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Girl Scouts & Cookies: Building Leaders

As the fall season begins, Scouts begin to sell. They are taught that people WILL say no. People they love will say no, people they don’t know will decline, and they KNOW that is all part of the process. So why sell? Because a Scout can learn so much from the experience, and each of us has a role to play in those lessons to be learned. 

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SPOTLIGHT ON ALUMNI: Heidi Holton '11

If new Middle School Counselor Heidi Holton looks very much at home in our hallways, it’s because she walked those same hallways as a student after transferring from another school when she was in 7th grade. We recently visited with Heidi to find out about her passion for counseling, and about some of the favorite and most challenging aspects of her work.

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Great Families Volunteer Together!

What better way to encourage volunteering in your child than to volunteer with them? Community service builds character as children look outside themselves and realize the needs of others. Children also learn that they can do something to help solve problems. The experience often leads to empathy, and children experience the reward that “it is more blessed to give than to receive.”

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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: Taylor Phipps '11

Currently a fourth year dental student at the University of Southern California (USC), Taylor Phipps '11 plans to graduate in May 2020. She recently had the privilege to travel to Bocas Del Toro, Panama to provide free dental care to local communities through a program at USC called DHOP (Dental Humanitarian Outreach Program).

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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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