Birds @ Westtown
First graders wrapped up their study of campus birds with this video, sharing some of what they learned about the birds of Westtown. The bird notecards they made with their depictions of various species were used to help them raise more than $400 to help support the Children’s Eternal Rainforest.
Independent Seminar Blog
The Independent Seminar course in Upper School represents one area in which students are at the center of their own education. Students engage in individual research and in-depth exploration of areas of passion such as app development, writing a novel, filmmaking, empowering women in rural India, a sociological study in racism, creating a field guide to flora and fauna of Westtown, and painting - among many others. To learn more about these projects, visit the Independent Seminar Blog on which students document their projects as they unfold.
One Story Week
Now in its fourth year, the Lower School's One Story Week featured the book Journey by Aaron Becker and touched on the two other books in the trilogy, Return and Quest. One Story Week is an opportunity for Lower School students to explore the themes offered in the featured book - this time movement and journeys both physical and of the imagination. For students, exploration consists of special activities in several disciplines like art, design thinking, science, and geography. The students were also treated to a visit and book signing by the author.
The Class of 2017 chose an impressive variety of locations and project themes. They engaged in projects across the globe in 17 countries and in states around America. Along with the school-led senior projects to Israel/Palestine, Ghana, Greece (open to 9-11th graders as well as seniors), and Cuba (a language immersion trip also open to all Upper School students), students completed 49 independent projects. Some of the seniors wrote about their experiences in the field on the Senior Projects Blog. The Cuba and Ghana groups produced videos about their trips. Enjoy!
This year's 8th grade Big Build Changemaker Projects once again centered upon the real-world problems faced at Heritage Academy, Westtown's sister school in Ghana. Students worked in groups to design solutions to problems like access to clean water, energy, and nutrition. They talked with seniors and faculty who had been to Heritage Academy for Senior Projects to collect information about resources available in Ghana. The projects culminated in students' presenting their pitches for “grant money” (funds raised by Middle School students) to put their solutions into action. Here’s a look at the Changemaker Project week in 8th grade!
National Language Exam Honorees
Congratulations to the Middle and Upper School students who earned honors, medals, and special designations on the National Language Exams! The National Language Exams are administered annually to thousands of students across the nation to assess foreign language proficiency. To view the list of students in it's entirety, click here.
To see more about the Class of 2017 Commencement, including videos, visit the Class of 2017 page.