WISH Signature Events
Our Community Ed Nights also serve as an opportunity for our Middle School scholars to connect with other students. At the first meeting of the school year, we often have an Ice Cream Social where 6th-8th graders can load up on sweet treats and fun.
Midway through the first semester and the second, the Academy hosts Exhibitions where students showcase a project they have been working on, centered on a particular interest. It’s a unique and creative way to pursue and present their passions.
Both a statewide and national competition, students explore a historical topic, and then present their research in a thoughtful, creative way. In the past, our WISH scholars have gone on to participate in the state-wide contest.
While families join our Community Education talk around social-emotional wellbeing, Middle School scholars are invited to participate in a virtual or in-person game night with their classmates.
To kick off the holiday season, our Visual and Performing Arts Departments gift our community with an evening of music and art, as well as a theater performance, showcasing the talents of our brilliant scholars.
Giving back is part of the WISH philosophy, which is why we devote an entire quarter to learning about the good works that go into helping our communities. At the elementary school, each grade studies a different cause, as well as the organizations working to remedy those issues, whether it is hunger, homelessness or the environment. In Middle School and at the Academy, students are asked to earn a certain number of service hours over the course of the year, and are ultimately asked to pick a cause they connect with and write about it.
Talent Show: Show Us Your Act
Our community is fortunate to have an abundance of shining stars, and we are always excited to see our scholars take to the stage and share their talents with all of us.
During the third quarter of the school year, WISH’s focus is on service learning. To
Our annual online auction kicks off with an elevated event, where our families and friends dress up, hit the dance floor, and enjoy drinks and dinner. We might look all fancy, but we still maintain our fun, welcoming vibe.
Walk Through Presentations
We pride ourselves on our innovative curriculum, and one of our most engaging learning opportunities are our immersive Walk Through history presentations. Our 4th grade students "walk through" California history, our 5th graders learn about the American Revolution, and our 6th graders explore ancient times.
A fun way to celebrate the chilly season, our middle school scholars have a blast at this low-key dance party.
Movie Night Social
During the third Community Ed night of the year, our middle schoolers get together to watch a favorite flick, eat some popcorn, and just chill.
This is round two of the Academy scholars’ bi-annual, independent projects, where students once again present a topic of interest to their community.
There’s nothing sweeter than the voices of our young scholars singing (and playing instruments) with their classes and music troupes at these annual recitals, one for each campus. Families are always sure to keep those tissues handy.
Students from TK through 8th are invited to challenge their curious minds and present a science project at this annual event. Scientists and engineers from our community are asked to be judges, and engage these young, bright students on their research.
Educator Appreciation Week
WISH is nothing without our teachers, staff and paraprofessionals. So at the beginning of May, we celebrate all of their hard work with a week full of gratitude and events, from coffee deliveries to sweet notes from the students to an incredible staff luncheon.
Every spring, our young students focus on one of three cycling themes, giving them the opportunity to explore history, STEM, and their own creativity. For Living Museum, our scholars research a famous figure in history and present as that person. For Business Fair, groups of students come up with an idea, create a business plan, and execute their vision. For Invention Convention, students are tasked with building a structure and must use their engineering know-how to construct it, from blueprint to final product.
To celebrate the end of their Middle School career, 8th graders team up to create their own cardboard boats/rafts, usingwhatever materials their STEM-minded brains think will work. Then, the whole school takes a field trip to LMU, where the 8th graders then grab their paddles and race their boats against each other in the university pool. With the younger students cheering them on, it’s a day our culminating middle schoolers always remember.
- Presentations of Learning
At the end of the year, our Academy scholars once again present on two subjects in front of a small teacher panel, demonstrating what they have learned throughout the second semester.
We're still a tight community, even when school is not in session. Every year, WISH participates in the Westchester July 4th Parade. In the days before, our families come together to help build the float, and then, on the 4th, sit atop our float, walk alongside it, or just cheer on our friends as they go by.
WCA MEETINGS & COMMUNITY ED NIGHTS
The WCA is like the PTA, and every member of our community is a part of it! Each quarter, the WCA hosts a Community Education night, which begins with an update from our WCA Leaders, before engaging in a larger discussion of topics affecting our families and communities. These informative and dynamic talks are offered both in person and over Zoom, and are also paired with social events for our Middle School Scholars.
Community members hear from WCA Leaders about important announcements and upcoming events as we return to campus, with topics that include a review of family support portals, committees, volunteer opportunities, and a variety of ways for families to support their scholars, teachers, classroom, and the school. This is immediately followed by a discussion led by all three WISH principals across TK-12, sharing academic and social-emotional data from the previous year, as well as goals for the upcoming year.