Winter Sports Sign-Ups, Inquiry and–Halloween!

Hi WMS Families,

 
We have some snow in the forecast for the weekend, and with Daylight Savings Time ending, it is clear that winter is near. Another sign of the advent of winter is that students have been signing up this week for their winter sports.
Our winter season is a little bit different in that there exists the possibility for students to choose 2 different 2-day options as well as many 4-day options. Students love having this flexibility and it allows us to offer an amazing array of different opportunities for students. There is also some cost information included as some offerings (like skiing) carry additional costs for participation. If you have any questions about our sports offerings, please reach out to your child’s advisor or to Brent (brent.detamore@whitemountain.org).
 
You’ve heard a lot this year about our students pursuing their own big questions and engaging in authentic inquiry. We get to see this in action every day through amazing LASR projects, exciting project block activities, class assignments big and small and Field Course work. Of academic inquiry note, students in American Literature and US History are currently engaged in a unique interdisciplinary inquiry project. The scope of the project provides students with the time and space to wrestle with the research process, including shaping a research question, evaluating sources, using academic databases, providing and accepting peer feedback, and writing an effective paper. A few examples of challenging inquiry questions that students are pursuing include: ”To what extent did white American’s influence the birth of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s?”; ”Is the American Dream alive?” based on the literary works, career, and successes of F. Scott Fitzgerald and “How did 1920’s society respond to the changing understandings of femininity as it applied to the outward expression of gender, politics, and the workforce?”
 
As always, many courses will be using the extended time project blocks for inquiry projects as well as other course goals. Geometry students are looking forward to researching a math subject of interest (but maybe not quite as much as the practice SAT they will also be doing). Our AP Environmental Science students are heading off campus to study food systems by visiting a local farm and doing a food scavenger hunt at the local food co-op. And last but not least, Intro to 2D Art is particularly excited to be advancing into the world of color, and of paint, after a focused start to the year on technical drawing skills in black in white! A little color is sorely needed as our fall foliage is rapidly disappearing. Looking ahead on our academic calendar, WMS is very excited to be hosting a large number of our peer schools on our campus this coming February, showcasing this focus on authentic inquiry in our academic program.  
 
It is (yet) another busy weekend on campus. We have Project Block “D” and sports on Saturday. Our student-led Social Committee is putting together a fabulous Halloween Community Dinner tonight and a Halloween Dance tomorrow night. Our soccer teams are both in action this weekend and our cross country and mountain bike teams have their respective Lakes Region League Championship events on Saturday afternoon as well. We wish all of these teams well! We do get an extra hour of sleep Saturday night (maybe we should just start school an hour earlier on Monday?) which should help account for all of the activity going on.
 
Looking ahead, we have our second advisor dinner of the year next Thursday night and the the first mid-term closes at the end of next week. Mid-term grades and teacher comments will be available through MyWMS byThursday 11/13. Advisor comments will follow a week later, allowing advisors time to fully review the academic comments prior to completing their more general summation of the quarter. Please let me know if you have any questions about or issues with accessing the MyWMS system.
 
Have a wonderful weekend!
 
Best,
Nate

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