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Where's the Sun Going: Applied Use of An Astronomical App

Where's the Sun Going: Applied Use of An Astronomical App

By: Kari Whitney

Caspar Babypants is kicking off our CWA Family Concert Series this Saturday and we're wrapping up final details to ensure that everyone has an extraordinarily fun time!

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.

Naturally, we turned to Lower School learning specialist Gabriel Newton for guidance. Gabriel teaches science and technology in the Charles Wright Academy Lower School. Last year's classes focused on astronomy and Earth sciences, so he naturally combined the children's scientific exploration, the latest technology available, and his own curiousity to become our Lower School expert on the subject.

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Students and Teachers Celebrate Middle School Camp 2014

Students and Teachers Celebrate Middle School Camp 2014

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.

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CWA Annual Fund: The Buck Starts Here!

CWA Annual Fund: The Buck Starts Here!

By: Kerri Wilcox

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?

When Back to School Means Off to College

When Back to School Means Off to College

By: Ashley Collins '83

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.

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Mr. Newton Applies Scientific Principles to the Ice Bucket Challenge

Mr. Newton Applies Scientific Principles to the Ice Bucket Challenge

By: Gabriel Newton

At the first Lower School town meeting of the 2014-15 academic year on Friday, Aug. 29, science teacher Gabriel Newton participated in the ALS ice bucket challenge—but true to form, he crammed as many lessons into the task as possible after challenging the Middle and Upper School science departments as well as his son, Dante. Learn more about the scientific principles behind the ice bucket challenge and the reverse ice bucket challenge below!

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How CWA Faculty and Staff Spent Our Summer Vacation

How CWA Faculty and Staff Spent Our Summer Vacation

Welcome back to school, Tarriers! Students aren’t the only ones who yearn for the dog days of summer. Now that classes are back in session, we thought we’d share some on- and off-campus summer highlights from our faculty and staff.

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For CWA Faculty, Outdoor Ed Is Year-Round

For CWA Faculty, Outdoor Ed Is Year-Round

By: Carie Olsen

Below, Charles Wright Academy third grade teacher Carie Olsen regales us with tales from her summer spent outdoors—many trips included fellow CWA faculty members Creighton King and Katie Miller. Good thing they are leading some of our sophomore Outdoor Ed trips in September!

Katie and (former CWA math teacher) Jeremy Stubbs and three other friends climbed Mt. Hood (11,250 feet) the week after school ended. Our friend Barry Ward took a stunning photo of Katie and Jeremy coming over the top of a chute to the summit. We left the Mt. Hood ski area at about 8:45 p.m., summited around 2:30 a.m., and were back at the car by 6 a.m. What was so great about this trip was that we got to see the sun set, then a truly spectacular huge orange super moon rose over the edge of the mountain and illuminated our way, and then the moon set and the sun rose. 

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Summer Reading: Native Guard

Summer Reading: Native Guard

Even the students are excited to read poetry this summer!

Native Guard: Poems by Natasha Trethewey

Growing up in the Deep South, Natasha Trethewey was never told that in her hometown of Gulfport, Mississippi, black soldiers had played a pivotal role in the Civil War. Off the coast, on Ship Island, stood a fort that had once been a Union prison housing Confederate captives. Protecting the fort was the second regiment of the Louisiana Native Guards -- one of the Union's first official black units. Trethewey's new book of poems pays homage to the soldiers who served and whose voices have echoed through her own life.

The title poem imagines the life of a former slave stationed at the fort, who is charged with writing letters home for the illiterate or invalid POWs and his fellow soldiers. Just as he becomes the guard of Ship Island's memory, so Trethewey recalls her own childhood as the daughter of a black woman and a white man. Her parents' marriage was still illegal in 1966 Mississippi. The racial legacy of the Civil War echoes through elegiac poems that honor her own mother and the forgotten history of her native South. Native Guard is haunted by the intersection of national and personal experience.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

In the comments below, tell us why you read poetry!

The Bon Life: A Day in the Life of Working at Cavalia

The Bon Life: A Day in the Life of Working at Cavalia

By: Tobi Keers '07

Alumna Tobi Keers ’07 began touring the globe as an assistant veterinary tech with world-renowned equestrian show Cavalia two years ago. When she’s not busy caring for more than 40 horses or continent hopping with a literal stable of animals and colleagues, she’s studying remotely for a vet tech degree from Purdue University. Having finished a run of shows in Brussels this spring, she and the Cavalia crew are spending the second half of August in Singapore. Below, she outlines a typical day in her utterly atypical life.

Currently the horses are on vacation at a small farm outside Brussels. Our head veterinary technician is on a two-week holiday touring Europe, which leaves me, the assistant vet tech, in charge of managing the health of all 43 horses. I'm living in the apartment just above the stables—when I'm half asleep in my bed, I can hear the horses snorting, snuggling into their shavings, and licking their salt blocks. If anything happens to go wrong in the night, I'll be sure to hear it.

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Summer Reading: A Sand County Almanac

Summer Reading: A Sand County Almanac

The Charles Wright faculty is devouring this summer reading book at lunch!

A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There by Aldo Leopold and Charles W. Schwartz:

Admired by an ever-growing number of readers and imitated by hundreds of writers, A Sand County Almanac written by Aldo Leopold serves as one of the cornerstones for modern conservation science, policy, and ethics. First published by Oxford University Press in 1949 – one year after Leopold’s death – it has become a classic in the field equaled in its lasting stature only by Henry David Thoreau’s Walden.

The Aldo Leopold Foundation

What classic writing inspires you?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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