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...

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.”
Addie K.

Celebrity Culture is Shattering During the Pandemic

Jacqueline Y. May 22, 2020

When Gal Gadot, an Israeli supermodel and actress, posted a three minute video of celebrities singing to John Lennon’s “Imagine” to Instagram shortly after stay-at-home orders were mandated and announced,...

Maya L.

Finding Connection Through Music During the Pandemic

Sophia H. May 15, 2020

On Mother’s Day, a particularly hot afternoon, I approached my mom’s house clutching my Hanez guitar to my chest and, sweating through my shirt, knocked on the door.  The garage opened and my mom...

Interview With Dr. Carruthers: Mental Health During Quarantine

Interview With Dr. Carruthers: Mental Health During Quarantine

Sophia H. May 7, 2020

Sophia H. '21 interviewed Dr. Carruthers, Westridge's Director of Counseling and Student Support, about mental health during quarantine, helping to answer any questions you might have such as how teenagers...

Faces from the Front Lines

Faces from the Front Lines

Isabel A. May 7, 2020
As most employees and students settle into new routines at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, others continue going to work every day to help support our community and save lives. Some of the medical and civil service workers who are part of our larger Westridge community have shared with Spyglass brief glimpses into their current lives.
(clockwise from left) The author talks with Gia M. ‘27, eighth-grader Sydney W., and Sylvie S. J. ‘24

Lower & Middle School Remember Ms. V.

Ilena M. April 23, 2020

On April 14, we lost an integral member of the Westridge community, Lower and Middle School Dean of Student Support Carol Van Zalingen, to complications due to COVID-19. As Westridge reflects upon and...

Westridge Remembers Ms. V.

Westridge Remembers Ms. V.

Isabel A. April 23, 2020

Carol van Zalingen, Westridge’s beloved Lower and Middle School Dean of Student Support, died at Huntington Hospital in the early morning of April 14 following complications due to COVID-19.  Head...

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