Third Grade’s African Drumming Residency

Wakefield’s third graders participated in a spectacular global education enrichment program this week!

Alecia Cardell, a music educator, led them in athree-day West African drumming residency. They learned about West African music, which includes drumming, singing (call and response) and dance. They were introduced to African instruments – the kpanlogo drum, the axatse (shaker), and the gankogui (double bell). After three days of intensive immersion, the whole experiene culminated in a performance during the Lower School Assembly on Wednesday. 

Cardell was first introduced to African drumming when she attended a professional development workshop at Bryn Mawr School for Girls. She found a mentor, Lou Persic, and studied drumming with him for two consecutive summers. She mastered this particular drumming technique and developed a West African Drumming curriculum which she now teaches to third and fourth graders each winter.

Cardell is a music educator who graduated from Mansfield State College in New York with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. Upon graduating she began her teaching career in independent schools. Her 33 years of experience have been spent at Kentucky Country Day School, Bryn Mawr School for Girls and Flint Hill School.

News Round-Up for March 24

Wakefield third graders experience West African drumming residency

photoWakefield’s third graders are participating in a spectacular global education enrichment program this week! 

Alecia Cardell, a music educator, will be leading them in a three-day West African drumming residency. Cardell was first introduced to African drumming when she attended a professional development workshop at Bryn Mawr School for Girls. She found a mentor, Lou Persic, and studied drumming with him for two consecutive summers. She mastered this particular drumming technique and developed a West African Drumming curriculum which she now teaches to third and fourth graders each winter.

The third graders will learn about West African music, which includes drumming, singing (call and response) and dance. They will be introduced to African instruments – the kpanlogo drum, the axatse (shaker), and the gankogui (double bell). On the mornings of March 23, 24, and 25, the students will be immersed in a West African drumming experience! This experience will culminate in a drumming performance during Lower School Assembly on Wednesday, March 25, at 12:30 in the Lower School gym.

Wakefield Summer Camps 2015

Summer camp registration is now open! Visit wakefieldschool.org/camp for the catalogue and camp selection form.

If You Learned Here Update

If You Learned Here is a global collaboration and authoring project for students in Pre-K through 8th grade. Inspired by the book If You Lived Here: Houses of the World, this project engages students in a global dialogue about their learning communities. Wakefield School is participating. This is the third grade Week 1 video. 

Budget Director Speaks to AP Government students

Erin Kozanecki, the Director of Fauquier County Office of Management and Budget, spoke to AP Government students on Tuesday, March 24, during tutorial period. She talked about the county’s budget process and how the budget is created.

Wakefield’s Green Initiative Club

Wakefield’s Green Initiative Club co-founders went on a trip to a Waste Management facility in Maryland today to learn what happens to our recycling bins’ refuse after the bins leave our campus. They also learned what they can do to help our community become more aware of what and how to recycle.

If you are interested in helping with the Green Initiative Club, parents should contact ejunkala@wakefieldschool.org and students should see Dr. Pereira or Mrs. Atherton-Mellish.

Wakefield receives $50,000 grant for classroom redesign, teaching fellowship

WSMiddleSchoolWakefield School recently received a $50,000 grant to redesign four of its middle school classrooms for active learning and also to develop a Teaching Fellowship.

The proposal was titled “Active Learning and Teaching it Forward: Full Adoption at Wakefield School.”

Using research on adolescent learning styles, Wakefield School previously redesigned two middle school classrooms for a more active learning environment, funded by an earlier grant. These classrooms now feature whiteboard walls, node chairs, and standing desks. Redesign was partnered with faculty training in project-based and experiential learning and the creation of a designated innovation period in which these classroom tools and training play the main part.

The grant will fund redesign in the remaining four Middle School classrooms as well as establish a teaching internship program. Through the Teaching Fellowship program, Wakefield will recruit educators, train them in active learning and engagement techniques, partner them with a lead teacher and a mentor and allow them to teach a few sections while observing and learning from their lead teacher. In addition to the classroom redesign, this grant funds a one-year position designed to provide an educator with knowledge of and experience in active learning.

Wakefield School’s Middle School program is dedicated to providing a cutting-edge educational experience centered around active learning. Classroom learning is supplemented by an advisory program, experiential learning, sports, visual art, performing art, and theater.

News Round Up for March 16

Wakefield Equestrian Team Qualifies For Zone Finals

The Wakefield Equestrian team’s league, the IEA, is broken down into zones. Wakefield is in Zone 3, which includes Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Virginia. Zone 3 is one of the largest zones in IEA with more than 150 middle and upper school teams. Zone 3 is further broken into regions. There are 7 regions in Zone 3 and Wakefield is Region 3, as well as other local high schools Foxcroft, Madeira, and Middleburg Academy.

The team’s last regular season game was at Madeira in mid-February. By that time, riders Kendall Walsh and Casey Hinchman had qualified as individuals for regional finals. But, in order for the team to qualify, Wakefield needed a total of 20 team points from placings at regular season shows.

WESP pulled out a win at this last regular season game, providing enough points for our upper school team to compete at regionals!

In the regional finals, Casey Hinchman won one of her individual classes to proceed to Zone 3 finals, and Bobby Milligan and Talia Beavers had great team finishes for the upper school team to actually win the regional competition. Now the team is heading to Zone 3 finals at Garrison on March 28 and 29, both with Casey Hinchman as an individual and as a team!

Wakefield Students Win Regional Science Fair Accolades

Several Wakefield students attended the Fauquier County Science Fair on Saturday, March 14, after placing in Wakefield’s own schoolwide science fair.

Junior Division  (Middle School)

4th Place (Honorable Mention):  Chandler Brown, Clay Sailor & Bobby Guiney, Effect of Fertilizer and Foliar Spray on Plant Growth;  this team, along with the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place projects, is eligible to enter national level competition

Special Award: ASM Materials Education Foundation Award: Audrey Brown, Kristen Guiney & Katie Russell, Which Sunscreens Protect Skin from the Sun More?
Senior Division (Upper School)
3rd Place and qualifiying for all expense paid trip to compete at the state level competition at VMI: Jeongwon (Sam) Seo, Making an Affordable Computer for Countries which have GDP Under $15,000
Special Award: Yale Science & Engineering Association, Inc. Award: Jeongwon (Sam) Seo, Making an Affordable Computer for Countries which have GDP Under $15,000
Special Award: Virginia Dental Association Award, Anya Parks, The Effects of Biological Benefits on Human Physical Attraction

Wakefield Women In Leadership

The four Wakefield students who attended the InternationalGlobal Womens Summit in Washington, D.C., last week had an amazing experience listening to and networking with powerful women.

The students are pictured with Wafa Bani Mustafa, Member of the House of Representatives of Jordan.

Speaking at the Summit this year were: Fumbi Chima, Chief Information Officer, Walmart Asia; Jon Clifton, Managing Director, Gallup World Poll, Gallup; Joyce Banda, President of Malawi (2012-2014); Dr. Jorida Tabaku, Member of Parliament, Republic of Albania; Wafa Bani Mustafa, Member of the House of Representatives, Jordan; Amina Ali, Ambassador of the African Union to the United States; Erdenechimeg Luvsan, Member of Parliament, Mongolia; Selima Ahmad, Founder, Bangladesh Women’s Chamber of Commerce. Honored at the Summit were: Tarja Halonen, President of Finland (2000-2012); Oyun Sanjaasuren, Member of Parliament, Minister of Environment (2012-2014), Mongolia.

Stay tuned for news and pictures from Wakefield’s trip to India and an exciting grant announcement!

News Round Up for March 4

Middle School Robotics

Seventh graders Sean Miller and Michael Sparks recently competed in the2015 State Championship for the VEX IQ Challenge Highrise, a two-day robotics event that teams must qualify for by participating in a local or regional competition.

Twenty-three middle school teams from around the state competed to go on to the VEX IQ World Championships.

Wakefield group fundraises for Indian school, leaves for India/Nepal

A group of Wakefield students will be traveling to India during spring break. While there, they will be visiting Deepalaya School just outside of Delhi, a school that is home to the Father and Daughter Alliance — an enterprise supported by the Robert Duvall Children’s Fund. While still at school, senior Caitlin Wagner arranged a bake sale to raise funds for the school. The sale raised $215, but with additional donations from other sources, it have raised $760. This sum has been split between buying and shipping books directly to the Deepalaya School and a donation to the charity.

Wakefield Athletic Department pairs with George Mason

Wakefield’s Athletic Department will pair with Shane Caswell, director of George Mason’s graduate program in Sports Medicine, in his concussion research. This program is funded by US Lacrosse and provides impact monitoring technology for both our boys and girls teams.

The program involves placing sensors on Wakefield players (in the helmet for boys and behind the ear of the female players). The sensors collect data daily which is analyzed by students in the George Mason Sports Medicine program. Our players are monitored as well, and saliva swabs are taken from them on a regular basis. Finally, all practices and games for both teams are filmed. In the event one of our athletes suffers a concussion they are also monitored during their recovery.

George Mason medical researchers have developed particles that can programmed to attract certain enzymes in a persons blood stream. The hypothesis being tested is that, when a person is concussed, as a result of the injury and its subsequent healing there are minute traces of spinal fluid or other tissues in the blood and saliva of the injured person.

Wakefield students are going to benefit from being directly involved in the scientific process with firsthand observation of data collection, receiving additional attention from trained personnel during away games that are away, and building relationships with faculty from a neighboring university. Our coaches will be able to watch film and improve our players technique so they are playing more safely.

Wakefield School Participates In If You Learned Here

If You Learned Here is a global collaboration and authoring project for students in Pre-K through 8th grade. Inspired by the book If You Lived Here: Houses of the World, this project will engage students in a global dialogue about their learning communities. Each school will generate pages for an eBook that we will write and publish together. This project has three phases: 1) Explore & Share – Using FlipGrid and Padlet, each school participates in 4 weeks of video and image sharing around 4 focus questions. 2) Write & Publish – Each school uses Book Creator to make 2 pages for the global eBook. 3) Reflect & Celebrate! – Together, the schools and students share learning and celebrate the experience as authors, learners, and friends.

Women in Leadership Travels to International Global Womens Summit

Four Wakefield students (Rachel Tyeryar, Eryn Peters, Corryn Siegel and Kelsey Winick) will be attending the International Global Womens Summit in Washington, D. C. The student will be sitting at the co-hosts table as invited guests.

Speaking at the Summit this year are: Fumbi Chima, Chief Information Officer, Walmart Asia; Jon Clifton, Managing Director, Gallup World Poll, Gallup; Joyce Banda, President of Malawi (2012-2014); Dr. Jorida Tabaku, Member of Parliament, Republic of Albania; Wafa Bani Mustafa, Member of the House of Representatives, Jordan; Amina Ali, Ambassador of the African Union to the United States; Erdenechimeg Luvsan, Member of Parliament, Mongolia; Selima Ahmad, Founder, Bangladesh Women’s Chamber of Commerce. Honored at the Summit are: Tarja Halonen, President of Finland (2000-2012); Oyun Sanjaasuren, Member of Parliament, Minister of Environment (2012-2014), Mongolia.

Wakefield Owlstars Take Third

On Saturday, Feb. 28, the Middle School Battle of the Books team competed against 15 other schools in the Piedmont Open. More than 42 teams from 15 schools participated in this tournament. The competition consisted of a multiple choice test, 5 rounds of questions, and a “quotes” round. In addition to taking third, one of our players was recognized at the awards ceremony for earning the highest score on the multiple choice test out of any of the players from any of the schools. The OWLstars will continue to train and prepare for their final competition on April 25.

Australia Student Leadership Development Program Announced

Wakefield School students have been invited to participate in a student leadership development program this summer in Australia. St. Stephen’s College in Coomera, Australia, has invited up to 10 of our students to participate in their program dedicated to leadership and personal development in both large-and-small group settings. Much of the program will take place off campus in the nearby Bunya Mountains, with students living in chalets. They will select a series of electives (still to be determined by St. Stephen’s) around a host of topics dedicated to leadership development.

St. Stephen’s College is an Anglican high school that was founded in 1996 and is located in Queensland, near Brisbane and on Australia’s Gold Coast. Following the leadership program, students will spend a few days visiting St. Stephen’s College learning about Australian education and culture. The visit will include homestays with Australian families.

The program is open to current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. The program will run from July 13 to 20, with students departing on July 10 and returning on July 24. If you would like to learn more about this opportunity, please contact David Colónby March 19 for more information.  There will be an informational meeting for parents and students on Thursday, March 19, 6-7 p.m.

Harvard Model Congress Awards

Eleven students represented Wakefield School at the Harvard Model Congress in Boston and, building on their successes last year returned with four coveted Delegate Awards. Nearly 1,500 high school students attended this year’s Harvard Model Congress in Boston and only 133 individual awards are given out. The award recognition is not just for the performance while at the conference, it also reflects work prior to the  conference in the preparation of position papers, knowledge of the committee topics and research into the background of the “real world” delegate they are representing.

Anthony Del Rosso earned Outstanding Delegate SP Lobbyist Committee; Lani Wolf earned Outstanding Delegate Committee; Ben Weimer earned Outstanding Delegate SP Lobbyist Committee; and James Wroe earned Outstanding Delegate House Appropriations Committee.

Before the event all delegates completed position papers for their chosen committees. During the event bills were drafted and presented to both committees and the full House and Senate. Ben and James were successful in having their bill to remove the overlap between Medicaid and Medicare signed into law by the President. Lani presented a number of bills. Mary Clubb worked to resolve a crisis in east Europe. Anthony lobbied on behalf of defense companies.

Delegates were Alexandra Boarts, Mary Clubb, Maddie Dargis, Anthony Del Rosso, Janice Lee, Corryn Siegel, Sam Seo, Ben Weimer, Kelsey Winick, Leilani Wolf, and James Wroe. All the students are members of Wakefield’s Model UN club which meets weekly.

History Day Awards

Middle School Technology

1st: Gabriella Hanford and Brianna Handford, “VMI”

2nd: Michael Neff and Lorenzo Solari, “The Evolution of Technology”

Sixth Grade

1st: Chandler Brown, Jacolby Lacy and Robert Guiney, “The Tuskegee Airmen”

2nd: Clay Sailor and Sydney Butler, “Evolution of Medicine”

Seventh Grade

1st: Michael Sparks and Max Schaefer, “The Evolution of Military Aircraft”

2nd: Maura Thompson and Claire Thompson, “The Rise and Fall of the Berlin Wall”

Eighth Grade

1st: Daniel McLinden, “The Sandwich that Changed the World”

2nd: Audrey Brown, ‘A Case History Unical To Miniscule”

Ninth Grade

T-1st: Nora Ferrante, “Wilmington Remembered”

T-1st: Sadie Bushara, “The Beatles”

Tenth Grade

T-1st: Priya Tran, “The Impact of Technology on World War II”

T-1st: Andrew Sparks and Tim Boyer, “The Impact of Dynamite”

Research Paper

1st: Doria Gilburg, “Ray Kroc’s Revolution on the Fast-Food Industry and its Impact on American Society”

2nd: Jason Mabry, “Alexander Fleming’s Powerful Penicillin”

Outstanding Middle Project

Michael Sparks and Max Schaffer, “The Evolution of Military Aircraft”

Outstanding Upper School Project

Doria Gilberg, “Ray Kroc’s Revolution on the Fast-Food Industry and its Impact on American Society”

Science Fair Recognitions

Middle School

Zeena Joseph, Brianna Handford, Bobby Guiney, Clay Sailor, Chandler Brown, Kevin Dwelly, Ben Anderson, Sandro D’Agostino, Chris Gilchrist, Michael Neff, Max Schaefer, Lorenzo Solari, Rowan Fuchs, Garrett Campos, Laurie Swede, Allie Adrian, Chloe Osborn, Zachary Aykoff

Upper School
Murray Re, Nada Ismael, Sadie Bushara, Allegra Solari, Catherine Zontine, Charles McElroy, Mackie Rich, Sean Zhou, Eloise Colón, Amy Kim, Emma Pol, Henry Holtslander, Peter Ohrstrom, Matt Reid, Ethan Lewe, Isaiah Sharp, Tim Boyer, Sam Seo, Anya Parks, Libby Rensin, Jakob Zontine

Wakefield’s Lower School Completes African American Read-In

picstitch_(27)In the Lower School, we have just completed our African American Read-In!

The African American Read-In is sponsored by the National Council of English Teachers. Schools and communities all around the country participate. The goal is to read as many books written by African American Authors to as many people possible throughout the month of February.

Every Lower School class participated, reading a total of 27 books – a total of 452 participants. As our culminating event, Ms. Peachie Robinson read Precious and the Boo Hag by Patricia C. McKissack, a fun tale reminding all of us to “mind our Mamas.” Ms. Robinson was the guest reader at our assembly this month. It was a perfect ending to our focus on African American authors. The students at assembly then shared their favorite book of the month, and the message it represented.

Teagen represented First Grade. She enjoyed My Best Friend by Mary Ann Rodman, about a girl looking for acceptance by older girls, and finally realizing she could be herself and most comfortable with a girlfriend her own age.

Fourth and Fifth grades expanded on the dialog which began while celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr., and studied the poet Langston Hughes as their African American Read-In focus. This provided an anchor for discussion about equal rights, freedom, and compassion. A total of 15 poems were reviewed. Fourth Grade reflected on these ideas and values and wrote their own poems – two of which you can read here: poems_for_flash_2-27. Fifth Grade connected their study of Langston Hughes to a novel study of The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine. Here are their thoughts about what they learned from this piece of historical fiction.

 Looking for opportunities to instill a joy of reading in our students is a high priority for us in the Lower School. For the past two weeks, our English teachers have met to discuss our professional practice in the area of literacy. We want our students to learn about the world through books. This month was a perfect opportunity to do so.

We will be looking for more opportunities to celebrate reading, so stay tuned. In fact, Monday, March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’ birthday, as well as the day of the nationwide event, “Read Across America” – read more. There are a number of reading activities planned for Junior Kindergarten through First Grade during the week. Mr. Colon and I are excited to read our favorite Dr. Seuss book to the Kindergarten class.

–Dr. Margo Isabel, Head of Lower School

Wakefield senior James Wroe named NMSC Finalist

WroeWakefield School senior James Wroe has been named a Finalist in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program based on his results from the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test.

Wroe is one of only 15,000 students nationwide who have qualified as Finalists.

About 1.4 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2015 scholarship competition by taking the 2013 PSAT; finalists represent less than one percent of those high school seniors.

In February, some 15,000 Semifinalists are notified by mail at their home addresses that they have advanced to Finalist standing.

About 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth around $33 million will be awarded later in the spring.

James is the son of Gerard and Sandra Wroe of Ashburn.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955.

6th Annual Wakefield School Art Exhibit opens Feb. 26

6TH ANNUAL WAKEFIELD SCHOOL ART EXHIBIT

Thursday, February 26 from 5-7 p.m.

The exhibit is open to the entire Wakefield Community including students, parents, grandparents, and special friends. The Opening Reception is at 6 p.m. in the Arts and Music Building. The show will be on display until March 17th.

Come to the reception and stay for opening night of Oklahoma!

There is NO FEE to participate!

TIMELINE

Monday, February 16: Registration forms due

Monday, February 23 and Tuesday, February 24 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Art drop-off in Art & Music Building

Thursday February 26 at 5 pm: Show opens in the Art & Music Building

February 26 at 6 p.m.: Opening Reception

Friday February 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Exhibit open

Saturday, February 28 from noon to 1 p.m.:Exhibit open

Tuesday March 17: All art must be picked up by 4 p.m.

MEDIUMS ACCEPTED:

We will be accepting art pieces in any of the mediums listed below.

PAINTING – includes oils, watercolors, and acrylics

DRAWING

PRINT – includes lithographs, silk screens, monotypes, woodcuts, and intaglio methods

MIXED MEDIA – includes collages

COMPUTER GENERATED ART

PHOTOGRAPHY – color, B&W, and digital

ARTISAN CRAFTS/FUNCTIONAL ART – includes mosaics, fiber, basket weaving, wood, and quilting

3 DIMENSIONAL

GUIDELINES:

  • Art can be offered for sale. 30 percent of purchase price will go to Wakefield School to be used for the purchase of permanent art display equipment by the Wakefield Art Department.

  •   All 2D work must be framed and wired for hanging.  Only work properly prepared for hanging will be accepted! NO SAW TOOTH HOOKS OR TABLE TOP FRAMES PLEASE! Please call Ms. Duke or Mr. Genther if you have any questions about framing.

  •   Should size of frames and/or extremities of 3D work exceed 30”x40,” please make special arrangements for delivery and installation by contacting Art Department Chair Christine Mulligan or one of the Fine Arts faculty.

  •   All entries are to have one registration form per person. Please print and deliver or fax (540-253-5422) the completed form to the contacts below.

  •   Each piece of artwork must have one of the registration tags attached to the artwork.  Please use one of the two attached registration tags.

Contact Information:

All registration forms should be delivered to Mrs. Danielle Curtis, Ms. Teresa Duke, or Mr. Gary Genther.

Danielle Curtis – dcurtis@wakefieldschool.org

Gary Genther – ggenther@wakefieldschool.org

Teresa Duke – tduke@wakefieldschool.org

Chris Mulligan – cmulligan@wakefieldschool.org

6th Annual Wakefield School Art Exhibit

Registration Form

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Please attach these extra copies to the back of the artwork.  ALL work must be labeled.