Environmental Scientists on the Three Rivers

As part of City as Our Campus, fifth grade students morphed into scientists while traveling Pittsburgh’s famous three rivers, analyzing living and nonliving indicators of water quality to determine if the rivers are healthy aquatic habitats.

Lower School and Middle School Cross Country Soars

With the highest participation in the history of the program, Lower School and Middle School Cross Country teams earned multiple trophies and medals throughout the season.

Students Stand for Climate Action

Middle and Upper School students participated in a global, youth-led Climate Strike on September 20, and brought the message to WT by encouraging faculty across all disciplines to add an environmental twist to their curriculum on that day.

Street Art to Self-Portraits

After studying various types of street art, seventh grade Visual Arts students created mixed-media backgrounds for their self-portrait stencils.

Building Community on the North Campus

Lower School students enjoyed a night of games, storytelling, mazes, and fall fun at the second annual Friday Night Live Camp-Out sleepover at the North Campus. Students reminisced about their favorite summer camp memories and enjoyed the trails and outdoor beauty.

Student-designed Custom Swim Fins Aid WT Alumna

A request from alumna Amy Jones Teele ’82 (a double below-the-knee amputee) inspired Rachel Sadeh ’19, Hannah Woo ’19, and senior Aria Eppinger to devote their 2019 STEM Symposium project to the development of custom, affordable swimming prostheses. More on this story and other STEM Symposium projects can be found at winchesterthurston.org/stem.

Understanding Identity through Windows, Doors, and Mirrors

Using their summer reading as a lens for equity and inclusion work, sixth grade English students explored how books can be “windows” (an exploration into someone else’s identity or experience), “mirrors” (a way to see themselves or their identities reflected), or “sliding doors” (an opening to walk through and become part of someone else’s full experience).

Cultural Exchange Builds Global Citizens

In September, WT fourth and fifth grade students at both campuses welcomed students from our sister school, Peking University Elementary School. This annual, two-week immersion and cultural exchange enhances each student’s understanding of what it means to be a global citizen.

Examining Social Justice in Art

Students in Lit City—an Upper School English elective that explores how Pittsburgh inspires and marks its writers and artists—visited St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church to study Croatian artist Maxo Vanka’s murals. These 25 murals, created between 1937 and 1941, showcase the immigrant experience in America while expressing Vanka’s passionate beliefs about social justice, injustice, and the horrors of war.

Masters at Work

This fall, the WT community enjoyed a gallery show featuring 2D- and 3D-showpieces by WT’s talented Visual Arts faculty—Sally Allan, Michele Farrell, Stephanie Flati, Kate Gugliotta, Carl Jones, and Mary Martin ’88.

Fall Athletics: State, WPIAL, and Section Champs

The Bears were at it again! Highlights include: the Boys Cross Country team won the PIAA Class A State Championship, and for the fourth consecutive year, was the WPIAL Class A Champion; the Boys Soccer team competed in the PIAA Class A State Championship game and was the WPIAL Class A Section 2 Co-Champion; and the Girls Tennis team earned spots in the Singles, Doubles, and Team WPIAL Championships.

Stronger than Hate

In remembrance of the victims of the massacre at Tree of Life Synagogue, the Middle School Diversity Club gave a presentation about antisemitism and ways to combat it in conjunction with a “Stronger than Hate” day, which they organized.

Fulfilling Pre-K “Hopes and Dreams”

Pre-K students drive their learning by setting “hopes and dreams” to achieve throughout the school year. They can now check off their list “learning about fire safety and exploring a firetruck,” thanks to a visit from local firefighters!