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Coach Allison’s new climbing wall.

Quarantine Inspires Home Renovation Projects

Sabina P. January 7, 2021
As a PE teacher, Coach Allison Clark’s new climbing wall could very well be her new home office. She has not yet figured out a way to use it in class, so as of now it is an afterschool hobby. “I enjoy it because it makes me feel like I’m getting stronger.” Additionally, she mentioned that she liked the problem solving elements involved in designing the wall.
Ms. St John at her farm with her three goats, Rosie, Sissy, and Timmy

Goats, Chickens, and Pigs, Oh My! St. John Buys a Farm During Quarantine

Katie X. December 10, 2020

Have you adopted a new pet during quarantine? Erica St John, Westridge’s Service and Community Engagement Coordinator, is one step ahead with her newly bought farm. St John’s childhood dream was to...

In Online School, Mental Health is Hurting: How Do We Move Forward?

In Online School, Mental Health is Hurting: How Do We Move Forward?

Ilena M. December 8, 2020
There is an unforeseen, quiet emergency infiltrating (virtual) classrooms across the globe. While families struggle to piece together a sense of routine and normalcy seven months into the coronavirus pandemic, teen anxiety, depression, and stress levels continue to skyrocket.
The New Renovated Lower School Playground
Photo Credits: Kim Kerscher

Lower School Playground Renovation Highlights the Importance of Community

Verena W. December 3, 2020

The sound of laughter and giggles from students playing Fish out of Water and Gravel are memories that I recall from my time on the Lower School Playground. It just was like yesterday, when I grasped the...

Meeting in the Middle: When Being Pro-life and a Feminist Intersect

Meeting in the Middle: When Being Pro-life and a Feminist Intersect

Eliza W. December 3, 2020

Destiny Herndon De La Rosa takes a deep breath in. Her voice shifts from its fast and energetic tone to a more slow and careful pace as she recalls attending the Women’s March in 2018. She takes me back...

(Photo Credit: Lauren C. 24’, The home screen of the game, with floating astronauts)

Among Us: A Tale of Victories, Defeats, Cyberbullying and Finding Community

Lauren C. November 2, 2020

The thump-thump of running players. The fear of the electrical room. The stress of card sliding. Among Us, the simple space-themed mafia game made by Innersloth, a small American game studio, has recently...

Ms. Epps’ advisory meets together during advisory time.

Admin Uses New Advisory Schedule to Promote Social Connection

Hannah W., Staff Writer November 2, 2020

  At 8:29 am, students sleepily stare at the Teams lobby passage: someone in the meeting should let you in soon.  Patiently, they wait for their advisors to invite them in into their advisory...

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...

UC San Diego is among one of the nine UC schools that have shifted their standardized testing policy.

The UC’s Just Announced Their Test-Blind Policy, Causing Some to Rethink the Application Process

Jacqueline Y. November 2, 2020
“I’m mad,” expressed Charlotte Z. ’22, shocked by the University of California Regents’s announcement on May 21, 2020 to move to a test-optional policy within the next two years. Like thousands of students across the country, Charlotte spent the past summer taking a 10-week SAT prep class that met for four hours per day, Monday through Friday. “I’m mad, but I understand and get why they would make this decision.”
Westridge Welcomes New Faculty Members

Westridge Welcomes New Faculty Members

October 11, 2020

Although it has been a turbulent year for most, new friendships and connections have been forged during the pandemic. Westridge itself is welcoming the addition of five brand new faculty members whom we...

Art by Maya L. '22

@BlackatWestridge: Key Next Step In Westridge’s Efforts To Diversify

Sophia H. October 11, 2020

With 1,200 followers and posts averaging 200 to 300 likes, the @Blackatwestridge_ Instagram page presents a key next step in the Westridge community’s efforts to diversify.  @BlackatWestridge,...

The gathering was held at Pasadena City Hall on August 29.

Westridge Student Leads Discussion About Racism

Jacqueline Y. October 9, 2020
On August 29, a small group of individuals gathered on the steps of Pasadena City Hall to discuss and protest against the amplified systematic racism Asian-Americans faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. The gathering was organized by Kathleen C. ’21, who created the organization Vocal Asians for Change, which speaks out against racism by highlighting and discussing xenophobia, particularly towards Asian-Americans.
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