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Wardlaw+Hartridge Upper and Middle School students showed their solidarity and support for the victims of the Parkland, Florida school shooting by participating in the National School Walkout on March 14. Students wore orange to symbolize solidarity and 17 Upper School students carried banners commemorating the victims of the tragedy. The students remained silent for more than 17 minutes, beginning with a march of Upper School students from the AP Room to the front driveway in front of the Lower School, where they were joined by teachers, administrators and Middle School students.
Our student filmmakers graced the red carpet in style before showcasing their wonderful productions in the fifth annual INDIE Film Festival at the Berry Performing Arts Center on Saturday, March 10. The afternoon included separate screenings for Middle School and Upper School films and receptions following each session. All filmmakers, actors, families and friends enjoyed the opportunity to walk the red carpet prior to the screenings.
The Class of 2022 is spending the week in Washington D.C. The eighth graders are visiting historical landmarks such as Mount Vernon, the Pentagon, Smithsonian Museums, Supreme Court, Library of Congress and Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials. The students are scheduled to return Friday at 5 p.m.
Stan DeLaurentiis '19 has been selected as one of the final contestants to participate in the 13th Chinese Bridge Speech Contests for U.S. High School Students on March 31 at the Confucius Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston. W+H presented Stan with a $100 scholarship award along with a certificate in recognition of this accomplishment. Stan is pictured with Ms. Hua Liu, Upper School Mandarin instructor.
On Wednesday, April 4, W+H will host Tracy K. Smith, the current U.S. Poet Laureate and Director of the Creative Writing Department at Princeton University. This is an event for all Upper School students and faculty. It will begin with Ms. Smith reading her work at 10:30 a.m. in the Berry Performing Arts. Center. A small group discussion will follow in the Center for Global Learning.
Members of the Middle School Math & Science Club participated in the NJ Regional Science Bowl at Princeton Physics Plasma Lab. Students Aarush Dharayan '22, Zain Zaidi '22, Andrew Bao '22, Kunal Patel '22, Shreya Dharayan '22, Shankari Theivanayagam '22, Amiteij Sappal '22, Annie Gu '23, Nicholas Parlavecchio '24 and Victoria Xu '24 were accompanied by teachers Andrea Barnett and Elizabeth Martin. The team split four rounds with a 2-2 record.
The Wardlaw+Hartridge Middle School chess team finished third in the recent Chess Tournament, which was organized by the NJ State Chess Federation and held at Brookdale College. Jack Silver '23 placed sixth and Hannah Malko '24 finished eighth. Teammates Nate Bravo '23 and Charlie Silver '24 also contributed to the team's success. All four players committed lots of time to participate in the tournament, which included about 100 competitors.
Third grade students wrote their own memoirs and recently presented them to classmates and parents. The students have been reading many books that modeled memoirs and began the study unit by writing a mini memoir. They took a moment in time selecting a topic they felt strongly about using lessons taught on similes, alliteration, quotation marks and expanding sentences.
First graders recently conducted an author study on Mo Willems. The students read his Pigeon books, Elephant and Piggie books and Knuffle Bunny. The children wrote their own versions of Elephant and Piggie and their own pigeon stories. They also read scripts and acted out the stories in Reader's Theater before enjoying some Piggie pancakes!
Congratulations to the cast and crew of Urinetown for a spectacular weekend run of performances in the first spring musical to be held in the new Berry Performing Arts Center. Leading players CJ Stueck '18, Kallie Schildge '20, Mayah Nissim '20, Thomas Borner du Cane '18, Hannah Yates '18 and Steven Bessette '18 were joined by a talented ensemble cast and dedicated crew of student technicians. The show was funny and entertaining to the several hundred patrons in attendance.