A Big Request: Teacher Recommendation Letters

A Big Request: Teacher Recommendation Letters

When Luke Rowen ’19 first picked up a deck of “Magic: The Gathering” cards as a junior in math teacher Andy Stout’s Design and Data Structures class, he was not thinking about college recommendations. One month later, when he traveled with Stout and other members of the Magic Club to Phoenix for the Grand Prix, […]

Faculty showcases artwork in gallery

Faculty showcases artwork in gallery

Faculty artists displayed their artwork, sculptures, photography and paintings at the Visual Arts Department Faculty Exhibit in Feldman-Horn gallery. Jesse Chehak ’97, Claire Cochran ’06, Cheri Gaulke, Nicole Stahl, Gustavo Godoy and Alexandra Pacheco Garcia created the showcased art. Stahl said that she created her art over the course of the last few years and […]

By the Book: Fitting Teachers’ Expectations

By the Book: Fitting Teachers’ Expectations

Alexa* let out a sigh of disappointment as she trudged out of the English department office with a page of edits in one hand and a laptop in another. After meeting with her teacher about an upcoming writing assignment, she came to a realization that the words on her edited paper were not hers. Dreading […]

Teachers address midterms in class

Teachers address midterms in class

During the weeks leading up to the 2018 midterm elections, the history department prepared in-class activities and discussions for students regarding possible outcomes of the race. The late-start block schedule days encouraged some history teachers to implement an election-related activity or assignment in their classes, history teacher Celia Goedde said. “With the block periods landing […]

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, […]

New Pokémon Go App Is A Summer Trend

New Pokémon Go App Is A Summer Trend

When Assistant to the Head of Upper School Michelle Bracken received a call from her sister-in-law, she was expecting a casual chat about family and friends, she said. Instead, her sister-in-law informed Bracken that her nephew had been robbed at gunpoint while catching Pokemon. Bracken’s nephew had been Pokemon hunting in North Hollywood with a […]

Teacher assignments leaked on The Hub

Upper school students found their teacher assignments on The Hub Tuesday morning, making this the second year in a row that The Hub has prematurely released teacher names and then promptly removed them from the site. Students logged onto The Hub and viewed courses to see their teacher assignments. Students had access to class schedules […]

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. […]

A lot to be thankful for at Harvard-Westlake

A lot to be thankful for at Harvard-Westlake

Henry M. Gunn and Palo Alto high schools in Silicon Valley are situated near train tracks. Most students, when they come to the tracks, know the drill; they wait until the train passes, and then they cross. But at Gunn, starting in 2009 and over the course of nine months, three students did not wait […]