On Monday July 24th, Waterside School Summer Productions put on its 4th annual summer musical: "Willy Wonka." With more that 50 students involved, our performers took the audience to a world of "pure imagination" with their creativity, their talents, and their spirit.
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On Saturday, June 10 Waterside held its second annual Alumni BBQ. Waterside graduates ranging from rising sixth graders to college students returned to Waterside School to reconnect, eat together, and share stories from the school year. In keeping with Waterside's mission to provide access and superior academic opportunities, many of the high school alumni shared exciting summer plans, from service trips abroad to internships to educational enrichment programs. The joy and energy at this event was palpable; it was clear that the alumni and their families were happy and proud to be "coming home."
For donating all the food, a very special and heartfelt thank you to Garden Catering.
On Friday, June 9, Waterside School held its most special event of the year: "Stepping Up and Graduation." Students from all classes were officially promoted to the next grade level, and 14 fifth graders and six early-admission fourth graders represented Waterside's twelth graduating class.
In keeping with school tradition, awards were presented throughout the ceremony, including medals to acknowledge students who were "Homework Shining Stars" this year. Sofia Castaneda won Waterside's most distinguished award- The "Kruger Cup," which recognizes a graduate who embodies the school's commitment to academic achievement and character development. Finally, Waterside's own LaVandra DuPree was recognized for her 13 years of service and dedication to Waterside School, as both a parent of a Waterside alumna and a longstanding faculty member.
Each of the classes took to the stage to perform for the community. Additionally, Parent Council President, Sardia Watson, presented the school with a check for $50,000, all of which came from fundraisers led by Waterside families. The fifth grade graduates then reflected upon their time at Waterside, emphasizing their goal to "Wear the Waterside W" with pride, and represent their families, teachers, and friends of the school wherever they may go. The students thanked Mr. Kruger, Mr. Edwards, and Mrs. Visage for their vision, and, in keeping with the school's daily lunch blessing, concluded their reflection by promising to, "honor the dream of the school with always (their) fullest and finest efforts."
In addition to the graduates' reflections, Nina Hanlon, Director of Enrollment and Financial Aid at Greenwich Academy, gave a truly inspiring commencement address. Explaining her background as one of a handful of students of color at a private school, Ms. Hanlon discussed her passion for equity and access. She went on to remark on the gifts that Waterside students bring with them to their next schools, and coined a new catchphrase: "The Waterside Glow." She concluded her remarks by urging the graduates to go after every opportunity- especially the ones that seem most challenging.
This fall, Waterside's class of 2017 will matriculate at some of the finest independent schools in the area, all with scholarships. Still, it was clear from the graduates' thoughtful reflections and Ms. Hanlon's commencement speech that Waterside students will always be thankful for the support and foundation that Waterside has given them.
Waterside School hosted its annual Art Night- a celebration of the students' artwork over the course of the year on June 2nd. Families spent the evening viewing their children's artwork, and several accomplished artists shared their crafts and talents with the school community. Featured artists included:
Jon Puzzuoli, a ceramic artist
Gene Myers, a cartoonist
Liz Squillace, an illustrator, painter and screen printer
Tara Blackwell, a painter
Scott Kazan, a balloon artist
Elzbieta Gregner, a face painter
The evening was a spectacular showcase of visual arts at Waterside. Over the course of the year, Waterside students study art and artists from various cultures and periods, and they investigate different ways of seeing and creating pieces. From pottery to sculptures to quilling to collages to work with Photoshop, the variety and complexity of the students' work evolve each year.
In addition to viewing the community's artwork, students and families had the opportunity to participate in several art workshops led by faculty and student volunteers. An integral part of the end of year festivities, Art Night demonstrated the talents, creativity, and genuine love of the Waterside community.
On Friday, May 26th Waterside School held its annual Field Day. With high energy, enthusiasm, and school spirit, the blue team and the white team faced off in various competitions. From the long jump, to basketball, cornhole, dance offs, and scooter races both teams showed their camaraderie and teamwork. Thank you to all the teachers, parents, Goldman Sachs volunteers, and of course, students for making this a day to remember!