursday. Levin has been on a leave of absence from teaching while the school investigated the allegations posted on an anonymous blog purportedly written by a former student from […]

Faculty, staff attend diversity workshop

Educational consultant Derrick Gay led workshops on diversity at Faculty Professional Growth Day on Nov. 12. The day was interactive with lecture-based discussions, small group work and individual reflection. The three main goals of the workshop were to demonstrate that not all identities are equally valued in society, share strategies for creating inclusive communities and […]

Educational consultant to lead workshops on diversity for faculty, staff

Educational consultant Derrick Gay will lead workshops on diversity at Faculty Professional Growth Day on Nov. 12. Gay has worked with independent schools for 17 years teaching languages and serving as a senior administrator.   The lectures and discussions will include ways to reframe diversity discourse and progress towards a society that is accepting of […]

Mintz to take over as plant manager

Dave Mintz ’87 will transition from his position as the middle school plant manager to the upper school plant manager beginning Oct. 20. Mintz will replace Felipe Anguiano, who will become the director of off-campus facilities. Anguiano has worked at Harvard- Westlake for 38 years and has been the upper school plant manager for the […]