Novel Engineering in the Lower School

Students in Waynflete’s 4-5 program engage in the design thinking process

How can Peter keep his snowball from melting? What will Nanette do to resist eating the baguette on the way home from the store? How will Mr. McGreely stop rabbits from eating his garden vegetables? Inspired by the characters in Ezra Jack Keats’s The Snowy Day, Mo Willems’s Nanette’s Baguette, and Candace Fleming and G. Brian Karas’s Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!, students in Waynflete’s 4-5 program recently immersed themselves in the “design thinking” methodology.

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Jocelyn Rodriguez ’20 recognized by Portland Rotary Club

On April 12, Jocelyn Rodriguez ’20 was recognized by the Portland Rotary Club for her outstanding community involvement, service, and leadership. The Rotary Club’s Youth Service Award is bestowed upon students who go beyond academics and traditional school activities to improve the community through volunteer activities.

Click here to read teacher Sue Stein’s introductory remarks from the event, which detail the many activities in which Jocelyn has participated (including “Planting Compassion,” a group she envisioned, designed and then executed in the Lower School).

Jocelyn embodies the Rotary motto of “service above self.” Her efforts have made a profound difference in our school community.

Photo: Jocelyn with her parents and teacher Sue Stein. a unique resource for diversifying children’s bookshelves

In 2008, when daughter Sophi ’20 was in elementary school, Waynflete parent and Bates College Professor Krista Aronson found her worlds as a psychologist, scholar of racial identity, and parent colliding. As her town’s majority-white public school district rapidly diversified, Krista—a mixed-race mother raising a multiracial family—turned to research with children’s picture books for answers to the difficult questions her young daughter had begun asking about her own identity (read more here).

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Heeding the call: Hamish Haddow ’08 on practicing medicine in Maine

Partway through his second year at Bennington College, Hamish Haddow finally acknowledged what had become clear—he was being pulled in a new direction. His Waynflete teachers had instilled in him a love of composition, which had prompted him to pursue an undergraduate degree in English. But Waynflete had also taught him about taking risks, and that while it’s fine to make decisions based on the information you have, it’s also OK to look back and think, “that was the best choice at the time, but now my plans have evolved.” “It’s hard to know exactly what you want to be at age 18,” he reflects today.

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Waynflete receives major grant from Edward E. Ford Foundation

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.

Read the press release
Watch a video overview of The “Can We?” Project