Each school year since 2000-2001, our faculty and students come together across grade levels to explore a school-wide theme with our extended community. Launched each fall, the annual theme serves as a way to re-imagine and re-interpret longstanding curricular units. The theme is incorporated into curriculum through classroom projects, the arts, and athletics.
Our 2023-2024 school-wide theme is STRENGTH! The many definitions of strength, both mental and physical–firmness, durability, power–will be integrated into curriculum across disciplines. Together we will investigate mental, physical, and scientific strength and the aspects of struggle that lead to strength, as well as how to create and develop strength. We will encourage our students to believe in themselves and their personal strength as we examine strength of character, the strength to be yourself, the strength to take appropriate risks, the strength to say “no,” and the strength it takes to be upstanders.
Our 2022-2023 school-wide theme was IMPACT! Defined as having “a marked effect or influence,” impact was integrated into curriculum as together we investigated how we might embrace “impact” and explored the impact on the environment, the social emotional nature of impact, and impact on all disciplines. We encouraged our students to believe in themselves, their ideas, and their voices, and recognize the impact they have in their daily lives at The Willows and in the future of our nation and global society.
Our 2021-2022 school-wide theme was DREAM, which was selected by our students during our 2020 study of the election process to parallel the 2020 elections in our nation and bring voting, elections, and the democratic process to life for our students. We explored how to use our imagination and dream while also focusing on the work that must be done to achieve our dreams. Dream related directly to our school credo: all things are possible.