Family Newsletter 1/17/14

Dean of Students Shane MacElhiney presents Nate Snow’s weekend schedule!
Hi WMS Families,

Attached please find a copy of this weekend’s schedule. The letter is written in Nate’s voice, though I am sending it out as he is out of town.

As I mentioned last week, today marks the end of the first semester. Grades and teacher comments will be available on the parent portal next Wednesday. Advisor comments will be available the following week. We are staggering the release of these so that advisors have a chance to see final grades and teacher comments prior to finalizing their own comments. Also on the parent portal is a calendar with major dates for the 2014-2015 school year. As some of you with returning students begin to think about travel, etc. for the start of next year, hopefully you will find this helpful. If you do have any questions, please let me know.

Since the semester closes today, that means second semester courses will begin on Tuesday (Why not Monday?  See below.). For many students, this doesn’t mean a significant change but for seniors and those taking electives, new schedules will go into effect next week. Most of this has been completed and these new schedules are available for view on the portal as well. If you have any questions about new courses or the schedule, you can check in with your child’s advisor or with Shane.

Tonight the Intro to Theater class holds its final performance of the semester tonight in the WMS Theater. They will be putting on the short play Twelve Incompetent Men (and Women!), an entertaining parody of 12 Angry Men. Also this weekend, both the Boys and Girls Basketball Teams will be playing home games (at Profile) on Saturday afternoon.  Weather and ice conditions permitting, Kate is running a trip on Sunday to Vermont to skate on the “longest ice skating trail” in the United States. Also this weekend, Carl is hosting a musical jam session in front of the fireplace and Linda is running an activity focused on sketchbook drawing.  For the second year, and driven entirely by students, a good number of people in the WMS community are excited to be participating in the “Sketchbook Project” a worldwide crowd-sourced collective art project.

As I mentioned above, second semester classes will begin on Tuesday. Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and WMS chooses to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy with an entire day focused on exploring diversity and tolerance in our community and the world. Again, largely designed and implemented by our students, this day is an amazing reminder of the positive things that can happen when we wrestle with issues of gender equality, race, homosexuality, privilege, ethnicity and national identity. I look forward to being able to share with you all more content, photos and videos from our valuable work together on Monday.

Looking down the line, faculty are already preparing for our Spring Field Courses, which run from March 3-7 (with a few exceptions for longer trips). In my communication next week, I will share the course descriptions with you and then students will sign up for their courses early the following week. There is a great range of opportunities available for students this spring and it is great to see the excitement around these experiential courses begin to build.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions at all about what is happening on campus.

Have a great weekend!


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