May 19, 2022 | Vol. 21-22, No. 30
A MESSAGE FROM OUR UPPER SCHOOL HEAD
Bob Bowman, Upper School Head, salutes his faculty colleagues for their continued perseverance and dedication in his May blog post. Below is an excerpt:
In my high school, all seniors in High English (that was actually the given name of the course – insert your own joke here) had to write a term paper that had a minimum length of 25 pages.... What I do remember is a quote by Thoreau (truth be told, I always have to look it up to get it right). Thoreau wrote, "You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment." At the age of 18, I thought this was more of a surfing metaphor, but as I have grown, I have found great solace and strength in these words. Aware of Thoreau's inspiration or not, our Upper School teachers have embodied these words and bravely shown up to school every day since the spring of 2020 to do... their... job.
Read Dr. Bowman's full blog post here
THURSDAY, MAY 19
5:30 p.m. - Early Childhood (PreK-Grade 1) Art Show
6:00 p.m. - Lower School (Grades 2-5) Art Show
7:00 p.m. - Lower School (Grades 2-5) Spring Concert in Berry Performing Arts Center
WATCH CONCERT LIVESTREAM HERE
FRIDAY, MAY 20
12:00 p.m. - Upper School Genetics Research Presentations in Oakwood Room
THURSDAY, MAY 26
Last Day of Middle School Spring Athletics
6:00 p.m. - Upper School Cookin' Cabaret in AP Room
FRIDAY, MAY 27
8:15 a.m. - Middle School Shakespeare Festival in Amphitheatre
9:00 a.m. - Lower School Field Day on Turf Fields
NOON DISMISSAL FOR ALL DIVISIONS
VIEW 2021-2022 ONE-PAGE SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR
SCHOOL CALENDAR PACKED WITH EVENTS
There are just over three weeks remaining in the 2021-2022 school year and several major school events are coming up. Below is a list of major events scheduled for the rest of the school year:
May 19 – PreK-Grade 1 Art Show – 5:30 p.m.
May 19 – Grades 2-5 Art Show – 6 p.m.
May 19 – Grades 2-5 Spring Concert – 7 p.m.
May 20 – Upper School Research Presentations – 12 p.m.
May 24 – W+H Day of Caring
May 26 – Cookin' Cabaret – 6 p.m.
May 27 – Middle School Shakespeare Festival – 8:15 a.m.
May 27 – Lower School Field Day – 9 a.m.
June 1 – Rams Recognition Night – 6 p.m.
June 2 – WHPA Volunteer Appreciation Lunch – 12 p.m.
June 6 – Senior Farewell Dinner – 6 p.m.
June 6 – Kindergarten Moving Up Ceremony – 12:30 p.m.
June 7 – Lower School Moving Up Ceremony – 10:30 a.m.
June 7 – Senior/Junior Prom – 4 p.m.
June 8 – Middle School Stepping Up Ceremony – 10:30 a.m.
June 10 – Upper School Commencement Ceremony – 10:30 a.m.
GIRLS REPEAT AS STATE GOLF CHAMPS
Consistency, depth and determination propelled the Wardlaw+Hartridge girls' golf team to its second straight state team championship at Raritan Valley Country Club on May 16. After falling behind by a few strokes early, the Rams remained steady and did not panic as weather conditions began to deteriorate with a storm coming. Fueled by a balanced attack with four players in the top 20, W+H cruised to an 18-shot victory over Holy Angels.
Claire Lu '24 led the Rams with a 4-over-par round of 76 that ranked eighth in the individual standings. Senior captains Grace Lu '22 and Jenelle Valera '22 fired rounds of 77 and 78, respectively, and Sarah Shao '24 shot 79 to produce the winning team score (310). Teammates Tanya Chowdary '24 (84) and Ava Choi '25 (85) also played well and finished in the top 36.
"I'm so proud of what our team has accomplished and the positive attitude my teammates and I kept throughout the day today," Jenelle said. "We knew we had some pressure to repeat our successful state tournament from last year, but we all made sure to play to the best of our abilities while still having fun and keeping smiles on our faces. The weather conditions were a little rough today, but I'm glad we were all able to pull through."
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UPPER SCHOOL ELECTS CLASS OFFICERS
Annie Gu '23 will lead the student body as senior class president in the 2022-2023 school year after winning the Student Council election. Annie, who took over the leadership from outgoing president Shiv Tickoo '22 earlier this month, will be joined by Gbemi Olarewaju '24 and Adam Eisdorfer '25 as next year's elected class presidents. Upper School students voted on the officers for next year's sophomore, junior and senior classes. The freshman class election will be held in the fall.
Below are the election results:
Class of 2023
President – Annie Gu
VP – Jack Silver
Secretary/Treasurer – Loveleen Sindhar
JBoard President – Aastha Patel
JBoard Representative – Rohan Batra
Class of 2024
President – Gbemi Olarewaju
VP – Raiya Patel
Secretary/Treasurer – Naomi Valcourt
JBoard Representative – Diya Patel
Class of 2025
President – Adam Eisdorfer
VP – Tapleen Kaur
Secretary/Treasurer – Amelie Leu
JBoard Representative – Rajwans Sindhar
Congratulations to next year's Upper School class officers!
STUDENTS SHINE AT MS SPRING CONCERT
Middle School students provided more than 90 minutes of musical entertainment at last week's Spring Concert in the Berry Performing Arts Center. Nine ensembles performed under the direction of Choir Director Sharon Byrne, Performing Arts Department Chair, and Band Director Rick Fontaine.
Highlights of the show included the traditional Irish folk song Shule Aroon performed by the Cantores, the Sixth Grade Choir's Can You Hear Me?, the Wind Ensemble's The Forge of Vulcan, the Chorale's In My Life from John Lennon and Paul McCartney, the Vocal Ensemble's Bringers of Noise, and the Jazz Band's rendition of Duke Ellington's C Jam Blues that featured student instrumental solos by Alyssa Ji '27, Anna Bao '27, Emily O'Neill '27, Kimberly Zhang '27, Sophia Fontaine '26 and Richard Zhang '26. The Combined Choirs closed the show with a positive message singing It's All Right from the movie Soul.
MS SPRING CONCERT PHOTO GALLERY
MIDDLE SCHOOL SHARES FINE ARTWORK
Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students created a wonderful array of art to display at last week's first in-person Middle School Art Show since 2019.
Miss Tanda Tucker's students presented a variety of works, including Illuminate Letters, Zentangle Shadow Portraits, Quote 1/2 Portrait Paintings, Cubist Self-Portraits, Sonia Delaunay Prism Watercolors, Chagall Dreamscapes, Klimt Inspired Gilded Trees, Ribbon Drawings, Color Theory Abstractions, Capstone Accordion Books, Textured Sphere Drawings, and Sketchbook Drawings. Parents joined their students briefly before the concert and also after the show to peruse the amazing fine artwork.
"The art show this year would not have been possible without the help of Mrs. Barnett, Ms. Jafri, Mr. Martin, Ms. Brack, and especially Mrs. Rogers," Miss Tucker said. "The students also played a much larger role this year. They helped glue, label, and hang up the majority of the work displayed. They did such a great job I may ask them to help on a yearly basis. The success of the art show just proves to me why our school community is so special; everyone came together to help, giving up free time (including recess) to make the show happen. I could not be more grateful and thankful to work in such a wonderful place."
MS ART SHOW PHOTO GALLERY
YOUNG STUDENTS ENTERTAIN AT CONCERT
Students in Pre-K through Grade 1 took the audience on a safari, through a book and to a farm during Tuesday's entertaining Early Childhood Spring Concert.
Lower School music teacher Shannon Sari's students shared stories and songs about animals through performances of Pole, Pole by Ella Jenkins, assorted folk songs from the work of Eric Carle, and the traditional folk song I Had a Little Rooster.
The Early Childhood students closed the show with an uplifting message from Tom Chapin's This Pretty Planet.
PREK-1 SPRING CONCERT PHOTO GALLERY
UPPER SCHOOL ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Karl Miran, Athletic Director, announced this week's Upper School Athlete of the Week. Congratulations to track and field athlete Emma Herko '25.
Emma has strengthened the girls' track and field squad significantly, and last week's meet against Calvary Christian demonstrated how and why. She turned in outstanding times in two grueling races, running the 400 meters in 1:04.45 and later in the meet, she turned in a 2:44.34 in the 800 meters.
MIDDLE SCHOOL ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Karl Miran, Athletic Director, announced this week's Middle School Athletes of the Week. Congratulations to baseball player Mackias Ysaac '26, softball player Anousheh Nazir '27, tennis player Justin Lustgarten '26 and track athlete Aanya Chaturvedi '29.
Mackias has been a big contributor to the Ram Baseball team all year, but his value to the team increased recently when, without any prior experience, he took over the team's catching duties after Nate Mitchell went down with a broken wrist. Under Nate's outstanding tutelage, Mackias has embraced the challenge and earned this honor through a combination of his timely hitting and focused play behind the plate, but most importantly it is his willingness to step outside his comfort zone in order to help his team.
Anousheh has been a great addition to the Ram softball team. She seems to understand the importance of great defense, and she works very hard in the field, striving to master her position. She has great potential and has shown a willingness to learn the game.
Coach Rita Bokert notes that Justin has impressed her over the past three years in many ways. At first glance one sees his enthusiasm and talent, a combination which leads to Justin continually improve his game. This season, Justin has won all his matches (singles or doubles). Even more important is his focus on the good of the team, and his willingness to help younger, less-talented players. Justin recently volunteered to play an extra match against an opposing team, asking a beginner to join him as his doubles partner. In doing that he solved a problem for the opponent and provided a valuable competitive experience for his teammate. To make it better, Justin and his young partner won their match.
Aanya has one year of cross country experience, and this spring is running long distance on the track team. Last Wednesday, she recorded her second personal best of the season with a time of 3:53 in the 800-meter race. Aanya is very enthusiastic about running and last Friday she volunteered to participate in the much harder drills that the top runners on the team were doing.
SUPPORT W+H DAY OF CARING - MAY 24
Join us for our second annual W+H Day of Caring on Tuesday, May 24. Generous donations to The W+H Fund have helped the school continue to provide safe, dynamic and flexible educational programs this school year. The continued support and commitment of our community is so greatly appreciated.
Donate online here
CHECK OUT W+H SUMMER PROGRAMS
Wardlaw+Hartridge will offer a robust array of summer programs in 2022!
The year's offerings include Camp Funshine, Adventure Camp, Brain Boosters Junior Academics, Summer Scholars, Teen Leadership Camp and Summer Sparks Enrichment. Other special camps including Everything Theater and Dungeons & Dragons will also be held.
CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE
SEVENTH GRADERS CONDUCT FLAME TEST
From the W+H Parents' Association
Save the Date! - WHPA Luncheon and Officer Installation - June 2
Please join us on Thursday, June 2 for our annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon and Officer Installation at 12 noon. More information and an invitation will be sent soon via email.
If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com.
Reminder to Parents: Re-enrollment Contracts Due
This is a friendly reminder to families who have not yet submitted their re-enrollment contract and non-refundable deposit for the 2022-2023 school year. Please contact the Admission Office at 908-754-1882, Ext. 155 or email admission@WHschool.org if you would like us to resend your parent portal authentication code and enrollment contract link. We are here to help you complete the enrollment process and answer any questions you may have. We wish you and your family the best of health and we look forward to seeing you in the upcoming year!
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