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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

Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board of Education Vice President Nick Melvoin ’04 spoke to the Directed Study: Public Education in America.

LAUSD Board of Education VP speaks to directed study

Will Sherwood February 12, 2022

Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board of Education Vice President Nick Melvoin ’04 spoke to the Directed Study: Public Education in America—Ideal to Reality course Feb. 9. Before his work...

HW Visions Progress report released Sept. 15 highlights five administration goals set in 2015 and how the school will implement change based on student opinions in the community to better student life, local communities and diversity, equity and inclusion.

Commons develops new Visions

Tessa Augsberger and Milla Ben-Ezra October 15, 2021

The school published its first Visions progress report and released its broad-based Visions survey for its next report in an all-school email Sept. 15. The report highlights five overarching categories...

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...

Adam Luse 23 prepares to receive a COVID-19 nose swab test from a Mend Urgent Care representative at the schools drive-thru rapid testing facility Friday.

Administration announces COVID-19 safety protocols as both campuses reopen at full capacity

Tessa Augsberger and Milla Ben-Ezra September 2, 2021

President Rick Commons released COVID-19 protocols and other reopening guidelines for the upcoming year in an all-school email sent Aug. 17. Both campuses will reopen at full capacity, resuming all campus...

Photo Credit: Kyle Reims/Chronicle

‘wokeathw’ responds to anti-racism initiatives

Kyle Reims and Ethan Lachman October 22, 2020

Certain members of the community, dissatisfied with the school’s new anti-racism and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives, created the Instagram account @wokeathw on Sept. 7 to highlight...

Photo Credit: Kyle Reims/Chronicle

‘wokeathw’ responds to anti-racism initiatives (Print Edition)

Kyle Reims and Ethan Lachman October 20, 2020

*Note: A longer, more in depth version has been published here. This version is published as it appeared in the print edition of the second issue of The Chronicle.  Certain members of the community,...

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Construction for the new upper school cafeteria, which aims to account for the new schedule’s common lunch period for all students, is nearing completion.The cafeteria has an outdoor sitting area nearby and is located near the steps of the Mudd Library.

Outdoor cafeteria undergoes construction

Tanisha Gunby September 4, 2020

In an effort to efficiently provide lunch to the school community,  the administration  decided to build a cafeteria annex at the flag court. Associate Head of School Laura Ross said that while the...

Illustration by Alexa Druyanoff

School responds to ‘blackathw’ Instagram account

Hannah Han September 2, 2020

In light of the racial justice movement sweeping across the nation, members of the class of 2019 created Blackathw, an Instagram account highlighting the experiences of Black students on campus. After...

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...

Prefects encourage community building at first virtual convocation

James Hess and Karen Wu August 25, 2020

As the community united to watch the eighth annual all-school convocation over Vimeo livestream Sunday, Head Prefects Jonathan Cosgrove ’21 and Cleo Maloney ’21 encouraged students to make the best...

Commons releases update in response to rising coronavirus cases

Hannah Han July 18, 2020

President Rick Commons announced in a schoolwide email July 17 that summer sports practices will be suspended, and a full return to campus is less likely amid surging coronavirus cases. His statement...

Head of Upper School Laura Ross declares final exams optional

Head of Upper School Laura Ross declares final exams optional

Frank Jiang June 2, 2020

In an email sent out to the junior and sophomore classes June 1, Head of Upper School Laura Ross announced that final exams administered this week will be optional. Students will have the option to postpone...

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