Lower School Student Life
Wyoming Seminary Lower School students experience excellence in academics as well as a wide array of extracurricular activities to choose from.
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- + Community Service
Wyoming Seminary is committed to teaching more than the basic academic subjects. Because children and young people today are faced with more complex issues at home, in school and in the world at large, Sem has developed a program to help them learn to work well together, to understand cultural differences, and to develop their sense of ethics and fair play.
In the 1999-2000 school year, the Lower School introduced a new tradition: R&R (Respect and Responsibility) Day. Held three times a year, R&R Day brings middle-school students together with primary children to socialize, build new friendships and develop a sense of school community and regard for others. The classes also use the occasion to participate in year-long community service projects which they have chosen themselves.
For more information about the Lower School’s community service program please contact Edward A. Plaksa.Read more
- + Greener is Smarter!
GREENER IS SMARTER!
Use our helpful tips below for living greener (and smarter)!
Earth hour is a chance for the world to come together again after the Olympics and Paralympics - Turn off your lights with everyone around the world from 8:30 to 9:30 PM on Saturday, March 29th. Go to http://goo.gl/cVsY7 for more information.
Go Beyond Earth Hour
Reduce your use of plastic and support the Environmental Club’s effort to help our communities reduce plastic bag use. Last spring, the LS Environmental Club created an Earth Hour “I Will If You Will” reduce plastic use challenge. We hope that you are using less plastic than you did one year ago. This year, the club is backing up our support of PA Senator Leach’s Plastic Bag Tax Bill (please see Bridget’s article here) and is working toward a plastic-bag free environment by sponsoring a t-shirt drive to repurpose t-shirts into reusable bags to give away to people who may find it difficult to purchase reusable bags or pay the plastic bag tax.
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Don’t forget about the Environmental Club’s sponsoring a STEM-tastic Saturday on April 26th: Geocaching Scavenger Hunt with some Green STEM-tastic activities to celebrate Earth Day!
- + Graduation
Lower School Graduation will take place on Thursday, May 31 and will follow the schedule below.
In the evening, a dinner dance honoring the graduates and their parents will be held at the Westmoreland Club beginning at 6:00 p.m. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate siblings and each student must be accompanied by at least one parent. This is a formal event and graduates should wear the same clothes they wore to the morning ceremony. Formal invitations with menu choices will be sent to graduates and their parents in late April.
9:00 a.m. Students arrive promptly at WSLS; meet in Sordoni Library 9:30 a.m. Class photo will be taken in front* of school building 10:00 a.m. Ceremony begins in Amato Auditorium 11:30 a.m. (approximately) Punch and cookies on the front lawn 11:30 a.m. Alumni and awards photos will be taken on the front lawn 6:00 p.m. Evening party begins at the Westmoreland Club in Wilkes-Barre
* Rain information: The class photo will be taken in the Amato Auditorium at 9:30. Punch and cookies will be served in the Sordoni Library after the ceremony.
• White or white-on-white dress
• Below-the-knee to tea-length dress
• Spaghetti straps are ok
• Modest necklines
• Appropriately-styled skirts
• White shoes or sandals
• No color trim
• No floor length
• No strapless styles
• No backless styles
• No excessive underskirting
• No shoes greater than 1 inch front and 3 inch heel
• No backless shoes or mules
• Navy blazer or sport coat
• White dress shirt
• Wyoming Seminary necktie.
• Gray slacks
• Dark socks
• Dress Shoes
• Ties may be purchased in the Lower School office. You will receive an email when the ties become available.
A class photograph will be taken prior to the ceremony at the front entrance of the school (weather permitting). The group photograph of the entire class along with an engraved frame is provided as a gift to all graduates from the Wyoming Seminary Lower School Parents Association. Please remember to take your gift bag home from the afternoon reception. Please arrive promptly at 9:00 a.m. for this photograph.
During the ceremony, Andy Molitoris of Photography by Andy will take individual photographs of each student receiving his or her diploma.
Directly after the ceremony, a special alumni photo will be taken of all graduates whose parents or grandparents are alumni of the Upper or Lower Schools. Also, all award winners should report for a group photo immediately following the ceremony.
Andy Molotoris will also join us at the dinner dance taking photos of family and graduates. You may purchase the photos directly from Andy that evening.
Each family will be notified via email when the photos are available to be viewed on Andy's website: www.photo-by-Andy.com. All photos may be purchased directly from Andy's online store.
The entire graduation ceremony will be filmed and available for purchase on DVD. A preorder form will be mailed to you with all the necessary information to order the DVD. The DVD will be mailed directly to you at a later date.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Peggy Zinkavich at the Lower School at 570-718-6601.
- + Holiday Tea
LOWER SCHOOL HOLIDAY TEA
The tea is held in the Wyoming Seminary Lower School gymnasium at the conclusion of the Holiday Program. A light fare is served. All parents, grandparents, teachers and eighth-grade students are invited to attend.Read more
- + Performing Arts
FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS
Students at Wyoming Seminary Lower School have the opportunity to participate in music, art, dance and theatrical performances during the school year. All grades perform in the Holiday and spring choral concerts, and middle-school instrumental students perform in the band. Those interested in jazz music may play in the Jazz Band.
Student artwork is exhibited in conjunction with the concerts, and second-grade students mount their own special exhibit, reflecting their year-long study of an artist or group of artists. Outstanding student work is also exhibited at the annual Fine Arts Fiesta in nearby Wilkes-Barre, a juried art exhibition for student and professional artists.
Middle-school dancers may perform with the Upper School's Dance Company in their annual dance program. Each year the Lower School presents at least one dramatic production, giving middle-school students the opportunity to begin learning the basics of acting, stage movement, makeup, costuming and set design.Read more
- + Student Groups
Blue and White Teams
Grades 5-8 are divided into Blue and White Teams. Each team has two leaders; the students earn points for their team by achieving high honors or honors in academics, competing in athletic and other contests, and performing community service. We find that the teams encourage responsibility and good citizenship in the school.
The student government membership consists of one representative from each homeroom in grades 5-7 and two Blue Team Leaders and two White Team Leaders from the eighth grade. In the late spring, elections are held to choose representatives for the coming year. Nominations are made, a debate by candidates follows, and finally the election takes place. Fifth-grade elections are held during each trimester of the students’ fifth-grade year; representatives in fifth grade rotate each term.
Student Government Eligibility:
1.) Students must have a C average (5.0) or above to run.
2.) Students may not run if they have more than three detentions or violations.
3.) Students must be approved as candidates by the team of teachers at that grade level.
• The student must be a positive role model for all middle-school students.
• The student must maintain an academic average of 5.0 or above.
• The student must present results of homeroom meetings in student government meetings.
• The student must be involved in at least one extracurricular activity.
• The student must maintain fewer than three detentions or dress code/gum violations.
If, once elected, a student government member has trouble maintaining this standard, appropriate steps will be taken in the best interest of the school and the student.Read more