My sons came home excited (and a bit tired) this week, energized by the return to a more “normal” school day, with afternoons filled with sports practice, study hall, and clubs. 

As we finish the second full week of school, it feels good to be settling into slightly revised versions of our pre-pandemic routines. Our Grade 5-8 Dragons have been busy with competitive sports practices. Our After-School Enrichment Program provided everything from cooking to yoga to chess and more for hundreds of our Early Childhood and Elementary students. 

One of the unique features of a WES education is our commitment to getting our students out of the classroom and into the world through our study trips program. We are only in our third week of school, and already our Dragons are experiencing these adventures: 

  • Our Kindergarteners visited a local farm to go apple picking and meet some barnyard animals. They later learned how to make apple butter with the literal fruits of their labor.
  • Grade 7 will “Race to the White House” with a historical scavenger hunt as they explore DC tomorrow. 
  • Grade 6 will spend some valuable time building community tomorrow as they canoe down the Shenandoah River at Calleva. 
  • And Grade 8–after two years of missed trips–are currently exploring the geology and landscape of Southwest Utah this week!

We are incredibly grateful for all of these “firsts…again,” look forward to even more in the coming months. 

Danny Vogelman

Head of School