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.

Parents hear Yaron discuss Middle East

By Jordan Freisleben American foreign policy in the Middle East since the 19th century was the crux of a two-part lecture series given by history teacher Dror Yaron for parents completed on Monday. The series of lectures started as a fundraiser organized by the Parents Association, the proceeds of which benefitted financial aid. Admission to […]

Catalog of former teacher’s art available

By Sofia Davila and Victoria Pearson A book containing images of former Visual Arts teacher Carl Wilson’s artwork, which were displayed in the Feldman-Horn gallery Feb. 1 to Feb. 26 is now being sold on Amazon. The book, “Menifee’s Mark,” was put together after his death, and includes essays written by history teacher Eric Zwemer, Visual […]

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