Let it Snow! Winter Festival Weekend

Hi WMS Families,

Welcome to 2015! I trust that you all had a restful and enjoyable holiday. It is great to have your students back on campus as we embark on our winter season here at WMS. Mother nature has been working hard to provide great conditions for our skiers and our ice climbers – though we could use a bit more snow.
This week was the first meeting of the “Introduction to Mindfulness” class that we are offering this winter. This class, offered by local educator Erin Woo, will run on Tuesday evenings after dinner throughout the winter. Mindfulness is becoming more prevalent in schools across the nation and we are happy to be able to offer this for our students (and a few of our faculty as well). There are still a couple of spaces in the class so if you think this is something your student would be interested in, please encourage them to join the class next Tuesday.
A few of you have asked about Driver’s Education and SAT/ACT prep classes for this year. We will again be offering both of these in the spring. SAT/ACT prep will be a 24 hour course offered over 4 weekends in March and April in advance of the actual tests. Ryan Aldrich will be sending out information to parents of all juniors with more specific information about this offering, the cost and registration procedure. Driver’s Education will be again offered through our partnership with Ron Hill and Responsible Driving. Driver’s Education in New Hampshire consists of 30 hours of classroom time, 10 hours of driving instruction and 6 hours of driving observation. The cost will be approximately $450, students must turn 16 before the end of the course in May to be eligible and it is wise for non-NH residents to check with their home state’s motor vehicle agency to ensure reciprocity with NH’s Driver’s Ed curriculum. Questions about participation in Driver’s Ed can be directed to me.
This weekend is our annual Winter Festival weekend, complete with a great bonfire, an inter-dorm broom ball competition down on the pond and skiing and ice climbing trips. Students have a chance to check out the new Warren Miller ski movie in Littleton at a fundraiser for the town’s efforts to re-open our local ski hill, Mt. Eustis, for skiing and snowboarding. One of our field courses last spring did some brush clearing as a part of this exciting project (if you scroll down the website, you can find their photo!). Saturday is our final Project Block (G) of the 1st semester, and both of our basketball teams host home games (at Profile school) in the afternoon.
On the horizon, planning is underway for our celebration of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Jim and Rachel Norton have been working hard on putting a great program together for the whole community. The theme this year is on social justice and students will emerge from the day with targeted action plans to address issues of injustice that are meaningful to them. There will also be music, art and speeches tailored to meet this theme. I am sure we will have a full recap and perhaps some video to share after this meaningful day.
With just over a week left in the first semester, there is much academic work going on. Semester long courses are preparing to wrap up and a number of courses are working on unique inquiry based projects. Shane is finalizing student schedules for the second semester – if you have any questions about this, please touch base with him or your child’s advisor. Report cards and teacher comments will be available for parents on Wednesday, January 21 with advisor comments being posted the following week. Let me or Sheena know if you have any trouble accessing these through the MyWMS system.
Have a great weekend!

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