Thanks to all (and their four-legged friends!) who joined us for the annual Campus Dog Walk! More photos from the event can be found here—thanks to student photographer William Wang ’26!
Campus Nature Walk
Friends gathered for our annual Campus Nature Walk, where they were led on guided tours of our beautiful grounds and saw plants, animals, and birds native to Westtown. The walk was led and curated by Marta Willgoose Salo, Middle and Upper School faculty member and naturalist, Courtney McKinley, Middle School science teacher, and Ryan Black, Upper School science teacher. Thank you to our guides and to the community members who’ve helped us make the Campus Nature Walk and annual event! Enjoy more photos here!
Join us on January 6, 2024 on Coach Downey Court to see our alums, parents/guardians, faculty, and staff in action for our annual Westtown Community Basketball Game! Whether you want to participate in the game or cheer from the stands, you’ll have a great time. Be sure to come before the game and stay after to support our girls and boys varsity basketball teams as well! Register to play here! See below for a schedule for the games.
3:00 p.m. – Girls Varsity vs. Fort Erie International
4:00 p.m. – Check-in and warm-up for Community Players
4:30 p.m. – Tipoff for Community Game
5:30 p.m. – Post-Game Reception for Community Players
6:00 p.m. – Boys Varsity vs. Olympus Prep
Parents and guardians have been engaging in learning and reflection in the “Quakerism in the Curriculum” informational sessions. Led by Dean of Faculty and Innovation Chris Wills, these sessions have examined how Westtown incorporates Quaker teachings and values into its curriculum and programming across the divisions, and explored Meeting for Worship. The next session will be January 23 at 6:00 p.m. in the Belfry and will be facilitated by Director of Pre-K-12 Visual and Performing Arts Alex Ates. This session will cover how Quakerism and Quaker values shape the Visual and Performing Arts curriculum. It is open to current parents/guardians who are new to Quakerism, who would like a refresher, or who would simply like to participate. If you would like to join us, please RSVP here.
Sheryl Oring will be our next guest in the Shoemaker Visiting Lecturer series. She will do a performance of I Wish to Say on the Granolithic during the academic day for students and faculty; the lecture will be on April 8, 2024, at 7:30 p.m. in the Barton-Test Theater. This lecture is open to members of the whole Westtown community, but is not open to the public.
For I Wish to Say, artist Sheryl Oring sets up a makeshift public office—complete with a manual typewriter—and invites members of the public to dictate postcards to the U.S. President. Each card is typed verbatim; originals are sent to the White House and Oring keeps a carbon copy for her project archive. Oring has presented more than 100 performances at dozens of venues across the country.
Since launching the I Wish to Say project in 2004, artist Sheryl Oring has typed more than 4,000 postcards to U.S. Presidents from dozens of locations across the U.S. She is a Creative Capital grantee and her book, Activating Democracy: The I Wish to Say Project, was published by the University of Chicago Press. Oring is Dean of the School of Art at University of the Arts in Philadelphia.