Grade 6, 7, 8:
Stories, particularly biographies out of the history and geography curriculum
Competitive sports provide an opportunity for Middle School students to participate in a sports-specific movement discipline. Emphasis is placed on character development through teamwork, sportsmanship, and meeting victory and defeat with equanimity and grace. Athletes are guided to reach their highest potential while maintaining a balanced lifestyle that includes academics, the arts, and involvement in family and community activities. All students who can make a commitment to the athletic schedule become integral parts of the school team (there are no tryouts or cuts).
The program provides for the safety and well being of each individual participant. Athletes are supported to experience the sheer fun and enjoyment in their sport. There are no “cuts” and all WSL students are encouraged to participate regardless of experience or ability. Each athlete and coach shall be respected as a human being, challenged to be the best they can be, and inspired to be a contributing member to society.
The community, school personnel, coaches, and all athletes shall strive to be competitive, however WSL Athletics does not support a “win at all costs” mentality. In other words, the short-term goal of winning shall never override the long-term participation objectives of guiding student-athletes to develop physically, emotionally, and socially. A healthy competitive attitude is a goal for each student. Knowledgeable coaches vigorously teach the fundamental skills and strategies of each sport.