March 2013 newsletter
A newsletter for the families and friends of WCDS.
A Newsletter for the families and friends of Westchester Country Day School In This Issue... Headlines Upcoming Events Meet Your Wildcats Arts Update Athletics Update For the College Bound Healthful Hints WAPA Notes and News March 2013 Newsletter From the Head of School Our ongoing, national conversation about education reform has, of late, focused on improving our work in the so-called “STEM” fields as a means to improve our international competitiveness and economic strength. The acronym stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, and several key players on the national stage, including NASA, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and others, are leading efforts to improve teaching and learning in academic fields that fall under these headings. Make no mistake, this is important work, and I wanted to take time this month to share with you the variety of ways in which Westchester continues to be engaged in STEM education. As I hope you will see, ideas framed in the national debate as “new initiatives” or “reform” are, in the independent school world, often core elements of long-standing, traditional programs. In many ways, this is the case with STEM education at Westchester. Our long-standing Advanced Placement program offers Upper School students in the 10th through 12th grades the opportunity to study a wide variety of subjects at the college level. Each course culminates in a national exam in May, and students who earn passing marks or better on these tests (at least a “3” on a five-point scale) have the opportunity to earn college credit and/or advanced placement when they matriculate. Currently Westchester offers five AP courses in STEM fields: AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, AP Statistics, and AP Calculus AB. Depending on demand, we offer two additional courses in either a tutorial or independent study format: AP Calculus BC and AP Computer Science. Our students consistently outperform their counterparts in North Carolina and in the nation in performance on national AP exams; WCDS students have a five-year average pass rate on the AP exams in STEM fields - ten percentage points higher than other AP students in North Carolina and eight percentage points higher than students around the country. Lower School students, beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, began traveling to the Finch Center every other week for a hands-on science lab led by members of our Middle and Upper School science department. These lessons are built upon the science curriculum taught in the classroom and offer wonderful opportunities for our younger students to begin to learn laboratory skills and the scientific process in real-time. This fall, under the direction of Terry Andrews and Gwen Russell, students in our Upper School have the option to take the technology elective VEX robotics, a curriculum developed at the Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute. Students in the course designed, constructed, programmed, and remotely operated their own VEX robot and competed with each other to complete complex tasks on a variety of courses. This demands that students learn skills in design, construction, programming, problem-solving, and teamwork and apply them in an engaging and demanding competitive arena. I have shared with you in previous columns details about the Odyssey of the Mind program. This year we have two teams who are solving problems that involve basic engineering. A team of fourth graders will compete at the upcoming regional tournament in a problem entitled “Pet Project.” Fourteen Westchester Country Day School students competed against seven other teams from across the state at the regional level of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice High School Mock Trial Competition at the Mecklenburg Courthouse in Charlotte on February 9. Junior Lewis Miles (at left) won Best Witness in Round II, junior Catherine York (at right) won Best Witness in Round I, and senior Claire Councill (center) won Best Attorney in Round I. This was the second time Miles and York have won awards in their three years of participating at the regional competition. “The problem is to design, build, and run three vehicles that will deliver parts to an Assembly Area. The team will create a signal that lets the audience know which vehicle is about to travel and deliver a part. The parts will be assembled into a pet animal. Once assembly is completed, the animal will perform a trick. The theme of the presentation must include the delivery of the parts, the assembly, and the pet animal.” - From Odyssey of the Mind Long-Term Problem Synopses Each of the three vehicles must have a distinct propulsion system and make several successful runs of either eight or ten feet. One car is remotely controlled, one is powered by mousetraps, and the third is made of Legos. Our Middle School Odyssey team will compete in a problem named “Tumblewood.” “Teams will design and build a structure made of only balsa wood and glue that will balance and support as much weight as possible. Before weight placement begins, the team will present a commercial that includes the structure rolling down a ramp. The structure will be scored for how far it rolls and for how much weight it holds. The team will integrate the placement of the weights into the performance.” - From Odyssey of the Mind Long-Term Problem Synopses This team began its work in the fall by learning principles of basic engineering and design; their work since has been a long process of trial and error as they have designed, built, tested, and analyzed a series of structures in preparation for competition in a couple of weeks. I was very excited to learn last week that their most recent build held 125 pounds during a recent team practice. While these snapshots give you a sense of our work to build skills in STEM fields, we are always at work to build upon and improve our curricular and co-curricular programs. Currently, we are in conversation about offering an advanced mathematics track to students with high aptitude and achievement in math in the sixth or seventh grades; this will allow them one additional year of study in advanced mathematics during their high school career. We are also exploring the possibility of creating a competitive team in the Middle or Upper School in VEX Robotics that would meet year-round after school and travel to local and regional competitions. As you can see, WCDS students have ample opportunities to engage in STEM courses and activities over the course of their fourteen-year careers with us, and the long-term impact of these experiences is powerful indeed. In addition to technical and academic expertise, WCDS graduates know how to tackle complex problems, work collaboratively with others, and apply concepts and principles they have learned in class to real-world challenges. Cobb Atkinson Headlines Increase Your Odds With Our Raffle Special! Be sure to purchase your raffle tickets this month before they go up in price! Through March 31: 1 Ticket for $175 ($25 savings) 2 Tickets for $300 ($100 savings) 3 Tickets for $450 ($150 savings) The winner chooses between $15,000 towards WCDS tuition, $10,000 cash, or $12,000 towards college tuition. Click here to purchase yours today! Auction Items Needed! We are always looking for new, exciting items for the live and silent auctions. Can you donate: • • • • • • • A beach, mountain, or vacation home? Gift certificates - do you know or frequent a restaurant or hotel that would be willing to donate? A party – do you and 2-3 of your friends like to entertain? Children’s toys Electronics Home furnishings Jewelry This year’s event is planned for Saturday, May 4, beginning at 5:30 p.m., in the Finch Center for Academic and Athletic Excellence a.k.a. Westchester Downs. The Gala will have a Kentucky Derby theme, and we will be broadcasting the Derby live at the event. The evening includes live and silent auctions, dinner, dancing, and a wonderful opportunity to socialize with old friends and new... all for the benefit of our students. Money raised from the auction funds classroom enhancements, professional development opportunities for faculty, tuition assistance, and so much more. Please plan to join us at the event! We also need lots of help! If you would like to be a part of the planning, contact Susan Fagg in the Development Office. News from Middle School Many may think of February as the month of love, but our Middle School is proving it is a month spent loving learning! Some navigated this endeavor as an individual, as was the case for Samantha Mickey, while others chose a collaborative approach, as was the case for our mathematicians who travelled to the annual Mathcounts competition. Samantha Mickey (at right, at luncheon) wrote and presented a beautiful essay for the annual Daughters of the American Revolution luncheon. She was poised and won the admiration of all. Her essay focused on a hero, Peter Francisco, who should be remembered for his patriotism and courage. Mathcounts (left) is a competition that is sponsored by the National Society of Professional Engineers. Competitions are held at the school level, chapter level, state level, and then culminate at the national level. Students must qualify at each level to proceed to the next. Our chapter, the North Piedmont Chapter, is open to schools located in five counties: Alamance, Caswell, Guilford, Randolph, and Rockingham. There were 18 schools competing on February 9, 2013. Westchester’s team was comprised of Ryota Goto, Adam Chinnasami, Edward Lindner, and Govind Harish. Also competing as individuals were Luke Evans, Max Johns, Matthew Boggis, Aidan Lim, and Marcus Neacsu. Their fearless leader, Debby Noyes, led the charge! The team placed sixth, and Ryota Goto placed ninth individually and earned third place during the countdown round against 24 participants. We celebrated at Steak and Shake afterwards, which most students would agree was the best part of the day as they could truly apply mathematics for nourishment! These are just two examples of the creative learning endeavors occurring in our Middle School. We have all been struck by the arrow of curiosity! Senior Wins Girl Scout Gold Award Westchester Country Day School senior Lizzy Lawrence has received the Girl Scout Gold Award. She was recognized for her contribution to Girl Scouts of America at a special ceremony on February 10. She is the daughter of Joan and Joel Lawrence of High Point. The Girl Scout Gold Award is recognized as the highest achievement in girl scouting, requiring women in high school to engage in a seven-step project to solve a community problem. Lawrence has been a member of the Girl Scouts for 14 years. To obtain the Gold Award she dedicated over 100 hours to planning, organizing, and implementing a book drive and fairy-tale themed reading fair for K-5 students at Fair Grove Elementary School. The successful drive received more than 700 donations, allowing each student at the school to receive a book. Lawrence is a dedicated art student of WCDS. She is a member of the varsity volleyball, soccer, and track and field teams. She has participated in several of Westchester’s drama productions. Lawrence spends numerous hours volunteering in the community with the school and her youth group. Sixth Graders to Appear as Fox8 Weather Kids Sixth graders Anna Blackman, Kamran Chodri, and Rachel McClelland have been selected by WGHP FOX8 to appear on an upcoming segment of Van’s Weather Kids. Science teacher Christine Beale says, “I am confident that these students will represent Westchester well during their appearances on TV.” Their appearance on the segment will surely be the highlight of their weather unit in sixth grade science. The students have prepared for their appearance by having studied various weather conditions and weather forecasting. They have also collected and analyzed weather data on an adopted city of their choice. In addition, they have constructed homemade weather equipment including barometers and wind gauges. Given their knowledge on the topic and their experience in the field, Mrs. Beale predicts they will all be a hit! “I am most proud of these students for how they have fearlessly volunteered to be put in front of a live camera in front of thousands in the FOX8 viewing audience,” says Mrs. Beale. “I know their confidence will shine through as they deliver the weather forecast while acknowledging their WCDS family!” Anna’s segment was broadcast on February 28. Click here to view it. Be sure to tune in to Kamran on March 28, and Rachel on April 18. Students Represent WCDS at Human Relations Day Seventeen students will attend the High Point Student Human Relations Day on March 19 at Williams Memorial CME Church in High Point. The nationally acclaimed High Point Student Human Relations Commission (HPSHRC) was launched in the fall of 2004 and is comprised of a diverse array of public, private, and home schooled students from across greater High Point in grades 9-12. During the Human Relations Day students will: • • • • Discover each other and the social justice and human rights issues they face as world citizens. Deliberate with different voices and learn how active listening builds a stronger community. Determine how they can make extraordinary changes in their schools and communities. Learn human relations activities to stop bullying, bias, bigotry, prejudice, and racism from infecting their student body. WCDS participants are seniors Kristine Chukwuma, Oby Nwamu, Julie Tugwell, and Kimberly Watson; juniors Lewis Miles and Tracey Neza; sophomores Daniel Ayodele, Emily Bunch, Chelsea Eley, Kayla Kushner, Morgan Kushner, Savannah Lewis, Lea Rasenberger, and Kaitlyn Shapiro; and freshman Leila Abebe. Middle School Travel Abroad Opportunity The Middle School students will have the opportunity to travel with Christine Beale and Gwen Russell to Hawaii in June 2014. What a great destination filled with science and history for all Middle School students! Hawaii: The Island State We will be traveling to the Island State, home to archaeological sites, volcanic cones, lush marine life, and World War II memorials. You will discover Hawaii’s royal beginnings and Polynesian traditions on a comprehensive tour, perfect for history and science students. I am sure this will be a fabulous trip that our students will remember forever! The dates for this trip will be early-mid June 2014. Overview of a sample itinerary: Day1: Fly to Honolulu, HI Make a photo stop at the Nuuanu Pali Lookout Take a walking tour of Waikiki Day 2: Snorkeling at Waikiki Beach Take a guided tour of Honolulu including the Punch Bowl Cemetery, King Kamehameha statue and the State Capitol before enjoying free time at the International Marketplace Dinner will be a picnic-style dinner on the beach with great entertainment Day 3: Visit the USS Arizona Memorial, USS Bowfin, and the USS Missouri before enjoying free time in downtown Honolulu and a great evening on a dinner cruise Day 4; Visit the Dole Pineapple Plantation and the Polynesian Cultural Center where you will receive a Lei greeting and a Luau meal while enjoying the HA Breath of Life show Day 5; Hike Diamond Head before enjoying free time at Waikiki Beach Board an inter-island flight to Hilo on Hawaii’s Big Island, the largest of the inhabited Hawaiian islands where there will be a guided tour of Hilo and you will visit the Imiloa Astronomy Center Day 6: Visit Volcanoes National Park and travel to Kona Day 7: Travel to Kona with our first stop at Waipio Valley Lookout and enjoy free time at Kona Beach (departure time permitting) Depart for home Day 8: Arrive Home We will have two interest meetings for the Hawaii trip, PLEASE JOIN US at one of them!! March 6, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. in the library March 18, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. in the library Contact Heather Singer with questions or for more information! Upcoming Events Willy Wonka Kids Auditions Monday, March 4, 3:15 - 4:30 p.m., MS/US Music Room Show Information Audition Form PAWS Night Monday, March 4 Hawaii Trip Interest Meeting Wednesday, March 6, 6:30 p.m., library For rising 6th - 8th graders and their parents Teachers Professional Day Monday, March 11. No school for students. Big Cat/Lil’ Cat Golf Extravaganza Monday, March 11, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Emerywood Golf Course, 800 Country Club Drive in High Point. This fun, annual event is open to Wildcats in grades K-12 who know how to golf or not! Click here for complete details and registration information. Wildcat Fun Day WCDS is pleased to offer child care on Monday, March 11, 2013, from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., 1:00 - 5:00 p.m., or 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. If your student is not a golfer, join us for morning activities including a trip to Pump It Up and lunch. If your student is participating in the Golf Tournament, sign up for the afternoon session, and we’ll pick up from the club and bring him or her back to campus for afternoon activities including gym time, computer time, snack, and more. Click here to register now! Middle School Conferences Tuesday, March 12, 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. Meet Your Wildcats Name: Sterling Smith Title: Eighth Grade Literature and Language Arts, Tennis Coach Family: : Natalie (wife) Abe (6 yr old lab) What was your favorite subject in school? History What book are you reading? The Fifth Agreement by Don Miguel Ruiz Name of the last movie you watched: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Favorite Restaurant: Alex’s House Hawaii Trip Interest Meeting Tuesday, March 18, 6:30 p.m., library For rising 6th - 8th graders and their parents Dream Vacation: Backpacking in Alaska Lower School Talent Show Tuesday, March 19, 6:30 p.m., RIves Hall Something most people don’t know about you: I’ve broken 7 bones Spring Break April 1 - 5 Favorite thing about Westchester: Lunch! Arts Update from Ann Parks If you’ve done much reading on current trends in education (and read Mr. Atkinson’s message in this month’s newsletter!), the acronym STEM has certainly caught your eye. The focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is seen as a panacea for our current public educational shortfalls and economic malaise. We in the arts would like to change STEM to STEAM—the arts push us to find new and improved ways to solve 21st century problems. In her book, The Artistic Edge: 7 Skills Children Need to Succeed in an Increasingly Right Brain World, author Lisa Phillips uses her experience as an educator and business owner to explain the relevance of the arts in a world hyper-focused on math and science. In her blog ARTSblog, she lists several benefits to an arts-based education. I would like to add that the arts-based education must be high-quality - such as we have here at WCDS - one in which the arts teacher is trained to integrate multiple perspectives into a lesson. Teaching “across the curriculum” and “individualizing instruction” are current buzzwords that teachers in the arts have always incorporated into their teaching. Of the ten on Ms. Phillips lists, I’d like to share with you the big “C’s:” Creativity, Confidence, and Collaboration. Creativity – Being able to think on your feet, approach tasks from different perspectives, and think ‘outside of the box’ will distinguish your child from others. In an arts program, your child may be asked to recite a monologue in six different ways, create a painting that represents a memory, or compose a new rhythm to enhance a piece of music. If children have practice thinking creatively, they will be able to think creatively naturally now and in their future career. Confidence – The skills developed through theater not only train you how to convincingly deliver a message, but also build the confidence you need to take command of the stage. Theater training gives children practice stepping out of their comfort zone and allows them to make mistakes and learn from them in rehearsal. This process gives children the confidence to perform in front of large audiences. Collaboration – Most arts disciplines are collaborative in nature. Through the arts, children practice working together, sharing responsibility, and compromising with others to accomplish a common goal. When a child has a part to play in a music ensemble or a theater or dance production, he begins to understand that his contribution is necessary for the success of the group. Through these experiences children gain confidence and start to learn that their contributions have value even if they don’t have the biggest role. At Westchester, our students have many opportunities to practice these three skills. Whether it’s preparing for an Odyssey of the Mind competition, participating in a school play, or writing their own musical jingle, students at all levels are encouraged to seek new solutions, to be original in their thinking, and to strive for personal excellence. Creating an environment in which it is okay and even encouraged to do that which is difficult is what true education — in STEM and STEAM — is all about. Westchester has several events in March that will showcase our students’ creative spirit. The month starts with Steel Magnolias for our Upper School drama presentation. Six of our talented actors brought this bittersweet story of family and friendship to life. Our Lower and Middle School students in grades 3-8 will have an opportunity to try out March 4 at 3:15 for the next show, Willy Wonka Kids. Our Lower School Talent Show will take place March 19. This fun “variety show” will be sure to entertain everyone. Our students will also get to experience w o n d e r f u l professional actors in March as they welcome Shakespeare-toGo to campus. Grades 4 and 5 will visit the WinstonSalem Symphony. These culturally rich experiences certainly educate our students in true artistic excellence. Artwork by seniors Lizzy Lawrence ( a b o v e ) and Haleigh Breece (left). Athletics Update from Coach Schwartz The 2013 winter athletic season concluded last week after a very successful four months in the water and on the courts! The NCISAA 2A State Swim Meet was held at the newly designed Greensboro Aquatic Center, where our girls finished eighth, and our boys finished ninth. Senior Christian James won an individual state championship in the 500 freestyle. At the conference meet at Salem Academy, both our boys and girls teams finished third, with All-Conference honors going to Kess Hendrix, Jane Nunn, Sam Argo, Charlie Branson, Jacob Breece, Christian James, and Luca Lagemann. Congratulations to Coach Hawley for being named Conference Coach of the Year for Varsity Girls Swimming! On the hardwood, the Varsity Boys Basketball team made an incredible run to win the TAC Regular Season Conference Championship. During the conference championship game, the boys lost at the buzzer to the #2 seed Burlington Christian. They qualified for the state tournament where they lost to First Assembly in the quarterfinals in Charlotte. The Varsity Girls Basketball team finished off a very impressive basketball season and proved that it isn’t the quantity of players, but rather the heart of the player that matters. With only seven girls, the team had a great run this winter. Sadeeq Bello, Justice Cuthbertson, and Meghan Ingram were all named to the TAC All-Conference Basketball team. Senior Josh Burton was named TAC Conference Player of the Year, and made the NCISAA 2A All-State Team. Congratulations to Coach Nelson for being named Conference Coach of the Year. Congratulations go out to the Varsity Cheerleading squad as well for their great performance at the NCISAA Cheerleading Championship in Raleigh in early February. The Middle School teams also had tremendous seasons, and all of our younger Wildcat athletes performed at the highest level. The future of Wildcat Athletics sure does look promising! Spring sports practices are off to a great start, so please check the website for games and matches in the area, and come out and support the Cats! Westchester is very honored and excited to host the 2A NCISAA State Baseball Championships later this spring! Spring Teams and Coaches: Varsity Baseball – Joey Hammond, David Couch, Mo Blakeney, Jeff Wilson Varsity Girls Soccer – Rustin Thomas, Erin Hamilton, Rachael Collins, Courtney Spencer Varsity Golf – Adam Schwartz Varsity Boys Tennis – Sterling Smith Varsity Track- Tim Anderson, Lashawn Henighan, Jeb Burns (MS) JV Baseball – Mickey Williard MS Golf – Alex Lichorat Two BIG events to put on your calendar for the spring: March 11 – 9th Annual Big Cat / Lil’ Cat Golf Tournament at Emerywood Golf Course May 11 – 9th Annual “Hobey” W-Day 5K at Westchester For the College Bound Over the course of the last few weeks I have been talking to our Upper School students individually about their course selections for next year. A topic that often comes up, especially as I speak with rising juniors and seniors, is that of AP courses. Some students even ask how many of these college level classes they should take and which would “look the best.” My response to many students is that AP courses are not for everyone, and many Westchester students graduate and successfully go on to college without having taken a single AP class. Ours is a college-preparatory curriculum, meaning it is an academic program that is designed to equip our students for success at the college level. Our profile even states that all of our courses are taught at or above an honors level. I have sometimes found that parents, in particular, are confused by what is meant by the AP, or Advanced Placement, designation so I have compiled a list of facts as they relate to the AP program at Westchester. What are AP courses? • College level courses taught to exceptionally motivated and capable high school students for the purpose of gaining college credit • Courses with prescribed curricula developed by College Board • Courses with end-of-course standardized tests that will determine the student’s mastery of subject matter with scores of 1 – 5, with 5 being the highest How do colleges look at AP courses? • No college “requires” AP courses for admission. • Colleges expect students to take the most rigorous coursework in which they can be successful. • Colleges evaluate a student’s course selection in light of what their school offers, not in light of what other applicants have taken. • The more selective the college, the more likely that most of the students they admit will have taken AP courses. • Colleges expect to receive AP exam results from applicants, and in some instances these results are considered in the admissions process. • Course selection is just one of the criteria in the college admission process. Grades, the essay, SAT scores, letters of recommendation, and extra-curricular activities all enter into a college’s admissions decision. How do I know if my student is ready for AP? • AP students are independent, critical thinkers who can analyze and apply what they learn. They have made the intellectual shift from memorizing and regurgitating to understanding, applying, and making connections. • AP students will have achieved A’s in their previous subject area coursework. • AP students will have the confidence and recommendation of their teachers. • AP students will have achieved a minimum level of mastery on the SAT, PSAT, and/or ERB tests, depending on the AP course being considered. • Some students who are hard workers but not good test takers may still benefit from AP coursework even if they do not perform well on the AP exam. These students, however, can expect to be somewhat overwhelmed by the demands of AP but may go through the appeal process for further consideration. How many AP courses should my student take? • The answer to this question is a personal decision that should be made based on each student’s interests, aptitude, and overall priorities. • Students should seek a balance that stretches them but not to the point of burnout. • Rare students can handle as many as four AP courses during their senior year; top students may choose two or three AP courses; strong students wishing to stretch themselves and “test the AP waters” may choose to take one AP course their junior year and then expand to two AP courses during their senior year. • The workload with multiple AP’s will definitely affect a student’s extra-curricular choices, free time, and quite possibly family life. • At Westchester qualified sophomores may take no more than one AP course. Qualified juniors and seniors may consider up to three AP courses. Infrequent exceptions are granted to this maximum number through a petitioning process. What can my student expect from AP courses at WCDS? • Challenging and rigorous course assignments and expectations in keeping with the guidelines established by College Board • Up to double the workload of a regular high school course • Summer assignments • Classroom exercises that require students to grapple with concepts in order to gain understanding, analyze and interpret difficult information, and make connections and apply theories and concepts to practical situations • Students will be required to take the AP exam at the end of the year at a cost of $120 per exam. This fee covers the cost of the exam as well as the cost of texts and supplies. • Students will receive two extra quality points for each AP credit earned, with the letter grade posted on the student’s transcript reflecting these bonus quality points. Betty Flythe, College Placement Advisor Healthful Hints from the School Nurse The support of the Westchester community never ceases to amaze me. Our Health Fair was a huge success! There were so many people and organizations in the Finch Center it was like a beehive of activity. The vendors provided activities for our students that were informative and interactive. Organization representatives gave presentations and demonstrations on topics that addressed safety and health issues. A huge thank you is extended to the faculty and staff at Westchester who helped in numerous ways. A wonderful group of our parents assisted with Lower School supervision, while others hosted tables (Catherine Tanner-Harron, Amy Cecil, Trang Nguyen, Mary Niner, Kim Foster, Christine Johnson, and Amy O’Keeffe). Thanks also to our National Honor Society for helping with set-up and students from Mrs. Moye’s, Mrs. Knight’s, Ms. Cunningham’s, and Mr. Martin’s study halls who helped with the Lower School visits and exhibitor check in. Special thanks to the following organizations for their involvement: American Red Cross, Alcohol and Drug Services, Brain Injury Alliance, Amy Smith with Life Reach Wellness, Brenner’s Hospital, Center for Holistic Healing, Comforcare, Davidson County Asthma Coalition, Davidson County Health Department, Davidson County Sheriff, Deirdre Philpott Counseling, David Bodsford RN, Doctors Hearing Care, Guide Posts of Strength, Hasty Fire Department, High Point Police Department, High Point Regional Hospital, NC Highway Patrol, North Carolina Forestry Service, Piedmont Health Services, SADD, Tiger Rock Martial Arts, Drs. Salli Steward and Christine Clodfelter, High Point Fire Department VIP program, Nick Petro with the NOAA Raleigh, Whole Foods, and Wake Health. Thank you to the following physicians’ offices who supported the Health Fair: Dr. Zan Tyson (Carolina Cardiology), Dr. Bernard Chinnasami (Emerywood Oncology and Hematology), Cornerstone Neurology, Cornerstone Physical Therapy, Dr. Chaudhary, (Rejuvenation Med Spa), Dr. Christopher Anthony (Trisynergy), Dr. Diane Bundy, Dr. Stephanie Lindsay, Dr. Lee Bass Nunn, and Dr. Pamela Johnson-Darr. I also want to thank the students attending our Health Fair. I can’t tell you how many times that the vendors commented on the exemplary behavior of our students. I heard comments like “These are good kids,” or “These kids are fun to watch.” The best comment of the day… “The students here look like they actually like each other.” I am so very grateful to all members of our community and so proud of those who stepped forward to provide our students with a terrific health and safety event. Thanks again, Beth Kennedy, RN, Director of Health Services WAPA Notes and News Book Club The WAPA Book Club will meet Wednesday, March 6, at 8:00 a.m. in the library. The book for this month is The Innocent Spy by Laura Wilson. All are welcome, and we hope to see you there! Stay Connected to WCDS! Follow Us, â€œLikeâ€? Us, Watch Us! Use the links below: Westchester Country Day is a college preparatory school that seeks to educate each child toward moral, academic, artistic, and athletic excellence in a nurturing, family environment where students, teachers, and parents support one another. By respecting the student and honoring learning, Westchester aims to cultivate informed citizens who are ready for a rapidly changing world and to graduate students who view the pursuit and wise use of knowledge as a lifelong joy.