Teachers discuss differences between American, Chinese educational systems

By Lara Sokoloff Two teachers who visited Beijing No. 12 during spring break discussed the differences between Harvard-Westlake and Beijing No. 12’s classroom environment and school culture during a faculty meeting Tuesday. Chair of Faculty Academic Committee and math teacher Kent Nealis and science teacher Narae Park visited the school as part of a relationship […]

Science Bowl teams fall to Lincoln, Bravo in regional competition

By Allison Hamburger The Science Bowl teams lost in the 10th round to Lincoln High School and Granada Hills High School when they competed Saturday at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s 20th Annual Science Bowl Regional Competition. The A team, coached by math teacher Kevin Weis, remained undefeated throughout the morning rounds, […]

Cinema Studies to be offered only to senior students

By Allison Hamburger Cinema Studies will be offered only to seniors next year because of the recent high enrollment. There are currently 89 students in the four sections, 25 of whom are juniors. Cinema Studies teacher Ted Walch said he suggested the change to lighten his seven-class load. Next year, he will also teach Kutler […]

Math teacher by day, gamer by night

By Victor Yoon “Looks like I won’t be able to pick up ‘Gears of War 3’,” math teacher Kevin Weis said as he stopped writing equations and Greek symbols on the whiteboard to glance at his watch for a second. “What’s that? I don’t even know what ‘Gears of War 1’ is,” one of the […]

The Last Teacher-Coach

By Alex Leichenger Erin Creznic is the last of a dying breed at Harvard-Westlake. In the mornings and afternoons, she goes by Ms. Creznic as an English teacher on the middle school campus. When her day in the classroom ends, she drives to the Upper School, she steps onto Ted Slavin Field with her field […]

Alumnus explains challenges of research, academic math

By Alex Gura and David Lim Mathematics professor Jeremy Martin ’92 presented research and academic experiences to math students in an open discussion afterschool Monday. Explaining his field of combinatorics, Martin walked students through simple problems in his subject and divulged personal experiences throughout his career. Martin, an associate professor at the University of Kansas, […]

Stock market club to compete at investing

By Eli Haims After receiving questions about the stock market and investing in his AP Economics classes, math teacher Kent Nealis decided to start a club devoted to the stock market with Graham Gallaher ’11. After going to a summer program at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Gallaher became interested in investing. […]

Middle school student scores 5 on AP Caluculus BC exam

By Ally White and Rachel Schwartz Fourteen-year-old Aaron Anderson ’14 received a five on the Advanced Placement Calculus BC exam May 5. Anderson prepared for the exam by taking a Calculus BC course through Johns Hopkins online Center for Talented Youth as an independent study course during eighth grade mentored by former math teacher Rod […]

Two freshmen form singing group based on TV show ‘Glee’

By Anna Etra   Inspired in part by “Glee,” the new Fox television show, Bronty O’Leary ’13 and Megan Ward ’13 started a middle school Glee Club. A Glee Club is a group of people who get together to sing short songs. In the television show, unlikely students gather to perform modern hit songs a […]

Despite missteps, leaving in peace

By Shayna Freisleben It could be said that my high school career has been marred by regret. I mean, that’s one of the fundamental issues at a place like Harvard-Westlake. With so many opportunities abound, it seems like all of the missed ones are that much more prevalent, serving as constant, stinging slaps in the […]

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