Recently at Williams...
Posted 01/30/2017 12:14PM
- On Wednesday, January 25th, Sophia Chapadjiev, the Director of Education at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, visited the Williams School. She presented a play writing workshop to our seventh grade English classes. Sophia, who composes plays and operas, is amazing! We were impressed by her unbridled energy and enthusiasm. She explained that the Eugene O'Neill hosts a Young Playwrights Festival every spring. This year, the festival is being held from May 12th through the14th. Hopefully, many of our students will be inspired to enter their own plays into the festival. It is free and open to all students ages 12-18. Entries must be postmarked by Feb. 28th. If you are interested, please see Mrs. Ravenelle for more details.
- Dr. Fred Oliver presented an informative talk about garbage and sewage at a recent assembly. The focus of his presentation was "where does it all go?" Through photos and personal observation, Dr. Oliver educated our community that both garbage and sewage go away from us but they do not disappear. It has been the practice of humans to send their waste as far away as possible but in the end, it may be underneath us or in our water supply. Dr. Oliver showed some very interesting sights around NYC to illustrate his points, while educating us on what the city has done to handle their waste and clean up their waste of years past. Ultimately, the question remains, "where does our waste go?"
- Mr. Harris teaches a senior elective course known as Writing As Readers. Always a popular course, it allows students to examine "the intricacies of the reading process, students will practice the art of writing in a number of different genres, including short fiction, poetry, review, stream of consciousness, and creative nonfiction." At a recent assembly, each member of the class read a work of their choice to upper school students and faculty. Topics ranged from politics to sleep and with various degrees of seriousness, humor, satire, and personal opinions. You can read a review of the course by Grace Linhares '17 via the Blueprint, our student digital newspaper.