News from Nate

News from Nate is a weekly newsletter written by Associate Head of School Nate Snow to keep you up-to-date on campus news and weekend activities.

Hi WMS Families!

It was great being able to connect with so many of you on campus last weekend. Luckily the foliage and lovely weather managed to hold on just long enough for you all.

This past Wednesday, we held our annual College Day event here on campus for 9th through 12th graders. Seniors had a chance to work on their college applications, sit through mock interviews and participate in meetings with teachers to go over the all-important essay. Seniors really appreciated having a day to just focus on this and receive valuable support and feedback. 9th graders had a chance to do some bonding, goal setting and begin laying the groundwork for their college process. The 10th and 11th graders all used the morning to take the PSAT – also an important piece for college preparation.

Next week is our Spirit Week here on campus!  This fun week, put together entirely by our social committee, is a highlight of the year for many and brings a great energy and a little silliness to campus (while managing to not distract us too much from our studies).  Students and faculty also earn light blue/dark blue participation points for their teams as well. This awesome week culminates in our big Halloween Community Dinner next Friday night – I’m sure there will be some great photos to share from all of our fun next week!

This coming week, WMS will be hosting an event as part of the Text Less /Live More campaign. This student-led organization was founded at Milton Academy by friends of Merritt Levitan, a teenager killed in 2013 by a driver who was texting. Awareness of this effort and Merritt’s story was brought initially to WMS last year by faculty member Emily Hammel, who was with the cycling group when Merritt was hit and killed. WMS will participate in this nation-wide campaign by asking everyone in the community to sign a pledge never to text and drive, handing out bracelets and phone stickers, and by holding a “no phone day” on Tuesday. The mission of the Text Less /Live More campaign goes beyond distracted driving as an issue and encourages everyone to celebrate life and to connect with one another in real time, as this also was Merritt’s Way.

Please let me know if you have questions about anything happening on or around campus. As always, have a great weekend!

Best,

Nate

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