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Tarriers Gather to Celebrate Milestone Homecoming

Tarriers Gather to Celebrate Milestone Homecoming

posted 10.27.2014

Tacoma, Wash. – Charles Wright Academy celebrated a milestone homecoming weekend beginning on Friday, Oct. 24, and continuing through Saturday, Oct. 25. In addition to the time-honored pep rallies, football game, and dance, members of CWA’s first-ever graduating class returned to campus for their 50th reunion.

CWA’s Tony Chursky Honored at Sounders' 40th Anniversary Celebration

CWA’s Tony Chursky Honored at Sounders' 40th Anniversary Celebration

posted 10.13.2014

Seattle, Wash. – Charles Wright Academy Upper School English teacher Tony Chursky was honored in a ceremony before the Seattle Sounders40th anniversary match against the Vancouver Whitecaps for being selected to the beloved soccer club’s All-North American Soccer League (NASL) Sounders Era team.

Sports Boosters Celebrate Second Annual Tarrier FanFest

Sports Boosters Celebrate Second Annual Tarrier FanFest

posted 10.6.2014

Tacoma, Wash. – More than 120 Tarrier parents took over the Charles Wright Upper School Phyllis Kriese Commons on Saturday, Oct. 4, to promote school spirit and raise funds for the Sports Boosters program during the second annual Tarrier FanFest.

Grenleys' Work Toward Fourth Washington State Tennis Title Featured on KING 5

Grenleys' Work Toward Fourth Washington State Tennis Title Featured on KING 5

posted 10.3.2014

Tacoma, Wash. – Charles Wright Academy seniors Teddy Grenley ’15 and Philip Grenley ’15 were featured in this week's KING 5 Prep Zone segment chronicling their journey to their potential fourth straight Washington state boys’ doubles tennis title.

CWA Welcomes International Student Delegates for Annual Global Teen Summit

CWA Welcomes International Student Delegates for Annual Global Teen Summit

posted 9.29.2014

Tacoma, Wash. – Charles Wright Academy on Monday entered a full week of programming for its seventh annual Global Teen Summit. The Upper School welcomed high school student and faculty delegates from China, Colombia, Poland, and the United Kingdom on Thursday, Sept. 25, and Friday, Sept. 26, and will engage in cultural, social justice, and philanthropic exchanges through Oct. 5.

2015 CWA Spirit Auction: Welcome to Bollywood!

2015 CWA Spirit Auction: Welcome to Bollywood!

posted 9.24.2014

Tacoma, Wash. – Charles Wright Academy’s Spirit Auction committee wishes to welcome Tarriers to Bollywood, inviting the community to let our spirit soar as we celebrate the largest fund-raiser of the year during the 2015 Spirit Auction.

Hundreds of Tarriers Celebrate at 2014 Headmaster’s Picnic

Hundreds of Tarriers Celebrate at 2014 Headmaster’s Picnic

posted 9.19.2014

Tacoma, Wash. ­– Charles Wright celebrated a long-running fall tradition on Friday, Sept. 19, inviting all enrolled families to campus for the annual Headmaster’s Picnic. Hundreds of people flooded the Lower School Commons, outdoor playgrounds, grassy lawns, Middle School Commons, and athletic fields for carnival games, inflatable jungle gyms, and plenty of food.

CWA Celebrates Grand Opening of New Upper School Science Laboratories

CWA Celebrates Grand Opening of New Upper School Science Laboratories

posted 9.11.2014

Tacoma, Wash. – Charles Wright Academy is pleased to announce the grand opening of its new state-of-the-art Upper School science labs after a $750,000 facilities overhaul was completed over the summer.

CWA 2014 Football Preview

CWA 2014 Football Preview

posted 8.22.2014

After coming off a winning 2013 season (6-2) and finishing second in the Nisqually League, the CWA football team is gearing up for another exciting fall. Below, 2012 National Football Foundation Coach of the Year Mike Finch shares a preview of what Tarrier fans can look forward to when the 2014 season begins on September 5 at home against Tenino High School.

JanSport President Steve Munn ’81 Applies Lessons from Outdoor Ed to An Adventurous Career

JanSport President Steve Munn ’81 Applies Lessons from Outdoor Ed to An Adventurous Career

posted 8.20.2014

Steve Munn ’81 knows a thing or two about adventure.

Having worked for companies such as Reebok, Pepsi, and Vans prior to becoming president of JanSport in 2007, he gravitates toward brands that promote active and adventurous lifestyles. “At the core of people that work for brands like Vans and JanSport is a passion for the products we make and what those products enable,” he says. “Of course, we still have to run a business and deal with the challenges that go with that—it’s just a lot more fun when it involves action and adventure.”

Senior Internships Serve As A Career Crash Course

Senior Internships Serve As A Career Crash Course

posted 8.19.2014

If one could take snapshots of a day in the life of seniors in late May every year, the photos would capture them not lingering on the senior stage in the Upper School commons, sequestered in the library cramming for that last final, or even tossing a Frisbee on the lawn but instead in boardrooms, dental clinics, restaurant kitchens, research labs, operating rooms, and other real-world classrooms throughout and beyond the Puget Sound region.

Tarriers Rounded Out the 2013-2014 Year with Successful Winter and Spring Sports Seasons

Tarriers Rounded Out the 2013-2014 Year with Successful Winter and Spring Sports Seasons

posted 8.18.2014

Charles Wright athletes displayed true Tarrier grit throughout the 2013-2014 academic year, with winter and spring competitors rounding out yet another fantastic string of sporting seasons. And when taking into consideration our athletic program’s B-sized status while playing in an A-sized classification, our athletes’ accomplishments are even more remarkable.

Transitions on the Board of Trustees

Transitions on the Board of Trustees

posted 8.18.2014

The Charles Wright Academy Board of Trustees exists to make decisions and take actions designed to ensure the viability of our school’s mission for the current students’ children. It is a self-perpetuating body, and this year the Board of Trustees bid farewell to two of its members. One is alumna Kit Herrod ’71 and the other is parent of alumni Laura Reynolds. In addition, the Board will welcome its newest Trustee, Barbara Gylland, this fall. The school depends on and is grateful for the commitment and dedication of every Board member, but we take this time to recognize our outgoing and incoming members.

R.J. Kern ’96 Has Taken the Road Less Traveled On the Way to Becoming A Professional Photographer

R.J. Kern ’96 Has Taken the Road Less Traveled On the Way to Becoming A Professional Photographer

posted 8.15.2014

Wedding photography might not be considered fine art by many, but R.J. Kern ’96 is turning that notion on its head. Since graduating from college in 2000, R.J. has won numerous awards and accolades for his wedding photos while crisscrossing the country to capture the special moments from a couple's most cherished day. While the journey to this point in his career hasn't been straightforward, it's been rooted in the foundation of discovery and creativity that was laid at Charles Wright Academy.

The First Female Tarriers Marked Another Milestone When They Graduated In 1971

The First Female Tarriers Marked Another Milestone When They Graduated In 1971

posted 8.13.2014

The gentlemen of the Class of 1964 certainly marked a major milestone as Charles Wright’s first graduating class. But the Class of 1971 also holds a special place in the annals of school history: It was the first graduating class of Tarriers that included female students.

First Class: Members of the Class of 1964 Reflect On Their Legacy

First Class: Members of the Class of 1964 Reflect On Their Legacy

posted 8.13.2014

Charles Wright Academy has been life-changing for many Tarriers, but perhaps even more so than for the Class of 1964. Our first graduates were a group of young men bound together by their shared experiences at a fledgling yet growing school and by the times they lived through—nuclear deterrence, the Cuban missile crisis, the assassination of President Kennedy, the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War, and the music of the ’60s.

CWA Historians Honor A Local Soldier Who Gave the Ultimate Sacrifice On D-Day

CWA Historians Honor A Local Soldier Who Gave the Ultimate Sacrifice On D-Day

posted 8.13.2014

There are some moments in world history that are so large in magnitude they forever alter our perception of language. “D-Day” is a standard military term used to describe the day an operation is set to begin, but for most Americans that term now almost exclusively refers to that day of days 70 years ago this summer—June 6, 1944—when more than 150,000 members of the Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, marking the beginning of the end of World War II. But with the Greatest Generation dwindling in number every year, we have fewer and fewer opportunities to learn first-hand from the men and women who were there about what their sacrifices truly mean.

Generations of Tarriers: Celebrating Alumni Parents Whose Children Are Also Tarriers

Generations of Tarriers: Celebrating Alumni Parents Whose Children Are Also Tarriers

posted 8.12.2014

Many traditions have been established in the 57 years since Charles Wright Academy first opened its doors in 1957: Tussock Moth Day, the Headmaster’s Picnic, C’DAT, and Founders’ Day are only a few. Perhaps the most intrinsic tradition of all, though, is the thread of family that is woven into the fabric of the school as second—and, in one case, third—generations of Tarriers become students and alumni.

Adult Volunteers at CWA Give of Time and Talent

Adult Volunteers at CWA Give of Time and Talent

posted 8.12.2014

Children aren’t the only ones who experience new-school jitters when they arrive on the Charles Wright Academy campus for the first day of classes. Parents and guardians, too, often must nervously navigate fresh waters, make friends, and acclimate to schedules and procedures. For the last several years, CWA staff have worked hard to develop a program—called the Green Connection—to provide the adult members of our community with tools to help them access campus resources, integrate with returning families, and enjoy bringing their families into the Tarrier community.

The Wonder Year: Eighth Grade Tarriers Learn Inside and Outside of the Classroom

The Wonder Year: Eighth Grade Tarriers Learn Inside and Outside of the Classroom

posted 8.11.2014

Every early spring, just as people emerge from the doldrums of winter, CBS begins its annual media blitz preparing America for a “tournament like no other”: the Masters. Similarly, every June, just as students emerge from the never-ending doldrums of school, Charles Wright begins its own preparations for a day like no other: eighth grade graduation.

History Is the Lens Through Which Fifth Graders Relate the Part to the Whole

History Is the Lens Through Which Fifth Graders Relate the Part to the Whole

posted 8.8.2014

Williamsburg!

The very mention of the name sends soon-to-be fifth graders into nervous giddiness, while former fifth graders recall fond memories with an air of confidence: "Been there, loved that."

A Vision for Science Update: New and Improved Upper School Science Labs Will Be Officially Unveiled In September

A Vision for Science Update: New and Improved Upper School Science Labs Will Be Officially Unveiled In September

posted 8.7.2014

Charles Wright Academy’s vision for science is brighter than ever—although this summer we are seeing developments unfold through protective eyewear. Construction on the Upper School science lab upgrades outlined in the third phase of our Vision for Science campaign began on June 9, the Monday after commencement.

Start-of-school forms for 2014-2015 are now available online

Start-of-school forms for 2014-2015 are now available online

posted 6.16.2014

We know it's hard to believe, but students will be lining up at their lockers, in the cafeteria, and in the hallways here at Charles Wright before we know it. In the meantime, 2014-2015 start-of-school forms for Charles Wright students in all divisions—Lower SchoolMiddle School, and Upper School—are now available online. Below are links to pages for each division that provide letters from the heads of school, required registration and consent forms, optional forms, and additional information. Please read, sign, and return all materials by August 1. Think of it as parent summer reading!

Charles Wright Food Services Contributes to Food Bank

Charles Wright Food Services Contributes to Food Bank

posted 6.11.2014

Lockers have been emptied, schoolwork sent home, and diplomas distributed. Similiarly, CWA food services is clearing their cupboards and literally wiping everything clean. They economize and freeze much of it for the coming year, but the perishables must go. As of this writing, the crew is en route to downtown Tacoma with fresh produce and more for the local food bank!

Thank you, kitchen crew, for a tasty year and for your comittment to community service!

Class of 2021 Celebrates Moving On to Middle School

Class of 2021 Celebrates Moving On to Middle School

posted 6.9.2014

Tacoma, Wash. – Charles Wright’s Class of 2021 celebrated the culmination of their Lower School education on Friday, June 6, with a fifth grade moving-on ceremony in the Donn Laughlin Theater in the Language and Performing Arts Center on campus.

The Class of 2014 Graduates from Charles Wright Academy

The Class of 2014 Graduates from Charles Wright Academy

posted 6.8.2014

Tacoma, Wash. – The Class of 2014 graduated from Charles Wright Academy on Saturday, June 7, in an outdoor commencement ceremony on the lawn between the Lower School and the Upper School on a warm and sunny evening. It marked the 50th anniversary since Charles Wright’s first commencement in 1964. Seventy-two seniors received their diplomas, each from a faculty member whom they personally requested to present the honor.

Inspirational Faculty Award 2014

Inspirational Faculty Award 2014

posted 6.7.2014

Each year the Parent Association solicits nominations from students, families, alumni, and faculty for an award to acknowledge the unique qualities of an individual teacher that inspire students to learn, families to cherish their child’s experience, alumni to reflect on their CWA days, and faculty to continue to strive to maintain their high standards both in and out of the classroom.

Charles Wright Academy Announces 2014 Commencement Ceremony

Charles Wright Academy Announces 2014 Commencement Ceremony

posted 6.7.2014

Tacoma, Wash. – Charles Wright Academy Headmaster Rob Camner will officiate the 2014 commencement ceremony at the Tacoma private school, located at 7723 Chambers Creek Road West, on Saturday, June 7.  The outdoor ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. on the Upper School lawn.

Class of 2018 Celebrates Eighth Grade Graduation

Class of 2018 Celebrates Eighth Grade Graduation

posted 6.6.2014

Tacoma, Wash. – The Charles Wright Class of 2018 celebrated eighth grade graduation on Thursday, June 5, in the Middle School Commons. Surrounded by family, friends, and faculty, 60 students commemorated their Middle School careers with song and dance, humorous recollections from the classroom and outdoor ed, and well wishes from Head of School Rob Camner, Middle School Head Rudy Ford, and incoming Eighth Grade Team Leader Rob Scotlan.

Jim Dale Receives 2014 Chris Steele Award

Jim Dale Receives 2014 Chris Steele Award

posted 6.2.2014

Chris Steele was a 1982 graduate of Charles Wright. As a student, he threw himself into what Charles Wright had to offer. He played soccer, took an active part in Donn Laughlin’s drama productions, both backstage and onstage, and was a talented art student. He had a particular love for the outdoors, and those who went on trips with Chris recall his passionate enthusiasm for hiking and climbing. After a long fight with cancer, Chris passed away in 2002. In his memory, his family and friends have established an award to honor a Charles Wright staff member who has made an outstanding contribution to the school and its students and faculty.

Miles Struxness Receives 2014 Lifetime Teaching Award

Miles Struxness Receives 2014 Lifetime Teaching Award

posted 6.2.2014

When art department chair Miles Struxness arrived at Charles Wright Academy in 1978, entire movements—neo-expressionism, metaphorical realism, digital multimedia, remodernism, maximalism—had yet to be firmly established in the art world. Such is the lively evolution of any field over the course of almost four decades, but one of Miles’s most admired traits is a quiet calmness that belies his passion for sharing the vibrant variety of artistic expressions with students. “I love seeing Miles surrounded by the youngest students during C’DAT and teaching them how to make pinch pots,” says Upper School art teacher Brian Hutcheson. “Miles does an amazing job of helping students learn by doing in the classroom—every student in his classes gets his or her hands dirty.”

CWA Senior Performs on "New Day" with Seattle JazzED Ensemble

CWA Senior Performs on "New Day" with Seattle JazzED Ensemble

posted 5.13.2014

Seattle, Wash. – Charles Wright Academy senior Isaac Roberts ’14 performed with fellow members of esteemed youth jazz ensemble Seattle JazzED on KING5’s New Day on Monday, May 12, and also appeared in an interview with renowned jazz musician Clarence Acox to discuss the success they have been able to accomplish with help from local performing arts organization ArtsFund.

Upper School Head Bill White Wins Award from Washington State Historical Society

Upper School Head Bill White Wins Award from Washington State Historical Society

posted 5.5.2014

Tacoma, Wash. ­– Head of Upper School Bill White was awarded the Jim Kiefert Administrator of the Year Award from the Washington State Historical Society at a ceremony in Bellevue on May 3.

CWA Celebrates Visual Arts at Fifth Annual C’DAT Festival

CWA Celebrates Visual Arts at Fifth Annual C’DAT Festival

posted 5.3.2014

Tacoma, Wash. – The Charles Wright Academy art department hosted the school’s fifth annual C’DAT Art Festival on Friday, May 2. Throughout the day, Upper School advanced art students led classmates from the Lower School and the Middle School in a variety of visual arts and crafts projects, including wire sculpture, monoprints, rubbings, button-making, ceramics, screenprinting, sidewalk chalk, outdoor installations, protraiture, and more.

Students of CWA Alumnus Join Mariners and Macklemore for Anti-Bullying PSA

Students of CWA Alumnus Join Mariners and Macklemore for Anti-Bullying PSA

posted 4.30.2014

Seattle, Wash. ­– Mariners. Macklemore. Middle schoolers. The three came together at Safeco Field in early April to film an anti-bullying public service announcement for the Major League Baseball team's #ChangeTheGame campaign that was released today. It was serendipitous for Charles Wright alumnus Zack Daniels ’98, who is a teacher at Bellevue’s Highland Middle School and has been working with his students in class on countering bullying and harassment.

Upper Schoolers Learn History Firsthand from General Howard Stone

Upper Schoolers Learn History Firsthand from General Howard Stone

posted 4.29.2014

Tacoma, Wash. – Students in Upper School teacher Susan Sparrow’s 20th century world history course hosted guest speaker General Howard Stone, who shared a first-hand account of his Army experiences abroad—focusing on the Iranian Revolution—in class on April 29.

CWA Ultimate Teams Finish Strong at Spring Reign

CWA Ultimate Teams Finish Strong at Spring Reign

posted 4.28.2014

Tacoma, Wash. – More than 70 Tarriers in Middle School and Upper School competed at the 17th annual Spring Reign Ultimate tournament at Skagit River Park in Burlington, Wash., during the weekend of April 26-27. All three teams made it to the semi-finals, with the Middle School varsity team finishing third out of 40 middle school teams and the Upper School team finishing fourth out of 40 high school teams.

Lower Schoolers Go the Distance at Jogathon 2014

Lower Schoolers Go the Distance at Jogathon 2014

posted 4.28.2014

Tacoma, Wash. – Charles Wright Lower Schoolers participated in a decades-long Tarrier tradition on Friday, April 25, when they took to the track around Haertl Field for Jogathon 2014.

CWA Partners with AWS for 11th Annual Wright Connection College Program

CWA Partners with AWS for 11th Annual Wright Connection College Program

posted 4.18.2014

Tacoma, Wash. – Charles Wright Academy teamed with Annie Wright Schools for the 11th annual Wright Connection college program, during parents and students from both schools had the opportunity to meet with deans of admissions from colleges and universities from across the country.

Charles Wright Celebrates Founders' Day

Charles Wright Celebrates Founders' Day

posted 4.18.2014

Tacoma, Wash. – The entire Charles Wright Academy community honored the school's history and mission during Founders' Day celebrations on Thursday, April 17. 

Charles Wright Academy Presents Short Film Highlighting Commitments

Charles Wright Academy Presents Short Film Highlighting Commitments

posted 4.14.2014

Tacoma, Wash. – Charles Wright Academy presents a short film highlighting the faculty Commitments to students in honor of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the first graduating class of Tarriers.

CWA faculty adopted the 11 Commitments in the fall of 2012, and as the second academic year after their implementation comes to a close, the school commissioned a video from Two Dogs Barking in the hopes of further engraining the Commitments into Tarrier hearts and minds. Featuring faculty members and administrators across all divisions and grade levels, the short film highlights our classrooms, buildings, athletic fields, and nature trails and showcases the ideals that influence CWA community culture. Watch the video and read all of the Charles Wright Commitments below.

Charles Wright Academy Senior Wins Prize in National C-SPAN Film Competition

Charles Wright Academy Senior Wins Prize in National C-SPAN Film Competition

posted 4.8.2014

Tacoma, Wash. – Charles Wright Academy senior Rory Reshovsky was named a third-place prizewinner in C-SPAN’s 2014 student film competition, StudentCam, and C-SPAN visited the Tacoma private school’s campus on Tuesday, April 8, to honor his achievement.

Inspirational Faculty Award

Inspirational Faculty Award

posted 4.6.2014

The CWA Parent Association annually honors a faculty member for his or her outstanding contribution to the Charles Wright community. This award is given to any member of the CWA faculty that has proven to be inspirational in their teaching techniques, shows dedication to their students, and demonstrates a passion for their field. Nominations are accepted each spring from any member of the CWA community. Please join us at Upper School Graduation on June 7, when the Parent Association announces the 2014 Inspirational Faculty Award winner.

Nominations are now closed.

Spirit Auction News: By The Numbers

Spirit Auction News: By The Numbers

posted 4.4.2014

When we began to plan the Spirit Auction last spring, we wanted to honor the work that members of the CWA community do to make a top-notch education a reality for our children. Along every step of the trail, we've been enthusiastically supported. THANK YOU to everyone who helped with provisions (aka auction items), sky hooks (aka sponsorship, advertisements, and cash donations), expedition bookings (aka reservations), and gear checks (aka decorations, setup, cleanup, and auction night help).

Eight Upper Schoolers Advance to National History Day State Competition

Eight Upper Schoolers Advance to National History Day State Competition

posted 4.2.2014

Tacoma, Wash. – Eight Charles Wright Upper Schoolers moved onto the state level of competition after finishing fourth or above in their respective categories at the regional level of National History Day.

CWA Middle Schoolers Celebrate Annual Experiential Education Tradition

CWA Middle Schoolers Celebrate Annual Experiential Education Tradition

posted 3.31.2014

Tacoma, Wash. – Last week, Middle School students attending Charles Wright Academy set aside their regular studies and embarked on Middle School Days. The annual event has been offered continuously for almost 40 years and continues to be one of the most popular experiences for both students and faculty today.  

Christopher Steele Award

Christopher Steele Award

posted 3.28.2014

The Christopher Steele Award was created in 2006 to recognize a deserving Charles Wright Academy staff person who consistently goes above and beyond his or her job to benefit the school and its students, faculty, and staff. A cash award of $1,000 accompanies this honor, which is to be used for professional development by the recipient.

Alumni Improv Group Delivers TEDxTacoma Talk on Community-Building

Alumni Improv Group Delivers TEDxTacoma Talk on Community-Building

posted 3.26.2014

Tacoma, Wash. – Alumni improv theater group Muh Grog Zoo delivered a TEDxTacoma talk on community-building at the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, and the video of their performance was made available today.

CWA Art Teacher Named STAR 101.5’s Elementary Teacher of the Week

CWA Art Teacher Named STAR 101.5’s Elementary Teacher of the Week

posted 3.24.2014

Tacoma, Wash. – Charles Wright Lower School art teacher Candy “Miz Candy” Anderson was named STAR 101.5’s Elementary Teacher of the Week on March 20, and a crew from KOMO News visited her classroom for a surprise award ceremony.

Upper School Science Students Attend LIGO Guest Lecture

Upper School Science Students Attend LIGO Guest Lecture

posted 3.18.2014

Tacoma, Wash. – Charles Wright Upper Schoolers attended a guest lecture on the detection and measurement of cosmic gravitational waves from Dale Ingram of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) on Friday, March 14—just days before researchers based at the South Pole announced a major breakthrough in the field.

Upper Schoolers Crowned Improv Comedy Champions at Seattle Tournament

Upper Schoolers Crowned Improv Comedy Champions at Seattle Tournament

posted 3.17.2014

Tacoma, Wash. – Charles Wright’s Challengers of the Improv-ssible—a comedy troupe of Upper Schoolers mentored by alumni and performing arts teacher John Forier—won first place at the 2014 Jet City Improv High School Seattle Open on Sunday, March 16.

Local Families Needed to Host International Students Attending Charles Wright

Local Families Needed to Host International Students Attending Charles Wright

posted 3.17.2014

Tacoma, Wash. -  If your family enjoys exploring new cultures and meeting new people, then you would be a great host family for an international student attending Charles Wright Academy for the upcoming academic school year. 
History Students Hear from Holocaust Survivors and Rescuers at PLU Conference

History Students Hear from Holocaust Survivors and Rescuers at PLU Conference

posted 3.15.2014

Tacoma, Wash. – Almost 20 Charles Wright Upper School history students listened to and met with world-renowned scholars at the seventh annual Powell-Heller Conference for Holocaust Education at Pacific Lutheran University on Friday, March 14.

CWA to Sponsor Hands On Children's Museum Spring Break Programming

CWA to Sponsor Hands On Children's Museum Spring Break Programming

posted 3.14.2014

Tacoma, Wash. – Charles Wright Academy is excited to announce its sponsorship of 2014 Spring Break programming at Olympia’s Hands On Children’s Museum from March 31 through April 19—encompassing breaks for Pierce, Thurston, and King counties.

Martlet Press Artwork Included in Wayzgoose Exhibit at PLU

Martlet Press Artwork Included in Wayzgoose Exhibit at PLU

posted 3.13.2014

Tacoma, Wash. ­– Charles Wright’s own Martlet Press is featured at Pacific Lutheran University’s “The Art of Wayzgoose” exhibit, which opened yesterday and runs through April 9.

Exchange Program with Japanese School Endures for More than 20 Years

Exchange Program with Japanese School Endures for More than 20 Years

posted 3.11.2014

Tacoma, Wash.  – For more than 20 years, Tacoma school Charles Wright Academy has been part of a cultural exchange program for students with Mukogawa University High School in Japan. The Japanese students arrived just this week and will spend the remainder of March living with host families and attending classes at the private school. Another group of Mukogawa students will arrive this summer for intensive language classes. In turn, Charles Wright students travel to Japan during Winterim, the school’s signature experiential learning program.

Spirit Auction News for Winning Bidders

Spirit Auction News for Winning Bidders

posted 3.10.2014

Thank you for making the 2014 Spirit Auction a fabulous night!
Spirit Auction News for Current Families

Spirit Auction News for Current Families

posted 3.6.2014

The 2014 Spirit Auction is finally here, and now is the time to start the celebration!

Science Saturday Draws Big Crowds for Fun Day of Learning

Science Saturday Draws Big Crowds for Fun Day of Learning

posted 3.3.2014

Tacoma, Wash. - About 120 students from across the South Puget Sound region gathered at Charles Wright Academy on Saturday, March 1, to conduct kid-friendly scientific experiments from building and launching rockets to digging for minerals.

Spirit Auction News: PEAK-ing Your Interest

Spirit Auction News: PEAK-ing Your Interest

posted 3.3.2014

Register your phone by texting "cwa" to 68494 to start mobile bidding in the silent auction! Unsure how to bid? You will receive easy automated instructions. Want to learn more? Visit the CWA Facebook page and look for Auction Genius Tips!

CWA Digital Citizenship Curriculum Highlighted on KIRO Radio

CWA Digital Citizenship Curriculum Highlighted on KIRO Radio

posted 2.27.2014

Tacoma, Wash. – Charles Wright Technology Coordinator Holly Gerla and two freshmen in her Upper School digital citizenship class were invited to speak about the curriculum on the February 26 episode of the Jason Rantz show on KIRO Radio.

Charles Wright to Host Steve & Kate’s Camp for Third Year This Summer

Charles Wright to Host Steve & Kate’s Camp for Third Year This Summer

posted 2.26.2014

Tacoma, Wash.– Charles Wright Academy is excited to announce that it will be home to Steve & Kate’s Camp for the third year this summer.

An informal information session with the camp’s Tacoma Community Director Laurel Jacobs will be held on Thursday, February 27, at Forza Coffee at 2700 Bridgeport Way West in University Place from 9 to 11 a.m. Feel free to stop by to ask questions about the coolest summer camp in Tacoma!

Spirit Auction News: Mobile Bidding Begins

Spirit Auction News: Mobile Bidding Begins

posted 2.25.2014

You can view every item on your computer, tablet or smart phone, and you can bid right away!  Register your phone by texting cwa to 68494 (registrants must be age 18 or older and agree to the GiveSmart Terms and Conditions of Use), and start dreaming big. Buy the limited edition "instant buys," or keep track of your favorite items by adding them to your watch list.

Studio Arts Students Contribute to Spirit Auction

Studio Arts Students Contribute to Spirit Auction

posted 2.24.2014

This year, the Studio Arts class, under the guidance of Brian Hutcheson, embraced the 2014 Spirt Auction theme, Moving Mountains. Their culminating works can be viewed online and bid upon in the silent auction by texting "cwa" to 68494 (browse the "Only at CWA" category). The students' works will be displayed on auction night.

Here are interviews with the artists:

Charles Wright Students Leave Classroom to Attend "School of Life" During Winterim

Charles Wright Students Leave Classroom to Attend "School of Life" During Winterim

posted 2.21.2014

Tacoma, Wash. – For many high school students, mid-February typically offers a break from studies for the Presidents Day holiday or a mid-winter break.

However, while they may not be in class—or even in the state—students attending Charles Wright Academy are definitely still learning. For more than 30 years, the college preparatory school has used this time to give enrolled students an opportunity to explore themes and activities outside the established curriculum. While experiential learning is a hallmark of the school’s teaching style, Winterim takes it a step further by leaving the classroom environment entirely.

Bleed Green: Charles Wright Student-Athletes Succeed On and Off the Field

Bleed Green: Charles Wright Student-Athletes Succeed On and Off the Field

posted 2.21.2014

A decade ago, a CWA student who played select soccer for a premier team came into my office and said, “Attending Charles Wright and playing select soccer is like climbing a mountain. No matter how far you have climbed, there is still a trail in front of you.”

Spirit Auction News

Spirit Auction News

posted 2.20.2014

Your Spirit Auction registration could be your ticket to the Emmys, but only if you register to attend on auction night! Here's a preview of one of our many fabulous Live Auction items:

How to Succeed in Rocket Science: Alumna Takes Her Passion for Science to New Heights

How to Succeed in Rocket Science: Alumna Takes Her Passion for Science to New Heights

posted 2.17.2014

I have enjoyed science since I was very young, although I will be the first to say that it never came easily. That didn’t matter. I noticed that even though I was better at other classes, science interested me the most, and when I did do well it was extremely rewarding. My favorite class at CWA was Mr. Bierman’s chemistry class—and no, I didn’t get an A. When I arrived at the University of Arizona for college, I had no clue what classes to take. But I was up for a challenge and signed up for chemistry, which was one of my best decisions to this day.

A Watershed Year: Third Graders Learn Inside and Outside the Classroom

A Watershed Year: Third Graders Learn Inside and Outside the Classroom

posted 2.14.2014

Lower Schoolers know that third grade is the Year of the Field Trip. Over the course of the entire academic year, we lead our students on 11 adventures in the great outdoors, wending our way through the Nisqually River Watershed as part of our integrated social studies and homeroom science curriculum that extends beyond the classroom and into the larger world.

Spirit Auction News

Spirit Auction News

posted 2.12.2014

Your Spirit Auction registration could mean you're taking home NFL history, but only if you register to attend on auction night! Here's a preview of one of our many fabulous Live Auction items:

Columbia Bank Sponsors Auction for 10th Year

Columbia Bank Sponsors Auction for 10th Year

posted 2.10.2014

Tacoma, Wash. – Charles Wright Academy is pleased to welcome returning sponsor Columbia Bank to the 2014 Spirit Auction. This will be Columbia's 10th year as a presenting sponsor of the Spirit Auction.

CWA Upper School Presents "Once Upon A Mattress"

CWA Upper School Presents "Once Upon A Mattress"

posted 2.5.2014

Tacoma, Wash. – The Charles Wright Upper School Performing Arts Department presents “Once Upon A Mattress,” the late-1950s Mary Rodgers adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Princess and the Pea” that has appeared on Broadway and toured the globe, as the winter 2014 play.

CWA Upper Schooler to Be 2014 Tacoma News Tribune Essayist

CWA Upper Schooler to Be 2014 Tacoma News Tribune Essayist

posted 2.3.2014

Tacoma, Wash. ­– Charles Wright Upper Schooler Emily Ge ’15 has been selected by the Tacoma News Tribune­ to serve as one of five 2014 essayists for reader columns that appear in the newspaper’s opinion-editorial pages.

Spirit Auction News

Spirit Auction News

posted 1.29.2014

Tacoma, Wash.--Charles Wright Academy is pleased to announce that Jesse Jones will be the master of ceremonies and Dan Schorno will be the auctioneer at the 2014 Spirit Auction.

Charles Wright Junior Selected to Participate in Prestigious WWII History Program

Charles Wright Junior Selected to Participate in Prestigious WWII History Program

posted 1.10.2014

Tacoma, Wash. – Charles Wright Upper School student Taylor Walsh ’15 was one of 15 students selected from an international applicant pool to participate in a prestigious and immersive months-long history program concentrating on the Normandy invasion during World War II.

Volunteer Opportunities: Admissions Outreach Events

Volunteer Opportunities: Admissions Outreach Events

posted 1.9.2014

This is the time of year that families begin to consider school options for their children for the fall. Your enthusiasm and willingness to talk about your Charles Wright experience continues to be the top reason that families inquire and apply!

Charles Wright Art Exhibit Featured in Tacoma News Tribune

Charles Wright Art Exhibit Featured in Tacoma News Tribune

posted 12.23.2013

Tacoma, Wash. - The closing ceremony for a Charles Wright Upper School interactive art exhibit, "The Wall," was featured on the front page of the Tacoma News Tribune on Saturday, Dec. 21. Teacher Brian Hutcheson told the paper, “I was inspired by the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, where people come and stuff prayers into the cracks of the wall." Learn more about the inspiration behind the exhibit on Mr. Hutcheson's blog, Hutchwork. A short video of the installation can be seen below.

Tarrier Basketball Featured in Tacoma News Tribune

Tarrier Basketball Featured in Tacoma News Tribune

posted 12.20.2013

Tacoma, Wash. – Charles Wright boys’ and girls’ basketball teams were featured in the Tacoma News Tribune today in a story that highlighted strong offense and players Vanessa Davis ’14, Cooper Griffin ’15, and Shoni Pritchett ’16.

Charles Wright Academy's Emergency School Closure Policy

Charles Wright Academy's Emergency School Closure Policy

posted 12.19.2013

Sometimes school is closed or its opening is delayed because of snow or ice. This decision is made early, and the information is relayed to major local radio and television stations. 

Through the Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD), Charles Wright participates in schoolreport.org, a consortium of Puget Sound schools that provides emergency closing and delay information to the media and directly to the public via email.

Spirit Auction News

Spirit Auction News

posted 12.19.2013

How's the View Up There?

You're hearing from parents and school supporters about the auction and how you can help make this year's event successful and FUN! As you look toward celebrating holiday break and the New Year, here's a quick rundown of auction activities available for your participation!

Charity Begins at (Chapel) Home

Charity Begins at (Chapel) Home

posted 12.6.2013

Tacoma, Wash. - Tarriers are pretty lucky to be able to call Charles Wright their home away from home. But not everyone in the South Sound community has that opportunity, as some families don’t have homes to return to at the end of the day. Which is why, twice a year, Charles Wright partners with the Tacoma-based Phoenix Housing Network to invite five underserved families to live on campus in the Bradshaw Chapel for a week. The chapel is transformed into a makeshift shelter with dividers, beds, and a kitchen. While the days during Chapel Home may be typical—kids go to school while their parents meet with social workers, apply for jobs, and complete paperwork—the nights are anything but. Upper Schoolers volunteer as big buddies who read to and play with the kids, CWA families make and share meals, and staff and faculty also stay overnight. The goal is to offer families in need a respite, however brief, from the stress of their situations.  

Get Set for Spike: CWA mascot shares what it means to be a Tarrier

Get Set for Spike: CWA mascot shares what it means to be a Tarrier

posted 12.5.2013

Tacoma, Wash. - Charles Wright Academy was thrilled to introduce Spike the Tarrier, the new school mascot, at the Headmaster's Picnic back in September. We got the chance to sit down with him for a Q&A, which also appears in the fall issue of  Ties  (due in mailboxes this week.) Get to know Spike below, and don't miss an opportunity to meet him at a sporting event, alumni get-together, or perhaps strolling around campus looking for something to fix with his hammer.

Welcome, Spike! What inspired you to make your debut this year?
I thought that it was just about time. Quite a few of our athletic teams have been doing really well in recent years—winning league and state championships.

Tarriers Celebrate Generosity and Gratitude During Thanksgiving Week

Tarriers Celebrate Generosity and Gratitude During Thanksgiving Week

posted 11.28.2013

Tacoma, Wash. – Charles Wright students and faculty across all divisions honored the spirit of Thanksgiving in various ways—many of which nodded to multicultural traditions—before classes let out on Wednesday.

Green Derby Sells Holiday Wreaths and Garlands

Green Derby Sells Holiday Wreaths and Garlands

posted 11.20.2013

Tacoma, Wash. - The holiday season arrives! What more could inspire the spirit than a fragrant and beautiful wreath or garland. Please consider purchasing these items from the CWA Green Derby - at the same prices as last year! This club's primary mission is to provide financial support for activities across all divisions at Charles Wright Academy. From the concession stand at home football and basketball games to ushering in the holiday splendor, it has been an honor to support the students and faculty at CWA.

Please print, fill in your order, and mail it with your check or you may drop off the order at the Upper School main office. Orders are due no later than November 27.

Upper School Drama Department Presents Fall Play, “Scapin”

Upper School Drama Department Presents Fall Play, “Scapin”

posted 11.6.2013

Tacoma, Wash. – Tech week is well underway as the cast and crew of the Charles Wright Upper School fall play make final preparations for opening night of Moliere's “Scapin.” Director John Forier, Middle and Upper School drama teacher, described the play as a French farce combined with comedia dell’arte, theatre of the absurd, and lots of Brechtian Verfremdungseffekt that should have the most serious stone-faced member of the audience belly laughing (at least a little). This performance promises to leave a lasting impression on those who attend.

Charles Wright Celebrates the Magic of Science at “Potted Potter”

Charles Wright Celebrates the Magic of Science at “Potted Potter”

posted 11.5.2013

Tacoma, Wash. – Charles Wright officially launched a new campaign to raise funds for its science department at a pre-show reception for “Potted Potter” at the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 3.

A Vision for Science is a project to propel Charles Wright’s science education into the 21st century with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.

New Parent Meetings

New Parent Meetings

posted 11.5.2013

New Parent Meetings provide an opportunity for families to meet one-on-one with staff with first-hand knowledge of the parent experience at CWA, and who can help navigate the school calendar, classroom volunteering opportunities, social opportunities, fundraising expectations, school governance, and CWA traditions.

Charles Wright Sophomore Shares History Project With Holocaust Survivors

Charles Wright Sophomore Shares History Project With Holocaust Survivors

posted 11.1.2013

Tacoma, Wash. – Charles Wright Upper Schooler Kaylee Kim ’16 presented her nationally recognized history project on the Roberts Commission at the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center’s ninth annual Voices for Humanity luncheon in Seattle on Thursday, Oct. 31.

Spirit Auction News

Spirit Auction News

posted 10.24.2013

At Charles Wright Academy, we move mountains.

CWA Spirit Auction seeks business sponsors

CWA Spirit Auction seeks business sponsors

posted 10.11.2013

Charles Wright Academy invites you to participate as a sponsor of our 27th annual auction. This major fundraising event brings together nearly 600 parents, alumni, and friends for a gala evening of entertainment, dining and bidding on premium auction items. Proceeds will support our Language and Performing Arts Center, as well as upgrades to our science programs. In all, we look forward to enhancing the experiences that every Tarrier enjoys, and aim to raise $400,000 this year at our March 8, 2014, event.

First Annual Tarrier FanFest Raises Funds for CWA Athletics

First Annual Tarrier FanFest Raises Funds for CWA Athletics

posted 10.7.2013

Tacoma, Wash. – More than 125 Tarrier parents took over the Charles Wright Upper School Phyllis Kriese Commons on Saturday, Oct. 5, to promote school spirit and raise funds for the Sports Boosters program during the first annual Tarrier FanFest.

CWA community honors tradition at 2013 Headmaster’s Picnic

CWA community honors tradition at 2013 Headmaster’s Picnic

posted 9.23.2013

Tacoma, Wash. – Charles Wright celebrated a long-running fall tradition on Friday, Sept. 20, inviting all enrolled families to campus for the annual Headmaster’s Picnic. Hundreds of people flooded the Lower School Commons, outdoor playgrounds, grassy lawns, Middle School Commons, and athletic fields for carnival games, inflatable jungle gyms, and plenty of food.

Lower Schoolers Celebrate Peace Day with Pinwheels

Lower Schoolers Celebrate Peace Day with Pinwheels

posted 9.20.2013

Tacoma, Wash. – Charles Wright Lower School art students got a head start on celebrating International Day of Peace this week, “planting” handmade pinwheels on campus as part of a global art initiative to encourage creative expression about what’s going on in the world and their lives.

Sixth Annual Global Teen Summit Opens Today

Sixth Annual Global Teen Summit Opens Today

posted 9.19.2013

Tacoma, Wash. – Charles Wright Academy is hosting the sixth annual Global Teen Summit, with events running starting today through Sept. 29. Every year the college preparatory school invites delegations of students and teachers from other schools based around the world. This year’s delegations hail from China, Poland, and Colombia. 

Charles Wright Junior Young-eon Kim Wins Statewide Art Contest

Charles Wright Junior Young-eon Kim Wins Statewide Art Contest

posted 9.13.2013

Tacoma, Wash. – Charles Wright junior Young-eon Kim ’15 was awarded the 2013 Washington Apple Education Foundation Year of the Apple Art Contest grand prize in a surprise ceremony in the middle of art class with teacher Brian Hutcheson on Thursday, Sept. 12.

Tarrier Football Defeats Forks 28-17 in 2013 Season Opener

Tarrier Football Defeats Forks 28-17 in 2013 Season Opener

posted 9.9.2013

Tacoma, Wash. – The Charles Wright Upper School varsity football team started their 2013-2014 season on a strong note, defeating Forks High School 28-17 in a game played in Aberdeen on Saturday, Sept. 7. Defending their 2012 Nisqually League title, the Tarriers fell behind 10-0 early on until Andrew Williams caught a touchdown pass from Henry Cheney in the last minute of the first half. The Tarriers went on to dominate in the second half to earn their first victory of the season. Congratulations to the players, returning Head Coach Mike Finch—who was named the National Football Foundation 2012 Coach of the Year in May—and the coaching staff on the win!

Ways to Volunteer

Ways to Volunteer

posted 8.29.2013

Adult volunteers enthusiastically provide thousands of volunteer hours working in the classroom, helping with events, or supporting their child’s extracurricular activities--strengthening the CWA experience for both students and the entire family. Please use the following survey to indicate which volunteer opportunities interest you:
You will be contacted based upon your selections, but this is not a form of commitment; if it is not convenient as the event or activity comes near, please let the coordinator know that when you are contacted.
Additional opportunities in your child's grade and classroom will be discussed during Back-to-School Night (LS September 5, MS September 26, US October 3) and coordinated with grade-level representatives and/or division liaisons.
A Thankful Start to the 2013-2014 School Year

A Thankful Start to the 2013-2014 School Year

posted 8.29.2013

Hello CWA parents, grandparents, and friends,

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your commitment and dedication to your students, their education, and their school.

You are my heroes! I’ve told you before, but it bears repeating: My children thrive because they are surrounded by people like you, and they are the beneficiaries of the efforts you make.

2013-2014 CWA International Students Complete Orientation

2013-2014 CWA International Students Complete Orientation

posted 8.23.2013

Tacoma, Wash. - About a dozen new international students from China and South Korea—along with some of their parents—completed a comprehensive three-day orientation at Charles Wright Academy this week.

Jackie Yeh ’16 fosters community connections with new volunteer website

Jackie Yeh ’16 fosters community connections with new volunteer website

posted 7.22.2013

Rising Charles Wright sophomore Jackie Yeh ’16 launched a website last week that will serve as a resource for Puget Sound-area teenagers who are looking for volunteer and community-service opportunities.

Charles Wright athlete Nate Mondou '13 named to 1A-B all-state baseball team

Charles Wright athlete Nate Mondou '13 named to 1A-B all-state baseball team

posted 6.20.2013

Tacoma, Wash. – The Washington State Baseball Coaches Association named Charles Wright's Nate Mondou to the 1A-B all-state baseball team on June 19. Mondou, who graduated with the Class of 2013 earlier this month, signed a letter of intent to play Division 1 baseball at Wake Forest University this fall. Congratulations, Nate!

Summer activities at Charles Wright Academy

Summer activities at Charles Wright Academy

posted 6.12.2013

Tacoma, Wash. - Summer vacation means returning to campus for Tarriers and other Puget Sound children! While grades and homework are distant memories, Charles Wright Academy hosts activities throughout the summer. Visit charleswright.org/events for a schedule of upcoming events.

Second graders host annual wax museum for capstone project

Second graders host annual wax museum for capstone project

posted 6.9.2013

Tacoma, Wash. – Second graders at Charles Wright’s Lower School concluded their academic year with a capstone project—putting on a wax museum in the Donn Laughlin Theater in the Language and Performing Arts Center on Thursday, June 6.  Expertly displaying their latest skills in research and history, students portrayed historical figures, remaining frozen in place as their characters until a visitor indicated they wanted to learn more. From Princess Diana to explorer Meriwether Lewis to Olympic gymnast Gabrielle Douglas to innovator Steve Jobs, students came to life and shared biographical details about their characters’ lives.

The Class of 2013 graduates from Charles Wright Academy

The Class of 2013 graduates from Charles Wright Academy

posted 6.9.2013

Tacoma, Wash. – The Class of 2013 graduated from Charles Wright Academy on Saturday, June 8, in an outdoor commencement ceremony on the lawn between the Lower School and the Upper School on a warm and sunny evening. Sixty-four seniors—members of Charles Wright’s 50th graduating class—received their diplomas, each from a faculty member whom they personally requested to present the honor.

Neda Sobhani '00 receives 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award

Neda Sobhani '00 receives 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award

posted 6.9.2013

During Winterim, Neda Sobhani ’00 found herself standing with a few Charles Wright classmates at the Rock of Gibraltar. “I’ll never forget the first time I saw Africa,” she recalls. “The hills of Morocco were just barely visible through the mist and clouds. It looked so mysterious and unreachable.” Her Winterim and community service experience at CWA offered inspiration for what would become a life dedicated to helping others abroad.

Inspirational Faculty Award 2013

Inspirational Faculty Award 2013

posted 6.8.2013

This teacher had big shoes to fill upon arriving at CWA five years ago to fill a spot left by a beloved departing faculty member. By the end of the year, students found that, "she was, in fact, great at her job." We have heard words like "spunky," "witty," "loud," and "interesting" used to describe this year's award winner. We have equally heard "caring," "selfless," and "unwaveringly independent." Far from struggling to live up to another's standards, this person truly owns her subject, her classroom, and the hearts of her students.

Nancy Schneider receives 2013 Chris Steele Award

Nancy Schneider receives 2013 Chris Steele Award

posted 6.8.2013

Chris Steele was a 1982 graduate of Charles Wright. As a student, he threw himself into what Charles Wright had to offer. He played soccer, took an active part in Donn Laughlin’s drama productions, both backstage and onstage, and was a talented art student. He had a particular love for the outdoors, and those who went on trips with Chris recall his passionate enthusiasm for hiking and climbing. After a long fight with cancer, Chris passed away in 2002. In his memory, his family and friends have established an award to honor a Charles Wright staff member who has made an outstanding contribution to the school and its students and faculty.

Class of 2020 celebrates moving on to Middle School

Class of 2020 celebrates moving on to Middle School

posted 6.8.2013

Tacoma, Wash. – Charles Wright’s Class of 2020 celebrated the culmination of their Lower School education on Friday, June 7, with a fifth grade moving-on ceremony in the Donn Laughlin Theater in the Language and Performing Arts Center on campus. Forty-seven students were honored in front of family, friends, and faculty with cheers and praise for their intelligent, feisty, and inquisitive spirit. After an invocation by Chaplain Mike Moffit; a welcome by Lower School Head Diane Hunt; and words for the journey by fifth grade teachers Helen Bingham-Rowles, Jon Flies, and Kate Riede; the student choir performed “A World We Cannot See” and treated the audience to a traditional African praise poem, in which each student shared an aspect of his or her heritage, unique qualities, or emotions. The ceremony concluded with a video presentation by parent Kelley Adams with photo highlights of every student. Congratulations, Class of 2020! We look forward to seeing you in the halls of the Middle School this fall.

Contact Information and Directories

Contact Information and Directories

posted 6.6.2013

Whether you are a returning family or new to Charles Wright for the 2013-14 school year, please take a moment to provide us with information that faculty, staff, and your CWA peers will use to contact you.

Opportunity to host an international student for a school year

Opportunity to host an international student for a school year

posted 5.28.2013

If you have a spare bedroom and an interest in welcoming a CWA international student into your home for the coming school year, please contact Ann Vogel, International Student Coordinator, at (253) 620-8356 or email avogel@charleswright.org. In addition to learning about a new culture, helping a young adult grow, and sharing American culture, host families receive a generous stipend to offset costs of room, board, and transportation. Students come with medical insurance, spending money, and a desire to succeed at CWA and in their host family.  Current hosts include families with children in all divisions as well as non-CWA families.

Charles Wright volunteers participate in Tussock Moth Day community service

Charles Wright volunteers participate in Tussock Moth Day community service

posted 5.20.2013

Tacoma, Wash. – Approximately 250 Charles Wright Upper School students and faculty members volunteered for community service projects on Friday, May 17, in honor of the school’s longstanding Tussock Moth Day tradition.

Tacoma Rainiers mascot Rhubarb visits ahead of Charles Wright night

Tacoma Rainiers mascot Rhubarb visits ahead of Charles Wright night

posted 5.17.2013

Tacoma, Wash. – The Tacoma Rainiers baseball team's mascot, Rhubarb the reindeer, visited Lower School students on Friday, May 17, ahead of Charles Wright night at Cheney Stadium. The Rainiers will take on the Memphis Redbirds at 7 p.m., and Charles Wright families can still purchase tickets for the game. CWA attendees can root, root, root for the home team in their Charles Wright gear (the Spirit Store is open on May 17 from noon to 3:30 p.m.) and remain afterward for the Rainiers' traditional Friday night post-game fireworks. Go Rainiers!

Charles Wright's Mike Doidge a finalist for Financial Executive of the Year

Charles Wright's Mike Doidge a finalist for Financial Executive of the Year

posted 5.17.2013

Tacoma, Wash. – Charles Wright Academy Director of Finance and Operations Mike Doidge was named a Business Examiner finalist for Financial Executive of the Year in the not-for-profit organization category. Nominees were honored at a luncheon on Wednesday, May 15, at the Historic 1625 Tacoma Place. “Behind the scenes of every successful business or other organization is a financial executive who helped the company get there,” the Business Examiner explains. “While these key persons rarely get the proper recognition they deserve, our Financial Executives of the Year program does just that. From small nonprofit groups to large private companies throughout the South Sound, this event is the opportunity to truly salute the significant ways that key financial executives help to bring success to their organizations and to our communities as a whole.” The Charles Wright community congratulates Mike Doidge on being named a finalist and sincerely thanks him for his hard work and dedication to the school.

Charles Wright students win big at 2013 National History Day state competition

Charles Wright students win big at 2013 National History Day state competition

posted 5.9.2013

Tacoma, Wash. – Four Charles Wright Upper School students will compete at the national level of the 2013 National History Day competition in June after winning their respective categories at the state level held last Saturday, May 4, in Bellevue, Wash.

Kaylee Kim ’16 won first place in the individual exhibit category for her project on the Roberts Commission and its work to recover and restore artistic and historic artifacts in war areas; Taylor Walsh ’15 placed second in the individual website category for her website chronicling the evolution of Samuel Morse from artist to innovator; and Kaia Valentine ’16 and Grant Young ’16 won top honors in the group performance category, in which they portrayed the events of the Seattle Open Housing Campaign. They will all move on to the national competition June 9-13 in Washington, D.C.

CWA's Mike Finch Receives 'Coach of the Year' Award from National Football Foundation

CWA's Mike Finch Receives 'Coach of the Year' Award from National Football Foundation

posted 5.8.2013

Honored During 37th Annual Scholar/Athlete Banquet 
Tacoma, Wash. – Charles Wright Academy’s Head Football Coach Mike Finch received the ‘Coach of the Year’ award during the 37th annual National Football Foundation Scholar/Athlete Banquet. The event was held on Sunday, May 5th in Tacoma. This honor caps off his team's stellar 2012 season. The Charles Wright Academy Tarriers clinched the WIAA 1A Nisqually League championship. 
Charles Wright Academy students collaborate for 2013 C'DAT visual arts festival

Charles Wright Academy students collaborate for 2013 C'DAT visual arts festival

posted 5.7.2013

Tacoma, Wash. – Charles Wright students from the Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School gathered throughout the day on Friday, May 3, to collaborate on a number of visual arts projects during the annual C'DAT Arts Festival. From throwing clay pots to screen printing graphic T-shirts to weaving elaborate webs with brightly colored string-like material, US art students mentored their younger counterparts from the MS and the LS to explore a variety of artistic outlets and projects. Check out the highlights in our slideshow below. 

Charles Wright Senior Signs Letter of Intent to Play Football at Prestigious Bowdoin College

Charles Wright Senior Signs Letter of Intent to Play Football at Prestigious Bowdoin College

posted 5.3.2013

Tacoma, Wash. - Colin Reynolds of Tacoma, a senior attending Charles Wright Academy, signed a letter of intent to play Division III football for the Polar Bears at Bowdoin College in Maine, where he plans to study Economics or Mathematics. 

2013 Spring Student Art Show Features Young Talent and Fresh Perspectives

2013 Spring Student Art Show Features Young Talent and Fresh Perspectives

posted 4.12.2013

Array of Styles & Mediums on Display during April & May

University Place, Wash. – Every school’s academic calendar has highlights. Events that punctuate the school year. For Tacoma-based Charles Wright Academy, one of the most anticipated events for students and faculty is the Spring Student Art Show, which is currently open.
Steve & Kate's Summer Camp at CWA

Steve & Kate's Summer Camp at CWA

posted 4.9.2013

Tacoma, Wash. - Summer is right around the corner, and we're excited to announce that we've brought back Steve and Kate's Camp to Charles Wright Academy. For you newbies, Steve and Kate's is basically the coolest camp ever! In fact, they just nabbed the top spot in the "Best Summer Camp" category in South Sound magazine's annual "Best of 2013" poll.

Imagine gourmet food, lots of fun activities, sports, and games. Campers have the freedom and flexibility to explore, learn, and create. Each week, campers are surprised by cool performances and workshops. Now add on at least six mini studios, including:

  • Culinary studio
  • Build studio
  • Design studio
  • Animation studio
  • Dance studio
  • Style studio

This is just a peek into what a day looks like at Steve and Kate's Camp. It's geared toward children entering grades K-7 in the fall. (Sometimes we make exceptions for children who are not entering kindergarten but are four by summer.) Enrollment is customizable, including day pass options.

The schedule for Steve and Kate's 2013 Show Specials on the Charles Wright campus is here.

The scehdule for Steve and Kate's 2013 Weekly Specials on the Charles Wright campus is here.

Charles Wright Middle School Students Dominate National Chess Tournament

Charles Wright Middle School Students Dominate National Chess Tournament

posted 4.8.2013

University Place, Wash. – Charles Wright Academy Middle School students dominated the Super National Chess Tournament recently. The event was held in Nashville, Tenn., on April 4-7. James Wang and Noah Fields won both individual and team awards in the National Junior High School Championship sections. Both boys are seventh grade students attending Charles Wright Academy.

Despite their young age, both boys are veteran chess players. James began playing chess at age eight. Noah's father taught him how to play chess at the tender age of three. He began competing in tournaments as a kindergartener with the Charles Wright Lower School Chess Team. He is a two-time Washington-state champion. This was James’ third appearance at the National scholastic tournament and Noah’s 11th appearance.

The United States Chess Federation (USCF) holds two national scholastic tournaments each year in the spring and the fall. This event drew more than 5300 competitors, ranging from Kindergarten through grade 12.

More information on Middle School at Charles Wright Academy can be found on-line.

Board of Trustees Matches Annual Fund Contributions

Board of Trustees Matches Annual Fund Contributions

posted 4.5.2013

Dear Parents,

We have some very exciting news to share with you!  Charles Wright Academy’s Board of Trustees has generously created a way for you to double your gift to the Annual Fund.

CWA Knowledge Bowl Wins State Championship

CWA Knowledge Bowl Wins State Championship

posted 3.25.2013

The CWA Knowledge Bowl Team (the "Muckrakers") defeated Lakeside School and Mercer Island in the finals to win the state 3A Knowledge Bowl Championship on Saturday, March 23.

Charles Wright Teacher Develops New High School Seminar Based on Holocaust

Charles Wright Teacher Develops New High School Seminar Based on Holocaust

posted 3.14.2013

University Place, Wash.  – This year marks the first time a seminar for high school students is offered as part of the Powell-Heller Conference in Holocaust Education at Pacific Lutheran University. During the conference, high school students will learn about social injustice and personal accountability.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Empowerment.”  The high school seminar was developed by Nick Coddington, an Upper School History teacher at Charles Wright Academy and fellow for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Three Charles Wright athletic teams recognized by mayor

Three Charles Wright athletic teams recognized by mayor

posted 3.6.2013

Three Charles Wright Academy athletic teams were recognized by city of University Place Mayor Ken Grassi and members of the city of University Place City Council. Coaches and players received official mayoral proclamations during the March 4 city council meeting. 

Faculty and staff share their talents with the community

Faculty and staff share their talents with the community

posted 2.21.2013

More than 100 faculty and staff members at Tacoma’s Charles Wright Academy used part of their inservice day on Feb. 15 to give a little back to the community around the school. Every year, with students away for the President’s Day weekend, the faculty and staff gathers for professional development. About three years ago, they decided to add community engagement to their professional development curriculum. Since 2011, the adult members of the Charles Wright community have volunteered more than 600 hours in support of numerous projects around Pierce County, including a beach cleanup at nearby Chambers Bay and working in the greenhouses and fields at L’Arche Farms in Tacoma. 

Charles Wright's funny faces

Charles Wright's funny faces

posted 2.8.2013

New faces are appearing all over Charles Wright's campus. The Upper School's digital photography class was inspired to create the instalation by the 2011 TED prize winner JR (check out his TED talk here) and the inclusion of humor in Charles Wright's own mission statement.
Suits and Sneakers Day a big hit

Suits and Sneakers Day a big hit

posted 2.8.2013

We found suits and sneakers of all sorts all over campus today as Charles Wright's faculty, staff, and students prepare for the annual Wright Spirit Auction organized by the Parent Association. The 2013 auction, Suits and Sneakers, will raise money for both the arts and athletic programs. The special dress-up day gave everyone on campus an opportunity to show their support for the event. 

CWA senior signs letter of intent to play Division I football at Yale

CWA senior signs letter of intent to play Division I football at Yale

posted 2.6.2013

Beau Iverson of Lakewood, a senior at Charles Wright Academy, Wednesday signed a letter of intent to play Division I football for the Bulldogs at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. The Ivy League team is one of the oldest football programs in the country, dating back to 1872, and has recorded 865 wins, the second most in NCAA history.  
Alumnus stars on Boardwalk Empire

Alumnus stars on Boardwalk Empire

posted 2.5.2013

Charles Wright’s own Kevin O'Rourke ’74 is back on the small screen. The actor and director is a guest star with a recurring role on the hit HBO series Boadwalk Empire. O’Rourke plays a New Jersey construction magnate, Edward Bader. Bader was elected mayor of Atlantic City in 1920, both in real life and on the show. In 2012, O’Rourke won a SAG award as a member of the Boardwalk Empire ensemble. The show is set in Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the prohibition era. 

Julie Caesar, aspiring prom queen, brings Shakespeare alive at CWA

Julie Caesar, aspiring prom queen, brings Shakespeare alive at CWA

posted 2.5.2013

Charles Wright’s theater students like to surprise their audiences with unexpected twists on classic tales. This winter they’re pulling William Shakespeare into the 21st century with their production of Julie Caesar. Using the original script of The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, the students are staging a production in an aspiring prom queen is stabbed to death by social media. They will take to the stage this weekend with shows of February 7, 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Donn Laughlin Theater at Rome High School, better known as Charles Wright Academy.

CWA and KBTC public television announce free workshop on kids' TV

CWA and KBTC public television announce free workshop on kids' TV

posted 2.1.2013

Kids love television; and that’s alright, especially when the TV they watch is educational and age sensitive. Join KBTC public television and Charles Wright Academy for a special, one-hour workshop – Exploring Kids TV. The free workshop is open to all and will be held at Charles Wright on Thursday, February 28 at 6:00 p.m. The school’s campus is located at 7723 Chambers Creek Road West in Tacoma, Washington.

Upper Schoolers Participate in Model United Nations

Upper Schoolers Participate in Model United Nations

posted 1.31.2013

Follow the activities taking place at Harvard and Vancouver, B.C.:

Knowledge Bowl: Middle School Teams Finish 2nd and 3rd

Knowledge Bowl: Middle School Teams Finish 2nd and 3rd

posted 1.30.2013

This Wednesday, January 30, we held our first Middle School Knowledge Bowl tournament, hosting two teams from North Tapps Middle School and two teams from Woodward Middle School of Bainbridge Island.

Dude, Feel Free to Pop A Mint.

Dude, Feel Free to Pop A Mint.

posted 1.26.2013

As students work through the semester in Digital Photography, they take on regular assignments and blog their results and reflections.

Tarrier Youth Football Makes Plans

Tarrier Youth Football Makes Plans

posted 1.24.2013

CWA youth tackle football starts in August and includes 3/4 and 5/6 grade teams.

Boys Basketball Update

posted 1.22.2013

CWA Hosts UP Youth Basketball Jamboree

posted 1.12.2013

CWA hosted the University Place Park and Recreation youth basketball jamboree today on our campus. There were 64 boys and girls teams that participated in the event, and roughly 1,000 visitors in attendance. CWA was represented by 4 of our youth teams.

Our youth coaches (Eric Knowles and Laura Craig, Steve Saalfeld, Kelly Montgomery and John Valentine, and the coaching staff for the K/1st grade team) did a great job with our teams today. I saw a lot of smiles and intense looks on faces today. Great job CWA!

Boys Basketball: CWA 56, Life Christian 41

posted 1.11.2013

The varsity boys basketball team got off to a quick start in both halves Friday night and defeated Life Christian 56-41 in the Tarrier Dome.  Scoring binges by Cooper Griffin in the first quarter and Fritz Jacobsen in the third led the Tarriers to a comfortable victory.

Boys Basketball: CWA 59, Seattle Christian 51

posted 1.5.2013

Congratulations to the Boys Varsity and JV teams as well as the Girls Varsity Basketball teams for their victories over Seattle Christian on Saturday evening. The Varsity Boys defeated Seattle Christian 59-51. The JV team won 46 - 39. The Girls won by 15 points. What an evening.
New Applications for 2013-2014

New Applications for 2013-2014

posted 12.27.2012

Applications are now rolling in for the 2013-14 school year. Please keep those great word-of-mouth referrals coming our way as they continue to be the #1 way families say they heard about Charles Wright.

Thank you, Kodama, Iregui, and Will families, for referrals that resulted in a school tour or completed application! Thanks, thanks, and thanks again!

CWA Holiday Sampler CD

CWA Holiday Sampler CD

posted 12.18.2012

6th Grader Dances Nutcracker

6th Grader Dances Nutcracker

posted 12.9.2012

While December brings dreams of sugar plums dancing in children’s heads, for 6th grader Cole McMason it means actually dancing with the Sugar Plum Fairy.  Cole is performing this year in his 4th Nutcracker with Studio West Dance Academy in Olympia.

Boys Basketball: CWA 71, Chimacum 40

posted 12.7.2012

The boys varsity basketball team defeated Chimicum this evening. Cooper Griffin lead the team with 15 points.

Girls Basketball: CWA 56, Chimacum 23

posted 12.7.2012

The girls basketball team defeated Chimicum this evening. Vanessa Davis scored 18 points and Shoni Prichett tallied 17 points. Great job coaches and players.

Boys Basketball: CWA 58, Tacoma Baptist 50

posted 12.6.2012

The boys and girls varsity basketball teams defeated Tacoma Baptist this evening. Both teams are undefeated. CWA teams play Chimicum on Friday at CWA. 

Boys Basketball: CWA 58, Life Christian 55

posted 12.4.2012

The boys basketball had a 15 point lead in the first half against Life Christian. With 3:00 minutes remaining in the game, the Tarriers were down 55 - 47. The Tarriers forced Life to turn the ball over five straight times and won the game 58 - 55. Congratulations to Tyler, Rob, James, and the CWA boys basketball team. 

Junior Selected for All-State Symphony Orchestra

Junior Selected for All-State Symphony Orchestra

posted 12.4.2012

Outstanding music students from across Washington have received top honors by being selected to participate in one of our 2013 WMEA All-State performing groups. Celloist Hanna Um '14 will join other outstanding high school student musicians in the All-State Symphony Orchestra.

South Sound Magazine: Vote for CWA

South Sound Magazine: Vote for CWA

posted 12.3.2012

Charles Wright has been nominated in South Sound magazine's Best of 2013 annual reader poll.

Now it's your turn. Tell the world (well, the South Puget Sound region at least!) just how awesome our school is by voting for us as your favorite.

32 Tarriers win all-league honors, three win all-area recognition

32 Tarriers win all-league honors, three win all-area recognition

posted 12.1.2012

By Bill White, Upper School Head and Athletic Director

Girls Basketball: CWA 39, University Prep 37

posted 11.30.2012

Congratulations to the Girls and Boys varsity basketball teams for their victories over University Prep on Friday night. The varsity girls won 39 to 37. Congratulations to Kate, Renee, and Pete. They had an 18 point lead and held on for their first victory.

Boys Basketball: CWA 49, University Prep 33

posted 11.30.2012

Congratulations to the Girls and Boys varsity basketball teams for their victories over University Prep on Friday night. The varsity boys were down 25 to 21 at half. In the second half, they outscored UPrep 28 to 8 to earn they second victory of the year.

CWA Staff Collects Toys for Underprivileged Children and Seniors

posted 11.27.2012

With the holiday season upon us, the following was communicated to Charles Wright faculty and staff. Please join us in this season of giving:

Christmas Dinner Collections

Christmas Dinner Collections

posted 11.27.2012

Dear CWA Community:

Once again we have invited 44 people with low or no income to join us at our annual Christmas Dinner Party on December 8 in the Upper School commons.  They'll decorate cookies, make crafts, and play games.  Then they'll eat a hearty dinner, followed by meeting Santa!

Class Notes: Studies in Japanese

Class Notes: Studies in Japanese

posted 11.22.2012

Edited by Emily McMason

What once might have begun as a mere graduation requirement has blossomed into academic passion that extends beyond the gates of CWA for many World Language students.  Here’s what five Charles Wright alumni are pursuing with their Japanese expertise.

CWA senior signs early commitment letter for Division I baseball at Wake Forest University

CWA senior signs early commitment letter for Division I baseball at Wake Forest University

posted 11.14.2012

Nate Mondou of Lake Tapps, a senior at Charles Wright Academy, Wednesday signed a letter of intent to play Division I baseball for the Demon Deacons at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Wake Forest competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference.  
Charles Wright boys cross-country state champions

Charles Wright boys cross-country state champions

posted 11.3.2012

Congratulations to the CWA boys cross-country team for winning the state cross-country meet.

The 2012 champions summarized the season during Upper School Assembly:

CWA Junior to Play in American High School Honors Symphonic Band

CWA Junior to Play in American High School Honors Symphonic Band

posted 11.1.2012

Junior Isaac Roberts '14 will be representing Charles Wright Academy at the 2013 American High School Honors Symphonic Band.

Upper Schoolers Accepted to Western International Band Clinic Honor Bands

posted 11.1.2012

Rebecca Long '13, Isaac Roberts '14, and Sean Chevrier '15 were selected to participate in this year's Western International Band Clinic Honor Bands. They received the music early this month and will meet for eight-hour rehearsals Saturday and Sunday, November 17 and 18. They will have the opportunity to play under the direction of conductors from all over the country and will perform in concert at the Doubletree Hotel Grand Ballroom on Monday, November 19, 2012.

Boys & Girls Club Halloween Party

Boys & Girls Club Halloween Party

posted 10.31.2012

The Boys & Girls Club Halloween party was a big success this afternoon. It was a very busy 2+ hours at the Club. Over 200 cupcakes were iced and 40 pumpkins were decorated. There was lots of happiness and joy. Dee, the Boys & Girls Club art teacher, said three or four times how much she loved Charles Wright, and the Charles Wright students. CWA students were engaged, busy, and constantly working with students from ages 5 through 13. The students had a great time and there was a great deal of laughter on the bus on our trip home.

Headmaster: Our commitment to students

Headmaster: Our commitment to students

posted 10.25.2012

Charles Wright Headmaster Rob Camner's letter to the CWA community introduces a new list of commitments, crafted by faculty, that Charles Wright makes to every student.

Seven Charles Wright students earn National Merit recognition

Seven Charles Wright students earn National Merit recognition

posted 9.24.2012

Katie Ryan, academic dean at Charles Wright Academy, announced today that seven members of Charles Wright’s Class of 2013 have earned recognition from the National Merit Scholarship Program. The honors signify that 11 percent of CWA’s graduating class is ranked in the top five percent of college-bound students graduating from high school this year. 
5th Global Teen Summit Underway

5th Global Teen Summit Underway

posted 9.18.2012

By Althea Cawley-Murphree
CWA's fifth Global Teen Summit is underway this week. Delegations of students and teachers from the U.A.E., Poland, China and Colombia are staying with host families and participating in a five-day conference with Charles Wright students. The focus of the Summit is the ways in which students can individually and collectively address world problems.

Sadlier turns Tarrier green into Cardinal red

Sadlier turns Tarrier green into Cardinal red

posted 9.12.2012

By Althea Cawley-Murphree
It has been nearly a year since Sarah Sadlier sent off her first college applications, but this week she is finally packing her bags and saying her final goodbyes to friends and family before she heads south to become a Cardinal.
Understanding the reading and writing continuum

Understanding the reading and writing continuum

posted 9.4.2012

By Diane Hunt, Lower School Head
As you review your child's progress reports this year, it may be helpful to educate yourself about the continuums that we use for reporting growth in reading and writing.
Inspirational Faculty Award 2012

Inspirational Faculty Award 2012

posted 6.9.2012

A colleague writes, “When I grow up, I want to be Neil Biermann.”

As a teacher, he’s phenomenal. Students rally to his class as if it’s the cause of the century. They adore him. They will do anything to do well in his class.

An anecdote from a teacher: "I once saw students gleefully digging through the lunchroom trash. When I inquired as to what they were doing, they barely paused as they exulted ‘It’s for Mr. Biermann’s class!’ and went back to excavating for some sort of class-worthy evidence."

After more than 35 years teaching high school science - first in the public schools and now at Charles Wright for the past six years - Neil Biermann has figured out how to turn anyone into scientist. From the microscopic world of freshman biology - to the fire-breathing pumpkin in chemistry - to the details of a crime scene in forensics, he maintains a sly, witty sense of humor that makes his classes engaging and fun.

Like all Charles Wright teachers, he is also asked to do much more than teach an academic discipline. He connects with students as an assistant football coach and outdoor enthusiast. He makes time before school to debate politics and history with one student and after school advises another on the fine art of navigating the high school social scene.

There are few people as collegial, respectful and upbeat as Neil Biermann. His mischievous side is always lightheartedly benign and one cannot help by laugh even when on the receiving end of one of his practical jokes. He has earned the deep respect of students, parents and faculty members alike. We all want to be Neil Biermann.

In deep appreciation of his unique manner of executing CWA’s mission and his ability to empower our students to achieve their personal best in mind, body and spirit, the Parent Association grants the 2012 Inspirational Faculty Award to Mr. Neil Biermann.

Inspirational Faculty Award 2010

Inspirational Faculty Award 2010

posted 6.12.2010

As a faculty team leader, teacher and coach, Christopher Hoppin serves as a remarkable role model for our teenage Tarriers at a time when they are learning much about themselves and looking to answer the quintessential question, “How do I fit in?” This exploration is a challenging process for most middle school students and Christopher patiently guides them with great humor and care.  He knows these students well and, through his optimism, creativity, kindness and high expectations, he elicits the best in them, unveiling characteristics they were often too shy or fearful to show.  He helps make middle school a wonderful time in students’ lives by seamlessly encouraging both their creativity and their self-discovery. 

Most parents probably never dreamt that they would one day thank a Mohawk-wearing artist for guiding, inspiring and mentoring their teen, but they do.  Year after year, parents nominate Christopher for this award, noting the significant, often transformative, role he has played in the life of their child, whether in the art room, on a beach hike or on the athletic fields.  “Hoppy’s” unique clothing, hair and art projects model for students that it is okay to be, look and act different.  He has made a real impact on the lives of many, many students during his nine years at Charles Wright Academy.

Colleagues also weigh in with nominations, applauding his many contributions to the school.  In addition to teaching eighth grade art classes, Christopher serves as the eighth grade team leader, a student advisor and a cross-country, track and field, and Ultimate Frisbee coach.  He has guided the Ultimate program to become one of the most popular activities in the middle and upper schools.  He is an important behind the scenes go-to-guy for many needs on campus.  From creating centerpieces for the auction and an oversized Dr. Seuss birthday cake for the 50th birthday celebration, to smoothing students’ transition to the Upper School, Hoppin jumps in to help and delivers time after time.

Christopher is well known for his zany clothing, hair, costumes and antics.  Those lucky enough to work closely with him know that he is all that and so much more.  He demonstrates a wonderful sense of balance in his life and in his teaching.  He sets high expectations for himself, his students and his colleagues without giving up one ounce of fun.  One colleague noted, “His energy and enthusiasm is boundless and fills those around him, both students and faculty alike, with joy for whatever task he might be part of.”

In deep appreciation of his unique manner of executing  CWA’s mission and his ability to empower our students to achieve their personal best in mind, body and spirit, the Parent Association grants the 2010 Inspirational Faculty Award to Mr. Christopher Hoppin.

Thank you, Christopher, for your contribution to the excellence of Charles Wright Academy.

Inspirational Faculty Award 2009

Inspirational Faculty Award 2009

posted 6.13.2009

Tyler Francis teaches the fundamental skills of a variety of sports to our kids as a physical education teacher and state champion coach. But what he offers our students and community can not be captured in a job description. He is so very much more than a teacher and coach.  He is a mentor who cares for his students on and off the field, nurturing their physical and emotional well-being and modeling how to be a good sport, a good citizen and a good person. He has made a positive impact on the lives of many, many students in his fifteen years at Charles Wright Academy. Therefore, it comes as no surprise to name him this year’s recipient of the Inspirational Faculty Award.  Nominations from students, parents and colleagues praised Tyler for his good nature, his integrity and his dedication to Charles Wright Academy and its student athletes.

Tyler teaches 4-year-old Beginning Schoolers with the same ease and meaningful interaction as he coaches teen-age Tarriers on the basketball court or the baseball field. He understands the developmental and emotional ages and stages of our kids and is always ready with an age-appropriate joke or a compassionate, well-timed pat on the back. He treats the youngest students with as much respect as the oldest ones, seamlessly shifting his approach and choosing his words as he moves from one age group to the next.

Tyler sees the big picture—that it’s about the kids—a message often lost in the competitive world of sports. Tyler is an unwaveringly ethical coach, working in a competitive environment where disregarding the rules can lead to greater success on the scoreboard. Tyler’s example of respect for the referees, umpires and other competitors does not go unnoticed. His model of sportsmanship and fair play will be remembered by those he has coached.

One colleague noted, “Tyler’s influence has greatly impacted the culture of CWA Athletics.”  Another nomination letter adds, “He is the type of person that will, as a coach and mentor, continue to ensure a tradition of excellence in Athletics at CWA.” His enthusiasm for Charles Wright and for its student athletes is an inspiration to all of us. It is with great appreciation that the Parent Association grants the 2009 Inspirational Faculty Award to Mr. Tyler Francis. Thank you, Tyler, for your contribution to the excellence of Charles Wright Academy.

Inspirational Faculty Award 2008

Inspirational Faculty Award 2008

posted 6.14.2008

Parents, students and faculty overwhelmingly nominated Mr. Leon Phillips, 8th grade mathematics teacher extraordinaire, to be this year’s recipient of the CWA Parent Association’s Inspirational Faculty Award. His commendations remind us of the great importance, complexity and significance of the role of “teacher”, particularly for an age group that is so often ill-at-ease with the adults in their world. Leon masters the art of teaching young teenagers and of seamlessly managing the faculty-student relationship that is at the heart and soul of the Charles Wright experience.

Leon is here for his kids. Whether before school, after school or on weekends, no student is ever an interruption to his day. He provides explanations and encouragement until the student masters the concept. He treats his students with unparalleled politeness, respect and kindness and is extremely tactful and sensitive when helping those who struggle to learn the concepts. He makes learning math a game, keeping the students engaged with his humor, his accents and his antics. Everything he does, he does with a smile and a true sense of fun. One current student described his classroom as a place “filled with laughter and the thrill of discovery!” Another wrote, “His class is always the highlight of my day and I will always remember his kindness and support.”

While his commitment to ensure his students’ mastery in mathematics is unwavering, Mr. Phillips is seamlessly building confidence and strength in these to-be adults.  One parent noted, “Mr. Phillips is the one who went above and beyond to help my child see how important he was. Leon helped change the way my son feels about himself as a person, now knowing that he can fit in, that he is important to others, that he is cared about and is a worthwhile person in this community.”  Students respond to Mr. Phillip’s unique recipe for teaching with unfailing dedication and hard work. He serves as an excellent role model encouraging his students by his example—giving 100% always and for everything. He supports the CWA community in ways uniquely Leon—orange tuxedos, coconut bras and monkey suits.

It is with great appreciation that the Parent Association grants the 2008 Inspirational Faculty Award to Mr. Leon Phillips. Thank you, Mr. Phillips, for your contribution to the excellence of Charles Wright Academy.

Inspirational Faculty Award 2007

posted 6.9.2007

Turi Janes inspires, encourages and teaches our little Tarriers, as they are introduced to school, to learning, and to behaving. She gives them a base of responsibility and consequences that they can build upon for the rest of their time in Lower School, and in life. She seamlessly blends discipline with love and humor. As one parent wrote, “Turi can be stern, and very, very funny.” Not one or the other, but both. Her enthusiasm—her love for the kids and for what she does—shines through at every moment.  She is an amazing role model to these little “kidlets,” as she calls her students; she never forgets that kindergarten and kindergarteners are fun!

As this year’s award recipient, Turi received many brilliant nomination essays from parents, students and faculty alike.  These essays mirror the marvelous influence she has imparted on the minds and souls of hundreds and hundreds of pint-sized students throughout her 20 years of teaching and guiding. As one student, currently in the 5th grade, summarized eloquently, “she is understanding, hilarious, and a compassionate, loving teacher who cares about each and every child.” She creates a long-lasting impact!

Turi encourages and teaches children and their parents. She is hard at work not only developing the academic skills of a room full of five and six-year-olds, but their social skills and characters as well. Teaching life lessons pervades her classroom style. She invisibly weaves the important attributes of a Tarrier education that we hope our children can master in their time on campus, a commitment to the betterment of their classroom and school community, and a dedication to social responsibility.  Turi’s influence is warmly appreciated and soaked up by the parents as well. One long-time faculty member notes, “Turi not only teaches her students how to be good Tarriers, she also takes responsibility for teaching how to be good parents of Tarriers. These lessons include the importance of helping one's children develop self-reliance, independence, problem-solving skills, self-advocacy, generosity, and allowing them to learn from the natural consequences of their actions.” A reminder to parents that all you really need to know, you really did learn in Kindergarten—particularly if you were lucky enough to have Turi Janes.

It is with great appreciation and commendation that the Parent Association grants the 2007 Inspirational Faculty Award to Turi Janes. Thank you, Turi, for contributing so greatly to the excellence of Charles Wright Academy.

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Mike Finch Coach of Year Award
Headmaster's Picnic Carnival 2012
Lower School Jogathon
First Day of School
New Faculty and Staff

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Brianna Donovan

Brianna Donovan

Upper School Receptionist

Robert Camner

Robert Camner

Headmaster, Freshman Seminar Teacher

Tricia Maurina

Tricia Maurina

Upper School Registrar, Assistant to the Head of Upper School

Diane Hunt

Diane Hunt

Lower School Head

Yvonne Bjorklund

Yvonne Bjorklund

Executive Assistant to the Headmaster

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