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News

2017

  • December

    The Hefner Initiative 2018: US/China Summer Program

    Sponsored by the Robert ’53 and MeiLi Hefner Foundation and offered here at Webb to two current students, The Hefner Initiative aims to foster a close and positive relationship between the people of China and the US. This extraordinary 12-day summer program includes travel this year to Beijing and Suzhou—allowing for living/learning opportunities with host students and families.
     
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  • Two Webb Students to Present at National American Chemical Society

    Shyam Arya '18 and Ellie Canty '18 have been accepted to present a poster at the National American Chemical Society conference in New Orleans in March 2019--an extremely rare honor for high school students.
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  • Webb Holiday Receptions in SF & LA

    Alumni and parents are invited to celebrate the holidays and Webb in San Francisco (Tues. Dec. 5) and Los Angeles (Wed. Dec. 6). 
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  • November

    You're Awesome, Be Happy!!

    Hector Martinez
    It’s November 2nd and the College Guidance office is quiet this morning—nothing like the last few days when countless numbers of panicked seniors were popping in to get their essays looked at one last time before pressing “submit.”
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  • October

    The Crucible - Fall Play Big Success

    Stefanie Plumley, Director
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  • VWS Tennis League Champions for Fourth Consecutive Year

    Girls tennis just clinched the San Joaquin League Championship for the fourth consecutive year. League MVP and singles champion for a second year in a row, Thea Kirkpatrick VWS ’18, will lead the Gauls into CIF play at home on Wednesday, November 1st
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  • WSC and VWS Cross Country Win League Championships

    WSC boys secured their 4th consecutive league championship this week, while our VWS girls brought home their 3rd league title in a row. Such an amazing feat!
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  • Over $270K Raised at Webb's Annual Affiliates Benefit

    Webb parents and faculty raised over $270,000 at the annual Affiliates Benefit earlier this month, setting a new record for the amount raised at the event.
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  • Parents Weekend Brings Hundreds to Campus

    Over 450 parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and siblings visited Webb earlier this month for Parents Weekend 2017, and experienced a day in the life of a Webb student.
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  • Discover Webb Day for Prospective Families

    The best way to find your best fit?  Visit.  We invite you to come discover Webb, experience our community, interact with our faculty and students, and see for yourself all that Webb has to offer.
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  • Dr. Bolortsetseg Minjin Chosen Alf Museum Awardee 2017

    Dr. Bolortsetseg Minjin, noted paleontologist and educator, has been selected as the third recipient of the Raymond M. Alf Award for Excellence in Paleontological Research and Education. The award honors a paleontologist who demonstrates exceptional achievement both in original scientific research, as well as in education and outreach at the primary and secondary school (K-12) levels. 
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  • September

    The Week @ Webb - Busy, Busy, Busy

    Scott Nichols
    The Week @ Webb is a periodic photojournal of events on and off Webb's campus. All photos by Scott Nichols, unless otherwise noted.
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  • VWS Signing In Ceremony

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  • The Week @ Webb - Habits of Mind

    Scott Nichols
    Welcome to The Week @ Webb! A periodic photojournal of events on and off Webb's campus. All photos are by Scott Nichols, unless otherwise noted. Now that we've run through the A-G block rotation of classes a few times, it was time to bring my lens into the classrooms and learning spaces for a glimpse into Webb's academic day. Of course not all learning occurs within our classrooms, so come take a look at our students developing their habits of mind.
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  • The Webb Schools 150 acre campus aerial, August 2017

    Webb Doubles Campus Size to 150 Acres with Purchase of Wilderness Hillside

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  • 2017 Alumni Award Recipients

    There is no greater testament to Webb’s values and culture of service and leadership than our extraordinary alumni. Through our annual Alumni Awards program, the Alumni Council and the Board of Trustees honor select alumni whose service and achievements truly exemplify everything The Webb Schools represent. We are pleased to announce six distinguished recipients for 2017.
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  • The Week @ Webb - Start of Year 2017-2018

    Scott Nichols
    Welcome back to The Week @ Webb! Let's dig right in to the action around Webb since we all reconvened in mid-August.
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  • August

    Keith Wilson Loring '46 Funds $650,000 Scholarship Endowment

    When Keith Wilson Loring ’46 attended Webb School of California in the early 1940s, he acquired more than an education. He became part of something larger than himself, an extended family. Through a final gift from his estate, Loring fully funded the 5th largest financial aid endowment fund ($650,000) in Webb history.
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  • What do Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerburg & Sameer Dholakia '91 have in common?

    Forbes reports that Sameer Dholakia '91, CEO of SendGrid, is one of the most highly rated chief executives in tech. His Glassdoor approval rating is at the same level as Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerburg.
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  • Webb Students to Present at National Paleo Conference

    Dr. Lofgren
    This week seven Webb students, Alf Museum Collections Manager Gabe Santos, and Alf Museum Director Dr. Don Lofgren will attend the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) meeting in Calgary in order to participate in various research presentations.
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  • Meet Your New Classmates

    Members of the new class of Webb students offer their perspectives on what they do in their spare time, when they knew Webb was the school for them and what they'd choose as a name for a fossil they find on a Peccary Trip.
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  • July

    Thank you for a successful 2016-17 Webb Fund campaign!

    Many Thanks for Your Support!

    Thank you to the 1,565 alumni, parents, past parents, grandparents, and friends who helped us end the 2016-17 Webb Fund campaign successfully on June 30.  Your generosity enabled The Webb Fund to raise over $1.6 million, plus additional support for endowment and capital improvements, bringing total gifts to $5.2 million! Over 830 alumni participated, spanning nine decades with gifts received from nearly every class between 1937 and 2017. 
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  • June

    McDermott ’83 Family Creates Endowment in Mandarin Chinese

    The McDermott Family, Michael McDermott ’83 and Amanda Bi, in honor of their daughter Allegra ’18, have made a leadership 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.
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  • VWS and WSC Commencement Galleries

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  • Alumni Families Join Summer Junior Scholars Program

    More than a dozen alumni families (well their 7th, 8th, and 9th graders) are taking part in Webb’s Junior Scholars Program this July. From as close as Los Angeles and San Diego, to as far away as Hong Kong and Thailand, children of alumni are enrolled in one or more of four special educational boarding programs on campus: Paleontology, Leadership, Digital Arts or Science and Engineering.
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  • Class of 2017: The College List

    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! 
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  • VWS Sophomore Rylie Brick '19 Selected First Team All-Area Swimmer

    VWS sophomore Rylie Brick '19 was selected to the First Team All-Area Swim Team.
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  • 2017 Alumni Awards: Call for Nominations

    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.
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  • Unbounded learning.

    Final Days to Support The Webb Fund

    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.
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  • May

    Webb at CIF State Badminton Championships

    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!
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  • Colleges Accept Fewer Transfer Students

    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. 


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  • Six Decades of Alumni Honor Dodd Fischer '61

    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.
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  • WEBB Magazine Spring 2017 has Arrived

    The spring issue of WEBB magazine has arrived—featuring a special, three-part series on creating the self, nurturing community, and acting for the common good.
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  • The Biology of Sleep: Why Teenagers Need to Stay Up Late and Get Up Later

    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


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  • Alumni Survey Results Are In...

    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. 
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  • New Research Publications for Webb Students and Faculty at Alf Museum

    By Dr. Andrew Farke
    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.
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  • Cheeky, Rousing and Infectious: URINETOWN

    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.
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  • Focus on Faculty: Yao Hong

    Debbie Carini
    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.
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  • Student Perspective Series: Namibia Through One-Picture

    Juliana Romeo '17
    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.
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  • Webb Travels to Asia

    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. 
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  • College Acceptances Class of 2017

    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.
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  • April

    On This Day: April 27, 2017 We Remember Al Hastings '42

    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.
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  • The Week @ Webb - Earth Day Beauty

    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!
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  • Head Baseball Coach Jeff Stodgel Reaches 100th Win

    Over Spring Break Jeff Stodgel collected his 100th win as head coach of the Webb baseball program. The monumental 1-0 win came over long-time rival Rio Hondo Prep.
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  • Service Beyond Self - Eissa Villaseñor '98

    Eissa Villaseñor says of her time at Webb that it gave her “the confidence to try new things, even if they were hard.”
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  • Focus on Faculty: Howie Kalter

    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.
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  • March

    Service Beyond Self - Dr. Peter Emblad '86

    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.
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  • Webb Returns to Asia in April

    Webb’s Head of Schools Taylor Stockdale and Anne Stockdale will visit alumni, parents and friends in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, and Seoul in April.
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  • Upcoming Webb Events in April in Washington DC and New York City

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  • 2017 Commencement Speakers: Coleen Martinez '86 and Steve Shenbaum '88

    It is our pleasure to announce Coleen Martinez '86 and Steve Shenbaum '88 as the 2017 Commencement Speakers.
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  • Focus on Faculty: Tom Jurczak

    Debbie Carini
    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.
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  • The Week @ Webb - Springtime Superbloom

    Scott Nichols
    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.
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  • The Purpose of College: From The Washington Post

    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.
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  • The Webb Schools Rank in Top 20 in the Nation

    Once again, according to the Boarding School Review, Webb is in the top tier of boarding schools in the United States in four important categories.
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  • February

    Terence Tien '13 Wins Disney Competition

    Terence Tien '13 and three teammates from UC San Diego won the 2017 Walt Disney Imagineering Imaginations Design Competition.
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  • January

    Hornbuckle Family Establishes $500,000 Financial Aid Endowment Fund

    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.
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  • Outstanding Early College Admissions for Class of 2017

    Hector Martinez
    The Class of 2017 is off to a great start with outstanding college admission acceptances for many of our early candidates!
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  • Webb Joins Independent School Alliance to Increase Applications From and Enrollment of Students of Color

    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...
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  • WEBB Magazine Feature: The Nature of Learning

    Debbie Carini
    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.
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  • WEBB Magazine Feature: Where Women Lead

    Debbie Carini
    At Vivian Webb School, girls internalize the ideal of a female in a leadership position because that is what they see—day-in and day-out—in their directors and deans.
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  • WEBB Magazine Feature: The Library in the Age of Everything

    Aaron Severson
    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.
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