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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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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Guests settle down as the event dedicated to Anna Bondoc starts. (Credit: Aceley P.)

“This is really about the two years she spent here and her time as a teacher.” Anna Bondoc’s Celebration of Life

Aceley P. February 12, 2024

During the Upper School morning band on January 13, parents, students, teachers, and alumni crowded the library, straining to get a glimpse of the podium. The interior of the library had been rearranged...

A handful of Westridge classes have incorporated a flipped learning approach. Teachers aim to find the right balance between traditional and flipped learning. (Eliza K. ’26)

Westridge Teachers Seek to Find the Right Balance Between Traditional and Flipped Learning

Sophene A. and Arden R. February 12, 2024

The confused tourist in an unfamiliar culture, a stubborn train on a dilapidated track, a fierce soldier heading into no man’s land. Depending on the subject, learning can feel like any of the above....

“We Don’t Need to Tiptoe Around Sex-Ed:” As Students’ Needs Evolve, So Does the Program for Sex Education

“We Don’t Need to Tiptoe Around Sex-Ed:” As Students’ Needs Evolve, So Does the Program for Sex Education

Eliza W. and Daria H. February 12, 2024

“Do you have a pad?” one classmate not-so-quietly announced just moments into B Block History. Before I could respond, three other students had already pulled out a colorful array of various pads (and...

Remembering Anna Bondoc        1969-2023

Remembering Anna Bondoc 1969-2023

Verena W. October 2, 2023

Three years ago, I was assigned to write Anna Bondoc’s new faculty profile. She had joined the faculty as an English teacher in 2020. I was a new staffer to Spyglass and the thought of interviewing a...

Commuters getting on and off the North Hollywood metro at Union Station.

Who Needs Cars When You Have the Metro? The Appeal of L.A. Public Transits Outweighs the Cons for Local Riders

Lilah R. and Ilena M. May 30, 2023

When I first hopped on the Metro, I had no idea about the world that I was missing out on. Originally, I sat behind my two friends on the Metro Gold Line trying my best not to stare at the sleeping person...

A Spyglass Guide to Civic Engagement

A Spyglass Guide to Civic Engagement

Katie S. and Ilena M. February 14, 2022

What do you do when you have deep thoughts you want to share with the Westridge community? Or when you notice an important viewpoint was left out of a story? Or when you want to add a new perspective to...

Westridge removes the ISEE requirement from applications to promote diveristy, equity, and inclusion in the admissons process.

Westridge Goes Test-Blind. What Does This Mean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?

Reed D. and Hailey T. December 13, 2021

At the start of the 2020-2021 school year, Westridge announced that they would no longer require the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) for admission to the school. Instead, the ISEE was made an optional...

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...

Story Awards

August 9, 2021

A comprehensive list of stories that have earned awards and recognition from SNO Sites and other organizations.

A torchlight march in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, to mark the 106th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

An Unrecognized Genocide is a Repeated Genocide

Sophene A. May 17, 2021

Two years ago, I, along with countless other Armenians, stood in front of Congressman Adam Schiff. As he walked onto the stage, the crowd immediately became silent, but we continued to keep our flags raised,...

Part of the November 2020 DEI and Anti-Racism update. It starts with a letter from Elizabeth McGregor, Head of School.

Westridge’s DEI Efforts Part 2: How Involved are Students in the DEI Process?

Katie S. May 15, 2021

A large part of the DEI effort involves student input — receiving student feedback, checking in with students’ sense of belonging, and having ongoing conversations with students about changes they...

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 9, 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.
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