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Dr. Ashvin Vijayakumar, brother-in-law of alumnus Mike Jesionka '16 and a population health expert and Center Medical Director for Oak Street Health in North Philadelphia, spoke to members of the Global Scholars Program, ninth graders interested in enrolling in the GSP, and Ms. Borzumato's classes on Tuesday afternoon. Dr. Ash is trained in internal medicine healthcare delivery leadership at Mount Sinai's School of Medicine in NYC. 
Wardlaw+Hartridge students, faculty and staff have continued making a difference by helping others during the COVID-19 crisis.  This week's list of community service stars includes: Alex Caiola '21 (pictured) – built and installed outdoor fitness equipment adjacent to the W+H Nature Trail as part of his Eagle Scout project
Austin Miller '20 made his college commitment official during a virtual signing ceremony on April 28. The all-time leading scorer in Wardlaw+Hartridge boys' soccer history is headed to Rochester Institute of Technology. "I'm really excited," Austin said. "I've been playing soccer my whole life and I'm going to do everything I can to have the best last four years of my career. The (RIT) campus is beautiful and I really connected with the coach and the team and I love the program I'm going to be in." The ceremony was held virtually via Zoom conference call and included Head of School Andy Webster, Athletic Director Karl Miran and head soccer coach Jason Montesinos,. Austin was joined at home by his parents, Fatima and Tim, and his sister, Aniston. Rudy Brandl '83, Director of Communications, conducted the interviews.
The W+H Upper School held its biennial STEM Careers Night in virtual fashion on April 23. Students benefitted from the expertise of presenters in a variety of interesting fields. Presenters included: Daniel Lack '08 – actuarial science, Ryan Oliveira, W+H Athletic Trainer – athletic training, Andrew Davis, husband of Lower School Head Silvia Davis – audio and video engineering, Anna Fabrikant – chemistry research and development, Ali Naqvi '13 – cybersecurity, Lola Altidor – financial crimes law enforcement, James Nissenbaum '09 – software engineering, David Young – software engineering, Sachina Lyons-Brown '89 – veterinary medicine.
As an extension of the World History curriculum, sixth graders were joined by Aliza Barnett (daughter of Middle School science teacher Mrs. Andrea Barnett) to hear about her experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the country of Lesotho. During Aliza's engaging presentation, students learned about the culture, cuisine, geography and climate of Lesotho, along with the country's public health efforts. It was a wonderful example of Wardlaw-Hartridge's mission of global education and interconnection, even in this time of social distancing.
Third-grade teacher Katherine Heiss, also the school's Green Team leader and Coordinator of Sustainability, issued a challenge to her students and invited others to participate in a virtual celebration of the 50thanniversary of Earth Day. Ms. Heiss wrote to the students: "We have spent many years being outside on Earth Day enjoying the world around us. Now we need to be inside taking care of ourselves and families while still appreciating our world."
Wardlaw+Hartridge students in all three divisions shared their talents in a virtual Spring Music Recital on April 19. The event was streamed on Vimeo and Facebook Live and has attracted more than 1,200 views across the two platforms. A balanced mix of Lower, Middle and Upper School students participated in the recital.
Nicole Nolan, Director of Global Scholars and Community Outreach, is encouraging W+H students to give back in a safe and impactful way during the COVID-19 crisis.  Several Upper School students have begun remotely tutoring students from refugee families in the Interfaith RISE program. This represents a safe continuation of a successful existing program. Some students, including Neil Shah '21 and Andrew Wolff '23, have begun to work with families they had not previously met. Others who have performed service work in their communities include:
Former NBA star Dikembe Mutombo spent an hour sharing his inspiring story with Upper School students virtually on April 21. Although Mutombo is widely known and respected for his 18-year professional basketball career that includes a Hall of Fame induction and many other accolades, he takes great pride in his success in philanthropy. The central theme in his discussion with the students was making a difference in the world. Silvia Davis, Lower School Head, introduced Mr. Mutombo and moderated the discussion along with Upper School students Kennedy Bugg '20, Pranay Arora '21, Rohan Nihalani '21 and Mekhai Huey '22. Mrs. Davis taught Mr. Mutombo's son in Kindergarten at Episcopal Academy (PA) in 2006 and has maintained a connection with his family. 
Andrea Barnett, Middle School science teacher and Science Department Co-Chair, challenged her sixth grade students to create stop motion animations of cell division. The students have worked mostly on their own to read and watch instructional videos about cell division including mitosis. Mrs. Barnett met with her students a few times over Zoom to share some in-person lessons. Through this assignment, she was hoping the students could show whether they understood the process.
Wardlaw+Hartridge received a school record six nominations from the Montclair State University's Theatre Night Foxy Awards in recognition of the performance of its original fall play The Tenants. Three W+H senior actors are among the nominees in a talented field that included 74 high school submissions.
The Wardlaw+Hartridge School began Phase III – the full transition to its Distance Learning Program – in all three divisions this week. Students and teachers continued to communicate and collaborate through a combination of live synchronous classes and asynchronous lessons across all subjects and courses. All three divisions also are providing opportunities for students to connect in virtual settings outside the classroom. Activities including Story Time in Lower School, grade level hangout sessions and divisional meetings in Middle School, morning meeting and advisory gatherings in Upper School and bi-weekly workouts for athletes are helping the students feel connected.
Susan Resnick, a mathematics consultant and writer specializing in Singapore Math practices and pedagogy, served as a guest teacher in the Lower School this week. Ms. Resnick held virtual class meetings with students and their teachers in PreK-Grade 5, using interactive and engaging age appropriate lessons throughout the week. Topics covered in the Lower School math lessons included adding with dice, subtraction, regrouping in subtraction, ratios, money and counting coins, comparing fractions, and mean, median, mode and range.
Sue Howard, Lower School Art Teacher, has been keeping her young students busy with innovative projects. She recently assigned an art activity entitled "Fanciful Animals with a little Zentangle." Mrs. Howard provided the students with a video demonstration, oral instructions and written directions using SeeSaw as the platform. Fourth grade student Shweta Saravanan '28 created the beautiful design pictured at left. 
The Wardlaw+Hartridge School completed Week 2 of its Distance Learning Program in all three divisions. Students and teachers continued to make progress and became more fluent in navigating the challenges of online education. Phase III of the program, the full transition to distance learning, will begin Wednesday, April 15. Students and teachers are connecting in virtual classrooms with a combination of synchronous live learning and asynchronous sessions.
Although there aren't baseballs flying into the outfield, tennis balls screaming over the net and golf balls landing on the green, W+H athletes are embracing their own form of Distance Learning. The W+H athletic department is providing resources, workouts and opportunities to connect during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ryan Oliveira, Athletic Trainer, is running bi-weekly workouts online and sharing videos with other training tips. Coaches hold weekly meetings in addition to sharing workouts that are helping the Rams stay sharp. Even if classes don't resume in May and there is no spring sports season, W+H students are benefiting from much-needed physical activity and bonding with their teammates.
First grade students met virtually with local author Corey Rosen Schwartz in a special class activity on Zoom this week. Ms. Rosen Schwartz read her book, Three Little Ninja Pigs, and discussed the story with the students and teachers Jen Molloy and Bethany Howell. Students asked questions including how an author gets ideas for stories and how long it takes to write a book. Ms. Rosen Schwartz stressed the need for persistence and told the students, "Don't give up." She emphasized the importance of brainstorming with classmates and friends to generate new ideas and make changes throughout the writing process. The author concluded the session by reading another one of her books, Mootilda's Bad Mood.
The Wardlaw+Hartridge School completed Week 2 of its Distance Learning Program in all three divisions. Students and teachers continued to make progress and became more fluent in navigating the challenges of online education. Phase III of the program, the full transition to distance learning, will begin Wednesday, April 15. Students and teachers are connecting in virtual classrooms with a combination of synchronous live learning and asynchronous sessions.
Although there aren't baseballs flying into the outfield, tennis balls screaming over the net and golf balls landing on the green, W+H athletes are embracing their own form of Distance Learning.  The W+H athletic department is providing resources, workouts and opportunities to connect during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ryan Oliveira, Athletic Trainer, is running bi-weekly workouts online and sharing videos with other training tips. Coaches hold weekly meetings in addition to sharing workouts that are helping the Rams stay sharp. Even if classes don't resume in May and there is no spring sports season, W+H students are benefiting from much-needed physical activity and bonding with their teammates.
Ms. Gale Goldman's Art classes recognized Art Appreciation Month with a discussion of a Rococo (1725-1730) painting by Venetian painter Giovanni Battista Tiepolo and wrote "I Am" poems in the voice of their chosen character within the painting, Queen Zenobia Addressing Her Soldiers. This painting is housed in our National Gallery in Washington D.C. It is monumental in size, over 12 feet wide and 8.5 feet tall.
First grade students met virtually with local author Corey Rosen Schwartz in a special class activity on Zoom this week. Ms. Rosen Schwartz read her book, Three Little Ninja Pigs, and discussed the story with the students and teachers Jen Molloy and Bethany Howell. Students asked questions including how an author gets ideas for stories and how long it takes to write a book. Ms. Rosen Schwartz stressed the need for persistence and told the students, "Don't give up." She emphasized the importance of brainstorming with classmates and friends to generate new ideas and make changes throughout the writing process. The author concluded the session by reading another one of her books, Mootilda's Bad Mood.
Wardlaw+Hartridge has made a smooth transition to Distance Learning in all three divisions. Phase I kicked off Monday, March 30 as students and teachers returned from an unusual two-week Spring Break. Students connected with teachers and advisors in virtual settings for two days before live, synchronous learning began in Phase II of the program. 
Eighth grade students enjoyed an abbreviated three-day trip to Washington D.C. prior to Spring Break. The students, chaperoned by Esther Faus, Noreen Jafri, Mike Romeo and Sharon Byrne, completed a busy itinerary to maximize their short stay in the nation's capital. The students completed many of the most important curricular and cultural components of the trip, including: a tour of Ford's Theater, where Abraham Lincoln was shot, and the Petersen House, where he died, a guided tour of the Capitol Building and Congressional offices a visit to the Supreme Court, an examination of historical documents and artifacts at Library of Congress, explorations at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History and at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, a guided tour of the Pentagon, visits to Lincoln, Jefferson, Martin Luther King memorials and International Spy Museum, and a docent-led "Struggle for Justice" tour of the National Portrait Gallery.
Third grade students wrote their own memoirs and presented them to classmates, parents, faculty and staff members during the week prior to Spring Break. 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. After making their presentations, the students enjoyed a celebration that ended with a snack.
Karl Miran, Athletic Director, announced that six Wardlaw+Hartridge athletes earned post-season recognition for outstanding achievement in their respective sports. Congratulations to swimmers Logan D'Amore '20, Giselle Lee '23 and Matt Faust '23 and basketball players Kennedy Bugg '20, Alvari Mhya '20 and Mehkai Huey '22.
Lower School students have been keeping busy reading and raising money during the first annual Read-a-Thon. The event was designed to help parents continue to foster their children's love of reading. Parents and students consulted various book lists to select their favorites and the readers began logging minutes as donations rolled in. More than 100 students participated in this year's event, which began on National Read Across America Day and has raised over $6,000.
One of the W+H Green Team's goals for this year was to promote the sustainability projects that are all around our school. SAGE Dining Services, under the guidance of Chef Anibal Rodriquez, is one area that supports this W+H mission statement.  The team decided the dining area should have that mission statement displayed. They presented the opportunity to create a poster to the Middle School and two teams of students stepped up. 
Dr. Bob Massa, an admission executive with 45 years of experience in higher education, made an informative and interactive presentation to juniors on March 6 in the Berry Performing Arts Center. A former colleague of Chris Teare, W+H Director of College Counseling, Dr. Massa began by sharing some reassuring data about the large number of colleges and universities with favorable admission numbers. However, he also pointed out that students will find it more challenging to gain admission to the most selective and competitive schools. Other topics addressed included the importance of character and non-academic factors in college admissions and the role of essays as a way for students to tell stories that reveal who they are and what they truly value.
On March 9, members of the 10th and 11th grade Global Scholars Program visited the United Nations in New York City.  Students were treated to a guided tour where they learned about the history of the UN, viewed the various assembly rooms and learned about the three pillars of the UN mission; peace and security, human rights and development.  Students also viewed exhibits on gender equality, prejudice and racism, violence against girls and women, a look back on Hiroshima and Nagasaki 75 years later. 
Gunhvir Singh '20 expressed excitement and gratitude during his NCAA signing ceremony in the Admission Conference Room last week. Joined by his parents, Sukhjeet Singh and Mandeep Kaur, soccer coaches and school administrators, Gunhvir officially announced his intent to study and play soccer at King's College in Wilkes Barre, PA. "I'd like to say thank you to everyone who supported me – coaches, family, administration, teachers," Gunhvir said. "I'm really excited. I always had a dream of playing college soccer at either Division 1, 2 or 3. Playing D 3 soccer at a good college where I'm going to get good academics, I'm really happy I can do both."
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