In honor of Women’s History Month (and today being International Women’s Day), Dr. Nancy Okail recently spoke to WIS Middle School students and faculty at their assembly. Dr. Okail focused her remarks on making positive change in the world, even when it feels incredibly difficult. She began her talk by saying, “I want to talk to you about breaking down these cliches we have: the idea of an oppressor vs. the oppressed, good vs. evil, that they are separate and not part of one system. I’m going to explain to you why this way of thinking is bad, and how we can change it.” 

Upper School science teacher Sabrina Hoong recently brought her Grade 11 Biology HL students to the Alan Reese Design Lab, where they "were building a fluid mosaic model of the cell membrane, and also adding substances being transported across the membrane via various means to the model."

Students in Middle School French teacher's Maguelone Esparcel's Grade 6 French class are preparing for "La Semaine de la Francophonie" (Francophone Heritage Month) in March. Mme Esparcel writes: "We have been working on French heritage in Louisiana and in New Orleans and hence, have been seeing the importance of Mardi Gras.

Yesterday, several Grade 6 students returned to the Primary School to talk to our Grade 5 students about the Primary Years Program (PYP) Exhibition, the capstone project of the PYP. Since they completed their Exhibition a little less than a year ago, these Grade 6 students were ready to talk about their experiences and give some advice to their younger peers. 

On February 15, our Grade 11 students held their TOK (Theory of Knowledge) Exhibition in the Black Box Theater. TOK is a required class in the IB Diploma Program and focuses on the question: "How do we know what we know?"

From Marcela Castillo, Preschool Spanish teacher: "Kindness Week at the end of January was an excellent opportunity to extend our exploration and inquiry into our current Unit of Inquiry, "Friendship, exclusion, and inclusion" (under the transdisciplinary theme "Who We Are"). Preschool Spanish students demonstrated in many ways what it means to be kind — how it looks and how it feels.