Williams Balances Distance Teaching and Learning Plan with Personal Growth and Well Being
Head of School Mark Fader informed the Williams community that the School will continue educating students with it’s Distance Teaching & Learning Plan for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year. Starting on Monday April 20th, the School will refine its Plan by adding more time for personal growth and well being and community building activities that are much needed by everyone at this time.
On Tuesday morning, April 14th, Head of School Mark Fader informed the Williams community that the School will continue educating students with it’s Distance Teaching & Learning Plan for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year. Fader has been holding two weekly “Hear it From The Head” sessions on Zoom to provide timely and transparent communications to the School’s community. “This is the safest and most prudent move we can make at this time,” stated Fader. “Governor Lamont this week mandated the earliest day to return to school as May 20th. Because Williams’ school year ends on May 29, it really makes no sense for us to target a return on the 20th. We would rather concentrate our efforts on providing the best academic and personal growth and well being program possible to all our students and creating memorable year-end celebrations and ceremonies that our students, parents, faculty, and staff deserve.”
Williams will continue to offer its distinctive Distance Teaching & Learning Plan that follows the School’s seven-day rotational schedule that has kept students focused and on task with their studies on a daily basis. Starting on Monday April 20th, the School will refine its Plan by adding more time for personal growth and well being and community building activities that are much needed by everyone at this time.
The most innovative enhancement to Williams’ Plan is a specific day of the week devoted to building community and relationships. The morning will begin with an all-school assembly with programs offered like unveiling the Legenda, Williams’ yearbook with more than a 100 year history, a virtual performance of the Spring Musical, Pippin, celebrations for Spring Spirit Week, and other traditional student-led activities like Singing Assemblies and Trivia Contests. Mid-day will provide students time to work on projects, catch up on homework, and meet with their teachers for individual help and guidance. Afternoons will be devoted to Clubs & Activities time. For example, the athletics program is utilizing the School’s already developed FlipGrid to create active competitions and Yoga Club will host online flow classes and guided meditation. Other Club leaders will reinvigorate their programs next week and are learning to adjust accordingly.
The School’s largest club, Service Committee, led an Earth Day celebration on Thursday, April 16th, as had been originally planned, but is offering different activities like an online photography competition and a school-wide 24,901 mile run/walk challenge – aiming to log as many miles as the equator! Service Committee Senior Leaders Niha Burugapalli, Katie Burzin, and Cyrus D’Arcy created suggested activities for students to explore earth, environment, conservation, and wellness. Cyrus said in a video to his peers on instagram, “Service Committee teaches us as students to give back and to serve a cause that is greater than ourselves.” You can see photos and videos taken by students on the School’s Instagram story highlights.
According to Fader, “the Williams community remains positive and optimistic. We are all working together to rise above and beyond each challenge that comes our way. It’s the resilience that adults convey to our young people that has and continues to make us all stronger.”
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