Fellow to explore ancient ruins in South America

Conor Belfield ’14, who is a recipient of the Brownstein Fellowship, plans to travel to South America through the gap year program Thinking Beyond Borders. Belfield will spend five weeks in Ecuador, a week climbing up to Machu Picchu in Peru, followed by a final five weeks in Bolivia. “I’ve never traveled before,” Belfield said. […]

Dean coordinator to join English faculty

Upper school Dean Coordinator Ryan Wilson will join the middle school’s English department in the fall. As a dean coordinator, Wilson helped seniors with their college application essays and has also developed a Kutler Center Interdisciplinary Studies course, “The Creative Process from Inspiration to Fruition.” The course was cancelled for next year. Wilson said he […]

AP Physics B class to be split into 2 sections

In response to the College Board’s decision to replace the current AP Physics B exam with separate AP Physics I and AP Physics II assessments, the Upper School will offer two AP Physics B courses starting the 2014-2015 school year. According to the College Board website, “The National Research Council concluded that AP Physics B […]

AP Physics B to be replaced with AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2

In response to the College Board’s decision to replace the current AP Physics B exam with separate AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2 assessments, the Upper School will offer two AP Physics B courses starting from the 2014-2015 school year. The College Board website states, “The National Research Council concluded that AP Physics B […]

A Semester of Discovery

Ignoring the scorching heat and stinging sunburns, Tigist Menkir ’14 strolls through the vibrant street markets, admiring the colorful ankara fabric of bubas and kabas, traditional Nigerian dresses. Menkir went to Nigeria for the second semester of her junior year, from the end of January to early July. Throughout those six months, Menkir spent time […]

Science classes visit harbor, aquarium

The Genetics and Biotechnology class went on a fishing trip to Ventura Harbor on April 17 for a DNA barcoding project, and the Oceanography and Marine Biology class went to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach on April 17. The Genetics students took a boat to Channel Islands National Park, where they and […]

Coachella absentees to get detention

Students who choose to miss class this Friday to attend the Coachella Music Festival are being urged to be honest about the decision and accept the consequences, which would be a single detention. In an email to parents sent during spring break, Head of Upper School Audrius Barzdukas said the school’s position was that honesty […]

Senior wins 1st place playwriting award

Rebecca Moretti ’13 won first place at the 2012 YouthPLAYS New Voices One-Act Competition for her play “Platform Nine” and will be awarded $200 as a cash prize. Moretti wrote “Platform Nine” for the 2011 Harvard-Westlake Playwrights Festival. The play centers on Adelie, a young girl who runs away from her prestigious East Coast boarding […]

Senior wins 1st place playwrighting award

Rebecca Moretti ’13 won first place at the 2012 YouthPLAYS New Voices One-Act Competition for her play “Platform Nine” and will be awarded $200 as a cash prize. Moretti wrote “Platform Nine” for the 2011 Harvard-Westlake Playwrights Festival. The play centers on Adelie, a young girl who runs away from her prestigious East Coast boarding […]

Senior's play chosen for production

Elana Zeltser ‘13 took a bow on the same stage where her one-act play was performed by professional actors moments before. The play “Arc,” which Zeltser wrote last year for the Playwrights Festival, was produced professionally by the Blank Theater Company in June and will be produced again at the Lyceum Theater in San Diego […]