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Posted Sunday, Aug 16, 2015 
Browsing our new website, you will find quite a few improvements intended to make your online experience more helpful and fulfilling.

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.

What's New?

  • 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

Coming Soon!

Parents

  • Ordering WMA Gear
  • Reenrollment
  • New Parent Info

Students

  • 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

Employee Portal

Trustee Portal

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 Thursday, Jun 25, 2015 
In July, 12 WMA delegates will travel to China to run a summer program, while the Jaihui group will send 155 to WMA in August for an American Culture camp experience.

WMA signs Sister School Agreement with Jiahui Yangguang School

On March 30, a small delegation from two schools, WMA and the Jiahui Yangguang School, met in Dalian, China to sign a sister school agreement.

What is a sister school agreement and what do both schools hope to gain from the relationship? First, it is simply a way to formalize the relationship between the two schools in the hope that both constituencies will learn and grow from the friendship. Second, it is the opportunity for the exchange of ideas, programs, and people, again in the hope that both constituencies will be better together than even the sum of their parts.

Our first introduction with the Jaihui Education Group (a private school with six schools throughout Dalian serving elementary, middle and high school students) occurred last summer when a group of approximately 130 students, teachers, and administrators came to our campus in August. A WMA staff of five teachers and 11 student prefects worked hard to make our guests feel welcome and to give them a sense of what life in America and WMA is like. It was a result of this hard work, and the good experience they had, that they came back to us in the fall to ask if we would consider entering a sister school agreement with them.

After a small team negotiated an agreement stateside, Head of School Brian Easler met with the administrators in China in March and signed the agreement. In very basic words it states that we will share with each other information about programs, exchanges, and professional development opportunities in the future without holding either party in any kind of contract that requires anything except continuing the friendship.

The first exchange they asked us to be a part of will be happening in July. We will send a delegation of 12 educators who will travel to China to run a summer program July 13-24. We will be teaching English, Culture, Drama, Economics and PE.

In August, the Jaihui Education Group will be sending a second group (this time 155 students, teachers and administrators) to our campus for another American Culture camp experience.

Posted Wednesday, Jun 24, 2015 
The final countdown is on! There are only a few days left to make your gift to the Annual Fund. Every gift, big or small, makes a difference.

Fiscal Year Ends June 30

Every gift, big or small, makes a difference.

The final countdown is on! There are only a few days left to make your gift to the Annual Fund. We are closing in on our goal and you can make a difference! If you haven't already, please consider making a gift today!

If you have made a gift, please accept our sincerest thanks.

Posted Tuesday, May 5, 2015 
Dr. Keroack is the CEO and President of Baystate Health, the largest employer in Western Massachusetts.

Dr. Mark Keroack '72 named as Commencement speaker

Dr. Mark Keroack ’72 MD, MPH, who saw two of the biggest transitions in the history of Wilbraham & Monson Academy, will be this year’s commencement speaker at the Academy’s graduation ceremonies May 23.

“It means a lot to me to come back,” said Dr. Keroack, who visited with students and administration April 21 during a private luncheon on campus. “I was in the first class of Wilbraham & Monson, and now it’s been 43 years. I’m hoping I’m going to share some of the unexpected twists and turns in my life, and how what I learned here at the Academy helped me prepare and adapt to them.”

Dr. Keroack, a Springfield native, attended the Academy when it went co-ed, and was entering his senior year in 1971 when Wilbraham Academy and Monson Academy merged.

“It’s remarkable to me, all the technical learning I’ve done is less useful to me in this moment than the stuff I learned here,” Dr. Keroack explained. “I got a masters degree in bio statistics: I don’t do statistics anymore; I got an MD from Harvard Medical School: I don’t practice medicine anymore.

“But I have to influence and inspire people every day, and I have to rally people toward a common purpose, and I have to help people see the higher value of what they’re doing. All of those things, I’ve drawn from here, and also Amherst (College). The idea of maintaining balance in your education is one of the things I’m going to try to get across.”

After teaching for a dozen years at the University of Massachusetts and serving as the senior vice president and chief medical officer for the University of Health System Consortium, Dr. Keroack was hired in 2014 as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Baystate Health, the largest medical organization in Western Massachusetts.

“I’m thrilled to have Dr. Keroack as a commencement speaker because I think he has an extremely interesting and engaging story in the track of his life since he left here in 1972,” Head of School Brian Easler said. “I’m excited for the community to hear his story.

“In addition to that, he’s the President and CEO of the largest employer in Western Massachusetts, and he’s using innovative practices to maintain the independence of Baystate Health. It’s going to be a good message for everyone.”

Posted Wednesday, Apr 1, 2015 
A grid painting by Ms. Decker will be on display in April at the 2015 Spring Art Exhibition & Sale in Monson.

Ms. Decker's artwork selected for show

Wilbraham & Monson Academy Fine and Performing Arts Department member Wendy Decker has been selected to participate in a local art show.

Ms. Decker’s colored pencil drawing was chosen to be displayed at the 2015 Spring Art Exhibition & Sale in April at the Monson House of Art.

“Other than commission pieces, I haven’t created a lot on my own since college,” Ms. Decker said. “I entered a demo piece last year for this show and got rejected, but this I felt really happy about.”

In July, with an upcoming project for her WMA Drawing class in mind, Ms. Decker created a 12-inch by 9-inch drawing titled "Aquarelle" based on the work of Chuck Close, a partially paralyzed artist who specializes in grid portraits.

“He used a grid to fill in every little detail,” Ms. Decker explained. “I fell more and more in love with this process and am glad I saw it through to the end. It is a photo I was inspired by from an “Anthropologie” ad and I hope to do more pieces like this in the future.”

The show will be open six dates in April, with the opening being held April 11 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Ms. Decker will attend the Artists’ Reception that day 1-4 p.m. The Monson House of Art is located at 200 Main St. in Monson.

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