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 […]

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, […]

Giving a grade to grade transparency

Giving a grade to grade transparency

Rachel Lee ’17 impatiently waited as the clock counted down the minutes until 6 p.m. on March 22. Three minutes later, she logged onto the Harvard-Westlake student portal and accessed her long-awaited third quarter grades. “I just felt so relieved to finally see my grades, regardless of whether they were good or bad,” Lee said. […]