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The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle

The Student News Site of Harvard-Westlake School

The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle

The Student News Site of Harvard-Westlake School

The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle

In a Zoom breakout room hosted by an administrator, students discuss their thoughts on DEI's progress.

DEI Office hosts virtual student focus groups in new phase of climate assessments

Amelia Scharff May 5, 2021

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) conducted student focus groups as a part of its second DEI climate assessment via Zoom May 3 and 4. Students met in small groups with a leader from...

Seniors will have the option to pass through the halls of Seaver Academic Center on their way to classes every day starting March 3, while juniors and sophomores will be able to attend classes in person for three days out of the six-day cycle.

Commons announces more opportunities for students to learn on campus

Tessa Augsberger April 26, 2021
Sophomores will attend classes in person on Days One, Four and Six, while juniors will do so on Days Two, Three and Five starting May 3. Seniors will have the option to attend school in person every day for the rest of the year.

Los Angeles County enters COVID-19 red tier

Natalie Cosgrove March 27, 2021

Los Angeles County entered the California-enforced Red Tier on Monday, meaning COVID-19 safety protocols for the county will loosen. Indoor dining, museums and gyms are permitted to open with proper precautions...

President Rick Commons sent an email to the school community Friday in response to the media attention from the past week.

National media outlets publish articles critical of school’s DEI initiatives

Ethan Lachman and Kyle Reims March 13, 2021

Media outlets such as City Journal, Newsweek, Fox News and The Atlantic published articles criticizing the school over the past week, with much of their focus on the community’s anti-racism and Diversity,...

Commons announces that students can return to campus to attend online classes

Hannah Han and Ethan Lachman February 23, 2021

This is an ongoing story subject to updates. President Rick Commons announced in an email Tuesday that students will have the option to return to campus for classes starting March 9 because of a...

Campus re-opens for artists and individual grades

Ava Fattahi and Melody Tang February 3, 2021

After an increase in COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County prompted a complete school closure Jan. 8, on-campus  activities returned, with athletic practices starting Feb. 1 and weekend social activities...

Commons releases update regarding return to school

Sandra Koretz and Fallon Dern January 28, 2021

In an email sent to the school community Thursday, President Rick Commons said he is optimistic about a possible return to campus for students and faculty. Commons said that although COVID-19 cases within...

School suspends on-campus activity for three weeks

Tessa Augsberger December 23, 2020

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...

Mohona Ganguly ’21 receives a floral wreath from upper school dean Celso Cárdenas from inside her car. The celebration was held for seniors as a drive-thru due to the coronavirus Sept. 13.
Credit: Crystal Baik

Seniors celebrate annual ring ceremony

Tanisha Gunby September 17, 2020

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...

Photo by Ethan Lachman | 
Construction for the new upper school cafeteria, which aims to account for the new schedule’s common lunch period for all students, is nearing completion.The cafeteria has an outdoor sitting area nearby and is located near the steps of the Mudd Library.

Outdoor cafeteria undergoes construction

Tanisha Gunby September 4, 2020

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...

Commons presents reopening plans for 2020-21 school year

Tessa Augsberger and Sandra Koretz August 5, 2020

The administration released their Return to School Plans and Guidelines for the 2020-21 school year July 31. According to the plans, students will attend classes from home in a distance-learning model...

Commons releases update in response to rising coronavirus cases

Hannah Han July 18, 2020

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...

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