Weekend of September 18

Hello WMS Families!

It is our first weekend with classes and sports, with A period project block on Saturday morning followed by sports in the afternoon. Our soccer teams both ‘kick off’ their seasons tomorrow as well. Jen is running a trip on Saturday night to the very popular Black Mountain Burger in Lincoln, then heading down to Hanover on Sunday for a college town visit.

Tonight is our first Advisor Dinner of the year! This great WMS tradition has us closing the dining hall for the night and students all dining in small groups with their advisors. Some will choose to go out, while many groups will work together to make dinner in their advisor’s kitchen (and then hopefully help clean up afterwards!). The Snow family will be hosting our 10th annual Fall Advisor Dinner Cookout and Croquet Tournament. This is one of my son Owen’s highlights of the year.

Students have been busy this week learning about and signing up for their Fall Field Courses. Fall Field Course this year runs from Monday 10/5 through Friday 10/9 (with a few exceptions for our longer trips). Prior to the courses heading out, all parents will receive detailed information about each course, including location, contact information and basic itineraries.  If you have any questions about Field Course, please reach out to Ted Teegarden, Director of Outdoor Education (ted.teegarden@whitemountain.org).

Today marks the end of the Add/Drop period for courses so those schedules should largely be settled at this point. I know some students were still fine tuning this morning. Please let your child’s advisor or Shane know if you have any questions about courses or placement.

As we all get settled into a more normal routine of classes, sports, weekend activities and the like, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.  Hopefully, you have all heard from your child’s advisor and those lines of communication are open.  As I mentioned last week, there are some awesome photos up from Community Weekend (and Orientation Trips) on the school’s photo page.  Checking these out is a great way to get a sense of the amazing energy that permeates the start of the year here.  Other great ways to stay connected and share in some of the happenings here on campus are to check us out on facebook or twitter.  I know our communications staff would love your presence on these sites.

Next week, we are excited for our first Cultural Event of the year: Daughters of the Corn: Traditional Nicaraguan Dance.  This group from Nicaragua will be on campus with us for three full days culminating in their performance on Thursday night.  They will be visiting classes, afternoon activities and holding workshops for our students.  This is part of a great partnership that we have had for many years with the organization Compas de Nicaragua.  It was great to hear this morning some of the students who went to Nicaragua for Field Course last year talk about their experiences and this amazing group.  Families are invited and encouraged to attend any of these Cultural Events throughout the year.  Please RSVP to Jessica (jessica.willis@whitemountain.org) if you are interested in attending the event or the community dinner that will precede it.

As always, have a great weekend and let me know if you have any questions!

Best,
Nate

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