Learn from your experiences

I will spend the next four years of my life in a frigid, isolated corner of Massachusetts at a school I knew nothing about two years ago in what will certainly be the biggest transition I will have experienced in my 17 years. As I leave, I have often reflected on whether my time in […]

Construction partially closes main entrance, to reopen in late March

Storm drain construction caused the closure of a section of the parking lot near the main entrance of the upper school campus. The construction began Monday, March 10 and is projected to finish during spring break. Students and parents were notified of the closure Friday, March 7 in an email from Director of Communication Jill […]

Main entrance partially closed for construction

A section of the main entrance to the Upper School campus will be closed for construction this week, Director of Communications Jill Shaw announced in an email Friday. The construction began today and is projected to finish by Friday, March 28. Drivers will be unable to immediately turn right after entering the main entrance to […]

Orchestra room faces acoustic problems

Instrumental music students have been experiencing high noise levels in the remodeled orchestra room. Performing arts teacher Mark Hilt said they were happy with last summer’s remodel but “especially in the jazz classes, where the instruments are amplified, it’s really too loud” and noise from the instruments can be heard in the adjacent choral room, […]

Siemens honors senior's research

A senior has received semifinalist recognition in the 2013 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology for his research in the application of tagging EphB4 antibodies to diagnose cancer. ­Vincent Huang ’14 was one of 331 students in the nation and one of 51 in the state to be recognized as a semifinalist in the […]

Science Bowl announces teams for spring competitions

The Science Bowl club released in an email Nov. 30 the two teams of five students that will compete in the spring. This year, the club also selected ten younger students to train for future years. “When deciding on each team, many factors were considered: active participation, content knowledge, willingness to be a team player, […]

In defense of rigor

A Los Angeles Times headline recently proclaimed that “At Harvard-Westlake School, Some Wonder if Standards Are Too High.”  I, for one, believe that as a community, we would be much better off wondering if our standards are high enough. When I arrived at Harvard-Westlake 12 years ago, I knew that I had come to a […]

Un-Pak your ideas

You’d think that with a name like Pak, it would be easy to think of a pun, and yet I still haven’t figured out what my Facebook name should be. Every year, seniors embrace the tradition of changing their names on Facebook. Originally intended to hide profiles from colleges or companies, these new names range […]

Musician wins Young Composers award

As Ray Kim ’14 started up Logic Pro X on his Mac desktop computer at home, he hummed the tune of his newest composition. After finding an appropriate melodic progression, Kim finally settled on a smooth ending and decided on the name “Pobi’s Little Adventure.” “The first thing that came to my head was an […]

Math teacher receives award for technology incorporation

Math teacher and Educational Technology Committee chair Jeff Snapp is this year’s recipient of the Kogan Family Award for Innovation in Teaching, Head of School Jeanne Huybrechts announced Wednesday at the annual faculty/staff opening-of-school meeting. The Kogan Family Award, established in 2010 by Betsy and Mark Kogan (Ben ’11, Eli ’13), “is intended to foster […]

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