Enforce change

We’ve just finished the 2013-2014 workload process, something we do every six years at the midpoint of the school’s accreditation cycle. The process begins with an exhaustive survey that looks at pretty much everything our students do at school. Then the Workload Committee, composed of teachers and deans as well as students and parents, reviews […]

Students present business ideas to Yahoo! experts

This year’s STEMFest included Harvard- Westlake’s own “Change the World Idea Competition,” an opportunity for students to receive feedback on environmentally beneficial tech business ideas from Yahoo! tech experts, a new addition to the annual science and math festival. Students were sent an email informing them how to prepare their presentations and the potential questions […]

Stone-cutters magazine distributes new issue

Stone-cutters, the upper school art and literary magazine, was distributed May 23 and features students’ artwork and writing from the 2013-2014 school year. Students were emailed in October with submission information and instructions. The magazine features 41 pieces which include photography, paintings, and poetry submitted by students across all three grades. “It was great to […]

Stem cell executive discusses latest regenerative medicine technology

California Institute of Regenerative Medicine chair, Jonathan Thomas, (Lizzy ’14, John ’16, Matt ’17) spoke about stem cell research and regenerative medicine May 23 during third and fourth periods in Ahmanson Lecture Hall. Thomas gave a history of important advances in medicine and medical technology, starting with the development of the polio vaccine in 1955, […]

Artist creates giant bear for class

Grizzly bears can grow up to nearly 10 feet tall and five feet wide, and can weigh up to 1,500 pounds. Darby Caso’s ’14 bear is nearly as big, but weighs almost nothing and is made out of plastic. The bear, when it lies on its side, spans about nine feet in length and four […]

Student banding

James Hansen ’16 sometimes feels like he spends all day on music, like when his band meets up to rehearse for a show. He also practices drums or guitar every day after finishing his homework. Michael Edwards ’16 and Animaan Pathak ’15, two other students who have played in bands, devote similar amounts of time […]

World Language Department inducts students into Honor Society

Sinclair Cook ’14, Claire Goldsmith ’14, Julia Aizuss ’14 and Kennedy Green ’14 received Outstanding Senior Awards in Chinese, French, Latin, and Spanish respectively at the World Language Department Honor Society ceremony. In addition, selected upper school students were inducted into the society on May 20. Students who have taken advanced language classes and shown […]

I'll miss my family in Weiler Hall

I had a vague memory of what I had written – something about being weirded out that future me would know the consequences of all my choices so far. As all my friends slowly got their letters we wrote in 10th grade Choices & Challenges – I checked the mail eagerly awaiting sophomore Noa’s advice. […]