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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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....

“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...

The English teachers have brought up boxes of their stuff including books to their new office space in EC21

English Office Once Again Relocates to Escape the Westridge Smell. Challenges Arise With EC21’s Move to Fish Room

Gia S. November 13, 2023

Last February, the English Office relocated to Room 4 due to the smell in the Rothenberg Humanities building. Over the summer, Facilities investigated the smell and worked on the plumbing and ventilation,...

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,...

(Mena J.)

Is Financial Accessibility Enough to Make Discovery Week Equitable?

Katie S. and Gia S. April 24, 2023

This year, Westridge students participated in Discovery Week, a mandatory week of experiential learning prior to Spring Break. Seniors jetted off to international destinations, juniors went on domestic...

Video Games: A New Medium for Storytelling

Video Games: A New Medium for Storytelling

Mckenna D. April 23, 2023

Just a few weeks ago, The Super Mario Bros. Movie released and became a hit instantaneously. The movie is based on Nintendo’s Super Mario, one of the most iconic video game series in history. In recent...

Is having a tutor necessary to being successful at Westridge?

Tutoring: An Exception or Expectation?

Sophene A. and Kristin C. March 12, 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...

After the emergence of ChatGPT, students and faculty at Westridge are having conversations about AIs potential impacts on academics.

Westridge Raises Questions About the Future of Artificial Intelligence in Education

Ella B. and Tanvi C. March 12, 2023

In an Upper School AP Computer Science Principles class, Holly N. ’25 sits in front of her computer and watches curiously as a ChatGPT look alike comprehensively responds to her prompts regarding topics...

Where Does Tuition Money Go? A Guide to Westridge’s Budget

Where Does Tuition Money Go? A Guide to Westridge’s Budget

Reed D. and Katie S. February 6, 2023

Whether for a lemonade stand or mortgage payment, budgeting plays a fundamental role in any important plan or purchase. Although budgeting may seem limited to the world of consumerism, it lays the foundation...

It’s Not Me, It’s You. Why More and More Teens are Breaking Up with Social Media

It’s Not Me, It’s You. Why More and More Teens are Breaking Up with Social Media

Lilah R. and Gia S. February 6, 2023

“When I had [Instagram], literally the first thing I did every morning was check Instagram,” Stephanie C. ’25 said, who has taken a few social media breaks and is currently on a break from Instagram. “I...

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