Thinking about change

What am I most afraid of? Change. I would not consider myself a conservative person. I like things to be different and evolving, but, at the same time, I am frightened by change. I am currently living in Beijing, China as part of the high school foreign exchange program School Year Abroad. Of course moving […]

Tasting second semester

A few weeks ago, some friends and I celebrated becoming second semester seniors by exploding a watermelon. We used only rubber bands to do it. It was awesome. The sweet taste of victory (and, after it blew up, the watermelon itself) was subtly symbolic. This, I thought. This is what second semester is about. Second […]

1-to-1 program to launch in fall with personal laptops

All seventh grade students will bring their own laptops to class next September in the first stage of the one-to-one computer initiative, Head of School Jeanne Huybrechts said. The new requirement, part of a new six-year Technology Plan, will extend to all grades of the Middle School in September 2014 and the Upper School in […]

Jazz performs in Vibrato Recording Studio

Jazz Band recorded a compilation of songs Jan. 12 in order to enter a competition to be featured in the Next Generation Monterey Jazz Festival. The festival will take place April 5-7. It will include performances by middle school through college level ensembles as well as competitions. The top high school and college-level big bands […]

Four reach semifinals of the Spotlight Awards

Four students have reached the semifinal round of the Music Center Spotlight Awards, which recognize high school students for artistic excellence. Andy Arditi ’14 and drummer Daniel Sunshine ’13 have qualified as jazz musicians, Megan Ward ’13 has qualified in the Classical Voice category and Maria Gonzalez ’13 qualified for photography. “To win, you need […]

Going the Distance

For some couples, being together isn’t as easy as common free periods shared in the lounge. James Wu ‘13, whose girlfriend Christie Chen attends Westridge High School in Pasadena, is used to seeing Chen once a month. In fact, ever since meeting Chen at a language camp in Taiwan, rigorous coursework, strict parents and a […]

Educator talks to faculty about use of technology

Tom Vander Ark, the author of “Getting  Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World,” was to visit campus and speak to faculty on Tuesday afternoon. After extensive research, Director of Studies Liz Resnick selected Ark because he is a proponent of technology in education, which the school is trying to embrace. “It seemed like […]

Top of the world

When Ben Gaylord ’13 was 12 years old he went to a UCLA track and field camp over the summer, which ended up shaping his life. Gaylord fell in love with pole vaulting after the coach at the camp had given camp­ers small poles to play around with on the grass. Little did Gaylord know, […]

Chinese instructors observe AP curriculum

Teachers from The High School Affiliated to Fudan University and The Beijing Number 12 High School visited Harvard-Westlake to observe various departments’ AP curricula and teaching styles. The visitors sat in on classes and met with faculty and department chairs to learn about ways to teach AP courses, Head of Upper School Audrius Barzdukas said. […]

Silence is golden

I find it a little disconcerting that I am having trouble figuring out what to write. I think the problem is that I am trying to put my feelings into words and, at the moment, words just don’t seem to be doing them justice. I think because I have been learning to better communicate without […]

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