April News and Upcoming Events

Hi WMS Families,

I know we have many students traveling home or to friends’ houses for Passover and the Easter holiday this weekend. Thanks to those of you who are hosting students for the weekend or a holiday dinner.

I mentioned last week that the focus of this week’s update would be to go over the spring schedule, so I will try my best to do that.  There is a lot that happens in the spring, and it comes up fast, so if you have questions about anything, please let us know.

Grades close for the second mid-term next Friday.  Grades and teacher comments will be available through MyWMS by the following Wednesday 4/15.  Advisor comments will be posted the following week. We also ask that advisors email their comments to you as well (in case you forget to check back for these).

Saturday, April 11th, WMS hosts a USA Climbing Sport Climbing Competition in our gym.  Thursday, April 16th is our final Advisor Dinner of the year – hopefully those of us planning to cook out will be able to find our grills under the snow by then!  April 18, all 11th graders will take the ACT and all 10th graders will take the ASPIRE Test.  Let Ryan Aldrich know if you have any questions about these tests. On Monday, April 20th, Tim and Julie host our annual Senior Dessert celebration with seniors and faculty all coming together after dinner.

Ongoing in April are both Driver’s Education and ACT/SAT prep classes. Friday, April 24th we host our final Cultural Event of the year, with Dissipated 8, an a capella group from Middlebury College.  Somewhere in here will be our annual Senior Trip.  The seniors are still finalizing these details, but hopefully they’ll have additional details to share in the coming days.  I know many are excited for this annual trip (and day off from school).  April closes out with Dorm Dinners (and our Day Student Dinner) on April 30th.

As we turn the calendar to May, it feels a bit like the roller coaster reaching the top of a climb (an appropriate metaphor should the seniors decide to head to Six Flags for their Senior Trip!).  Saturday, May 2nd, the juniors are back at it with everyone taking the SAT.  AP Exams begin the following Monday and run for the first two weeks in May.

Family Weekend is May 8-9, with the evening of the 8th playing host to our National Honor Society induction ceremony and junior Book Awards night.  There are also arts events, athletic contests, the senior talent show and opportunities to connect with teachers and advisors.  A full schedule of events and information about registration will be sent out soon.  We hope to see many of you that weekend!

Thursday 5/21 is our Prom – which all WMS students (and faculty) attend each year.  This year, the WMS Social Committee is excited to be hosting this event at the Mountain View Grand in Whitefield.  Prom is followed by our Community Service Day and Spring Sports Awards ceremony on Friday.

The week before graduation is exam week.  New this year, we are also hosting an Awards Night on Thursday May 28th.  In a change from recent practice, we will be awarding departmental prizes and honors at this ceremony, rather than at Graduation on SaturdayFriday is Baccalaureate and Graduation is Saturday, May 30th at 10am.  A reminder that all students are required to be at graduation and that summer vacation begins immediately after the close of ceremonies on that day.  Please let me know if you have a non-senior with a potential conflict with attendance at graduation (I assume seniors have this date marked appropriately on their calendars!).

Somewhere in there, we may have Beach Day (our spring surprise all-school holiday).  Though snow remains on the ground and Echo Lake is still iced over, this has not stopped students from asking about it!

Whew!  Makes me tired just typing it all.  In and around these dates, students will be doing great academic work, participating in sports each day and enjoying some great weekend activities.  Seniors are revisiting colleges and making their decisions.  Everyone is both excited and anxious about what the next few months (or years) may bring.  It is a time of great joy and excitement, though also a time that can bring sadness and other mixed emotions.

It is, in a word, spring!  We look forward to sharing it with your WMS student and please do not hesitate to reach out if you have concerns, questions or just want to know what is going on.  It will be over before we know it!

Best,
Nate

PS Next week the WMS Robotics Team heads to Council Bluffs, Iowa for the Vex Robotics US Open Championships where they will compete against hundreds of other teams from around the US and the world who have qualified for this prestigious event.  Good Luck, all!

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