News: College Day, Advisee Meetings, Cultural Event, Open House

I hope that those of you who got to see your children for a few days last weekend enjoyed having them home for a short break. We have jumped right back into our busy schedule of classes and sports after a great College/PSAT day on Wednesday.
As we do every other Friday, today we will have lunch in our Advisor groups.  This is a great opportunity to check in on how things are going in a variety of areas and gather important feedback, particularly on how classes are going.  We are three weeks away from the close of the first mid-term so it is a perfect time to assess how things are going (and put an action plan in place if any area needs to be addressed).  You should have all heard from your child’s advisor over the past week with an academic update (beyond what you may be able to garner from the MyWMS system).  If you have questions about how things are going in a specific class, it is also appropriate to reach out directly to the teacher or even to Shane as well as he takes great care in knowing how all of our students are doing (one of the true advantages of a small school!).
This weekend, we have our third Project Block (C) of the year on Saturday morning.  Both soccer teams host home games on Saturday afternoon: the girls at 2pm vs. Hebron and the boys at 3pmvs. Vermont Academy.  The girls remain undefeated on the season and the boys are currently running a 3-game winning streak as well so come on out and support these great student-athletes!
As I mentioned last week, WMS hosts its first event of the year as a part of our Cultural Events Series.  A longstanding WMS tradition, the CES is designed to bring a wide range of musical, artistic, dramatic and educational performances to our community as well as the community at large.  Tonight’s performer, Lida Winfield, is a dancer and artist who has been in the area for the week on a mini-residency through the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire.  In addition to her performance at WMS tonight, she has been holding workshops in other area schools as well as in our dance studio.  We hope that some of you will be able to join us tonight at 7 for her performance In Search of Air.

On the horizon, we are excited to again be sending a great group of students to the Connecting for Change conference put on next Friday and Saturday by the Marion Institute in New Bedford, MA.  This solutions-focused gathering, with a particular focus on challenging students and young adults to examine what they can do to effect change in their communities and their world has had a huge positive impact on previous WMS students who have attended.  This is the conference’s 10th anniversary and I believe WMS students have attended the last 7 years!  Noteworthy also is that, if you click on the conference link above, you will find a number of WMS students in the home page photo demonstrating their willingness to get involved!

Also coming up is next weekend’s Admissions Open House on Saturday, October 25th.  If you know of anyone who might be interested in hearing more about The White Mountain School for their child, please contact the admissions office so we can invite them to this event.  Current parents remain one of our best sources for referrals of potential new students and we very much appreciate your work in helping to connect us with other interested families.
As always, have a great weekend, and let me know if you have any questions at all about what is going on here on campus.

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