Distance Learning 

At The Wardlaw + Hartridge School we prepare students to create and shape their own future, not merely to adapt. To us, it is a distinction that makes all the difference. When statewide restrictions were enacted to reduce the spread of COVID-19 it presented an opportunity for our entire community to create and shape a new way to learn. We did not just adapt our classroom plans to Zoom meetings. We actively planned lessons to take many forms with one overarching goal: to continue to connect with students and keep our community engaged in thinking and learning. 

Learning in  Action

Story Time with Mrs. Davis

Silvia Davis, Lower School Head, hosts live readings for Lower School students and families three times per week. Mrs. Davis popular story time included an entertaining selection of age appropriate books for lower students and their families. 








The W+H Parents' Association created Chalk the Walks as a community building initiative to encourage students to get outside, stay physically active and share positive messages with friends and neighbors during stay-at-home orders. Chalk the Walks is all about spreading joy, optimism and inspiration through the magical power of sidewalk chalk.  Write happy messages, spread some joy and have fun doing it!  





The social and emotional component of the educational experience during distance learning is important to W+H teachers. Upper School weekly themes, including Bring Your Pet to School, Fitness, Sports Team, Disney and Cooking, helped keep students engaged and feeling connected while also providing opportunities for new experiences. Students participate in class lunches, video game tournaments, virtual board games and Friday night Netflix parties. They welcomed celebrity class guests including Dikembe Mutombo, Martin Brodeur and Rob Resnick. Chef Anibal Rodriguez even ran a week of cooking class for students online.

Hope in a Time of COVID

by Dr. Bob Bowman, Assistant Head of School for Upper School

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Keeping the Arts Alive

Visual and performing arts are a big part of the W+H student experience. That continued with distance learning as students shared their artwork, musical talents and all of their accomplishments during several virtual arts events. The events not only drew the parents and students who in the past attended in person, but also family and friends who were able to share in the experience thanks to the new online format. 
Cookin' Caberet

Upper School students showcased their talents in the 11th annual Cookin’ Cabaret, which was held virtually in 2020. The 45-minute show featured 10 entertaining performances and received more than 500 comments on Facebook Live and 1,000 views across multiple platforms.

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Showcase showstoppers
In the absence of a traditional live Upper School Art Show, W+H students present a virtual showcase of their work. The display includes a variety of projects, including self-portraits such as the wonderful piece (pictured here) by Esha Nalla '22. Morphing projects, still life images and poems are also shared in this 12-minute video.

Community Comments 

Despite our distance The W+H School created a new learning environment that kept the community spirit alive.
Even though my children were learning from home, I think they felt more connected to their teachers as they took extra care to check in on them while create new and different lessons. 
-W+H Parent quote
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