Introverted, not incapable

With 30 students crowded into an English classroom, I felt like everyone was looking over my shoulder. In each of our dean meetings, we were completing a personality test, trying to identify our traits and how we are seen in the world. As I filled out questions there was a common thread between all of […]

History teachers win grant to study American history

By Maddy Baxter The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History granted upper school history teachers Celia Goedde and Ken Neisser fellowships to study American history this summer. Goedde will attend a one week long seminar titled “Gender, Race and Nation in Civil War America” at the University of Pennsylvania. Neisser will study the “United States […]

Back to class

By Maddy Baxter and Gabrielle Franchina In Upper School English teacher Isaac Laskin’s ’98 sophomore year, performing arts teacher Ted Walch cast him as Big Julie, a husky character, in “Guys and Dolls.” He had a growth spurt late, so he was very short as a senior, Walch said. In an attempt to make the […]

History teacher visits South Africa with Chorale to help raise money

By Maddy Baxter History teacher Ken Neisser accompanied his wife, a member of the Angel City Chorale, to South Africa to help raise money for the Amy Biehl Foundation this summer. The 15-day-long trip included stops in Dubai, Johannesburg, Cape Town and a three day safari at a game reserve in the Limpopo Province. The […]

71 students fail to complete annual service requirement

By Maddy Baxter and Eli Haims Seventy-one upper school students who failed to complete their community service by the May 2 deadline still hadn’t fulfilled the requirement by May 18, Head of Community Council Gaby Cohen ’11 said. Of the 71, 16 were seniors, 33 were juniors and 22 were sophomores. The Community Council extended […]

Dancers strive for physical perfection

By Maddy Baxter Aside from the physical strains that dancing can have on one’s body, the emotional pressures can take an equally effective toll. Such pressures include competition, stress, weight and the desire to be perfect. “It is good pressure. A lot of it comes from myself,” Rachel Schwartz ’13 said. The pressure to remain […]

Change in e-mail system to protect student privacy

By Maddy Baxter In order to protect the privacy of students and update the school’s software, a new e-mail system has been implemented, Director of Computer Services Dave Ruben said. All student e-mail addresses have changed except for the senior class’s (in order to avoid confusion when contacting colleges). Instead of the style email, […]


By Maddy Baxter and Cami de Ry Justin Bretter ’11 took a win on for sticking with CoCo. Bretter humiliated rival talk show host Jay Leno to support talk show host Conan O’Brien, posing for a photo with Leno and secretly exposed his hand displaying the words “Co-Co FTW,” meaning Conan For The Win. […]

Students access schedules on parent portal

By Maddy Baxter Harvard-Westlake sent out student schedules and conflict cards online this year. In past years, the school printed roughly 950 schedules, conflict cards, labels, and stuffed envelopes. This year students and parents simply had to type in their usernames and passwords at to view the students’ schedules from any computer, which was […]

Plays announced for Playwrights Festival

By Alexia Boyarsky Plays selected to be performed in the Playwrights Festival this May were announced by Performing Arts teacher Christopher Moore on Saturday. These were the plays selected:   “A Mendelsohn Legacy” By Jacob Axelrad “A Night At The Opera” By Simha Haddad “Curbside” By Nick Merrill “Magic Touch” By Julie Barzilay “Never Goin’ Nowhere” […]