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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Annie Wright presents Molière’s comedy The Learned Ladies

Special thanks to Jen Willey for providing this press release:
Annie Wright Upper School presents Molière’s comedy The Learned Ladies with a modern twist! 
Friday, February 21, and Saturday, February 22
Shows begin at 7:30 pm at Annie Wright Schools’
Kemper Theater, 827 N Tacoma Ave, Tacoma Wash, 98403.

The greater Tacoma community is invited to attend the zany production of this delightful French satire and for an evening filled with comedy, pop music, and wild costumes. Come and discover if the 17th century characters will be doomed to re-live their story for all of eternity or if their modern counterparts will finally get it right and allow for the two lovers that belong together to finally be united.

As part of Annie Wright’s commitment to the community, Annie Wright Upper School will host a drive for the NW Furniture Bank. Attendees can help by donating any small home goods items such as: plates, cutlery, serving pieces, glasses or the like that are in good repair.

(Comments from Jaynie:  It's a great service that the NW Furniture Bank provides to the community to help people get back on their feet and set up housekeeping after being homeless or from other circumstances where they've lost everything and are starting over.)

Students will be admitted free with their student ID and/or donation. Adults who donate a home decor item will also be admitted for free. General admission (without a donation) for students is $5.00 and for adults $7.00.

Friday, January 31, 2014

SCHOLAR SEARCH WEEKEND: Smart Girls. Smart Choice.

Annie Wright Schools Host Events for Middle and High School Students

Tacoma, Wash. — Annie Wright Schools announce two unique events for students to visit campus and explore the schools’ programs, curriculum and community: Ticket to Thrive, for boys and girls, entering grades 6-8; and Scholar Search Weekend, for girls entering grades 9-12. Both events are free and require registration.

TICKET TO THRIVE: Don’t just survive middle school. THRIVE at Annie Wright.

WHO:           Boys and girls entering Grades 6-8 in fall 2014

WHAT:         Meet current students, enjoy a free lunch, learn about our Middle School and participate in fun activities (including a scavenger hunt with iPads!). Attending Ticket to Thrive simplifies the application process:
                       >> Your application fee will be waived
>> Your assessments will be completed during the event
>> An admission decision will be made within two weeks of the event

WHERE:        Annie Wright Schools, 827 North Tacoma Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98403  

WHEN:           Saturday, February 8, 2014, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

REGISTER:     www.aw.org/thrive


WHO:           Girls entering grades 9-12 in fall 2014

WHAT:         Spend a night at Annie Wright, learn about the benefits of the all-girls experience and compete for partial merit scholarships. The overnight event includes student interviews, class visits and our popular lip sync event. Attending Scholar Search Weekend simplifies the application process:
                       >> Your application fee will be waived
>> Your assessments will be completed during the event
>> An admission decision will be made within two weeks of the event

WHERE:        Annie Wright Schools, 827 North Tacoma Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98403  

WHEN:           Friday, February 7, 12:00 pm – Saturday, February 8, 1:00 pm

REGISTER:     www.aw.org/scholar-search


Founded in Tacoma in 1884, Annie Wright Schools are two schools on one campus. Annie Wright Day School serves boys and girls in Preschool through Grade 8, while Annie Wright Upper School offers all-girls day and boarding programs for Grades 9 through 12. Annie Wright is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School. Learn more at www.aw.org.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Annie Wright Schools Announce New Directors

Annie Wright Schools Announce New Directors
Jennifer Haley to lead Enrollment; Stacey Guadnola to lead Development

Tacoma, Wash. — Annie Wright Schools announced today that Jennifer Haley has been appointed to Director of Enrollment and Stacey Guadnola has been appointed to Director of Development. Both women are members of the schools’ senior administration, reporting to Christian G. Sullivan, Head of Schools.

Jennifer Haley, a member of Annie Wright’s class of 1989, will lead the Admissions Team for the Day School and Upper School at Annie Wright Schools. Jennifer joined Annie Wright in 2009 and has already succeeded in enrollment as the previous Upper School Admissions Director where she was charged with filling the boarding department and succeeded by increasing enrollment from 50 boarding students to the current 100. Ms. Haley also led the recent launch of Annie Wright’s intranet website. Prior to Annie Wright, Jennifer served as an executive at DIRECTV Broadband and has a background in leadership management, technology, customer service and restaurants. Jennifer graduated from Smith College and earned an MBA from Western New England University.

Stacey Guadnola will lead the Development Team for Annie Wright Schools. She has worked with Annie Wright in various capacities for almost a decade, serving most recently as the Director of Enrollment. Under Stacey’s leadership Annie Wright’s enrollment increased by 14%. Previously Ms. Guadnola was a sales executive for the Wall Street Journal, raised $2MM as the co-founder of Chicago Jesuit Academy and served as the founding executive director of the Make the Dash Count Foundation. Stacey graduated from Boston College and earned a Master’s in School Leadership from Harvard University.

“Jennifer and Stacey have both demonstrated that they are goal-oriented professionals,” shared Christian G. Sullivan, Head of Annie Wright Schools. “They are the best people to lead these two very important teams in our school. Both Jennifer and Stacey have a long tenure with the school and are integral leaders in the Annie Wright Schools community.”


Founded in Tacoma in 1884, Annie Wright Schools are two schools on one campus. Annie Wright Day School serves boys and girls in Preschool through Grade 8, while Annie Wright Upper School offers all-girls day and boarding programs for Grades 9 through 12. Annie Wright is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School. Learn more at www.aw.org.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Most Memorable Thanksgiving

Years ago when my husband Charles was on dialysis and having so many health-related, life-threatening medical complications, it seemed that we careened along from crisis to crisis.  One of those years he was hospitalized as an in-patient at St. Joseph Hospital following an emergency surgery and was not going to be discharged until sometime after Thanksgiving. 

I arrived home from the hospital late one night just a couple of days before Thanksgiving and there was a phone message from a stranger on our answering machine (we didn’t have voicemail or Caller ID then).  

The young woman and her siblings wanted to come over – right then.  She insisted it was urgent and would only take a few minutes. She wanted me to call back as soon as I arrived home, no matter what time it was. I was both exhausted and hesitant, but she sounded so sweet and upbeat, I returned her call. 

She explained that their family anonymously adopts a family each year for Thanksgiving. She seemed to know that Charles was hospitalized and we were having a difficult time.  She said they could be at our apartment in a matter of minutes and indeed they were.  It was four or five young adults who were all brothers and sisters; this tradition of theirs is something they had grown up doing. 

They arrived in several vehicles and formed a bucket brigade to haul in bag after bag, and box after box of every type of grocery item anyone could ever imagine including a turkey to roast and all of the trimmings to go with it. 


Additionally, they presented me with a wreath for our door as an expression of hope and encouragement that things would get better.  It was so humbling and overwhelming to be on the receiving end of so much love and generosity, I will never forget it. 

They filled our refrigerator, freezer, and pantry so full we didn’t need to buy groceries for months afterward. 

When Charles was able to come home from the hospital the week after Thanksgiving, we had one of the most memorable Thanksgiving celebrations ever. 

We vowed then that in the years ahead when we were able to do so, we would adopt their family’s tradition as our own and bestow those blessings on another family anonymously as they had done for us.


We will never forget Thanksgiving from that year.  

Please know that whether you give a jar of peanut butter to a food bank or a whole shopping cart full of groceries to a family in need, they will always remember it and be grateful that you cared.  Those needs exist daily, not just during the holidays and 'season of giving.'

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Halloween Candy and Pumpkin Donations for UP Seniors

Here is something fun that we, as a community, can do to support our seniors locally.  Activity Director Emily Murer at University Place Care Center has a request for two things:  pumpkins for planned activities for the nursing home patients, and donated bags of wrapped candy for Halloween. 

Emily is seeking "...approximately *50 sugar pumpkins for activities at our intergenerational Halloween party (on the 31st) and perhaps two dozen full-size pumpkins for the residents to decorate/carve in the next couple weeks to decorate the building."  *Happily, they are already halfway to their goal for the sugar pumpkins and some other pumpkins have been brought in.  Special thanks to the donors!  

Donate additional pumpkins for the seniors to enjoy and the bags of wrapped Halloween candy for their big party on Halloween!  

Drop off donations during business hours at University Place Care Center, 5520 Bridgeport Way West, University Place, 98467.  Let's see what we can do to help achieve this goal for the seniors and their grandchildren.  Thank you in advance for your support. 
 

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Forum for Intellectually Curious Students

Jen Willey, Communications Director for Annie Wright Schools, has provided the following announcement about the upcoming Forum for Intellectually Curious Students on Sunday, October 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

The Scholar Search Educational Forums are a combination of talks and workshops where parents and students are exposed to and can explore pertinent educational concepts and processes and other topics that tickle the mind. They also offer students and their parents a chance to be engaged with others who have similar interests. These discussions and workshops provide considerable food for thought by people who are experts in their fields.

Annie Wright Schools and ScholarSearch Associates. Other participating organizations include: Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, Northwest Gifted Child Association, University of Washington, Seattle Theater Group, Washington Imagination Network.

Registration is required: http://www.scholarsearchassoc.com

Founded in Tacoma in 1884, Annie Wright Schools are two schools on one campus. Annie Wright Day School serves boys and girls in Preschool through Grade 8, while Annie Wright Upper School offers all-girls day and boarding programs for Grades 9 through 12. Annie Wright is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School. Learn more at www.aw.org.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidates at Annie Wright

Annie Wright Schools proudly announce that 100% of their full International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma candidates have been awarded the prestigious IB Diploma. The 100% pass rate of Annie Wright girls exceeds the world average pass rate of 78.54%. Annie Wright girls scored highest in physics, mathematics, business and English. Eight girls earned bi-lingual diplomas.

The IB Diploma recipients come from a range of backgrounds. Manmit Dhami achieved her IB Diploma as a five-day boarding student. Originally from Ferndale, Wash., Manmit heads to the University of Redlands this fall, making her the first member of her traditional Sikh family to attend college. 
Manmit's Family

Three of Manmit’s friends and classmates, Zoe Adberg, Emma Middleton and Inessa Palchikova, also received the IB Diploma. Zoe, a day student from Tacoma, will attend Emory University in the fall. Emma, another five-day boarding student, from Seattle, will attend the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Inessa, an international boarding student from Russia, will attend Boston University School of Management in the fall.

“We are exceptionally proud of our students,” said Head of Schools Christian G. Sullivan, who is a native of the United Kingdom and has worked at schools in the UK and Kenya, as well as on the East Coast. “Successful completion of the IB Diploma Programme means our students are prepared to compete and collaborate according to international standards of achievement, as opposed only to local or national standards. That is 21st century learning at its best.”

Recognized worldwide as the gold standard of education, the IB Diploma Programme aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. The program prepares students for success at university and life beyond.

The IB Diploma Programme was initiated at Annie Wright Upper School in the fall of 2009. All junior- and senior level courses at Annie Wright Upper School are IB courses. More than 50% of Annie Wright Upper School students have opted to participate in the full IB Diploma Programme, which requires comprehensive exams in a range of subjects, in the past three years. 

Annie Wright is currently in the authorization process to offer the International Baccalaureate’s Primary Years Programme (PYP) for boys and girls ages 3-12 and has already begun to integrate the PYP and Middle Years Programme into its curriculum.

Founded in Tacoma in 1884, Annie Wright Schools are two schools on one campus. Annie Wright Day School serves boys and girls in Preschool through Grade 8, while Annie Wright Upper School offers all-girls day and boarding programs for Grades 9 through 12. Annie Wright is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School. Learn more at www.aw.org.