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The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle

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The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle

The Student News Site of Harvard-Westlake School

The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle

Prefect Council announced the new policy regarding absences on the weekends of Coachella Music Festival. Students can either miss the Friday or Monday of the weekend as an excused absence.

School announces new Coachella policy

Erin Ryu, Staff Writer April 13, 2024

The school is enforcing a new attendance policy proposed by Prefect Council during the weekends of Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 12 to 14 and April 19 to 21. The new policy will allow...

Taner Akçam spoke to students about the Armenian genocide and its denial.

Historian speaks about Armenian genocide at school assembly

Jack Ryan April 12, 2024

The school held a mandatory assembly for juniors and seniors to learn about the history of the Armenian Genocide in Taper Gymnasium on April 12. Armenian Club leaders Andrew Khachatourian ’24 and Derek...

The Upper School is mandating the use of phone caddies in the classroom for the fourth quarter to prevent further distractions from cellphones following an increase in Honor Board cases related to phone usage. The use of earbuds and headphones in the classroom will also be strictly prohibited.

Upper School reinforces phone and earbud policies

Nathan Wang, Assistant News Editor April 3, 2024

Head of Upper School Beth Slattery mandated that teachers enforce the upper school’s cell phone policy in an email to teachers March 19. In the email, Slattery said the Upper School is tightening existing...

Aghnatios and Borris give speeches at Head Prefect elections to sophomores and juniors. They both currently serve on Prefect Council as Junior Prefects.

Aghnatios and Borris elected as Head Prefects for 2024-2025 year

Erin Ryu and Celine Wang March 29, 2024

Junior Prefects Ellie Borris '25 and Assistant Arts and Entertainment Editor Sasha Aghnatios '25 were elected as Head Prefects for the 2024-2025 school year by sophomores and juniors after winning a runoff...

River Park construction set to begin in April, seven years after purchase

Eden Conner, Assistant Opinion Editor March 22, 2024

Following its 2017 purchase, River Park is currently slated to begin construction April 4. Los Angeles (LA) City Council approved the project Nov. 14, issuing a conditional use permit for the school. As...

Community Council hosts Community Service Week for students

Jack Ryan March 22, 2024

Community Council organized the second Community Service Week of the school year, with community service opportunities and school bonding events, from March 18-22. Activities included an Animal Rights...

New Academic Classes for 2024-2025

Annabelle Cheung, Jack Ryan, Everett Lakey, and Erin Ryu March 21, 2024

Introduction to Computer Science By Annabelle Cheung A new elective called Introduction to Computer Science will be available for the 2024-2025 school year and will be taught by Upper School Math Teacher...

Students organized a fundraiser on the Quad to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s fight against cancer.

Students host bake sale for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Lyla Kavanagh March 20, 2024

A group of students hosted a bake sale to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) as part of their Student Visionaries of the Year (SVOY) Program on the Quad on March 14. The team, WCKD...

MESA club observes the Persian New Year on March 19

Colin Ho March 20, 2024

Alliance (MESA) hosted its annual Nowruz celebration on the Quad on March 20. Nowruz is the first day of the Persian New Year, which falls on the first day of spring and is celebrated by many people of...

Teacher salaries increase

Everett Lakey, Assistant News Editor March 20, 2024

The school announced that teacher salaries will increase again for the 2024-2025 school year during a faculty meeting. The school introduced variable wage rates six years ago, changing the preceding constant...

PROTECTING PLANTS: Advanced Placement (AP) Environmental Science students partnered with the Studio City Neighborhood Council and TreePeople to improve native plant and bird life along the Los Angeles River. Students removed invasive plants and replaced them with native species. Printed with permission of: Stacy Marble

Advanced Placement (AP) Environmental Science students contribute to local river cleanup

Erin Ryu March 20, 2024

Advanced Placement Environmental Science (APES) students visited the Los Angeles River for their fourth environmental service trip of the year March 9. During the trip, students went on a nature walk,...

School to hire new rabbi

Sienna Dall’Olmo March 20, 2024

The school began the process of hiring a new spiritual leader for the 2024-2025 school year, a position that has not been filled since the passing of Rabbi Emily Feigenson in March 2020. For the last four...

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