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CWA Annual Fund: Hortense Bucky Visits Accounting and HR

CWA Annual Fund: Hortense Bucky Visits Accounting and HR

By: Kerri Wilcox

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?

"Can Chess Be Saved?" Tarriers Prove the Answer is A Resounding, "Yes."

"Can Chess Be Saved?" Tarriers Prove the Answer is A Resounding, "Yes."

By: Jill Downey

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.

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CWA Annual Fund: Hortense Bucky Visits the Upper School Library

CWA Annual Fund: Hortense Bucky Visits the Upper School Library

By: Ann Vogel

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. 

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.

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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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