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The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle

The Student News Site of Harvard-Westlake School

The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle

The Student News Site of Harvard-Westlake School

The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle

Student Ambassadors socialize on the Middle School Lower Lawn while waiting to get food from  In-N-Out and Rice Balls of Fire trucks.

Student Ambassadors gather at Training Dinner

Davis Marks September 23, 2021

The Admission Office hosted the annual Student Ambassador Training Dinner at the Middle School campus Monday, Sept. 20. The Student Ambassador Training Dinner is an annual event dedicated to preparing...

A fan blows out the fumes inside the science classroom in the aftermath of the incident.

Chemistry class accident triggers fire alarm

Davis Marks and Will Sherwood September 22, 2021

A lab accident in a sophomore chemistry class produced an excess amount of smoke, causing an Upper School-wide fire evacuation Tuesday morning. At approximately 9 a.m., fire alarms rang throughout the...

President Rick Commons presents in front of parents in the Saperstein Theater, beside a slideshow image of upper school students on the Quad.

Administrators reflect at State of the School Address

Will Sherwood September 22, 2021

The school ushered in the 2021-2022 school year with a presentation for parents at the State of the School address in one of the first in-person events since the pandemic began. Head of Harvard-Westlake...

On a dummy, an illustrated student practices CPR technique. With the new requirement, all students beginning with the class of 2024 will be trained in CPR.

School institutes new CPR community service requirement

Grant Park September 20, 2021

The school announced a new requirement for all upper school students to complete 10 hours of CPR/AED and first aid training before graduation in an email sent to students and parents Sept. 14. Dean...

Director of Advancement Eli Goldsmith records an episode of The Supporting Cast in front of library shelves.

“The Supporting Cast” podcast launches third season

James Hess September 19, 2021

“The Supporting Cast,” the school-affiliated podcast hosted by Director of Advancement Eli Goldsmith, will begin its third season of production. Since he started in January 2020, Goldsmith has recorded...

From left to right: Peer Support Leaders and Trainees Lily Saada 22, Eliza Koblentz 23, Alec Rosenthal 22, Sophia Haynes 22, Henry Wendorf 23, Will Sherwood 23 and Harry Tarses 23 relax in their pajamas before going to sleep. The Peer Support retreat is one of the few overnight trips the school has authorized since the pandemic.

Peer Support retreat kicks off 2021-22 program

Fallon Dern September 18, 2021

Peer Support leaders and trainees participated in a bonding retreat at Camp Ramah from Sept. 10 to 12. This marked the program's first overnight trip since COVID-19 moved the group meetings to Zoom. Students...

Upper school students crowd around the booth outside Chalmers to complete their registration and receive Dunkin Donuts, with their Social Security numbers in hand.

Seniors organize voting registration booth

Lucas Cohen-d'Arbeloff and Chloe Park September 17, 2021

Several upper school students affiliated with the organization Redefy California ran a booth for peers to register or pre-register to vote Tuesday. They offered donuts to each student who participated...

As she plays her cello, Helena Wu 23 reflects on Chaplain Anne Gardners sermon about 9/11. Wu was a student performer for the observance.

Virtual 9/11 observance inspires community reflection

Emmy Zhang and Lucas Cohen-d'Arbeloff September 16, 2021

Reverend Anne Gardner hosted a virtual observance of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on Friday. The event featured a speech by Gardner and a live musical performance. After welcoming attendees...

Students view films made by their classmates in Ahmanson Theater, which was one of the activities available during Community Time.

Student and faculty artistic talents showcased in Community Time

Madison Baffo September 16, 2021

Upper school students gathered on Monday, Sept. 14 for an interactive event where they had the opportunity to experience the creative talents of the school community. In the Feldman-Horn gallery, art...

From left to right: Syracuse Associate Director of Admissions, Southern California Camille Crites, Digital Managing Editor Maxine Zuriff 22, Miles Carrillo 22 and Willa Fogelson 22 converse about the majors offered at Syracuse. College representative visits take place during breaks and lunch.

College representatives visit students

Natasha Speiss September 15, 2021

As part of the College Representative Visit Program, the Upper School Deans Office has organized visits for college representatives to meet with juniors and seniors throughout November. Representative...

At the Senior Ring Ceremony, Senior Prefect Jason Thompson 22 addresses seniors and their families, discussing his high school experiences.

Seniors celebrate annual ring ceremony

Natalie Cosgrove and Davis Marks September 14, 2021

Seniors and their families gathered on the Ted Slavin field Sunday for the annual Senior Ring Ceremony. Each senior was given a ring or a pin, as well as flower crowns and boutonnieres, to represent school...

Noah Nakayama 23 studies and completes his schoolwork from home.

Students and teachers reflect on remote learning experience

Alex Hahn September 14, 2021

The administration informed all Upper School students and parents that online or hybrid education would not be offered to those who do not physically attend school in an email sent August 23. With the...

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