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Wichita Collegiate School is full of passionately curious and inspiring teachers, staff, students, and parents. Check back weekly for the latest our Spartans have to share.

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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HEADLINES: The Storyline Method in the Lower School

The Storyline Method is fun and engaging for both students and teachers alike. We are already looking towards future Storyline journeys in each grade in Lower School that will take our students on new adventures while teaching them about reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and the importance of teamwork.

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Global Citizenship: Planting the Seeds

Raising global citizens is a task that at Wichita Collegiate School we do not consider optional. We believe it is our duty to graduate students who have been exposed to other cultures, ideas, and languages, and who understand that a world outside of Wichita, Kansas and the United States exists. 

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SPOTLIGHT ON ALUMNI: Clare Vanderpool '83

Clare Vanderpool always knew she wanted to be a writer. With much encouragement from her teachers, Vanderpool kept working to refine her style and voice. That work paid off when her first novel, Moon Over Manifest, was published in October of 2010, and won the John Newbery Medal in 2011. 

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