By Tanisha Gunby ’21 Aaron Mieszczanski will be the Director of Admission starting July 18 to fill in for current Director of Admission Elizabeth Riordan, who will step down after 26 years. President and Head of School Rick Commons sent an email to all the faculty, staff, students and parents about Mieszczanski on Jan. 2.
By Jaidev Pant ’21 Michael Burnett has been named Head of the Football Program. The search for a new coach happened when Coach Scot Ruggles decided to resign as Head Coach. His most recent coaching job was at Tuscarora High School in Virginia, where he finished his career there with a 77-24 record and was
By Celine Park ’21 and Lauren Cho ’21 Science teacher Iain Tyson will not be returning to the Middle School. Tyson’s students and their parents learned about his departure through an email from Head of Middle School Jon Wimbish on Jan. 8. Dr. Julie Mayo is presently the permanent teacher for Tyson’s ninth and eighth
By Laura Kors ’21 Science department members are receiving additional CPR and First Aid training from Community Health Officer Milo Sini. They met in SE101 during their department meeting on Tuesday and will meet again on Wednesday to reinforce their First Aid and CPR training in a smaller group. They will also get certified online.
By Jake Verny ’21 Riot Games Programmer Josh Glazer ’96 spoke to 35 middle school students on Dec. 5 during break about his journey from Harvard Westlake to Riot Games. After graduating from the school, Glazer majored in computer science and engineering. He founded Naked Sky Entertainment, a Los Angeles-based video game development company, and
By Kathryn Lin ’22 Students came together to practice coding during the Hour of Code Week from Dec. 4 – 10. Librarian Christina Wagner-wright, supervised the event, at the middle school. “[The creators of Code Week] wanted to encourage [coding] because more and more in the real world, when you get out, coding skills really
By Caroline Jacoby ’22 Twenty-five eighth and ninth grade programming students visited the Riot Games’ headquarters on Dec. 14. Riot Games is a gaming company that was started by Brandon Beck ’00 and Marc Merrill. The company created the game “League of Legends,” which several students say led them to participate. “I chose to go
By Laura Kors ’21 The Upper School hosted the Harvard-Westlake Debates from Jan. 11 to Monday. 320 debaters from 65 schools and 10 states came to the Upper School to compete in a variety of debate styles. Both middle and upper school students competed at and volunteered to help run the tournament. The first two
By Khyra Stiner ’21 Four African-American rights activists visited the school on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The four panelists, Bakari Kitwana, Yusef Salaam, Jasiri X and Dr. Gaye Theresa Johnson, spoke to attendees about both their personal experiences participating in activism and how these experiences have affected their current lives. They also spoke about
By Madi Massey ’21 and Keira Jameson ’22 Students from Bright Star Schools take classes at the Middle School as part of the HW Bridge program. The program, which started on Jan. 4, is a chance for students from other schools all over Los Angeles to take part in enrichment classes at the Middle School.