Weekly Update – April 27, 2018

The weather is nicer, which means we are off-campus more frequently! This week, we are doing walking tours, visiting historical sites, and participating in service projects.

Spanish Art

Seventh grade students in Nicole Hartung’s Spanish classes visited Carnegie Museum of Art to participate in a tour that focused on Spanish art.

Architecture Workshop

First grade students at City Campus, with teachers Desiree Jennings and Ben Tritsch, participated in an architecture workshop with WT parents Shanna Kovalchick and Brandon Nicholson.

Study of Pittsburgh

Third graders from both campuses continued their year-long study of Pittsburgh. The students visited Attack Theatre to participate in movement exercises that helped the students to reflect on their experiences. They also visited Carrie Furnace for a tour of the abandoned iron furnace, then stopped at St. Elias Byzantine Catholic Church for a pierogi workshop. These trips were organized by teachers Theresa Fox, Connie Martin, and Amy Skelly.

Autonomous Vehicles

Upper School students in Urban Research and Design, taught by Dr. Michael Naragon, continued their projects focused on the urban design implications of autonomous vehicles. The students met with Eric Boerer, Advocacy Director for Bike Pittsburgh, to discuss policy initiatives to support multiple forms of transportation. The class also met with Tyler Krampe of Argo AI, a local autonomous vehicle company.

Community Action

Fifth grade at North Campus visited North Hills Community Outreach Food Pantry to learn about their work and participate in volunteer duties. This was organized by teacher Sarah Mueller.


Sixth grade students in French and Spanish, with teachers Ben Carter and Nicole Hartung, visited the offices of Duolingo to learn about the company and meet with the staff. The students regularly use Duolingo platforms in their classrooms.

Free Speech

Upper School students met with Dylan Cowart, a legal advisor for American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Pittsburgh, to discuss free speech rights for students.

Oakland Tours

Lit City, an Upper School English courses taught by Michael Hodges and Kristin Kovacic, participated in walking tours of Oakland as they read the book The Mysteries of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon.