An open letter to our parents

An open letter to our parents

Dear Parents, Last year, middle and upper school students took a survey about their experiences at Harvard-Westlake. The results are in, and we feel compelled to share them with you. Students who felt that they failed to meet their parents expectations suffered –– they got less sleep, enjoyed academics less and were more likely to […]

Columnist speaks to parents

The New York Times columnist Frank Bruni urged parents of the Class of 2018 to understand the nominal importance of prestigious college acceptance Nov. 14 in a discussion in Taper Gym. Bruni spoke about his most recent book, “Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be.” “[Bruni] was superb,” President Rick Commons said. “The way […]

US Back-to-School moves to Sept. 22

By Noa Yadidi Upper School Back-to-School Day was moved to Sept. 22 due to the second installment of “Carmageddon” 405 freeway closures between the 10 and 101 freeways. The 405 will be closed on Sept. 29 and 30 in order to continue the expansion of the Mulholland Drive bridge, dubbed “Carmageddon II,” according to the […]

Students attend enrichment program

About 80 rising fifth and sixth graders attended the Summer Enrichment Program at the Middle School for four weeks during the summer. Middle School Attendance Coordinator Brenda Simon runs the program, which is in its 20th year. Students took classes in core subjects and performing arts. They also performed routines that they learned in their […]

High Stakes: Starting the Application Process

By Rachel Schwartz   Courtney* Courtney spent her summer going to tournaments and camps for her sport. She has met with coaches and has received offers from several schools including eight division three liberal arts colleges including Williams, Amherst, Connecticut College and Hamilton. Not only does she like these schools because of the athletic opportunities […]

Students able to access grades online for 1st time

By Jack Goldfisher At the end of the first semester, for the first time since grades were made available online, students could access their grades using their own login information. Prior to the change, grades could only be viewed by signing in to the parents’ portal, which “seemed silly,” Upper School Dean Tamar Adegbile […]

Admissions officer offers advice to juniors, parents

By Eric Greenberg The Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Admissions at New York University advised juniors and their parents about the application process at their class meeting yesterday and Junior Parent Night last night. Shawn Abbott has spoken to parents in the past, and the deans wanted juniors to hear his advice, Upper School Dean […]

Learn from others' mistakes

By Camille Shooshani My first thought after ramming the hood of my car into an Audi S5 at 30 mph was “I’m going to be late for school.” A few seconds later, after I felt the the full impact of what had just happened, I started to panic. I pulled over as carefully as I […]

Weissenbach to run for The Cardinal

By Robbie Loeb Amy Weissenbach ’12, a two-time California state track and field champion and national high school federation record holder for 800-meters, has committed to Stanford, the Harvard-Westlake Athletic Department announced Friday afternoon. “At Stanford, I can do everything I want to do,” Weissenbach said in the school’s press release. “I can grow and be […]

Salamandra warns homecoming party planners

By Judd Liebman A parent sent Head of Upper School Harry Salamandra a copy of a Facebook message using the phrases “B.Y.O.B.” and “don’t puke,” alerting him of the possibility of a Homecoming after party. A group of five seniors planned an event in the weeks before Homecoming but cancelled it the day before the […]

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