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Traditions

One of the most unique aspects of student life at Whitefield Academy is the interaction that students of all ages have with each other. From performing on the stage to competing on the field, our students are highly engaged in a variety of activities and traditions that create a rhythm of student life at Whitefield.

 

Serve Day

An annual tradition with the entire student body. On one October Friday, classes depart to work with local ministries in the Kansas City area. Carpentry work, painting, yard clean-up, food sorting, and landscaping are the order of the day.

 

Houses

Upper school students are divided into support building competitive houses for various activities. Houses are named for great writers: Dante, Homer, Milton and Virgil.

 

Buddy Classes

Student classes in the Lower and Upper Schools are paired up 1st and 7th graders all the way through 6th with 12th graders.  This allows the students to grow up together during their Whitefield years. Older students mentor the younger and the younger, in turn, look up to the older. Whether it is Games Day, reading aloud, participating in a service project, individuals in Buddy Classes benefit and learn from one another.

 

Giving

Our 3rd graders learn about giving their time and resources when they participate in helping with Harvesters, a local food supply organization.

Our youngest students in Pre- K and Kindergarten visit local rehabilitation and nursing homes, sharing joy through song and receiving assistance from the elderly residents in a craft project.

 

Games Day

Twice a year, the buddy classes- upper school and lower classes who are paired together  meet to play to promote camaraderie and interaction among students. Outdoor games in the fall and board games in the spring are planned and hosted by the older students.

 

Spirit Week

Sponsored by our Student Council, upper school students celebrate Spirit Weeks in the Fall and Spring. During these weeks, students have fun decorating hallways, dressing up in different themes each day, holding pep rallies and attending sporting events.

 

Spelling Bee

Grades 4-8 compete in January for the winner to participate in the county spelling bee. Students start working in December and compete in front of the supportive cheers of the  student body.

 

Spring Art Show and Shakespeare Play

Two separate traditions are melded with one big fine arts event usually held in April. The Art Show has at least one work on display from each lower school student and upper school artist.

The annual Shakespeare play has included Much Ado about Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest , The Taming of the Shrew and this year’s production, Macbeth.

 

Grandparents’ Day

Lower school students get to show off their classrooms and results of hard work to their most special of guests. Classes perform recitations, musical selections and memorized poetry.

 

Christmastime

Caroling in the Foyer

Classroom Decoration Contest with lower school students as judges

Secret Santas

The entire student body participates in Operation Christmas  Child in supplying Christmas gifts to young children in impoverished areas.

 

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