What's Happening at Wesleyan

List of 20 news stories.

  • Wesleyan Admissions Adjusts After Open House Cancellation

    In an abundance of caution and with the COVID-19 pandemic still ongoing, Wesleyan School cancelled the 2021 Family Open House scheduled for January 9. Open House is the largest admissions event of the school year, and this year was scheduled to be no different with over 500 people registered to attend.

    In lieu of Open House, the admissions team has extended the availability of smaller gatherings including campus tours. The tours are capped at 8 people and will take place nearly every day until February 4. For tour availability, check the website here.

    For those that are unable to attend an in-person campus tour, a recently launched virtual campus tour has been added to the school website for prospective families to get a feel for the campus.

    The deadline for applications is January 27. If you are interested in receiving more information, contact a member of our admissions team!    
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  • Academic Resource Center: Equipping Students With The Skills For Academic Independence

    Renovations to a portion of Chapman Library this past summer may not be noticed by many, but the impact of what is happening behind the new walls will be felt throughout campus in the months and years to come. In August, Wesleyan’s new Academic Resource Center (ARC), a long-held dream by many Wesleyan faculty members, moved into the renovated space on the third floor of Wesley Hall in Chapman Library.

    “This space, and what will take place within and from here, has been a labor of love for a long time,” said Ramona Blankenship, associate head of school. “Karyn Vickery and her team have created an academic support program that is exceptional, unique to Wesleyan, and will support our entire student body.”

    Academic Support, which began in fall 2019 under the leadership of Karyn Vickery, director of academic support, brings under one umbrella the many ways Wesleyan works to ensure students in kindergarten through 12th grade are being effectively and consistently supported. The program’s goal is to assist students with learning differences in becoming independent learners while successfully meeting the demands of Wesleyan’s academic rigor and standard of excellence. These bright, well-rounded students have met the intellectual and academic criteria to be admitted to Wesleyan, yet they may have a particular challenge that can impact the way they learn. Students with mild to moderate learning differences, such as dyslexia or ADHD, are empowered with self-awareness, self-advocacy, and study strategies, helping them to overcome challenges, develop their God-given strengths, and thrive at Wesleyan.


    Click here to read the full story published in the Fall 2020 Wesleyan Magazine.
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  • Middle School Competes in Spelling Bee

    Middle School Spelling Bee
     
    The annual Middle School Spelling Bee took place on Monday, January 11, in a socially distanced fashion in Powell Theater. The event was live-streamed on Youtube for the rest of the student body to follow the competition.

    Twenty competitors ranging from 5th grade to 8th grade went through 8 rounds of spelling before it was narrowed down to just three remaining spellers. Seventh grader Troy Nguyen, 6th grader Shaan Sancheti, and 5th grader Reagan Burnham made it to the final rounds. 
     
    It was a back-and-forth battle between the final spellers before all that remained were Nguyen and Burnham. Nguyen correctly spelled “bedlamite” and “endive” to take home the Wesleyan Spelling Bee victory. Nguyen and Burnham will both advance to the next round of the state spelling competitions and represent Wesleyan School. Congratulations, Troy and Reagan!
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  • Wolves on the Frontlines: Kat Turner Hoffman ’04 Leads CDC’s COVID Data Tracker Communications

    Before the COVID-19 pandemic started, Kat Turner Hoffman ’04 led communications for CDC’s journal, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Often called “the voice of CDC,” MMWR is “CDC’s primary vehicle for scientific publication of timely, reliable, and authoritative public health information and recommendations.”
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  • Alumni Panel Shares College Advice with Wesleyan Seniors

    Upon returning to school on January 4 to start a new semester, Wesleyan seniors were offered the opportunity to hear from several Wesleyan alumni who are just beginning, or in the middle of, their college careers. These alumni spoke about things they wish they had known before going to college and gave advice to the senior class about how to take full advantage of the opportunities offered there. See below for a sample of the advice offered.
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  • Becky Cardwell

    Wesleyan School Faculty Members Recognized for Distinguished Service by GISA

    The Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) has recognized four Wesleyan employees for twenty-five years of service in independent school education.
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  • Middle School Creates Annual Gingerbread Houses

    To celebrate the Christmas season, the middle school art classes created their annual gingerbread houses for display. The gingerbread houses were donated to various charities and organizations across Atlanta including Village Park, Wellspring Living, Promise 686, and Neighborhood Cooperative Ministries.

    Click here to see the gingerbread houses!
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  • Varsity Football Advances to the Final Four

    The Varsity football team defeated Savannah Christian 21-17 to advance to the GHSA Class-A Private Final Four. They will host Prince Avenue at Henderson Stadium on Friday, December, 18 at 7:30 p.m.

    For information on how to stream the game via the NFHS Network, visit the “Athletic Broadcast Information” resource tile on Blackbaud.

    For a complete recap of Friday's game 
    click here.
     
    Go Wolves!
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  • Stolle, Lim, and Morgan Profiled in Magazine's 'Faces of Peachtree Corners' Feature Story

    If you see the latest issue of Peachtree Corners Magazine, there’s a good chance you’ll recognize a few faces on the cover! Lex Stolle ’27, Sarah Lim ’22, and Wesleyan’s Chief Operating Officer Brian Morgan are all profiled in the magazine’s 'Faces of Peachtree Corners' feature story.
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  • Senior Class Sponsors Canned Good and Toy Drive

    During the week of November 30, the class of 2021 spearheaded an effort for a canned good and toy drive. The drive assisted Norcross Ministries, a faith-based non-profit dedicated to providing emergency assistance to families in Norcross, Peachtree Corners, Doraville, and Tucker. In all, over 750 items were collected in just 4 days. Way to go class of 2021! 

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    Lower School Science Teacher Receives Loveday Endowment Foundation Grant

    The Teacher Services Committee of GISA recently awarded a $1000 grant to Wesleyan lower school science teacher Sara Cooper from the Loveday Endowment Foundation. Cooper submitted a proposal earlier this fall to receive grant money for a project to install aeroponics units in a classroom. Aeroponics is a plant-cultivation technique where the roots are suspended in the air while being sprayed with a nutrient-rich mist.
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  • December Christian Life Word of the Month: Incarnation

    The Christian Life theme for this year is The Word.  The goal of this theme is twofold.  First, it allows us to point our focus towards Jesus, who is called “the Word” in John chapter 1.  Second, it gives us the opportunity to look at a few big, important biblical words and unpack what they mean. Every month, the Christian Life team intentionally focuses on a new Biblical word that guides the weekly chapel discussion. For the month of December, that word is incarnation
     
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  • Ashby Foltz '07 and Charityvest Look to Make Giving Simple

    Ashby Foltz ’07 is the COO and co-founder of a tech start-up named Charityvest which has a “mission to increase generosity by making giving simple for every donor and charity.” Thus far, the company has raised more than $3 million for charity through its platform. Charityvest recently closed a $2.3 million seed-funding round and the company also participated in the Y Combinator accelerator over the summer. 

    For more information on Ashby and Charityvest, read the Atlanta Business Chronicle story here.
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  • Coach McDaniel Awarded Atlanta Track Club Honor

    Head Cross Country Coach and Director of Development Chad McDaniel was recently awarded the Jerry Frasier Award for outstanding coach’s dedication to the sport of cross country in the State of Georgia. The award is given annually by the Atlanta Track Club to coaches who have a long history of involvement to the sport, their community, and its athletes.

    Coach McDaniel and the Cross Country program most recently won both the girls and boys 2020 GHSA Class A Private Cross Country State Championships. One of McDaniel’s nominators for the award said, “Coach is not only a great motivator and strategist, but he makes a personal investment in every one of his runners, and not just the top 10 or 12. Our school has nearly 150 boys and girls who run cross country which is a staggering number for a sport that involves significant pain and little publicity. That is a direct statement on the impact he has on our school.”

    Congratulations on this well-deserved honor!
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  • Team Omicron Serves Thanksgiving Meals

    On Saturday, November 14, Team Omicron traveled to the Dunwoody Glen Apartments community to assist with their annual Thanksgiving event. The team was able to serve over 450 meals and blessed 80 families with frozen turkeys, hams, and bags of food, but most importantly, were able to share God’s message and show the love of his son Jesus with their neighbors.

    Team Omicron member and junior Livi Stolle served at the event and said, “I chose to serve at this event because Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for one another, and I wanted to help spread awareness of how blessed everyone is to have a family and that we can safely come together to serve even during a pandemic.”
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  • Wesleyan Celebrates 10th Annual John Wesley Day

    On November 19, Wesleyan welcomed current parent and former faculty member Andy Cook to speak to the middle and high school students for the 10th annual John Wesley Day. John Wesley Day is a day set apart at Wesleyan to express gratitude for the sacrificial giving of both the founders of the school and those who sustain the school through their continued generosity. 
     
    Cook, who introduced the tradition of  John Wesley day at Wesleyan, spoke on the importance of gratitude, specifically how our hearts can be transformed to a spirit of gratitude at the feet of Jesus. He also spoke on how to become a more grateful person stating, "Our world needs so much gratitude. It brings people together; it unifies us. It brings us joy. So what do we do with that? How do we increase gratitude?"
     
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  • Lower School Creates Covering for Wind Instrument

    Every year in the lower school, third graders have the opportunity to learn how to play the recorder. This year, that looked a little bit different due to COVID-19. Most wind instruments have covers that can be put over the bell of the instrument to help prevent the spread of germs, but unfortunately, those do not exist for the recorder. To solve this problem, the third grade class experimented with making their own covers.
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  • Wesleyan School Sponsors Wall Cap at Peachtree Corners Veterans Monument

    At the city of Peachtree Corners annual Veterans Day program last week, a wall cap sponsored by Wesleyan School was officially unveiled.
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  • Five Wesleyan Senior Athletes Sign National Letters of Intent

    On November 11, five Wesleyan seniors signed a National Letter of Intent to continue playing their respective sport at the collegiate level next year. This group will have a signing ceremony and celebration during the spring semester. Congratulations to the five seniors below as they take the next step in their athletic careers!
     
    Jalen Fulwood – Chattahoochee Valley CC (Baseball)
    Reece Holbrook – University of Virginia (Softball)
    James McCoy – University of Kentucky (Baseball)
    Alyssa Phillip – Georgia State University (Basketball)
    Gracie Taylor – Colorado State University (Softball)
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  • Checking In: Peer Leadership Program

    With all of the changes and challenges of the fall semester due to COVID-19, one of the programs that has had to adjust has been the Peer Leadership program. The Peer Leadership program is a staple of the Wesleyan high school experience and is a valuable support system for freshmen as they begin their high school career.
     
    The program places every freshman into a group where they are paired with two senior leaders that act as mentors for their first year of high school.
     
    Pear Leadership groups meet once a week to talk about life in high school and to go through planned activities and games. Along with many others this semester, the peer leaders have had to adjust the way they would typically lead their groups. We asked a few peer leaders how the fall semester has been, and how they have kept their groups engaged while handling all the changes.
     
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