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.
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 each week 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 Middle and 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.
Clubs & Activities
There are many so many great extra-curricular opportunities for middle school students to get involved in, depending on interest. Middle School hosts its own Student Government, made up of elected representatives from each grade, plus Secretary, Treasurer, Vice-President, and President (8th Graders only). The MS Student Government plans community service events and social activities for the division, including at least one dance. Fridays, the last period of the day is devoted to clubs. Every six weeks, MS students propose and vote on a new selection of student-led clubs. Each fall, students have the opportunity to audition for and act in the after school middle school play (in 2017-2018, we have an original version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream). Middle School students are also eligible to join our interscholastic teams in soccer, basketball, and lacrosse.
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., Students in 5th – 12th Grades participate in our annual school musical, open to the community.
Upper School also meets regularly 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. Upper School athletes can compete on our Soccer, Cross Country, Basketball, Lacrosse, and Ultimate Frisbee teams.
Library & Book Fair
The WDS Library is a vibrant, bustling educational hub that warmly welcomes our entire school community at all times. The library is a source of inspiration, an intellectual resource, and a sanctuary. It is a comfortable and inviting space, widely used by our entire student body (2 to 18 years old), faculty and staff, and a popular spot for parents and children after school. Read more.
After School Enrichment
WDS offers a full and ever-changing schedule of after school activities. Read more.