School suspends on-campus activity for three weeks

In an email Thursday, President Rick Commons announced the closure of both the upper and middle school campuses for three weeks from Saturday to Jan. 10. Both campuses will be closed over winter break until the week after classes resume. During this period, students will not be allowed on campus. Athletic activities and other student […]

Seniors celebrate annual ring ceremony

Seniors celebrate annual ring ceremony

In keeping up with an 87-year-old tradition, the school celebrated the seniors’ last year of high school with a drive-thru ring ceremony Sept. 13. The senior ring ceremony, which started in the fall of 1933 at Westlake School for Girls, represents the seniors’ role as leaders at the school. Senior Prefects gave speeches about changing […]

Outdoor cafeteria undergoes construction

Outdoor cafeteria undergoes construction

In an effort to efficiently provide lunch to the school community,  the administration  decided to build a cafeteria annex at the flag court. Associate Head of School Laura Ross said that while the school was planning the new schedule, many members of the community were concerned about the common lunch period. Without the cafeteria annex, […]

Commons releases update in response to rising coronavirus cases

President Rick Commons announced in a schoolwide email July 17 that summer sports practices will be suspended, and a full return to campus is less likely amid surging coronavirus cases. His statement follows California Governor Gavin Newsom’s order, which forbids campuses from reopening until Los Angeles County is taken off the California Department of Public […]

Administrators, alumni meet virtually to discuss systemic racism

In an email sent to students, parents, faculty and staff, President Rick Commons announced Friday that the administration met virtually with alumni who co-wrote two letters asking the school to take further steps to combat racial inequality and prejudice within the immediate community. Throughout the Zoom meeting, Commons said that he and other school leaders […]

Commons postpones graduation for 2020-2021 school year

In an email to students, parents, faculty and staff, President Rick Commons announced Friday that the school will delay graduation for the class of 2021 until June 11 of next year and will continue to remain flexible in planning for the fall quarter. Commons said that the graduation ceremony, which was originally scheduled to be […]

Alumni, students send letters to the school requesting internal action to help attain racial equality

Alumni, students send letters to the school requesting internal action to help attain racial equality

In response to nationwide protests against racial injustice, alumni sent two letters to the administration this week asking the school to more directly address racism within the school community and play a greater part in the movement toward racial equality. Though both letters recognized the school’s attempts to establish a diverse and inclusive environment, they […]

Administration holds virtual town hall for senior class

Members of the administration spoke to the senior class and answered questions about the school’s current plans for end-of-year traditions in a virtual town hall today. During the event, held over Zoom webinar, President Rick Commons, as well as Head of Upper School Laura Ross and other school leaders, addressed concerns about how the school […]

School to continue using Zoom despite nationwide Zoom bombing episodes

New York City schools suspended the use of Zoom last week over security concerns, according to an article from the U.S. News & World Report, days after an FBI Public Service Announcement cited a recent increase in cyber actors exploiting virtual environments. School President Rick Commons said that the school is investigating the reported security […]

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