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Westridge Welcomes New Counselor and Dean of Lower and Middle School Student Voices

Westridge is excited to welcome Sheri Johnson as our new part-time counselor and Tamara (Tam) Shahar Jaffe '08 as dean of Lower and Middle School Student Voices! These are both new positions stemming from work in the school’s strategic plan to increase resources and programming in student wellness and equity and inclusion. 

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Students Engage in Cross-divisional Conversations About the Meaning of “Home” in The House on Mango Street Before Visit from the Author Sandra Cisneros

The annual All School Read took place on January 6, bringing Big and Little Sister groups together for cross-divisional conversations about the meaning of “home” as it is explored in the introduction to The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros.

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Author Sandra Cisneros Inspires Young Writers, Advocating for Activism from a Place of Love

World-renowned author Sandra Cisneros spoke to more than 300 members of the Westridge community on Wednesday evening, capping off All-School Read day when students across the grades discussed the introduction to Cisneros’s The House on Mango Street. Framed around the idea of writing as activism, the wide-ranging conversation began with a discussion of the author’s interest in working with young people and her thoughts on activism in writing.

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The Power of One Website

The 7th grade Power of One project moved online this year, and the result is a website teeming with inspirational stories of members of our local community exhibiting the enormous positive impact a single person can make in the lives of many. This annual project asks students to select and showcase the work of an “upstander,” someone in the local community who takes action to make positive social change in the face of injustice.  

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Upper School Chamber Orchestra Members Reflect on Virtual Semester, Chamber Projects, Holiday Concert, and More

As the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year draws to a close, members of our Upper School Chamber Orchestra reflected on their learning so far, the challenges faced and successes achieved while participating in a virtual orchestra, and their excitement for the upcoming holiday concert (airing on Westridge's YouTube channel Friday, December 18 at 6 pm). 

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