End of an era: FJ to retire

End of an era: FJ to retire

After 21 years of working at the school, Chaplain J. Young will retire to travel and assume the position of Chaplain for the Los Angeles FBI. Young has always worked as a chaplain, but he also assisted with the Honor Board, Community Council and Prefect Council during his time at the school. Young has been […]

Mieszczanski to become Director of Admission

Aaron Mieszczanski will replace Elizabeth Riordan as Director of Admission, President Rick Commons announced in an email Jan. 2. Riordan is stepping down at the end of the school year to focus on public education. She has been the Director of Admission for 26 years at both Harvard-Westlake and the Westlake School for Girls. Mieszczanski […]

School buys Weddington

School buys Weddington

After years of attempting to expand athletic facilities, the school put plans for a new parking structure on hold and entered an agreement to purchase Weddington Golf & Tennis with intentions to build a Community Athletics Center, President Rick Commons announced in an email to the school community Oct. 30. Chairman of the Board of […]

Seniors attend annual Ring Ceremony

Seniors attend annual Ring Ceremony

Members of the class of 2018 celebrated the start of their final year as high school students by receiving rings and pins at Senior Ceremony on Sunday. Senior Prefects JP Cherry ’18, Princie Kim ’18, Sarah Conway ’18 and Eli Timoner ’18 began the ceremony by speaking to their peers about their upper school experiences. […]

Amato to permanently stay at John Thomas Dye

After a 38-year tenure at Harvard-Westlake, Former Vice President of School John Amato will be staying at the John Thomas Dye School indefinitely. Amato left Harvard-Westlake at the end of the 2015-2016 school year to serve as the Interim Head of School for JTD and intended to return for the 2016-2017 school year. He decided […]

AP restrictions start with Class of 2022

AP restrictions start with Class of 2022

  President Rick Commons, Associate Head of School Liz Resnick and Head of Upper School Laura Ross approved the Faculty Academic Committee’s recommendation to limit the number of Advanced Placement courses upper school students can take and remove the GPA weighting for AP and honors courses. The policy, which will go into effect for the […]

City holds parking hearing

The Parking, Safety and Athletic Improvement Project is waiting for the City Planning Commission’s approval to move forward after the Aug. 8 hearing, where attendees were able to voice their concerns. The hearing addressed traffic, safety, the environment and the community, giving both Save Coldwater Canyon supporters and those in favor of the project an […]

New athletics principles created

New athletics principles created

After six months of meetings, the administration will present a set of 15 athletics principles as a standard for the athletic department’s expectations and to address contemporary issues. The Athletics Mission and Planning Committee, made up of 14 faculty and staff members, convened to answer two questions: In what ways is the HW Athletics Program […]

PSA Improvement Project to hold first public hearing

PSA Improvement Project to hold first public hearing

The Parking, Safety and Athletic Improvement Project will hold its first public hearing with the City of Los Angeles on Aug. 8, President Rick Commons said in an email sent to parents and alumni on July 13. The project includes a parking structure, bridge to cross Coldwater Canyon and practice field for school athletics. “This […]

Conservative students request a speaker to better represent their political interests

Saying she feels overwhelmed and judged in a community that is predominantly liberal, a sophomore girl, who identifies as conservative, is attempting to bring a conservative guest speaker to the school. The student, who wished to remain anonymous because she was uncomfortable publicizing her political views, said hosting a conservative speaker would be a logical […]

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