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.

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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“What does it mean to be a girls’ school when we’re no longer living in a binary world?”

“What does it mean to be a girls’ school when we’re no longer living in a binary world?”

Katie Shirreffs May 31, 2022

“What does it mean to be a girls’ school when we’re no longer living in a binary world?” Ms. Sarah Jallo, Senior Director for Enrollment Management and Student Outcomes, explained that this...

A drawing of a student opening their computer only to have their grades flying out. This image depicts an open gradebook, a system that allows students to access their grades at any time in the day.

Westridge’s Pursuit of Deeper Learning Evidenced in Its Commitment to a Closed Gradebook

Tanvi C. and Ella B. May 31, 2022

Post-pandemic and remote learning, educational institutions have been taking the time to reflect on how they can best teach, reach, and support their students. And Westridge is no exception.  Westridge’s...

The bus that transports students to and from the Valley. Next year, the bus will no longer be operating as a result of a discontinuation.

Valley Bus Discontinued, Students Left Without Transportation

Ella B. May 31, 2022

In 2014, Westridge started a bus route to and from the San Fernando Valley. Now, eight years later, that route is being discontinued due to the lack of financial sustainability.  Originally, Westridge’s...

“Disabled Is Not a Bad Word”: Abby P. ’25 Is Dedicated to Destigmatizing Disabilities

“Disabled Is Not a Bad Word”: Abby P. ’25 Is Dedicated to Destigmatizing Disabilities

Sophene Avedissian May 31, 2022

“I get stared at a lot in public. I get pointed at. I’ve gotten really weird comments. I’ve gotten ganged up on by kids,” explained Abby P. ’25. As a freshman at Westridge, her experiences as...

Westridge’s Policy on the Use of Racial Epithets Raises Questions About the Line Between Censorship and Protection

Westridge’s Policy on the Use of Racial Epithets Raises Questions About the Line Between Censorship and Protection

Eliza Walpert and Hannah Whang February 14, 2022

  Last year Westridge implemented a new policy on the use of racial epithets on campus under the “Anti-Bullying Policy” in the 2021-2022 Student/Parent Handbook. The policy states: “Racial...

What is it like to be a Long-Term Sub? Subs and Students Weigh in on Rewards and Challenges

What is it like to be a Long-Term Sub? Subs and Students Weigh in on Rewards and Challenges

Ariana E. December 13, 2021

Substitute teachers are an essential part of a school’s operation. The reality is that sometimes teachers need to step away from the classroom, sometimes for a class, sometimes for a day, and sometimes...

Ian Tatum, Director of Equity (left), and Tamara Shahar Jaffe, Dean of Lower and Middle School Student Voices (right)

New Hires Ian Tatum and Tamara Jaffe Further Westridge’s Commitment to DEI

Hannya K. November 8, 2021

Advocating for and creating change—whether for society, yourself, or a handful of individuals—is in no way an easy task. How does anyone committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) find...

“It’s Just a Toxic Place to Be”: Facebook Whistleblower Reveals Studies Confirming Instagram’s Harmful Effect on Teens’ Body Image

“It’s Just a Toxic Place to Be”: Facebook Whistleblower Reveals Studies Confirming Instagram’s Harmful Effect on Teens’ Body Image

Daria H. and Sophene A. November 8, 2021

On October 5, Frances Haugen, the Facebook whistle-blower, testified to Congress, in which she provided information regarding the social media giant’s negative impacts on society and democracy. Haugen,...

Westridge Welcomes New Faculty Members

Westridge Welcomes New Faculty Members

October 4, 2021

As the year begins, Spyglass would like to welcome all those new to the Westridge Community. We hope you will join us in welcoming them to our community and get to know them better through these brief...

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