‘wokeathw’ responds to anti-racism initiatives

‘wokeathw’ responds to anti-racism initiatives

Certain members of the community, dissatisfied with the school’s new anti-racism and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives, created the Instagram account @wokeathw on Sept. 7 to highlight what they claim are pitfalls of allegedly biased and damaging curriculum changes. The anonymous owners of the account described the school’s anti-racism work as “a fashionable but […]

Outdoor cafeteria undergoes construction

Outdoor cafeteria undergoes construction

In an effort to efficiently provide lunch to the school community,  the administration  decided to build a cafeteria annex at the flag court. Associate Head of School Laura Ross said that while the school was planning the new schedule, many members of the community were concerned about the common lunch period. Without the cafeteria annex, […]

School responds to ‘blackathw’ Instagram account

School responds to ‘blackathw’ Instagram account

In light of the racial justice movement sweeping across the nation, members of the class of 2019 created Blackathw, an Instagram account highlighting the experiences of Black students on campus. After a series of discussions with Black alumni and students, upper and middle school administrators composed an anti-racism plan, which they released July 24. Director […]

Going The Extra Mile

Going The Extra Mile

When John Szijjarto ’21 opened an email from College Board on Aug. 29, he was disappointed to find out that his SAT exam had been canceled for the fifth time. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, test centers across the country have canceled standardized tests multiple times since March. “It is painful to have my SAT […]

Prefects encourage community building at first virtual convocation

As the community united to watch the eighth annual all-school convocation over Vimeo livestream Sunday, Head Prefects Jonathan Cosgrove ’21 and Cleo Maloney ’21 encouraged students to make the best of distance learning. Cosgrove compared his feelings of discomfort from the COVID-19 pandemic to his first day at the school, when he wore blue in […]

Commons releases update in response to rising coronavirus cases

President Rick Commons announced in a schoolwide email July 17 that summer sports practices will be suspended, and a full return to campus is less likely amid surging coronavirus cases. His statement follows California Governor Gavin Newsom’s order, which forbids campuses from reopening until Los Angeles County is taken off the California Department of Public […]

Head of Upper School Laura Ross declares final exams optional

Head of Upper School Laura Ross declares final exams optional

In an email sent out to the junior and sophomore classes June 1, Head of Upper School Laura Ross announced that final exams administered this week will be optional. Students will have the option to postpone their finals if they feel that they are struggling to focus in the midst of nationwide protests against racial […]

School to revise 2020 testing requirements

Beginning next year, the school will eliminate the mandatory mid-year assessment testing week and will allow teachers of specific Advanced Placement courses to decide whether their students must take the AP exam at the end of the year. President Rick Commons said the changes will coincide with next year’s new schedule as a part of […]

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