On Friday, October 1, after they finished their ERB tests, Grade 6 students took part in the first Grade 6 mentoring program, organized by the Middle School International Student Union (ISU).

Though this is her first year as a WIS faculty member, Tregaron Making and Design Initiatives Coordinator Kristen Kullberg has been working with members of the WIS community for over a decade. Ms. Kullberg comes to WIS after teaching at Sacred Heart School in Columbia Heights for the last fourteen years. 

At their assembly on September 22, Upper School students had the opportunity to hear from WIS alum Petrushka Bazin Larsen, Class of 2000, about her path to opening Sugar Hill Creamery with her husband in 2017. One of the first things she advised the students to do was to pay attention to their interests, and then follow where those interests lead them. 

We are so happy to welcome Carrie Zulanas to the Primary School as a new Assistant Principal! Although she has not been at WIS for very long, Ms. Z says, “I have never felt more welcomed by any environment. This is my fifth independent school, and it feels different here. It is a really strong community, and it feels as if new people are welcomed and immediately valued, which has been nice.”

Earlier this week, Grade 4 students embarked on their first Unit of Inquiry: 'How We Organize Ourselves'. They began the unit with an exciting provocation! Students were exposed to three different types of government: anarchy, dictatorship, and democracy. The students visited three classrooms, each representative of one type of government, and spent 15 minutes with the leader of each mini government. This experience was exciting and thought-provoking and the classes had a rich reflection afterwards.

During the first few days of school, students in Grade 6 and Grade 9 participated in special programming: the Grade 6 Bootcamp and the Grade 9 Success Program, respectively. The main purpose of these programs is to help students with the transitions into the Middle and Upper Schools.