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.

There is a lot of excitement around here as we make our final Fall Field Course preparations. The fact that the weather remains nice and more like late summer than early fall doesn’t hurt either. Hopefully the foliage, which is just starting to show, will hang on until many of you make it to campus for Family Weekend in mid-October!

Typically, students will not have their phones with them next week during their Field Courses. So most likely you will not hear directly from them next week. (For some of you, that may just seem like an ordinary week!) If you need to reach your child, please contact the school, and we will put you in touch with the group.

Next week, the Main Office will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and Shane will be available on the Administrator on Duty cell phone (603-616-1528) outside of those times. Health Services staff will be on-call as well. Field Course groups will check in with the school when they arrive at their destinations and periodically throughout the week (as email and cell phone access allows), We will keep you updated as well. Keep an eye on our social media pages. We’ll post photos and videos as they come in!

There is a lot going on this weekend on campus, around Field Course preparations. Two groups — Nicaragua Community Service and Desert Ecology — are actually leaving this weekend. Renee is running an always popular trip to Maine for the Common Ground Country Fair. Both the boys and girls soccer teams are in action Saturday. And on Sunday, Carl is running a seasonally appropriate trip to the world-class Great Vermont Corn Maze.

Looking ahead, WMS is very excited to welcome Chris Waddell to campus on October 7 to present his Nametags program to the school community. A graduate of Deerfield Academy, Chris became paralyzed from the waist down in a skiing accident while he was a student-athlete at Middlebury College. Chris returned to Middlebury just 2 months after his accident. Two years later, he was named to the U.S. Paralympics Alpine Ski Team. He went on to become a 7-time paralympian, winning a total of 13 medals in the summer (track and field) and winter (alpine skiing) games. Chris was inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Paralympics Hall of Fame in 2010. He has summited Mt. Kilimanjaro and is the founder of the One Revolution Foundation, an organization whose mission it is “to turn the perception of disability upside down.”

Chris’s Nametags program, which has been presented to more than 200,000 students worldwide, focuses on empowering students to choose their own labels or “nametags.” He uses his own story to illustrate the message that “it is not what happens to you, it is what you do with what happens to you” that is most important. We are excited to hear Chris speak and have built some additional time into our Community Life curriculum for follow-up activities after his visit.

Thanks to those of you who have RSVP’d for our upcoming Family Weekend on October 14 and 15. We are looking forward to seeing many of you on campus. If you plan on attending and have yet to let us know, please take a minute to fill out this registration form. You can find a schedule of events on our website.

Parents, if you have not had the chance to sign the Community Handbook acknowledgement, please take a minute and do so now. (To access it, sign in to your MyWMS account.) Next week, Jessica will follow up with families with incomplete acknowledgements, so completing it now will help her out tremendously. Students signed this acknowledgement as part of their Advisor meetings this week.

Lastly, a big thank you to Shane, who will be holding down the fort on campus next week while everyone is on Field Course. Shane will share next weekend’s schedule with you all on Friday — perhaps with some updates of his own.

As always, have an awesome weekend!

– Nate

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