100 Years of Traditions

When you have more than 100 years of history behind you, you're bound to create a few traditions along the way!

Here are a handful of the most beloved Westridge traditions—some that have emerged in recent years, and many that have been with us since the days of our founder Mary Ranney, kept alive through the passing of the baton from one generation of Westridge girls to the next.

All-School Day
The Associated Student Body (ASB) hosts a day in which the entire school relaxes and just has fun. The ASB prepares activities, food, and a movie. A theme is announced at a special assembly that morning.

Alumnae & 4th Grade Pen Pal Tea
At the beginning of the year, the 4th graders are assigned a pen pal from the Westridge alumnae 50th Reunion Class that year. During Alumnae Weekend, members of the 50th Reunion Class meet their young pen pals in person and have afternoon tea together.

ASB Theme Reveal
The first Associated Student Body (ASB) assembly of the year is where the ASB members reveal their chosen theme for the year (past themes include: Unity in Community, Wonder Women, and more). The theme often sets the tone for the school year and is incorporated into other ASB events.

Big & Little Sisters
Students from Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools are organized into small groups or “families” of 6 to 8 students that remain together from year to year. Families get together throughout the year for both informal meetings and organized activities.

Candy Houses
In December, 6th graders display the candy houses they created using mathematical precision to make a template, calculate the amount of frosting and candy they’ll need, and then bring their structures to life.

Chalk Day
Also known as "College Commitment Day", each year the seniors celebrate their college choices in the spring by writing the name of their chosen school in chalk on Ayrshire Courtyard.

College Connections Parade & Fair
This annual spring event gives Upper School families an opportunity to talk to recent alumnae about the school they currently attend or from where they graduated. Recently committed seniors also participate in the parade and discuss their college process.

College Conversations
College Conversations takes place during Homecoming in January. Members of the most recently graduated Westridge class return to campus to have a panel discussion with current seniors about their first semesters at college.

Cookie Tuesday
This Westridge tradition is delicious! On Cookie Tuesday, students swarm the Commons to get their hands on freshly baked cookies that are only available on select Tuesdays every month.

Greeks & Romans
At the beginning of each year, all new students, faculty, and staff are initiated in Westridge’s longstanding tradition of either becoming a Greek or a Roman. Throughout the school year, girls participate in many competitive Greek and Roman activities that are class-wide, division-wide, or school-wide.

Halloween Parade
One of the oldest traditions on campus is the annual Halloween Parade, which takes place on or near October 31st. Students, faculty, and administrators come to school in costume and the Associated Student Body hosts a parade and costume contest.

Homecoming is an annual event in January to welcome alumnae back to campus with special events such as a spirit assembly, college conversations, and athletics games.

Latin Club Initiation
Latin is a Westridge staple, having been taught in the languages department for decades. At the beginning of every year, senior Latin Club members initiate new students into the Junior Classical League in a fun ceremony (with cupcakes!).

Students are invited to bring their pets to campus on the last day of school as part of this Lower School learning project and pet-friendly community fundraiser that benefits animal welfare organizations.

Ring Ceremony
The first Ring Ceremony was held in 1936, and it has become a milestone event where juniors receive their school rings as they prepare for their senior year. Embossed on each ring is the school seal, containing the school’s founding date (1913), the school motto Surgere Tentamus, the oil lamp, and ivy.

Town Meeting
Every month, student-run town meetings (also called "town halls") are held to create space for the Upper School to discuss a predetermined topic. Each town meeting consists of an introduction to the topic and an open microphone for any student to share their thoughts.

Senior Breakfasts
Hosted on campus by the Westridge Parent Association, these breakfasts are special, monthly meals for seniors in the morning before class.

Senior Skits
The last assembly before winter break is known as the "senior skits" assembly, where the senior class prepares a comedy sketch full of lighthearted impersonations of teachers to entertain the school community.

Senior Table
A table on Foreman Courtyard outside of the Performing Arts Center that is (unofficially) “reserved” for use by seniors. Each spring, when senior classes end, juniors take their seats!

Vespers is a year-end event the evening before Commencement held for seniors and their families to say “thank you” and celebrate their time at Westridge.

Water Rocket Launch
During their fourth quarter, the 5th grade science class takes to Frank Field to conduct their annual water rocket launch, where teams of 3-4 students launch rockets they've designed and built themselves from recycled bottles.

Known for their Tigers spirit and their green skirts embellished with puffy paint (bearing the names of students who have previously worn them), the Westridgettes are the student cheer squad that performs with our tiger mascot at assemblies and school events.

Women of Character & Courage Wax Museum
Held in the spring, this annual "wax museum" is a capstone event in which 6th graders research women who have left their mark on the world and bring them to life for the Westridge community.

Yam Festival
This beloved event celebrates the diversity of cultures at Westridge in a unique way — through yams! It is a lunchtime feast of yam dishes supplied by our families. The event is held in November and builds community among students, faculty, parents, and alumnae.

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