Wow, what a night! Clash of the Titans was a huge hit. Those who were in attendance were treated to a wonderful evening filled with lots of laughter and a great deal of fun. I want to extend my sincere thanks and gratitude to all who were involved with making the evening so successful. Thank you to all the volunteers, faculty, and staff who worked so hard to make the evening unforgettable. I am awed by your talent and commitment. Thank you to all who attended the event. Your presence was greatly appreciated. And finally, thank you to the amazing chefs who competed with such skill and expertise. You all are so impressive and winners! I know it is not nearly adequate to express how grateful I am but please accept my deepest thank you.
Lisa Jalbert, WMA Parents Association President
How to pre-register for classes for the 2012-2013 Academic Year
Online at www.WMA.us/preregistration, you will find information to assist you in understanding how you, in coordination with your child’s advisor, can help in the course selection process. You will find answers to your questions regarding:
- Pre-registration calendar
- General Instructions for Selecting Classes on PowerSchool
- Diploma Requirements
- Normal Course Progression by Department
- Course Descriptions
If you have questions about your child’s course selection, contact their advisor first. Your child will be working closely with their advisor to select classes and you, as the parent, are an important part of the pre-registration process.
Tell a friend about WMA
We have found that many of our applicants and new students have a connection to a current student at our school, and we strongly believe that existing WMA families are among our most valuable referral resources. It is in everyday parent-to-parent or student-to-student conversation that interest in WMA is generated. If your child is happy and thriving here, we appreciate your sharing that with your friends and neighbors. Feel free to invite them to a school game, event, or activity so they can see us in action.
From the Deans Office
Prize Day & Commencement
Parents of the Class of 2012: In this newsletter from the Class of 2012 Advisors Casey Brown and Wendy Decker, you will find all the information you need about your students’ schedules and responsibilities as the year comes to a close.
Below is general information. Select the links to learn more.
- Friday, May 25, 2:00 p.m. to approximately 4:00 p.m.
- Students will meet at 1:45 p.m. Class Advisors will give students the gathering point.
- Saturday, May 26 9:00 a.m. to approximately noon
- Students will meet at 9:00 a.m. sharp at Smith Hall
- Class portrait will occur at 9:15 a.m.
- Stone Ceremony will be at 10:00 a.m. with Commencement to follow
- A light lunch will be served in Lak Dining Hall from noon to 2:00 p.m. after Commencement.
More End of Year Information
As the final trimester of the 2011-2012 academic year comes to an end, students and teachers are anticipating exam week, May 29 through June 1. This year, most students will take exams in each of their core classes, generally CEGS, mathematics, English/ESL, science, and a foreign language.
In the end we want our students to have a positive experience with exams. We believe a thoughtful approach to exam preparation now will best serve students in the years to come – be they on the campus of WMA or the college or university they have their hearts set on. We appreciate the encouragement and support you give your children at this often-stressful time.
TOEFL Course and Testing on Campus
The Office of the International Student Program is very excited to announce two initiatives to begin in September for our international students, an on-campus TOEFL prep course and on-campus TOEFL administration.
Princeton Review will offer the course to begin in early September and conclude in mid-October, in time for students to take the test and get results for early decision applications.
Each student will receive all of the following Princeton Review Course materials:
- Princeton Review’s TOEFL Manual (including 7 full-length workbooks)
- 7 audio CDs
- 4 online tests (CBTs – for skill based practice)
- 2 additional IBT Tests
- 6 library drill sets
For optimal benefit, the students will test immediately after the last class.
Beginning in September, WMA will be designated as an authorized TOEFL test center, so there will be no long rides for our international students before the tests!
If you have any questions about this new program, please contact Gayle Hsiao.
Relay For Life
Join us Saturday, May 19 for our annual Greater Wilbraham Relay For Life.
Currently, we are looking for survivors to participate in our survivor lap and team members to help organize and fundraise for the event. Please contact Brianna Goncalves for more information or to get involved.
Making Travel Arrangements
For your convenience, an updated list of travel dates can be found online.
Parents, please remember, if your son or daughter is a boarding student, you must give him/her permission to leave school for vacations, 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. Call: 413.596.9122Email: Cindy ShultsFax: 413.596.0022
Parent-Connect: A Valuable Resource
Cracking the Code: Quality Communication in a Technological World
Teens text and tweet with fingers fast and furious. What are they really sharing? Parent-Connect experts outline quality correspondence in a world defined by quantity. Understand how to foster mature communication in adolescents to avoid haunting photos, wanton statements and embarrassing lingo slip ups.
This session is available online now.
Wilbraham & Monson Academy is an exciting and inviting place to be this summer with numerous camp activities and enticing options available for children aged 5-18.
We encourage you to consider Beech Tree, a summer camp for your children ages 5-12 as well as our new specialty camps. We have something for everyone – from the emerging entrepreneur to the budding poet.
Our camps are open to the public, so feel free to recommend them to your friends!
Visit www.WMA.us/summer to get detailed information on all the great camps being offered this summer.
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Meeting of the
Wilbraham & Monson Academy
Please join us!!
Thursday, May 10, 2012
WMA Athletic Center Board Room
Coffee, tea, juice, fruit, & breakfast pastries
These informal morning meetings are held the second Thursday of each month and are designed for us to get to know each other better and to provide an opportunity for parents to share their thoughts, ideas, and questions about all things WMA. We know your valuable input will help make the Academy experience the best it can be for our children and for us as parents. We will supplement these meetings with selected educational programs
throughout the year.
For questions, or to get involved, contact:
Lisa Jalbert President 413.221.3969
Kris Kirwan Vice-President 413.244.7159
Melissa Reeves Treasurer 413.530.4704
Robin Cook Secretary 413.599.6609
Andrea Robbins Associate Director of Alumni Relations & Parents Association Liaison 413.596.9118
WMA Parents AssociationBook Club
When: June 7
Time: 6:45-8:00 p.m.
Where: Athletic Center
Book: Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Geri French Robitaille at 413.575.5528.
May 4WMA Middle School Concert6:00 p.m.Alumni Memorial Chapel May 4WMA Middle SchoolArt Show Reception7:00 p.m.
Binney Art Gallery May 5Junior-Senior Prom8:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m.Post 390 in Boston
May 7Global Scholars Dinner6:00 p.m.Athletic Center Dance Room May 8 & 10Dance Recital6:30 p.m.Athletic Center Dance Room May 11 & 12Reunion Weekend May 12Academy Players“Romeo & Juliet”1:00 & 7:00 p.m.Founders Theatre May 13Academy Players“Romeo & Juliet”1:00 p.m. MatineeFounders Theatre May 14Upper School SpringMusic Concert7:00 p.m.Alumni Memorial Chapel
May 17Spring Athletic Banquet6:15 p.m.Lak Dining Hall
May 17Middle SchoolLooking Back/Moving Forward6:00-8:00 p.m.Greenhalgh AthleticConference Room May 18Middle SchoolSpring Dance7:00-9:00 p.m.WMA Campus Center
May 19-20Relay For Life6:00 p.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Phil Shaw Track
May 22-24Class of 2012Final Exams
May 25Prize Day2:00 p.m.East Lawn
May 25Class of 2012Family ReceptionImmediately after Prize DayMorrow House
May 26Commencement9:00 a.m. Arrival9:15 a.m. Class Portrait10:00 a.m. Stone CeremonyCommencement to follow
May 28Memorial DayNo classes
May 29 - June 1Underclassmen Final Exams
May 31WMA Middle SchoolClosing Ceremony7:00 p.m.Alumni Memorial Chapel
June 2Alumni Challenge Games11:00 a.m.
Academic Honors Lists
Middle School Blog
2011-2012 School Calendar
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