Second Semester & Field Course

Hi WMS Families,

As we turn the corner at the halfway mark of the year, here is this weekend’s schedule and update.

Also attached to this email will find descriptions of each of our upcoming Spring Field Courses. These take place the second week of March, directly before we head out on Spring Break. We are very excited about the diverse and engaging options that we have for students this time around. Students will be signing up soon for these courses, so we wanted to share all of the offerings with you in advance of that. If you have any questions about the courses we are offering or about the Field Course program in general, please contact Ted.

Today marks the close of our first semester (hard to believe, but true nonetheless). Shane is on duty this weekend and has promised to help students meet any last minute deadlines this weekend before the end of the semester. Grades and teacher comments will be available via MyWMS next Wednesday 1/20. Advisor comments will be added to these by the following Wednesday 1/27. As in the fall, advisors will also email these comments home to you as well. Shane has been working hard this past week to finalize schedules and they are almost completely set for the second semester. If you have any questions about courses for your student, please contact his/her advisor (or Shane who is always happy to help as well).

Regular classes for the second semester begin next Tuesday, since Monday we will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a community. Students and faculty will take some time on this day to examine key political issues of the day and to learn about a number of influential “world changers” who have brought about positive change in their communities. The discussions and activities that take place on this day are always very moving and powerful and I look forward to being able to share with you some of what happens on campus that day. In advance of the day itself, this weekend will play host to the MLK Film Festival with important topical movies, ranging from Selma to Invictus, being shown and discussed all weekend long on campus. Thanks so much to Jim and Rachel and a number of motivated and engaged students who have helped put this day (and weekend) together.

We have been treated over this past week to an incredible variety of final presentations of students’ LASR projects. At morning meeting this week, we have heard about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and the hip-hop industry. During Common Block and after dinner, we’ve seen presentations on the chemical properties of ceramic glazes, risk management in the outdoor industry and string theory (among many other topics). It is amazing to be able to see and share a little bit in all of this inquiry-driven work that students have been diving into all semester long. While the spectators only get a small glimpse into the work that students engage in throughout these projects, both the breadth and depth of these topics is truly profound and inspiring.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. As always, don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions about anything. We love to hear from you!

Nate

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