Authentic connection and comfort within a learning environment
At WNS, we know one another well and genuinely care about each other. Morning Assemblies, Morning Meeting and Advisory, Family Groups, and our Buddy Program create a warm and friendly environment on a daily basis.
WNS students, faculty, staff, and parents gather at morning assemblies twice a week. These assemblies begin and conclude the week and feature presentations, a talk by our Head of School, sports reports, student performances, and class presentations highlighting a field trip, grade-level buddies, or exciting classroom activities. Seventh and eighth grade student leaders officiate each assembly, direct and lead monthly activities and presentations, and assist with school-wide celebrations such as Birthday Books. Each assembly begins with a few minutes of quiet reflection accompanied by thoughtfully selected music. Each assembly concludes with a positive quote before students are dismissed for their classes.
Students form a close-knit community with their classmates during Morning Meeting and Advisory which meet regularly throughout the week to provide a platform for authentic connection and comfort in students’ learning environment. Students are challenged to learn and grow in the classroom, while forming lasting bonds with their peers and faculty.
WNS students interact with multiple grade levels and faculty and staff through our grade-level Buddy Program, Family Groups, and Core Group. The Buddy Program meets regularly and allows students in lower and upper grades to interact. Beginning in the fourth grade, students become mentors to the younger students in the Buddy Program.
Our twenty one Family Groups include children from all grades and faculty/staff advisors. The groups remain the same throughout a student’s time at WNS, adding new students as they join our school. Family Groups engage in a variety of activities, including Breaking Bread at Thanksgiving and community service projects. Seventh and eighth grade students serve as leaders of the groups. Core Group is composed of middle school students and plans activities and provides instruction for the Family Group leaders.
During the year, students perform together at our annual Winter Program and support each other at many performing arts, music, and sporting events.
WNS provides multiple opportunities for families to share in the excitement of a WNS education. Students and parents experience community events throughout the school year, including the All-School Picnic, Halloween Parade, Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day, Movie Night, grade-level events, special assemblies, Back-to-School Nights, and Open House.