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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.