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. […]

Commons addresses parent concerns

President Rick Commons and Head of School Jeanne Huybrechts have invited parents of African-American students to a dinner June 4 at the home of Maria and Jeff Harleston (Miles ’15, Zachary ’17) to discuss the experience of black students in the classroom and social community. Members of the Parents of African-American Harvard-Westlake Students group, which […]

Upper School shuts gates after local robbery

The Los Angeles Police Department is conducting an ongoing investigation of a robbery that took place at the Verizon Wireless store on Ventura Boulevard Thursday around noon, LAPD Media Relations Officer S. Madera said. Although no official lockdown was declared, the Upper School shut its gates and followed emergency procedures for 40 minutes when the suspect […]

96 percent value academics, but only 55 percent enjoy classes, study finds

Although almost all upper school students find their academics valuable, only half find them enjoyable and only a slight majority of students are satisfied and not distressed, according to the workload survey’s culminating report finalized April 24 and released to faculty and staff via the faculty portal April 25. Some 95.9 percent of upper school […]

315 new students to enroll for 2014-2015 year

A total of 315 new students will enroll for the 2014-2015 school year from a total of 1,094 applications across grades 7-11, Assistant Director of Admission Melanie Leon said. Two new students were admitted for 11th grade, 15 for 10th grade, 80 for ninth grade, three for eighth grade and 215 for seventh grade. The […]

Workload committee finishes analyzing data, begins proposal process at meeting

The workload study committee finished analyzing the data from the workload study and began formulating proposals at its meeting March 13. The proposals will draw from the over 60-page report on the findings from the study and outlining recommendations for the administration to pursue, Head of School Jeanne Huybrechts said. The committee, led by upper […]

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 […]

2 students to receive Iberian, Latin-American Studies Fellowship for summer immersion

Two students will be awarded the new Iberian and Latin-American Studies Fellowship this spring for summer studies in the Spanish-speaking world, Head of School Jeanne Huybrechts announced in an email to students Monday. Similar to the Gunter Gross Asia Initiative, the Iberian and Latin American Studies Fellowship encourages students to “focus and extend what we […]

Fellowship to send two teachers to India

Two members of the faculty can apply to travel together to India through the India Exploration and Immersion Faculty Fellowship sponsored by the Harvard-Westlake Cultural Heritage and Arts of India Club and the Gunter-Gross Asia initiative. Two faculty members must jointly design a program to “result in expanded global interest, awareness and understanding through exploration […]

Separate Prefect Council and the Honor Board

I’ve been waiting since August to write this column. I’ve been waiting for the right time, looking for the right news peg to naturally spark what I’ve always had swirling around in my head. I haven’t found it, and, frankly, I’ve come to realize that I don’t need it. It’s time for me to make […]

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