The Student News Site of Harvard-Westlake School

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

Instagram account shares student car collisions in school parking lot

Instagram account shares student car collisions in school parking lot

Julian Andreone October 16, 2021

A student-run Instagram account resumed posting pictures of unsuccessful parking jobs and car accidents in the Upper School lot in August after an 18-month-long hiatus that started when campus closed Mar....

Instagram account ‘wokeathw’ critiques school’s revised history curriculum and Anti-Racism plan

Melody Tang and Caitlin Muñoz October 3, 2021

Instagram account @wokeathw created Sept. 7, 2020, by a group of anonymous community members disapproving of the school’s anti-racism initiatives, uploaded a post critiquing the Upper School History...

In an illustration, a figure takes notes watching the Back to School virtual meeting of an English class. For Back to School Day, parents and guardians were able to follow their childs schedule and attend their classes.

Teachers host Back to School Day

Lucas Cohen-d'Arbeloff October 1, 2021

The school hosted a virtual Back to School Day for upper school parents Sept. 25. The event helps parents learn more about their children’s courses, teachers and learning experiences. Although students...

Konnie Duan ’23 shows her sticker after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine at a drive-through clinic.

Full vaccination required by administration for school year

Claire Conner September 5, 2021

The school required all students and employees returning to campus to submit proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 online by Aug. 13, which President Rick Commons announced in an all-school email...

Upper School students wait in line to buy lunch during the new 45-minute block.

School community addresses new lunch period

Julian Andreone August 27, 2021

The school will make changes to its lunch period after experiencing consistently large crowds and long lines during the 45-minute period. Head of Upper School Beth Slattery said the school did not expect...

Administration mandates vaccinations for all students and staff in new school year

Claire Conner August 26, 2021

The school required all students and employees returning to campus to submit proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 online by Aug. 13, which President Rick Commons announced in an all-school email...

Students gather on The Quad during lunch on the first day of school while scrolling through their cell phones.

Administration implements updated cell phone policy

Lucas Cohen D'Arbeloff and Kriste An August 26, 2021

Upper school students will be required to place their cell phones in caddies during classes, Head of Upper School Beth Slattery announced in an email Aug. 23. Slattery said the administration implemented...

Seniors will have the option to pass through the halls of Seaver Academic Center on their way to classes every day starting March 3, while juniors and sophomores will be able to attend classes in person for three days out of the six-day cycle.

Commons announces more opportunities for students to learn on campus

Tessa Augsberger April 26, 2021
Sophomores will attend classes in person on Days One, Four and Six, while juniors will do so on Days Two, Three and Five starting May 3. Seniors will have the option to attend school in person every day for the rest of the year.
Head of Upper School Beth Slattery shares her reaction to the release of the Chauvin verdict as other participants listen.

Deans and counselors host open discussion after the release of the Derek Chauvin trial verdict

Ava Fattahi and Sandra Koretz April 22, 2021

In the midst of the Derek Chauvin trial decision, the school announced various measures prior to the announcement of the verdict in an attempt to benefit students who may be struggling during the time. George...

School removes ISEE mandate for incoming seventh grade students

Fallon Dern February 8, 2021

The school's admissions administration announced that incoming seventh graders will no longer be required to take the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE). Between stressful adjustments to new...

A recent Prefect Council email detailed 24 specific cases, 23 of which involved cheating and academic dishonesty.

Honor board reports increases in cheating

Alec Rosenthal February 3, 2021

The Prefect Council sent a quarterly update email to upper school students about recent Honor Board cases to address academic dishonesty and remind students of the school’s academic policies Jan. 19. The...

Illustration by Alexa Druyanoff

Going The Extra Mile

Tanisha Gunby August 27, 2020

When John Szijjarto '21 opened an email from College Board on Aug. 29, he was disappointed to find out that his SAT exam had been canceled for the fifth time. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, test centers...

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