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New School Building Construction Well Underway

By Graham Pearsall on 07/8/2020

Construction on Waring School's new energy-efficient, eco-friendly school building is well underway. The new building will house Waring's All-School Meeting space, administrative offices, several classrooms, and the porches, nooks, and cubbies unique to Waring. Check out the progress below!

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French Skits Shine Online

By Graham Pearsall on 05/28/2020

French classes had to get creative this spring to keep Waring's French Skit tradition alive. While a transition to remote learning could have put a stop to the fun, shared performances, classes chose to get innovative and created many outstanding online plays. Check them out below!

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Apart But Always Together: Waring Community Sings "Lean on Me"

By Graham Pearsall on 05/28/2020

Music has found beautiful new ways to flourish at Waring School even while we're apart. More than 100 Waring students, families, alumni, and faculty collaborated to record a moving virtual performance of Bill Withers' "Lean on Me."

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Waring Students Sweep Top Prizes in Poetry Contest

By Graham Pearsall on 05/26/2020

For the second year in a row, Waring students have swept the top three prizes at the Beverly Public Library’s Teen Poetry Contest.

Students from 15 schools submitted more than 500 poems for consideration. Waring students accounted for eight of the twelve finalists in the high school division and two of the fifteen finalists in the middle school division.

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68 Students Medal in National French Contest, 3 Students Lead Nation

By Waring Faculty on 05/26/2020

The results of Le Grand Concours 2020 are in and impressive! 

Sixty-eight of the 147 Waring students who participated in the National French Contest were named national laureates. For the first time ever, three Waring students led their division by posting national high scores.

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Community Writing Project - Best of Week 7

By Graham Pearsall on 05/18/2020

Every Monday, for the past seven weeks, our Writing Department has invited the Waring community to participate in a communal writing project.

Each week, the Writing Department shared a new prompt and published some of the previous week’s best responses.

The resulting community-made journal is a powerful record of our time during remote learning and physical distancing.

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Three Juniors Qualify for Prestigious National Merit Scholarship

By Graham Pearsall on 05/11/2020

More than 1.5 million students from across the United States took the Preliminary SAT test this fall. Finishing in the top 4 percent of all test takers were three Waring juniors—Cole Cunningham, Sparhawk Mulder, and Griffin Wells.

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Community Writing Project - Best of Week 5 and Next Week's Prompt

By Graham Pearsall on 05/4/2020

In March, Waring’s Writing Department announced a weekly community writing project.

Every Monday, the Writing Department shares a new prompt and publishes some of the previous week’s best responses.

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Waring Teacher and Alumnus Collaborate to Make 3D-Printed Face Masks

By Graham Pearsall on 04/30/2020

Waring's three 3D printers are rarely silent while students are on campus and have continued to buzz even in their absence.

Francis Schaeffer, Waring's STEM Coordinator and FLL Coach of the Brickwolves, has kept the 3D printers in Waring's makerspace busy the past few weeks making face masks. Each mask takes about nine hours to print and another 40 minutes to assemble using instructions supplied by Waring alumnus Bennett Ahearn '03.

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Community Writing Project - Best of Week 4 and Next Week's Prompt

By Graham Pearsall on 04/27/2020

In March, Waring’s Writing Department announced a weekly community writing project.

Every Monday, the Writing Department shares a new prompt and publishes some of the previous week’s best responses.

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What Remote Learning Looks Like at Waring - Four Students Break Down a Typical Day

By Graham Pearsall on 04/22/2020

On March 24, Waring School switched to a remote learning plan in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Faculty began conducting classes via Zoom and Google Classroom, music teachers continued with voice and instrument lessons, and our Athletic Director shared weekly workout schedules. Our Writing and Art Departments challenged our community to participate in weekly writing prompts and community art projects. Musicians began to share weekly #TuesdayTunes performances on Waring’s Facebook and Instagram, and we continued to gather every Friday for a (virtual) All-School Meeting. 

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Community Writing Project - Best of Week 3 and Next Week's Prompt

By Graham Pearsall on 04/21/2020

In March, Waring’s Writing Department announced a weekly community writing project.

Every Monday, the Writing Department shares a new prompt and publishes some of the previous week’s best responses.

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Students use Zoom to Workshop Poems with Accomplished Poets

By Graham Pearsall on 04/17/2020

Since Waring School implemented a remote learning plan, students in Michelle Ramadan’s Humanities Class have met regularly on Zoom to continue their discussion of World War I.

To conclude the unit, the ninth and tenth graders have been working on a poetry and art response to the poignant novel, All Quiet on the Western Front.

Yesterday, April 16, they were joined in class by four accomplished poets.

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The Waring Art Connector Project

By Graham Pearsall on 04/16/2020

Waring’s Art Department launched “The Waring Art Connector Project” just one week ago. Already alumni, students, parents, teachers, trustees, and friends, from Alaska to the Turks and Caicos Islands, have contributed more than 50 pieces of artwork to the collective gallery.

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Community Writing Project - Best of Week 2 and Next Week's Prompt

By Graham Pearsall on 04/13/2020

Every week since Waring implemented a remote learning plan, Waring’s Writing Department has invited students, faculty, parents, and friends to participate in a weekly writing project. 

Every Monday, the Writing Department announces a new prompt and shares some of the previous week’s best responses.

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Waring Alumni Combat Coronavirus

By Graham Pearsall on 04/10/2020

This week is World Health Worker Week, so today we thank the many Waring alumni who work every day to keep our communities safe and healthy. Here are a few of the many Waring alumni doing extraordinary things now to combat the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Waring Artists Sketch Portraits for a Kinder World

By Graham Pearsall on 04/9/2020

Waring students helped promote intercultural awareness, friendship, and compassion by once again participating in the Portraits for Kindness Program organized by the Memory Project.

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Community Writing Project - Best of Week 1 and Next Week's Prompt

By Graham Pearsall on 04/6/2020

Every Monday, Waring’s Writing Department invites you to participate in its weekly writing project. 

Last week the prompt was: “It's likely we are all seeing much more of our family than we are used to. Think about a time during the past week when you interacted with someone at home in a way that was surprising, funny, or interesting. Describe that interaction. You might want to include details of setting, timing, or dialogue.”

At the bottom of this blogpost, you will find this week’s new prompt. Everyone is encouraged to participate alongside our students. Please submit your responses to Jill Sullivan (no more than 250 words) by each Friday.

Below are three of our favorite responses from last week.

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Brickwolves Featured by Carbon Leadership Forum for Developing Student Carbon Calculator Curriculum

By Graham Pearsall on 03/13/2020

While attending the Boston Youth Climate Strike in September, Waring’s FLL Robotics team noticed that while passionate about climate change, many of their peers knew little about embodied carbon, an enormous source of carbon dioxide emissions. In fact, embodied carbon, which makes up 40 percent of the world’s annual greenhouse gas emissions, wasn’t mentioned by the strike’s speakers at all.

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In Memory of John K. Dineen, Waring Receives $100,000 Grant from Amelia Peabody Foundation

By Graham Pearsall on 03/2/2020

In memory of John K. Dineen, a Waring Board Member Emeritus, the Amelia Peabody Foundation has generously gifted the school a $100,000 grant in honor of the longtime friend of Waring School.

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Waring Receives NATA Safe Sports School Award

By Admin on 02/19/2020

We are pleased to announce that after much hard work on the part of our certified athletic trainer, Colleen Jenkins, MS, LAT, ATC, and the Athletics Department as a whole, Waring School has received the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Safe Sports School Award for its commitment to keeping young athletes safe.

The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that have met the recommended standards to improve safety in sports. The award reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention, and treatment.

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Fourteen Students Awarded Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

By Graham Pearsall on 02/3/2020

Students from across Massachusetts submitted more than 12,000 pieces of art and writing to this year's Scholastic Art and Writing Contest sponsored by The Boston Globe.

Rising to the top of the extremely competitive contest were 14 Waring students who received 16 awards. Leading the way were seniors Gyani Pradhan Wong Ah Sui and Benny Weedon who both won multiple awards.

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Le Temps Retrouvé - January 2020

By Graham Pearsall on 01/29/2020

The latest edition of Le Temps Retrouvé, Waring School's journal of student art and writing, is now online!

The student-made journal includes work by every class year, from Core to Group 5. Within the journal’s pages are personal essays, poems, and school news as well as sketches, photography, linear function art, and much more.

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2020 Faculty Grant Program Award Recipients

By Graham Pearsall on 01/6/2020

Created entirely by Waring’s parent community to show their deepest gratitude for Waring’s teachers and staff, the Faculty Grant Program provides funding for Waring employees to pursue enriching experiences beyond the walls of campus. The Faculty Grant Program affords faculty and staff the opportunity to think outside the box, pursuing passions for subjects that they might not otherwise be able to access. In return, they will then bring that experiential knowledge back into the classroom to inform and enrich their students’ learning. In just three years, generous donors to the Faculty Grant Program have already made possible 18 grants. Read below about this year’s grant recipients and about the enriching trips, workshops, and lessons they have planned with their grants.

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My Trip to Beijing with the Waring Debate Team (by Cole Sauder '21)

By Cole Sauder '21 on 01/3/2020

With only 24 hours of our 11-day Debate trip to China under my belt, in the middle of Beijing, amid the hum and bustle of rush-hour traffic, I watched my host crash her bike head-on into an oncoming cyclist. This was after she rented three different bikes that were either missing pedals or a seat. After the first crash, we pushed even harder on our pedals trying to get home, but it soon became apparent that Suzanna, my host, was lost, very lost in an enclosed college campus. 

The Waring Debate Team traveled to Beijing, China, in November for an international debate tournament and to build upon strong relations with our friends at T.H.I.S. (Tsinghua, Highschool, International, School). While in China we traveled to spectacular places, bonded with friends, and cleaned up at T.H.I.S’s debate tournament.

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Brickwolves Set Global High Score, Qualify for World Championship

By Graham Pearsall on 12/16/2019

No team in the world has scored more points in the world’s most competitive student robot contest than the Waring School Brickwolves this season.

During the awards ceremony at the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Eastern Massachusetts Championship on Saturday, December 14, it was announced that the Brickwolves’ 600-point run in the tournament’s Robot Game was a new global high score.

Nearly 40,000 teams from 100 countries compete in the FLL Robot Game. To date, no other team has reported a score greater than 560 points during a FLL-sanctioned competition.

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Inventive Middle Schoolers Design Balloon-Powered Cars

By Graham Pearsall on 12/11/2019

Design. Test. Refine.

For the past several months, eighth graders in Waring's STEM science class have been using 3D-modeling software and 3D printers to design and then print the parts for a balloon-powered car.

The course emphasizes a design-build process and the use of the scientific method to observe problems and test solutions.

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FLL Team Leads Community Workshop, Starts Robotics Club for Elementary Students

By Graham Pearsall on 11/22/2019

Earlier this week, members of Waring School’s FLL robotics team led an Introduction to Robotics workshop at Centerville Elementary School.

More than 40 young students attended the workshop to pick up the basics of EV3 coding and to learn how to computer program a robot to navigate a maze.

Because of exuberant interest in the workshop, the Waring School Brickwolves will expand the program to include a ten-session Introduction to Robotics Club for Centerville students beginning in January of 2020.

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Faculty Feature: Tiffany Soucy (By Theo Cabot '21)

By Theo Cabot '21 on 11/19/2019

Tiffany Soucy hurries from the booth to a stage window that floats slightly askew. As she runs down the center aisle, she grabs a student to steady the windowpane so she can adjust it. “Does that look right?” she says. “I’m not the best at seeing if it’s level. Hey, Mattie, is this level?”

It was build-day in theater, and tech week was only six days away and the performance two weeks out. A lot had to be done to get Shakespeare's Sister running smoothly. As the Technical Director of the show, it’s her job to oversee the set, props, costumes, and everything in the booth. She is one of the most important people in the theater. She keeps the show running.

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Debate Travels to Beijing, Finishes among Top Teams at International Tournament

By Graham Pearsall on 11/14/2019

More than 240 debaters participated in the AGD International Debate Tournament in Beijing, China. Three Waring students were recognized among the top-six performers, earning Speaker Awards–Julie Durning (6th), Jack Martin (5th), and Arion Carraher-Kang (3rd).

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Waring Alumni Propel Hobart and William Smith Colleges to NCAA Soccer Tournaments

By Graham Pearsall on 11/13/2019

After falling behind 0-1 in the Liberty League Men’s Soccer Championship game with an NCAA tournament bid on the line, Hobart College relied on a bit of Waring magic to even things in the second half. 

In the 63rd minute, Waring alumnus Nick Wigglesworth ’16 launched a pass from the 50-yard line to the opposing box. There to receive it was fellow Waring alumnus Kyle Patrick ’16 who blasted the ball into the back of the net.

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Competitive At All Levels–Six Recent Alums Find Success Playing College Soccer

By Graham Pearsall on 10/16/2019

For such a small school, Waring has had a remarkable track record of preparing soccer players for collegiate success.

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More than 100 Waring Students Participate in Climate March, Demand Political Action (by Austin Dowd '20)

By Austin Dowd on 10/3/2019

It was unseasonably warm in Boston as thousands met in Boston City Hall Plaza to participate in a school strike to address global warming on Friday, September 20.

As students gathered, temperatures approached 80 degrees, capping the hottest summer on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Approximately 115 Waring School students, nearly two-thirds of the school, skipped classes to participate in the Boston Youth Climate Strike, which drew more than 10,000 participants. More than four million students went on strike globally to protest climate change.

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New Students Share Favorite Memories From Their First Camping Trip

By Graham Pearsall on 09/9/2019

Each fall, Waring's school year begins with a four-day Camping Trip to North Woods Camp on Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. Tutorials stay in cabins, classmates sing in circles, and new acquaintances become close friends.

For new students, it's their first taste of what it's like to be a member of the Waring Community.

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Waring Reaffirms Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, Adopts Updated Diversity Statement

By Graham Pearsall on 07/12/2019

Last December, students in the Waring Inclusion and Diversity Alliance met to give input on Waring’s Diversity Statement. An updated statement would reaffirm Waring’s commitment to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community.

Several students wrote their thoughts down on notecards.

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Video: Waring Alumni - Coast to Coast

By Graham Pearsall on 05/6/2019

We asked “Where has your Waring education taken you?” and alumni responded with selfie videos from all over the world.

They answered: Burlington, Vermont; South Bend, Indiana; Bologna, Italy; graduate school; teaching careers; music professions; and much, much more...

Watch the full video below.

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Waring’s FLL Robotics Team Returns From World Championship Inspired

By Graham Pearsall on 04/30/2019

At this past weekend’s World Championship in Detroit, Waring School’s robot finished 22nd in the robot game.

This finish put Waring in the top .06% of the 40,000 teams that competed worldwide in the 30th season of the FIRST LEGO League (FLL).

Before their flight home, the trio of Owen Cooper, Chris Douglas, and Peter Hanna, all eighth graders at Waring, had already used a computer program to tear one of the world’s best robots apart.

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Waring Students Sweep Top Prizes in Poetry Contest

By Graham Pearsall on 04/26/2019

Of the 26 poems chosen to be finalists in Beverly Public Library’s 23rd Annual Teen Poetry Contest, 15 were composed by Waring School students. Sweeping the top three places in the high school division and grabbing a third-place finish in the middle school competition were four members of the Wolfpack.  

More than 500 poems were submitted to the contest and blindly judged by three local, published poets. Twelve of the thirteen finalists in the high school division were written by Waring students.

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Middle Schoolers Connect with History on School Trip to Alabama

By Graham Pearsall on 04/8/2019

Twenty-five eighth graders from Waring School in Beverly, Massachusetts, walked up Dexter Avenue in downtown Montgomery towards the Alabama State Capitol building. It was late March, and the camellias that surrounded the building’s grand marble staircase were in full bloom.

Fifty-four years earlier, almost to the day, 25,000 protestors marched up that same avenue and gathered near the same steps. For five days and four nights, the civil rights advocates had marched 54 miles along U.S. Highway 80 from Selma to the Statehouse.

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Waring Senior named National Merit Finalist

By Graham Pearsall on 03/1/2019

Gareth Buhl, a senior at Waring School, has been named a finalist in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Competition.

More than 1.6 million students entered the competition by taking the PSAT, National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in the fall of 2017. Less than one percent were named semifinalists and even fewer (just 7,500 students) were named finalists last month.

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Nine Waring Students Awarded Prizes for Art and Writing

By Graham Pearsall on 02/4/2019

Students from across Massachusetts submitted nearly 20,000 pieces of art and writing to this year's Scholastic Art and Writing Contest sponsored by The Boston Globe and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University.

Rising to the top of the extremely competitive contest were seven Waring artists and two Waring writers. Leading the way were Gold Key recipients Will Stomberg '20 and Arion Carraher-Kang '21 as well as Silver Key winner Julia Kautz '19.

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2019 Faculty Grant Program Award Recipients

By Graham Pearsall on 01/28/2019

Created entirely by Waring’s parent community to show their deepest gratitude for Waring’s teachers and staff, the Faculty Grant Program provides funding for Waring employees to pursue enriching experiences beyond the walls of campus. The Faculty Grant Program affords faculty and staff the opportunity to think outside the box, pursuing passions for subjects that they might not otherwise be able to access. In return, they will then bring that experiential knowledge back into the classroom to inform and enrich their students’ learning. In just two years, generous donors to the Faculty Grant Program have already made possible 11 grants. Read below about the amazing projects this year’s recipients will undertake with their grants.

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Le Temps Retrouvé - Special Edition Released

By Graham Pearsall on 01/26/2019

Extra! Extra! Read All About It! Another edition of Le Temps Retrouvé is hot off the digital press.

From the editor, Head of School Tim Bakland: "Waring School is a place of ideas and 'voices' — voice in its many forms, written, poetic, artistic, musical, athletic, whimsical, serious, adventurous, and all the rest. Le Temps Retrouvé is one of many venues in which you’ll find the very essence of Waring School through student expression."

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Waring Senior's Art Exhibited Alongside Professional Artist

By Graham Pearsall on 01/25/2019

For the next six weeks, at Waring Downtown (290 Cabot St), the artwork of Sarah Malboeuf '19 will hang alongside the abstract oil paintings of local, professional artist Miranda Aisling. 

The initiative, organized by Miranda, aims to introduce Waring students to Beverly-area artists who have created a living around art. 

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Waring Robotics Team Advances to World Championship

By Graham Pearsall on 12/21/2018

A championship robotics team isn’t built in a day. It’s built one LEGO brick at a time.

Last year, in their first year of competition, Waring did not finish in the top nine at the Revere FIRST LEGO League qualifying competition to advance to the Eastern Massachusetts Tournament.

This year, they qualified for the World Championship.
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Students Compare Research Notes with WHOI Scientists

By Graham Pearsall on 12/6/2018

For months, Waring students in John Wigglesworth's Earth, Ocean, and Environment class have conducted field work in Gloucester to support their oceanographic research projects. Last week, they visited Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) to discuss their work with world-class scientists.

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E.E. Ford Foundation Awards Waring $100K Grant

By Graham Pearsall on 12/6/2018

On November 15, National Philanthropy Day, Waring School was awarded a $100,000 grant from the Edward E. Ford Foundation. This generous grant will support the school's Campaign for Waring and will help fund a new, sustainable school building. In the coming year, Waring will raise $100,000 in matching funds.
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