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Home is wherever I’m with you

Noa Schwartz June 1, 2018

I got home from my first day at Harvard-Westlake and immediately rushed to my room to document the moment with Photo Booth selfies. Clearly, I was, and still am, an absolute dork. In that moment, my confidence...

Dynamic Duo: An Interview with English Teachers Jeremy Michaelson and Jocelyn Medawar

Dynamic Duo: An Interview with English Teachers Jeremy Michaelson and Jocelyn Medawar

Noa Schwartz February 27, 2018

“I mean…I hear we’re pretty good,” English teacher Jeremy Michaelson said, laughing, when we asked him and English teacher Jocelyn Medawar: “You guys have to know the mutual reputation that you...

Extinguishing the effects of the fire

Noa Schwartz January 23, 2018

A month ago around five a.m., I was woken to the sound of helicopters and the smell of smoke. I had around five minutes to evacuate my house entirely, with little time to grab any of my belongings. Just...

Photo Illustration by Jenny Li and Alison Oh

Spin to Succeed: Is Harvard-Westlake worth it?

Noa Schwartz November 20, 2017

After first reading “Privilege and Pressure,” a 2013 article in the LA Times criticizing Harvard-Westlake’s intense environment Upper School Dean Sharon Cuseo said she prepared herself for an avalanche...

Las Vegas concert shooting affects school community, students reflect

Noa Schwartz October 11, 2017

A senior boy’s girlfriend was supposed to be at a Jason Aldean concert Oct. 1 in Las Vegas with limited access to cell service until after midnight. Instead, he received a call from her around 10:40...

Ross, Resnick each assume new positions at the Upper School

Ross, Resnick each assume new positions at the Upper School

Noa Schwartz August 29, 2017

Entering Harvard-Westlake after a year of both difficult and important conversations, new Head of Upper School Laura Ross said she aims to spend her first year focusing on how to best support student needs...

Changing it up: Dress code to address gender identity

Noa Schwartz June 3, 2017

Administrators drafted an altered wording of the school’s Dress Code, which acknowledges gender identity and issues with its enforcement, as a result of complaints from both upper and middle school students....

Nick Melvoin ’04 elected to LAUSD Board

Noa Schwartz May 17, 2017

Alum and former Chronicle Editor-in-Chief Nick Melvoin '04 emerged victorious in L.A. Unified School District Board elections May 16. After garnering enough votes in the March primary election to advance...

Conservative students request a speaker to better represent their political interests

Noa Schwartz April 26, 2017

Saying she feels overwhelmed and judged in a community that is predominantly liberal, a sophomore girl, who identifies as conservative, is attempting to bring a conservative guest speaker to the school. The...

Cairns to retire after 32 years

Noa Schwartz March 10, 2017

Upper School Dean Vanna Cairns announced her retirement to her students today via email. Cairns has worked at the school for 32 years, serving initially as a French teacher and eventually as both a...

Nick Melvoin ’04 to compete in LAUSD runoff

Noa Schwartz March 8, 2017

Alum and District Four L.A. Unified School District board candidate Nick Melvoin ’04 will compete in a runoff with incumbent District 4 School Board President Steve Zimmer after a second place finish...

Nick Melvoin '04 is challenging LAUSD school board President Steve Zimmer for the District Four seat. Credit: Noa Schwartz/Chronicle

Alum challenges school board president

Noa Schwartz February 16, 2017

Alum and District Four L.A. Unified School District board candidate Nick Melvoin ’04 aims to lead the charge in implementing necessary change to modernize the LAUSD. Melvoin is in the final month of...

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