For the past two weeks, WFS has been a part of the educational distribution of CRISPR technology (a method used to alter DNA) through a new summer intensive course for students entering their junior or senior year.
Besides completing a full CRISPR lab protocol, students have been utilizing newly-developed modeling activities, exploring data analysis software, meeting with current researchers in the CRISPR field about ethics and practice of CRISPR therapies, and debating/reenacting cases of ethical interest. This classroom application was developed by Dr. Kmiec’s Gene Editing Institute at the Helen Graham Cancer Center of Christiana Care. Dr. Kmiec uses CRISPR in his clinical work with cancer patients. Most recently, WFS students prepared DNA samples for genotype analysis of their CRISPR-edited gene construct expressed in E. coli cells.
Huge thanks to WFS teachers Ellen Johnson and Kelley Cox for leading our students during these two weeks.
If you would like to see students in action, check out our YouTube page!
Over the course of the last five years, the middle school has engaged in a series of experiences to strengthen student's intercultural competencies and appreciation for the diversity of the personal stories each person contributes to the community.
Please join us October 6 at 7pm in the Friends Theater for a talk with Timothy L. Fields and Shereem Herndon-Brown, college admissions experts and authors of The Black Family's Guide to College Admissions: A Conversation About Education, Parenting, and Race. This event is open to the public!
In 2007, WFS became the first high school in Delaware accepted as a member of the School Year Abroad (SYA) consortium, a national group of leading independent schools with a commitment to international education.
The WFS football and soccer teams hosted athletes from Special Olympics Delaware (SODE) in mid-August. In the clinics, the athletes participated in drills together, learned a lot, and had a blast! This tradition is something that WFS student athletes and Special Olympians look forward to each year and is a great way to for them to connect.
Congratulations to lower school teacher Sia Willie who was named a 2022-23 Pilot Light Food Education Fellow! From their website, "Food Education Fellows are leaders in food education across the nation. Fellows implement weekly Pilot Light lessons, create new Pilot Light resources, and help to refine and evaluate what Pilot Light and food education looks like in classrooms."