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News Brief: Fall/Winter 2023-24

News Brief: Fall/Winter 2023-24
USM staff members collect recyclable materials from classrooms.

New Recycling Program

USM launched a school-wide recycling program that includes new pick-up schedules, meetings with Waste Management to best understand recycling standards, and ample communication to the more than 1,300 people at school participating.

Fall 2023 Cum Laude Society Inductees.

Fall Cum Laude Inductees

Congratulations to seniors (from left) Lyle Dominic Mondano, Francesca Drope, Krish Vasudev, Azara Mason, Nathaniel Steinbach, Aidan Wang, Charlie Bass, Anjali George, and Emily Igwike (not pictured) who were named Cum Laude Society inductees.

Sheri Glucoft Wong speaks with parents and teachers during an evening event.

REDgen Speakers

So far this school year, USM has welcomed Sheri Glucoft Wong (pictured) and Rosalind Wiseman, authors and parenting experts, in partnership with REDgen, a local organization that fosters community conversations around mental health.

Student athletes celebrate National Field Hockey Day.

Celebrating Field Hockey

The entire field hockey program at USM, from 5th to 12 grades, celebrated National Field Hockey Day on Sept. 14. It was a great day of practice, scrimmages, and fun. "We look forward to this day every year," said head coach Andrea Burlew '93.

Bucks president Peter Feigin speaks with USM winter sport athletes.

Fear the Deer

Peter Feigin, president of the Milwaukee Bucks, spoke to winter athletes as part of the USM Athletics Wildcats Lead program, in which students learn about different aspects of athletics. Feigin discussed his career journey and more.

Students in the REDgen club host an assembly about stress.

Talking About Stress

Members of USM's REDgen student chapter held an assembly about stress. The goal was for students to realize that stress is not necessarily bad and that they are not alone, and to learn strategies for managing stress.

Author and speaker Arshay Cooper visits USM to speak with Upper School students.

Arshay Cooper at USM

Arshay Cooper, speaker, activist, and author of "A Most Beautiful Thing," was the 2023 Cindy Zautcke Memorial Speaker. In 1997, Cooper joined the country's first all-Black high school rowing team, and he spoke to students about how the experience changed his life.

Lower School students visit the Kiva Arcade to play games built by Middle School students.

Games for Change

For many years, 7th grade students have developed arcade games for younger students to play for 25 cents. The money raised is then used to make a zero-interest microloan through the KIVA organization. In 2023, students surpassed $54,000 in collective loans.

Preschool students play in a pile of leaves during the annual Preschool Fall Festival.

Celebrating Fall

Preschool teachers hosted the annual fall festival for prekindergarten and junior kindergarten students and their families in October. Children enjoyed a giant leaf pile, games, snacks, and a dedicated spot for family photos in USM's outdoor classroom.

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