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Just as our academic arts, and athletic curricula spiral intentionally to assure that students grow in positive, healthy ways, we are equally purposeful about emphasizing our Core Values. Qualities such as respect, responsibility, compassion, and civic-mindedness are lived daily and are built into the fabric of Applewild. This aspect of our curriculum has been recognized by several awards for the ways we engage our students in stewardship, including the Parents' Independent School Network (PIN) most prestigious Outstanding Program Award for Community Service.
Our core values are integrated into our curriculum and come alive in regular, recurring ways that then provide natural opportunities for leadership. Examples include when first graders visit a local Head Start program and share their interest in reading, and third graders connect to their buddies at ARC on a recycling project. Similarly in the Upper School, students are involved with the Cleghorn Neighborhood Center, on campus cleanup at various times of the year, and participation in the Fitchburg city cleanup each spring. Additional opportunities for learning and service include "Greening the Apple" conservation project, UNICEF, OXFAM, Hoops for Hearts, Grandfriends of Burbank Adult Day Care, youthinkwell, and food drive activities.
Participation in these efforts is an expectation as students advance in their years at Applewild, providing genuine leadership opportunities that make a difference. In addition, our fifth and ninth graders take on specific leadership roles within their division. Our emphasis on public speaking provides an additional skill all combining to assure that Applewild students have developed competencies as confident, engaged, and participatory citizens - and know that their leadership and their voice matters.
These programs take place during the first two weeks of school and are designed to create a strong community and prepare Upper School students for the year ahead. The 6th Grade trip is a carefully planned outdoor adventure program at the Chewonki Foundation in Wiscasset, Maine. Trips for older students include 7th graders hiking with the Appalachian Mountain Club in New Hampshire, and the 8th Grade trip to Washington, D.C.
Foreign Travel Program
We develop global learners and global citizens. Foreign language study begins in Kindergarten and connects across disciplines to enrich students' experiences and develop a firm foundation of accelerated language study as they move on to secondary school. Many students opt to participate in school-sponsored overseas trips.
Starting in the 7th grade, students are offered the opportunity to work extensively with a teacher in an area where an expressed interest or talent has been shown. By opting out of a season of sports, a student may be chosen to work in the art mentor program or the winter play.
For six Fridays in January and February, buses transport interested students in Grades 4 through 8 to Mt. Wachusett for an afternoon of skiing. Parents often join their children at the mountain.
The Extended Day Program
Applewild offers an afternoon program that continues beyond regular classroom hours. Children enrolled in Extended Day enjoy a more relaxed pace adjusted for the developmental needs of young children who have already had a busy day of school. Activities include play time; learning opportunities in art and teacher-directed projects. Our older students have a focused study hall to get a jump on their evening’s academic assignments.
Applewild Parent Association
The purpose of the Parent Association is to serve as a forum for communication and cooperation among the members of the school community and to provide services to enhance the academic, cultural, and co-curricular life of Applewild School. By being a parent or guardian of an Applewild student, a parent automatically becomes a member of the Applewild Parent Association.
Throughout the year, there are many on-campus events that encourage family and school ties. The Harvest Fair, Rummage Sale, Grandparent and Special Persons Day, Holiday and Spring Concerts, Theatrical Performances, and guest lectures allow us to be together as parents, students, and school.
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