Science teacher returns from health leave

Science teacher Walt Werner returned to school at the beginning of the semester after finishing treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph tissue. After being diagnosed in June, Werner had taken medical leave starting in October. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Werner had a stem cell transplant. “Although it was very hard, it went […]

Commons visits headmasters meeting

President Rick Commons met with New York area alumni, trustees and donors before attending a Headmasters Association meeting in Philadelphia last week. The alumni came from Harvard and Westlake graduating classes of the 1960s to the Harvard-Westlake class of 2008. “It was great connecting with people who have such an interest in the success of […]

Visual arts teacher starts video series

Visual arts teacher Kevin O’Malley has started a YouTube lecture series called Classroom 2.0 as part of what he calls the free information movement. The series consists of a group of lectures given by O’Malley on a variety of topics. Currently there are three lectures on the channel, one on Flemish painting and its effects […]

Scholarships to benefit from Sunday film series

Upper school performing arts teacher Ted Walch will show movies such as “Casablanca” and “Chinatown” during his  “Sundays with Ted” film class series. This is Walch’s second year teaching the class, which is open to any current or former Harvard-Westlake parents, alumni and friends of the school. A total of nine films will be shown, […]

Teachers to receive new growth handbook

Head of School Jeanne Huybrechts will release a new professional growth handbook to all teachers in January. Teachers frequently attend workshops and seminar to improve their skills, Huybrechts said, and she hopes the handbook will guide teachers’ professional growth and development. “I think this is a really, really good move for the school,” Huybrechts said. […]

Huybrechts attends seminar for women empowerment, equal gender opportunities

Head of School Jeanne Huybrechts attended the first-ever Women Aspire, Respond, Engage Summit Nov. 7, where she heard professional women in a variety of fields tell stories of their success. Roughly 300 women attended the conference at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, which featured panels from women in business, health and wellness, the arts […]

Spanish teachers attend AP seminar

Teachers attended a seminar last Friday titled “Vertical Teaming and Scaffolding of Instruction” given by Laura Zanke, the College Board’s co-chair of AP Spanish Language and Culture development. Due to the visitor, Spanish classes were cancelled for the day. The seminar’s purpose was to teach instructors activities that better students’ communication in real-world situations, a […]

Physics teachers take flight on 'Vomit Comet' modified aircraft, experience weightlessness

Physics teachers Karen Hutchison and Jesse Reiner experienced weightlessness aboard a Boeing 727 aircraft, which was modified to have reduced gravity. Hutchison and Reiner flew to San Jose Sept. 28 where the specialized aircraft, owned by ZERO-G Corporation, was set to take off. “We talk a lot about weightlessness in physics class, and we came […]

CBS interviews teacher who was attacked

One evening last January around dinnertime, upper school visual arts teacher Arthur Tobias and his wife noticed a group of local gang members spray-painting a wall near his West Adams home. When Tobias confronted them, one hit him in the head with a bottle, another drew a knife and a third shot him in the […]

Journal publishes teacher’s research

Though science teacher Antonio Nassar has had 56 research papers published in physics journals during his career at Harvard-Westlake and the University of California Los Angeles, he considers his latest to be his crowning achievement. “There was always one journal, the most prestigious one, that never published me before,” Nassar said. “But now that journal […]