Fall Family and Alumnae/i Weekend

Hi WMS Families,

 

We are excited to have many of you joining us on campus this weekend for our Fall Family Weekend. Unfortunately, this week’s wind and rain removed many of the leaves from the trees around campus, but there remain more than a few pockets of beautiful New England foliage to discover.

It has been great to hear from students about their amazing experiences on last week’s Field Course. From Downeast Maine all the way to California and Nicaragua, the authentic learning, inspiring group engagement, and joyful experiences that happen on these unique courses is truly a delight to hear about. Pictures from Field Courses are being added to the school’s photo page so you can check these out (in addition to asking your student about their highlights!).
 
Following the return from our long weekend, we have a couple of exciting things on the horizon. Wednesday 10/15 is our annual College Day. Students in the 10th and 11th grade will be taking the PSAT. 9th graders will spend the morning doing team building exercises and some goal setting as they begin to explore how they want the next 4 years (and beyond!) to look for them. 12th graders will have focused time to work on their college essays with teachers and administrators, hear a presentation on interview skills and have an opportunity to schedule a mock college interview. As a way to celebrate and highlight the day’s focus on colleges, Ryan Aldrich has also offered Light Blue/Dark Blue points for students and faculty who wear college gear on that day. Go Light Blue!
 
On Friday, October 17, WMS is hosting its first Cultural Event of the year: dancer, educator and performance artist Lida Winfield. Ms. Winfield will be performing her original show In Search of Air, which is based on her experience growing up with a learning disability. This performance at 7:00pm will follow a Community Dinner in our dining hall. Families are most welcome to join us both for dinner and the performance on this night. If you do plan to attend, please RSVP to Betsie Peter (betsie.peter@whitemountain.org) in the front office.
 
If you are not able to attend the Family Weekend, all advisors will be in contact with you with an update specific to your child’s academic progress. As we are about halfway through the first mid-term it is a good time to check in on how things are going in the classroom.
 
The College Board inconveniently scheduled an SAT on our Family Weekend this year, so we will have a large group of seniors off campus Saturday morning taking the SAT. We apologize for any disruption in schedules that this may cause. Please note that this means we are running our bus to Manchester Airport and the Concord, NH bus station (for transfers to Boston and points south) at 3:15pm. This time will allow both SAT takers and soccer players to be able to catch this bus. Our fall break begins after students’ last commitment on Saturday. Please let us know immediately if you have any lingering travel issues or if anything changes with your student’s plans. All students should be back on campus between 3 and 7pm on Tuesday 10/14, except those arriving at Manchester Airport or via the Concord Coach bus from Boston.
 
Thanks everyone and have a great weekend!
—Nate