Would you be able to kill a man?

Would you kill a stranger? For most of us, we respond to this vehemently refusing. Of course no rational person would elect to kill someone; that’s wrong. Our initial reaction is a strong one, because we’ve been conditioned to expect one right answer and one wrong answer. But let me explain the rest of the […]

Slattery, Cuseo can’t quite seem to ‘Let it Go’

“You have a stuffed Olaf?” upper school dean Sharon Cuseo questioned fellow dean Beth Slattery with a hint of envy beneath her curiosity. “Where did you even find one of those?” she added. “They’re sold out everywhere.” Slattery and Cuseo have shared a lot in the nine years they have worked side-by-side as upper school […]

It’s not nuts to be cautious: Being allergic in a nutshell

Anyone who has shared a meal with me knows I carry an Epi-Pen at all times and many can even recite my speech: “I’m allergic to all nuts, seeds and coconuts.” They all know I triple check to make sure nothing accidentally gets into my food. I take my allergies seriously, and they require a […]

Howard to become new dean

English teacher Adam Howard ’93 will join the dean team next year, replacing Jim Patterson, Head of School Jeanne Huybrechts announced in an email to faculty and staff Monday morning. Next year, Howard will take over counseling duties for Patterson’s rising juniors, as well as counsel sophomores. Patterson’s current juniors will still be counseled by […]

Choral concert ends early due to illness

Choir students unanimously voted to end the annual spring choral concert early March 15 after a senior fainted on stage during the performance. Jazz Singers, Wolverine Chorus, Chamber Singers and Bel Canto were all scheduled to perform. After the student fainted during the Chamber Singers’ performance, the decision of ending the show was left to […]

Middle School requires seventh graders to sign Anti-Bullying Pledge

As a result of an internal audit focusing on bullying last year, middle school students were introduced to an anti-bullying pledge, and deans attended a meeting on “Myth-Busting Research on Adolescent Bullying.” Head of School Jeanne Huybrechts said these initiatives came in response to growing public attention to cyber-bullying in the media, but she does […]

A new take on a long-standing rite of passage

My Bat Mitzvah was a really big deal to me; I’d attended Hebrew school twice a week since first grade, I’d learned the bare minimum of a new language and had studied for months before the big day. The day of my Bat Mitzvah was much like I anticipated — I was excited and relieved. […]

Prefect Council hosts Winterfest, Coffee House

Students dressed up in onesies and decorated cookies in the lounge today as part of the annual Winterfest celebration, hosted by Social Committee and Prefect Council. “Mean Girls” was also screened in the lounge throughout the day. Each day has a different theme and movie playing in the lounge. “I [was] particularly excited for Onesie […]

Dear Los Angeles Times Writer James Rainey

We met a few weeks ago when you pulled me aside after my second period AP Physics B class to ask some questions about my experience at Harvard-Westlake. Aside from the lack of a range of student voices, your story in the Los Angeles Times portrayed our school as a place of “privilege and pressure.” […]

Where are the girls?

Looking around the sixth period AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism class, something is missing. It’s not equations — the two whiteboards at the front of the room are scrawled full of Es and dqs. It’s not the students — all 17 of them are hunched over their desks, working to solve said equations. And […]

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