The student-run newspaper of Westridge School for Girls, Spyglass strives to build community and evoke empathy through the medium of journalism. Comprised of passionate student writers, editors, designers, managers, and leaders, Spyglass is dedicated to ethical reporting that amplifies our unique voices to inform, entertain, and forge connection in the Westridge community and beyond.

Spyglass

The student-run newspaper of Westridge School for Girls, Spyglass strives to build community and evoke empathy through the medium of journalism. Comprised of passionate student writers, editors, designers, managers, and leaders, Spyglass is dedicated to ethical reporting that amplifies our unique voices to inform, entertain, and forge connection in the Westridge community and beyond.

Spyglass

The student-run newspaper of Westridge School for Girls, Spyglass strives to build community and evoke empathy through the medium of journalism. Comprised of passionate student writers, editors, designers, managers, and leaders, Spyglass is dedicated to ethical reporting that amplifies our unique voices to inform, entertain, and forge connection in the Westridge community and beyond.

Spyglass

A computer science student works on an assignment.

With the New School Year Comes a New Computer Science Department

Mckenna D. October 3, 2021

The new school year comes with a host of changes to the school curriculum. Westridge teachers and administration worked to update the classes at the start of the 2021 school year to ensure that students...

As part of Westridges protocol, Westridge students wearing masks on Convocation. (@westridgeschool)

2021-22 School Year Ushers in a New Normal, Covid-Style

Reed D. October 3, 2021

The Westridge community is getting good at COVID life—or at least getting used to it. Although some quibbling and grumbling inevitably persist, the new school year has seen a growing level of comfort...

As the First Month of School Comes to an End, Students Reflect on Their Mental Health

As the First Month of School Comes to an End, Students Reflect on Their Mental Health

Verena W. October 3, 2021

Everyone’s lives seriously changed from 2020 through 2021. With online school, social isolation, and coping with the fears and anxieties of the pandemic, many have struggled with their mental well-being....

One staffer reflects on growing up in a post 9/11 world.

Honoring the Past While Analyzing the Future: Reflections on Growing Up in a Post 9/11 World

Daria H. October 3, 2021

My stomach twisted itself into knots when Joe Busch, Upper School Math teacher, told me about the grinding sound of the tower collapsing, watching it burn, and seeing people jump from the buildings. Here...

The State Street parking lot is nearly always full during school days. (Katie S. 23)

Why the Uptick in Westridge’s Parking Lot Accidents?

Katie S. and Jessica W. October 3, 2021

The Westridge State Street parking lot is no stranger to accidents. Every year, at least four to five accidents are reported to the Campus Safety team. However, in just the first month of school, four...

A protest in 2019 that advocated for menstrual equity. (The Guardian)

California’s Bill Ignites Discussion Regarding Period Poverty

Sophene A. October 3, 2021

On February 1, Assemblymember Cristina Garcia introduced AB-367, a bill that would bring California a large step closer to achieving menstrual equity by providing free period products such as pads...

Protest against SB 8 at the Capitol in Austin, Texas. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman/Associated Press)

Texas Abortion Ban SB 8: 6 Things You Should Know and Why You Should Care

Sophene A. October 3, 2021

1. SB 8 Bans Abortion as Early as Six Weeks On September 1, 2021, a Texas law that bans abortions as early as six weeks went into effect. The law, Senate Bill (SB) 8, explains that individuals can sue...

Outside of Braun, Crystal Z. ’23 plays her flute with her specialized masks.

While Westridge’s Chamber Orchestra Reconvenes, Wind Players Still Face Challenges to Play

Hannah W. October 3, 2021

Westridge’s Chamber Orchestra has finally reunited after practicing online for over a year due to COVID. Although most of the orchestra are able to reassemble normally, the wind instruments still face...

Alumnae and Faculty Honored During Alumnae Weekend

Alumnae and Faculty Honored During Alumnae Weekend

Lucia P. and Mckenna D. April 11, 2021

Vintage music played in the background while Westridge alumnae joined the Zoom meeting, some unmuting to chat or report a tech problem. The organizers of the online event stayed muted and allowed past...

The picture on the left is a drawing from the beginning of quarantine. As I’ve practiced drawing more, I’ve improved. The picture on the right is a drawing from this month.

Opinion: Boredom: The Catalyst for a Good Idea

Mckenna D. March 1, 2021

I hated boredom. I used to try so hard to make it go away because, in the age of technology, entertainment is essential. If you told me two years ago that I would spend a year locked in my house, I would...

Review: One of the Best Shows of 2020: The Queens Gambit

Review: One of the Best Shows of 2020: The Queen’s Gambit

Mckenna D. January 29, 2021
When The Queen’s Gambit, a TV show about chess, hit Netflix in October, it immediately broke records. Sixty-two million households watched the show in its first month and it was ranked No. 1 in 63 countries. The show has also sparked an interest in chess: chess sales increased by over 170 percent after The Queen’s Gambit was released.
Family Gatherings During the Pandemic

Family Gatherings During the Pandemic

Mckenna D. January 14, 2021

The holidays are upon us, but with the world buckling under a pandemic, it isn’t exactly easy to gather in groups to commemorate the special occasion. Still, the Westridge community is determined...

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