Don’t hesitate to procrastinate

After a long day of strenuous schoolwork, the devil on your shoulder urging you to put off all your work and play Candy Crush can seem like the deadliest thing to your high school career, but in reality it may not be completely in the wrong. Studies have shown that procrastinating will boost creativity and […]

School closes due to fires

School closes due to fires

Classes and activities were canceled on both the upper and middle school campuses on Wednesday and Thursday due to poor air quality caused by recent fires in the area. “We took into account air quality, the level of the winds, the containment percentage of the Skirball fire and other factors,” Head of Upper School Laura […]

The Path from Public to Private: Students matriculating from public schools reflect on the transition to Harvard-Westlake

The Path from Public to Private: Students matriculating from public schools reflect on the transition to Harvard-Westlake

As Josue Gutierrez ’18 gazed out the window on the long bus ride home after his first day of ninth grade at Harvard-Westlake, he felt stunned and overwhelmed. Basketball tryouts. Nine periods every day. A new, strange school, far from his home. “I came home and I didn’t know what to do and I just […]

Tatted Teens

Tatted Teens

When talk show host Wendy Williams asked reality star Kim Kardashian if she had any tattoos, Kardashian responded, “Would you put a bumper sticker on a Bentley?” While some students, like Kardashian, think that tattoos deface one’s body, others see them as a form of self-expression and appreciate them for their individuality. “The Bentley will […]

Seeking Safety: Students and Teachers Reflect on Syrian Refugee Crisis

Seeking Safety: Students and Teachers Reflect on Syrian Refugee Crisis

Only hours after signing a contract with their landlord, Fadia Afashe and her husband Jay Abdo lay shivering on the floor of their new apartment that they had found on Craigslist. Beside them stood two suitcases, surrounded by blank walls and empty rooms. Unfamiliar with the heating system and with nobody to contact for help, […]

The Chosen Ones: Students Request Certain Teachers from Deans

The Chosen Ones: Students Request Certain Teachers from Deans

After Sophie Tippl ’17 received her full schedule with teachers for her junior year, she could not help but worry. Her friends had warned her about one teacher who had a reputation as one of the most difficult graders for the subject, she said. Her friends also advised her to switch out of the class, […]