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Welby Griffin Keeps International Travel Alive through Students’ Stomachs

Welby Griffin Keeps International Travel Alive through Students’ Stomachs International travel is an integral part of the Wakefield Country Day School experience. From trips to historical sites during lower school years to European excursions in middle and upper school, WCDS students graduate with the global perspective necessary to succeed in a 21st century world. Across our …

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Paul F. Larner to Continue to Lead Wakefield Country Day School in Huntly into 2022

Paul F. Larner to Continue to Lead Wakefield Country Day School in Huntly into 2022 Wakefield Country Day School’s (WCDS’) Board of Trustees announced that Paul F. Larner has agreed to stay on as Head of School for the 2021-2022 school year.  Mr. Larner, former Board Chair of WCDS, assumed the role of Interim Head …

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Meet Mr. Looney

WCDS Welcomes Mr. Looney to Music Program   Mr. Looney began his music education journey shortly after he started talking, taking lessons in violin and piano, and singing in his church’s children’s choir. As soon as he took up the trumpet in the fifth grade, he decided that he wanted to be a professional musician. …

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WCDS Faculty Receive Round 2 of COVID-19 Vaccine

With Governor Northam’s announcement K-12 teachers were included in the 1B group of essential workers, all WCDS Faculty were able to receive both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Having received the first dose in mid-January, WCDS organized its second vaccination within a three-hour window while keeping our school in session. “Staying open with some 25 …

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WCDS Steps up for Food Pantry

WCDS student Yancy Argueta helps to unload the 1,000-pounds of donated food. Courtesy of Peter McMahon, WCDS 2021, Yearbook Editor-in-Chief The Rappahannock Food Pantry is one of the many organizations the Wakefield Country Day School Leo Club partners with throughout the year. Collecting almost 1,000 pounds of food again this year, Leo Club President Owen Schuster helped …

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WCDS Talent Show ‘Under the Stars’

Some annual traditions are worth contorting yourself for and the Annual WCDS Talent Show is clearly one of them. Each year students in preschool through high school are invited to showcase their talents in one of the most beloved evenings on the school calendar. The marquee fundraiser for the biannual 7th & 8th grade British …

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WCDS hones athletes’ skills amid COVID

Nothing stops the drive of an athlete to outdo their last best-performance. This sentiment is shared by the players on Wakefield Country Day School sports teams, even during this wholly unorthodox year. When schools were shuttered in the spring, WCDS coaches continued meeting with their players via Zoom to continue to hone players’ skills, keep …

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Meet Taylor Stynes

Welcome Ms. Stynes You may have spotted Ms. Stynes on the front lawn reading a book to our youngest students under a tree at the end of the day. Ms. Stynes joined WCDS with experience ranging from Headstart in Culpeper to The Goddard School in Gainesville, as well as the Langley Children’s Center in McLean. …

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Welcome Ms. Pardo

Welcome to WCDS, Ms. Pardo!   Ms. Adela Pardo joined WCDS this Fall and teaches Spanish to Middle and Upper School students. Her education spans from Mexico City, where she studied Education for two years at Universidad Panamericana before transferring to Christendom College in Front Royal, to complete her Liberal Arts degree. She brings a …

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Ms. Herman’s Hive

Ms. Herman’s Hive At the beginning of the school year, Ms. Herman sat down with the 5th-grade students to talk about a new extension to science class, Outdoor Education.  The conversation gravitated towards different ways we can help the environment, and how humans have affected the planet and ecosystems by using products such as single-use …

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Welcome Mary Kruck

Mrs. Mary Kruck began her career teaching Middle School English and French at New Market Middle School. After earning her Master’s Degree at George Mason University, she spent a decade as a Professor at GMU, then transitioned to private schools including Highland and Middleburg Academy. Mrs. Kruck is currently teaching AP Language, British Literature, and …

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Wakefield Country Day Honors Graduates

WCDS Class of 2020 On a cool Saturday morning in late June, 17 high-school seniors became WCDS Alumni in the 41st Graduation Ceremony at Wakefield Country Day School in Huntly. Together, with their families, the senior class listened to the commencement speech delivered by Allison Russo, a 2006 Graduate of WCDS. Growing up in Rappahannock, …

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WCDS Honors Its First Responders

Wakefield Country Day School would like to honor our WCDS family members —  alumni and parents — who are out there battling on the front-line during this unprecedented COVID19 global pandemic. “On April 19, we transferred our first nursing-home patient to Winchester Hospital. The patient was coughing and had a fever; she tested positive for the …

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WCDS Honors Its First Responders

Wakefield Country Day School would like to honor our WCDS family members —  alumni and parents — who are out there battling on the front-line during this unprecedented COVID19 global pandemic. Michael Loving (Third from the left) Driving like Mario Andretti, but in a 50,000 pound truck, through DC’s infamous Ward 8, is all in a …

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WCDS Honors Its First Responders

Wakefield Country Day School would like to honor our WCDS family members —  alumni and parents — who are out there battling on the front-line during this unprecedented COVID19 global pandemic. Today we honor Kimberly Pankow of Flint Hill, VA.  A 2014 WCDS graduate, who after receiving dual degrees from Virginia Tech in Health & Nutrition and …

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WCDS Online Seminar Series

At times like these we all need to think what we can do to help.  As a modest gesture of our appreciation to the communities we serve, we are offering the following free online programs for adults and youngsters given by our Faculty, Adjunct Faculty, and friends. -Paul Larner, Chairman We will send you a …

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Writing Contest Winners

Wakefield students knocked it out of the park again this year.  Samuels Public Library held their 41st annual Holiday Writing Contest and seven WCDS students had winning entries; three additional students had artwork featured within the published book which included all the winning entries. Congratulations to the following authors: 2nd Grade: Braham Prather, Third Place, …

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WCDS Welcomes Adjunct Faculty

Marine Bands, museums and wildlife foundations — what do these have in common?  All were recent topics at the monthly “Expert in Their Fields” talks presented to Wakefield Country Day School students and guests.  Colonel John Bourgeois’s history of “The President’s Own,” and the playing of his conducted “Stars and Stripes Forever” impressed young and …

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Alumni vs. Students

Come one, come all! Change out of those holiday pajamas and put on your athletic gear. The second annual Silver Bell Volleyball match begins at 1:00 PM, December 26th. The Jon Lee Memorial Silver Bucket Basketball game follows. Thinking about attending? (For Current Students & Alumni) Let us know!