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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's it Like to be Asian at Westridge? (art credit: Izzy S.)

Asian at Westridge: Students and Teachers Share Their Voices

Lauren C. and Hannah W. May 16, 2021

According to NBC News, following the coronavirus pandemic, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) hate crimes (those that have been reported) increased over 100% in Los Angeles alone. As AAPIs in America...

In-person history class

“Going to school…gives me a chance to wear my clothes.” Upper School Reflects on Return to Campus

Daria H. and Lucia P. May 16, 2021

After spending over a year online, Westridge Upper Schoolers finally returned to campus. Although some students have returned to campus for SEL activities and sports conditioning, others haven’t seen...

Art Credit: Jacqueline Lee

Opinion: I’m Abandoning Performative Activism. Here’s Why You Should Too.

Eliza W. May 16, 2021

As I tap through stories on my Instagram feed, I see the same five activism posts of the day shared over again by classmates and celebrities alike. “BLM” written in a loopy font against a pale pink...

The Backstory: How Monopoly Helped Prisoners of War Get Out of Jail Free

The Backstory: How Monopoly Helped Prisoners of War Get Out of Jail Free

Ilena M. May 16, 2021

The Backstory is a column celebrating offbeat and overlooked history. While WWII raged across the continent and infiltrating Allied forces fell hostage behind Nazi lines, British spies gathered in...

Space Jam: A New Legacy comes to theaters this summer on July 16.

Opinion: The Top 5 Sequels, Prequels, and Movie Adaptation Summer Blockbuster Hits You Should See in Theaters

Jacqueline Y. May 13, 2021

WARNING: This contains some spoiler alerts from previous movies. Sitting down in a dimly-lit theatre with the smell of buttery popcorn and excited chattering while movie trailers play is something that...

Rita (Amanda Brugel) and Serena Waterford (Yvonne Strahovski) share a moment in episode four,

Review: Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale Returns for Season 4 and Regains Its Momentum

Caroline L. May 10, 2021

[SPOILERS] After a two years’ wait due to Covid-19 restrictions, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale has made its return for season four. Dare I say that the show seems to be headed in a direction other...

“Can YOU Save Spring Break: The Escape Room” Photo Credits: Verena W.

Tiger Week: A New Experience For Teachers and Students

Verena W. and Sabina P. April 26, 2021

While the Interim week before spring break at Westridge is usually filled with school trips and activities, ranging from the on-campus to the international, this year was different. Due to COVID-19, Tiger...

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 12, 2021
With its pros, cons, and 150 millisecond time lag, the adaptation to Zoom life is shaping an entirely new culture of human interaction. 
Rachel K on a balcony enjoying the view

What Do Students Think About In-Person School?

Katie X. April 12, 2021

After spending a little over a year entirely online, students have begun returning to campus.  Lower and middle schoolers have already been back for on-campus remote learning as well as social and emotional...

When Did The Pandemic Become Real To You? Students and Faculty Respond.

When Did The Pandemic Become Real To You? Students and Faculty Respond.

Daria H. and Julia W. April 12, 2021

On March 13, 2020, Westridge closed its doors after a coronavirus case was diagnosed in Los Angeles. Most members of the community believed that everything would go back to normal after spring break, but...

Alumnae and Faculty Honored During Alumnae Weekend

Alumnae and Faculty Honored During Alumnae Weekend

Lucia P. and Mckenna D. April 12, 2021

Vintage music played in the background while Westridge alumnae joined the Zoom meeting, some unmuting to chat or report a tech problem. The organizers of the online event stayed muted and allowed past...

Student Well-Being Improves with Later Start Times

Student Well-Being Improves with Later Start Times

Brittany A. and Isabella W. April 12, 2021

Since classes have shifted to remote learning, the adjusted schedule now has a later start time. Previously, a Spyglass article titled “Opinion: Late Start Gives Students a Head Start in School” discussed...

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