Ethicist to speak on character

By Jordan Freisleben Ethicist Michael Josephson will discuss character and the specific challenges and pressures teenagers face at an assembly on Oct. 21 as well as a parent meeting later that night, Head of School Jeanne Huybrechts said. He was selected by Huybrechts as part of her theme for this year that “character, not circumstance, […]

Chemistry teacher retires after 25 years

By Cathi Choi Chemistry teacher Stephen Marsden retired from his teaching post, Head of School Jeanne Huybrechts wrote in an email to faculty in early June. Marsden told his colleagues that he planned to retire a few months ago, and asked that they keep his plans a secret. “Steve made it abundantly clear that he […]

Help us catch a break

By Dana Glaser In the 35 minutes or so of Q&A with the candidates for Senior Head Prefect at class assembly this Monday, I heard a lot of solid speeches. Or, more to the point, I heard a few solid speeches a lot of times. The theme of the day seemed to be a call […]

Leadership summit examines dishonesty

By Michael Kaplan Two weeks after six students were expelled for cheating, student leaders searched for ways to stem academic dishonesty in the community at a hastily summoned Leadership Summit on March 8. The group of more than 30 students from the Prefect Council, the newly created Community Council and various school clubs and organizations […]

Visual arts head steps down

By Gabby Ahlzadeh Visual Arts Department Chair Arthur Tobias will be stepping down at the end of this year after 17 years of heading the department. Cheri Gaulke will be assuming the position next year. Head of School Jeanne Huybrechts decided to “give someone else an opportunity to make their mark on the department,” Gaulke […]

Schrode to resign after 14 years of teaching

By Michael Kaplan Eric Schrode, who during 14 years teaching English and history at the Upper School instituted both the One-Acts Festival and a program that over several summers took hundreds of Harvard-Westlake students to perform in Edinburgh, Scotland, told his students today that he would resign effective Jan. 28. “I write those words – […]

Celebrate good times

By Araine Lange The ample whining which met the “cancellation” of Champions Day when in fact no day had ever been promised was clearly not well thought out. Suddenly, the same students who go apoplectic when a teacher moves a test date up were complaining that there was no administration-sanctioned ditch day. In what way […]

FAC considers IB courses

By Esther Zuckerman The Faculty Academic Committee has begun to look into the possible addition of International Baccalaureate courses to the upper school curriculum over the next few years, upper school FAC Chair Kent Nealis said. “The program is very well respected by U.S. colleges and universities,” Nealis said. “We are always sensitive to how […]

Former Exeter teacher to head orchestra

 By Reina Factor A new orchestra teacher has been hired for the 2007-2008 school year.  William McClain will oversee and conduct upper school orchestral programs and teach introductory music theory classes in addition to AP Music Theory, which he will teach with accompanist Mark Hilt. McClain will begin working at the end of the summer.  […]

Students Plaster Car with Post-it Notes, Offer Support to Injured Classmate

A 17-year-old Harvard-Westlake senior was charged Thursday with attempted murder and assault stemming from a hammer attack late Monday afternoon on an 18-year-old Harvard-Westlake senior girl, police said.The victim, whose name was withheld, underwent surgery and is being treated for a broken leg, broken nose and head injuries, police said. The boy, whose name was […]