CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2016!
On June 11th, the Class of 2016 received their diplomas in the Greenwood and became our newest alumni. 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 2016 page!
8th GRADE GRADUATION
On June 8th, 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 9th, 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.
FARM TO CAFETERIA CONFERENCE
A Westtown cohort of Beth Pellegrino, Director of Food Service, Tim Mountz, Farm Manager, and Wade Tomlinson, Director of Sustainability, went to and presented at the Farm to Cafeteria Conference in Madison, Wisconsin this June. About 2,000 participants came from all over the nation as well as Canada and Brazil to talk about bringing local, fresh, and organic foods to students.
The farm-to-cafeteria movement has real momentum, and with over 42,000 schools participating (which is also 42% of all schools), approximately 23.6 million students are offered healthier food choices. Westtown has become a leader in this national and international movement and a model for other schools. Westtown’s conference team presented some of the ways in which we’ve instituted healthier habits:
- 35% of all our food that we serve is local (within 50 mile radius) and/or organic - that is more than double than the average participating schools
- 100% of our chicken and turkey is both local and organic
- 100% of our beef and pork is grass fed, local, and usually organic
- Our salad bar includes items from Pete’s Produce farm, the Westtown student organic farm, and from our Lower School mini-farm
- Recess and play is a priority across all three divisions
- Required athletics (or farming and gardening) ensures that students have healthy bodies as well as healthy minds
These practices are far beyond what many schools, hospitals, and other institutions are doing. While at the conference, members of the Westtown group explored an Aquaponics system, took a field trip to Milwaukee to observe inner city farms and gardens to see how to create working partnerships for Westtown and urban Philadelphia, and visited an organic dairy farm. They also were privileged to hear First Lady Michelle Obama speak.
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Alumni Weekend 2016
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. Be sure to check out Class Notes in the next Westonian (coming soon) for Alumni Weekend Reunion updates!
Congratulations to Katie Rose Guest Pryal '94 whose new novel Chasing Chaos was published in June! Award-winning novelist Kathryn Craft writes that the novel is "as psychologically astute as it is engaging." You can find Chasing Chaos on Velvet Morning Press as well as Amazon.
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!