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The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle

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The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle

History teacher Dror Yaron speaks at a mandatory assembly for students Oct. 23. The presentations were meant to teach students about the broader history behind the Israel-Palestine conflict amid the Oct. 7 attack on Israel by the Palestinian militant group Hamas.

School reacts to Israel-Hamas War and officially designates Oct. 7 attack as terrorism

Alex Dinh, Assistant Features Editor November 14, 2023

In response to the Israel-Hamas war, the school and Jewish Club held a series of mandatory and optional speakers. History and Middle East Studies Teacher Dror Yaron spoke to all sophomores, juniors and...

President Rick Commons sent a school-wide email Tuesday detailing the most recent incident of antisemitic vandalism.

Commons reports fourth incident of antisemitic vandalism

Davis Marks January 25, 2023

A Nazi symbol was found on campus Monday, the fourth incident involving antisemitic vandalism in five months, according to a school-wide email from President Rick Commons. The swastika was poked into a...

History Teacher Peter Sheehy discusses 19th century American history with his Advanced Placement United States History (APUSH) class of juniors. APUSH is one of multiple AP classes being discontinued.

Academic departments reduce the number of Advanced Placement courses offered

Davis Marks December 14, 2022

The English, History and Math Departments are removing several Advanced Placement (AP) courses from their offerings following changes to the school's approach to AP courses, beginning in the 2023-2024...

Jacob Soboroff 01 addresses the audience filled with hundreds of friends and family of Ted Walch in Taper Gym.

School hosts 800+ for celebration of Ted Walch’s career

Davis Marks August 25, 2022

Community members celebrated the life and career of former Performing Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies and Independent Research Teacher Ted Walch at an event at the Upper School on Sunday. Walch, who...

NEW FACES IN ADMISSION: Interim Director of Admission and Enrollment Greg Gonzalez steps into his new role in the Admission Office.

Admission Office adds members

Davis Marks August 25, 2022

Four new admission officers joined the school this year after a number of departures from the department over the summer. Among those officers are an interim Head of Admission and Enrollment, Assistant...

Rick Commons announced new and improved Visions for the school after surveying students, parents, staff and alumni.

School releases new Visions after surveying community

Davis Marks and Natalie Cosgrove February 12, 2022

President Rick Commons released a report summarizing the results of the school's Visions survey in a email sent to the school community Feb. 7. The school sent the survey to the school community in September...

January 6: One Year Later

January 6: One Year Later

Alec Rosenthal January 19, 2022

Struggling to pay attention in her physics class on Zoom on Jan. 6, 2021, Olivia Feldman ’22 had been zoning out before her phone began to buzz repeatedly. Overwhelmed by a creeping sense of anxiety...

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...

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