Friending faculty

  By Daniel Rothberg Last year, science teacher Stephanie Quan was pestered by several girls in her chemistry class to friend them on her personal Facebook account. Though Quan told the girls that she was not going to add students to her Facebook network, their nagging did not subside. “We wanted to be friends with […]

High Stakes: Clue three

By Allegra Tepper As seniors count down the days until their senioritis can finally kick in—that’s 72 days until second semester, for the record—some have been focusing their efforts on last minute attempts to raise their GPAs. Others have been neglecting the books in favor of early applications and a select few have found the […]

New schedule goes into effect

By Kelly Ohriner Today is Day One of a new five-day schedule at the Upper School. When a school day is missed due to a religious or national holiday, the schedule picks up afterwards with the next day of the cycle. For example, if Wednesday is a Day Two, and school is closed on Thursday, […]

Rule restricts phones to outdoors

By Nicki Resnikoff Cell phones will not be banned on campus this year as had been planned; however, the rule that cell phones may not be used for texting or talking in school buildings, including halls and the cafeteria, will be enforced more strictly. The policy banning all use of cellular phones, approved by FAC […]

Oreman to present valedictory at graduation

By Ellina Chulpaeff Josh Oreman ’09 gave the Commencement speech as valedictorian at the Commencement ceremony on June 5. Oreman was announced as valedictorian at the Cum Laude assembly on May 18. The faculty was given a list of students with the top ranked grade point averages. From that group, the faculty elected Oreman valedictorian. […]

Administration extends touchstone contest

By Faire Davidson The school touchstone will not be decided until this summer or next fall, Head of School Jeanne Huybrechts said Friday. Three phrases, “Aim High and Be True,” “Excellence with Honor” and “Pursuing Excellence with Honor,” were selected from a total of 112 submissions, although if a new phrase is suggested over the […]

Anderson, Neumeyer to chair departments

By Sammy Roth Brenda Anderson will replace Andrew LauGel as head of the middle school Visual Arts Department next year, and Chronicle Adviser Kathleen Neumeyer will lead the new upper school Communications Department, Head of School Jeanne Huybrechts said. LauGel has taught at Harvard-Westlake for 18 years and was the middle school visual arts department […]

Seniors to retreat in Big Bear

The senior class will head to Big Bear in June for a year-end retreat, Head of Upper School Harry Salamandra said. Salamandra met with Head of School Jeanne Huybrechts and retreat point person Kate Liebman ’09 Thursday to discuss the duration of the trip, as well as transportation and financial logistics and student interest before giving […]

Seeds Need Watering

by Lucy Jackson Head of School Jeanne Huybrechts said in an interview in September that she anticipated some “real changes in the school,” but, with spring break approaching and fourth quarter already underway, we have yet to see any real change at all. The initiative, like the new schedule proposal and the character education program, […]

Student discovers how to hack school server

A sophomore boy served an in-house suspension early last month after he posted instruction on how to crack the school’s server onto what the school called a “hacking website” over the summer, he said. “He claims that he wanted to see if it was possible to do this so that he could inform us of […]