Life is Goodo

I’ve written quite a few columns over the past couple of years, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed writing and editing most of them. There have been ones that have been done weeks ahead of our press deadline, and some that barely squeaked into the paper. For the most part, I’ve kept my writing light. I’ve written […]

Award-winning biographer urges students to discover their passions

Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer A. Scott Berg implored students to follow their academic passions and act upon the knowledge they gain from these pursuits in an upper school assembly April 28. The author, whose personal life and writings on various subjects have made him capable of speaking on a wide array of topics, was this year’s […]

Stop and listen to advice

A few years ago, I watched an episode of “Suits” with a friend of mine who was an avid fan. I wasn’t particularly fond of it, but perhaps that was because it had been hyped up so much. Harvey’s bombast and Mike’s humble cool were entertaining, but didn’t grab me or inspire me to watch […]

Brown assembly to feature biographer

A. Scott Berg, a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning biographer whose writings on various subjects and personal life have made him capable of speaking on a wide array of topics, will be featured as this year’s Brown Family Speaker at an all-school assembly April 28. Berg, a graduate and former trustee of Princeton University, […]

There's no shame in sitting

Last year, the student body struggled mightily with being mature and respectful during assemblies. The problem didn’t stop there. During dance performances, plays and class meetings the glare of phone screens and whispers pervaded the mass of students supposedly listening intently to the events taking place on stage. This year, I’ve noticed that we have […]

Commons visits headmasters meeting

President Rick Commons met with New York area alumni, trustees and donors before attending a Headmasters Association meeting in Philadelphia last week. The alumni came from Harvard and Westlake graduating classes of the 1960s to the Harvard-Westlake class of 2008. “It was great connecting with people who have such an interest in the success of […]

Commons to rewrite mission statement

President Rick Commons has decided to rewrite the school’s mission statement to be more memorable and reflective of Harvard-Westlake’s core values. The current mission statement emphasizes the opportunities the school strives to provide for the development of its students’ intellectual, spiritual and emotional capacities. It states that students are taught to learn how to live […]

Philomatheans screen "Strangers on a Train"

The Philomathean Society hosted its first movie screening of the year after school Monday in Ahmanson Lecture Hall. The club, which organizes screenings of classic films and holds discussions about the films during activities period, screened Alfred Hitchcock’s “Strangers On A Train,” a film chosen by club founder Henry Hahn ’14. “We wanted to choose […]

Commons to speak to alumni, parents

President Rick Commons will address alumni and their parents Oct. 16 at the middle school at an event titled “Meet the President.” The event already has 300 RSVPs from families and alumni. Commons said he still does not know what he will say to the attendees but said he hopes to figure it out soon. […]

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