The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle

School refunds $1,000 per student, provides over $1 million in financial aid for community members

Ethan Lachman February 8, 2021

*Correction: The school has given only a small fraction of the financial aid to employees. Almost all of the money has gone to families. Board of Trustees Chair Alan Wilson (P ’10, ’13 and ’15)...

Quaranteen Love

Quaranteen Love

Ethan Lachman December 15, 2020

For Stone Kletecka ’21 and his girlfriend, their one-year anniversary came Oct. 26, but it barely resembled the celebration they envisioned at the start of their relationship. Accustomed to living within...

Administration introduces anti-racism plans

Ethan Lachman July 26, 2020

In response to schoolwide calls to take greater action against racism, the administration released a comprehensive list of initiatives July 24 to foster an anti-racist environment on campus. President...

The account's first post outlined its goals for the initiative. There are currently 28 posts total.

Alumni start ‘blackathw’ Instagram account

Ethan Lachman July 13, 2020

Class of 2019 alumni founded an Instagram account named “blackathw” June 21 to highlight the experiences and injustices Black students and people of color face at the school. The account is one of...

ON POINTE: One of the pre-recorded videos available to grandparents and special friends via website entails a performance by the middle school Contemporary Dance I class, taught by performing arts teacher Joe Schenck. The video lasts about one minute and details a dance routine created by the class.

Grandparents’ Day hosted online for first time

Ethan Lachman June 17, 2020

In order to maintain the annual tradition of Grandparents and Special Friends Day, the school launched a website that allows guests to experience students’ daily lives during distance learning May 27....

Administrators, alumni meet virtually to discuss systemic racism

Ethan Lachman June 14, 2020

In an email sent to students, parents, faculty and staff, President Rick Commons announced Friday that the administration met virtually with alumni who co-wrote two letters asking the school to take further...

Illustration by Alexa Druyanoff

An authoritarian rise

Ethan Lachman June 4, 2020

With little regard for the “checks and balances” principle written into the U.S. Constitution, President Donald Trump declared the authority of the president “total” on April 13. Although he reversed...

While Studio City business owners struggle to adapt during the coronavirus pandemic, members of the student body are working to provide their communities with essential needs. Illustration by Alexa Druyanoff

Facing coronavirus together

Ethan Lachman June 3, 2020

Having experienced nearly a 90 percent drop in business, Dove Rose does not know how many clients to expect when she opens her computer for virtual wellness sessions.  As a private trainer who began...

Alumni, students send letters to the school requesting internal action to help attain racial equality

Alumni, students send letters to the school requesting internal action to help attain racial equality

Ethan Lachman June 2, 2020

In response to nationwide protests against racial injustice, alumni sent two letters to the administration this week asking the school to more directly address racism within the school community and play...

Alumni and Students sign letter to Harvard-Westlake

This is a copy of a letter addressed to President Rick Commons, published with permission of Sophie Mancall-Bitel. Dear Mr. Commons: We are Harvard-Westlake alumni and current students. We write to respectfully...

Alumni letter penned to Harvard-Westlake

This is a copy of a letter addressed to the school administration, published with permission of Keren Johnson. We don’t know how to open this letter. We have so much to say and yet so few words to express...

A new, unpredictable normal

A new, unpredictable normal

Ethan Lachman April 9, 2020

Once we come back to school, I imagine that we’ll all passionately embrace. As we grip each other tightly, our cheeks will be tomato-red not just because our computer cameras no longer hide our small...

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