Over 100 CSW students, faculty, and staff walked off campus as part of the National School Walkout today, marching the two miles from school to the Weston Town Green. National School Walkout is a movement powered and led by students across the country protesting congressional, state, and local failures to take action to prevent gun violence.
The CSW community observed Earth Day at its morning assembly on Thursday, April 19, with a visit from Reverend Mariama White-Hammond. Rev. Mariama was born in Boston to two preacher-doctors. She began her activism in high school and continued through college at Stanford University. More recently she has been working to bridge Boston’s racial divide with a message of unity and the environment. With environmentalism being an issue primarily highlighted by white Americans, Rev. Mariama seeks to shed light on the many people of color who also care deeply about such issues.
The Gryphons, CSW’s Robotics team, competed in their final FIRST Robotics competition of the year in Revere, MA on Sunday, and came home with the second place prize! Team members meet on a daily basis. They have been working since the beginning of January to build a robot. Their first competition was at the beginning of March. Since then, team members have worked hard to make their robot a strong contender for the 2018 PowerUp Challenge.
Over the weekend six students attended the Asian American Footsteps Conference held at Deerfield Academy. The conference was a daylong series of empowering workshops, activities and networking opportunities.
Junior Emily Bendremer ’19 and the members of her a cappella group, Trills ’n Chills were recently selected as a finalists in the new PBS talent search, “Celebration of Music.” A segment about each finalist was aired on PBS Rhode Island on March 28. The show will be broadcasted again on Wednesday, April 4 at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. on PBS Rhode Island.
We are excited to announce that four CSW students have won National Medals from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Congratulations to Melissa Dee '18, Kexin (William) Feng '20, Eliza Gallo '18, Emily Murdock '18, and Lily Wollheim-Martinez '18.
CSW is thrilled to announce that English teachers Carmen Leahy and Samantha Simpson, and visual arts teacher Alison Safford have been awarded the inaugural grants from The Alorie Parkhill Learning and Travel Fund for Teachers. Established by Rebecca Parkhill ’85, P'17, and Robert Willett P'17 (parents of Oliver Willett ’17), the Alorie Parkhill Learning and Travel Fund for Teachers was created to honor former faculty member and assistant head of school Alorie Parkhill. This generous gift of $1 million speaks to the importance of teaching here at The Cambridge School of Weston, where faculty regularly engage in an innovative academic program, drawing on progressive pedagogy and teaching techniques.
Two students from CSW performed on March 3 at Symphony Hall as part of the Massachusetts Music Educators All-State Festival. Bri Alper '19 was selected to sing bass in the chorus and Leo Weisskoff '19 was selected to play string bass in the jazz band. Both were chosen for their respective parts after a highly competitive audition. They spent three days in Boston at the Seaport Hotel/World Trade Center preparing for the performance. The All-State festival features Massachusetts' top student musicians performing band, orchestral, jazz and choral works. The jazz band will also perform at the Newport Jazz Festival in August.
The internationally acclaimed folk band Windborne — featuring CSW alum Jeremy Carter-Gordon ’07 — visited campus this week to perform in assembly and lead a workshop with The Gryphtones (CSW’s acappella group) during lunch.
The Cambridge School of Weston is among the country’s first schools to join a new national campaign to mobilize middle and high schools to prepare young people to be constructive community members and citizens who create a better world. Led by Harvard’s Making Caring Common project, the Caring Schools #CommonGood campaign aims to motivate schools to take action to help mend our country’s fractures and strengthen democracy.
Six CSW basketball players have come away with league honors this season. Five players were selected as All-League competitors in the independent Girls Conference (IGC) and the Mass. Bay Independent League (MBIL), and Alaina Hauber '20 has been named a NEPSAC Class D/E All-Star.
CSW Photography Teacher Anne Rearick will exhibit artwork in Printemps Photographique Pomerol, a photo festival in Pomerol, France, an area famous for its wineries. Timed to coincide with the arrival of spring, this annual festival brings together artists from around the world to show their work in historic local venues. Anne’s work will be displayed in the Chapelle de Carmel in the commune of Libourne from March 16 through April 15.
Hosted each spring by Boston University's Boston Playwright's Theatre, the Massachusetts Young Playwrights' Project Festival known as New Noises, gives high school students the chance to write and present 10-minute plays to be directed and performed by professional actors and directors. As part of the program, participating schools like CSW are provided with the opportunity to collaborate with a playwriting mentor. CSW's mentor is actor and playwright Richard Snee.
CSW’s Boys' Varsity Basketball team finished in the top spot of the Massachusetts Bay Independent League (MBIL) Division I this past week, going 9-1 in the league and 10-4 overall. Their efforts on the court have earned them a first round bye in the league championship tournament. The Gryphons will host the winner of the Boston University Academy and Brimmer & May quarterfinal matchup on Tuesday, February 13 at the Fit.
Natalie Good '19 competed in the regional semi-finals for the National Shakespeare Competition on Saturday, February 3, and was one of just eleven performers selected to advance to the regional finals on February 24 at Mt. Ida College. The winner from the regional finals will advance to the National Competition on April 23, 2018 at Lincoln Center in New York City.
Thirty-seven CSW students received commendations from the Massachusetts Regional Scholastic Art & Writing awards, co-sponsored annually by the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (SMFA) and the Boston Globe. The Scholastic Art & Writing awards date back to 1923 and have grown to become the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the U.S. Noteworthy past winners include Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Stephen King and many others.
CSW students, faculty, and staff joined together on Thursday, January 25 for CSW’s annual Diversity Day celebration, a full day of performances, community discussions, and student-generated workshops dedicated to the topic of diversity. Led each year by the student Diversity Committee, Diversity Day is a beloved CSW tradition that allows participants to share personal experiences and engage in exercises promoting awareness, equity, and inclusion.
CSW Congratulates Leo Weisskoff ’19 and Bri Alper ’19, who were recently accepted by competitive audition to participate in the Massachusetts Music Educators Association's Eastern District Senior Festival.
CSW Head of School Jane Moulding announced today that she will retire in June 2019, at which time she will have spent 17 years at the school's helm. Jane shared the news with faculty, staff, and students at a special assembly on Wednesday morning. A letter from Jane to Board of Trustees Chair Sue Vogt P'14, and a response letter from Sue, were shared with the greater community. These letters are included below.
Community members gathered to celebrate the arts at CSW at the 9th annual Evening of the Arts in December. The yearly tradition showcases the creative talents of students, faculty, and staff across a wide range of artistic disciplines.
The Cambridge School of Weston is a day and boarding independent school, located near Boston, for students in grades 9-12 and PG. We offer an innovative and rigorous academic program that fosters critical thought, hands-on experiential learning and deep academic inquiry. Students choose from more than 300 courses through our unique Mod System; no two student schedules are alike.