View online:  May 2012 Volume 1


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, 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:

  1. Pre-registration calendar
  2. General Instructions for Selecting Classes on PowerSchool
  3. Diploma Requirements
  4. Normal Course Progression by Department
  5. 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.

Prize Day

  • 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

Final Exams for Underclassmen

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:  413.596.9122
Email: Cindy Shults
Fax: 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.

Summer Programs

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 to get detailed information on all the great camps being offered this summer.


June 30 is right around the corner!

Now is the perfect time to make your gift to the Annual Fund. Click the "Give Now" button above to make your gift today.

Meeting of the
Wilbraham & Monson Academy

Parents Association

Please join us!!

Thursday, May 10, 2012
8:00 a.m.

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 Association
Book Club

  June 7
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.

Upcoming Events

May 4
WMA Middle School Concert
6:00 p.m.
Alumni Memorial Chapel
May 4
WMA Middle School
Art Show Reception
7:00 p.m.
Binney Art Gallery
May 5
Junior-Senior Prom
8:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m.
Post 390 in Boston

May 7
Global Scholars Dinner
6:00 p.m.
Athletic Center Dance Room
May 8 & 10
Dance Recital
6:30 p.m.
Athletic Center Dance Room
May 11 & 12
Reunion Weekend
May 12
Academy Players
“Romeo & Juliet”
1:00 & 7:00 p.m.
Founders Theatre
May 13
Academy Players
“Romeo & Juliet”
1:00 p.m. Matinee
Founders Theatre
May 14
Upper School Spring
Music Concert
7:00 p.m.
Alumni Memorial Chapel

May 17
Spring Athletic Banquet
6:15 p.m.
Lak Dining Hall

May 17
Middle School
Looking Back/Moving Forward
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Greenhalgh Athletic
Conference Room
May 18
Middle School
Spring Dance
7:00-9:00 p.m.
WMA Campus Center

May 19-20
Relay For Life
6:00 p.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Phil Shaw Track

May 22-24
Class of 2012
Final Exams

May 25
Prize Day
2:00 p.m.
East Lawn

May 25
Class of 2012
Family Reception
Immediately after Prize Day
Morrow House

May 26
9:00 a.m. Arrival
9:15 a.m. Class Portrait
10:00 a.m. Stone Ceremony
Commencement to follow
East Lawn

May 28
Memorial Day
No classes

May 29 - June 1
Underclassmen Final Exams

May 31
WMA Middle School
Closing Ceremony
7:00 p.m.
Alumni Memorial Chapel

June 2
Alumni Challenge Games
11:00 a.m.

Important Links

Academic Honors Lists
Student Newspaper

Middle School Blog

Media Gallery

2011-2012 School Calendar

Parents of winter athletes, check out action photos from Risley Photography.

WMA is Social!


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