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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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Study Techniques for Long-Term Learning

Study Techniques for Long-Term Learning

By: Bill White

Over the holidays, CWA Head of Upper School Bill White caught up on some reading. Recently in the Scientific American Mind, there was an article called, “What Works and What Doesn’t.” The authors reviewed more than 700 articles about successful studying and learning habits that promote long-term learning. He shares his key takeaways from the article below.

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CWA Librarians Share Their Picks for Best Books of 2014

CWA Librarians Share Their Picks for Best Books of 2014

Charles Wright Academy’s librarians—Deborah Baldwin (Lower School), Sam Harris (Middle School), and Jane Riches (Upper School)—reflect on their favorite books of 2014 for their respective age groups. Share your favorite book of the year in our comments section. Happy reading!

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Happy Holidays from Charles Wright Academy

Happy Holidays from Charles Wright Academy

Tarriers of all ages gathered the Wight Gym on Monday, Dec. 15, to celebrate the holidays during an assembly led by Charles Wright Academy Chaplain Mike Moffitt, whose program highlighted community.

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Study Tips for Final Exams: Review

Study Tips for Final Exams: Review

By: Sinead Coleman

Charles Wright Academy Upper School students take their final exams for the first semester next week. Learning specialist Sinead Coleman has shared advice for preparing, studying, and now reviewing ahead of tests. Good luck, Tarriers!

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CWA's Robotics Team, Wright Angle, Wins 3D Printer

CWA's Robotics Team, Wright Angle, Wins 3D Printer

By: Nitin Ahuja '16

The Charles Wright Academy robotics team, Wright Angle, recently won a 3D printer in a national contest sponsored by FIRST, a nonprofit dedicated to inspiring students to be science and technology leaders. Wright Angle team captain Nitin Ahuja '16 submitted an essay for consideration in the 2014 EKOCYCLE Cube 3D Printer Program, and it won one of 1,600 donated EKOCYCLE Cube 3D printers courtesy of 3D Systems and the Coca-Cola Company. The team will receive their printer by January. Below is Nitin’s winning essay.

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Study Tips for Final Exams: Studying

Study Tips for Final Exams: Studying

By: Sinead Coleman

First-semester final exams are just around the corner. Charles Wright Academy Upper School learning specialist Sinead Coleman offers a three-step process for acing those tests. Last week she offered advice on how to begin preparing; today she offers guidance on how to approach studying. Good luck!

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Renovations Enhance Science Education at Charles Wright Academy

Renovations Enhance Science Education at Charles Wright Academy

By: CWA Upper School Science Department

Sir Isaac Newton stated, “To me there has never been a higher source of earthly honor or distinction than that connected with advances in science.” The Charles Wright Academy Upper School science teachers are experiencing big advances in their science classes due to the generous gifts made to CWA’s Vision for Science campaign that allowed new equipment to be purchased and several classrooms to be remodeled. The generosity of the Charles Wright community has provided teachers the opportunity to create new labs and demonstrations that were not possible prior to the renovations. The teachers have been advancing science in a multitude of ways since September.

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Study Tips for Final Exams: Preparation

Study Tips for Final Exams: Preparation

By: Sinead Coleman

Does it feel like final exams are a long way off but also just around the corner? Depending on how well you prepare, the next few weeks will determine your level of success and stress on these important exams. You might be wondering where and how to begin studying. Here is a list of steps from Charles Wright Academy Upper School learning specialist Sinead Coleman that students should begin three to four weeks before final exams.

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The Verbs of Art: Reflections on the International Teaching Artist Conference 2014

The Verbs of Art: Reflections on the International Teaching Artist Conference 2014

By: Dana Squires

Middle School art teacher Dana Squires attended the second annual International Teaching Artist Conference in Australia this summer for an enriching and engaging immersion in the global pursuit in arts education. Ms. Squires reflected on the philosophies and methodologies she learned of and discussed at this professional development conference for ArtsWA, of which she is a teaching artist member. Her insights are also shared below.

At the second International Teaching Artist Conference (ITAC) held in Brisbane, Australia, co-convener Eric Booth suggested that teaching artistry is concerned with the verbs of art—the creating, playing, exploring, thinking. Teaching artistry is concerned with the process, the verb, rather than the finished product, the thing, which would be the noun. With 200 teaching artists representing 20 countries, ITAC 2014 was awash in varied experiences with, approaches to, and definitions of teaching artistry. What is a teaching artist? What do they do? How do they do it?

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