Family Newsletter 4/12/13

This week’s Family Newsletter from Assistant Head of School Nate Snow!
Hi WMS Families,

Here is a copy of this upcoming weekend’s schedule. This will be the “It May be Spring On The Calendar, But Not Outside My Window” version. It is in fact snowing up here today (students from my Winter Weather Field Course a few years ago could correctly identify it as graupel, I think). In true WMS fashion, however, we will embrace the weather by stuffing our shorts back in the drawer and heading to Jay Peak and Cannon for the weekend for some of the best spring skiing conditions we’ve seen in years.
This past week has been highlighted by the arrival on our campus of a group of students from Lycee St Cyr in Nevers, France. This relationship, now in its 20th year, has WMS students visiting Paris and Nevers one year and students from Nevers visiting New York, Boston and WMS the next. It is always great to see the amazing welcome this community provides for our visitors and to see these students reconnect with their WMS friends who visited them last spring.  Exchange students are each assigned to a WMS student for the week and will join in classes, sports, and weekend trips with their host. We have also altered our schedule a little bit so our visitors can participate in our annual Casino Night on Saturday evening (because nothing says America like formal clothes, chicken wings and gambling). Next week, we are hosting a special weeknight coffee house on Wednesday and students will also join their hosts for our final Advisor Dinner of the year before they head home. You can read more about this exchange on the school website.
As I mentioned last week, today is the close of the second mid-term. If I wasn’t aware of the schedule I might have figured this out simply by being on duty last night as students paraded through the Main Building to give me English papers and Chemistry tests to put in teachers’ mailboxes. It was also great seeing students work diligently to finish creative and colorful Spanish projects and put the final touches on paintings before the close of grades.  Needless to say students have been busy these past few days. That workload quickly shifts to teachers tonight as they all will be compiling grades and finishing comments for each student. These will be available for you to access on the school portal by the middle of next week.  As I mentioned earlier this year, we will soon be re-evaluating both the times and volume of our academic and advisor communication to parents for next year.  If you have any interest in being a part of that discussion, please let me know so that we can include you.
I would be remiss if I did not give a shout out to our Girls Lacrosse Team who started their season with convincing victories over Proctor and High Mowing this past week (with very limited practice time because of the aforementioned weather issues). They look to continue their winning ways with a home game against Mount Washington Valley this weekend. The boys dropped their opener in a close game at Gould on Wednesday, but will look to rebound against Tilton tomorrow. Please note that this game, originally scheduled as a home game, has been moved south to Tilton (I’m guessing you can deduce why) tomorrow at 3:15.
If your WMS student is a sophomore or junior and has seemed a little bit more excited than usual about this coming weekend, it may be because they all get the opportunity to take the ACT (11th grade) or PLAN (10th grade) tests on Saturday morning!  These tests (like the SAT in a few weeks) are both important pieces of the college process and provide valuable experience and information to both students and parents as well as the school. Ryan Aldrich, our college counselor, manages these tests and would be happy to hear from you if you have any questions at all about them.
As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about anything that is happening here on campus. Have a great weekend and think spring!

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