Nominations for the 2017 Alumni Awards are now being accepted! These awards represent the highest distinction that can be bestowed on an alumnus/a of The Webb Schools. Recipients are alumni who have distinguished themselves through exemplary achievements in 1) service to The Webb Schools or Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology, 2) service to the community, or 3) outstanding achievement in their chosen profession or field. Past recipients include: museum trustee Dick Lynas '55, former trustee Dodd Fischer '61, Beachbody CEO Jon Congdon '81 and educator Micol Issa '05 to name a few.
The McDermott Family, Michael McDermott ’83 and Amanda Bi, in honor of their daughter Allegra ’18, have made a $50,000 gift to establish an endowed fund to support teacher and student development in World Languages and Cultures. Specifically, these funds will be used to support instruction in Mandarin and provide faculty and students with resources they can use to further their immersion into their study of Mandarin and Chinese culture.
Members of the Class of 2017 had an extraordinary year in college admissions. Over 90% of the class will attend a college ranked in the top 10% in America and 100% of the graduating class was admitted to a selective four-year college or university—including such prestigious schools as Stanford, Columbia, Dartmouth, West Point, Williams, Wellesley, Smith, Johns Hopkins, Berkeley, UCLA, Northwestern, U of Chicago, Middlebury, Tufts, Haverford, and Carleton, along with multiple acceptances to The Claremont Colleges, NYU, and USC. We even have our first student going to the highly selective Yale University NUS program in Singapore!
Albert Zhang ’18 is among the best high school badminton players in the state of California. His recent 6th place finish in the CIF State Badminton Championship marks the first-ever Webb appearance in the tournament, and certainly the school’s highest finish – and he’s only a junior!
Members of the Head's Circle, Leadership Society, Pacesetter's Club and Thompson & Vivian Webb Society, along with members of key volunteer groups attended a reception at Taylor and Anne Stockdale's home.
If transferring into a selective private college or university was once easy to do, it isn't anymore. According to data from the National Center for Education Studies, in the fall of 2015, Stanford enrolled just 15 transfer students, Yale, 24, Georgetown 186 and Princeton 0.
June 30 is the final day to make an impact by giving to The Webb Fund. Join fellow alumni, parents, friends, faculty and staff and be counted by making a gift that is meaningful to you. Supporting Webb has never been easier or faster at webb.org/giving.
Members of the Class of 1961 flew to Portland from throughout the United States to honor their classmate, Dodd Fischer '61. In total, nearly forty people were in attendance representing six decades of alumni.
According to the American Academic of Pediatrics, middle and high school starts times should be 8:30 a.m. or later. The sleep patterns of American adolescents was the topic of recent national conference where experts seemed to be in wide agreement--teenagers need more sleep, and sleep times that fit with their own biology. Without sleep, teens experience a rise in risky behavior (including driving), depression and more. Read more in the NYTimes.
The Alumni Office wishes to thank the 688 alumni who took part in the 2017 online survey. Alumni who participated in the survey spanned nine decades and included classes of 1937 through 2016. Responses were gathered to assist with research for Webb's accreditation with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
During the first weekend of May, budding paleontologists ventured into the deserts of San Bernardino County on the Alf Museum’s annual Alumni and Friends Peccary Trip. Webb graduates and friends, young and old all gathered together in the Rainbow Basin with one mission: to find the next big specimen for the Raymond M. Alf Museum.
Congratulations are due to Will Abersek ’17, Chandler Luebbers ’17, and Emily Chu ’17, on the recent publication of their research. Their work appears in the 2017 Desert Symposium Field Guide and Proceedings, published by the California State University Desert Studies Center.
One of the most delightful aspects of producing URINETOWN is telling people the title of the show, which is a not-so-subtle play on words. It’s the oldest story: Masses are oppressed; Faces, clothes and bladders distressed; Rich folks get the good life; Poor folks get the woe; In the end, it’s nothing you don’t know.
April was a month of travel for Webb! Following enthusiastic and well-attended events in Washington, D.C. and New York City, 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 four major receptions and many individual meetings and appointments.
Yao Hong plays an integral role in Webb’s growing Chinese language program where she teaches 2nd, 3rd and 4th year Chinese to non-native speakers and stresses that she is persistent in her efforts to help students recognize Chinese characters.
Growing up, I would much rather read, Where’s Waldo than a Judy Blume novel. I would spend hours playing “eye spy with my little eye” with my sister. I have always been more drawn to images than words, and I find it easier to express myself in images rather than words.
The Alumni Council hosted the annual Senior Dinner on April 26, in honor of the Class of 2017. Members of the Alumni Council and President Rahmi Mowjood '90 were on hand to enthusiastically welcome the future graduates into the Webb alumni community.
The Class of 2017 is to be congratulated for its outstanding admission results. Despite being faced with incredible competition and tremendous odds, members of the Class of 2017 were admitted into top colleges and universities across the country and around the world. Webb seniors typically average five college acceptances each. The list below reflects the 169 colleges and universities that accepted Webb applicants this year.
Alfred B. Hastings, Jr. ’ 42 dedicated his life to The Webb Schools for over 50 years, including serving as Chairman of the Board for four years and trustee for 38 years. Al was a leader who not only committed his time and expertise, but was also a generous donor over the course of his lifetime.
The Week @ Webb is a unique look into the activities both on and off Webb's campus. Earth Day is upon us so I thought it appropriate to currate a gallery of Webb's natural beauty. These are photographs collected from the past couple of years, but surely represent how lovely it is to live in such a natural setting on campus. Come take a look!
Howie Kalter says the thing he most loves about his job at Webb is that teachers are coaches as well as classroom instructors. You’re just as likely to find him poolside where he’s the assistant coach of the WSC water polo team as you will in the classroom leading sections of Integrated Math I and II.
Originally from San Francisco, Dr. Emblad came to Webb at the age of 16, which he describes as “a wakeup call to turn my life around.” Guided by that experience and the example of his childhood pediatrician, he enrolled in Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine, earning his medical degree in 1997.
Tom Jurczak has been a fan of boarding schools since he was 14 years old. Jurczak joined the Webb faculty in 2015. He teaches sophomore Integrated Physics and Chemistry and AP Physics C, a calculus-based physics course geared towards seniors.
The Week @ Webb is a unique look into the activities both on and off Webb's campus. It's been a while since my last post, so let's not waste any time getting caught up on what's been happening here at Webb.
As Angel B. Perez writes in The Washington Post, “It’s not just about jobs. Colleges must help students find their passions.” Of course, Hector Martinez, director of college guidance at Webb couldn’t agree more.
On February 12 the Alumni Office, together with the Alumni Council, welcomed back 12 alumni speakers for the 18th Annual Sophomore Career Evening. The featured speakers spoke with the sophomore classes about their professional experience in the career fields of Medicine & Health, Entrepreneurship & Social Media, S.T.E.M., Fashion & Gaming Design, and The Law.
In fulfillment of his official duties at Webb, Ramsay taught history, English literature, Latin, and occasionally one of the Bible classes. Of course, he also performed the daily duties required of a faculty member at the time, presiding over study hall, serving as Officer of the Day, giving the occasional chapel talk and making himself available for nearly any activity that one or more students were enthused about. Who could forget Ramsay saying in study hall, "Gentlemen, sharpen your wits, not your pencils."
Dolly Bai ’14 recently spent time on an archaeological excavation in Israel. The dig site was in northern Israel by the Golan in an area called Omrit. She participated as a funded research assistant to one of her Williams College professors.
Wendy and Bill Hornbuckle P'19, with their extraordinary gift commitment, are helping to ensure that The Webb Schools will continue to serve its distinctive mission and provide for generations of students to come.
Punch Hutton ’89 is featured on Into The Gloss, a website dedicated to beauty that explores the routines of inspiring women. In her interview with the website, Punch discusses her daily beauty routine, how she landed at Vanity Fair, and what’s next for her.
From its setting on the front porch of the magnificent San Gabriel Mountains to the occasions, year-round, to engage with nature, Webb provides an incomparable opportunity for students to encounter, explore and develop interests and passions beyond the classroom.
Terence Tien '13 and three teammates from UC San Diego won the 2017 Walt Disney Imagineering Imaginations Design Competition. They designed Pacific Trove, a place at UC San Diego where slides twist and turn around Torrey Pine trees and suspension bridges tower over waterfalls, and includes Garibaldi Grotto and New Moon Beach where guests can find peace around aquariums or socialize near fire pits.
The Week presents a unique glimpse into life at Webb through a photojournal of events both on and off campus. Theme Week is one of the most exciting and fun weeks for our community that Webb has to offer. This year, the school-wide spirit competition between each of the classes featured four beloved movies amongst Webbies: Toy Story, The Incredibles, Monsters INC, and Peter Pan. Here are some of the best costumes and moments from the week, including scenes from Theme Night, presented without commentary. I hope you enjoy all of the zaniness.
Students who experienced French class with Jacques Pauwels or enjoyed the warm and gracious hospitality of Jacques and his wife Mimi in their home on the Webb campus throughout the 1970s, 80s and 90s, remember a family that happily and generously provided a “home-away-from-home” for scores of boarding students, and a teacher who encouraged and motivated his students to appreciate the value of learning another language.
Working to inform, educate and advocate for students and parents of color currently underrepresented in independent schools in Southern California, the Independent School Alliance partners with its member schools to help families...
Anyone seeking a model of the thriving and vital library of the future would do well to study Webb’s W. Russell Fawcett Memorial Library, which has been undergoing a renaissance under the leadership of director of teaching and learning resources Mark Dzula, Ph.D.