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Tarriers win big at 2013 National History Day state competition
Mike Finch Receives Coach of the Year Award from National Football Foundation
Students collaborate for 2013 C'DAT visual arts festival
Sunday, May 26 - Monday, May 27, 2013
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Friday, Jun 7, 2013
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Saturday, Jun 8, 2013
6:00PM - 8:00PM - Upper School Lawn
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. Started shortly after CWA opened, Tussock Moth Day originated as a campus effort to rid the grounds of tussock moths, which feed on the foliage of forest trees, ahead of graduation. Groups that remained on campus Friday continued that legacy with landscape cleanup, trail maintenance, and clothes organization in the Lower School, but the CWA spirit of giving back spread off campus, too, with 2013 projects taking volunteers to Chambers Bay beach, FISH food bank, Kobayashi Park, Toy Rescue Mission, and other local parks and organizations for additional projects. In total, Charles Wright volunteers contributed more than 850 hours of service to the school and its surrounding communities during this year’s Tussock Moth Day festivities.
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!
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 congratulations Mike Doidge on being named a finalist and sincerely thanks him for his hard work and dedication to the school.
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.
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.
The Spirit Store is open every Friday, noon to 3:30 p.m., through June 7.
Also, we'll be open at 4:30 on Wednesday, May 22, for the Powder Puff football game!
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.
Array of Styles & Mediums on Display during April & May
University Place, Wash. - Summer is right around the corner and we're excited to announce we've brought Steve and Kate's Camp back 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 Camp' category in South Sound magazine's annual 'Best of 2013' poll.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The general proceeds from this year's event continue to support the Parent Association's pledge toward Charles Wright Academy's Language and Performing Arts Center. This showcase building sits high on the west side of campus, and is a fitting tribute to the academics and artistic talents performed within.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Follow the activities taking place at Harvard and Vancouver, B.C.:
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.
As students work through the semester in Digital Photography, they take on regular assignments and blog their results and reflections.
CWA youth tackle football starts in August and includes 3/4 and 5/6 grade teams.
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!
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!
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.
The boys varsity basketball team defeated Chimicum this evening. Cooper Griffin lead the team with 15 points.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With the holiday season upon us, the following was communicated to Charles Wright faculty and staff. Please join us in this season of giving:
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!
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 pursing with their Japanese expertise.
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:
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.
Junior Isaac Roberts '14 will be representing Charles Wright Academy at the 2013 American High School Honors Symphonic Band.
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.
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.
New Parent Meetings provide an opportunity for families to meet one-on-one with experienced parents and/or staff who can help navigate the school calendar, classroom volunteering opportunities, social opportunities, fundraising expectations, school governance, and CWA traditions.
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.
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.
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.