The Los Angeles Timesput together a dreamy four hour itinerary in the "City of Trees and PhDs." A destination it brands "delightfully smart,"is highlighted in a wonderful gallery of 20 photographs. Included in the piece are links to both The Webb Schools and the Alf Museum. Again, read more in the LATimes about the place Sunset Magazine labelled in 2016 "the best suburb in the West." Claremont--Home of The Webb Schools!
Vivian Webb cross country runner, Lily Miller ’21, is on a winning streak this week with two wins in her last two races. Webb’s cross country teams are noted for their exceptionalism. The Vivian Webb team is four-year San Joaquin League Champions and their teammates in Webb School of California have won a League Championship five years in a row. Lily was named Runner of the Year two years in a row and broke her own school record in the 1600m last season on the track team.
How does your practice as a poet influence and enrich your classroom teaching at Webb?
I’d say it’s actually the other way around! When I teach, I tend to dive deeply into the subjects, concepts, and moments I’m conveying to my classes, so often those temporary obsessions will spin off into a poem. For example, there’s a poem in All the Emergency-Type Structures—“Something Not Empty”—that I literally wrote after a student presentation pushed me to research a topic further, and there’s another poem heavily influenced by a specific sequence in Hitchcock’s The Birds, which I was also teaching at the time. Teaching pushes me to think about things through new lenses, and to hear voices I wouldn’t otherwise hear, which has definitely made me a better poet.
S. David Webb '53, PhD, a member of The Webb Schools' founding family, passed away on September 12, 2019. Webb was a Distinguished Research Curator Emeritus of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Florida Museum of Natural History and a Distinguished Research Professor of Zoology and Geology at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He was also a past President of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. In 2010 Webb was the keynote speaker at the Alf Museum's annual Peccary Society Dinner. Please read more about Webb's long and storied life and career in the remembrance offered by the Florida Museum.
One of the best ways to fully appreciate a Webb education is to look at the lives and achievements of our alumni. Each year, we honor a group of alumni for their accomplishments since graduation and pay tribute to their continued commitment to the mission and success of Webb. These awards recognize distinguished graduates who reflect the character and leadership qualities developed at Webb.
Thank you to the 1,500 alumni, parents, past parents, grandparents and friends who enabled Webb to end the 2018-19 Webb Fund year successfully on June 30. Your generosity helped The Webb Fund to raise over $1.9 million, plus additional support for endowment and capital improvements, bringing total gifts to $7.9 million, including 13 new estate gifts, which has become an ever-increasing and important part of our advancement program. Over 799 alumni, spanning nine decades, participated with gifts received from nearly every class between 1937 and 2018. Thank you for your contributions!
Summer is a busy time at the Alf museum. During the first half of June, a small crew comprised of museum staff and Bob Stoddard ’15 closed out the Cripe Site in southern Utah. This quarry was discovered by Jeff Cripe ’08 back in 2005 and has been the museum’s main dig site ever since.
Mention the word “honor” in a crowded room and you are likely to suffer quizzical glances followed by silence. Honor, to many, seems an awkward, unfashionable, even antiquated concept—something to contemplated in private or through the scrim of heroic fiction, like the blood feuds of the Capulets and Montagues, or the Grangerfords and Shepherdsons.
Yet, Head of Schools Taylor Stockdale contends, there is something important to be gleaned from the discussion of honor, something that has been missing from our cultural climate, broadly, and in education for some time—a focus on moral clarity, of discerning, very simply, right from wrong. Stockdale insists such clarity is possible even though it doesn’t always come naturally. “You have to work at it,” but the benefits, he adds, is that moral clarity allows you to make good decisions.
Talking to entrepreneur Blake Johnson about The Webb Schools makes for an easy interview because his answer to almost any question about Webb’s impact on his personal life, his business acumen, even his day-to-day comportment, is a resounding, “everything!”
Monica Atiyeh Whitaker ’96 is a presiding Administrative Law Judge in the Office of Administrative Hearings for the State of Oregon. The role of her office is to provide an independent and impartial forum for citizens and businesses to dispute state agency action against them.
On the evening of May 21, 2019, The Webb Schools hosted its first ever Innovator’s Edge event at the Techstars office in Los Angeles, Calif. The evening was an opportunity for students, educators and professionals in the field to listen, learn, connect and collaborate with leaders and visionaries related to today’s tech scene.
Members of the Class of 2019 faced tremendous competition this year as they applied to colleges and universities across the country and around the world. While each felt the stress of the selective admission process, our seniors proved once again that good character coupled with a dedication to your studies really pays off.
In 2019 we saw 100 percent of the graduating class admitted to a selective four-year college or university—90 percent will attend a college ranked in the top 10 percent in the nation. On average each of our students applied to eight colleges and was admitted to four or more of them.
We congratulate members of the Class of 2019 for their amazing college choices and wish them well on the adventures ahead!
The Webb Schools is one of only two educational institutions (schools and colleges/universities) in the United States to be awarded the Council for the Advancement of Education (CASE) Circle of Excellence Award Gold for emerging fundraising programs in 2019.
The award citation highlights Webb’s dedication to donor stewardship, combined fundraising success over three years (the most in school history), and a variety of excellent programming and publications across the board—including the production and translation of several important pieces into Chinese.
A new edition of WEBB magazine arrives to you just after Memorial Day Weekend. Spring/Summer 2019 includes an inspiring letter from Head of Schools Taylor Stockdale on moral clarity, as well as two thought-provoking features on honor and moral courage at Webb and beyond. We highlight alumni thought leaders in a variety of interesting professions throughout.
Our Webb Today section revisits Revisit Day 2019, explores our paleontology research program and museum, profiles faculty, philanthropy and the successes of spring athletics. Nearly 25 pages of alumni news rounds out the issue.
The Peccary Society met for its annual Alumni & Friends Peccary Trip in Barstow, Calif. May 3-5, 2019. Over 75 alumni, parents, trustees, faculty, staff and their friends were in attendance with alumni representing 5 decades of Webb (1954-2007).
In April, Head of Schools Taylor Stockdale, Mrs. Anne Stockdale, Director of College Guidance Hector Martinez and Director of Institutional Advancement Dutch Barhydt headed to Asia for five major receptions and many individual meetings and appointments.
Are you looking for the perfect collar for your pooch? How about a bow tie for that special occasion? Or a “Modern Mud Cloth Dog Bandana?” Something so unique, you might find it at retail boutiques such as Anthropologie, DOG & CO., Fideaux, CB2, or White's Mercantile? Well, look no further because VWS alumna Rose (Roll) Shattuck ’99 has set her sights on disrupting the pet industry by combining great design with essential dog products to produce an exciting new line of accessories for pet owners wanting to splurge on high-quality, made-in-America beds, toys, collars, leashes, and more.
Webb’s second annual Giving Day was a tremendous success, with 565 donors giving over $194,000 in a 24-hour period from April 25-26 (noon to noon) to support The Webb Fund, the Alf Museum, scholarships and more.
Please join The Webb Schools at Techstars LA for an evening of storytelling as leaders and visionaries involved in today’s tech scene share the blueprints to their success. Learn from them what give innovators an edge.
The Webb Schools is pleased to live stream the Vivian Webb School and Webb School of California Commencement Ceremonies live for those who cannot be here in person. Please use the embedded viewers below to watch, or tune into Webb's Facebook page for a simulcast.
The Pirates of Penzance is a pure joy from start to finish. When putting this show together, I wanted the audience to have as much fun as the cast. To that end, you will be surrounded by pirates, maidens and policemen throughout the evening. It’s a first-rate opportunity to join a rollicking band of pirates - so by all means feel free to climb aboard and join in with the silliness! Raise your pirate glass, make the most of fleeting leisure, slap your chest and sing – I guarantee it will make you more than merry.
VWS Students Finish in Top Rankings at Los Angeles County Science and Engineering Fair, Qualify for State Finals
Two teams of VWS students received top place awards at the annual Los Angeles County Science and Engineering Fair, with the opportunity to advance to the state finals.
Rebeca Castro ’20, working solo, finished in second place in the physics category with an experiment studying the biomechanics of a step in flamenco dancing. It was entitled “The Biomechanics of the Golpe.”
Giselle Alrachid ’20 and Caitlin Pender ’20 received third place honors in the plant biology and physiology category for their project – “What is the Closest Relative to the Catasetum Tenebrosum Using DNA Barcoding?”
Wilson Parnell '13 was a featured speaker at the TEDx University of Redlands event on March 23, 2019. In his talk, Parnell talks about promoting the disability spirit in a positive way. "It's simple. Focus entirely on your capabilities, rather than on your disabilities."
Our Head of Schools is one very proud son, and for good reason. The extraordinary story of his mother, Sybil Stockdale, who founded The League of Wives to bring attention and action to the fate of American POWs during the Vietnam War, has finally been told in full.
Admission into a selective four-year college or university today is difficult. The odds sometimes appear overwhelmingly slim. What does it take? Ask any member of the Class of 2019 and they will tell you that when things get tough, you have to get tougher! Once again, an impressive 100 percent of Webb seniors were admitted into selective four-year colleges—the vast majority to multiple colleges, and over 90 percent of the class to colleges ranked in the top 10 percent in the nation.
John Stuver ’89 has been accepted into the sound branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He has been fortunate to work on a lot of great movies, but among the highlights was getting to do the last two James Bond films, Skyfall and Spectre, the first of which won the Oscar for Best Sound Editing.
During his tenure, Robert Connolly, Sr. was a friendly and supportive presence on campus, an inspirational educator to many students, including his own son. He is remembered not only for his service inside the classroom, but as a teacher they could relate to beyond math. Bob Connolly Jr. connected to his father through athletic and academic pursuits, and now he and his wife Nancy Tung have created an endowed fund in his father’s memory. “Dad always said that of all his teaching experiences, Webb was the best experience of his career,” said Connolly Jr.
Webb's advancement office received a silver award at the 2019 CASE District VII awards ceremony on February 21 in Anaheim, Calif. in recognition of its endowment donor stewardship program. Other category winners included California Institute of Technology, University of Southern California, UC Irvine, UC Davis and UC San Francisco.
“The process of finding the right college is more often than not riddled with anxiety for both students and their families. It is paradoxically both increasingly complex and more streamlined than ever. Technology allows students to simply add multiple colleges to the Common Application with a few clicks. And yet the convenience doesn’t reflect the intricate web of criteria that factor into applying to one college over another.”
So opens the feature to our recent issue of WEBB Magazine. Reported and written by Christopher Michno, the piece delves into the myths and truths intertwined in the college admission process. He also offers up a series of personal success stories from recent Webb alumni now thriving at Stanford, Columbia, UC Berkeley and beyond. Part two follows young alumni who chose colleges related to their avocations—like art, business, engineering and others. The feature photography is done by Elisa Ferrari and focuses on the beautiful and varied architecture of the Claremont Colleges.
During the first week back from winter break, students and parents had a chance to hear from young alumni about their experiences at college including managing academics and being away from home, maintaining a healthy mind and body, as well as a panel on college athletics.
The Winter Dance Show 2019 UN / covered - is an exploration in what it means to cover and uncover - in music, dance, costuming, and text. Featuring choreography by dance coach and Webb faculty member Michael Szanyi and senior dance students, the show highlights self-expression through movement. How do we make something known? How do we bring that to light? By uncovering dance, the show asks audience members to explore how the study of movement informs their human experience.
The Class of 2019 is posting an amazing set of early college admission results. With nearly 80 percent of the class filing an early decision or early action application to their top choice, many of them have already received good news from some of America’s most selective colleges and universities.
This is going to be another record-breaking year in terms of the increase in numbers of applications for early admissions to the most sought-after colleges, some reporting as high as a 30% jump in early applicants compared to last year alone. While every indicator would predict much lower admit rates for most high school students, Webb students are enjoying acceptances to places that many schools haven’t seen an admit offer in years.
It is no accident, I believe, that at this very moment there is a riveting tale in The New Yorkerabout the art and science of decision making. Or, at least, not an accident that I found it and read it. Here at Webb, at this time of year, there is no shortage of students and families making some of the most important decisions (they believe) of their lives--from admission to and enrollment at Webb, to college admission for our seniors. Joshua Rothman rights beautifully about it here, bringing in examples from Darwin, Tolstoy, the modern parent and more. Read it in The New Yorker.
In January, five alumni returned to campus for our first ever "Networking Essentials with Webb Alumni" session. Students spent Saturday afternoon with our talented alumni learning about vital skills they'll need to effectively network and succeed in the increasingly competitive and complex job market.
Augustyn Family Curator and Director of Research & Collections Andrew Farke is quoted today in The Washington Post on the impact of the federal government shutdown on fieldwork planning for paleontologists. Beyond the impact on visitor centers at such places as Dinosaur National Monument and the Petrified Forest National Park, research and fieldwork on federal lands has been dramatically affected, too. Read more in The Washington Post.