Cross Country teams finish second and third; Individual runners take first

By Grant Nussbaum In their first Mission League meet, the girls’ and boys’ varsity cross country teams placed second and third respectively at Woodley Park on Thursday. Although each team fell short of first overall, Ben Weissenbach ’15 was first to cross the finish line in the boys’ race, while Lizzy Thomas ’14 took first […]

New cameras surveil former construction areas

By Scott Nussbaum Forty cameras were installed on campus over the summer to increase security and will remain on campus, Head of Security Jim Crawford said. “Most of the cameras are visible and will be used to keep intruders off campus and stop students and parents from being worried,” Crawford said. The security team aims […]

Also known as…

By Sanjana Kucheria and Rebecca Nussbaum Justin “Chestnut” Berman ’13 Justin Berman’s ’13 name changed on his first day of cross country practice. When coach and Olympic gold medalist Johnny Gray asked his name, he replied, “Justin.” Unable to hear the young, shy runner, Gray thought he said “Chestnut.” The nickname became a joke among […]

Tuition to rise 3.3% next year

By Rebecca Nussbaum Tuition for the 2012-2013 school year will rise by 3.3 percent to $31,350, the smallest percentage increase in 25 years, Chief Financial Officer Rob Levin said.   Chair of the Board of Trustees Christine Hazy (Steven ’00, Charissa ’03, Trenton ’05, Courtney ’11) announced this number in a letter on the Parents’ Portal […]

Teachers adjust to change in course loads

By Rebecca Nussbaum First quarter is when students adjust to new teachers, subjects and schedules. But the changes are not limited to students. On the other side of the desk, many teachers are adjusting to new courses. Upper School Science Department Head Larry Axelrod teaches a period of chemistry after teaching only Adanced Placement Biology […]

Librarians implement new extended time system

By Rebecca Nussbaum To prevent cheating, students using extended time must place their tests in a drop box in Silent Study that the librarians installed on Oct. 13. This year, while the library is under construction, students had to walk with their tests between the temporary Chalmers library and the Silent Study, allowing for potential […]

Junior year lives up to its reputation

By Rebecca Nussbaum Yikes, you’re a junior. That’s killer. This is the typical reaction I get when people ask me what grade I’m in. And they are right. Everyone hears about the myth of junior year. No sleep. Red Bull. Piles of history reading. SATs. ACTs. APs. Varsity sports. Going into this year, I thought […]

Junior wins grant to study geology

By Rebecca Nussbaum Xochi Maberry-Gaulke ’12 will take a two-week driving tour of Iceland as the winner of the Junior Summer Fellowship, learning about plate tectonics and how locals cope with the threat of natural disasters. She will also film and photograph Icelandic landscapes that she will incorporate into “visual field trips” in her senior […]

Panal urges parents to combat teen drinking

By Rebecca Nussbaum Parents are being asked to help combat a binge drinking culture at the Upper School in light of the hospitalization of six intoxicated students at the unauthorized semiformal afterparty in January, a record number of parents at April 20’s Harvard-Westlake Parents Association board meeting were told. The school has a plan to […]

School controller resigns post after 14-year tenure

By Rebecca Nussbaum School controller Vanessa Rhodes resigned as of Jan. 1 after holding her position for 14 years. “You get a sense when someone’s ready for the next step in their life, and she was,” Chief Executive Officer Rob Levin said. Rhodes oversaw the school’s accounting system and governmental filings in addition to supporting […]