‘Conscientious teacher’ Shield to leave after 24 years

After her 24th year of teaching French at Harvard-Westlake, Marilyn Shield will retire to participate in her Unitarian Universalist Church choir and spend more time with her husband and their dog Sammi. “I thought it was time to turn over a new leaf in life,” Shield said. She said she will miss her daily routine […]

Educators review 2 departments

As a part of the Review program, a systematic process for promoting growth and improvement in the school, six education professionals visited classes on Feb. 11 and 12, and two more will visit the Foreign Language department on Feb. 25 and 26. The guests observed classes and met teachers, students and administrators. All departments participate […]

Riemer will head foreign language department

Spanish teacher Margot Riemer is set to begin her new position as foreign language Department chair this year. Riemer, who is entering her 21st year of teaching as a Harvard-Westlake Spanish teacher, accepted the position after Latin teacher Paul Chenier announced he was stepping down as department chair and returning to teaching full time. Riemer […]

Change of scenery

By Megan Kawasaki Stepping out of Penticton Regional Airport in Canada, Upper School Foreign Language Department Chair Paul Chenier was greeted by his older brother Peter, a fruit farmer, driving up the road in an enormous flatbed truck. “He picked me up from the airport and said, ‘We have to go to this farm right […]

French teacher takes leave of absence

By Ester Khachatryan French teacher Marilyn Shield is taking a leave of absence, Harry Salamandra said in a letter addressed to parents. Shield’s French 1 and French 3 Honors classes are covered by members of the Foreign Language Department and Dr. Josephine Gross. Gross taught French and human development at Harvard-Westlake from 2001 to 2006. […]

Students learn Spanish, volunteer in Argentina

By Hana Al-Henaid Twelve students volunteered at an orphanage for girls and polished their Spanish while they spent three weeks of their summer in San Juan, Argentina for the Foreign Language Department’s 14th annual summer trip. The trip was centered on language improvement, immersing students in the culture and offering four hours of Spanish language […]

Spanish language students to journey to Argentina

By Nicki Resnikoff Spanish language students will take a trip to Argentina organized by the school this summer. The trip offered both from July 26 to August 10 and from July 16 to August 4. Up to 15 students will stay with Argentinean families during the week and in hotels on weekend excursions. The weekend excursions […]

Junior moves through process to start Arabic language class

By Derek Schlom Michael Diamant ’09’s quest for a Hebrew class started as a joke. After being invited to a Facebook group called “Arabic at Harvard-Westlake,” created by Kate Liebman ’09 to gauge student interest in an Arabic program, Diamant invited a few close friends to join a group called “Hebrew at Harvard-Westlake” as a […]

Growing classes prompt language lab expansion

By Katherine Shaum The foreign language department will expand the existing language lab during the summer to include 15 additional student stations to allow two language classes to use the lab at the same time. The enlarged lab should be operational by August 2007, according to the proposal for the lab’s expansion. The library language […]