Semester notes, Field Courses, MLK Day and an Ice Castle?

Hi WMS Families,

Welcome to the weekend! A copy of this weekend’s schedule is available here. You can also find brief descriptions of our upcoming Spring Field Courses. 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 or about Field Course in general, please contact Ted at

Today marks the close of our first semester. Grades and teacher comments will be available via MyWMS next Wednesday 1/21. Advisor comments will be added by the following Wednesday 1/28. Shane has been working hard this past week and student schedules 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 on Tuesday, since Monday we will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a community.  Already, every English and ESL class has been reading selected writings from Dr. King and Jim and Rachel Norton have put together an amazing program of small and large group activities and discussions for Monday. The theme for the day isJusticebased in part on Dr. King’s “Letter From Birmingham City Jail”, which includes the quote: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”  Students (and faculty) will spend the day listening to speakers, discussing Dr. King’s writing, completing an art project, singing, and working in justice action groups. It is sure to be a powerful day for all.

Starting last night, and continuing through the weekend, is a celebration of the arts at WMS.  Last night, after Family-Style Dinner, we were treated to a great round of musical works by a variety of students. The gallery is also filled with a new show of amazing artwork created in many of our art classes this semester. Tonight, the theater class will be performing the play “The Cards of Fate” in the WMS theater and Saturday some students will take to the big (bigger anyway) stage at the Littleton Opera House for a regional open mic poetry and music event. The arts will also be showcased on Monday with a community art project, singing and a performance of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. It is wonderful to be part of a community where so much beautiful work is both created and shared so openly.

We have some great activities this weekend, highlighted by a trip to the Ice Castle in Lincoln, NH. One of only four in the country, this is truly a sight to behold (and to experience). I’ll look forward to seeing some awesome photos from this trip!  We are also doing some snow tubing, ice climbing (not at/on the Ice Castle I presume) and running an always popular trip to enjoy some sushi for dinner on Sunday night.  There is certainly no shortage of things to do!


As always, please let me know if you ever have any questions and have a great weekend!

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