On Saturday, September 16, Waterside launched Transition Academy, a series of classes for our sixth and seventh grade alumni. Led by Mr. Duennebier, a middle school teacher at Brunswick School, Transition Academy provides academic assistance and coaching to the alumni as they transition to their new schools. The Saturday morning classes provide the students with support in long-term planning, organization, and other skills that will enable them to excel in middle school. Additionally, the students are able to reconnect with each other, ensuring that their connection to the Waterside family remains strong well beyond graduation.
2017 College Boot Camp
During the week of June 26, Waterside School welcomed back rising juniors and seniors for an intensive College Boot Camp. Students from Waterside’s class of 2011 and class of 2012 worked all week on college essays, resumes, and interview practice. Guidance counselors from local independent schools shared their expertise on college affordability and the college search, and juniors and seniors recommitted to finishing their high school careers on the best possible note. Additionally, Carnegie Pollak provided state of the art ACT tutoring for the students, and the students returned the week of August 27 to continue their ACT Prep. In keeping with the school’s mission to help students gain access to superior academic opportunities, College Boot Camp was just one of the many ways Waterside seeks to level the playing field, both for its students as well as for its alumni.
2016 Holiday Volunteers
During the holiday break, several Waterside alumni volunteered their time and abilities to Person-to-Person, a community-supported agency that provides emergency assistance for basic needs located in Darien. Our volunteers to helped with donations, donors, and clients in their clothing center where they sorted and handed out clothing. In the food pantry they gathered and distributed emergency food stuffs to many families in need over the holidays. It was a great opportunity to do some good in the world and bring smiles to many faces.
2016 Holiday Hoops
Over the holiday break, Waterside hosted Open Gym sessions for alumni to return back to Pacific Street for some hoops, laughs, and pizza!
Back to School
As September rolls in, our Waterside graduates prepare for the launch of the new school year. A host of alumni will return to their familiar spaces to continue the great work from the past year. Many of our scholars including the Class of 2017 will embark on exciting journeys and opportunities at new middle schools, high schools and colleges nationwide. We, at Waterside, wish all of our graduates a fantastic start to the school year and urge you all to remember always to “be kind, work hard and respect learning!”