It's that time again: Our first-trimester ninth graders have published their posts to the digital citizenship class blog.
Charles Wright Academy Blog
Monday, October 27th
Wednesday, October 22nd
Yesterday marked the first day of Spirit Week at CWA ahead of Homecoming on Friday! Food Service staffer Steven Dooley (also known as "Mr. Sir" to students) arranged for a spooky visitor to stop by the Middle School Commons on Wednesday before making his way up to the Upper School Commons on Thursday and Friday. Read on for an introduction to Mr. Sir's twin, Steven Gooley.
Friday, October 3rd
The buck starts here! Giving to the Annual Fund is just one way that we as CWA employees demonstrate our belief and pride in the work we do. CWA's accounting and HR department is the third team this year to have completed the 2014-2015 employee Annual Fund challenge, thus winning a visit from a very special guest. After verifying that they'd all participated in the Annual Fund via a pledge, payroll deduction, or cold hard cash, the staff of the accounting and HR office—from left, Mary Takaki, Nancy Schneider, Karin Mattson, and Mary Franzen—took over Hortense Bucky from the librarians and dressed him up in honor of the Mariners' great season. Which department will be next to make it to 100 percept participation and earn a visit with Hortense Bucky?
Wednesday, October 1st
We were working on dates and days of the week in class, and I was teaching about Japanese holidays as well for some cultural context. The kids asked me if we could make a calendar, and since there are six of them they each made two months—including all of the Japanese holidays, any American holidays they wanted, and the birthdays of everyone in the class. They also created pictures for the months that represented a holiday in that month (or if there wasn't a holiday, representing the season).
(Top row: Georgia, January/February; Chloe, March/April; Tin-Tin, May/June. Bottom row: Kira, July/August; Michael, September/October; and Devin, November/December)
Friday, September 19th
Yesterday, Slate.com writer Seth Stevenson eloquently and studiously lamented the decline of chess in a piece titled, "Can Chess Be Saved?" Charles Wright Academy Chess Club founder and leader Jill Downey assures that chess is not only alive but thriving in the Lower School.
Chess isn’t going anywhere. It is a game that will be shared for generations. It is a game that has been tested by time and continent. It is safe and secure among people who appreciate the elements of the game.
Wednesday, September 17th
The buck starts here! Giving to the Annual Fund is just one way that we as CWA employees demonstrate our belief and pride in the work we do. CWA's "Department of the Library" is the second team this year to have completed the 2014-2015 employee Annual Fund challenge, thus winning a visit from a very special guest.
After verifying that they'd all participated in the Annual Fund via a pledge, payroll deduction, or cold hard cash, the residents of the newly formed Department of the Library have claimed, named, and decorated Hortense (née Bucky—or maybe this is Hortense Bucky). Hortense is looking for a new home in another established or imaginary department. But for now, Jane Riches, Karla Winship, Sinead Coleman, and I want to say, "The buck starts here!" and challenge other faculty and staff departments to claim the dear deer from the US Library.
Wednesday, September 10th
Which includes making sure that Caspar (aka Chris Ballew of The Presidents of the United States of America) is centrally located on the lawn so that the little eyes and ears of our guests can best enjoy him. At the same time, it's important to make sure Caspar isn't sitting in the blazing sun, squinting to see his audience, and sweating on his guitar.
Monday, September 8th
For almost 20 years, Charles Wright Academy Middle Schoolers have participated in an overnight summer camp experience to ring in the new school year right before classes start. Most recently, sixth, seventh, and eighth graders and their teachers have trekked to Miracle Ranch in Port Orchard for a summer-camp adventure that includes team-building activities and get-to-know-you games, from advisory Olympics to a ropes course to horseback riding to canoeing to archery and more. Below, several teachers and students share their favorite memories from Middle School Camp 2014.
Friday, September 5th
Giving to the Annual Fund is just one way that we as CWA employees demonstrate our belief and pride in the work we do. CWA's Advancement team was the first to reach 100 percent participation in this year's employee Annual Fund campaign and got a visit from Bucky, whom they decked out in green and white. Which team will be the next to reach 100 percent participation and have the honor to display and decorate Bucky?
The gauntlet has been thrown with gusto! Who is up for the challenge?
Tuesday, September 2nd
For many Tarrier parents and alumni, back to school means off to college. On her blog, alumna Ashley Collins '83, a professional writer set to publish a memoir, Horse Mad, in the near future, shared her poignant reflections on dropping off her eldest child at college for the first time after he traveled the world. Visit her website to read more of her work.
I stood there on the grass outside the auditorium where Convocation had just finished. Parents were still making their way out the doors and down the steps to the refreshment tables where I waited. Students streamed out the side doors of the auditorium like a school of minnows, a silvery blur in the dappled sunlight of late afternoon. There were four hundred odd students and more than twice that number of parents and family members trying to find each other. I thought of cattle being separated from their young during branding and how when it’s over and the pens are opened each cow, miraculously to me, finds her calf out of the hundreds milling about.