We Are Westridge

A community blog featuring Head of School Elizabeth J. McGregor, the Westridge Leadership Team, our esteemed faculty members and occasional special guests

How Parents Can Help a Struggling Middle Schooler

Insights from a Dean of Student Support

by Lower & Middle School Dean of Student Support Carol van Zalingen

Many parents can …

Posted by Samantha Chaffin in middle school, westridge thought leader, Empathy & Connection, from our faculty on Friday October 11, 2019
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Top 2 Tips from a Private School Admission Director

The first in a series of blogs from the Westridge Office of Admission

by Director of Admission & Enrollment Management Sarah Jallo

Posted by Samantha Chaffin in upper school, middle school, westridge thought leader, lower school, admission on Friday October 4, 2019
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Lessons from Crashing 7th Grade English

by Director of Marketing & Communications Kim Kerscher

 Seventh grade girls reading Animal Farm

I am reading Animal Farm for the first time and when I heard that the 7

Posted by Samantha Chaffin in middle school, reflections on Monday May 6, 2019
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Jim Holland, Ed.D., on the Perils of Perfectionism

 

(Image source: The New York Times)

At Westridge, we seek to nurture a sense of inner authority in our students as an antidote to …

2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Girls

 2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Girls

Running low on gift ideas for a girl in your life? Why not consider a gift that celebrates her interests, challenges her to think …

Posted by Samantha Chaffin in upper school, middle school, WPA, lower school on Wednesday December 5, 2018 at 05:11PM
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The Role of Self-Compassion on the Road from Anxiety to Motivation

by Head of School Elizabeth J. McGregor


(Image source: iStock in The New York Times)

At times I am concerned that the rapid rise of …

Holiday Gifts that Empower Girls

 

As parents and educators, we are constantly looking to increase opportunities for girls to become innovators, leaders, and …

Posted by Samantha Chaffin in upper school, middle school, lower school on Tuesday December 5, 2017 at 10:22AM
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Head of School Elizabeth J. McGregor on Her Recent "Magical Moment" at the 8th Grade American Studies Showcase

There are many beautiful, inspiring moments that one experiences as an educator, and then there are the magical moments when you see all …

Posted by in middle school, from the head of school on Friday February 17, 2017
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Girl Meets World Curriculum Takes Root in the Middle School

By Gigi Bizar, Middle School Cultural Studies Faculty

Last spring I was lucky to attend the Girl Meets World workshop, put on by the …

Posted by in middle school on Friday October 30, 2015
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Mrs. Tuck Sports a Backpack: Reflections on Teaching and Learning from a Day Shadowing Students


Two decades ago when I was a full-time teacher, my division director recommended I spend a day shadowing a student. My two major …
Posted by in middle school, reflections on Tuesday October 20, 2015
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