Upper School Student Voices—a student-leadership group that addresses topics related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice—explored activism in art in two Martin Luther King Jr. Day assemblies this month.
In written reflections that accompanied their artwork, each student explained their personal process for finding an issue drawn from their own experiences or the world around them, conceptualizing an artistic fix, and the materials and processes they utilized to create their final products.
Lower School art students have been hard at work with Ms. Trimarchi ("Ms. T") exploring various styles of art this school year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
While sports have looked different this school year, our Middle School athletes have been hard at work in remote group clinics and one-on-one remote training sessions with their coaches, completing workout challenges and learning fundamental skills in volleyball, tennis, and basketball.