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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Westridge players use the John Muir Tennis Court during a match. (PC Emily L. 26)

“Our tennis kids deserve a good spot.” Westridge Athletics Struggles to Secure Ideal Tennis Courts

Valentina V. and Emily L. February 12, 2024

It was the start of tennis season and the first rainfall of autumn had left the John Muir tennis courts full of puddles. Spyglass staffer Emily L. ’26, a member of the JV tennis team, walked onto the...

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....

Westridge students consider opportunities for co-ed social exposure in a single-sex school.

Desperately Seeking Social: What Co-Ed Social Opportunity Looks Like at an All-Girls School

Mirella C. February 12, 2024

Last fall, for the first time in my high school career, I forayed into the realm of high school football games by attending several at Loyola and St. Francis—infamous for their large student turnout....

“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...

A student athlete walking into campus while carrying her volleyball backpack.

Making Memories and Building Community: The Student Athlete Experience

Rebecca L. and Lily C. December 11, 2023

Every school can be defined by a few prominent elements of its culture. For Westridge, it’s undeniably the academic rigor. Even the Director of Athletics Coach Melanie Horn agrees: “At Westridge, we...

Alex S.

My Dog Ate My Participation: Students Speak Out About Class Participation Expectations

Eliza W., Mirella C., and Amanda S. November 13, 2023

With The House on Mango Street opened to the last night’s assigned pages, Spyglass staffer Amanda S. ’26  watched others in her 9th grade English class discuss the novel effortlessly. Even though...

MENA Affinity Heads Noa K. ’24, Saba K. ’25, and Daria H ’24 lead lunchtime discussion.
(PC: Eliza W.)

“A lot of us are still grieving, a lot of us are still nervous for what’s to come”: Westridge Student Body Responds to the Israel-Hamas War in Lunch Time Discussion

Eliza W. November 12, 2023

On Wednesday, October 11, as Upper School students, teachers, and administrators packed themselves into the history classroom RB60, the scene was set to become a fire hazard. Consequently, most attendees,...

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...

A stack of papers, a binder, and a laptop take the place of food on the plate. For many students at Westridge, lunch time is used for everything but eating.

The Westridge Diet: Is Serving Up Activities Instead of Food at Lunch Normalizing Disordered Eating on Campus?

Reed D. October 2, 2023

This article is a follow-up to the article titled “How Does Westridge’s Culture of Competition and Achievement Impact Eating Disorders?” by Katie S. ’23.   It’s 3:10 p.m., and the...

The United States Supreme Court’s decision to strike down affirmative action will change the landscape of college admissions for years to come.

Westridge Reacts to Supreme Court’s Decision to Overturn Affirmative Action in College Admissions

Tanvi C. and Mirella C. October 1, 2023

On June 29, 2023, the United States Supreme Court effectively ended the consideration of race in college admissions, deeming the practice of affirmative action unlawful and unconstitutional. Historically,...

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...

Westridge students and faculty reflect on the implementation of Westridges new advanced courses.

Advanced Courses One Year Later: Faculty and Students Reflect on Deeper Learning

Daria H. May 29, 2023

On February 3, 2022, Westridge announced that it would officially move away from the Advanced Placement (AP) program and toward new Advanced Courses developed by Westridge faculty members. The move was...

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