Marauder Moments

January 2021

Message from Dr. Avery and Miss Chaya

This month gives us reason for hope, with the beginning of a new year, vaccinations on the horizon, and a day of connection on January 19. We have heard from students of all grades that they are missing a sense of connection and fun this year, a feeling we share. It is this feeling of connection that helps us make it through tough times like last spring's closure, and is part of what helps many students persevere through difficulty. On January 19th, we had a regular day of school, but we did irregular things during each period. We followed a normal school day schedule, but each teacher lead different activities with the students they have in the room and students at home. Our goals were threefold; to create some novelty and fun, to make time for something we know is important, and practically speaking, to keep our instructional days aligned since the OEW students were not attending on Monday due to the Martin Luther King Jr Day holiday. It was amazing to see our students interacting with each other, playing games, making art, and just experiencing a day that felt more like our usual community. We hope to have another similar day later in the spring.

Stay tuned for another Student of the Month video coming out next week.

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Congratulations Makayla Mottler-Williamson's recipient of the WARE MLK Student Service Award!

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Covid Can't Stop Senior Project

Message from Mrs. Luke


The English 12 students continued a fine Williamson tradition of selecting personally meaningful topics to explore through their senior projects -- sleep disorders! College wrestling! The US elections! Projects also shared emotional journeys -- the effects of losing a parent, suicide, PCOS, or prejudice. Whatever the topic, the Class of 2021 rocked their projects despite rather unusual school conditions.


After completing two weeks of intense research on their topics, each English 12 student selected the writing genre best suited to convey what was learned. Matt Williams, for example, wrote a witty letter to wanna-be restaurant owners about all considerations facing them. Chloe Louessard, an exchange student from France, created a pamphlet to convince us that buying second-hand clothing is most ethical. A brochure about the effects of stress on teens was Hope Beckwith’s contribution. Another interesting choice was the story crafted by Danial Earlandt where a character learns about China’s “Rules of War” by going back in time.


After the written component, students designed tri-fold boards to share their learning and personal journey during this unit. Since the display boards require a Learning Log, we can read about last minute topic changes, struggles to find valid sources, or the honest effects of procrastination. The logs also reveal how invigorating it is to direct their own learning….or how they thought they were an expert in ‘80s music, only to discover so much more. With 3x4 feet to fill, students experimented with apt visuals. Tyer Buda’s board about “How one becomes a sniper” used a bullet-ridden target as its background. Brieanna Burggraaff attached a papier-mache 3D hand to her board to offer brochures she made about book publishing. From waterfowl bands to candy wrappers, many boards display personal artifacts that engage viewers.


Some remote students chose to design an infographic from home instead of an actual cardboard display. These technology experiments taught us all about various tricks for conveying information visually -- managing overlays and balance, text sizes, readability, the power of icons. In Danielle Sitterly’s infographic, we learned about how pets affect us emotionally with pictures of her cute guinea pigs! And, Hunter Bickom created a slick poster to educate us about Covid-19.


Well, Covid-19, you’ve been demoted, eroded, and outvoted. You didn’t keep these students from acing their final high school project...

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Regents Information

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Snow Day information from Marygrace Mazzullo

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January Lunch Menu