Spyglass

With only two more issues left, Spyglass is coming to a close for the 2019-2020 school year. This year has taught me how to grow and develop my writing abilities, along with showing more leadership as an older staff member. At the beginning of the year, I started out as the Outside Contributors and Art Manager. Now, at the end of the year, I am preparing to take Caroline’s role as the Editor in Chief. 

Caroline L. and Isabel A.

Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles’ Public Health Director, revealed on Tuesday that the county’s stay-at-home order will most likely extend through July. But many were already disregarding quarantine orders long before this announcement. “I’ve been alarmed by the number of people in my immediate Westridge community not following stay-at-home orders,” Gracie B. ‘20 admitted. “If you have the privilege to stay home, do yourself, your community, and those who don’t have the ability to stay home a...

May 15, 2020

Spyglass COVID-19 Coverage

Elisa D.

Spyglass Staff

COVID-19 has not only left a huge impact globally, but it has also affected the Westridge community in a multitude of ways. Spyglass will continue to report on small and large impacts in the coming weeks.

May 1, 2020

Westridge Says Goodbye to Faculty

Dr. Jim Holland (top right), Colleen Hargaden (top left), Zoe Muñoz (bottom left), & Tina Singh (bottom right)

This year, Spyglass is sad to see many of our Westridge faculty and staff members leave our community. While some are retiring and others are pursuing other opportunities, we wish all of them the best of luck and will cherish their time spent at Westridge.

May 15, 2020

Senior Year During a Pandemic

The senior class photo.

Emily S.

May marks the start of a month full of senior activ...

May 15, 2020

Sophia H.

Westridge students are all experiencing quarantine...

May 8, 2020

Keeping Faith Alive During COVID-19

Elisa

Hannah W. and Hailey T.

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented the world with nu...

May 8, 2020

With Kids Home, Teachers Balance the Double Workload

Jennifer Golub-Marcus, Upper School History Teacher, uses her blackboard to schedule her son Ben's days during quarantine.

Sophia H.

As the lines between home life and school blur, stud...

May 1, 2020

Jacqueline Y.

On April 10, Westridge families received the long-awai...

May 1, 2020

Fun Hobbies and Interests During COVID-19

Evelyn C.

Evelyn’s February spread in her bullet journal, or as she likes to call it her “bujo”.

Katie S.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are spendi...

May 1, 2020

Westridge Without Walls: The Shift to Remote Learning

Molly Yurchak, Upper School English Teacher (top left), Hadley P. ’21 (top right), Davan D. ’21 (bottom left), and Shirlynn C. ’21 (bottom right) participate in an online English III discussion dressed up for a prom theme.

Sophia H.

School is back in session and it’s better than ever… ...

April 24, 2020

Westridge’s Efforts to Unite our Communities during Quarantine

Tessa J. '24

Emily S.

Staying involved in your community can be challengi...

April 24, 2020

More Time with Pets!

Audrey L.

One of Audrey’s puppies climbs on top of the other.

Katie S.

As shelter-in-place orders are established, more and more people are working and learning remotely. That means more time with family, and for many pet owners, it means more time with their animals.

April 17, 2020

Recent Recent Campus Culture Stories

Westridge Artists Run Second Annual Disassembly

April 17, 2020

On the afternoon of February 19, students and facul...

Reactions and Responses to Off Campus Cancelations

April 17, 2020

The effects of COVID-19 were already being experienced ...

Guys and Dolls Takes the Westridge Stage

April 16, 2020

On March 6, Guys and Dolls debuted on the Westridge stage, ...

Celebrity Culture is Shattering During the Pandemic

Addie K.

Jacqueline Y.

When Gal Gadot, an Israeli supermodel and actress, posted a three minute video of celebrities singing...

May 22, 2020

Finding Connection Through Music During the Pandemic

Illustrated by Maya L. '22

Sophia H.

On Mother’s Day, a particularly hot afternoon, I approached my mom’s house clutching my Hanez guitar...

May 15, 2020

Interview With Dr. Carruthers: Mental Health During Quarantine

Sophia H.

Sophia H. '21 interviewed Dr. Carruthers, Westridge's Director of Counseling and Student Support, about...

May 8, 2020

Faces from the Front Lines

Isabel A.

As most employees and students settle into new routines at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, others continue going to work every day to help support our community and save lives. Some of the medical and civil service workers who are part of our larger Westridge community have shared with Spyglass brief glimpses into their current lives.

May 8, 2020

Lower & Middle School Remember Ms. V.

(clockwise from left) The author talks with Gia M. ‘27, eighth-grader Sydney W., and Sylvie S. J. ‘24

Ilena M.

On April 14, we lost an integral member of the Westridge community, Lower and Middle School Dean of Stude...

April 24, 2020

Westridge Remembers Ms. V.

Isabel A.

Carol van Zalingen, Westridge’s beloved Lower and Middle School Dean of Student Support, died at Hun...

April 23, 2020

After Graduating Westridge, What Next?

Masami Hansen

Westridge alumna Sylvia Holmes ’76 talks to Staff Reporter Emerson, about what she’s been doing.

Jacqueline Y., Emerson L., Emily S., Isabella W., Isabel A., and Hannah W.

On Friday March 6, Westridge hosted its annual Alumnae Weekend. Dozens of Westridge alumnae gathered t...

April 16, 2020

As COVID-19 Cases Surge…So Does Xenophobia

Izzy S.

Isabella W.

On Thursday, March 19, President Donald Trump stood in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House to give updates on the pandemic at hand. However, as he began his speech, something was noticeably different; he began referring to the COVID-19 outbreak as the “Chinese Virus.” 

May 1, 2020

Coronavirus Leads to Fallout in Election Process

Abbie K.

Caroline P.

In addition to voting in the presidential primaries, this year U.S. citizens are voting on 435 seats in the House, 35 senate seats, 13 governorships, and multiple state and local elections. However, the spread of Covid-19 raises the question -- how will a global pandemic affect our democratic process? 

April 24, 2020

Global Positive Impacts of Social Distancing During Quarantine

Illustration by Soap L. '23

Jacqueline Y.

There have been some positive unintended consequences and impacts of social distancing as more and more cities mandate sheltering in place. Pollution Around the world, the rate of pollution has gone down as comm...

April 24, 2020

5 Groceries Stores To Check Out During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Hannah W. '23 At Trader Joe’s, signs are placed near the entrance line, reminding the shoppers the protocols.

Hannah W.

Anyone who has shopped for groceries in the past few weeks knows that COVID-19 has created an extraordinary challenge for both grocery stores and customers. In order to prev...

April 24, 2020

Caroline L.

Over the past couple of months, the coronavirus has taken the lives of over a hundred thousand people worldwide. But it’s also had irreversible impacts on the U.S. economy and delivered shocking blows to small businesses across the country.

April 16, 2020

Photo Essay: Life During Covid-19

Caroline L.

In Malibu, beaches often dotted with swimmers are empty.

Caroline Lopez

Spyglass recently sent our staffers out to capture images of once-bustling public spaces, grocery stores, and streets that now sit empty as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. While there is a certain sadness in observing major gathering spots that now lie vacant, the time to document the effects of this virus and capture places in their pristine, untouched state is now.

April 16, 2020

COVID-19 Interrupts Spring Sports

Katie S.

Each sport has its own Padlet. This lacrosse Padlet has links to lacrosse games, workouts, and yoga classes for all athletes to review and experiment with.

Katie S.

COVID-19 threw a wrench in sports seasons, and not just at Westridge. Sports and sporting events such as the NCAA championships and the Olympics have either been postponed or canceled. At Westridge, as of April 20,  scheduled games up to April 24 have been canceled, but as the situation changes, more competitions could be called off. 

April 24, 2020

Ilena M.

Growing up in Los Angeles, I’ve been told that girls can do anything they set their minds to, especially STEM: science, technology, engineering, and math, the decided holy grail of intellect and suc...

May 1, 2020

Lower & Middle School Remember Ms. V.

(clockwise from left) The author talks with Gia M. ‘27, eighth-grader Sydney W., and Sylvie S. J. ‘24

Ilena M.

On April 14, we lost an integral member of the Westridge community, Lower and Middle School Dean of Student Support Carol Van Zalingen, to complications due to COVID-19. As Westridge reflects upon and ...

April 24, 2020

In Eighth Grade English, students wrote haikus reflecting on their experience during the Coronavirus quarantine. Spyglass would like to feature three of these haikus to add some cheer in these times of fear and uncertainty. 

April 17, 2020

Ella B. and Sophene A.

“When I walked onto the field, a smile came to my face. I immediately knew this was going to be an exciting and great day!” exclaimed Reed D. ’25 as she recounted this year's All Schools Day.  ...

April 17, 2020

Ilena M.

1. Spaghetti Sword Fights A starchy and competitive workout for the whole family, or whoever’s willing to get off their laptop for five minutes. C’mon, dad, I’m looking at you. * If participating with neighbors, omit spaghetti and instead use six pieces of duct-taped lasa...

April 17, 2020

Verena W.

Nothing inspires more fear than speaking in public.  When it comes to presenting the 60 second sermon, an infamous Eighth Grade English assignment, students found that banding together in support is ...

April 17, 2020

Ella B. and Sophene A.

On March 11, Head of School, Elizabeth McGregor announced that Westridge would switch to remote learning in order to ensure the health and wellbeing of students, faculty, and staff. At first, some stude...

April 17, 2020