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Lower School students celebrated Character Day, a global movement of over 130,000 events happening in 119 countries across the globe on Sept. 13. Silvia Davis, Head of Lower School, shared a special book - Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed - during morning assembly in Lower Snowdon. Mrs. Davis used the book to show how people can make positive changes in the world with kindness.
The eighth graders started the new academic year with a team building activity. On the first day of school, right after Convocation, the students remained in Laidlaw Gym and were asked to build a self standing shelter, in an hour, usingonly newspapers and tape. Ten minutes were dedicated to planning and the rest of the time for the building.
Karl Miran, Athletic Director, announced the first Upper School Athletes of the Week at morning meeting on September 12 - soccer standouts Shaun Martinez '18 and Bella Wysocki '21. Through pre-season and our first week of games, Shaun has positively influenced the mentality of his teammates. His defensive strengths and his phenomenal work effort have encouraged all to buy into his winning mentality. With four goals in her first two games as a Ram, Bella has made a strong first impression. Just as important, she is a great teammate who enjoys and supports all of our players.
The Wardlaw-Hartridge School kicked off its 135th year with the annual Convocation Ceremony in Laidlaw Gym on Thursday, September 7. Andrew Webster, Head of School, welcomed the students, faculty, staff and parents to the ceremony. Mr. Webster gave special recognition to the 95 new students and families who have joined the W-H community. Rob Rizzo '89, the President of the Board of Trustees, spoke about some inspirational Wardlaw-Hartridge alumni and teachers and the positive impact they have made on his life. CJ Stueck encouraged the student body to take advantage of the clean slate of a new school year and to try new things to make the most of their experience.
A record crowd attended The Wardlaw-Hartridge School's annual Welcome Barbecue on Tuesday, Sept. 5. Students, parents and friends joined faculty and staff members to celebrate the start of the 2017-2018 school year. Gerard Gonnella '89, Director of Admission and Financial Aid pictured with colleagues Bernadette Lambertsen (left) and Dana Matthews, welcomed the guests and introduced Jen Schildge, Parents' Association president, and Don Tobey, Booster Club president.
New students and their parents received a warm welcome to the W-H campus and community at the New Student/Parent Orientation on Sept. 5. Gerard Gonnella '89, Director of Admission and Financial Aid, greeted the new families and joined Andrew Webster, Head of School, in delivering welcoming remarks in the school's All Purpose Room. The program also included a welcome from Jen Schildge, Wardlaw-Hartridge Parents' Association president, and the Lower, Middle and Upper School division heads.
Two administrators and six teachers joined Wardlaw-Hartridge for the 2017-2018 school year. Silvia Davis, Head of Lower School, and Dana Matthews, Associate Director of Admission, began work on July 1, and they were joined by the six new teachers at the New Faculty and Staff Orientation on Aug. 28. This year's new teachers are: Katina Alamo '11 (US Math), Brad Dexter (US History), Lisa Greenberg (Second Grade), Becky McDonald (Junior Kindergarten), Elisa Segal (US Spanish) and Avani Tailor (US Humanities).
This year's 12 senior peer leaders from the Class of 2018 attended a leadership retreat with advisors Tanda Tucker and Tim Head last weekend. The group traveled to Fairview Lakes YMCA in Stillwater, NJ. This year's peer leaders are: Emanuel Arriaza. Danielle Bacalhau, Cathy Bi, Lauren Kisare. Tiffany Le, Shaun Martinez, Jack Sartor, Gursimran Singh, CJ Stueck, Audrey Vu, Hannah Yates and Jason Yin.
Eleven W-H spring season athletes were named to All-Division teams in the Greater Middlesex Conference. The Rams were represented on five different teams. Baseball players Ovidio Chavez '18 and J.J. Stueck '19 and softball players Jane Anderson-Schmitt '20 and Kristyn Smith '20 were named to the GMC Gold team. Golfers Sydney Kuo '20 and Cathy Bi '18 earned positions on the GMC Blue team. Track and field athletes Shalon Wallace '18, Kevin Nader '18 and Aaliah Burney '18 made the GMC Gold teams, along with relay runners Andre Souza '19 and Shaun Martinez '18. In addition, the girls' track and field team received the White Division Sportsmanship Award.
The Wardlaw-Hartridge School held its 134th Commencement Ceremony on Friday, June 16 under a giant tent on the back athletic fields. The Class of 2017 marched in, led by Allison Haley and Neha Chhabra carrying the class flag. The program began with the Star-Spangled Banner and a welcome from Dr. Bob Bowman, Assistant Head of School for Upper School. Jordan Rose '17 represented his class with a wonderful speech during which he used water as a metaphor to show how "life is about movement, change and growth" and concluded with the reassurance that "the sea is endless for Rams like us." Andrew Webster, Head of School, delivered his Charge to the Class of 2017 and Rob Rizzo '89, Board of Trustees President, provided greetings and best wishes during inspiring remarks about Jackie Robinson.