Raphael to pursue career as poet, professional writer

By Keane Muraoka-Robertson After teaching Upper School English for the last five years, Jennifer Raphael will be leaving to pursue a career as writer and take poetry classes. Raphael started teaching in the fall of 2005. Since then, she has taught English II and English III to sophomores and juniors, respectively. “‘The Virgin Suicides’ is […]

Senior explores religion in the works of J.D. Salinger

By Lara Sokoloff  ”I love writing English essays,” Mary Rose Fissinger ’11 said, and that love is what inspired her to do an independent study. Fissinger has worked with English teacher Jeremy Michaelson to produce an extensive paper analyzing the theme of religion in J.D. Salinger’s “Franny and Zooey.” Fissinger was inspired to do an […]

English teacher undergoes emergency appendectomy

By Alexia Boyarsky Former English teacher Dr. Alan Buster will substitute for English teacher Geraldine Harding for at least the rest of this week, while Harding recovers from an emergency appendectomy, said Head of School Harry Salamanadra. Harding was hospitalized at Cedars Sinai Medical Center late Thursday evening. Buster retired from the school in 2005. […]

Yoo to move to Hong Kong

By Danielle Kolin Stephanie Yoo will teach her last English class at the Upper School on Friday, after two and a half years working at the school. She will move to Hong Kong with her husband, who received a job offer there only a few weeks ago. “It was a very unexpected move,” Yoo said, […]

Senior wins National English Award

By Karen Aquino Siena Leslie ’08 won the National Council of Teachers of English Achievement Award and a Certificate for Superior Writing for a poem, short story, and proctored essay she submitted. Leslie submitted her two pieces of writing and then wrote a proctored essay after school at school in early May and she was […]

Specialist trains faculty to handle on-campus crises

By Michael Kaplan Led by Head of School Jeanne Huybrects and Dr. Robert Pynoos, 34 faculty members met Wed. Oct. 17 to evaluate the Student Counseling Program and crisis management at the school. Pynoos, a professor of psychiatry at UCLA and Co-Director for the National Center of Child Traumatic Stress, addressed the group, which included […]