WCDS News

Student Government Elections 2022-2023 School Year

Elections for Student Government took place last week, with students from grades 4-12 running for class representatives and office. Students learn to develop leadership skills, organize and carry out school activities and commit to serving their fellow students to make the WCDS experience the best possible by supporting one another. Congratulations to all candidates. Class …

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WCDS Alumnus Contributes to Nobel Prize with his Scientific Team

Meet Dr. Sanjeev Ranade: WCDS Alumnus, Class of 1999 and a member of a team that recently received a Nobel Prize. While earning his Ph.D. at The Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, Sanjeev was a graduate student with neuroscientist Ardem Patapoutian, who studied scientific data that answered the question: “How do we sense touch?” …

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50th Anniversary Campaign

Dear Friends of WCDS: Wakefield is turning a half-century old. In Fall 2021 we launched our 50th Anniversary Campaign to fund the future of our beloved school for the next 50 years! Without the generosity of our donors, we wouldn’t be able to provide the excellent education at the incredible value that we do. That …

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ASL and Theatre Electives Now Offered at WCDS

Mrs. Tara E. Johnson studied English, Communications, Acting, and Dance at Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, Cheltenham University in England, and American Sign Language at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., for two years. Gallaudet is the only all-Deaf college in the world, first signed into being by President Lincoln in 1864. Mrs. Johnson has appeared in …

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Shared Experiences: Then & Now

When the Lynns broke ground in 1972 to establish their dream school, they envisioned a school with students of all ages but began with students in elementary school. Grades were added subsequently year by year as students advanced in age and learning, with the first graduating senior receiving a diploma in 1978. Hundreds more were …

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DiDomenico in a New Role

When it comes to the ins and outs of all things Wakefield Country Day School, it’s safe to say Margaret DiDomenico knows a thing or two. Mrs. DiDomenico(or Mrs. D as many fondly call her) began her teaching career at WCDS after graduating from George Mason University, and 16 years later, she is thrilled to …

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Harry Potter Bakesale

At a young age, students learn the importance of giving back and how to be impactful within our local and greater community at large through service projects. Teachers weave community service projects into the daily curriculum, such as the recent Harry Potter Bakesale conducted in Mrs. McCormick’s second-grade class. Each quarter, the second-grade service club …

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A Gem in Our Midst

A Gem in Our Midst In countless ways, the pandemic has impacted the lives of everyone — students perhaps most of all. A little more than a year ago, parents never imagined most children would be thrust into attending school either partially or full-time on a computer. This learning model continued for much of the …

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It’s for the cats!

The holidays are a favorite time of year for our students to get involved in the community and give back. For a community service project, first graders did chores to earn money and bought items for RappCats, a cat shelter in Flint Hill. They gathered many supplies such as dry food, canned food, toys, and …

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Virginia Junior Classical League Convention 2021

On November 14th, 33 students attended the Virginia Junior Classical League Convention in Richmond VA. The hybrid event brought together nearly 1,000 Latin students who competed on a variety of contests, including academic tests as well as oral events such as storytelling and recitation.  As usual, WCDS students shone, second only to Thomas Jefferson High …

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Turkey Trot 5K

Many families, Alum and Faculty, and Staff ran in this year’s WCDS Turkey Trot 5k, and it was a blast! Thank you to those who came out to support a good cause, WCDS Athletics and a big thank you to Taylor Stynes and Rebekka Korte for putting this event on, as well as the pie …

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RappTrails T-Shirt Contest Winners

Each year RappTrails hosts a t-shirt design contest for students in Rappahannock County, where the winning design is featured on the event t-shirt for the Annual Community Walk and Ride. Students are invited to create a piece of artwork that shows what they love about walking and biking in our beautiful county. This contest is …

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Scholastic Bowl

The Scholastic Bowl A deluge of rain poured down on Monday, but it paled in comparison to the deluge of correct answers given by our Scholastic Bowl team during its inaugural scrimmage this week. The event, held at Rappahannock County High School, paired the WCDS team against Luray High School. Led by our stalwart team …

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WCDS Welcomes the World!

Gutentag! Hola! Ciao! XieXie! Hello! Wakefield Country Day School is known for welcoming students from several surrounding counties, including Rappahannock, Fauquier, Prince William, Culpeper and Warren. This year, WCDS also welcomes a dozen high school students from Germany, Italy, China and Spain — as well as DC and NYC! Several of these students will complete …

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Athens Returns!

Athens Returns! In Mrs. Fairhurst’s 3rd-grade class, WCDS students continue their study of Ancient Civilizations. Students begin the school year studying Ancient Greece, including the beginning of Democracy, the great philosophers, and the conflicts of Athens and Sparta (later in the year, everyone in the class will be assigned to team Spartan or team Athenian …

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Prost, WCDS!

Prost, WCDS! You know it was a good time when a first-grade student had the opportunity to dunk the Head of School. “Next year, it will be far more expensive to dunk me!” commented Mr. Paul Larner. Over 450 guests from surrounding counties attended Wakefield Country Day School’s 2nd Oktoberfest. Some came for the band, …

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Congratulations, Lincoln Day ’22

WCDS is pleased to announce senior Lincoln Day ’22 has been named a “Commended Student” in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program. Lincoln is being recognized for his exceptional academic promise. He placed among the top 50,000 students who entered the 2022 competition by taking the 2020 PSAT qualifying test. Congratulations, Lincoln!

WCDS Launches Polo Program

Wakefield Country Day School (WCDS) is pleased to announce plans to establish a WCDS Polo Team in conjunction with Liberty Hall Equestrian Center in Rixeyville VA. The program will be led by Daniel and Sarah Coleman of Liberty Hall. Dan is a former member of the US Polo Association Board (USPA) of Governors, a professional …

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