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On Saturday, January 27, Waterside School welcomed back eighth grade through eleventh grade students for its annual "Roadmap to College" program. Led by Waterside faculty as well as guidance counselors and teachers from local independent schools, "Roadmap to College" provided Waterside alumni and their families with workshops to support them as they get ready to apply for college. The morning included workshops on financial aid, course selection, resume building, and interview skills. Aundrea Tabb-Smith- a published author and teacher from Rye Country Day School- kicked off the morning with a moving keynote presentation entitled "From Passive to Purposeful," which focused on helping the alumni and their family develop self-advocacy skills. The program lay the groundwork for "College Boot Camp," a weeklong program in June designed for rising juniors and seniors. In keeping with the school's mission to help students gain access to superior academic opportunities, "Roadmap to College" was just one of the many ways Waterside seeks to level the playing field, both for its students as well as for its alumni.


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On Friday, January 19, Waterside School honored the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior with its annual school-wide assembly. The second grade class presented a spoken timeline of Dr. King's life and achievements, and all grades took to the stage to share their own tribute with the school community. Kindergarten sang Stevie Wonder's iconic song "Happy Birthday," first graders adapted Dr. King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech, and third graders recited Dr. King's compelling "I've been to the Mountaintop" speech.

The presentation culminated with the fourth and fifth grade's poignant interpretation of "Rise Up," by Andra Day. Against the backdrop of images of past and current protest movements, the students' powerful words moved the audience to tears. The performance served as a beacon of hope, spreading the message of perseverance during tumultuous times. The refrain of the song- "And I'll Rise up, I'll rise like the day, I'll rise up, I'll rise unafraid...And I'll do it a thousand times again...For you"- in every way underscores Waterside's mission of equity for all, regardless of background or circumstances. Indeed, Dr. King's fight for equality and fierce desire for justice have made the dream of Waterside School a reality.








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Nick Barlow, a member of Waterside's class of 2012, accomplished what's nearly impossible: earning the highest possible ACT composite score of 36. On average, only around one-tenth of 1% of all test takers earn the top score. Among US high school graduates in the class of 2017, just 2,760 out of more than 2 million who took the ACT earned a composite score of 36. Nick was a student who was fiercely bright and uniqely driven from the moment he walked through the Waterside doors. His achievement- though significant and rare- is no surprise to the Waterside family. Bravo Nick Barlow!

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On the evening of December 15th the gymnasium was overflowing with students, parents, alumni, and friends as Waterside celebrated, in song, all the miracles that are around us. The holiday concert included rock & roll and gospel selections along with traditional songs. All in attendance were treated to a surprise performance by over 40 alumni students, celebrating "all that's yet to come."







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