We are thrilled to announce that Waynflete has received a matching $250,000 Educational Leadership Grant from the Edward E. Ford Foundation. The grant will enable the school to build on the success of the The “Can We?” Project, which brings students from disparate communities together to learn dialogue skills and practice collaborative decision-making across political divides, and the New England Youth Identity Summit. The grant also allocates funds for the development of new programs and partnerships.
Thank you to all the students, teachers, and parents who helped make the fourth annual New England Youth Identity Summit a big success! This year’s program, which focused on “Voices Across Generations,” featured dozens of workshops (most of them student-led) and drew over 400 attendees from 30 different schools. Our keynote speakers’ funny and moving presentations were well-received by overflow audiences in Franklin Theater (thanks to Nicole Maines—LGBTQ rights pioneer, activist, and the first transgender superhero on CW’s Supergirl TV show—and our very own Phuc Tran—Latin teacher and author of the forthcoming memoir “Sigh, Gone”).
Six Waynflete freshmen competed in the Seacoast SeaPerch competition at the University of New Hampshire on April 5, along with close to 50 other teams from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. Our ninth-graders designed and built underwater ROV robots to compete in three events: the Mission Challenge Course, the Obstacle Course, and the Scientific Poster/ Presentation.
Our “Flyers1” team placed third overall, while the “Flyers2” team placed fifth. Congratulations to Cat Sullivan, Jacob Curtis, Henry Wagg, Julia Werner, Elijah Gallagher, Liam Slocumb, along with coaches Stephanie and Tom Dolan!
Check out this interesting read from the New York Times: “High School Doesn’t Have To Be Boring.”
A great description of what brings learning to life in a high school—a close match to who we strive to be!
Waynflete participated in the 2019 Maine State Science Olympiad Tournament on Saturday, March 30, at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham. Two teams of 15 Upper School students and one team of 15 Middle School students competed in 23 different science and engineering events.
Waynflete’s Middle School team won first place in the middle school division while Waynflete’s Upper School teams took first and third place in the high school division. Seniors Phoebe Hart, Ingrid Ansel-Mullen, Quilla Flanagan-Burt, Carter Dexter, and Tzevi Aho led the Upper School teams in medal finishes. Waynflete Upper School students earned first, second, or third place medals in 20 of the 23 events in the competition!