Recently at Williams

Exciting projects, visits to gravesites, and elections are keeping our students busy in class and out.
Celebrating Day of the Dead
Throughout Mexico, on November 1st and November 2nd, “El Día de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) is celebrated. This holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember those who have passed away, and to help support their spiritual journey back home. “Ofrendas” (altars) display the favorite foods and drinks of the deceased. Visits to the cemetery involve music, picnics, and marigolds. To commemorate “El Día de los Muertos,” Señora Cohen’s 6th grade Introduction to Modern Language students created “esqueletos.”  These amusing skeleton puppets are symbolic of the playful and joyous aspects of the holiday.

Learning About Parques Nacionales
Louis Cohen's Spanish III Honors classes recently presented their projects on Parques nacionales del mundo hispanohablante. This project was the capstone activity in their unit on nature and camping, and each group researched and talk about their park's location, size, physical features, flora and fauna, tourist activities, lodging, fun facts, and how to get there. They spoke in Spanish, referring to their notes but not reading from a script, with each group speaking between five and ten minutes.

Local History Class Visits Gravesites of the Williams Family
The sixth grade Local History class visited Cedar Grove Cemetery in New London to view grave sites of various members of the Williams family, including that of Thomas W. Williams II, the man in whose memory his mother, Harriet Peck Williams, founded our school. The class had been studying the history of the Williams family, one of the most prominent in New London County during the 19th century.
Three New Eighth Grade Class Representatives Elected
English teacher Joe Cote would like to share the results of the eighth grade Class Representative elections that took place this week. The class has three new representatives, in addition to Anika Garg, who was elected last year. The three new representatives are Cody DeLaurentis, Sam Kaplan, and Amand Sarwar.

Halloween Assembly
On Tuesday, the Class of 2019 helped the school get into the spooky spirit a day early with our annual Halloween Assembly. Led by Dasha Klein as Ellen DeGeneneres, the senior class came out on stage dressed as characters from Disney’s Frozen and High School Musical, Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf, and Willy Wonka and an Oompa Loompa, along with many other creative and humorous costumes. Following the assembly, students were invited into the Student Center to enjoy some candy during Snack, given out by the seniors.