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An Extended Outlook

An Extended Outlook

By: Emily Ge '15

Senior Emily Ge '15 reflects on how serving as a columnist at the Tacoma News Tribune has improved her writing and changed her perspective on the craft as she heads off to college.

Before I first started writing for the Tacoma News Tribune, I hadn’t really put any thought into what the character of my column would be—I was beyond excited simply to see my name in print every month. Only when my editors at the TNT advised me to set up a second email account for reader responses did it dawn on me that for the first time in my life, I would be writing for more than one person. Tens of thousands of strangers in print and more than a million online would be reading my work. Suddenly the stakes were much higher than a bad grade in English class; people I had never even met would be reacting to words I had written.

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So All May Thrive: Boyle Family Looks to Help Generations of Tarriers

So All May Thrive: Boyle Family Looks to Help Generations of Tarriers

By: Joe Boyle

More than $130,000 was raised for the 2015 Spirit Auction Fund-A-Need, the Phyllis M. Boyle Student Opportunity Fund. This new endowed fund will live in perpetuity and support Tarriers for generations to come as a resource that provides support to students so they may fully experience all that CWA has to offer and realize their full potential. Donations to this endowment fund will help to cover the costs for books, Winterim travel, athletic gear, and other expenses so that every Tarrier can experience a CWA education on more even footing. Below, read Joe Boyle's firsthand account of his mother's inspiring life.

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A Lifetime of Lessons: An Interview with Chess4Life Founder Elliott Neff

A Lifetime of Lessons: An Interview with Chess4Life Founder Elliott Neff

In 2006 Chess4Life founder and national master Elliott Neff began teaching lessons in the Charles Wright Academy Lower School Chess Club. We spoke with Mr. Neff about his love of chess and memories as a coach and mentor to Tarriers, including 2015 Washington state champion Noah Fields ’18. To learn more about the Chess Club and Noah, click here.

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Cultural Exchange with Visitors from Mukogawa School

Cultural Exchange with Visitors from Mukogawa School

By: Stephanie Glenn

Charles Wright Academy has had a partnership with Mukogawa School in Japan for three decades. For the past month, three Mukogawa students have been visiting the CWA Upper School to experience student life as a Tarrier in the Pacific Northwest. Below are photos and anecdotes from World Languages department chair and Japanese teacher Stephanie Glenn '86.

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College Admissions: Finding the Best Fit

College Admissions: Finding the Best Fit

By: Katie Ryan

The month of March is a time of high anxiety and rapidly fluctuating emotions for many high school seniors, as college admission decisions arrive and final decisions about where to attend college are made. More than one CWA senior parent has recently described the whole process to me as “a roller coaster ride.” Thus, I was pleased to read two recent articles offering an uplifting and helpful message to students who may receive disappointing news from a hoped-for college.

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CWA Fourth Grade Super Digital Citizens to the Rescue!

CWA Fourth Grade Super Digital Citizens to the Rescue!

By: Holly Gerla

Have you ever seen cuter Super Digital Citizens than these? Using only geometric shapes and the tools available in Google Drawings, our fourth graders have created some amazing superheroes who are just waiting for the chance to help people be safe, responsible, and respectful online. Do you have a "digital dilemma" we could help you solve? These heroes are ready! Meet them in the photo gallery below:

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What's Going On in the Digital Lives of Our Kids?

What's Going On in the Digital Lives of Our Kids?

By: Holly Gerla

Charles Wright Academy's academic technology coordinator and digital citizenship co-teacher Holly Gerla discusses the navigation of raising responsible citizens of our "digital village" and invites South Sound parents to CWA's annual Parenting In A Digital World workshop in April (details here.)

Plenty. How do we keep up with all of it? Well, at school we talk about it. A lot. “Digital citizenship” is a concept that we begin teaching and developing in first grade at Charles Wright Academy. By third grade, it is a regular part of the curriculum during technology class, and we are practicing what it means to be a good digital citizen with just about every project we undertake. In ninth grade, it has its very own class, required for all students as part of the freshman seminar. So what does it mean, exactly?

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Science at CWA: Matters of the (Pig) Heart

Science at CWA: Matters of the (Pig) Heart

By: Kendall Saalfeld '21

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, sixth graders 
in Ms. Bright’s science classes participated in a hands-on 
lesson in matters of the 
(pig) heart. During this dissection lab, they located arteries, veins, valves, ventricles, and other components of the 
heart’s anatomy. Below, Kendall Saalfeld '21 describes her experience.

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CWA Robotics Co-Captain Chronicles the Team's Success

CWA Robotics Co-Captain Chronicles the Team's Success

By: Eric Spear '15

Charles Wright Academy's robotics team, Wright Angle, placed 15th in the state in only its third year of existence. Below, senior co-captain Eric Spear '15 highlights the team's progress since it formed in 2012. 

It is amazing how far our team, the Wright Angle, has come since we formed in 2012. We have grown as a team and in our ability to design, build, program, and drive a robot. Our first season, the team consisted of nine Upper School students. At that time, our robot was very simple and could only complete one of the several point scoring tasks.

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Around the World: Second Graders Take Visitors to Africa

Around the World: Second Graders Take Visitors to Africa

The Charles Wright second grade curriculum theme is Around the World, and students spend time studying each of the seven continents—both in their core lessons as well as in their art, music, library, and technology classes. The Class of 2025 served as experts on their chosen topics at their annual Africa continent fair on Thursday, Jan. 15, presenting to schoolmates, parents, and other visitors information they learned during four weeks of research on topics ranging from gazelles to hyenas to the Great Sphinx of Giza and more. See photos below!

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