College Shirt Day
On May 1st - the national decision day for college enrollment - we celebrated seniors with College Shirt Day. Enjoy this gallery of our visual college list!
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For the last several years, Friends Journal, a publication that serves the Quaker community, has sponsored the Student Voices Project. For this project, students at Friends Schools are asked to submit written work in response to various queries and entries are chosen from among them. This year, the queries pertained to aspects of community building. Reflections from the following students were selected: Sophie Adler ’19, Reena Bradley ’19, Carolina Castilho , Tony Chen, Jack DeVuono ’19, Franklin Grear, Natalie Neumann, and Heidi Suh. Click here to read their essays!
One Story Week
Lower School’s One Story Week featured Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle. Here’s a look at the students’ activities and projects for the week!
All The World's A Stage
Senior Projects Blog
Members of the Class of 2016 spent their Senior Projects in 14 countries and 10 states. Projects included the school-led trips to Mexico, Israel/Palestine, Guadeloupe, and Ghana, as well as 47 distinct independent projects near and far. Some of our seniors shared their experiences and reflections on the Senior Projects Blog, so we invite you read them here.
Westtown was awarded a $5000 grant to become part of the Campus Kitchen Project! Check out the video students made in support of our grant application.
National Language Exam Lists
Each year, students in the World and Classical Language sit for the National Language Exam in their area of study. This year, a host of students was honored with medals or honorable mentions. To see the complete list of honorees, click here.
On Sunday, April 24th, we welcomed over 80 young innovators and their families to campus for Westtown’s inaugural STEAM Day. It was an afternoon of hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math activities for 2nd through 5th graders from the surrounding area. Check it out!
Westtown Wins KEEA/KEEF Award
In May, Wade Tomlinson, Director of Sustainability, and Jay Farrow, Assistant Head of School for Operations, traveled to Harrisburg, PA, where they were presented with the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance/Keystone Energy Education Fund's (KEEA/KEEF) "Moving to the Head of the Class: Energy Efficient Schools Award" in the rotunda of the capitol building. Read news coverage here.
Guiness World Record!
Fourth graders decided to join the Plastic Bag Challenge to bring awareness to our community about single-use plastics, partnering with Bring Your Own Bag Delaware (BYOB), an environmental education group. They began their Plastic Bag Challenge just before spring break, enlisting the help of the Westtown community. They set a goal of 6,000 and collected 6,163 bags. Delaware's Sierra Club and the BYOB group organized an event to collect the bags.
Lower School teachers Hilary Simons and Andy Fetzer, along with other Westtown participants, took the bags to Wilmington, DE for the event. The schools, organizations, and individuals collected over 52,000 bags, 30,872 of which were formed into a giant ball. This ball, weighing in at a whopping 340 pounds, set a Guinness World Record! You can read more about this story on local news outlets here and here.
Artists in Residence
One of the great aspects of our arts program is the Artist is Residence Program which brought artists to both Lower and Upper School this spring. John Baker, whose residency was funded by a gift from alumna Chris Hall ’64, worked with Upper School students sharing paper making techniques. Rich Hoffman brought his stop-motion filmmaking to Lower School. Check out Hoffman’s videos made along with Jeff Waring, Lower School art teacher, and Lower School students.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Changemaker Projects
Eighth graders spent much of their last semester on The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Changemaker Projects. They built on the work of last year’s project, reusing of the windmill towers so that students could focus on the mechanical components of windmills. The project began months ago with an interdisciplinary reading of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind in English, science, history, and math classes. Students further developed Changemaker Projects to craft solutions for actual problems faced by communities in East and West Africa, and specifically by Heritage Academy, Westtown’s sister school in Ghana, West Africa. The Changemaker topics included prevention of malaria, nutrition, sustainable agriculture, and building a refrigerated room. Watch the video to learn more!
Congratulations, Class of 2016!
On June 11, 2016 we welcomed our newest class of alumni. We’ve created a special page to celebrate the Class of 2016, and have posted videos of Commencement and photo galleries. Class of 2016 page
Teaching to the Light: Educating in a Quaker Way
We’ll let our students explain Meeting for Worship, and what it means to be at a Quaker school!
Meeting for Worship
Students on the Religious Life Committee made a video with tips for making the most of Meeting for Worship.
What is Meeting for Business?
It was thrilling to welcome so many alumni to campus for Alumni Weekend, 2016. Please enjoy the photo galleries here.
Alumni Class Notes
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Letters to the Editor
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