April 2018


Letter from the Head of School

As we head into our final month of school, the campus is abuzz with activity. This is most prevalent in our Fine Arts department. The spring musical, Little Shop of Horrors, opens this week, our band and choir are preparing for final performances, and our senior visual artists are finalizing the details of their works for the Senior Retrospective Exhibit opening May 3, 2018.

With so much activity, energy and excitement, not to mention a senior class to graduate, it’s hard to imagine looking past the spring and summer to the 2018-19 school. As your Head of School, of course, that is my job, and I do so this year with enormous excitement and optimism.

As you may have seen in a recent letter sent to parents, we are thrilled to have recently hired a Director of Equity & Inclusion and an Upper School Director. The addition of these positions highlights our commitment to supporting our Alumni, to embracing Cultural Competence through formal and informal educational opportunities, and to developing our already extraordinary faculty. We have come a long way as a school over the last decade: growing the enrollment, diversifying our population and the curriculum, and clarifying our commitment to character education. But clearly some of our best opportunities lie ahead of us.

Our community has been further strengthened with the success of Achieving the Vision: The Campaign for Whitfield. As you will read in the article about the Steward Scholars Program, this Campaign has created life-changing opportunities for our students and new areas of pride for our school. This Campaign will wrap up in June, and we need your support to cross the finish line! Please contact Kelly Edwards, director of development, (314.415.1254) to make your gift today. Every gift counts; every gift makes a difference.

I hope to see you at one or more of the celebratory events during the month of May. I look forward to sharing the journey with you through these festivities and into a triumphant year ahead.


John Delautre
Head of School

Steward Scholars Travel to Washington D.C.
One of the many impactful programs made possible by gifts in support of Achieving the Vision: The Campaign for Whitfield is the Steward Scholars Program. Established in 2017 through the generosity of the Steward Family Foundation and the United Way of Greater St. Louis, the Steward Scholars Program is the culmination of a ten year collaboration between Whitfield School and the Steward family.

UX Design Project
As we prepare our students for success in life, we recognize the importance of overlapping coursework and disciplines. With a commitment to Scholarship (one of six Habits of Mind and Heart), our faculty collaborate to develop interdisciplinary projects that challenge and engage our students while cultivating writing, reading, research, critical thinking and presentation skills.

"Little Shop of Horrors" Opens April 26
Are you hungry for a clever, campy comedy with a 1960s doo-wop sound? Then get your tickets for Whitfield's Spring Musical, "Little Shop of Horrors," which runs April 26 through April 29.

Athletic Hall of Fame Celebration
Whitfield's Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony will be held Saturday, May 5, 2018 in the Cady Athletic Center. Whitfield's Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 2016 to recognize and honor those who have made exceptional contributions to Whitfield's athletic program.

Exploring Non-Fiction
Whitfield's seventh grade English curriculum is designed to promote critical thinking by connecting our students' own experiences with the literature they read. Students immerse themselves in a variety of reading genres and have writing opportunities that allow them to practice important skills like conducting research, developing and organizing ideas, and understanding audience and purpose. Earlier this month, students completed a unit that focused on strengthening their non-fiction reading and writing skills.

Alumni Profile
Whitfield's alumni community is accomplished and diverse. We are proud to celebrate their successes and share their stories through our Alumni Profile feature in Whitfield eNews. Scott '98 and Kristen Deffaa '99 Rhodes are one of our newest legacy families—their oldest child, J.R., is a newly admitted seventh grader who will join the Class of 2024 this fall.


Student-Athletes Celebrated at Spring Ceremony

Canned Food Drive Benefits Operation Food Search

Come Play at Whitfield This Summer

Senior Retrospective 2018

Kaelyn Beeman '20 and Marissa Hughes '20 Selected to Missouri Scholars Academy


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Orchard Farm High School
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St. Ann Golf Course


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