Stress should not be in style

Stress should not be in style

It was Black Friday, and with dozens of tabs open on my overheating laptop, I scoured my favorite online shops for the best deals. In my hunt for savings, I noticed a troubling trend—more troubling than what I perceived to be this season’s lack of good discounts. Shirts touted phrases like “sleep-deprived,” “anxious” or even […]

Artwork-ing Off Stress

Artwork-ing Off Stress

Art allows students to escape from the responsibilities of school For Mimi Offor ’21, working on art portfolios or setting up a photoshoot in Feldman-Horn allows her to focus on what she loves, while also taking her mind off of the many responsibilities school brings. Offor said painting liberates her, and acts as a form […]

An open letter to our parents

An open letter to our parents

Dear Parents, Last year, middle and upper school students took a survey about their experiences at Harvard-Westlake. The results are in, and we feel compelled to share them with you. Students who felt that they failed to meet their parents expectations suffered –– they got less sleep, enjoyed academics less and were more likely to […]

‘Greatest Of All Time’: Faculty, staff participate in goat yoga

‘Greatest Of All Time’: Faculty, staff participate in goat yoga

To better improve their physical and mental health, members of faculty and staff participated in goat yoga outside of Rugby as part of their annual health and wellness week Oct. 19 . According to the instructors, while yoga generally helps to relieve stress, goat yoga particularly targets participants’ emotional wellbeing. “Yoga itself is already grounding […]

Dear Saba: Stop Stressing

Dear Saba: Stop Stressing

Dear “Stressed Out” Saba, Today is the one-year anniversary of my grandfather’s death. I had my first history test of the year, so naturally, my focus was directed toward this perceived “life-or-death” matter, and the sudden sadness and guilt hit me in a two-punch succession to my gut. Sadness because I nearly forgot, and guilt […]

ASMR You Satisfied?

ASMR You Satisfied?

The crunch of an apple. The tapping of a pencil. The whisper that “everything will be okay.” While these sounds are seemingly random, they have one thing in common: they are all a part of one of the Internet’s newest crazes, autonomous sensory meridian response, or more commonly known as ASMR. Although only more recently […]

Beyond the Books: Placing More Emphasis on Student Wellness

Beyond the Books: Placing More Emphasis on Student Wellness

“I geek out over all of this.” Interdisciplinary Studies and Independent Research Teacher and Counselor Michelle Bracken smiled as she reached above her desk to find a three inch binder given to her by the Institute for Social and Emotional Learning. “Imagine a world where in Kindergarten you learn about how to solve problems and […]

Stressing students’ well-being: Survey measures stress at school, home

Upper school students participated in the Challenge Success survey conducted by the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. The survey was part of a national study focusing on the experience of being a high school student both at school and at home. Administrators said that data from the survey can later be used to […]

Spring Into Action: Community bonds over third annual Spring Festival

Spring Into Action: Community bonds over third annual Spring Festival

Students and faculty members participated in a variety of competitive events including dodgeball, table tennis and Wii karaoke, and ate In-N-Out Burger during Community and Character Committee’s third annual Spring Festival March 23. Community and Character Committee hosted the event to foster a sense of community and allow students and teachers to have a break […]

Prefect Council provides massage therapists during midterms

LA Massage Factory provided students with massages Tuesday and Thursday in Chalmers East. The Upper School administration said that they recruited massage therapists to combat the stress and anxiety that students were facing during their mid-year assessments. The Founder and CEO of LA Massage Factory, Serge Nicolas, reported that the company has provided massages to […]