School creates new faculty council for athletic mission statement

Harvard-Westlake has become a recognizable name in the high school sports community. With standout athletes such as Cassius Stanley ’19 and Johnny Juzang ’20, alongside a boys’ basketball State Championship victory and a nationally ranked girls’ basketball team elevating the school’s athletic reputation. Concerned about how this growing prominence of athletics will affect the Harvard-Westlake […]

Fanatics to equally promote both genders for sports

Fanatics to equally promote both genders for sports

The Head Fanatics are working to promote gender equality in sports and are also writing a mission statement. These changes are the result of high tensions on the Fanatics’ Facebook page as members and supporters of girls’ sports teams pointed out the Head Fanatics’ lack of promotion for girls’ sports so far this year. “We […]

Special Olympics athletes prepare for World Games on campus

Special Olympics athletes prepare for World Games on campus

With music blasting from speakers and members of the school and Studio City community cheering them on, Cuban and Czech Special Olympics athletes marched down the Ted Slavin Field in a procession to the quad. There, American staples – hamburgers, watermelon and pies – awaited them. Volunteer Katie Kreshek ’16 watched from her ice cream […]

A step in the right direction

In the condensed new mission statement, the most significant change lies in the phrase, “the joyful pursuit of educational excellence.” It acknowledges the emotional aspect of learning, reminding the community that academics are about more than just tests and GPAs. While the new statement retains the school’s focus on excellence, its tone is kinder and […]

Commons sums up mission in 26 words

The new mission statement emphasizes the importance of “joyful” learning in addition to academic excellence. President Rick Commons spoke about the statement at Opening Convocation on Tuesday. He first announced it Aug. 26 at the opening faculty and staff meeting and on the school website. “Harvard-Westlake strives to be a diverse and inclusive community united […]

President sets date for mission statement

President Rick Commons has set an end-of-year target to release the new mission statement he has been working on since December. He plans to meet with alumni on April 9 and hold an official meeting with the upper school faculty in the near future, although upper school faculty has discussed the mission statement in previous […]

Commons to rewrite mission statement

President Rick Commons has decided to rewrite the school’s mission statement to be more memorable and reflective of Harvard-Westlake’s core values. The current mission statement emphasizes the opportunities the school strives to provide for the development of its students’ intellectual, spiritual and emotional capacities. It states that students are taught to learn how to live […]