McCullough departs to pursue a new career

After teaching The World and Europe II and United States History classes for the past three years, history teacher Pat McCullough will leave the school to pursue a career in instructional design and educational technology. “This job will have me spending more time on how best to structure learning experiences and will also let me […]

Bergman plans to leave to teach at Geffen Academy at UCLA

History teacher Elizabeth Bergman will depart from the Upper School to continue her career at Geffen Academy at the UCLA next year. Bergman joined the history department this past fall, and taught Advanced Placement United States History, United States History and The World and Europe II. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and […]

Community mourns loss of history teacher at assembly

Community mourns loss of history teacher at assembly

In honor of history teacher Eric Zwemer, who died yesterday, faculty shared memories of him as well as words from students at an all-school assembly before classes this morning. President Rick Commons began the assembly by reading an excerpt of Zwemer’s writings from years ago about the students at Harvard-Westlake. The excerpt reflected Zwemer’s dry […]

First online character education course to launch this summer

The preliminary trial run for Harvard-Westlake’s first ever online course will begin this week. The course called Optimal Living 101, which will cover character education, is scheduled to launch this summer, Assistant to the Head of Upper School Michelle Bracken said. At this point, only one or two Choices and Challenges teachers will be alpha-testing […]

Garcetti '88 wins L.A. mayoral race

City Councilman Eric Garcetti ’88 will serve as the next mayor of Los Angeles, after defeating City Controller Wendy Greuel Tuesday by a wide margin in an election with only a 19 percent turnout. Garcetti took 54 percent to Greuel’s 48 percent. Garcetti remembers seeing Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley speak at an assembly while at […]

Codrington-Cazeau to leave after 17 years

By Lauren Sonnenberg When Julia Siegler ’14 died after being struck by a car as she crossed Sunset Boulevard, handfuls of her devastated friends gravitated to Head of Middle School Ronnie Codrington-Cazeau’s office. Surrounded by Elmo dolls and pictures from students past, Emily Segal ’14 and other grieving classmates spent hours exchanging stories with Cazeau. […]

Rocking the vote

By Justine Goode When Nadia Dubovitsky ’12 turned 18, she celebrated by going to a gas station and purchasing a pack of Camel cigarettes and a Mega Millions lotto ticket. She wasn’t planning on using either of them — it was simply an easy way to take advantage of her new adulthood. Many new opportunities […]

Liberal views dominate political climate

By Rachel Schwartz Bringing up money, religion or politics may be a dinner party sin, but at school there is no such rule against discussion of politics in or out of the classroom. While such potentially heated discussion is part of some courses, most teachers try to keep their personal opinions out of their lessons. […]

Senior wins national Cum Laude essay contest

By Kelly Ohriner Jake Sonnenberg ’11 won first place for his region in the Cum Laude essay writing contest. Any Cum Laude member school may submit one entry. Sonnenberg’s essay was submitted by his 11th grade history teacher, Drew Maddock. His essay was about the birth of imperialism under presidents James K. Polk and John […]

Steering committee encourages suggestions from faculty, students

Student and faculty suggestions will be incorporated into the school’s self-evaluation for accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges/California Association for Independent Schools, said history teacher and accreditation leader John Corsello said.

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