This week’s Family Newsletter from Assistant Head of School Nate Snow!
Hi WMS Families,
Well, the wait is over: tonight is International Night! I’m very glad that many of you will be able to join us tonight for this amazing celebration. For those who aren’t able to join us in person, we will have photos and perhaps some video to share in the coming days. Students have been working hard to prepare amazing food, musical pieces, poetry readings, dance performances and so much more and are excited (and maybe a little nervous) to get the show going! Students have prepared food and drink from at least 12 different countries (including, I believe, the ‘country’ of Maine). While getting to sample this wonderful bounty is certainly a highlight, seeing the level at which students get involved in sharing some of themselves and their heritage with their peers is absolutely the best part for me.
Last evening the seniors celebrated “100 Days to Graduation” with some movie clips, a discussion about their final months here and some cake. While clips from The Breakfast Club do not tell us everything seniors need to know about being successful at this important (and challenging) period in their lives, they do provide a valuable jumping off point for a discussion about how to maximize this time. My three rules for these last 99 days are quite simple: be smart, take care of one another, and have fun. Our senior class has already been working hard on their initial “senior things” (yearbook, senior superlatives, senior trip planning, etc. . . ) and I’m excited about the energy that they will continue to bring to campus even as college acceptances roll in and their eyes begin to shift to their next step.
Beyond International Night, this weekend is quite a busy one. Students have Project Block class (C) tomorrow morning. Both the boys and girls basketball seasons come to an end with final games this Saturday afternoon. The boys are home (at Profile) against Cardigan at 2:30. The girls are away at Brewster (note the change from our original schedule where this is listed as a home game) at 4:00. We have ski trips to both Cannon and Burke Mountain this weekend (and maybe some more snow on the way!) and the 1st annual WMS Climbing Festy on Sunday. I’m still not entirely sure what this is but if Ted’s costume and enthusiasm when he announced this are any indication, it is going to be epic. For an update on all things climbing-related here at WMS, you can check out Ted’s new article on the school website. The Social Committee is also hosting a lock-in on Saturday night in the main building. This popular annual event, where students get to stay up late playing games/watching movies/eating junk food in the main building, is always popular (and well supervised I might add – thanks to some very dedicated faculty members!).
This past Thursday, the Sustainability Club hosted on 3v3 basketball tournament to raise money for an organization that builds water filters for families in need of clean drinking water in Bolivia. This is an organization that one of our students has worked with in the past. In addition to an awesome basketball tournament with 7 teams participating, this event raised $360 towards the construction of these life changing water filters. If any pictures from this event surface, I will apologize in advance for my team’s choice of shorts (hint: we went ’70s old school NBA-length). We were, however, defeated in the finals by the powerhouse student team of Solo, Zehao and Dixon.
The student lists for our upcoming Field Courses have been posted so students all know what course they are on. I won’t post them here as there are always last minute changes, but certainly your student can let you know what course they will be going on. As I mentioned in an earlier update, we will provide additional details (itineraries, lodging info, emergency contacts, etc. . .) about the courses for parents and families. Should you have any questions about the upcoming Field Course, please contact Ted (ted.teegarden@whitemountain.
We do have a vacation coming up and a few people have asked me about travel arrangements for the start of break. Students are able to leave for vacation upon the completion of their Field Course. For most students that will be around 3 or 4pm on Friday, March 15th. School remains open that night and our buses to the Manchester Airport and the Concord Coach buses to Boston depart Saturday morning. Dorms will close at noon on Saturday, March 16th. Some students on extended Field Courses or those near their homes may travel directly home from their Field Course if this is easier. Please coordinate this through the leaders of your child’s Field Course. If you have any questions about travel, please let me know.
As always, I hope you have a wonderful weekend!