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Nathan Irving

Nathan Irving

Help Nathan help others.

      Lower School student Nathan Irving set a new year’s goal to complete a community service project and is asking for your help. During the month of February, Nathan will be collecting gently used clothing for the needy. All sizes and types can be placed into the designated boxes located on each floor of the school or directly to Nathan in room 207. Let’s help Nathan help others. Donate today! – Mrs. Nehlig

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Lions Basketball

Lions Basketball

Go Lions!

      After a tough loss earlier this week with a last second three-point shot resulting in a 31-30 defeat to New Hanover, the Lewis Lions rallied back to win in their next game against the Immaculate Conception School of Spotswood. The two schools played hard against one another hurling the game into overtime. After a close battle and some excellent defense in the final seconds of the game, Lewis was victorious with a score of 25-24. After a suspenseful week of close calls and heart stopping plays, the Lewis Lions are proud to have a winning record of 3 and 2. The Lewis Lions will play the Waldorf School on Monday 1/28 at Whiteley Gymnasium; tip-off is at 3:45 PM. Please come out and support our players as they face what was seemingly their biggest rival from last basketball season! – Coach Fonder

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Bound for Greatness

Bound for Greatness

Bound for Greatness: One dyslexic girl’s journey from kindergarten to the university of her dreams

      Summertime in Germany. A young girl hikes up the road in a small Bavarian village with her grandmother and grandfather to visit the local farmer. The girl listens to her grandmother chuckling over small talk with the farmer as he pours milk into her pail. It is a charming, joyful slice of life most people may never experience, but Lewis student Stephanie Rahtz spent her childhood summers this way. Over a decade later, she is preparing to attend American University in Washington, DC. She knows more about the world, and herself, than she ever imagined.

      Upper School student Stephanie Rahtz is a dual citizen of Germany and the United States, and has attended The Lewis School since kindergarten. Before finding Lewis, she was having trouble following directions and staying on target. “I was reversing b and d when I began to write, but I fixed that here,” said Stephanie. Now in her final year as a Lewis School student, Stephanie identifies as a poet and a writer. She realizes that perhaps her ear for poetry “could actually be a product of [her] dyslexia.”

Stephanie Rahtz - The Lewis School       Stephanie began the process of applying to college by taking an ACT prep course followed by completing the test at Lewis with a proctor. “The familiarity of the test format made it less stressful and it helped that I was in a familiar classroom alone while taking the test,” Stephanie recalled. She then continued through the college application process with her heart and mind set on American University. “Lewis was beside me throughout the application process,” said Stephanie, “from the initial interview to the submission of the application.”

      The education at Lewis was what was the most helpful to Stephanie: comprehension, analysis, and sequencing. They all came together and, with the diminished anxiety that comes with understanding and comfort, Stephanie succeeded. She is also grateful for the supportive, nurturing environment at Lewis. “It has given me the foundation to build who I am,” she said.

      Stephanie’s work at Lewis is not yet complete. Her goal for her final year is to use her strong verbal vocabulary in her written work. “I love big words,” she said with a smile, “I am working on using them effectively in my writing.” Stephanie has spent her formative years in a school filled with students who learn differently. She now has her sights set on an even larger goal as she embarks upon the new chapter in her life: “to become comfortable in the world of non-dyslexic students.”

      Stephanie offers advice to students beginning to think about college: “stay true to your voice, but listen to guidance and to your teachers. And do you work!” As for advice to herself as she prepares for this exciting new path? Quite simply: “Keep going.”

      Stephanie will major in Area Studies with a focus on German language, culture and politics. Her goal for her future beyond college is to use her voice in the European Union. When reflecting on why she would be an asset in international politics, Stephanie explains, “I am an insider and an outsider in both of my countries. I understand each culture from the perspective of the other. This is who I am, and I love this about myself.”

      The young girl gleefully listening to her grandmother on those warm mornings in Germany will now actively use her voice to inspire, inform and unify through her work both in America and abroad.

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Dyslexia: Unwrapping the Gift

Dyslexia: Unwrapping the Gift

Dyslexia: Unwrapping the Gift

      In a recent seminar held at The Lewis School titled “Dyslexia: Unwrapping the Gift,” four former Lewis students shared their perspectives of dyslexia and the impact of their Lewis education. What do they consider to be their greatest gift? One said it was his ability to think critically. He came to Lewis in 3rd grade and stayed until graduation. Today he is a journalist. Another said it was his sheer perseverance. He came to Lewis as a Post-Graduate and now owns and runs his own fitness studio. One boy said his greatest gift was his ability to visualize the entire picture before creating it with his hands. He came to Lewis as a Middle School student and stayed till graduation. Today, he is a welder, having contributed to the construction of the new Tappan Zee bridge. And a final alum was at Lewis since 2nd grade and, too, stayed till graduation. Today she is a first-year college student. Her greatest gift: ability to use words to advocate for herself – and one day soon, to advocate for others. Gifts indeed.

      This seminar comes the week of one of The Lewis School’s most treasured traditions: Tree of Light. Each first Friday in December, a beautiful tree that stands in the schoolyard is lit as a symbol of hope for all people who struggle with literacy. Though many anticipate the lighting, my favorite moment is when the tree is in darkness, as it is about to be lit. In its unlighted state, it’s tempting to see it as a metaphor for the way that those who learn differently are often overlooked or even dismissed by people who can only see the darkness. But when I look at the unlit tree – as it stands with quiet and humble dignity – I see something else entirely. I see strength. I see beauty. And I also see its potential to light up and inspire the world. 

      The Tree of Light is a joyous reminder that it is this potential that we seek to develop and nurture, with expertise, compassion and respect.

— Chantra Reinman

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