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Let’s Go Outside: The Importance of Outdoor Learning Experiences

Getting children outdoors learning and playing from a very early age is something we take seriously at Wichita Collegiate School. Outdoor learning experiences establish an important foundation and positively impact our children’s health, as well as their social and cognitive development. Fresh air, physical activity, and green spaces allow children to relax, clear their minds, and gain perspective on things.

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4 Ways to Apply Math Outside the Classroom

Sometimes studying mathematics – that is, doing calculations, solving problems, gaining a sense of numbers and fractions – can seem unnecessary and even unpleasant. I want to assure you that studying math in school and persevering in solving problems will make multiple aspects of your life smoother and more economical. 

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Back to School: 5 Tips to Get Ready

It’s that time of year again! Stores are lined with parents desperately seeking the exact #2 pencil listed on their supply list. Kids are roaming through racks of clothes trying to find the perfect 1st day of school look. And teachers are working from dawn till dusk to prepare their rooms to be the most special place possible for their new students.

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SPOTLIGHT ON ALUMNI: Dr. Christian Hourani '02

A “lifer” at Collegiate, Christian Hourani began at WCS in 1987 and graduated as a member of the class of 2002. Among so many positive experiences and lessons from his days at WCS, he feels that the most powerful life lessons learned were to set high expectations for oneself and the realization that high achievement can only come from striving for sustained excellence.

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SPOTLIGHT ON ALUMNI: Dr. Kristen Marhaver '00

Officially, I’m a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Carmabi Research Station. My research is on coral reefs and coral juveniles ... I love this job because I get to do a lot of scuba diving at night, travel all over the world, and speak four languages every day.

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7 Ways to Become a Great Reader (during the summer)

Summer reading is critical for students to maintain the literacy skills they learned throughout the school year. Students who don't read risk falling behind their classmates. Just like exercising keeps muscles in shape, reading keeps the brain in shape. If students don't exercise, they lose muscle, and if they don't read, they will lose literacy skills.

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HEADLINES: Where Learning Comes to Life

During the period of early adolescence, the brain and body are going through a period of rapid growth and development that children haven’t experienced since they were toddlers. To keep these rapidly developing minds and bodies learning, the Middle School faculty artistically craft learning experiences that keep students engaged, challenged, and eager to learn more. 

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Advanced Chemistry Research: When the Journey Is the Destination

The opportunities for our young scientists to explore their worlds is limitless at Wichita Collegiate. Recently, students in our Advanced Chemistry Research class had the opportunity to share their research findings at the KU School of Medicine-Wichita Research Forum.

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SPOTLIGHT ON ALUMNI: Dr. Rob Ramseyer '02

Wichita Collegiate is frequently described as a place where it is cool to be smart, cool to play sports, and cool to be an artist and performer. Mike Gehrer recently visited with Dr. Rob Ramseyer, WCS Class of 2002, who is a wonderful example of how students at WCS can do all of these things ... and do them at a high level.

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4 Reasons You Should Send Your Child to Summer Camp

As director of Summer Explorations, I have the pleasure of seeing all the camps in action. Personally, I enjoy seeing the kids having such a great time with their camp experience. And as an educator, it’s thrilling to see children learn and thrive in such an environment. So why should you send your child to summer camp?

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