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Scenes from the Week: 10/10–10/14

Woodwinds teacher Howard Cespedes instructs Middle School students, helping them learn a variety of instruments and demonstrating their differing sound qualities. WSP is honored to have Mr. Cespedes join the faculty this year. He has performed with Patti Austin, Louis Bellson, California Pops Orch, Four Tops, Josh Groban, Roger Kellaway, Gladys Knight, Patti Lupone, Johnny Mathis, Pacific Mambo Orch, Linda Ronstadt, Bobby Short, the Temptations, and many others. Mr. Cespedes' Big Band affiliations include Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, Full Faith & Credit, and Jamie Davis Orchestra. He has written numerous works for jazz orchestra that have been performed at Jazz festivals in Montreal, Vienne, Umbria, San Jose, and Monterey, and at the Hollywood Bowl. Mr. Cespedes has been teaching for over 25 years.

Morning Garden Transition students make oatmeal raisin cookies with help from Mr. Toby (not pictured).

Grade 4 explores fractions!

Professional Firefighter and WSP community member Mr. Green visited Grade 3 to talk about fire safety.

Rosebud Nursery students!

The WSP Cross Country team ran strong against Sewickley Academy this week. WSP's last two Cross Country meets will be held at Camp Guyasuta on the following dates:

  • 10/19 WSP vs. Shady Side Academy at 4:00 pm

  • 10/26 WSP vs. Falk at 4:00 pm

Children in Buttercup and SunflowerKindergarten run, roll, and walk across a balance beam during their morning circle. Movement is a core piece of the Early Childhood curriculum. All of these movements help the child to orient themselves in space and in their bodies. One benefit to this early focus on movement is that later it will help them sit at a desk and focus on learning when they enter the grades.

During the Michaelmas Celebration, Morning Garden teacher Brigitte Ryan led parents in an artistic exploration of the self when faced with conflict. She asked parents to think of a challenge or negative attribute within themselves, what the complete opposite of that might be, and where a middle ground could be found. Parents then created clay expressions of these three ways of being.


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