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  1. 1. Person to UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH SCHOOL OF MEDICINE Person SIXstories “I’ve had an unbelievable amount of contact and interaction with physicians, both in class and in casual situations. They made me part of their family...and it’s only my first year.”
  2. 2. Person to UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH SCHOOL OF MEDICINE Person Jan “By third-year rotations, you realize that the difference between success and failure each day is the person standing next to you – your classmate.” JAN GROBLEWSKI “At first, we’re hanging on every in that way. It starts with getting “I look around at my classmates survey the field, make decisions fourth-year students. What I saw word from the faculty and PBL to know each other. Not just as and I am amazed by how many about what felt right, and then in Africa was beyond anything I facilitators because we feel totally talking heads but as whole people. different paths we’ve created in pursue my interests. Each time you had ever imagined. We arrived a lost. Looking back, I realize that By third-year rotations, you realize medicine. I attribute that to the try something new, it helps you little early for work that first day something else was going on. that the difference between success diverse group of students who are shape your own path. at the hospital and found several They were training us to rely on and failure each day is the person attracted to the program, and the hundred people waiting outside each other, even before we knew standing next to you – your class- size of the surrounding medical “When I hit fourth year, I was ready with hopes of getting some health what for. If I play it all back in mate. The people here at Pitt community. I can’t believe how for something amazing. I’ve always care that day. They come from all my mind, I see that a large part support the idea that we will be much has been available to me. wanted to experience international around the country. Some people of my learning has come from my better doctors together than we People here are genuinely con- health at some level. I had the walked for hours to get there. peers. I think medicine is unique would be apart. cerned about your future. It’s quite opportunity to do a one-month People injured and visibly in pain. easy, actually, to find mentors and rotation abroad in Lesotho in I’d never seen anything like it.” to make opportunities. I could Southern Africa with two other eight
  3. 3. TALK Thistle Honoring yesterday, inspiring tomorrow. TALK The evolution of WT in academics, arts, and athletics in this issue: Commencement 2007 A Fond Farewell City as Our Campus Expanding minds in expanding ways Ann Peterson Reflections on a beloved art teacher W i n c h e s t e r T h u r s t o n S c h o o l A u t u m n 2 0 0 7
  4. 4. Thistle TALK TALK Innovative Teaching Reimagining the learning experience in this issue: City as Our Campus Exploring new frontiers Commencement 2008 Off on life’s journey Rebecca King Teacher, administrator, spreader of peace and love Winchester Thurston School Autumn/Winter 2008
  5. 5. cover story NATURAL WORLD, INFINITE WONDER balancing as children go round and round testing themselves on SAFETy FIRST, FUn FOllOWS different parts. The first day, a Kindergartner crawled around “Safety was at the core of everything we considered and on his hands and knees—not very comfortable—but by the implemented,” affirms Lee Bares. “We utilized current next day, he was on his feet declining any help. He is now very playground safety standards and recommendations principally confident in his balancing ability, and this mastery seems to from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and also carry over into the classroom. In the first week, several of the the National Program for Playground Safety and the Arbor first and second graders helped the Kindergartners to balance Day Foundation.” She adds, “The hours we personally spent by holding their hands. There was almost an unspoken badge are uncounted and will forever remain a joy to us. One of the of honor for helping the ‘little ones,’ and it was a wonderful greatest parts of this project was the two days when [everyone] moment demonstrating the care resulting from our Responsive came together for the massive installation effort…where people Classroom approach.” showed up and did whatever was needed or asked and kept coming back for more. We are left wishing there could be more TURnInG POInT to do; it has been that much fun!” Ideas for the natural playground began taking shape more than “In some ways, I think [the playground] will always be a two years ago, but the project gained serious momentum last work in progress,” muses Rogers, revealing that a playhouse April. “Based on the great turnout for our Earth Day Work Day, made from tree trunks and parts, designed by Lee Bares, will we knew we had the interest,” says Perkins. Soon after, plans be constructed this spring. began in earnest, fueled by research on playground designs that Research suggests myriad benefits to children exposed “involve children with natural materials, not just the plastic and to natural environments, including better concentration and metal structures produced by different manufacturers.” self-discipline; more advanced motor fitness and improved Last summer, Perkins and Raphael won the 2008 Mary cognitive development; greater imaginative and creative play; Houston Griffin Award for Excellence in Teaching for their and the fostering of language and collaborative skills. But as far proposal to enrich North’s existing playground with a variety as students are concerned, the biggest benefit is quite simple: of natural playground areas. The award, which provides funds “No matter what we do out there, we’re having fun,” says third to WT faculty to enhance teaching and service to students, W grader Lexi Thompson. hether engaging young children in studying bugs in and pea gravel; a building area featuring real tools and natural enabled construction to begin at last. “There wasn’t funding a tree stump, crafting elaborate meals of twigs and construction materials; a natural art center, with its ready otherwise,” explains Rogers. fallen leaves, or slaying dragons on an open air stage, abundance of supplies; a stage, replete with costumes and “We set up goggles and sawhorses, and we had a work day,” WT North’s new natural playground has ignited students’ musical instruments; adjacent butterfly and children’s gardens; she continues. “Everyone came: parents, faculty, children. We imagination. “It’s changing the nature of play,” says Nancy even a composter, complete with worms. built, hammered out corners, took all the rough bark off. Even Rogers, North Hills Campus Director. “I like jumping off the rocks because it’s kind of challenging. the materials for our building area—the tree cookies, logs and Developed largely by North Hills Campus teachers Brock It’s fun to jump off the high log near the rocks,” says third grader blocks—were sawed that day either by parents or students. We Perkins (grade 5) and Lynne Raphael (Kindergarten), the natural Natalie Rhoades. “Lauren, Mattie, and I sit on the log and we worked all weekend, actually.” playground expands play options for all students while realizing slide backwards and it’s really fun!” WT parents John and Lee Bares, both engineers, supervised the importance of connecting children with nature. the effort, and the playground debuted this fall. “The Bares’ SElF-DIREcTED PlAy, cOmmUnITy cOnnEcTIOn leadership and expertise were invaluable,” states Rogers. “They FRESh AIR AnD FAnTASy “The children seem drawn to things they can act on and change,” gave an enormous amount of time, before and after the Nurturing wonder is inherent to the new playground, which says Raphael. “They love having options on the playground and weekend. Everything was analyzed, designed, and built immerses students in nature while they explore its diverse are engaged in a variety of ways on different days. The circuit with the safety of the children, and how they would areas: the climbing circuit, composed of boulders encircled with rocks may be a general gathering and conversing area use the playground, in mind.” by smooth tree trunks; digging areas filled with sand, mulch, some days, while at other times it is the center of very focused 8 Thistletalk Autumn/Winter 2008 www.winchesterthurston.org
  6. 6. Throw a stone. There. You’ve just located our City Campus. Just three blocks from the University elements foster strong student- developing poetry recitation skills of Pittsburgh’s campus, Winchester teacher relationships, motivation with faculty and student-actors at Thurston School is located in the to pursue individual interests and Carnegie Mellon University’s Drama heart of the city’s premier educa- talents, and participation in the Department; or exploring dinosaur tional and medical facilities. larger world beyond the school— bones at the Carnegie Museum of both local and global. Natural History. Deeply rooted in the city since 1887, Winchester Thurston boasts Through our City as Our Campus We invite you to visit us at a long tradition of high academic and Student Internship programs, www.winchesterthurston.org to standards and progressive educa- our faculty design curricula that learn more about our exceptional tional programs. connect students with the vast re- programs in academics, athletics, sources of neighboring institutions. and the arts.And, we invite you Our approach to learning at all to walk (or drive) just a few short levels—Pre-Kindergarten through On any given day, our students may blocks to see us! grade 12—is one that engages be conducting research side by side each student in a challenging, with doctors at The Hillman Cancer inspiring process and a connected, Center; hunting for bacteriophages accessible, diverse educational at the University of Pittsburgh’s community. Together, these Howard Hughes Medical Institute; www.winchesterthurston.org 412.578.7518 Winchester Thurston is a PK-12, coed independent school with campuses in Shadyside and the North Hills.
  7. 7. World peace ambassadors. Winchester Thurston congratulates six tenth-graders for taking on challenging international issues at a global symposium on Peacekeeping, Conflict Resolution, and Combating Terrorism, in www.winchesterthurston.org Muscat, Oman. The work of fifty-four student participants from 412.578.7518 Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and North America will be A PK-12, coed independent school with campuses presented to the United Nations this year. in Shadyside and the North Hills.
  8. 8. WINCHESTER THURSTON SCHOOL WINCHESTER THURSTON SCHOOL “Bears” athletics teams “Great Wall, Terrible Towel” speaker series

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