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The new and improved www.WMA.us
We hope you're enjoying our newly launched website. We've heard from many of you about how easy it is to navigate and how much you like the profiles. As with all new ventures, there are often little glitches in the machinery, and we want this site to be helpful and informative. Please continue to let us know if any part of it doesn't seem to be working right or if you can't find something you were used to seeing on our previous site.
Parents' Association News
Thank you, thank you, thank you! The first, and hopefully annual, Titan All-School Chili Cook-Off was a great success. We had a total of 21 entries and all who attended were treated to a varied and delicious tasting of flavorful, unique chilies. The following entries received prizes:
The winning student entry ~ David Little's Dessert Chili
The most original ~ the Kindblom advisor group's Buffalo Chili
The adult chili winner ~ my White Bean and Chicken Chili
A special thank you to all the volunteers who helped out that evening, including the members of the student government. The money raised from the event will go toward the technical upgrades for the upper school.
The Parents' Association is hosting a three-part series on the college counseling process. The first part of the series will be held on February 17 in the Athletic Board Room. The evening will start at 5:30 p.m. with a light dinner followed at 6:00 p.m. with a presentation by Maureen Kelly and John Boozang. A postcard is being sent home with all the details. I hope to see many of you there!
Our next meeting will be February 10 at 8:00 a.m. in the Board Room. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.
Lisa Jalbert - WMA Parents' Association President
End of winter trimester information
Erik Kindblom, Dean of Studies
Winter Trimester ends Friday, March 4
The WMA Middle School has classes as usual during the final week of the trimester.
Upper School Review & Exams
Feb. 28, Mon. Regular Monday schedule (review classes in CEGS & Science)
Mar. 1, Tues. Regular Tuesday schedule (review classes in CEGS & Science)
Mar. 2, Wed. Regular Wednesday schedule (review classes in CEGS & Science)
Mar. 3, Thurs. Upper school CEGS Examinations (AM) – CEGS Conflicts (PM)
Mar. 4, Fri. Upper school Science Examinations (AM) – Science Conflicts (PM)
Mar. 8, Tues. Grades and Comments finalized on PowerSchool at noon
On PowerSchool you will see the following:
T1 column: Fall trimester grades (September 9 to November 19)
M2 column: Winter mid-trimester grades (November 30 to January 21)
T2 column: Winter trimester grades (November 30 to March 4)
T2 teacher comment: click on the T2 grade to find the comment for that specific class
Teachers write comments for all students at the end of the trimester.
Teacher recommendation symbols are located below the percentage grade in the T2 column: H = Honor Night, E = Extra Help, D = Directed Study
Please review the grades and comments with your child. Direct questions about your child's grade or progress in a particular course to the teacher directly or contact your child's advisor. The advisor is a good resource to assist you and your child with any academic difficulties that may have arisen.
From the Deans Office
Making travel arrangements
An updated list of travel dates for your convenience
Parents, please remember, if your son or daughter is a boarding student, you must give him/her permission to leave school for spring vacation, even if they are going home for the break. If they are not going home, please be specific about where they are going and with whom.
Please do one of the following by 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 1:
Call: 413.596.9122 Fax: 413.596.4108 email: cshults@WMA.us
International Student Homestays
We are extending an invitation to all WMA families to consider inviting one of our international students to their homes for spring vacation. There are several students who would like to stay stateside for the entire break period of March 5 - 21. A few others will need a homestay for the week after they return from the school trips to Costa Rica and New Orleans. Several middle school families were host families for the fall and winter vacations, and the eight students and their host families all feel richer for the experience. There is a stipend paid to the host family to help defray expenses they might incur. If you are interested in discussing the possibility of becoming a host family, please contact Gayle Hsiao, Director of the International Student Program, at 413.364.3808.
TEAM NOLA (New Orleans, Louisiana) is getting ready to head down south in just over a month to work with Our School at Blair Grocery on youth empowerment and sustainable community development. Both Wesleyan and Mt. Holyoke recently returned from programs there, so we are in good company with area colleges!
As part of our contribution to their program, they have sent us a wish list of items that they need. If anyone can donate any of these items, TEAM NOLA and Our School at Blair Grocery would greatly appreciate your kindness and generosity. Items can be dropped off in the Student Activities office, Ms. Shults' office, or Ms. Norman's office by March 4.
Thank you for helping make a difference!
Russia - February 8 sign-up deadline
China - February 15 sign-up deadline; expanded itinerary online.
More information at: www.WMA.us/travel
Aspiring Entrepreneur? Artist? Independent Spirit? Join Camp $tart-Up July 29-August 7 right here at WMA.
Camp $tart-Up rocked WMA last year. This summer, they're returning again (July 29-August 7), and they're registering both day and boarding campers now. Over the course of 10 days, teens (14-18) meet inspiring entrepreneurs and go behind the scenes at great companies in our backyard, all the while using their skills to create a mock company, write a business plan, and build a stock portfolio at the Shenkman Trading Center. Beyond learning, campers meet incredible new friends from around the world. You may remember, last November the camp's founder, author Joline Godfrey, spoke on campus about how parents can raise kids that are financially prepared for the 21st century.
Find out more about Camp Start-Up on their website.
Beech Tree Summer Camp
Beech Tree Summer Camp is pleased to begin its 16th season under the leadership of newly appointed director, Mr. Mike Mannix. More information and application and health forms for Beech Tree 2011 are now available online
College Counseling 101
Join us for College Counseling 101
The WMA College Counseling Department & the Parents’ Association invites you to join us for a three-part series decoding the complex world of college admission.
Join us in the Athletic Center Board Room
5:30 p.m. – light dinner
6:00 p.m. Maureen Kelly & John Boozang
7:00 p.m. panel discussion where a few members of the Class
of 2011 and parents will discuss their experiences relating to
the college search and application process
Time TBA area college admission directors
RSVP for February 17 needed by Monday, February 14 to Sarah Wakelin 413.596.9133
Help us with a strong 2010-2011 Annual Fund
by making your gift here today.
Questions, or to get involved, contact:
Meeting of the Wilbraham & Monson Academy
Thursday, February 10, 2011
WMA Athletic Center Board Room
Lisa Jalbert President 413.221.3969
Kris Kirwan, Vice-President 413.244.7159
Sarah Wakelin, Director of Annual Giving & Parents' Association Liaison 413.569.9133
WMA Parents’ Association Book Club
When: March 3, 2011
Time: 6:45-8:00 p.m.
Where: Board Room at the Athletic Center
Book: The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail Jen Corbett or phone Geri FrenchRobitaille at 413.575.5528.
Student weekend activities
* Rise and Soar Multi-Cultural Week
* Day trips skiing, snowboarding, and tubing
* Broomball tournament (when it stops snowing)
* WMA Amazing Snow Race
* Friends of the Homeless Soup Kitchen
* Interschool dances
* The Wiz - WMA's winter musical
* Class of 2012 Lock-In
For details on weekend events, you can go to our All School Calendar and click on Weekend Activities.
Class of 2012 Lock-In
The class of 2012 will be holding a "lock-in" in the WMA Athletic Center the night of February 12. Activities will include movies, swimming, open gym, and games. We will be providing food throughout the night. Everyone in the junior class is getting very excited for the event! Donations are welcome in order to make our lock-in an even greater success. Please contact Tiffany Norman, Dean of Residential Life if you can help in some way.
February 2 - March 3
Faculty Art Exhibit
Binney Art Gallery February 10
Parents’ Association Meeting
Board Room at the Athletic Center
8:00 a.m.February 10
Parents’ Association Parent Connect Webinar
"Body Image and Eating Disorders"
Light buffet dinner served
Campus Center Conference Room
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.February 10
Poetry Out Loud
7:00 p.m.February 18 & 19
Academy Players Present The Wiz
7:00 p.m.February 20
Academy Players Present The Wiz
2:00 p.m.February 20 - 26
International Student WeekFebruary 23
ARC Festival Preview
7:00 p.m.February 24
Piano Concert - An evening of Rachmanioff, Chopin, Liszet & more...
Yashar David Yaslowitz '95
Alumni Memorial Chapel
7:00 p.m.February 28
Winter Athletic Banquet
Lak Dining Hall
6:15 p.m.March 3
March 4 (after exams) - March 22
Important Links on WMA.us
Link to 2010 - 2011 School Calendar
All School Calendar
Winter 2010-2011 Athletic Schedule
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