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September 30, 2014

THE ONLINE STUDENT NEWSPAPER
OF HARVARD-WESTLAKE SCHOOL
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA



Garrett Robinson '15 breaks a tackle in the Wolverines Homecoming win over Westchester.

Wolverines win third straight game, destroy Westchester on Homecoming

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In front of a huge Homecoming crowd, the football team routed Westchester High School 49-9 Saturday night. This is the third game in a row the Wolverines completely overwhelmed their opponent, as they beat Granada Hills 34-9 two weeks ago, and defeated Taft 44-10 last week.

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In the September Issue

Front Page Stories
  • Commons sums up mission in 26 words

  • The new mission statement emphasizes the importance of “joyful” learning in addition to academic excellence.

    President Rick Commons spoke about the statement at Opening Convocation on Tuesday. He first announced it Aug. 26 at the opening faculty and staff meeting and on the school website.

  • Neighbors post signs protesting construction

  • Opponents to construction of a parking lot and bridge adjacent to the Upper School placed signs on the lawns of neighboring homes in early July. The signs were created by Save Coldwater Canyon!, a non-profit organization of neighbors formed to stop the school from breaking ground across Coldwater Canyon Drive.

  • All-school meetings to replace Civitalks

  • Upper school students will gather in the gym during 20-minute-long breaks on the first and third Wednesdays of each month as a new form of community building, Assistant to the Head of Upper School and Community and Character Committee member Michelle Bracken said. The committee, formerly known as the Character Education Committee, has discontinued Civitalks.

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Reacting to Ferguson

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Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year-old, was shot to death by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Missouri.

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Students tour club booths at Activities Fair

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Students roamed the quad and signed up for clubs at Activities Fair Sept. 15 during break. The 66 clubs each tried to attract sign-ups by displaying posters and handing out treats such as candy, cookies and ice cream cones.


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Red, black and white-garbed students will finish up Spirit Week Friday with a pep rally preceding Saturday’s homecoming festivities.



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Editorial

September issue

A step in the right direction

In the condensed new mission statement, the most significant change lies in the phrase, “the joyful pursuit of educational excellence.” It acknowledges the emotional aspect of learning, reminding the community that academics are about more than just tests and GPAs. While the new statement retains the school’s focus on excellence, its tone is kinder and gentler. We don’t just want students to be smart, but happy and healthy too.

Aimee Misaki

A home away from home

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I don’t mean to offend anyone, but my junior year was better than yours. I spent it at School Year Abroad in Rennes, France. If you enjoy meeting new people, experiencing freedom and gaining a more open perspective of the world, then you’ll like SYA.

Marcella Park

Getting the bigger picture

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The Dude abides.

That’s probably the most important thing I learned during break, but the Dude probably doesn’t care how high he ranks on my list of summer lessons.

Nikta Mansouri

Think mind over matter

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On my first day of seventh grade in 2009, I nervously walked into the Saperstein Theatre for the first time. Surrounded by my new classmates, I was greeted with a projection of the school’s motto: They can because they think they can….

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Of 389 students polled in a Chronicle survey, 65 percent use online reading aids like SparkNotes and Schmoop, both of which provide chapter summaries for books commonly read in English classes as well as analysis.

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