Posted Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015
Our Center for Entrepreneurial & Global Studies offers college-level and honors courses in History, Economics and Geography, along with Advanced Placement courses and distinctive trimester electives.
- Travel - the world is our classroom so why not go there to learn? "Classes" occur in places like the Amazon, Namibia, Paris, Cambodia and more
- Trading Center - our Mark R. Shenkman Trading Center serves as the showcase facility for economics, finance and entrepreneurship classes
- Electives - captivating electives like: International Relations, The Vietnam Experience, Philosophy of World Religions, Portfolio Management, and Entrepreneurship, to name a few
- Events - participate in engaging lectures, workshops, and conferences, featuring alumni, authors, artists, politicians, conservationists, and entrepreneurs, both on and off-campus
- Projects - explore social entrepreneurship through projects like the Yunnan Ethnic Minority School Volunteer Project or watch as your own ideas to make a difference in the world come true
Learn more at www.wma.us/cegs!
Posted Wednesday, Aug 26, 2015
Wilbraham & Monson Academy offers an integrated approach to both artistic and academic education with dedicated professionals who live to explore your artistic passions.
- Fashion - a three-course interdisciplinary program with visits to fashion destinations including FIT and Paris
- Theater - behind the scenes or leading roles, we let you shine in live musicals, film and set design, to name a few
- Dance - all types of dance are explored, whether it's via our teachers or from you
- Music - be a part of the energy with our band or make your own music
- Visual Arts - connect with history and culture through artistic expressions such as ceramics, photography, drawing and painting
Learn more at www.wma.us/fpa!
Posted Friday, Aug 21, 2015
Three students from Wilbraham & Monson Academy received the highest nationwide honor possible following the 2015 College Board's Advanced Placement exams, earning the rank of National AP Scholar.
Three members of WMA's Class of 2015 – YoungSeok "Justin" Jang, Brian Kennedy and Robert Taylor – met the criteria for the award, scoring a 4 (of 5) or better on at least eight AP exams and averaging at least a 4 on all exams taken. The results were posted by the College Board in July.
"I am so proud of Wilbraham & Monson Academy's three National AP Scholars," Dean of Curriculum Meg Hutcheson said. "They were dedicated, exceptional students who made the most of the AP offerings at our school and they are most deserving of this honor."
In all, 67 of the Academy's Upper School students received honors from the College Board:
- 28 students named AP Scholar (grades of 3 or better on three or more AP exams).
- 15 students named AP Scholar with Honor (grades of 3 or better on four or more AP exams and an average of 3.25 on all exams).
- 24 students named AP Scholar with Distinction (grades of 3 or better on five or more AP exams and an average of 3.5 on all exams).
The Academy scored higher than the national mean on 16 of the 2015 AP exams, with 12 of those finishing a half-point or higher than the national mean: Art History, AB Calculus, BC Calculus, Chemistry, English Language, English Literature, Human Geography, Italian, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Studio Art 3D and U.S. History.
"I couldn't be more proud of the time and effort our students put into their studies and of results like this year's AP scores," Head of School Brian Easler said. "The students who go the extra distance to take AP options and dedicate themselves to the work involved in doing well in the classes and on the exams are setting the standard. Whether or not students choose to take AP courses, this performance demonstrates the kind of grit and determination that makes the cut at WMA."
Posted Friday, Aug 21, 2015
In her two-plus years at Wilbraham & Monson Academy, Science Department member Lindsie Lavin has wasted no time making a positive and widespread impact inside and outside the classroom.
Ms. Lavin did the same while she was in college, so much so that she has been invited to be her alma mater's guest speaker at Bay Path University's 2015 Convocation on Sept. 8 in Longmeadow.
"I'm thrilled to be able to return to campus as the 2015 convocation speaker," said Ms. Lavin, a 2010 graduate of Bay Path. "The school has grown tremendously since I have graduated, so I am honored to have been chosen to help open its academic year and welcome more than 300 new students, in addition to the senior class. Additionally, I'm excited to see some of my former professors and other folks I worked closely with during my four years."
At Bay Path, Ms. Lavin served as class president for all four years, played field hockey and worked as a residential assistant. She has stayed involved by serving as a member of its alumni council.
Fittingly, Ms. Lavin's convocation speech will touch on the theme of living life to the fullest, which she has done since arriving at the Academy in 2013. Widely regarded as one of the most popular teachers and dorm parents on campus, she is the head coach for Girls' Lacrosse and Skiing, as well as an assistant coach for Field Hockey. She is also co-advisor for the Class of 2018 and assistant director of Beech Tree Summer Camp.
Posted Monday, Aug 17, 2015
In high school basketball, July is an ideal time for recruiting. In Wenyen Gabriel's '16 case, the month surpassed all expectation. When playing in a showcase at Adidas Nations, Wenyen attracted the attention of numerous renown colleges, such as: Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, Kentucky, Providence and Wake Forest, making him the most recruited basketball player in the history of Wilbraham & Monson Academy.
A rising senior at the Academy, Wenyen, supported by his AAU team, Mass Rivals, has recently acquired numerous scholarship offers from the noteworthy colleges. Wenyen recently narrowed his college list to: Duke, Kentucky, Connecticut, Maryland and Providence.
WMA's Boys' Varsity Basketball Coach, Mr. Mike Mannix, said, "Wenyen had the most successful and productive summer of any high school basketball player in the country. That is no exaggeration. His hard work in the spring and early summer all paid off in July. He had a great spring here and he continued to work on his development with his AAU coaches in June. I'm happy for him and I'm excited to see him lead our team this season as one of our two captains. He'll help our young guys understand that a great work ethic is the most important part of becoming a great player."
If that were not enough, Wenyen's original summer national ranking of 84 by ESPN will continue to climb after his numerous successful performances.
His notoriety has continued to spread throughout the year, as Wenyen sprouted four inches from the previous summer, allowing his talent to flourish with his height. Through blood and sweat, Wenyen gained noticeable improvement from last summer.
Wenyen said, "People are starting to notice all the hard work I've been putting in. The opportunity to play in front of colleges a lot and develop a lot is incredible. Being able to redo my junior year was obviously a big opportunity, helping me develop physically and get used to playing against high competition all the time."
Wenyen was also chosen to compete in the 10th annual Under Armour Elite 24 showcase in late August. The event, held in New York City, showcases the "24 Best High School Prospects in the World," granting the players an opportunity to further both their skill and reputation.
"I want to thank all my coaches," said Wenyen. "They all believed in me and just kept pushing me. I'm happy and a lot of people are happy for me, so I'm just going to keep moving forward from here on out."
Click here to see a TV interview of Wenyen.
By Mary Sparago '17
Posted Sunday, Aug 16, 2015
Welcome to the new interactive www.WMA.us!
Browsing our new website, you will find quite a few improvements intended to make your online experience more helpful and fulfilling.
- Responsive design adapts to all screen sizes and devices
- Story telling through photos and videos
- Interactive, modular design provides quick info in easily digestible format
- Main site is specifically for prospective families
- Separate areas for internal constituents
- New section specifically for students
- Separate mobile site is no longer necessary
- Ordering WMA Gear
- New Parent Info
- Boarding Student Section
- Check-in & Lights Out Times (per Grade)
- Food & Delivery
- How-tos & FAQs
- Local Weather
- New Student Info
- Open Hours (Library, Computer Labs, Campus Store, etc.)
- Senior Section
Get the Most Out of www.WMA.us...
To improve your experience, remove and/or reset all bookmarks and home screen settings to the new site. The web address is the same but your computer or phone will still hold onto the old website until you make the change.
We're in a transition period as Google works to remove all the old references to our site. www.WMA.us is dynamic and fluid and something that will continually change and improve. Please let us know if you encounter any problems, have suggestions for improvement or want to provide feedback.
Browse around and explore. We hope you enjoy your new, modern website!
Posted Wednesday, Jul 22, 2015
5 WMA athletes medal at Bay State Games
Even though the Summer Olympics weren't held in 2015, there were still opportunities for athletes to earn gold medals.
In mid-July, the Bay State Games hosted its annual sports tournament, calling upon athletes to represent the six different regions of Massachusetts in various competitions. Four Wilbraham & Monson Academy athletes went home with medals.
Val MacEachern '17, playing a defensive wing for the West team, won the gold medal in soccer, while Marissa Fabbo '17 took home the gold in softball. The tournaments were held at the Veterans Memorial Sports Complex in Waltham.
Val said, "It was really great winning. We were originally in second place. It was a fight to the finish, and playing Northeast, a well put together team, was quite difficult. It was just an overall great experience."
After five games of pool play, the West faced the Northeast in the final, with Val and the West posting a 3-1 victory to win the gold medal.
"I would like to thank my coaches for putting me on the team," said Val. "I had a great time meeting all the girls and training for three weeks with them. Once the tournament came, I felt ready to play."
Marissa played every game at catcher for the West, which beat Central 7-3 in the gold medal contest after losing to the same squad 6-2 the previous game.
"I played with a bunch of girls I play travel ball with a few years ago. They're really good," Marissa said. "It was good to get back together with them. We really bonded as a team."
Marissa, who batted .333 for the tournament, said the West hadn't won the gold medal at Bay State Games in seven years.
Nick Kubacki '16, along with his West soccer team, won the silver medal after losing to Central 3-1 during the gold medal game.
The baseball tournament for the Bay State Games took place at Bentley University in Waltham. Outfielder Joey Mack '16 and catcher Tom Quinn '16 supported their West team in winning the bronze medal, with an overall record of 3-2.
By Mary Sparago '17
Posted Monday, Jul 13, 2015
WMA aligns with Harvard in Spanish videoconference program
Students in Melody Rivera's Honors Spanish III class won't be studying abroad, but twice a week it sure will feel that way.
Following the recent lead of Harvard University, Wilbraham & Monson Academy has added a professional videoconference conversation program to Ms. Rivera's class.
"A company named Platica started a pilot program with Harvard in 2011," Ms. Rivera said. "We're the third high school in the country using a conversation format in a real world situation."
Twice a week, Ms. Rivera's students will have conversations with native Spanish speaking professionals from Platica, which bases the casual discussions off the specific class curriculum.
"This would be like going to a café in a different country and meeting someone new and having an impromptu conversation that isn't planned whatsoever," Ms. Rivera said. "It's the closest to an abroad experience we can provide in the classroom."
After the talks, which last 30-45 minutes, Ms. Rivera will receive printed feedback on each student, including errors and progress, which she will share with the student.
During her various school trips to Spanish speaking countries, Ms. Rivera has noticed a significant difference in how the students speak. For many, it takes time for a their confidence to grow in order to speak freely in a second language in a foreign country.
"When you're acquiring a different language, it's the confidence level that is of the utmost importance," she said. "You can have studied the language, grammar and syntax, but if you're nervous and don't have the confidence to verbalize you're not going to have the confidence and it will impede your language skills.
"The whole frequency is very important in acquiring a language. We want to gear more toward language acquisition vs. the language learning that's been going on in the past. For you to acquire a language you need to practice and to create experiences which will then transfer to the long-term memory section of the brain. That's when true learning occurs."
WMA hopes to offer a trip to multiple countries in South America in March so the students can apply the language skills they have learned in the classroom in a real Spanish-speaking country situation.
"Language acquisition - that's all part of the plan," Ms. Rivera said.