On Friday, November 17th, the Outing Club made their debut outing to Camel's Hump. It was a very successful first trip and we hope to be able to go on more adventures in the future. Through trips like this, we achieve the goals set forth in our mission statement that reads: The goal of this club is for students to participate in challenging, interactive outdoor activities, that are affordable and fun; which develop community learning opportunities, environmental awareness, and physical health.  Click on the image to see the entire gallery.
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We had a very special learning opportunity for students coming to WUHSMS on November 9.  The Dance Theatre of Harlem presented a dynamic interdisciplinary program that integrated learning history with dance instruction.  This residency helped students understand major historical events as a platform to create social change by critically examining the socio-cultural past, present and future through dance. We experienced the African Diaspora, from the slave trade through the Emancipation Proclamation, Hip Hop and the Next Wave through movement. The Diaspora curriculum is inherently interdisciplinary as it combines a socio-historical exploration of migrations and change, specifically looking at the Great Migration, HarlemRenaissance, Civil Rights Movement, and Hip Hop era. We gained a kinesthetic understanding of these eras through responding to music, influential people, poetry, and artwork in their movements and dance making. We  also participated in “salons,” discussion groups that mirror the intellectual activities of Harlem Renaissance thinkers, where we gained exposure to and discuss prominent elements of each era. Big thanks to Pentangle Arts Council for their strong support of arts in our schools and fro facilitating this exciting experience!

 

About the Dance Theater of Harlem
Dance Theatre of Harlem is dedicated to reaching young people with powerful programs that provide tools that foster self-actualization, a holistic world view, and empowerment through active expression, creative literacy, social imagination, critical thinking and reflection. Dancing Through Barriers® comprehensive arts education programs offer a range of activities that include, in-class residencies, school-time performances, after school programs and interactive tours of the DTH facility. Founded in 1969 (shortly after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.) by Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook. Mitchell was inspired to start a school that would offer children — especially those in Harlem, the community in which he was born — the opportunity to learn about dance and the allied arts. Now in its fourth decade, Dance Theatre of Harlem has grown into a multi-cultural dance institution with an extraordinary legacy of providing opportunities for creative expression and artistic excellence that continues to set standards in the performing arts.

 

Twenty one students and two teachers from the Collège Didier Daourat, in  Saint Gaudens, France arrived on Tuesday, November 7th, as part of the WUHS Exchange Program.  The students will spend two weeks in Vermont, living with a host family, attending classes with their host student, and taking excursions to Boston, Montpelier and Vermont.  The WUHS French and Spanish students will travel to France and Spain in April of 2018.

We take time out of our day each year to honor our veterans and reflect on the great sacrifices that have been made throughout the years.  This year, music director Jody Henderson organized a beautiful rememberance with collaborations from the English, MACL, and Art departments.  Many community members joined us as well for the ceremony and a rousing performance from the WUHS symphonic band.  Click on the image to view the entire gallery.

Eighth grade students in Family and Consumer Sciences and juniors and seniors in Studio III and AP Art went on a field trip together to Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park to study the Hudson River School paintings in the collection and draw landscapes in their sketch books.  While in the mansion, students learned how to "read" a painting and participated in Visual Thinking Strategies when discussing paintings by Thomas Cole, Albert Bierstadt and William Bradford.  While outside, students explored the grounds to find their own vantage points to sketch what they saw including hills, trees and cows.  The main objectives were to  understand how natural places can be used as inspiration for artists and to gain a greater appreciation of their surroundings. Students were engaged in the activities and inspired by their beautiful natural surroundings and the magnificent landscape paintings. As a result of their in-class lessons and this field trip, students in FACs will be making a landscape quilt using natural dyes they made and Studio III and AP Art students will be making landscape paintings. Click on the image to view the entire gallery.

WUHS participated in this year's Women Can Do event at Vemont Technical College.  Women Can Do is a one-day career immersion experience for 9-12th grade girls from across Vermont. It features dozens of hands-on workshops and action stations highlighting careers in the skilled trades and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields.  Hands-on workshops are led mostly by women professionals in the skilled trades or science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. At Women Can Do, girls may operate an excavator, weld, climb a fire ladder, build a robot, design a 3D model, create an online game, wield a chainsaw, extract DNA from cells, or change a tire. More than 35 workshops highlight careers in architecture and engineering, computer programming, green energy, natural resources, public safety and health, communications, trades, and other non-traditional careers for women.  Kudos to Hannah Leland for organizing the trip.  Click on the image to view the entire gallery.

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