Last Wednesday for Impact Learning, our students decorated about 80 holiday cards for Downtown Brooklyn Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, which is just a few blocks away. While in-person service learning has taken a back seat due to COVID, our students wanted to find a safe way to do something positive for the community. Walker G. ‘24 says, “This year has been lonely for a lot of us, so I hope these cards bring a smile to their faces.” To learn more about service learning, check out our impact workshops on December 21st. Sign up here.
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Home hockey games continue to be live-streamed this season using PlaySight.
Hockey at The Winchendon School
At The Winchendon School, our student-athletes find success on and off the ice as well-rounded, confident, and self-reliant young adults prepared for the rigors of college academics and athletics. We compete in the Independent section of the New England Prep School Athletic Conference and play a 30-35 game schedule against some of the top competitors NEPSAC has to offer. Our season typically stretches from mid-November to the first week of March. With our newly renovated weightlifting facility, full-time strength coach, Playsight video system, and our on-campus rink, The Jason Ritchie ‘05 Ice Arena, we are able to provide outstanding opportunities for development on and off the ice.
Dr. Jermaine Johnson ’04 was born in Los Angeles, CA. After graduating from Winchendon in 2004, he played basketball for and earned an undergraduate degree from the College of Charleston in 2008. Johnson was drafted by the Reno Bighorns in 2009 in the 6th round of the NBA Development Draft. Johnson played more than six years, professionally overseas including in France, Mexico, Hungary and Canada. He starred during his time in the Mexican Basketball League where he averaged 21 points and 8 rebounds per game. He then went on to earn a master’s degree from Strayer University, and a doctoral degree from Northcentral University, with a concentration in Organizational Leadership.
Johnson’s career experience includes working as a consultant, business investor, and served as the South Carolina Campaign Chair for Andrew Yang’s 2020 presidential campaign. On November 9, 2020 he was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives representing District 80.
Johnson is the founder and CEO of the New Economic Beginnings Foundation, which helps educate and find employment for opportunities for troubled youth and veterans http://nebfoundation.us/.
He lives in Columbia, SC with his wife, a pharmacist, and their three children.
Last week, WACA (Winchendon Alumni of Color Association) hosted an alumni panel for students in Brooklyn. “Winch” alumni from both Brooklyn and Massachusetts campuses have been so eager to use their personal experiences to uplift and advise current Winch students of color.
Sophie F, ’17 says, “The panel gave not just current students an opportunity to learn from alumni, but encouraged alumni to reflect back on the transition out of high school to explore the lessons and growth they’ve experienced as well.”
The students were excited to connect and learn from one another and we hope Winch students see the value in the network of amazing alumni available to them as resources and mentors.
What does an Impact Learning class look like in NYC? It starts like this: “We’ve all lived amazing movies.”
With that, Mr. Jeff Glauser began a Screenwriting Workshop sponsored by the Creative Writing Club.
The class touched on continuity of scenes, basic cinematic structures necessary for a screenwriter to understand, and a healthy dose of Joseph Campbell’s “The Hero’s Journey.”
The group was tasked with writing a scene of something that happened to them, incorporating the tools covered in the course. Learn more about Impact learning here: https://winchendon.org/academics/impact-learning/
The Teenage Years Can be Anxious Years (And We Don’t Just Mean for the Parents).
As we head into the final hours before we know the outcome of the American presidential election, we recognize our students may be anxious. You’ve entrusted us to live and work with your child(ren), to share our School’s core values and to give them the critical thinking skills they need to know the difference between fact and opinion. We know our students well and we understand they may want to talk to you about the upcoming events and the possible aftermath of this election.
Teens Have Their Own Language – Be Ready to Listen
2020 has been a difficult year between the pandemic, economic concerns, racial violence, and for our international students, concerns about the ability to stay in the US or go back home. As a School, our core values matter and define us. Those values help us frame discussions around the election, in and out of the classroom. When students support their feelings using values, they are engaged in the type of critical, reflective thinking responsible citizens need. As a School, mentors, and teachers, our role is to help our students process events. We know there will be students disappointed with the end result. For students who need it, we can create a place within our virtual learning environment to process the results and, more importantly, the feelings and emotions that they may be struggling with. Teens want to know they are heard. We get that.
Five Ways to Help Your Teen (And We’ll be Right There Beside You)
As a parent or caregiver to a teen(s), you can provide your child with the tools to help navigate this and future elections productively.
How can you do this? Here are the first four steps (adapted from care.com):
- Emphasize classic lessons from Kindergarten. Show respect for those who don’t look or think like you. Listen and refrain from name-calling.
- Practice reflective listening, in which a person listens, then repeats back what they have heard before responding.
- Encourage your teen to pause, think, and ask questions before they react.
- Help your teen find ways to channel their energy to work for the change they want to see.
The fifth tool is by leveraging programs on our campus such as our Impact Learning program to really emphasise working for change. Whether it’s supporting veterans, first responders, or working toward food security, teens can find a place to belong, be heard, and be able to process the news around them.
“It is important for all of us to look at the election through the lens of our Great 8 (our Core Values) and to respect the differing opinions that inform our choices. We are a community from all over the world and all over the United States, and while we are not going to agree most of the time, we can listen to each other and support and honor each other’s right to have differing perspectives.” – Laurie Lambert, Head of School | MA
Here are some resources and discussion starters for the upcoming election: