A New School Year Begins
Students and teachers kicked off the 2020-21 school year this week, with virtual classes in the morning and opportunities to come to campus for D Blocks in the afternoon.
School is officially back in session at CSW following a comprehensive orientation program for all new and returning students. During these orientations, students went over public health expectations for the year, took tours around campus to learn about new routes and special space designations on campus, and engaged in special diversity, equity, and inclusion programming. After, students were provided with lunch to eat out on the quad, before ending the day with a question and answer session with CSW administrators.
On September 8, classes officially began, with all A-B-C classes being conducted remotely until September 29, when students will have the option of learning on campus. D Block courses are currently being offered on campus (with remote options for those choosing to engage from home). With this "phased-in" approach, students and faculty alike are able to get used to new protocols and procedures in small doses, rather than having to learn everything all at once.
As a new boarding student, River Isleib '23 says it has been hectic seeing a lot of people at once, but once classes began it was great to see faculty starting the mod with a plan for their classes.
CSW has also been pleased to welcome a number of our boarding students back to campus this year. The residential life community kicked off the 2020-21 school year with All Boarders Weekend on September 4-6, a weekend full of activities for boarding students. Boarders went apple picking at Shelburne Farm, kayaked on the Charles River, and made s'mores by our campus amphitheater after movie night. New boarding students got familiar with campus during scavenger hunts and bulb planting outside of the dorms and engaged in some friendly competition during a field games event.
The highlight of the weekend was Fractured Fairytales, a CSW All Boarders Weekend tradition, where each dorm creates a skit based on a Disney movie with a CSW twist. This year there were new rules. In addition to including a dance and incorporating their dorm parents, students were also asked to include at least two new rules from the COVID addendum to the Student Handbook, in addition to a moment where three characters "wash their hands." Check out the dances from their Fractured Fairytales
and see who won bragging rights and "The Stick" this year!
Andrew Murdock '08 created "The Stick" during his time as a boarding student at CSW. Mounted in yellow on the stick is a V for voice, I for integrity, R for respect, and C for community. Those were the values we developed and spoke about regularly as a residential community. The highly coveted stick has been handed over annually to the dorm who has won the Fractured Fairytales competition.