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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The recent reversal of test-optional admissions policies made by several of the nations most influential college institutions stirs up a whirlwind of emotions, as current high schoolers adapt to an ever-changing college admissions landscape.

The Dartmouth Domino-Effect: More Elite Institutions Reinstate Test-Required Admissions Policies

Reed D. April 14, 2024

Although students who derive fiendish pleasure in taking standardized tests and are freakishly brilliant at it probably exist (at least in urban myth), I am not one of them; I have never been an easy-breezy...

“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...

What the War in Gaza Taught Me About Being a Journalist and Affinity Head

What the War in Gaza Taught Me About Being a Journalist and Affinity Head

Daria H., Editor December 11, 2023

As I walked through the doors of RB40, the Spyglass newsroom was already abuzz with chatter. I was greeted by a cascade of inquiries written on the whiteboard in green expo-marker: Who? What? When? Where?...

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,...

Students pose for a picture in the back of the bus. (Photo Credit: Katie L. ’27)

I was Lost on a Bus for Three Hours and I’m Glad it Happened

Rebecca L. April 24, 2023

When the eighth grade left school at 9:00 a.m. heading towards the Santa Clarita mountains, our plan was to spend an hour on the bus before arriving at Tree People, an organization committed to improving...

Is having a tutor necessary to being successful at Westridge?

Tutoring: An Exception or Expectation?

Sophene A. and Kristin C. March 13, 2023

Part of being a good student is learning to self-advocate or get help from a teacher or friend. Sometimes, help comes from a tutor. Like many schools, Westridge prides itself on its academically rigorous...

A group of sophomore students huddle around their laptops and textbooks to work on homework and study in the library.

No, It’s Not Just You. Sophomore Year is Really That Hard

Gia S. and Ariana E. December 12, 2022

She’s not wrong. I can’t remember the last time I felt this…defeated?  It only took a few months into my tenth grade year before I realized that I had made a big mistake.  It wasn’t just...

A magen david (Star of David) necklace lays along a map of the United States of America. Recently, antisemitism in the States has been on an upward trent.

Kanye West Ignites Influx of Antisemitism, Faces Backlash

Ella B. November 7, 2022

On the night of October 8, rapper Kanye West tweeted, “I’m a bit sleepy tonight but when I wake up I’m going death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE…” Since then, West has made other antisemitic comments...

New Head of School Ms. Andrea Kassar poses alongside several Westridge seniors at this years Convocation ceremony.

Westridge Welcomes Andrea Kassar as New Head of School

Ella B. October 3, 2022

On July 1, 2022, Andrea Kassar succeeded former Head of School Mrs. Elizabeth J. McGregor to become Westridge’s 12th Head of School. After her tenure as the Head of Upper School at the Nightingale-Bamford...

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