Students contract whooping cough

Eight students across both the middle and upper school campuses were diagnosed with pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, Community Health Officer Milo Sini said in an email Dec. 18.  The school notified only the parents of students who share classes or activities with those infected. This is the second consecutive year the highly contagious […]

Middle schoolers face discipline for selling, using vape devices on campus

Middle school students faced disciplinary consequences for buying and selling vaping devices and cartridges on campus, as well as vaping on campus, President Rick Commons announced in an email to parents Monday. “As last week made clear, Harvard-Westlake students—both middle and upper schoolers—are by no means immune to the problems of use and potential addiction […]

School uncovers middle school students vaping, may take disciplinary action

Middle school students will likely face disciplinary measures after a number of students were found using vape devices, President Rick Commons said. Commons said he does not have an estimated number of students involved in the incident. “It’s not widespread, but it’s more than two or three,” Commons said. Commons also said he could not […]

Chenier to depart US, move to MS campus

After 11 years on the upper school campus, English teacher Paul Chenier will be returning to the middle school history department next year. When Chenier originally began working at the school in 1999, he taught courses in the history and world languages department on the middle school campus. However, since 2007, Chenier has been teaching […]

Artist to showcase work at MS gallery

Artist Basil Kincaid will present his work in the Arlene Director Schnitzer ‘47 Art Gallery at the Middle School on Sept. 18. Schnitzer, who made the largest alumni donation in school history, made the event possible. Middle School Visual Arts Department Head Katie Palmer ’98 chose to display Kincaid’s work in order to represent the […]

Student wins North American School Scrabble Championship

Zach Ansell ’22, along with partner Jem Burch, won the 15th annual North American School Scrabble Championship on April 23 after defeating dozens of teams. In recognition of their successes against the more than 150 Scrabble players aged nine to 18 that participated in the competition, the team, which is also known as Random Word Generator, was awarded […]

Community to bury 25th anniversary time capsule

Students, faculty and staff members are collecting memorabilia that represent the 2016-17 Harvard-Westlake school year for a commemorative time capsule. The time capsule project is part of the administration’s initiative to honor the 25th anniversary of the school. The time capsule will be buried at the middle school campus later this year. The time capsule […]

Musicians to perform last concert

The Spring Instrumental Music Concert at Saperstein Theater on May 6 will be the last concert of the year for the Middle School ensembles. The concert will highlight the skills the ensembles have worked on since the beginning of the school year. Six ensembles will perform. The most advanced ensemble, the Middle School Symphony, will […]

Math Club tutors middle school team

The Math Club hosted a competitive circle Jan. 30. The competitive circle is a community service opportunity in which all members can volunteer to facilitate and teach free mathematics workshops for local underprivileged students. In addition to being an enjoyable activity for students interested in math, competitive circles also serve as a preparation course for the […]

Virtual Venom: The effects of cyberbullying

Virtual Venom: The effects of cyberbullying

“Fat,” “ugly” and “slut” burn into Lola’s* ’18 mind as she scrolls through a Facebook page with line after line of scathing attacks. As a seventh grader reading comments suggesting she should kill herself, she has never forgotten the feeling to this day. “I felt so small and that everyone hated me,” Lola said. “I […]

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