May 26, 2022 | Vol. 21-22, No. 31
CONGRATULATIONS, CUM LAUDE MEMBERS!
A MESSAGE FROM OUR HEAD OF SCHOOL
Andy Webster, Head of School, shared a letter with W+H parents addressing the horrific shooting at an elementary school in Texas this week. Below is an excerpt:
We are all shaken and grieving from the news of the school shooting in Texas that took the lives of 19 students and two teachers, students and teachers just like ours. It comes on the heels of the abhorrent massacre in Buffalo two weeks ago. For many years now, our children have encountered news like this that frightens them and lingers in their minds, even if they do not always show it. Children look naturally to the adults in their lives to help them make sense of such violence, and they need to be able to share their questions and concerns and be reassured.
Read Mr. Webster's full letter here
THURSDAY, MAY 26
Last Day of Middle School Spring Athletics
6:00 p.m. - Upper School Cookin' Cabaret in AP Room / Berry Performing Arts Center
VIEW LIVESTREAM HERE (Performance begins at 7 p.m.)
FRIDAY, MAY 27
8:15 a.m. - Middle School Shakespeare Festival in Amphitheatre (PAC if rain)
9:00 a.m. - Lower School Field Day on Turf Fields
NOON DISMISSAL FOR ALL DIVISIONS
MONDAY, MAY 30
MEMORIAL DAY - SCHOOL/OFFICES CLOSED
TUESDAY, MAY 31-THURSDAY, JUNE 2
Senior Service Days - Various Locations
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1
6:00 p.m. - Rams Recognition Night in AP Room / Berry Performing Arts Center
THURSDAY, JUNE 2
12 p.m. - WHPA Volunteer Appreciation Lunch in Oakwood Room - details below
6 p.m. - Board of Trustees Faculty/Staff Appreciation Dinner in AP Room
VIEW 2021-2022 ONE-PAGE SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR
SCHOOL CALENDAR PACKED WITH EVENTS
There are just over two 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 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 – 6:30 p.m.
June 2 – WHPA Volunteer Appreciation Lunch – 12 p.m.
June 6 – Senior Farewell Dinner – 5:30 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.
DEIB COMMITTEE CONTINUES WORK
The DEIB Committee, composed of students, parents, alums, faculty, staff, and trustees met on Sunday, May 22 to continue their work on making recommendations to the school for ways we can ensure that a deep and abiding sense of belonging is felt by all members of our community. At this meeting, results of the recent AIM (Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism) Survey were discussed and used to finalize recommendations. Our new webpage devoted to these and other efforts, including the work of our faculty and staff led DEIB facilitation teams, may be found on our new DEIB webpage here.
Looking ahead, members of the DEIB Committee will be planning a series of focus group meetings with members of all constituencies to take place in the fall.
GIRLS COMPLETE PERFECT GOLF SEASON
For the second consecutive year, the W+H girls' golf team completed a perfect season. Monday's championship triumph in the State Prep Golf Championships at The Peddie School assured the Rams of another trophy, title and undefeated season.
Claire Lu '24 led the Rams with an even-par round of 72 to capture medalist honors. Claire's stellar round featured three birdies, three bogeys and 12 pars. Senior teammates Jenelle Valera '22 (73) and Grace Lu '22 (74) followed very closely behind, powering the W+H girls to an impressive 21-stroke victory over runner-up Blair Academy. Tanya Chowdary '24 contributed a round of 84 to complete the team's cumulative score of 302. Ava Choi '25 shot 88 to round out another impressive team performance.
Congratulations to the Rams and veteran head coach Jim Howard!
STATE PREP GOLF PHOTO GALLERY
STUDENTS SHARE GENETICS PRESENTATIONS
Upper School science students addressed the fields of genetics and molecular biology in a series of informative presentations in the Oakwood Room on May 20. Dr. Susan Zusman, who guided the students in their research, provided a brief welcome and introduction to the program, which was attended by students, parents, faculty and administrators.
Students worked on an independent genetic research project using drosophila melanogaster (fruit flies) in collaboration with an active researcher at a university, research institute or biotech company. Seven students shared their research and findings last week:
Shankari Theivanayagam '22 – Creating Drosophila Strains for Live Imaging of Protein Interactions; Zachary Brzosko '22 – Investigation of the human mekY130C mutation in Drosophila heartbeat function; Anting Luo '23 – Investigation of the human mekE203K mutation in Drosophila heartbeat function; Ananya Murlidharan '22 – Investigation of Genetic Interactions in the Hedgehog Signaling Pathway; Shiv Tickoo '22 – The role of the chromosome bows (chb) gene in Drosophila tracheal development; Naischa Puri '23 – The role of the twinstar (tsr) gene in Drosophila tracheal development; Phyllis Liu '23 – The role of the mini spindles (msps) gene in Drosophila tracheal development.
Read full story here
RESEARCH PRESENTATION PHOTO GALLERY
AP HUMAN GEO STUDENTS EXPLORE CUISINE
AP Human Geography students in Mrs. Jean Castellano's class enjoyed an exciting immersion experience with the LivingCity Project which focused on the theme of how migration transforms cuisine. This year's project included a field trip to New York City chaperoned by Mrs. Castellano and Mrs. Nicole Nolan.
The students spent the day in the Lower East Side where they explored Chinatown, and ate at Nom Wah, a dim sum parlor serving the area since 1920. Next, the students explored Grand Street and interviewed local restaurant owners from Kossars, Pickle Guys, and Doughnut Plant. Their last stop was Katz's Delicatessen, where they had the opportunity to speak with the owner Jake Dell about the history of Jewish immigration and Jewish delicatessens in New York City.
In two 45-minute workshops, one fieldwork experience, and a shared family food migration meal, the students learned culinary history, migration and immigration history, and place-based narratives. They explored local cuisines in New Jersey and the Lower East Side of NYC, shared family stories, and designed a meal and cookbook based on what they uncover.
Read full story here
AP HUMAN GEO FOOD PHOTO GALLERY
LS STUDENTS ENTERTAIN AT CONCERT
Students in Grades 2-5 provided a wonderful hour of entertainment at the Lower School Spring Concert on May 19. The show began with the fourth and fifth grade band playing together and then by section to display their progress as new musicians.
The second and third graders sand three songs, highlighted by the multi-lingual Sing/Canta Una Cancion, which was performed in memory of Emilio Delgado, who was the first to sing it during his 40-plus year tenure on Sesame Street. The fourth and fifth graders followed with four selections, including The Dream Keepers based on text from Langston Hughes.
After the fifth graders performed Count on Me with eight students providing accompaniment on ukulele, all students joined for the Combined Finale – Try Everything. Congratulations to the students and their teachers – Shannon Sari, Matt Bergman and Rick Fontaine.
LS SPRING CONCERT PHOTO GALLERY
CREATIVITY SHINES AT LS ART SHOW
Students in PreK(3) through Grade 5 were beaming with pride showing off their fine artwork during last week's Lower School Art Show.
Families and friends roamed the Lower School hallways and Lower Snowdon to peruse the various works and enjoyed the opportunity to celebrate visual art with their children, who were expertly guided by Lower School art instructor Sara McDermott.
Each grade level had two artworks featured, and many fifth graders had three pieces on display. PreK clay bird nests, JK rocket ship collographs, as well as Kindergarten self-portrait paintings adorned the Lower School entrance. Accompanying these early childhood artworks were Piet Mondrion-inspired cherry blossom trees by first grade, as well as painted paper weavings and Van Gogh-inspired mixed-media sunflowers by second grade. Displayed throughout the library were mixed-media sea turtles using recycled material created by third grade, a printmaking project by fourth grade, and a superhero collage by fifth grade. Each project incorporated multiple art skills and was inspired by an artist exemplar and/or enduring theme.
LS ART SHOW PHOTO GALLERY
UPPER SCHOOL ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Karl Miran, Athletic Director, announced this week's Upper School Athlete of the Week. Congratulations to golfers Grace Lu '22, Jenelle Valera '22, Claire Lu '24, Sarah Shao '24, Ava Choi '25, Tanya Chowdary '24 and Annie Gu '23, tennis players Kunal Patel '22 and Rohan Batra '23, and track and field athletes Caleb Rothrock Steinfeld '25 and Emma Rothrock Steinfeld '25.
Going into last week's NJSIAA Tournament of Champions at Raritan Valley Country Club, every team was gunning to take down the Rams, favorites to repeat last year's championship, especially in light of their undefeated '22 campaign. If the W+H team was feeling pressure, it didn't show, as they won by 18 strokes.
Kunal and Rohan play first doubles on the boys' tennis team. Their 9-1 record during the regular season includes an impressive victory over Gill St. Bernard's, a Prep B tournament foe. They also handed Metuchen, a top team in the White Division, their first loss at first doubles. Their wins last week contributed to W+H maintaining an overall winning record.
Ninth grade siblings Caleb and Emma were motivated by competing in the GMC Freshman meet this past week, where they both achieved personal records. Caleb recorded his best shot put throw (19-0) and Emma hit her longest discus throw (48-3).
MIDDLE SCHOOL ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Karl Miran, Athletic Director, announced this week's Middle School Athlete of the Week at the full division meeting. Congratulations to tennis player Pratham Gandhi '26.
After coaching Pratham for two years, Coach Rita Bokert describes him as an athlete looking to always improve his game and contribute to his team. He will partner with any doubles partner assigned for a particular match with a positive attitude. Pratham is willing to practice with any of his teammates. He has won matches in singles and doubles and also shows exceptional sportsmanship. Coach Bokert is very proud of Pratham and happy to have had the opportunity to coach him.
THANKS FOR SUPPORTING DAY OF CARING
The Wardlaw+Hartridge School extends sincere thanks to its full community of parents, alumni, faculty, staff and friends who participated in our Day of Caring.
Generous donations to The W+H Fund will help the school continue to provide safe, dynamic and flexible educational programs. Your continued support, dedication and commitment to our community is so greatly appreciated and helped us surpass our Day of Caring goal:
Donors – 58
Amount Raised - $15,681
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
SCENES FROM THE W+H GOLF OUTING
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. We hope to see you there!
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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