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Commons addresses anti-Asian hate crimes in all-school email

Fallon Dern March 22, 2021

President Rick Commons sent an all-school email regarding school openings, COVID-19 protocol and the rise in anti-Asian sentiment March 19. The email, titled “Plans for School after Spring Break,”...

CLOSED FOR THE SEASON: With the current COVID-19 crisis, all classes have been taking place online and presence upon campus has been limited. If students wish to pick up things from their lockers, they must respond to an online form and sign up for a specific pre-determined time slot.

School task force planning for next year

Frank Jiang June 17, 2020

A specialized task force will handle the school's operations for the fall semester and decide whether classes will be held online or in-person during the 2020-21 year, President Rick Commons said. The...

Slattery appointed Head of Upper School beginning 2020

Luke Schneider November 13, 2019

Following a months-long, nationwide search, Upper School Deans Department Head Beth Slattery will assume the position of Head of Upper School, effective July 1, 2020. Laura Ross, who currently serves...

Commons addresses college cheating scandal

Casey Kim March 18, 2019

No parent of a student or graduate has been charged in the recent college admission cheating scandal, President Rick Commons announced in an email sent to the school community March 18. “The LA...

Judgment day: committee to evaluate strengths and weaknesses of school, offer advice for improvement

Alex Goldstein January 10, 2018

The California Association of Independent Schools will evaluate both campuses Jan. 28-31 to accredit the school and compose a report that offers suggestions on areas of improvement. The school becomes...

Smoke hovers over campus Tuesday. Students were told to stay inside. Credit: Kaitlin Musante/Chronicle

School closes due to fires

Lucas Gelfond December 6, 2017

Classes and activities were canceled on both the upper and middle school campuses on Wednesday and Thursday due to poor air quality caused by recent fires in the area. "We took into account air quality,...

Golfers practice on the driving range of Weddington Golf & Tennis. HW purchased the property, which also includes a golf course and tennis courts, to build a Community Athletics Center. Credit: Danielle Spitz/Chronicle

HW purchases Weddington Golf & Tennis

Danielle Spitz October 30, 2017

Harvard-Westlake purchased Weddington Golf & Tennis with plans to build a Community Athletics Center and put parking structure plans on hold, President Rick Commons announced in an email to the school...

City Council postpones parking structure discussion

Sophie Haber September 5, 2017

Due to an influx of public comments, the City Planning Commission postponed discussion of the school’s parking structure proposal from Sept. 28 to a date in the foreseeable future, Los Angeles City Councilmember...

Parents to attend forum for LAUSD

Claudia Wong February 16, 2017

President Rick Commons urged the community to attend a forum for candidates for the L.A. Unified School District 4 school board. Participating in the forum would help members of the Harvard-Westlake community...

Commons announces Head of Upper School

Sammi Handler November 22, 2016

Effective July 1, Laura D. Ross will become the new Head of Upper School, leaving her position as Head of Upper School at the Greenhill School in Dallas, President Rick Commons announced in an email to...

Search for upper school head narrows

Sammi Handler August 31, 2016

A team of administrators, deans and faculty narrowed the search for a new head of the Upper School to eight candidates and expects to make an appointment at least before Thanksgiving. Two of the eight...

Seniors to begin year with ring ceremony

August 30, 2016

The Class of 2017 will receive rings or pins and listen to speeches and celebrate their graduating year at the annual Ring Ceremony Sept. 11. The event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Students...

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