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Character Development: Set a Powerful and Practical Example

Character Development: Set a Powerful and Practical Example

By: Diane Hunt, Head of Lower School

Here is a link to an interesting character development article from the Washington Post website: Are you raising nice kids? A Harvard psychologist gives 5 ways to raise them to be kind. What I appreciate about this article is that it provides powerful strategies, explanations of why they are important, and very practical examples of ways to implement them.

Are you interested in modeling kindness for your child? When you are out shopping for school supplies with your kids, why don't you have them pick up one extra item to donate to a local child for whom new school supplies may not be possible. If our Lower Schoolers bring these extra items to school sometime between now and the Open House/Family Picnic on August 25, we can offer the crayons, pencils, loose leaf paper, and such to the four public school teachers in our CWA Lower School parent body. You can bet that each of these teachers knows several students for whom new supplies would be a real treat. To see typical public supply lists you can do a quick websearch.

Summer Reading: Beautiful Souls

Summer Reading: Beautiful Souls

These beautiful souls are excited about summer reading!

Beautiful Souls: The Courage and Conscience of Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times by Eyal Press

History has produced many specimens of the banality of evil, but what about its flip side, what impels ordinary people to defy the sway of authority and convention? Through these dramatic stories of unlikely resisters, Eyal Press’ Beautiful Souls shows that the boldest acts of dissent are often carried out not only by radicals seeking to overthrow the system but also by true believers who cling with unusual fierceness to their convictions. Drawing on groundbreaking research by moral psychologists and neuroscientists, this deeply reported work of narrative journalism examines the choices and dilemmas we all face when our principles collide with the loyalties we harbor and the duties we are expected to fulfill.

Macmillan

Do you see yourself or those around you in any of the roles described in this book? Comment below!

Steve & Kate's Camp: A Few of My Favorite Things

Steve & Kate's Camp: A Few of My Favorite Things

By: Delany Hagerstrom '25

Rising Charles Wright Academy second grader Delaney Hagerstrom shares her favorite activities at this summer's Steve & Kate's Camp!

The counselors are fun and helpful. I like all the activities. It is really nice having all the options.

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Celebrating Cultural Exchange with Mukogawa School

Celebrating Cultural Exchange with Mukogawa School

By: Stephanie Glenn '86

Charles Wright welcomes Mukogawa School students from Japan to the Pacific Northwest! Former Japanese teacher and Society of Elders member Yasuko Wada founded the program, which aims to promote cultural exchange and help the Mukogawa students learn conversational English, 29 years ago. They participate in a homestay program, visit the CWA campus, and take classes with CWA teachers at UPS. Current World Languages Department Chair Stephanie Gleen '86—an assistant with the program 24 years ago—has been leading the program for the last 20 years and shares photos and updates from the 2014 edition!

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Summer Reading: American Born Chinese

Summer Reading: American Born Chinese

This graphic novel from the Upper School summer reading list explores stereotypes and self-acceptance:

American Born Chinese by Gene Yang

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Summer Reading: The Highest Tide

Summer Reading: The Highest Tide

Sophomores are staying local for their assigned summer reading!

The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch

One moonlit night, thirteen-year-old Miles O'Malley sneaks out of his house and goes exploring on the tidal flats of Puget Sound. When he discovers a rare giant squid, he instantly becomes a local phenomenon. But Miles is really just a kid on the verge of growing up, infatuated with the girl next door, worried that his parents will divorce and fearful that everything, even the bay he loves, is shifting away from him.

Bloomsbury Publishing

Do you remember identifying literary techniques such as images, similes, metaphores, and symbols when you studied literature? How did it help you appreciate your reading?

Summer Reading: A Streetcar Named Desire

Summer Reading: A Streetcar Named Desire

Charles Wright Juniors are reading a play for their summer English assignment, followed by a viewing of Elia Kazan’s 1951 movie production of the play, starring Marlon Brando and Vivian Leigh.

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

It is a very short list of 20th-century American plays that continue to have the same power and impact as when they first appeared — A Streetcar Named Desire is one of those plays. The story of the fading and desperate Blanche DuBois and how her sensuous and brutal brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski, pushes her over the edge is now classic. Who better than Arthur Miller, America's elder statesman of the theater (Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, A View from the Bridge, Broken Glass, Resurrection Blues), to write as a witness to the lightning that struck American culture when Williams's singular style of poetic dialogue, violence, compassion, and dramatic sexuality was first encountered in the form of A Streetcar Named Desire? Miller's rich perspective and lucid insights make this a unique and essential new edition of A Streetcar Named Desire. Also included are Williams's essay "The World I Live In" and a chronology of the author's life and works.

New Directions Publishing

Do you watch screen adaptations of your favorite plays? How do you typically feel about the interpretations and alterations directors make to the original texts? Reply in the comments below!

Summer Reading: Black Swan Green

Summer Reading: Black Swan Green

Black Swan Green: A Novel by David Mitchell

From award-winning writer David Mitchell comes a sinewy, meditative novel of boyhood on the cusp of adulthood and the old on the cusp of the new.

Black Swan Green tracks a single year in what is, for thirteen-year-old Jason Taylor, the sleepiest village in muddiest Worcestershire in a dying Cold War England, 1982. But the thirteen chapters, each a short story in its own right, create an exquisitely observed world that is anything but sleepy. A world of Kissingeresque realpolitik enacted in boys’ games on a frozen lake; of “nightcreeping” through the summer backyards of strangers; of the tabloid-fueled thrills of the Falklands War and its human toll; of the cruel, luscious Dawn Madden and her power-hungry boyfriend, Ross Wilcox; of a certain Madame Eva van Outryve de Crommelynck, an elderly bohemian emigré who is both more and less than she appears; of Jason’s search to replace his dead grandfather’s irreplaceable smashed watch before the crime is discovered; of first cigarettes, first kisses, first Duran Duran LPs, and first deaths; of Margaret Thatcher’s recession; of Gypsies camping in the woods and the hysteria they inspire; and, even closer to home, of a slow-motion divorce in four seasons.

Pointed, funny, profound, left-field, elegiac, and painted with the stuff of life, Black Swan Green is David Mitchell’s subtlest and most effective achievement to date.

Random House

Summer Reading: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Exams

Summer Reading: Preparing for the Advanced Placement Exams

In addition to the summer readling choices in the Charles Wright Academy Upper School, students in Advanced Placement ("AP") English Literature & Composition are already preparing for exams on both prose and poetry. Below are their summer reading assignments.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood:

In the world of the near future, who will control women's bodies?

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are only valued if their ovaries are viable.

Offred can remember the days before, when she lived and made love with her husband Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now....

Funny, unexpected, horrifying, and altogether convincing, The Handmaid's Tale is at once scathing satire, dire warning, and tour de force.

Random House

The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

One of America's most purchased and beloved books. An excellent gift for people of any age, full of wisdom and simple poetry, addressing twenty seven topics of our daily lives. Elegant paper back edition, enhanced by drawings of the renowned Aubrey Beardsley. An evergreen bestseller.

Oneworld Publications

Pretend you're a student! Answer the sample questions and complete the essay assignment posted online. Write about your experience in the comments below.

Summer Reading: The Fault In Our Stars

Summer Reading: The Fault In Our Stars

Movie fans, you'll definitely want to follow your theater experience with a read of this YA phenomen! The Upper School has included this best-seller among the summer reading options.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars brilliantly explores the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

Penguin Group USA

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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