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Phoebe Bridgers' Punisher Album Cover. (Wikipedia)

Review: The Relatable Meaning Behind “Punisher” by Phoebe Bridgers

Atalanta C-B May 13, 2021

Phoebe Bridgers fills her album Punisher, a Grammy nominee for Best Alternative Music Album that lost to Fiona Apple’s album Fetch the Bolt Cutters, with beautifully emotional and melancholy songs....

Some of Westridge’s parent ambassadors with whom prospective families can connect.

Westridge’s DEI Efforts Part 1: Increasing Student Body Representation

Katie S. May 10, 2021
DEI initiatives and efforts to increase student diversity are not new to Westridge’s admission process. “There are some strategies we have expanded upon and some newer initiatives that are underway to spread the word about Westridge to families that may not hear about us through traditional marketing and outreach efforts,” explained Margaret Shoemaker, Director of Admission.
Some of Westridge’s parent ambassadors with whom prospective families can connect.

A Year in Review: Westridge Looks Back and Forward at its DEI Efforts

Katie S. May 10, 2021
Westridge published their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) planning strategies in January 2020, located in the Westridge Strategic Plan. Among other initiatives, the DEI plan includes: increasing DEI training for all Westridge constituencies, identifying biases in curriculum, and creating a plan to increase student body and faculty & staff diversity.
My dad, finally home from the hospital and recovering on our couch.

Opinion: Broken Bones Heal Stronger

Lucia P. April 12, 2021

I used to only imagine what it would be like to lose my mom or dad, and how it would affect my life. It usually was only a fictional, brief thought. I never realized the fear that almost losing a parent...

Review: Raya and the Last Dragon Shines a Light on the Often-Neglected Cultures of Southeast Asia

Review: Raya and the Last Dragon Shines a Light on the Often-Neglected Cultures of Southeast Asia

Nitya C. April 12, 2021

With many movie theaters still closed all over the world, Disney+ launched Raya and the Last Dragon on March 5th. Available with premiere access, the Southeast Asian culture-inspired movie is centered...

Feldmeth teaching a Contemporary Ethical Issues class in 2019. Sometimes in his Ethics classes, students will ask Feldmeth about his personal viewpoint.

Share their Views or Remain Neutral? The Difficulties of Navigating Politics for Teachers

Katie S., Writing Editor April 12, 2021

It was near the end of Westridge’s Modern Middle East class when some students began clicking the leave button to exit the Teams meeting. They had just finished watching a movie and were about to head...

Student Well-Being Improves with Later Start Times

Student Well-Being Improves with Later Start Times

Brittany A. and Isabella W. April 12, 2021

Since classes have shifted to remote learning, the adjusted schedule now has a later start time. Previously, a Spyglass article titled “Opinion: Late Start Gives Students a Head Start in School” discussed...

The Friday lunch discussion addressed the recent incident of anti-Asian racism.

Westridge comes together after alumna hurls anti-Asian slurs

Katie S., Writing Editor March 15, 2021

A video was recently posted online that depicted a Westridge alumna hurling anti-Asian slurs. The video, which circulated quickly online, was first posted on the Nextdoor app on Wednesday, and then spread...

Weighing the Functionality of Teams Versus Zoom for Westridge’s Remote Learning Platform

Weighing the Functionality of Teams Versus Zoom for Westridge’s Remote Learning Platform

Katie S. and Jessica W. January 27, 2021
When quarantine began in the spring, Westridge’s Academic Team had to scramble to find an online platform for remote learning. Eventually, the decision boiled down to two choices: Microsoft Teams or Zoom.
Instagram app. Between 46% and 51% of adults have been using social media more since quarantine began, according to a Harris Insights and Analytics poll.

Opinion: What Quarantine Taught Me About Social Media

Katie S., Writing Editor January 14, 2021
What one staffer learned from giving up social media over quarantine.
The maintenance staff. (Felicia Johnson)

Westridge’s Maintenance Staff Prepares Campus for Students’ Return

Katie S., Writing Editor November 21, 2020

Every other morning at 6 am, Elias Aguilar arrives at Westridge for work. He is met with a near-empty parking lot and a ghostly quiet campus. Aguilar is a Maintenance Technician, and his job includes keeping...

Microsoft Teams app loading screen.

Microsoft Teams Video Presence Raises Questions of Privacy and Distraction

Katie S., Writing Editor November 2, 2020

When students and teachers join their online classes each morning, they are greeted by a mosaic of faces and backgrounds. Microsoft Team’s video feature helps foster discussion and connection, yet questions...

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