Stewart to move back to Seattle, will teach chemistry

Science teacher Chelsea Stewart will leave the school to continue her passion for teaching Chemistry at Lakeside School in her hometown of Seattle, Wash. “I have had a fantastic time at the school and learning the personality and humor of each of my classes,” Stewart said. Since chemistry was one of her favorite subjects as […]

Schuhl to teach, coach at Thacher School

After 16 years of teaching at the school, science teacher Dietrich Schuhl will be leaving Harvard-Westlake at the end of this year to work at the Thacher School in Ojai, Calif. At Thatcher, he will coach the school’s track, soccer and climbing teams in addition to teaching and advising in the classroom. During his time […]

Cheating the System

Cheating the System

Every time Rodney* ’19 received an essay assignment in his sophomore English class, he would go home and share the prompt with his tutor, who would write the essay in front of him on his own computer while only sometimes asking Rodney for his input. “I got worse [in English last year] because I stopped […]

Feulner to leave science department

After 37 years at the school, physics teacher John Feulner will retire to the Pennsylvania countryside. In addition to teaching physics, during his time at the school, Feulner has been Chair of the Building Committee, Head of the Science Department and a middle school science teacher. “I had no idea when I took the job […]

The Universal Language of Science

The Universal Language of Science

I was failing English. My five-year-old self (excuse me, my five-and-a-half-year-old self) had guessed as much as I watched my grumpy, frail kindergarten teacher pull my mother aside that chilly spring day. As my eyes darted from word to unrecognizable word on the board before me, the assistant teacher’s face growing more and more disappointed […]

Rocket launched with student experiment onboard

SpaceX launched a rocket Feb. 19 containing an experiment in paper chromatography that Samuel Buckley-Bonanno ’19 designed. The experiment tests the effect that gravity has on chromatography and how the outcome differs between Earth and space. Buckley-Bonanno explained that in his experiment, he puts one side of a piece of paper with a sample of […]

Science department changes chemistry course

Science department changes chemistry course

Chemistry students will learn from an entirely redesigned curriculum, which includes less content and more homework and labs, beginning this year. Chemistry team leader Narae Park, Head of the Science Department Larry Axelrod and science teacher Heather Audesirk developed the new course materials during the summer. The chemistry team decided to alter the course last […]

Students, faculty pay tribute to science teacher

Students, faculty pay tribute to science teacher

Members of the school community paid tribute to science teacher Jim Brink on the anniversary of his death, Nov. 12, by writing letters and messages to his family. “The unfortunate passing of Mr. Brink was a profound, shaping moment for our community,” Prefect Council said in an email. “We all still feel the effects of […]

Chelsea Stewart: Science

Chelsea Stewart will join the upper school science department and teach chemistry this year after instructing Pharmaceutical Biochemistry to graduate students at the University of California, San Diego. Stewart was also the head tutor at Reality Changers, a program that assists students with homework and introduces first-generation college students to prospective careers. Stewart earned her […]

7th annual STEMfest features apps, social research, free food

Nitrogen-infused ice cream, smartphone apps, robotic presentations, statistical research projects and free tacos were highlights of the seventh annual STEMfest held on the quad during a special activities period May 20. Many of the projects, from various math and science classes and clubs, relied on surveys sent to students that asked about social activities, music […]