End of the First Semester and Winter Vacation

I have a special shirt that I wear on the days we head out on vacation.  It is a colorful Hawaiian print shirt that symbolizes (even if we are not all headed to warm tropical beaches) the refreshing and recharging that is soon to come for our students and faculty.

Hi WMS Families,

 
I have a special shirt that I wear on the days we head out on vacation.  It is a colorful Hawaiian print shirt that symbolizes (even if we are not all headed to warm tropical beaches) the refreshing and recharging that is soon to come for our students and faculty.  I am looking forward to donning my shirt next week and hope that the coming vacation brings everyone rest, relaxation and adventure in whatever quantities suit you.  I sincerely hope that you and your family have a wonderful holiday season and that your WMS student comes back to us on 1/4 ready to dive back into being the best student, athlete, artist and community member they can be.
 
Shane has asked me to remind you that the first semester will be ending two weeks after we return from vacation.  That means students are currently in the process of finalizing their second semester schedules with Shane and their advisors.  We have some great electives for the second half of the year ranging from Astronomy to Place Based Writing.  If you have any questions about courses, requirements or schedules, please let Shane know.
 
This weekend’s project block (F) is a great example of the range of different ways in which we tackle student inquiry at school. Spanish students will be using a movie in Spanish as a springboard for choosing themes to research. In Biology class, students will be designing and implementing their own scientific experiment within the context of the cardiovascular system while students in the Research Seminar will be working on the final public communication of their semester’s research and writing. The Toxicology class will be working on diverse inquiry projects related to “People and Toxicology.” 
 
We are really excited to be hosting the Telluride MountainFilm Festival tour here on campustonight.  This exciting festival “celebrates the indomitable spirit” and showcases an amazing variety of educational, environmental, and adventure films that have a great synergy with our mission and program.  A special thanks goes out to Emily Hammel (formerly of Telluride!) for helping to facilitate WMS as a tour stop for this great program.
 
Also this weekend, the WMS Social Committee is hosting a holiday dance on Saturday night.  It is the weekend of one of the best community service opportunities of the year: our students volunteer to be North Pole elves and greet children getting off the Polar Express train!  The National Honor Society is holding a raffle of unique faculty donated prizes as a way to raise money for a student scholarship through Compas de Nicaragua, an organization that WMS works closely with here in the US and on our Nicaragua Field Course.  Hiapo is running a trip to the outlet stores in Tilton for some holiday shopping (and perhaps milkshakes at the Tilt’n Diner?).  And for those students more interested in making their own gifts, the DIY club is hosting an event Sunday afternoon where students will be able to do just that!
 
Looking forward to next week, we are excited to be hosting our annual Holiday Celebration on Thursday evening 12/17 at 5pm.  This is a wonderful inclusive celebration of a variety of holiday traditions and a last community gathering before everyone heads out on a long (and well earned) vacation.  If you are interested in joining us for this event and the Community Dinner that follows it, please RSVP to Jessica (jessica.willis@whitemountain.org).
 
The Holiday Celebration is students’ last commitment before the break.  Students are able to leave Thursday night, though most will depart campus Friday morning.  Our bus to Manchester airport and the Concord Coach buses to Boston both will be on Friday.  The dorms close for the vacation at noon on Friday.  We are excited to welcome students back to campus on Monday January 4th (in 2016!) sometime after 3pm.  If you have any travel plan updates or questions, please let us know (here is the link for travel plan info again as well).
 
We hope that you have a wonderful holiday and please let us know if you have any questions!
 
Best,
 
Nate

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