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December (2007)
Cast of Spring Musical, Bye Bye Birdie, Announced
12/17/2007

Corinna Crafton and Matthew LaPine, the directors of the spring musical Bye Bye Birdie, announced the following cast list on Friday:
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Five Seniors Named Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholars
12/17/2007

Susan Swenson, Director of College Counseling, reported Wednesday that five seniors, Seung Yun Lee '08, Dhruv Patel '08, Alice Ren '08, Cameron Rogers '08 and Will Vogt '08 were named Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholars.
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Fourth Graders' Participation in ClassroomsCare Program Makes Literature Available for Needy
12/17/2007

Fourth graders in Ellen Colandrea's class participated successfully in Scholastic, Inc.'s "ClassroomsCare" program.
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Ian English '11 Named to NJMEA Central New Jersey Regional Choir
12/17/2007

Ian English '11 was named to the NJMEA (New Jersey Music Education Association) Central Jersey Regional Choir. Ian is the son of Mr. Edward and Mrs. Carol English of Cranford and the brother of Kyle English, a 2006 graduate of Wardlaw-Hartridge and a student at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.


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Mike Romeo Named Coach of the Year; Jian Bland '11 Leads W-H Past Ranney; and More!
12/17/2007

The Department of Athletics is bursting with pride for many accomplishments noted by sports writers in The Star-Ledger, The Home News Tribune and The Courier News.
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Upper School Art Students Plan International Exchange of Their Very Unique Trading Cards
12/17/2007

Gale Goldman, Upper School art teacher, has shared a special project her students and fellow teachers recently completed - Artist Trading Cards (ATC).
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Azim Sonawalla '08 Named Rotary Club's Senior of the Month
12/10/2007

On Wednesday, December 5, Azim Sonawalla '08 was honored by the Rotary Club of Edison at the organization's breakfast at The Clarion Hotel in Edison for students named "Senior of the Month". Azim is the son of Noorali Sonawalla, a member of the Wardlaw-Hartridge Board of Trustees, and Azmina Sonawalla. He is also the brother of Aneesa Sonawalla '12. Mr. Sonawalla and Dr. Lloyd Kunar, Upper School physics teacher, attended the breakfast with Azim.
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Lower School Shows Appreciation for Margaret Hughes, Maintenance Person
12/10/2007

To illustrate the importance and meaning of their word of the week, "appreciate," Lower Schoolers celebrated the daily generosity and selflessness of maintenance person, Margaret Hughes, on December 7 during lunch. Mrs. Hughes has been an employee at Wardlaw-Hartridge for over 30 years.
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Lighthouse Project Shines Focus on Electricity, Circuit-Building and Importance of Structures in Mid-1800s
12/3/2007

After attending the New Jersey Science Teachers Convention last year, Kathy Meier, Lower School science teacher, decided to bring a unique lesson on lighthouses to her classroom designed to shed light on electricity, circuit-building and the role of the structures in the mid-1800s.
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November
Lower Schoolers Welcome Their Grandparents on Grandpersons' Day
11/26/2007

Grandpersons and guests of Lower Schoolers were treated on Friday afternoon to a host of activities in celebration of Wardlaw-Hartridge's Grandpersons' Day!
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NJISAA Names Four Upper Schoolers to Boys B All-Star Soccer Team
11/26/2007

Patricia Malizia, Director of Athletics, recently reported that Mike Clay '08 (first team), Jordan Neuhauser '08 (second team), Jordan Beckett '10 (honorable mention) and Sean Gardner '10 (honorable mention) were named to the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association's Boys B All-Star Soccer Team. To read the announcement, click here.
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Fall Play, Arsenic and Old Lace, Was Big Success
11/19/2007

The fall play, Arsenic and Old Lace, was staged from November 15 to 17 in the AP Room. The director was David Goldstein.
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Florise Newton, Former School Nurse, Dies
11/19/2007

From Andrew Webster, Head of School

Dear Colleagues,

I am sad to inform you that Florise Newton, our longtime nurse, grade dean, and friend, passed away yesterday. Florise was employed at Wardlaw-Hartridge for 22 years, until two years ago, when she went on disability leave and subsequently retired. Her niece, Raissa Maynard, whom she raised as a daughter, graduated from W-H in 1992 and was winner of the W-H pin. Florise was active in community service here and worldwide through her church. Her contributions went far beyond her official role here, and she will be missed by her many friends.


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News from Seventh Grade Trip to Williamsburg, Va
11/19/2007

Seventh graders traveled to Colonial Williamsburg this week, where they gleaned valuable lessons in history, art, science and more!
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Samantha Barbeito '11 Receives Special Recognition from New Jersey Girls Soccer Coaches Association
11/19/2007

Patricia Malizia, Director of Athletics, has reported that Samantha Barbeito '11 has been selected by the members of the New Jersey Soccer Coaches Association (NJGSCA) to received NJGSCA recognition. A number of athletes from the 2007 team were nominated by Coach Jackie MacLean and Samantha was chosen by the voting body.
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Upper School Honor Roll Announced for 1st Quarter
11/19/2007

Rhona Eserner, Upper School Head, has announced the Honor Roll for the first quarter of the 2007-2008 academic year. To download the Honor Roll, click here.
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Lower Schoolers Demonstrate Their Talents, Creativity at Cabaret
11/12/2007

There was no shortage of musical talent and creativity at the Lower School Cabaret this Tuesday! Organized by Shannon Caldwell, Lower School music teacher, the event was held during Lower School lunch in the AP Room, which was decorated festively by Mrs. Caldwell and Ann Tetar, Lower School Administrative Assistant.

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Third Graders Schooled in Nature's Lessons at Kateri Environmental Center
11/12/2007

On Friday, November 2, third graders traveled to Kateri Environmental Center in Wickatunk, NJ with Kathy Meier, Lower School science teacher.
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Three Middle School Students Contribute to Theme, "125 Ways to Make a Difference"
11/12/2007

At the beginning of the 2007-2008 academic year, Ann Hergenrother, Middle School Head, announced that her students would pursue the theme of "125 Ways to Make a Difference" to underline the school's celebration of its 125th anniversary and the students' outreach efforts.
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Devi Mody '10 Amazes NJPAC Audience With Solo Dance Performance Marking Arangetram; Establishes Asian Cultural Society at W-H
11/5/2007

On Saturday, August 4, sophomore Devi Mody '10 graced the Victoria Theater stage at The New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark with a three-hour solo dance performance that was also the culmination of eight years of lessons preparing for her Arangetram, a traditional Indian dance program. Devi is the daughter of Drs. Suresh and Darshna Mody of Edison.
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Lower School Halloween Parade Scares Up All Types of Fun
11/5/2007

On the afternoon of Halloween, Lower School students processed with their colorful costumes onto Front Field for a special parade, which was organized by the fifth grade classes of Debbie Kendall and Nicole Nolan. The children were joined by their senior buddies and applauded by several enthusiastic family members and friends taking pictures nearby.
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Mike Clay '08 and Alison Monte '08 Named October Athletes of the Month
11/5/2007

Patricia Malizia, Director of Athletics, announced that seniors Mike Clay '08 and Alison Monte '08 were named the Athletes of the Month for October.
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October
Red Ribbon Week Marked in Lower, Middle School
10/29/2007

Students are banding together in Lower and Middle School to enforce a commitment to a Drug-Free America through the symbol of the red ribbon from October 23 to 31 during Red Ribbon Week.
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The Levitt Family Donates Books in Honor of Ernie Vajda
10/29/2007

Memories of Ernie Vajda, LS Physical Education teacher and Girls' Varsity Basketball Coach who died in March, were recalled warmly by sixth grader, Chase Levitt '14 as he discussed his family's recent donation of funds for the purchase of sports-related books to the Lower Snowdon Library.
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Upper School Students Inspired by Volunteer Opportunities at Fair
10/29/2007

On Tuesday, October 23, representatives from approximately 10 local organizations spoke to Upper School students during the 2nd Annual Volunteer Fair in the AP Room.
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American Choral Directors Association Names Students to Eastern Junior Honor Choir
10/22/2007

Music teacher, Matthew LaPine, has reported that five students have been selected to join the American Choral Directors Association’s (ACDA) Eastern Junior Honor Choir. These students, Billy Buchbinder '12, Ian English '11, Shivangi Goel '13, Emily McGurk '12, and Aneesa Sonawalla '12, will perform at the ACDA’s 2008 Eastern Division Convention in Hartford, Connecticut in February.
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Fall Fair, Reunion Weekend Was Huge Success!
10/22/2007

FOR A FULL ALBUM OF PHOTOGRAPHS FROM FALL FAIR AND REUNION WEEKEND, CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK: https://www.whschool.org/podium/default.aspx?t=10805  AND THEN CLICK ON THE YELLOW MULTIMEDIA LIBRARY TAB UNDER THE CAMPUS PHOTOGRAPH ON THE RIGHT. CLICK ON "FALL FAIR & HOMECOMING 2007" TO BEGIN THE SLIDESHOW.

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Pardada Pardadi Students, Teacher Visit Wardlaw-Hartridge
10/22/2007

From October 14 to 21, Mr. Venu Gopal, a teacher from The Pardada Pardadi School in India, and two of his students, Rekha and Hema, spent time in the classrooms of Lower School students. The visitors have been staying at the homes of Devi Mody '10 and Garima Kapoor '10.
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Current Parent, Noreen Jafri, Educates Third Graders Ramadan Traditions
10/15/2007

Third graders were especially enriched by a lesson taught by current parent, Noreen Jafri, on the rich traditions of Ramadan on Thursday, October 11.
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Jed Horne, Double Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author, Hurricane Katrina Expert and Son of Former Head of School, Addresses Upper Schoolers
10/15/2007

"We would be remiss in forgetting Hurricane Katrina," advised Jed Horne, double Pulitzer Prize-winning author and son of former Headmaster, Prentice C. Horne, during a special assembly for Upper and Middle School students, "Learning from Katrina." The October 11th presentation enlightened the pupils about the deadly 2005 hurricane and the devastation he witnessed in New Orleans and documented in his book, "Breach of Faith: Hurricane Katrina and the Near Death of a Great American City."
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Juniors Immersed in Thoreau's Lessons and Nature During Outing
10/15/2007

Last week, juniors returned to Griggstown, NJ with Upper School English teacher, Dr. David Berry, for one of Wardlaw-Hartridge's favorite traditional class trips - Thoreau's Outing -an annual interdisciplinary, educational experience involving the fields of history, physical education, science, art and English.
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Latin I Students Unveil Mural Illustrating Planets and Gods
10/15/2007

A feast of grapes, cookies, Caesar salad and other refreshments were served in Ean Plotkin's Latin I class on Friday as guests selected nametags with Roman names such as "Flavia" and "Octavius" to wear during a special unveiling of the class's mural depicting the planets and Roman gods.
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Cameron Rogers '08 ‘Thinks Big, Thinks Broadly’ During Summer Governor’s School Experience
10/9/2007

Cameron Rogers '08 spent four weeks this summer studying at The New Jersey Governor’s School in the Sciences (NJGSS) at Drew University. Cameron, who was recently named a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist, focused on neurobiology, emerging infectious diseases, biological anthropology/human evolution, and more.


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Edison Rotary Club Names Nine Students 'Senior of the Month'
10/9/2007

College Counselor, Susan Swenson, has announced that the Rotary Club of Edison named nine Wardlaw-Hartridge pupils "Senior of the Month."
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Lower Schoolers Meet Their Upper School Buddies at Assembly
10/9/2007

Members of the Class of 2008 received bouquets of flowers from their Lower School Buddies during a special assembly held in Laidlaw Gymnasium on Wednesday, October 3.
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Show Your W-H Pride During Spirit Week!
10/9/2007

If you love Wardlaw-Hartridge (and we know you do!), you'll want to celebrate Spirit Week, starting on Tuesday, October 9! There will be Pep Rally for all divisions on Friday, October 12, at 2:00 p.m. in Laidlaw Gymnasium.

Here is a list of activities planned by the Lower School, Middle School and Upper School:
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Aziz, Ren and Sonawalla Named National Commended Students
10/1/2007

Susan Swenson, College Counselor, recently reported that three seniors, Madiha Aziz '08, Alice Ren '08, and Azim Sonawalla '08 have been named Commended Students in the 2008 National Merit Scholarship Program.
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Eight Seniors Earn AP Scholars Distinction
10/1/2007

Eight seniors have earned the designation of AP Scholar by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program (AP) Exams.
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Eric Prah '08 Named Semifinalist in National Achievement Scholarship Program
10/1/2007


Eric Prah
'08 has been designated a semifinalist in the 44th Annual Achievement Scholarship Competition by the National Achievement Scholarship Program. Now, Eric will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for scholarships to be awarded next spring.


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Gregory Casagrande '81 Thanks Middle Schoolers for Donation
10/1/2007

Gregory F. Casagrande '81
, Managing Director of The South Pacific Business Development Foundation USA, Inc., (SPBD-USA) sent the following thank-you letter to Middle School students:
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Sixth Graders Commune With Nature at Nature's Classroom
10/1/2007

Throughout this week, sixth graders have been studying at Nature's Classroom in Ivoryton, CT, where they hiked with their field groups and participated in a classes such as "Salamander Meandering" and "Edible Plants." According to Middle School English/History teacher and Sixth Grade Coordinator, Jessica Bland, the students also joined in Quest, a team-building challenge, discovered crabs, seashells and other marine life, dissected sharks, built shelters, and more!

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September
Garima Kapoor '10 Seeks Solutions to Crucial Global Issues Through NetAid Program
9/24/2007


Living in Ethiopia, Israel and India as a child, Garima Kapoor '10 witnessed the effects of poverty on a daily basis. However, she was too young to truly grasp the devastation plaguing those regions and to do something to change the lives of those suffering around her.


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University-Caliber Writing Center Established at Wardlaw-Hartridge
9/24/2007

Finding a writing center on a college or university campus is nothing new, but establishing such a venue for an independent PreK – 12 college-preparatory school is quite a noteworthy achievement.


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Upper Snowdon Library Receives We the People Pursuit of Happiness Bookshelf Collection
9/24/2007

Since recently being awarded the 2007 We the People Bookshelf Grant, Upper School Librarian, Pat Fielder, received a set of 15 classic books on the theme of "Pursuit of Happiness" for the Upper Snowdon Library. The grant was awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The collection includes "The Great Gatsby," "Common Sense," "Aesop's Fables," Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass," and more.
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Whether He's 'Writing Politics' at Brown or Campaigning for Obama, Will Vogt '08 Has 'Write Stuff' for Journalism Career
9/24/2007

Fresh off the New Hampshire Junior Amateur Golf Tournament, Will Vogt '08 carved out a name for himself in the world of political journalism after unraveling the web of rhetoric, marketing, advertising, satire and political science during the summer course, “Writing Politics,” at Brown University.


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Ayna Agarwal '10 Aids Underprivileged Children at Camp in NY
9/17/2007

Ayna Agarwal '10 spent two weeks in July at The Children’s Aid Society’s Wagon Road Camp in Chappaqua, NY, where she helped enrich the lives of underprivileged children from 4 to 13 years of age.


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Children's Literary Characters Come to Life in Ms. Tan's Classroom
9/17/2007

A few weeks before the beginning of school, Ashley Martin '12 began to adorn the walls of third grade teacher, Kimberley Tan, with children's literary characters like Dr. Seuss' "Cat in the Hat", Snow White and Winnie the Pooh.
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Michelle Liu '08 Attends Global Young Leaders Conference
9/17/2007


Michelle Liu '08
, joined 360 students from all over the world in attending the Global Young Leaders Conference (GYLC) for two weeks this summer in Washington, D.C. and New York City.


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Rams Boys' Varsity Soccer Team Wins Kick-Off Tournament
9/17/2007

Coach Mike Romeo announced that, for the first time in 10 years, the Wardlaw-Hartridge Boys' Varsity Soccer Team won the Kick-Off Invitational Soccer Tournament on September 7 and 8. The Rams beat Saddle River 6-0 and then declared victory over Ranney, 4-0, on Saturday. Team Captain, Jordan Neuhauser, was awarded the tournament trophy, which reads, "Wardlaw-Hartridge 2007 Kick-Off Invitational 1st Place."

Congratulations Rams Varsity Soccer Team!
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Refurbished Ram's Head Will Bolster School Pride
9/17/2007

Another special renovation and enhancement worth noting at Wardlaw-Hartridge is the newly-refurbished Ram's Head, which is worn by senior Benjamin Chalfin '08 at pep rallies, games, Fall Fair and other events.
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W-H Cheerleaders Capture Awards at Camp
9/17/2007

W-H Cheerleading Coach, Tanda Tucker, reported that at Pine Forest Cheerleading Camp in The Poconos, Nia Allen-Lee '10 was selected as a UCA (Universal Cheerleaders Association) All-Star Cheerleader. The team was awarded the Overall Most Improved Team/Squad out of 40 other teams. Ten girls attended the camp from August 13 to 16 with Coach Tucker and new assistant, Coach Corinna Crafton.
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Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony, Convocation Usher in Our 125th Year
9/10/2007

On the first day of school, September 6, represented the culmination of the First Impressions-Lasting Results Campaign as the ribbon to the new school entrance was cut by Board of Trustees President, Randolph C. Rogers '81 and Student Council President, Hope Gallagher '08.
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Soccer Team Attends Pre-Season Training Camp in New York
9/10/2007

Boys Varsity Soccer Coach, Mike Romeo, reported that the team went to Kutsher's Sports Academy in Monticello, NY from August 13 to 16 for the annual pre-season training camp. The Rams trained three times daily over the four days at the camp. The morning sessions focused on conditioning. In the afternoon, the team worked on tactics and every evening the boys played games.
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Welcome to the Family! New Students, Parents Attend Orientation
9/10/2007

Wardlaw-Hartridge welcomed new students and parents attending Orientation on September 4 in the AP Room with a continental breakfast and greetings by Director of Admission, Charlotte Davis, Head of School, Andrew Webster, and Division Heads, Rhona Eserner, Ann Hergenrother, and Regina Bassoul-Restivo. Administrators and Student Ambassadors fielded questions about the campus, class schedules, dress code, and more. New students, who were given tours of the school, also spent some quality time getting acquainted with their advisors and teachers in the classrooms.
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June
Class of 2007 Graduates Wardlaw-Hartridge
6/18/2007

Proud parents, relatives, friends, alumni, and members of the Wardlaw-Hartridge faculty and staff witnessed the graduation of the 48 members of the Class of 2007 on Monday, June 11.

FOR A FULL ALBUM OF PHOTOGRAPHS FROM COMMENCEMENT, CLICK HERE AND THEN CLICK ON THE YELLOW MULTIMEDIA LIBRARY TAB UNDER THE CAMPUS PHOTOGRAPH ON THE RIGHT. NEXT, CLICK ON THE TITLE, "COMMENCEMENT 2007."
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Eighth Graders Bid Farewell to Middle School
6/11/2007

Eighth graders officially entered the Upper School on the evening of Wednesday, June 6, during the Eighth Grade Stepping-Up Ceremony in the AP Room.
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Fifth Graders Move On to Middle School
6/11/2007

Fifth graders in the Class of 2014 became sixth graders during the Fifth Grade Moving-Up Ceremony on Wednesday, June 6, in the AP Room.
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Junior/Senior Prom Memories Made at Farrington Manor
6/11/2007

The Farrington Manor in East Brunswick was the backdrop for one of the most magical evenings for Upper School students - the Junior/Senior Prom. Enjoy looking through the gallery of photographs provided by Pat Fielder, Senior Class Dean and Librarian.
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Parents' Association Hosts Parent Appreciation Luncheon; Installs New Officers
6/11/2007

The Wardlaw-Hartridge Parents' Association held a Parent Appreciation Luncheon and 2007-2008 Officer Installation Ceremony on Monday, June 4, in the Oakwood Room.
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PreK 4 and Kindergarten Classes Host Graduation Ceremonies
6/11/2007

On Tuesday, June 5, students in the PreK 4 class of Jennifer Genovese and Kelly Canizzo, and the Kindergarten class of Jennifer Geissler and Donna Gurkas received their diplomas in the Lower Snowdon Library before an audience filled with family, friends and faculty.
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Senior Farewell Dinner Held for Class of 2007
6/11/2007

On Monday, June 4, the Wardlaw-Hartridge Upper School and the Alumni Association hosted the Senior Farewell Dinner in the AP Room. After enjoying hors d'oeuvres and dinner, seniors received Graduation Awards and were treated to a retrospective video.
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Honors Assembly Recognizes Excellence in Academics, Athletics, Creative Endeavors
6/4/2007

On Wednesday, May 30, the academic, athletic, and creative accomplishments of Upper School students were recognized and celebrated at the Honors Assembly.
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Third, Fourth, Fifth Graders Deliver Stellar Speeches
6/4/2007

From Wednesday, May 30 to Friday, June 1, students in the third, fourth and fifth grades held captive audiences as they delivered speeches on prominent historical figures, events and geographical locations, as well as Greek mythology. The students polished their research, writing composition, note-taking, proofreading, editing, typing and oratory skills during the process.
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May
Athletes, Coach Ernie Vajda Honored at Annual Awards Dinner
5/29/2007

On the evening of May 20 at L'Affaire in Mountainside, the accomplishments of Wardlaw-Hartridge Athletics, as well as the memory of the late Coach Ernie Vajda, were honored at the school's Eighth Annual Upper School Athletics Awards Dinner.
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Everybody's a Good Sport at LS Field Day!
5/29/2007

PreK through fifth grade students enjoyed perfect sunny weather while competing in the Annual Field Day, which held the theme, "W-H Survivor" on Friday morning. The youngsters were challenged with contests like the Soccer Dribble, Obstacle Course, the very popular Jump the River and more. After savoring a delicious hotdog lunch, which was sponsored by the Booster Club, ribbons were distributed to the winners. What a great day to be a W-H athlete! 
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Model UN Awarded at Recent Conference in NYC
5/29/2007

On May 18 and 19, members of the Wardlaw-Hartridge Model UN Club attended the United Nations Association for The United States of America Model United Nations Conference in New York City at the UN Headquarters.
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MS Head Brings Fractured Fairytales to Life for Fifth Graders in Pajamas
5/29/2007

Once upon a time - Tuesday, May 22 to be exact - fifth graders in Debbie Kendall's class came to school in their pajamas to hear Middle School Head, Ann Hergenrother, who was also bedecked in pajamas, read fractured fairytales.
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Tree Planting Ceremony Held to Honor Coach Vajda
5/29/2007

On Friday, May 25, Head of School, Andrew Webster, led a special tree planting ceremony to honor the memory of Coach Ernie Vajda, who passed away in March. Lower School Physical Education teacher, Ardys Sapchin also spoke about the impact Mr. Vajda had on the school community.
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Upper School Musicians Deliver Stirring Performances at Spring Concert; Caliber of Creativity Impresses at Art Show
5/29/2007

The Upper School Spring Concert and Art Show on Thursday, May 25, was the true culmination of the division's creative accomplishments. The Class of 2007, which has been tabbed one of the most musically talented classes in recent history, took the stage for the last time.
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Boys' Varsity Baseball Team Wins Patriot Conference Championship!
5/24/2007

"With its 5-3 victory over Ranney on May 24, the Wardlaw-Hartridge Boys' Varsity Baseball team has won the Patriot Conference Championship for the second year in a row, posting a 5-1 record in the league," announced Athletic Director, Patricia Malizia.
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Annual Fairytale Day Celebration Cast Magical Spell on First and Fourth Graders
5/21/2007

It was a majestic and magical day in Wardlaw-Hartridge Fairytale Land (or the Lower Snowdon Library) on Wednesday, May 16 when first and fourth graders enjoyed their annual Fairytale Day.
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Diverse Array of Musical Selections Performed at MS Concert; Art Show Impresses
5/21/2007

After viewing an eclectic mix of artwork by Middle School students in the classroom of art teacher, Tanda Tucker, and in the school hallways, Middle School parents and faculty/staff members packed the AP Room to savor the sounds of the Sixth Grade Band, Flute Ensemble, Seventh/Eighth Grade Band, Sixth Grade Chorus, Middle School Jazz Ensemble and Seventh and Eighth Grade Chorus.
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Justin Adams '07 Will Receive Eagle Scout Award
5/21/2007

What do our 38th President, Gerald R. Ford, Secretary of Defense, Donald H. Rumsfeld, and Justin Adams '07 all have in common? They all hold the distinguished title of “Eagle Scout.” On Monday, June 4, Justin will join that prestigious group of high achievers dedicated to leadership and service to others.
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LS Artists Show Off Their Best Work at Show
5/21/2007

On Friday, May 18, Lower School students and parents strolled through a delightful exhibition of colorful and eclectic artwork in the classroom of LS art teacher, Sue Howard, and the Lower School hallways. Sculptures, collages, drawings, watercolors, mixed media, and other pieces received high praise from all guests and teachers.
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Lower School Students Delight Audience at Spring Concert
5/14/2007

Family, faculty/staff and guests enjoyed an exciting program of music on the evening of Thursday, May 10, during the Lower School Spring Concert. The concert was organized by Vocal Music teacher, Melanie Whitney, and Band Director, Jane Brown.
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Students Show Love for Moms at Breakfast, Tea Parties
5/14/2007

Whether they were savoring a delicious breakfast of bagels with cream cheese, mini muffins, juice and fruit salad, or a lovely tea party, mothers of PreK3, PreK4 and Kindergarten students were honored at Mother's Day celebrations on Friday morning and afternoon.
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W-H Upper School Student Body Donates to Scholarship Fund for Virginia Tech Victim
5/14/2007

A recent Upper School dance resulted in a generous donation of $818 made on the behalf of the Upper School Student Council to The Michael Pohle Scholarship Fund at Hunterdon Central High School in Flemington. Michael, 23, who was a victim of the recent killings at Virginia Tech University, graduated Hunterdon Central in 2002.
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Abigail Ren '16 Creates Award-Winning "Conservation's Power" Poster
5/7/2007

Lower School Head, Regina Bassoul-Restivo, recently announced that third grader, Abigail Ren '16, was awarded for her entry in the 2007 "Conservation's Power" Poster Contest. Competing in the second to third grade division, she won first place in the Freehold district, which includes Middlesex and Monmouth counties, and she captured third place overall in the state of New Jersey.
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Ashley Martin '12 Dances to the Top at Competition; Will Perform for U.S. Troops This Summer
5/7/2007

Ashley Martin '12 isn’t just your average pre-teen hoping to bask in the spotlight of the Broadway stage. In fact, her dancing skills, which she has polished since the age of 2 ½ at Ms. Doreen’s Fabulous Feet dance studio in Metuchen, have taken her to stages as close as the Wardlaw-Hartridge School in Edison (where she is a seventh grader), the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Disney World’s Tomorrowland, and, this summer, to Grafenwoehr, Germany, where she will perform for U.S. troops.
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Results of 2007 Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Search Told
5/7/2007

The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) recently revealed the test data for Wardlaw-Hartridge Middle School students who joined CTY's Talent Search, a national and international talent search used to identify, assess, and recognize outstanding academic proficiency.
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Saran Wrap, Egg Hunt, Post-Its: It's Senior Prank Day!
5/7/2007

On May 4, seniors celebrated "Senior Prank Day!" The evening prior, under the supervision of Pat Fielder, Senior Class Dean, several members of the Class of 2007 "pranked" Upper School teachers. Pranks ranged from decorating classrooms with toilet paper, Saran Wrap, and Post-It notes to moving the desk of Gerard Gonnella '89, Dean of Students, including his Republican photos and lamp, to the AP Room. All of the rooms quickly returned to normal, regular teaching began, and a good laugh was shared by all at Morning Meeting. The seniors also sponsored an egg hunt. Plastic eggs were hidden around the building, some containing candy, nothing in others, and one had a $20 bill tucked inside!
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Second Graders Read Their Fun and Suspenseful Stories During Publisher's Party
5/7/2007

On Friday, May 4, the classroom of Lower School art teacher, Sue Howard, was filled with second graders from Katie Howe's class (2H), proudly holding copies of their handmade books to show parents and friends during Mrs. Howard's annual Publisher's Party.
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W-H Baseball Seeded Seventh for State Tournament; Softball Seeded Third for State Tournament
5/1/2007

Athletic Director, Patricia Malizia, announced this week that the Wardlaw-Hartridge Baseball Team is seeded seventh for the NJISAA State Tournament. Additionally, the W-H Softball Team has been seeded third for the tournament. Therefore, the W-H Baseball Team will host the first round game on Thursday, May 3 against #10 Rutgers Prep. at 4:15 p.m., and the W-H Softball Team has a bye through the first round and will take on #2 Rutgers Prep in the semi-finals on Thursday, May 10 at Rutgers Prep. The game time is still to be determined, but will likely begin around 4 p.m. or 4:30 p.m.

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April
Head of School Tells Upper School Students, Faculty About First Impressions-Lasting Results Campaign
4/30/2007

At Morning Meeting on Wednesday, April 25, Head of School, Andy Webster, informed the students about the renovations and enhancements planned in the First Impressions-Lasting Results Campaign.
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Middle Schoolers Achieve Amazing Results After National Latin Exam
4/30/2007

In early April, Middle School Latin teacher, Jill Anthony, announced the names of MS students awarded for their excellent achievements after taking the National Latin Exam. Certificates and medals were distributed at MS Lunch.
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W-H Science Fair: An Evening of Intrigue, Education and Innovation
4/30/2007

On the evening of April 26, the Wardlaw-Hartridge Science and Math Society, led by Azim Sonawalla '08, hosted its Third Annual Science Fair inside the AP Room. The judges included Howard Freeman (Dean of Studies, MS Science and US Math teacher), Randy Rogers '81 (Board of Trustees President and current parent), and alum Dmitry Misyura '06.
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Agora Day: A Unique Opportunity for Enrichment, Outreach
4/23/2007

On Wednesday, April 18, Upper Schoolers were engaged and enthusiastic about various Agora Day projects that encouraged them to focus on ethics in volunteering (Class of 2007), "Hate in America" (Class of 2008), ethics and religion (Class of 2009), and ethics and honesty (Class of 2010).
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French Students and Teachers From Lycée Carnot Visit Wardlaw-Hartridge
4/23/2007

Students and administrators from Lycée Carnot in Dijon, France have been visiting the Wardlaw-Hartridge School and popular local tourist attractions since the second week in April. Our French friends will depart on the evening of Saturday, April 21, following a farewell supper in the AP Room on Friday, April 20, from 7 to 9 p.m.
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Music Recital Brightened Up Rainy Sunday
4/23/2007

Family, friends and faculty members battled the rain and the threat of a nasty nor'easter to attend Sunday afternoon's successful Music Recital in the AP Room.
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Terence Rhue '17 Named March Youth of the Month, 2007 Buddie of the Year by Boys & Girls Club
4/23/2007

Second grader Terence Rhue '17 was recognized by the Plainfield chapter of the Boys and Girls Club of Union County as its Youth of the Month for March and the 2007 Buddie of the Year. He was presented with a plaque and certificate on March 27 at Pantagis Renaissance in Scotch Plains during the organization's 2007 Youth of the Year Awards Dinner. His teacher, Katie Howe, also attended.
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W-H Community Honors Victims of Virginia Tech Killings With "Orange and Maroon Effect Day"
4/23/2007

On April 20, members of the Wardlaw-Hartridge community observed "Orange and Maroon Effect Day" to honor the victims of the tragic shootings of students at Virginia Tech on Monday, April 16. Students and faculty/staff were invited to wear orange and/or maroon to show their support.
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Preliminary List of College Acceptances for Class of 2007 Reported
4/18/2007

To date, the following colleges and universities have announced acceptance of students from the Class of 2007. A complete list, with the names of students and their final decisions, will be posted at a later date. The preliminary list is shown below:
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Recent Musical Accomplishments of Sunny Park '07, Mi Reu Park '08 Revealed
4/18/2007

Learning that she was accepted into The Juilliard School in New York was more than music to the ears of Sun Young Park '07, or as her friends call her “Sunny”, it represented the realization of a lifelong dream.
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Children’s Literature Fair With Author, Judi Barrett, Enlightens Audience (Young & Old) on Writing, Illustrating Process
4/10/2007

On the morning of March 31, the AP Room was filled with visitors, young and old, who were eager to see one of their favorite children’s authors, Judi Barrett of “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” fame during the school’s first-ever Children’s Literature Fair.
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Kathy Meier's Hydroponics Lesson Grows on Students
4/10/2007

Hydroponics, a process which replaces the normal system of incorporating chemicals into the roots of plants to promote growth with the hydroponic system which nourishes the roots non-chemically with a running water system, might seem like a complicated concept, but not for Kathy Meier's Lower School Science students!
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Upper School Third Quarter Honor Roll Reported
4/10/2007

Rhona Eserner, Upper School Head, has announced the names of students placed on the Honor Roll and Honor Roll with Distinction for the third quarter of the 2006-2007 academic year. To view the Honor Rolls, click here.
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US Student Council Elections Held; Victors Revealed
4/10/2007

Eighth graders and Upper School students took to the polls on Tuesday afternoon to cast their votes for Student Council Executive Board positions. Prior to that, during Advisory Period that day, the candidates offered speeches to prove why they qualified for President, Vice-President or Secretary/Treasurer.
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Ariana and Micaela Lyons Compete in YMCA State Swimming Championships
4/2/2007

Over spring vacation, Michelle Graham-Lyons, the mother of Ariana Lyons '09 and Micaela Lyons '12, announced some of the highlights of the New Jersey 2007 YMCA State Swimming Championships, which were held at the Gloucester County Institute of Technology in Sewell, NJ.
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Seventh Graders Awarded Dodge Foundation Grant for NAIS Global 20/20 Challenge
4/2/2007

When Wardlaw-Hartridge decided to throw its hat into the ring with 350 other schools from 52 different countries for the NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) Global 20/20 Challenge, Middle School Head, Ann Hergenrother, didn’t envision being awarded a $10,0000 grant from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation that would help W-H to attend a global leadership conference in London, England.
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W-H Latin Club Wins Every Round of Competition at Princeton University
4/2/2007

On March 20, Middle School Latin teacher, Jill Anthony, traveled to Princeton University with the Latin Club to compete with hundreds of students from all over the state in the New Jersey Junior Classical League Regional Certamen Competition.
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March
W-H Pays Tribute to Memory of Ernie Vajda
3/30/2007

Wardlaw-Hartridge remembers a cherished member of its family, LS Physical Education teacher and Girls' Varsity Basketball Coach, Ernie Vajda, who passed away on March 22 of natural causes at his residence in New Brunswick.
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Mid-Atlantic Junior State of American Congress 2007 Attended by W-H JSA
3/12/2007

From February 23 to 25, members of the school's JSA participated in the Mid-Atlantic Junior State of America (JSA) Winter Congress 2007 in Washington, D.C. Approximately 800 students from public and independent schools in the Mid-Atlantic region were in attendance.
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Pupils Lend Their Ears to Shakespeare LIVE's "Julius Caesar"
3/12/2007

As part of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s outreach academic/musical program, Shakespeare LIVE! Educational Touring Production, the theatre troupe brought its popular depiction of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar to the AP Room stage for the Middle School Assembly, which was also attended by some Upper School pupils. The event was sponsored by the Wardlaw-Hartridge Parents' Association (WHPA) and organized by WHPA member, Azmina Sonawalla.
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Students Deliver $500 Donation to Homefirst, Interfaith Housing & Family Services in Plainfield
3/12/2007

On Tuesday, March 6, Sarah Scardilli, Development Associate at Homefirst, a non-profit organization in Plainfield dedicated to improving the quality of life for the homeless and those at risk of homelessness, accepted a $500 check from Student Council President, John Campbell '07, Student Council Vice-President, Will Vogt '08, Samantha Menjor '07, who represented the Black Cultural Association (BCA), and Club Interact Advisor, Dawn Francavilla. The money was raised from Dress Down Days and last month's BCA Dance.
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Judi Barrett, Author of "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" Will Kick-Off Childrens Literature Fair Series This Saturday!
3/7/2007

Don't miss the opportunity to meet Judi Barrett, author of the beloved favorite, "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" during the first Children's Literature Fair this Saturday, March 31! The event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in the AP Room. The author will read from her books, discuss the creative writing process, and sign copies of "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs." A special craft activity related to the book will be presented by LS Art teacher, Sue Howard.
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"Gallio Velius Marsallas" of Legion XXIV Offers Spirited Roman Military Reenactment for Students
3/5/2007

George Metz or "Gallio Velius Marsallas," who portrays the Commander or "Praefectus" of the 24th Legion, 4th Cohort of Roman Empire under Emperor Claudius, was victorious in engaging the attention of Latin and Ancient History students on Tuesday with his presentation on the Roman military.
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Middle School Head Reports Second Trimester Honor Roll
3/5/2007

Middle School Head, Ann Hergenrother, has announced the names of students placed on the Honor Roll for the second trimester of the 2006-2007 academic year. To download the Honor Roll, click here.
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Third Graders Cook Up a Recipe for Delicious, Educational Biography Stew
3/5/2007

After reading the Caldecott Medal book, "Snowflake Bentley" by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, third graders worked in the Lower Snowdon Library "kitchen" this week to create pots of savory "Biography Stew" with LS Librarian, Christine Mozlin.
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February
First Grade Classes; Chinese Language Class Celebrate Chinese New Year
2/26/2007

On Friday, February 16, Tao Zhu's Chinese Language class, which includes Rohan Mehta '07, Samantha Menjor '07, Stephanie O'Connell '07, Matthew Sumicad '07, Elizabeth Baio '08, Ricky Diaz '07, Laura Hayat '07, Michelle Liu '08, and Sunny Park '07, attended the "Chinese New Year Spectacular" show at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
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Star-Ledger Publishes Feature Article on Emily McGurk '12
2/26/2007

To read the feature article about seventh grade musician, Emily McGurk '12, from the February 22 edition of The Star-Ledger, follow this link
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Troubling Teen Issues Tackled by C.A.R.E.S. Group During Upper School Assembly
2/26/2007

Striving for perfection? Feeling alone? Struggling with sexual assault, low self-esteem, teenage pregnancy, drug abuse or an eating disorder? These are many issues facing teenagers today, and members of C.A.R.E.S. (Carteret Actors Reaching Out and Educating Students), a non-profit, independent troupe of teenage high school and college students, came to Wardlaw-Hartridge on Friday morning to portray young women confronting these troubles head-on for Upper School students.
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Upper Schoolers Absorb Art Museum Offerings in New York City
2/26/2007

On Wednesday, February 21, Upper School students traveled to New York City to attend the "El Greco to Picasso" exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum and other exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The trip was coordinated by Upper School Art teacher, Gale Goldman.
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Lower School Math Night Adds Up to Huge Success
2/12/2007

Lower School teachers and LS Head, Regina Bassoul-Restivo, worked very hard to present "Lower School Math Night," a special evening of games and activities that focused on mathematical concepts, problem-solving techniques, as well as higher order thinking skills on Thursday in the AP Room. The developmentally-appropriate activities challenged students and their parents, driving home the event's core theme: "Math Is a Function of Life."
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Holocaust Survivor, Luna Kaufman, Details Experiences to Middle Schoolers
2/5/2007

When speaking about her experience as a Holocaust survivor, Luna Kaufman told Middle School students that they should never sit quietly by when witnessing atrocities. Instead, they must take action against them. "You must stretch out a hand to others of different heritage and customs," she said. "Everyone has something unique to contribute to life."
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Nineteen Students Attend Ivy League Model United Nations Conference in Philadelphia; 4 Receive Verbal Commendations
2/5/2007

From Thursday, January 25 to Sunday, January 28, nineteen members of the Wardlaw-Hartridge Model United Nations, represented Denmark and served on a wide array of committees during the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference (ILMUNC) at the Sheraton Philadelphia City Center Hotel in Philadelphia.
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Seniors Travel to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital for Hands-On Medical Experience
2/5/2007

On Thursday, January 25, seniors Aakash Butala '07, Suvojit Chatterjee '07, Nishma Chhabra '07, Courtney Flint '07, Yeonjean Gahng '07, Sydney Heiss '07, Andy Howard '07, Nicole Kniep '07, Amanda Loder '07, Lexi Faust '07, Samantha Menjor '07, Stephanie O'Connell '07, John Campbell '07, Rudi Richmand '07, Ieba Romeo '07, Shaivi Sukhadia '07, Matthew Sumicad '07 and Jared McClain '07 traveled with 12th Grade Class Dean, Dawn Francavilla, to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick for a hands-on medical experience they will not long forget.
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Six W-H Students Named to 2007 New Jersey Honor Choirs
2/5/2007

Music teachers Jennifer Randolph and Melanie Whitney have announced that Ian English '11, Ashley DaCosta '11, Milika Griffiths '12 and Billy Buchbinder '12 have been selected as members of the 2007 New Jersey Junior High Honor Choir and Shivangi Goel '13 and Alyssa Kennedy '13 have been named to the 2007 New Jersey Elementary Honor Choir.
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US Second Quarter Honor Roll Reported
2/2/2007

Upper School Head, Rhona Eserner, has announced the Second Quarter Honor Roll for 2006-2007 academic year. Students listed with an asterisk have earned Honor Roll with Distinction for both First and Second Quarter.
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January
Four Seniors Perform at Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra's Winter Concert
1/30/2007

Bravo! Accolades abound for seniors and Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra (GPYO) musicians Manfred Collado '07 (violin I), Matthew Forman '07 (trombone), Sydney Heiss '07 (horn) and Yun Lee '07 (clarinet), who amazed audience members and W-H faculty during the orchestra's 45th Annual Winter Concert on the evening of January 20 at Princeton University's Richardson Auditorium.
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Instrumental, Vocal Performances, Storytelling, and More Presented at LS Cabaret
1/30/2007

Lower School students showed off their phenomenal talent in the performing arts on January 23 during Cabaret, which drew an appreciative audience of faculty, staff, parents and pupils.
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Important Drug Awareness Letter from School Counselor, Dina Congregane
1/22/2007

The following letter has been sent to parents as a follow-up to the school's Drug Awarness program.
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Language Magazines Published by Prima Lingua Students
1/22/2007

Since January 9, students involved in the school's innovative Prima Lingua course have been creating  language magazines -- from developing and editing content to formatting layout and artwork. The projects wrapped up earlier this week.
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Second Grade Dinosaur Museum Exhibition Made Historic Impression on Students, Families, Faculty
1/16/2007

On Friday, January 12, second graders in Katie Howe and Crissy Pianet's classes hosted a dyno-mite Dinosaur Museum, impressing amazing family and faculty members with fascinating facts, artwork and research. Tom Hunt's Latin students, Head of School Andrew Webster, Lower School Head Regina Bassoul-Restivo, senior buddies and Director of Admission, Charlotte Davis, visited the museum, which was housed inside of the C-6 classroom.

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Wardlaw-Hartridge Students Lead Christmas Worship at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church
1/16/2007

At the December 24, 2006 service for children and their families at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church in Plainfield, past and present Wardlaw-Hartridge students led the congregation in worship.
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Lower Schoolers Perform Seasonal Classics, Skits at Concert
1/2/2007

On the morning of December 22, Lower School students gathered in the AP Room to perform holiday music and skits for a room full of guests. Led by Lower School/Middle School Choral Music teacher, Melanie Whitney, the concert was a delight for all to behold.
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Middle Schoolers Welcome Holiday Season With Musical Program
1/2/2007

On Tuesday, December 19, Middle School pupils had their chance to dazzle the audience with holiday selections from notable musicians such as Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and even an arrangement of "Silent Night" by Mrs. Whitney! The evening's program was arranged by music teachers Jane Brown, Jennifer Randolph and Mrs. Whitney.
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W-H Challenge 20/20 Team Partners With Clinton School to Tackle Biodiversity
1/2/2007

On Wednesday, December 20, nine students from a public middle school in Clinton, NJ and their teacher, Doreen Bleck, joined 27 W-H Middle School students and science teacher Terry Castro to outline their solutions to one key issue facing our planet: biodiversity.
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