Each year there is a rich abundance of programs and activities in which students may participate, for meaningful use of their out-of-classroom time. These opportunities for involvement are an integral part of school life, offering students additional avenues in which to explore their talents, passions and interests, and to develop new friendships.
Clubs & Activities
There are many avenues for Upper School students to get involved (7-12) in extra-curricular activities. The Upper School boasts an active Student Government. Our literary journal The Battering Ram receives submissions from around the country. M.O.A.S (Model Organization of American States) competes annually in Washington, DC., Our chorus (open to 4th - 12th Grades and faulty) performs locally. Students in 4th - 12th Grades participate in our annual school musical, open to the community.
Upper School also meets regularly during Wednesday “flextime” for student-led clubs, which include a Social Action Club, a Gay Straight Alliance, Gaming, Engineering, Knitting, and many others. Friday nights in January and February, our Ski Club meets for night skiing at Windham.
See Athletics for information on teams and schedules. WDS fields teams in soccer, cross-country, basketball, lacrosse, and Ultimate Frisbee.
Buddies. Because WDS considers itself an end-to-end experience, we work to build a strong community, keeping students (and faculty) connected to one another as they move through our three divisions. At the heart of this is our Buddy Program. Students are paired individually and by grade, and every Wednesday afternoon provides opportunities for Buddy time. Annual activities include making scarecrows in anticipation for our Fall Harvest Festival, making holiday decorations for seniors in nursing homes, and eco-awareness in preparation for Earth Day, to name a few.
Friday Gatherings. Each week, the Early Childhood and Lower School divisions come together for Friday Gatherings, celebratory teacher/student-led assemblies. Guest appearances by Upper School students are common at Friday Gatherings, particularly for musical performances. Parents are always welcome.
Tribes. WDS teaches the values of community and compassionate citizenship through our Tribes Curriculum. Visitors will see the four core Tribes Agreements posted in every classroom, from Nursery School to Upper School: Attentive Listening, Appreciation/No Put Downs, Mutual Respect, and the Right to Pass/the Right to Participate. The Tribes Curriculum creates a positive and inclusive classroom environment in which students learn to care for and listen to one another. Teachers practice the Tribes Agreements in both large and small groups. Friday Gatherings end with community Appreciations and Apologies, and weekly Faculty Meetings begin with them. All faculty are trained in the Tribes program.
Family Events. WDS welcomes families to a number of community events. Friday Gatherings are teacher/student-led assemblies for the Early Childhood and Lower School divisions. Harvest Festival is our annual all-school potluck dinner. Student performances, whether chorus, ensemble, or our annual spring musical, are lively and well-attended. Literary events, such as our unique Story Journey evenings and our annual spring Book Fair are opportunities for students from every age group, parents, and faculty to come together to celebrate and participate in this special community.