November 22 marked yet another successful Yam Festival as students arrived in yam-colored clothing and enjoyed a variety of yam-flavored treats. The day contained its usual festivities, including admiring the dishes brought by families and volunteers, stacking plates with as much food as possible, and of course exchanging tickets for yam fries and latkes.
As students, it can be hard to imagine a side to our teachers other than the ones we see every day. Tattoos offer a glimpse into the alternative lives of teachers and the things they value enough to wear on their skin. To find out more, we visited several teachers to see if their tattoos have any particular significance.
Starting this year, Westridge has introduced the writing center as a new resource that students can use for help with their writing. The coaches give advice to those seeking help in a discussion-based style, and help students in any stage of the writing process, whether that be coming in to talk about the guidelines of an assignment, or asking about how to conclude a paper.
Em S.’21 and Shirlynn C. '21 discuss their essay while other students receive help from the coaches
Brandon Worrell shows off his tattoo
Bella M. '21 at the Junior Holiday Party
Vivian L. ’20 and Max E. ’21 observe Elisa D. ’20’s series of paintings.
The Sunday before tech week for every Westridge production is cue-to-cue, a process of fine-tuning light and sound cues over the course of several hours and many, many repetitions. If you’re not a stage-seasoned senior yourself, you may wonder what exactly this process involves for the winter Black Box from the point of view of the student directors. Well, wonder no longer. Exclusive footage from the cue-to-cue for “I and You,” our 2019-20 Black Box shows what those theatre kids are actually doing for that whole mysterious sun-up to sun-down span.
Upbeat songs blast from the gym’s speakers as costumed students aimlessly toss candy into the bleachers. Classmates talk amongst themselves, pointing out the different array of costumes. It’s October 31st, and Halloween has kicked into gear.
Halloween is always a highly anticipated holiday at Westridge. Whether students are piecing together a costume from casualwear or sewing together an ensemble from material scraps, the holiday is a chance for students and teachers to show off their costumes and creativity.
People aren’t always comfortable talking about mental health, but Peer to Peer hopes to change that. “I think the motivation for Love Your Mind Week is the sense that the issue around mental health is something people are reluctant to talk about, and part of this week is to create a forum in which people can speak and to make it a conscious topic of discussion,” remarked Dr. Jim Holland, a Peer to Peer teacher.
October 15 marked the first meeting of the Student Action Council. The Student Action Council (SAC) presents a new opportunity for student leaders across the Westridge campus to collaborate and share ideas. Comprised of student leaders from Student Voices, Student Life, ASB, Peer 2 Peer, and Spyglass, SAC will work with Head of School Ms. McGregor to tackle issues currently affecting the student body.
On October 7, Student Voices tackled gender for the first time during an assembly in the PAC. The goal was to start a conversation about gender and what that means at an all-girls school. The assembly aimed to explain key gender terminology and to begin a conversation about how Westridge can hold firm to its single-sex identity while not silencing those who are not cisgender.
Anticipation buzzed throughout MUDD as the Middle School faculty milled around the tables covered in chili pots and salad bowls. Amid some collegial trash-talking and old fashioned pot-stirring, the competition was about to get fierce. The Fourth Annual Chili Cook-Off had begun.
Pausing for a much-needed break and adding some routine self-care isn’t just good advice teachers are doling out to students. Some faculty members are practicing what they recommend and taking advantage of the employee yoga class on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:30 p.m.
Since 1906, Westridge traditions have been bringing students of all divisions together. Certain traditions, such as Greeks and Romans, have been part of Westridge’s culture for nearly a century, making them an essential part of campus life. The purpose behind such traditions is to build school spirit and encourage team bonding, but is the spirit and enthusiasm for these traditions waning?