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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.

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 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 3, 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...

One staffer reflects on growing up in a post 9/11 world.

Honoring the Past While Analyzing the Future: Reflections on Growing Up in a Post 9/11 World

Daria H. October 3, 2021

My stomach twisted itself into knots when Joe Busch, Upper School Math teacher, told me about the grinding sound of the tower collapsing, watching it burn, and seeing people jump from the buildings. Here...

Westridges DEI Efforts Part 3: Moving Forward

Westridge’s DEI Efforts Part 3: Moving Forward

Katie S. May 23, 2021
7 students and faculty shared their thoughts for moving forward with Westridge’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts.
Natalie V. 21 celebrates her commitment to Auburn University.

Seniors Reflect on a College Process Like No Other

Sophia H. May 17, 2021

For roughly the past eight months, Westridge seniors have endured the seemingly endless process of applying to colleges across and beyond the United States. Finally, past the May 1 deadline by which most...

Part of the November 2020 DEI and Anti-Racism update. It starts with a letter from Elizabeth McGregor, Head of School.

Westridge’s DEI Efforts Part 2: How Involved are Students in the DEI Process?

Katie S. May 15, 2021

A large part of the DEI effort involves student input — receiving student feedback, checking in with students’ sense of belonging, and having ongoing conversations with students about changes they...

Some of Westridge’s parent ambassadors with whom prospective families can connect.

Westridge’s DEI Efforts Part 1: Increasing Student Body Representation

Katie S. May 9, 2021
DEI initiatives and efforts to increase student diversity are not new to Westridge’s admission process. “There are some strategies we have expanded upon and some newer initiatives that are underway to spread the word about Westridge to families that may not hear about us through traditional marketing and outreach efforts,” explained Margaret Shoemaker, Director of Admission.
A Year in Review: Westridge Looks Back and Forward at its DEI Efforts

A Year in Review: Westridge Looks Back and Forward at its DEI Efforts

Katie S. May 9, 2021
Westridge published their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) planning strategies in January 2020, located in the Westridge Strategic Plan. Among other initiatives, the DEI plan includes: increasing DEI training for all Westridge constituencies, identifying biases in curriculum, and creating a plan to increase student body and faculty & staff diversity.
Westridge students gather for a Tiger Week class. Even when used recreationally, videoconferencing is often still mentally draining.

The Ups and Downs of Zoom Culture

Ilena M. April 11, 2021
With its pros, cons, and 150 millisecond time lag, the adaptation to Zoom life is shaping an entirely new culture of human interaction. 
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