A Busy Week at Boarding School

Hi WMS Families,

I hope this weekend’s update finds you all well.

Thank you to all the parents who have RSVP’d for our upcoming Family Weekend. Please look for a confirmation email early next week regarding the schedule of your advisor meeting.  If you still need to register or want to see the schedule, you can find the link right on our web site here.

Tonight we are excited to host Dissipated 8, an all male a capella group from Middlebury College.  This talented group will also be spending some time working with our singing groups this afternoon and will join us as well for Community Dinner prior to their performance.  Dinner is at6:00pm tonight and the show begins in the Great Hall at 7:00.

This weekend, our school community will grow just a little bit as we welcome our biennial visit with students from Nevers, France.  12 students and 2 teachers will join their WMS student hosts and participate in a wide range of WMS and community activities over the next week as part of this cross-cultural exchange.  Every other year, WMS sends a field course group to Nevers to do the same.  This strong relationship, cultivated over more than two decades, is a great example of our authentic connection to the greater world around us.  We kick this off with a bang: our annual Casino Night extravaganza tomorrow night!

As part of Earth Day celebrations this week, WMS hosted its first ever campus-wide trash audit yesterday.  This unique activity had students in small groups examining, sorting and weighing trash from around campus to determine how much of what we had thrown away could have been diverted into an alternate stream such as compost or recycling.  This eye-opening exercise has generated a huge amount of suggestions and opportunities for WMS to continue leading by example in this important area.  Thanks so much to the Sustainability Club for their work in putting this together!  This afternoon, WMS will host state legislators and administrators from NH’s Office of Energy and Planning who are touring the north country looking at sustainable energy projects.  This group will tour a few of our campus systems and then hold a roundtable discussion with WMS faculty and students regarding the use of sustainable energy alternatives.

This weekend is our final SAT/ACT prep course.  We also have our second to last (gulp!) Project Block (F) of the year on Saturday morning.  Sports will meet Saturday afternoon with Girls Lacrosse taking on New Hampton at home (at Dow Field in Franconia) at 2:30 and the boys traveling to Cardigan for a game at 2:30 (rescheduled from 4/22).  Looking ahead to next week, we have Dorm Dinners (and Day Student Dinner) on Thursday night and the SAT (all juniors) on Saturday morning.  Next weekend, we also welcome our trustees to campus for their spring meeting.

Have a great weekend and, as always, please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions about anything happening on campus.

Best,
Nate

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