FOUR STARS FOR WESTTOWN'S DINING ROOM

Westtown School’s Dining Room was recently upgraded to a 4-Star Certified Green Restaurant® by the Green Restaurant Association (GRA), a national nonprofit organization helping restaurants to become more environmentally sustainable.

Westtown’s Dining Room received 303.95 GreenPoints™ on the GRA’s rigorous certification scale and implemented 90 environmental steps. This highest 4-star rating is shared by only one other K-12 school in the United States, and Westtown School Dining Room is the only GRA 4-star restaurant in Pennsylvania.

In March 2017, Westtown’s Dining Room became a  Level 1 Certified Green Restaurant® by reducing waste, increasing recycling, and becoming 100% Styrofoam free. Since then, the Dining Room not only has maintained its commitment to sustainable practices but also has significantly increased its efforts to reduce environmental impact. These efforts include local food sourcing, recycling and composting food waste (going from reducing waste by 50% in 2017 to 75% in 2018), providing vegetarian and vegan options, and using Energy Star appliances. Here are some highlights of Westtown’s initiatives that helped garner the GRA 4-Star rating:

  • Full-scale recycling and composting program, which keeps 75% of waste from the landfill
  • Energy Star equipment, which is 30-40% more efficient than traditional models
  • No bottled water offered on site
  • Purchasing Certified Organic, humanely raised, and naturally grown food, and over 80% of food served is local
  • 100% LED lighting, which uses up to 90% less energy, lasts longer, contains no mercury, and emits fewer greenhouse gases than incandescent bulbs
  • Offsetting 99% of annual energy use with Renewable Energy Credits that support wind power production

Beth Pellegrino, Westtown’s Director of Food Services, and TJ Costa, Director of Sustainability,  were committed to making even more changes in order to improve sustainable dining. “We looked at everything: light bulbs in the light fixtures, the paint on the walls, the type of faucets we have installed, the dishes, the napkins, the chairs, you name it!” said Pellegrino. “There is a lot more to sustainability than just buying local, even though that is something that we also do very well!” These efforts have helped Westtown School not only to significantly reduce their environmental impact, but also to connect the community to local farms, to promote diversity through food, and to provide delicious, healthy meals to the entire school community. It is yet another way that Westtown School is leading the way in the area of sustainability. 

ALUMNI WEEKEND 

Alumni Weekend was a truly wonderful celebration of the Westtown community. With over 860 registrants, the entire campus was buzzing with excitement as alumni celebrated reunions and old friendships, visited classes and former teachers, attended informational symposium presentations, went canoeing on the lake, and many other meaningful activities too numerous to mention. The Alumni Association Annual Meeting also boasted the highest attendance in years as alumni gathered for the roll call of the decades, a touching tribute to Jon Evans '73, and the exciting stories of the Keynote Speaker Barry Hogenauer '73

It was a time for alumni to not only celebrate the past but also to envision the future with optimism. This was the focus of the Head of School's remarks during the Annual Meeting, which were received to much acclaim. “Westonians open their hearts and their minds to the future in a way that makes room for the future to be better than anything we could dream of while remaining true to its understanding of where we come from and what we stand for.” This was a powerful sentiment that resonates with all generations of Westonians, and set the stage for a weekend-long celebration of Westtown and our dedicated community of alumni, students, parents, faculty, and friends. You can watch the Alumni Association Annual Meeting recording here and enjoy the Alumni Weekend photo gallery.


QUAKERISM AT WESTTOWN

We adults often talk about how Quakerism is embedded in curriculum and community. But how do our students experience Quaker education at Westtown? We'll let them tell you! 


MEALS ON WHEELS PARTNERSHIP

We are thrilled to announce a new partnership with Meals on Wheels! The Westtown kitchen staff, along with Work Program, has begun providing meals for the Meals on Wheels (MoW)  organization.

Representatives from MoW had heard about Westtown’s farm-to-table initiatives, sustainable practices in the Dining Room, and our association with food recovery programs, and approached Mitch Bernstein, Work Program Coordinator, and Beth Pellegrino, Director of Kitchen Services, about a partnership.

After review of the MoW nutritional requirements, students began packing meals in April and pack about 90 meals per week. The food is either recovered from the Dining Room or prepped alongside other packed lunches. MoW volunteers come daily to pick up the prepared meals. Youth Ambassadors will continue to pack meals throughout the summer months and by the end of the year, Westtown will have contributed more than 3,400 meals. Eventually, the hope is to have students deliver directly to clients. Students are using their work job time to participate in the program.

Lauren Turman '18, Ashley Ochefu '19, and Carter Dear '18

REPORT FROM THE DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION OFFICE
By Marissa Colston 

The Lower School celebrated the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. through myriad events. It  began with a skit performed by the LS faculty during Gathering. “Dr. King” introduced the students to civil rights activists such as Claudette Colvin, Audrey Faye Hendricks, John Lewis, Bayard Rustin, Betty Shabazz, and Fannie Lou Hamer, making the point that one person could not do the work alone. The skit was framed around Dr. King’s words “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

During January and February, Lower School classroom discussions were centered around the questions of Who can we love? How can we show love? How can we show love to those we find hard to love?  Books such as Each Kindness, by Jacqueline Woodson; The Youngest Marcher, by Cynthia Levinson; Let the Children March, by Monica Clark-Robinson; and Separate is Never Equal, by Duncan Tonatiuh, provided opportunities for discussion in the classrooms and library.

The Middle and Upper School faculty have been learning about racial identity development. We all have racial identities and in a diverse community like Westtown, it helps to understand our own racial identity and that of our colleagues and students. With a better understanding of racial identity development, faculty will be able to better support students of many racial identities and also understand the ever-changing process that racial identity plays in students lives as well as their own. Many of the workshops were designed drawing from the works of Beverly Tatum Daniels’ book Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? and Ali Michael’s book Raising Race Questions.

This year there has also been a SEED group for parents and one for teachers. SEED stands for Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity and the group meets about eight times through the year to discuss and explore topics around race, racism, white privilege, gender, allyship, and intersectionality. SEED groups are lead by trained faculty including Shelagh Wilson '85, Joe Tyler, Erin Salvucci, and Vicki Shelter. This year’s parent group has 23 participants representing parents from across the Lower, Middle, and Upper School.

CREATING THE LECTERN & TABLE

By Claire McLear  

Truth, we hear, can come from any corner of the room. And the truth was that the theater needed a new lectern. It came from all corners, each calling out desired attributes. With many voices, I waited attentively for a harmonious solution to present itself. And so it did at Tori Jueds' installation ceremony: a teacher’s desk vignette was just the inspiration I sought.

The lectern references the traditional standing teacher’s desk, made modern through the use of our Westtown walnut and contemporary detailing. A matching table was created to provide additional space for speakers’ materials. The forms are simple and subtle, each aspect purposeful with the only ornamentation being the wood’s natural beauty. The walnut is beautiful to work with - smooth and even, supple and strong; the grain at times visually quiet, at times quite outspoken. An accent of Cape Lookout beech provides the necessary white element to balance the brown in the Circle W plaque.

Westtown is in the rare position of being able to harvest and mill trees on campus. Utilizing our local resources speaks strongly of stewardship, the school’s history, and the environs in which a tree grew. Each board offers something different, and finding the right balance of grains to create a particular image or mood takes care. It is a step I thoroughly enjoy.

The concentric circles found on the lectern’s lid, reminiscent of ripples in water, represent the moment of inspiration and the resulting responses. Should you find yourself standing at the lectern, lift the lid - inside is a plaque carved with words that try to capture this ephemeral and ineffable moment.

Learning to look at wood, to see its attributes and potential, is the first task in Westtown’s Upper School woodworking class. Hand carving causes students to slow down and appreciate each piece of wood, to take what might otherwise be considered a defect and make it a unique highlight. Whether they become avid woodworkers or not, they will never look at the wood in fine furniture or artwork the same again.

The lectern and table’s designs feature skills and techniques introduced in Woodworking 1 and  2: hand carving, box joints, lamination, mortising, and finishing. Honing these skills requires passion and patience, which I have practiced for the last three years, learning from Teacher Jon Kimmel alongside students. He is a generous friend and mentor as I work to express myself in this medium and share what I discover along the way. It has been as unexpected a journey as it is rewarding. 

ONE STORY WEEK
By Lynn Clements, Lower School Librarian   

What better way to celebrate the joys of reading and the arrival of spring than with One Story Week? In Lower School, we set aside a week each April to focus our attention on one story. This year, the book selected for our study was Preaching to the Chickens, by Jabari Asim, with watercolor illustrations by E. B. Lewis. This book is about the childhood of civil rights activist and US Congressman John Lewis, who used to preach to the family chickens and in so doing, “learned to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.”  One of the goals in Lower School is helping students see that they do have a voice, and giving them opportunities to learn to use their voices as agents of change. Preaching to the Chickens illustrates this powerful message in a way accessible to children from Primary Circle to fifth grade.

One Story Week opened with a Skype with the author of the book, Jabari Asim. He spoke about how he decided to write the book, his research, and the editing process, and answered questions from the students. Students enjoyed a variety of activities based on the book and taught by Lower School teachers during each afternoon of One Story Week. Favorites included visiting the Lower School chickens with Farmer Tim, and making scrambled eggs and Moose toast.  Each year, there is a service project in conjunction with One Story Week, and this year, students painted words of affirmation on kindness stones which were then given to residents in local retirement communities and scattered about campus. Other activities included guest readers, creating and performing a rap based on the book, building sculptures, performing Reader’s Theater, and playing cooperative games in the gym. The celebratory week concluded with a visit by the award-winning illustrator E. B. Lewis, who shared his story. Mr. Lewis has won the prestigious Caldecott Honor medal, the Coretta Scott King Medal, and shows his work in galleries around the world.

Energy and enthusiasm for reading abounds in Lower School, and One Story Week is an opportunity to celebrate the power of story and the joy of being a community of readers.

DESIGNING FOR THE CHICKENS  

 
Earlier this year, Westtown’s new Director of Sustainability TJ Costa, wondered about the chickens. “What are we doing with these animals?  How do kids interact with them?” He asked colleagues how they could use them more in fun and  educational ways, and how the habitat could be improved.

Students visit and sometimes feed them during recess and when they are in the garden with Farmer Tim Mountz, who helps students plant, weed, and harvest vegetables. Fourth grade teacher Shelagh Wilson has been the unofficial keeper of the chickens, tending to them when students aren’t on campus and gathering their eggs.

A group of faculty, including Lower School science teacher Bekka Schultz, gathered to consider these questions. They  decided to create a Design Thinking (DT) project for students so they could decide what was best for the chickens, their habitat, and the human users.  “Because Shelagh is so invested in the chickens and since this was a great addition to the 4th grade science curriculum, I offered 4th grade class time for this project,” says Schultz.

As with any DT project, it began with building empathy. Understanding the needs of users - in this case chickens, students, and the Westtown community - is the first step in DT. Schultz took the students to the coop in the dead of winter and they understood immediately the concerns about weather extremes and its impact on the chickens and their environment. Her students visited the habitat several times and took measurements of the space and temperature, and observed and recorded the chicken’s behavior. How did they interact with humans? Did they seem healthy? Were all of their needs being met? Then they considered the human users. How could the chicken habitat be used by more students and the community? They met with Costa, a chicken farmer himself, to get expert advice about caring for chickens. They researched in the library and online about their growth and development, their biology, their food, water, shelter, and entertainment needs. They synthesized all of this information to discern the most important needs to be met.

The next step  in DT is brainstorming. The students were divided into groups and each was asked come up with a list of ideas to improve the habitat, the chicken’s experience, and human interaction. The goal is to have students’ minds free from parameters, so their initial brainstorming did not include restrictions of time and cost, for example. “One of the rules of the brainstorming process is to capture the ‘wild idea’ and that you can’t say no to anyone’s idea,” says Schultz. “All the ideas were recorded and then the winnowing process began. That’s when students can consider what makes an idea realistic and actionable. It’s an important part of developing critical thinking skills.” Interestingly, all the groups came up with similar ideas. The groups decided to focus on temperature, water temperature, safety and condition of the habitat, entertainment, and the experience of the human user.

Concurrently, two Upper School students, Yiheng Xie and Omelet Theeranantachai, were already working on the solar panels that were installed on the coop and on putting temperature and humidity sensors in the coop as part of teacher Tom Gilbert’s  computer science class. They were also already working on a camera to observe the chickens. When one fourth grader suggested that a webcam would help the community be able to observe the chickens, they were enlisted to team up with the fourth graders on this project. Yiheng and Omelet visited the class to discuss what they could incorporate into their own project to support the Lower Schooler’s  project. The group of fourth graders that was concerned about the water freezing or getting too hot wanted to link into the measurements the Upper Schoolers were doing about temperature.  So Yiheng and Omelet designed a website with this information as well as a live camera feed. They also incorporated a coop door opener that can be activated on the site, as well as a remote operator for the fan if the coop gets too hot.  

Step three in DT is prototyping. Students worked in groups in the iLab to create 3D mini-habitats that represented their solutions. They also had to write papers describing how and why they came to these solutions. Among their solutions were repairing a hole in the habitat, making the space more comfortable, creating toys for chicken entertainment (like ice cubes with fruit in the middle that chickens can peck at), mechanisms that would keep their water from freezing in the winter and regulating temperature, and how to get more students involved in their care.

Because funds are required for most of the solutions, the fourth graders wrote grant requests and pitched their ideas to the Team for Program and Innovation. Joey Burns, Sean Kramer, Quinlan McLear, and Melissa Freeman presented their ideas and grant request. Margaret Haviland, who clerks the Team for Program and Innovation, said, “In discussing the grant proposal for the chicken coop members of the Team were impressed by what the fourth grade students had to say about their process in understanding the problems chickens living in a coop face. We asked serious questions as they reflected on the needs for chickens to have entertainment, attractive quarters, and practical issues like melted water in the winter. We were thrilled to be able to reward them a grant. In coming to us, they have replicated the process every entrepreneur goes through in trying to realize their vision.” As a result, the Team for Program and Innovation awarded them $200. Likewise, the Upper School students also pitched their ideas for the website and mechanisms to measure temperature and humidity and were awarded $300. Fourth graders will now work with facilities about making the repairs with the grant money, and will consider ways to get more students involved with the chickens - including a chicken club they plan to form next year. Yiheng and Omelet have completed the website and the webcam is live, and they visited fourth grade once again to share their site and show them what they could do remotely. (Please visit the site when you are on campus; it is only available to the community. Upper School Computer Science project websites make use of the school's secure infrastructure, making projects built by students available to their peers across campus.)

In reflecting on the project, the students who pitched the grant proposal say that they learned a lot from the project and especially enjoyed working in groups. Sean Kramer said, “I really liked that you can’t say ‘no’ straight away. There has to be a process before you say no to an idea.” Quinlan McLear added that securing the safety of chickens by repairing the coop was important to him as was the green roof. “The green roof improves the environment and can also grow greens to feed the chickens. It saves money.” Joey Burns also enjoyed the collaborative aspect saying, “I really liked the teamwork and innovation that went into this project.”  Melissa Freeman noted that once they observed the chickens eating snow, “we worked hard on solving that problem, and so did the Upper School students. I liked that part of it - making it better and safer for the animals.” Melissa also made note of the fact that the chickens now in the coop are the ones that were hatched when they were in first grade, so they’ve seen the chickens grow up.

Apart from being a wonderful example of design thinking in action, this project demonstrates how effective collaborative and experiential learning is, as well as participation across divisions and ages. Schultz sums it up perfectly:  “We tackled this problem very much in the spirit of Westtown. We saw a need in the community and we tackled it together.”

METAL MOOSE: A STRONG SEASON

Congratulations are in order for Westtown's robotics team, the Metal Moose, who competed in the Mid-Atlantic District Championship at Stabler Arena, Lehigh University recently and went on to the World Championships.

The Moose ran the field at Lehigh, finishing 9-3 and coming in fourth among the top 60 teams in the tri-state region. As fourth seed alliance captains, the team made it to the final-four round, succumbing in the semifinals to the eventual championship winning alliance.

With this performance, however, the Metal Moose once again qualified for the robotics World Championship, this year in Detroit. The World Championship features the top 10 percent of all teams in the world, of which there are over 6,000.

At the World Championships in Detroit, The Moose finished high in Darwin Division, were selected to be a member of the #1 seed alliance, and were finalists, losing the division championship in a nail-biting, tie-breaker match. We’d like to share the wonderful video they made for the Chairman’s Award competition which describes the heart and mission of their team. Well done, Metal Moose!!


CHANGEMAKER PROJECTS 

This year's 8th grade Big Build Changemaker Projects once again centered upon the real-world problems faced by Heritage Academy, Westtown's sister school in Ghana. Students worked in groups to design solutions to problems like access to clean water, energy/power sources, feminine hygiene, 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 the Big Build Week, in which they made prototypes of their solutions. Check out the video to learn more! 

NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARS

Congratulations to seniors Ethan McLear, Wiley Mutch, and Ryan O'Donnell, our National Merit Scholarship winners! 

WOMEN OF WEST CHESTER FEATURES STUDENTS 

Fig, a website and blog for the West Chester area, featured two Westtown students in their Women of West Chester series. Click on the links to read about Natalie Neumann '19 and Qiaochu Chen '18!

KAYLA PARK

Congratulations to Yewon Kayla Park '19, who received two Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for Excellence in Visual Arts: a Silver Key for her “Half-Length Sculpture” and the Gold Key (the highest award) for her “Mountain Landscape.” The City of Philadelphia also issued a citation to Kayla for her achievement. 

BAITING ZHU 

Congratulations to Baiting Zhu '19 for his performance at the Delaware Valley Science Fair! At the recent awards ceremony, he was presented with a certificate from the Mu Alpha Theta Society. He also won a partial scholarship to the University of the Sciences. In addition to these honors, he was awarded second place in the 11th grade mathematics category for his research project, “A Study of Alzheimer’s in the U.S. Senior Population.” 


NATIONAL LANGUAGE EXAM HONOREES

Congratulations to the Middle and Upper School students who earned medals, honors, 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. Additionally, Westtown has started a chapter of the National Chinese Honor Society, and high performing students were inducted. To view the list of language students who received commendations, please click here. 

From top: Chinese National Honor Society inductees;
National Latin Exam honorees; National Spanish Exam honorees 

STUDENT VOICES PROJECT
Each year, Friends Journal sponsors the Student Voices Project in which students from Friends Schools submit work based on specific assignments. This year, Friends Journal’s 5th year of the project, the prompt was, Tell a story about how one of the Quaker testimonies was made real to you in your life. Of about 163 submissions, 20 were selected for publication, among them eight Westtown students. We encourage you to read the wonderful essays by Chloe Arden Allman '21, Robert Bennett '21, Quinn Daugherty '20, Jonathan Kornegay '21, Olivia Jaekle '20, Zein Mosarsaa '20Jocie Resnik '21, and Jadyn Williams '21

SPORTS ROUNDUP


Westtown brings home the Patterson Cup! Congratulations to all of our Westtown teams and student-athletes for winning the Patterson Cup this year! In our annual head-to-head running competition with George School, Westtown varsity and JV teams beat George School 12-11, with the final point coming from our boys track team to secure the Cup. Way to go, 'Town!


Other season highlights

  • Boys Track and Field won the 2018 FSL Championship!

  • Three new school records in Track & Field were set:

    • Julian Klenner '19 - 400 m: 48.07

    • Julian Klenner '19 - 200 m: 21.57

    • Ethan Gadra '18 - Pole Vault: 14'6''

  • Baseball had their best season in over a decade earning the second seed in the FSL playoffs with an overall record of 11-8. Senior standout Jon Moldoff’s batting average was .500 with 30 hits in 60 at bats. He recorded his 100th career hit on Senior Day and finished his career with 103 hits. As a pitcher, he had a 6-2 record with 77 strikeouts on the year. He finished his career with 240 strikeouts on the mound.

  • Girls Softball won their last three  games of the season and brought home the Quaker Cup Championship.

  • Boys Tennis finished the season with an overall record of 10-3 and lost a tough match in the FSL semifinals.

  • Boys Lacrosse finished the season with an overall record of 6-5 and lost in the FSL semifinals

  • Golf finished 4th in the FSL this season with a young and upcoming group.

  • 6 of our 8 spring varsity teams finished in the top 4 in league.

  • 17 student athletes were recognized by the FSL as All League and Honorable Mention Honorees. See the complete list here!

  • At the end-of-year Awards Assembly, student athletes were recognized. The Scholar Athlete Award went to: Yiheng Xie, Ryan O’Donnell, and Troy Larsen. The Athletic Directors’ Award went to: Jane Abbott, Alex Taylor, Trent Kellner, and Ethan McLear. And, finally, the Most Valuable Athlete award went to: Dewi Henry, Ethan Gadra, and Cameron Reddish.

Pictured below: Boys’ Track & Field team - Friends Schools League champs!

 

HALL OF FAMER
Girls varsity basketball Head Coach Carrie Timmins was inducted into the New Oxford High School Hall of Fame! Coach Carrie's stellar basketball career at New Oxford (including hitting the 1000 point mark in her junior year) and her outstanding record at the University of Delaware earned her this honor. Congratulations, Coach Carrie! 

SUE GOLD SABBATICAL BLOG
Much as her 6th grade students have just done with their family heritage projects, Teacher Sue Gold is using her sabbatical to learn more about her own family's history. She is working at Harvard's Schlesinger Library, where papers - diaries, letters, articles and photographs - were donated by a branch of her family who were missionaries in India from about 1900-1945. Her specific research question touches on one of the 6th grade ethical and cultural competencies, that of perspective: Did her family members resolutely impose their own religious perspective on the Indian people with whom they worked, or did they also allow themselves to be touched by the perspectives of others? She'll be sharing her reflections on this blog. follow along!   

CHRIS WILLS' PRESENTATIONS 
Chris Wills, Upper School art teacher, recently attended the National Art Education Association Annual Conference in Seattle. He delivered two presentations, one based on his work with students from Westtown and his former school, and one based on his work with Pre-AP Arts with College Board. The first presentation, entitled Whisper Down the Lane: Tools for Encouraging Translation and Transformation in Student Artwork, showcased Westtown students' work, primarily featuring work from the upper level drawing classes. He also highlighted the Arts Festival collaboration, as well as an iterative approach to project-based learning (process based work) using art historical research as a generative platform for art making.

The second presentation, entitled Addressing Process in Art Classroom practice: Structures and Strategies for Middle and High School, addressed recent research, policy, and advocacy initiatives in arts education that present a challenge for those who design curriculum, instruction, and assessment in the arts. In this instructional presentation, participants were invited to respond to the framework and instructional practices and relate them to their own work with students. They discussed the potential for incorporating these objectives and strategies into existing visual art curricula, and identified potential challenges to implementing a process-focused approach in middle and high school art courses.

LIFESAVERS
Director of Security Scott Gallagher and security officer Susan Smith were awarded the Excellence in Clinical Lifesaving Medal for saving a woman who was severely injured in a car accident last June, just two miles from our campus. This woman was a trauma patient who was barely alive when they found her. She not only survived, but also continues to live with no deficits as a result of the accident.

 

MAKING A DIFFERENCE 
Current parents, Gary and Eryn Holloway, are very active and cherished members of the Westtown community. Parents of Gary '16, Nina '19, Cole '22, Willow '25, Evynne, and Jaclyn, Gary and Eryn have a genuine love for Westtown in ways that are rarely seen.

Gary has been the Clerk of Westtown’s Golf & Tennis Outing and has supported the event for over ten years. He is a member of the Board of Trustees and most recently became Co-Clerk of the Board’s Advancement Committee. Gary also serves on Westtown’s Athletic Advisory Council and is Co-Clerk of the Oak Lane Projects Committee.

Gary and Eryn always lead by example, contributing to the Golf & Tennis Outing, the Westtown Fund, as well as various capital campaigns, scholarships, and endowment programs. They frequently host Westtown gatherings, and their thoughtful and generous hospitality is evident at each event.

As President of GMH Capital Partners, Gary draws on 20 years of acquisition, property management, asset management, and commercial real estate experience to lead the second generation of his family’s business. Head of School Tori Jueds says, “Gary is my hero. He has been unfailingly generous with countless projects at Westtown, stepping up many times. He understands and embodies the Westtown way, living out the calling of seeing that of God in others, and he advocates tirelessly for the best interests of our school, our students, and our whole community. He is one-of-a kind, and I will never be able to thank him enough for his kindness and support.”

Co-Director of Athletics Paul Lehmann '99 agrees, "Gary is one-of-a kind. Period. His endless generosity of time, resources, and professional expertise have made him invaluable to the successful running of our school. I consider myself very lucky to call Gary a friend and mentor."

Westtown is fortunate indeed to have champions like Gary and Eryn, who believe in our mission and remain engaged through volunteering, giving, and advocacy. They continue to make a difference to the Westtown community with their time, talents, and treasure, and we are truly grateful. Thank you, Gary and Eryn!

ISRAEL/PALESTINE TRIP

Westtown has been offering an educational trip to Israel/Palestine every year since 2010, usually as a Senior Project, though occasionally as an adult trip geared to educators and board members affiliated with Westtown and other Friends educational institutions. Under the leadership of Melissa Graf-Evans (Current Faculty) and Jon Evans '73 (Former Faculty, current Trustee), 16 adults spent two weeks in March visiting Jerusalem, the Jezreel Valley, Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee, the Jordan Valley, Jaffa/Tel Aviv, Bethlehem, Ramallah, and Hebron. Participants heard voices of Palestinians and Israelis, developed relationships with local residents, and visited with human rights groups, social justice organizations, businesspeople, educators, and community activists. These annual trips also serve to maintain and strengthen Westtown’s close ties to Ramallah Friends School and the Ramallah Monthly Meeting (see photo). To date, 167 Westtown-affiliated students and adults have benefited from Westtown’s ongoing commitment to this powerful educational opportunity.

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TAYLOR GRIFFITH '14
Visit Princeton University's homepage and who will you see? None other than Taylor Griffith '14 and a link to an article about her senior thesis! Way to go, Taylor! 

NATE URBAN '14

Nate Urban '14 is on the debate Team of the Year! Way to go, Nate!  "Pierson and Urban are the fourth liberal arts team ever to win Team of the Year, the first since 1998, and the first Swarthmore team to do it since 1987." Read more here!

TOBY BARLOW '84
Here's a recently published article from the Detroit Free Press about Toby Barlow '84 and his brand new creative agency Lafayette American. Awesome work, Toby!

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June 6 - 8th Grade Closing Ceremony
June 7 - 5th Grade Graduation
June 7 - US Dinner Dance
June 8 - Senior Art Show Reception
June 9 - US Commencement
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