Peer Support chooses coordinators, trainees

Upper school psychologist and Peer Support Program Head Luba Bek announced coordinators and trainees for the 2017-2018 school year April 24 and May 19, respectively. Axel Rivera de Leon ’18, Charlotte Weinman ’18, Jake Neuman ’18 and Isabel Wiatt ’18 will be next year’s coordinators. Sophomores applying for a trainee position filled out an application […]

Professional trains group peer leaders

Professional trains group peer leaders

Peer Support trainees and leaders participated in a training event at the Upper School on Nov. 19. The four hour event featured Mark Rosner, the director of the Council in Schools program at the Ojai Foundation, who spoke to trainees and leaders in Chalmers Lounge. Attendees learned about ways to better structure their groups and […]

Leaders announce new Peer Support trainees

School counselor and humanities teacher Luba Bek announced the Peer Support trainees for the 2016-2017 school year in an email on Friday. The 26 sophomores were chosen from an application pool of 68 students. The group is comprised of 12 girls and 14 boys. Peer Support is a system of student-led groups on campus committed […]

Peer Support trainees elect coordinators

Peer Support trainees elected Emily Rahhal ’17, Lily Beckinsale-Sheen ’17, Josh Musicant ’17 and Jake Broder ’17 to serve as the 2016-17 Peer Support Coordinators. This year, 17 trainees applied for coordinator positions by submitting an application and delivering a speech in front of their fellow trainees. “I was really excited to be elected because […]

GSA hosts "Ask a Queer Teacher" event

Gay and lesbian members of the Harvard-Westlake faculty talked about their experiences growing up in the Gender and Sexuality Awareness Club’s “Ask a Queer Teacher” event on Feb. 24. Visual arts department head Cheri Gaulke, science teacher Nate Cardin, technology center director Chris Gragg, psychology teacher Luba Bek, performing arts teacher Mark Hilt and math teacher William […]

A House Divided

In many ways, hatred dominates Roxanne’s* ’14 life. When her parents explained that they were getting a divorce, Roxanne distinctly remembers them emphasizing that they were going to co-parent. But since that day, they are rarely in the same room and never speak unless absolutely necessary. “I do not want my parents in the same […]

Peer Support draws students

A total of 417 students, nearly half of the upper school student body, signed up for Peer Support at Activities Fair this year, making it the largest club on campus. Peer support coordinators also created groups without any adult involvement for the first time. Although many students signed up, only about 300 students attended the […]

Peer Support connects on retreat

A total of 54 Peer Support leaders and trainees bonded in team-building exercises such as a ropes course and an egg drop during their annual retreat at Temescal Canyon Gateway Park Sept. 20-22. The retreat was organized by school counselor Luba Bek and Director of Counseling and Psychological Services Kavita Ajmere. Both planned to attend, […]

Handling pressure

On a busy day, school psychologist Sheila Siegel doesn’t have time for lunch between her classes and the students who stop by to see her in her office. “I’ve seen kids every single period so that’s five or six kids in a day,” Siegel said. “It’s happened a lot this year.” Siegel, school counselor Luba […]