Family Newsletter 5/17/13

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

Here is the schedule for the upcoming weekend.  We start to find more and more “lasts” on each subsequent schedule we put out.  It is hard to believe that we are truly winding down the year and there will only be one more weekend newsletter/schedule to clutter your inbox.
It was great to see so many of you over Family Weekend.  Though the weather was not super-cooperative, it was a great weekend to celebrate, reconnect and plan for the future (be it here or in college).  I’d like to especially thank those families that came out to support the lacrosse teams on Saturday; in particular those who weathered the downpours to watch the girls almost pull off an amazing comeback against Proctor.  There was also a great showing of support on Friday evening for the induction of new members into our National Honor Society and the awarding of the Junior Book Prizes.  Thanks also to those parents who left work early Friday or otherwise committed to getting here in time for this wonderful celebration of our students.
This past week, Tim and Julie hosted our annual Senior Dessert at Dickey House. This wonderful event has faculty providing a wide array of desserts (including chocolate-covered bacon this year!) for seniors and faculty alike to share.  Seniors also bring and create items to deposit in a time capsule that will be buried (metaphorically, I think) and reopened on these students’ tenth reunion weekend.  Seniors are also formally welcomed into the WMS alumni community during this event (while also being reminded that they still have a few weeks left!).  A number of 4-year seniors hung around the Dickey House living room after the event to reminisce with Tim and Julie about their time here.  All in all, it was a great shared celebration of our seniors.
This week at morning meeting, we were treated to a couple of really neat events.  Senior Sophia Grogan presented an outline of the research she has completed for her independent study on linguistics.  Her detailed and well formatted presentation reminded me how important it is to remember that we can learn much from our students (like not to try and translate a Dalai Lama joke to the Dalai Lama).  It also served as a brilliant reminder why WMS is pushing forward with a new initiative for all students to engage in and complete an independent project as a part of their curriculum here.  You may have seen some of this information already, and more will be available soon as our current 9th and 10th graders have already begun learning about this requirement and are generating their initial ideas.
This morning’s morning meeting featured a Student/Faculty Quiz Bowl Challenge.  Every winter, we host a student Quiz Bowl that pits the different dorms (and day students) against each other in a battle of knowledge, both pertinent and arcane.  This year’s champions, the Day Student Team,  put their title on the line and challenged the faculty to a Quiz Bowl World Championship.  While it was close until the end, the faculty team (sporting a wonderful array of wigs) did manage to eke out a victory.  Congratulations to both groups for their efforts and thanks to Rachael Moss for bringing this challenge forward.
Next week, we have a somewhat truncated week of class as we hold our Prom at the beautiful Mt. Washington Resort on Thursday.  Prom at WMS is a true community event in that all students and all faculty attend.  This year’s Social Committee has been working hard to pull off another wonderful event to help wrap up the year in style (Hollywood-style this year!).  As I mentioned last week, this coming Friday is also our Community Service Day, where everyone will be out in the community working on a variety of projects with local community groups.  Next Friday evening, we will also host our Spring Sports Awards ceremony celebrating our final season of the year.  We typically host this outside on Hood’s Hill (weather permitting) following a barbeque.   If you are interested in joining us for this event, please RSVP to Betsie in the front office.
In next week’s update, I will outline the details of our final week (gulp!), but, in the meantime, if you have any questions about graduation weekend, travel plans or anything else, please let me know.

Have a great weekend!

– Nate

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