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.

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Opinion: Schools Want to Emphasize Learning Over Grades. That’s Why We Need an Open Grade Book.

Opinion: Schools Want to Emphasize Learning Over Grades. That’s Why We Need an Open Grade Book.

Sophene A. May 31, 2022

Learning is more important than grades. Teachers like to remind students that they should emphasize their learning and progress instead of focusing on a letter grade on their report cards. While most...

Westridge Implements Consequences for Uniform Violations -- But Do Students Care?

Westridge Implements Consequences for Uniform Violations — But Do Students Care?

Katie X. May 31, 2022

On April 7, 2021, Mr. Gary Baldwin, Head of Upper School, sent out an email warning that “students who are out of uniform multiple days will be disciplined.” However, as time has passed, the thought...

The Label of an Immigrant

The Label of an Immigrant

Kristin C. May 31, 2022

“The fact that the United States has so much involvement in so many of these issues makes us responsible; it has to. We have to take responsibility for the people who are suffering through these situations.”   It...

“What did I do wrong?”: My Experience Dealing With COVID-19 Shame

“What did I do wrong?”: My Experience Dealing With COVID-19 Shame

Sarah L. May 31, 2022

From where it sat atop my messy biology notebook and test my teacher had handed back minutes prior, my phone buzzed. I prepared to read a message of praise from my parents for acing a harder-than-usual...

“What does it mean to be a girls’ school when we’re no longer living in a binary world?”

“What does it mean to be a girls’ school when we’re no longer living in a binary world?”

Katie Shirreffs May 31, 2022

“What does it mean to be a girls’ school when we’re no longer living in a binary world?” Ms. Sarah Jallo, Senior Director for Enrollment Management and Student Outcomes, explained that this...

A drawing of a student opening their computer only to have their grades flying out. This image depicts an open gradebook, a system that allows students to access their grades at any time in the day.

Westridge’s Pursuit of Deeper Learning Evidenced in Its Commitment to a Closed Gradebook

Tanvi C. and Ella B. May 31, 2022

Post-pandemic and remote learning, educational institutions have been taking the time to reflect on how they can best teach, reach, and support their students. And Westridge is no exception.  Westridge’s...

Stephen Parlato holds a sign with the words, “Hands Off Roe,” outside of the U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 1, 2021, protesting a 2018 law that would ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

America Braces for Imminent Overturn of Roe v. Wade

Sophene A. and Lilah R. May 31, 2022

On May 3, a draft opinion suggesting that the Supreme Court intends to strike down Roe v. Wade was leaked and obtained by POLITICO. The Supreme Court has confirmed that the leaked draft about the possible...

Candidates at a debate hosted at the University of Southern California (USC).

Homelessness and Public Safety: The Issues That Will Decide Los Angeles’s Mayoral Election

Sophene A. May 31, 2022

A handful of candidates are hoping to follow Eric Garcetti, who has served as Mayor of Los Angeles for the past eight years. The five leading candidates running to replace Garcetti include developer Rick...

The bus that transports students to and from the Valley. Next year, the bus will no longer be operating as a result of a discontinuation.

Valley Bus Discontinued, Students Left Without Transportation

Ella B. May 31, 2022

In 2014, Westridge started a bus route to and from the San Fernando Valley. Now, eight years later, that route is being discontinued due to the lack of financial sustainability.  Originally, Westridge’s...

Five Independent Local Coffee Shops to Visit From a Diehard Coffee Drinker

Five Independent Local Coffee Shops to Visit From a Diehard Coffee Drinker

Reed D. May 31, 2022

There’s something very charming about small coffee shops that I can’t put into words and that chains can’t replicate. I totally understand the appeal of chain coffee shops—first of all, they’re...

What Westridge Students are up to this Summer

What Westridge Students are up to this Summer

Florence J. and Tanvi C. May 31, 2022

With the school year coming to an end, here are some things students have planned for summer!   Eliza L. ’25  “I’m not doing too much this summer, but I am volunteering at the South Pasadena...

Florida’s Don’t Say Gay Bill Isn’t About Protecting Kids. It’s Blatant Homophobia

Florida’s Don’t Say Gay Bill Isn’t About Protecting Kids. It’s Blatant Homophobia

Eliza W. May 31, 2022

On March 28th, Florida’s governor Ron DeSantis signed the Parental Rights in Education Bill into law. The new law “prohibits classroom discussion about sexual orientation or gender identity in certain...

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