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While the rest of the campus has gone quiet, the STEAMWork Design Studio has been running full steam ahead to 3D print masks and face shields for healthcare workers at USC Keck Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. STEAMWork Design Studio Coordinator David Prince is leading the effort with the help of senior Jay H.-K., and they have already printed 36 masks and eight face shields as of today!
This effort is part of a movement from CRASH Space, a local Maker community, to crowdsource hundreds of 3D printers around Los Angeles to print 6,000 masks for USC Keck and face shields for Cedar-Sinai (and that's just to start with). CRASH Space is collaborating with several LA hospitals to help meet the demand for protective equipment for healthcare workers in our community.
Want to help? If you have a 3D printer at home or extra 3D printing filament you would like to donate, please contact Mr. Prince at email@example.com.
Out of an abundance of caution and to do our part to help flatten the curve during the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Westridge is closed Friday, March 13 - Sunday, March 29, and will officially move to remote learning as of Monday, March 30.
We have created two new pages on our website to house information and updates related to this decision:
- COVID-19 Info Page. This page serves as a centralized resource for updates regarding how coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting Westridge activities, policies, and educational programming, as well as for links to public health information sources. We are continuing to communicate important updates via email but recommend that our families check this page regularly for updates. Click here or visit www.westridge.org/coronavirus to view.
- Remote Learning Hub: Resources for Parents. This page serves as a resource for parents and families as our community transitions to remote learning, providing guidance on what to expect during remote learning, our adjusted daily schedules during remote learning, and resources for supporting students as they adapt. This page also contains resources for home-based activities that may be helpful during Spring Break. Click here or visit www.westridge.org/remotelearning to view.
Last week, Peer-to-Peer, the Westridge student-support group, hosted its annual Love Your Body Week, a school-wide effort to raise awareness around issues of body image. Events kicked-off with an Upper School Town Meeting on Monday where students shared thoughts and experiences about a wide range of topics, from body dysmorphia and weight-consciousness to the lack of body diversity in the media. Then, each day, Peer-to-Peer held a lunchtime conversation dedicated to exploring how factors like race, ethnicity, media, and gender influence body image.
“We tried to broaden the audience this year by touching on all different sides of body image issues,” said Anelise P. ’20, one of organizers who spearheaded Love Your Body Week. “There isn’t one ‘right’ way to be in your body so there’s no ‘right’ answer to any of this. We just want to open a discussion, a dialogue surrounding the topic, because it's important to do and it's affecting everyone, in minor or major ways.”
In addition to hosting discussions and events for Upper School students, Peer-to-Peer visited 6th, 7th, and 8th grade classes throughout the week to lead discussions and conduct age-appropriate activities around these topics.
Peer-to-Peer leaders Anelise P. '20 and Solaar K. '20 spearheaded this year's Love Your Body Week.
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- FriApr10 Good Friday - Optional Remote Learning Day
- MonApr13 Easter Monday - Optional Remote Learning Day
- SatApr18 11th Grade Parent Party CANCELLED 6:00 PM to 9:00 PMMauro Residence (off campus)