Middle School requires seventh graders to sign Anti-Bullying Pledge

As a result of an internal audit focusing on bullying last year, middle school students were introduced to an anti-bullying pledge, and deans attended a meeting on “Myth-Busting Research on Adolescent Bullying.” Head of School Jeanne Huybrechts said these initiatives came in response to growing public attention to cyber-bullying in the media, but she does […]

Nature of Love

Juliet was only 13 when she fell in love with Romeo, and, spoiler alert, about a week later their relationship met a tragic end.  Long before and long after the Capulets and the Montagues, parents and teenagers have struggled over the nature of young love. “Romeo and Juliet was just a fling,” Shannyn Schack ’16, […]

Slam group to perform for new Poetry Week

The Get Lit Players, a performance poetry group of Los Angeles high school students is performing this week at sophomore and junior class meetings as part of Poetry Week, hosted by the English and Visual Arts departments. The group will recite classic poetry and the players’ original poems that are reactions to those poems. Although […]

An eye-opening experience

At Harvard-Westlake, students get upset when they don’t get the Mercedes Benz convertible they asked for.  In Rwanda, giving a student an empty water bottle can bring them happiness for the next year.  We hear about the poverty and hardships that the vast population of the world faces.  However, this concept is hard to grasp until […]

Movie Night

Judges selected 25 films to be screened at the 11th annual Harvard-Westlake Film Festival March 14 at the Arclight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood. Tickets will be free and will be available at the door of the event. Each film is under 10 minutes, and a guest speaker is soon to be announced by the film […]

Fencers to compete in Junior Olympics

Seven students will be participating in the upcoming Fencing Junior Olympics. Anne Kim ‘15, Enya Huang ’15, Jessie Pfeiffer ‘16, Justin Yoo ‘15, Jack Graham ‘15, Jake Raynis ‘14 and Sophie Kupiec-Weglinski ’15 will be competing in Portland, Oregon from Feb. 14-17. The competition is separated into different age groups and weapons. To qualify, fencers […]

Honor Board introduces class meeting discussions, eliminates email case reports

In an effort to make the Honor Board more transparent and centralize its place in the community, all Honor Board cases will continue to be presented and discussed during class meetings, as they were in the class meetings this past cycle. The change has been in the works since last year, when both Prefect Council […]

Collins ’97 attends State of the Union

Jason Collins ’97 attended the State of the Union Address as a guest of first lady Michelle Obama Jan. 28. The first lady has, in recent years, invited guests relevant to policy issues emphasized in the annual speech. Collins, who last year became the first active male athlete in a major American sport to come […]

Madrigals to sing at convention

The middle school Madrigals will be singing at the American Choral Directors Association Western Division Convention in Santa Barbara Feb. 22 as one of two middle school choir groups invited to perform at the convention. Every participating choir had to send in three live audio recordings of the past three years one year in advance […]

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 […]