The Westonian Wins 2015 Bronze CASE Circle of Excellence Award
We are thrilled to announce that The Westonian won the 2015 Bronze CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) Circle of Excellence Award. More than 50 independent schools from around the country submitted entries. Judges noted that “The Westonian Magazine is one that draws you in even if you have no connection to the school…The publication uses the history of the school well, in particular the page that features the old photo paired with a modern photo in the same spot. Overall the publication has innovative ideas that are executed well.” We’re proud of the achievement and eager to make The Westonian compelling for our readers.
News from the Westtown Fund
Thank you very much to everyone who has supported this year's Westtown Fund campaign. Your gifts have made so many wonderful opportunities possible this year for our students. If you have not made your gift yet, there is still time to make a donation before the fiscal year ends on June 30th. Visit www.westtown.edu/wfdonate to make a gift of any size.
Congratulations to the Class of 2015!
The last week of school was a heady one for seniors who donned their finest for Dinner Dance, rehearsed for Commencement, enjoyed graduation dinner, their final Meeting for Worship with their families and faculty, and shared their creative sides in the Senior Talent Show. They began the bittersweet process of saying their goodbyes and, before they knew it, Commencement was upon them.
On June 6th, the Class of 2015 received their diplomas in the Greenwood and became our newest alumni. In spite of last-minute worries about the weather, the sun came out to shine upon the celebration of our graduates. We have made a special page on the website where you can find videos of graduation and individual speeches, photo galleries, and college destinations. Please enjoy the Class of 2015 page!
8th Grade Graduation
On June 3rd, eighth graders were celebrated in their graduation ceremony in the Barton-Test Theater. Each student was individually recognized by teachers, and essayists were selected to read their work. Enjoy the gallery of photos!
5th Grade Graduation
On June 4th, Lower School students and families gathered in the Meeting House for the Fifth Grade Graduation. One by one, each fifth grader stood and spoke of his or her Lower School experience, then Meeting for Worship followed. Have a look at the fifth grade celebration here!
Third Graders Provide Scholarship
Third grade students, the Class of 2024, raised over $800 through bake sales, plant sales, and bracelet making and sales - enough to endow a lifetime scholarship for a girl to attend Heritage Academy in Ghana through the Schoerke Foundation. This is the second endowed scholarship provided by the third grade; last year the Class of 2023 awarded the first. Teacher Marc Dear’s and third grade’s longtime connection to Heritage continues to flourish. The third grade book drives over the years have yielded 16,000 books for the library at Heritage Academy. These young people prove that you are never too young to help change the world. Kudos, third grade!
Israel/Palestine Trip for Adults
In March 2015 a group of Westtown adults (current and former faculty, board members, and family members) embarked on a trip to Israel and Palestine patterned after Westtown's Israel/Palestine Senior Project trip. Led by Melissa Graf-Evans and Jonathan Evans '73, the group of 14 travelers engaged with individuals and organizations in both Israel and Palestine in an endeavor to learn more about the area, the conflict, and people who are working to create a just, secure peace for all. A highlight of the trip was a reception at Ramallah Friends School with several of the families of Ramallah students who have spent a year at Westtown. Well over 100 Westtown students and adults have experienced the Israel/Palestine Senior Project since the first trip in 2010, led by Eric Mayer, Kevin Eppler, Jay Coen Gilbert, and Jonathan Evans.
Congratulations Times Two
Teacher Celeste Payne has been selected to represent Westtown School on the Friends Council on Education’s Institute for Engaging Leadership in Friends Schools. Friends Council states that the program’s goals are to "develop leaders' capacity and skills for the distinctive practices of Friends school governance and to develop leaders who are conversant with and practiced in Quaker pedagogy, decision-making processes, and the peculiar art of sustaining the Quaker value-based ethos of a Friends school." Celeste will begin this important work in the fall.
Celeste has also been chosen to serve on the Teaching Tolerance Advisory Board. The Advisory Board made its selection this spring and Celeste will begin working with them in July. Teaching Tolerance is a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center and is a resource for students and educators interested in diversity, equity, and social justice. Celeste is dedicated to creating inclusive schools for all, and we are grateful for her work not only here at Westtown, but also as a representative on the Teaching Tolerance Advisory Board. Please join us in congratulating Celeste!
You probably knew that Teacher John Fernandez is an excellent Spanish teacher, but did you know that he’s also a chef and caterer?His company, Provecho Foods and Catering, has been selected to be an official food vendor at the 2015 Wawa Welcome America Liberty Block Party on Friday, July 3rd from 12 -10 p.m. on 5th and 6th Street between Market and Chestnut in Philadelphia! John will be making his delicious paella, so please stop by!
We did it!
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Alumni Weekend 2015
We were thrilled to welcome so many alumni back to campus for Alumni Weekend. We thank you all for making the trip! A gallery of photos from Alumni Weekend awaits you here.
Connect with other Westonians!
Check out our great mobile alumni app called "EverTrue." Search our alumni directory by name, class year, college, company, etc. and map other alumni near you!