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 […]

School provides financial support for all faculty, staff members in midst of pandemic

School President Rick Commons announced in an email that the school will continue to support all staff and faculty members during the COVID-19 pandemic after members of the community expressed concern for employees’ wellbeing. “I am proud to say that Harvard-Westlake is not only providing extra assistance to our employees and school families who are […]

Commons proposes revised River Park plan to City of Los Angeles

In an email to the school community, President Rick Commons announced that the school submitted the draft plan for the River Park athletic facility to the City of Los Angeles, officially initiating the entitlement process. Commons releases revised plan for River Park facility In the past months, administrators involved in the project communicated with members […]

Commons responds to councilmember regarding River Park

President Rick Commons updated the school community in an email regarding the River Park athletic facility’s development plan and pledged to enact the changes suggested by Los Angeles Second District Councilmember Paul Krekorian. In his letter, Krekorian requested that school administrators fulfill 18 additional conditions before beginning the construction of River Park. Krekorian also said […]

In Loving memory of Rabbi Emily Feigenson

In Loving memory of Rabbi Emily Feigenson

Compassionate, bright and devoted to students’ wellbeing, Rabbi Emily Feigenson touched the entire Harvard-Westlake community during her 14 years at the school. On Jan. 23, Feigenson passed away after a two-year battle with brain cancer, surrounded by her husband Dennis Perluss and her children Netanya ’15, Talia ’18 and Gabriel. Students, faculty, parents and members […]

Middle School Chaplain passes away

Rabbi Emily Feigenson passed away Jan. 23, surrounded by her loved ones after a two year battle with brain cancer, President and Head of School Rick Commons announced in an email to alumni, faculty, staff and students. Since 2004, Feigenson has served as a rabbi and spiritual leader for members of the middle school community. […]

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