Racing to the end!

February 2, 2008

It’s a wonder that we get any work done! Martin Luther King Day, proctor dinners, advisee functions, lots of great basketball wins, ski races, the Rugrats crew teaching the Crescent park kids, Winter Carnival, the Quiz Shows, dances, a dorm raid, pizza and movies for the freshmen, Chinese food in Gorham, snow, a dance, and the list goes on. Meanwhile, preparations continue for the China trip and the juniors are already getting organized for their adventure. Exciting college acceptances keep coming in (yeah Barrett!). And this coming week promises to be even busier…

A huge gang is heading to Portland Pirates hockey tonight, where they will be just warming up for a little football game tomorrow. The whole school will come together for one of the favorite events of the year on Sunday, as the dining hall gets transformed to Maine’s largest living room with the Pats on the big screen. It is always a great time and hopefully will be extra special with another Patriots win.

Monday will also be exciting as the candidates square off in “Monumental Monday”, Gould’s own answer to Super Tuesday. I am sure that the pundits from CNN and PBS will be watching closely as the Gould community participates in a school-wide series of caucuses. I listened to a couple of candidates practicing their speaches and this new event promises to be fun and informative. Thanks Dr. Clark for pulling it all together.

Then the trustees arrive on Thursday for two days of meetings, the winter drama production kicks off it’s three show run on Thursday evening, and then it’s time for the auction and Parent Weekend starting on Friday. Get ready for some big bidding and great food. In between, there are important basketball games and on-snow competitions.

Oh, and there are classes as well. The library will be busy on Sunday early as students and teachers do their work early so that they can focus on the big game. “Colors of the Mountain”, “Tale of Two Cities” and other important books are getting lot’s of attention. Speeches for Monday will be getting final touches in between work on science projects. Juniors should be in their meetings with college counseling. There are papers, Pecha-Kuchas and many quizzes and tests as we go into the last three weeks of winter term.

Behind the scenes, the faculty is perhaps even busier. There is the preparation for classes and the orchestrating the fun, and then there is much strategic work being done. There is a group working on GPS (Gould Plan For Success) and the whole faculty came together on Thursday for workshops on the critical domains of adolescent development. A group is working on assessing the daily schedule and another on thinking about the curriculum of the future. Somehow others find time for their own advanced studies or participating in virtual classes, and yet others are developing or updating courses. No one should be getting cold from lack of activity!

And the great news is that we are just getting into the best part of winter. The shortest, darkest and many of the coldest days are behind us. In my book, we have gotten to the better half of winter. It’s time to get out on the trails and enjoy the best part of winter. Enjoy it!

John

(I apologize, but for some reason I am unable to upload shots of either the fun or the work.)

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