June Newsletter


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News for New Families
June 4, 2021
welcome pioneers

Welcome to our series of communications for newly enrolled families. Each month, you’ll receive a newsletter with updates and reminders about completing steps related to the start of the school year. We'll provide a calendar of important dates and deadlines and help you keep track of your progress with the monthly checklist shown below.


June Checklist

In this month's newsletter, you will:

• register for fall, winter, and spring sports

• learn about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at WRA

• choose your summer reading

• meet the Student Life Office and save the date for
  a live Q&A session hosted by the SLO

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wra athletics

All Students
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Read this letter from the Athletic Office

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Read this letter regarding the State of Ohio laws regarding athletics and be sure to 

complete the required online forms

yellow check box Students must complete the Concussion Acknowledgement Form
yellow check box Students must complete Lindsay's Law Form

Grades 9 & 10
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Students in grades 9 and 10 are required to participate in a fall interscholastic sport

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Register for athletics

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Students in grades 11PG are encouraged to participate in a fall interscholastic sport

Register for athletics

Once we receive your registration, your coach will contact you prior to the start of our August preseason to share necessary information regarding summer training.



Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Dr. Greenwood

Dr. James Greenwood

Welcome from the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion! 


We believe diversity, equity, and inclusion are imperative and over-arching. These are critical lenses that help us understand the complexity and nuances of our students’ experiences, maximize the potential of each student, strengthen our ability to equip our students with the tools they need to succeed, and create an environment where every student's perspective and voice is valued and heard. Learn more about our work here.

We want the members of the WRA community to feel seen, heard, respected, and celebrated!


The DEI office is led by Dean of DEI Dr. James Greenwood. We are very excited to announce that later this summer, Ms. Iiyannaa Graham-Siphanoum will be the first Frederick Douglass Fellow at Western Reserve Academy where she will support all of the DEI programs and initiatives.


Our office can be found in the Metcalf Center, directly across from the bookstore. Stop on in!

Summer Reading

One School, Many Books is WRA’s Required Summer Reading Program. We view our summer reading program as an opportunity to engage in important conversations as a community. As a result, One School, Many Books: 2021 will focus on books relating to various aspects of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. On the first day of school, we will have a special schedule where you will be placed in groups to talk about your selections. 

Dear Martin

Grade 9

Students in grade 9 are required to read Dear Martin by Nic Stone.

In preparation for the group talk on Dear Martin, we ask that you read the text with a close eye. Think about how the author tells the story, what devices does she employ to engage her reader? What sticks with you as a reader?  

Grades 10-PG

In the attached pdf, we have listed and linked fifteen books. Please choose one. Many of these texts ask you to engage in topics and thus conversations that will be difficult for some, and many of the texts will push you outside of your respective comfort zones. So, spend some time looking over the attached pdf with the various selections. 

Here is the selection form for you to declare which book you will read. This form will be open until early August, but don't wait too long to make your choice; some of these books may take a while to get to you, and you should make sure you give yourself the necessary time to read the book in its entirety.

meet the student life office 

Greetings from the Student Life Office! We welcome all students to our office to answer questions, borrow markers, grab a piece of candy and solve a problem. Below, read a bit more about our team. And stay tuned, later this summer we'll introduce you to the rest of the team.

Student Life Office

Mrs. Emily Barth lives on campus with her husband, two girls (McKayla and Alexandra) and two dogs in Long House, a junior and senior girls dorm. Formerly the director of WRA’s dance program, and Fine & Performing Arts Department Chair, Mrs. Barth now works full time in the Student Life Office. Known as “Mama Barth” to her advisees and dance students, Mrs. Barth is a staunch student advocate with a great sense of humor and, of course, excellent dance moves. She has been at WRA for 11 years and can likely answer any question you have! Ms. Ali Anzaldi '13 is a dancer by trade as well as an educator and summer camp director. Ms. Anzaldi is also a WRA alum who spent two years at Reserve as a boarder. Ms. Anzaldi's ebullient personality and energy are contagious, and as Director of Student Activities she plans fun and meaningful events for the weekends and throughout the year. Additionally, she teaches dance and is the Dorm Head for our sophomore girls dorm, Ells 2, where she and her husband reside.
Miss Allison Forhan '12 lives on campus on the second floor of the Ellsworth dorm (Ells 2) with her fiance. A member of the Class of 2012, Miss Forhan returned to WRA as a staff member at the start of the 2020-2021 school year. She quickly became known as Mission Control in the Student Life Office engaging with students daily and bringing positive energy to all aspects of student life. Come 4 o'clock, Miss Forhan turns into Coach Forhan as she takes to the field coaching field hockey in the fall and girls' lacrosse in the spring. Miss/Coach Forhan is excited to welcome new students to campus in the fall!

Mrs. Wendy Skinner ​lives on campus with her family in the historic David Hudson House. She is a firm believer in the positive energy of teenagers and has spent her life working with them, first as a French teacher. She loves talking about leadership development, a positive and proactive approach to teaching outside the classroom, and learning how to live together in a diverse environment. Mrs. Skinner can’t wait to meet you!

If you have any questions for the members of our Student Life Office, we hope that you will join us for a Student Life Q&A session. 


We look forward to fielding all of your Student Life questions during our live Q&A — join the session on June 10 at 7 p.m. with this link. In the meantime, here are a few of our top frequently asked questions!

When will I know who my roommate is? 
Later this summer, we will meet with the Admission Office to make the most appropriate match possible. Don't worry, you will have time before school starts to get to know your roommate! 

How late can day students stay on campus?
Check in is 10 p.m. so you're welcome to stay until check in, but it's not required. One of the advantages of being a day student at a boarding school is going straight to Athletic practice after classes, then having the option of staying for dinner, and studying with friends on campus. Plus you have access to faculty throughout the evening too.

How and when do I learn who my advisor is?
That information will be sent out along with roommate information. Your advisor is your go-to adult at WRA. They serve as a resource to you (and to your parents) in terms of learning about the nuts and bolts of the school, managing your schoolwork, talking through your feelings and thoughts. They also plan fun events! You may have dinner as an advisory group at their house, walk downtown for a coffee, spend time with their kids or have a heart-to-heart conversation at school. Your advisor is here for you. 

There is so much to learn at Reserve.
What can I do to get more familiar with the WRA community?
You will receive a Student Handbook later this summer, which outlines our community expectations and shares other helpful information. In addition, you will learn more at Registration on Sunday, August 15. Specific information about campus arrival and time for your student's matriculation will be forthcoming in mid-July. We want to be sure you have all of the information you need in order to be as successful as you can be at Reserve. There are lots of people here to help: the Student Life Office, student leaders, dorm and day prefects, your advisor and more. August 15 can’t come soon enough for us. Until then, enjoy your summer! 

We will look forward to introducing you to the rest of our team in July! Until then, know that we are busy preparing for your arrival in August. We can’t wait to see you then!

important reminders

For more helpful resources, important reminders, and information on how to fill out your medical forms and order your Reserve Green, please visit:

New Families


what to expect in July 

This issue will focus on the Start of School schedule as well as introduce you to our Advancement Office and Parent Organization.

Catch up on past Newsletters:

april issue

may issue

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