WMHS takes to the streets to celebrate National College Decision Day!
By WMHS College Counselor Jill O’Keefe
May 1 is a day marked on every high school senior’s calendar as the day they commit to the college of their choice. At WMHS we traditionally celebrate this milestone by gathering together at school to share some treats as we hear seniors share their college choice, advice to their younger classmates and their hopes and dreams. Despite our current stay-home restrictions, the high school teachers were reluctant to give up our annual celebration so we hit the streets to support our senior, Taylor’s, decision to attend Macalester College.
On May 1 the Secondary faculty and 14 of our high school families demonstrated the strength of the WMHS community as they paraded through Taylor’s neighborhood, safely remaining in their cars, while holding congratulatory signs high and cheering for Taylor as her neighbors watched and clapped. The highlight of the event was certainly the beautiful bagpipe serenade that accompanied our parade as our own Spanish teacher, Alexa Boss, paid tribute to Macalester College’s Scottish heritage with a glorious street-side performance.
We are so proud of Taylor’s achievements and are thrilled to announce that she will join Macalester College’s Class of 2024! Located in St. Paul, Minn., Macalester offers a traditional liberal arts education in the heart of the St. Paul urban center. With a strong international population and a commitment to diversity, Macalester will enable Taylor to experience a breadth of subject areas, perspectives and cultures, as well as those haunting bagpipes!
Save time to bid and enjoy the online Gala during May 12-16!
We are counting down until the online Gala starts next week, along with the exciting new addition of a livestream event on YouTube, Saturday, May 16, at 8 p.m., held in conjunction with our live auction closing. It will be hosted by Trustees Paige Armentrout, Karen Drapers and Olof Hellman. Everyone is invited to tune in and join the fun as we close out WMS’s first online auction!
WMS child care staff thrilled with face masks from Task Force
The WMS Task Force made 88 masks for the WMS faculty and staff. Shay Chapman dropped them off today, and in a photo above you can see our child care staff—Emily Schlieman, Dina Ahmed, Danielle Tretyak, Theresa Kirby and Kylie McElrath—modeling them. You can also see a 3D-printed orange ear saver, one of which was included with every mask. “Thank you to the WMS Task Team and the families of the child care staff for making masks to ensure that we are all covered and safe,” says Theresa Kirby, Auxiliary and Athletics Program Director.
The note with each face mask reads “With sincere gratitude from WMS Task Force 2020. Your washable face mask was handmade by our sewing brigade: Maria Arroyave, Sydney Blinkinsop, Bea Bock, Jessica Ng, Dorothy Chien, Shay Chapman, ear saver by Jason McSorley.”
Weekly Task Force update
By Shay Chapman, WMS Task Force 2020 Coordinator
It’s been another great week for the task force. We have delivered 88 fabric face masks and 3D-printed ear savers to the staff and teachers of the school—one for each person—to start the newly named Staff Appreciation Season (SAS).
Please be sure you’ve seen the email from your room parents about Staff Appreciation Season.
Projects in process: Cloth masks for Children’s Hospital, Staff Appreciation Season, Gratitude Greetings for King County Metro, Food Drive on May 17 and headband ear savers.
Support needed: Donations needed of durable goods, time and money. Help by contacting: WMSTaskForce2020@gmail.com and earn valuable volunteer hours while helping our community.
Please add your voice and hands to the projects currently in progress as we launch the next round of actions and tasks to support our WMS community and the larger community. Many hands make light work.
Geometry students create vector equilibrium spheres
As a geometry activity, the class made vector equilibrium (VE) spheres. These are made by folding four circles in a particular manner and connecting them with bobby pins. This VE sphere design is based on the mathematics and artwork of Bradford Hansen-Smith.
Upper El hosts a Zoom guest speaker who is out of this world
By Upper Elementary Program Director Liz Hoyer
Did you know the Hubble Space Telescope just celebrated its 30th birthday on April 24, 2020? Upper El’s Zoom guest speaker, Joe DePasquale, is a Science Visuals Developer for the Space Telescope Science Institute. Joe presented “Our Colorful Universe, Translating Cosmic Light.” This Zoom talk solidified topics of astronomy that Upper El students learned about earlier this school year, and new concepts were explored as well. Some topics discussed were the electromagnetic spectrum and the basics of how the Hubble Space Telescope works. Joe also shared how he processes raw images from Hubble into images like the one in the gallery below!
An Upper El Teacher shared after the talk, “I was really impressed. What a cool combination of science, art and wonder for the universe!” Both teachers and students definitely experienced some mind-blowing moments throughout this talk and it was also, “Wear a Hat Day!” If you’d like to learn more about what Joe DePasquale shared with Upper Elementary students, please read Joe’s blog Illuminated Universe.
Math and poetry from Lower Elementary students
Lower El students have been writing poems, which you can see in the photo gallery below: a Hawthorn student created a Found Poem, and Magnolia students wrote acrostic poetry for essential workers.
“We had a lesson about what essential workers are,” says Magnolia teacher Alison Stern. “They are people who help us with our fundamental needs such as food, health, care and shelter. We talked about why we appreciate them so much.”
RESPECT is by Johnathan, age 9; GRATEFUL by Aadya, age 9; HELPING by Emmett, age 9; LOVE by Willow, age 7; CARING by Ava, age 7; HERO by Hunter, age 6; HOPE by Dorian, age 9; and HOPE by Sydney, age 8.
Also in the gallery, see how a Spruce student uses the bead board and Lego® pieces to practice division facts.
Middle School shares crazy hats
Zoom lessons were enlivened by crazy hats in the Ginkgo class on April 30. See a few of them below.
Toddlers are always busy
Students from both the Apricot and Fig classes were busy with a wide range of indoor and outdoor experiences this week. See what they were up to below:
Early Childhood students practice their cutting skills
This Maple student was intent on practicing her cutting skills this week, and realized that one of her works could be useful.