View online:  May 2012 Volume 2

Head of School Message

The power of teachers
We recently held our annual Reunion Weekend during the school year rather than in June when students have vacated for the summer. The advantage of this timing is that the alumni get to see the school in action. It serves to remind them of their time on campus, whether they are alumni from the 1940s or the 2000s. The most common response I heard from alumni was along these lines. "Seeing all the kids scurrying about brought back memories of me running at full tilt up the Hill to make sure I wasn't late to Mr. Lincoln's class." After this the comments would then focus on Mr. Lincoln, or Mr. Morrow, or Mr. Watts. No one spent any time talking about the classroom itself, or the chairs and desks. Nor did anyone mention any other facility in any detail. But everyone had a story about a teacher or two. More.


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.

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

2012-2013 School Calendar

The 2012-2013 Calendar is now available only online.

Summer reading and math assignments

All new and returning students have some summer work to do. Specific assignments can be found on our website.

The Hill yearbook is on sale

Order your yearbook today.

Get one before they run out!

Underclassmen can purchase The Hill at the bookstore for $50.

Members of the Class of 2012 receive theirs as a gift.

They will be available for pick up from May 25 until June 1.

Prize Day & Commencement Photos

Photographer David Ryan will take orders for his photos including Prize Day (some Barber Prizes, all major prizes, and a group photo of all prize winners) and Commencement (every senior receiving his or her diploma, all prizes, and selected photos of the musical numbers). More information will be in the June Parent eNews.

Summer storage is coming to WMA

How does it work?

Register: For summer storage service at

Free Boxes: You may pick up FREE boxes up from Tiffany Norman in Rich Hall.

Storage Pickup: Leave your boxes in your room with your name on them and we will pick them up for storage after you leave school.

Delivery: We will deliver your storage to your new room before you get back to school.


  • Medium Box (19x19x16): $39 storage per box for entire summer
  • Large Box (24x19x19): $51 storage per box for entire summer
  • Anything larger: $60 storage per for box entire summer
  • Full price list on their website

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.

WMA Parents Association

The WMA PA 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 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.

August 15
Cape Cod Reception
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Save the date!

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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