Spring 2016 has arrived and students have hit the ground running! The first week of the semester was full of learning many skills for the first time. Students learned how to fell a tree, prepare for the sugaring season, shell beans, and more intimate skills like learning how to live with each other and engage each other in conversation over meals. Here is a peek at a few of the things we did this week.
First Week Quotes
“I can walk out with just a sweater in 20 degree weather now, but that first week was just so cold. Vermonters are cut from a different cloth.” – Wassa
“I’ve never eaten this many beets in my life…” – overheard
“The food warmed me.” – Darrell
“Embrace the raisin.” – Adam
Alden teaching his wood crew how to fell trees for the first time!
Thea cutting a notch into her first tree, a balsam fir.
Kai and Ellie, triumphant.
Alden and Kemi’s Monday wood crew.
Shelling beans during work period! Clockwise from the bottom: red kidney, cranberry, calypso, black, white kidney
Busy hands in the harvest kitchen.
The first Saturday night activity: interpretations of the first week in the dorm in the form of skits and songs.
Derby singing a High School Musical cover.
First sugar crew work period – turning maple syrup into maple sugar!
The Mountain School is all about being communal and loving each other, right? Right. Except during dodgeball. During dodgeball, it’s all about the glory. Glory > everything. The Spring 2015 dodgeball tournament was one of the fiercest on record, with students competing in their dish crews while wearing great outfits. Special shout out to the Doors and the Lords for their dishcrew-name-inspired clothing.
For live action footage and some inspired dancing, check out this video…
What to do as a study break on the final Saturday night of the semester, in the middle of final exams? How about a team photo challenge – 10+ prompts, 5 groups of 9, 1 hour of hilarity, followed by a slide show of some of the most inventive and funny moments.
Prompt 1: Perfectly timed action shot
Prompt 2: Dungeon scene in “the dungeon”*
*We don’t actually have a dungeon (it’s a school on a farm, not a medieval palace), but the dark basement area where we keep extra toilet paper, soap and other supplies is affectionately (?) known as “the dungeon”
Prompt 3: Act out an iconic scene
Prompt 4: Mop hair
Prompt 5: Take a photo with members of another group
Prompt 6: Fit the whole group into the smallest space possible
Prompt 7: Spell out TMS with bodies
Prompt 8: Extreme dish crew
Thank you for all the memories and giggles. You will be missed, F’14! ❤
Following a drum and dance workshop and performance by Jeh Kulu, we hosted a Mountain School version of the popular reality TV show So You Think You Can Dance. The performances were judged based on three criteria: 1. incorporation of West African dance moves, 2. whole group participation, and 3. overall quality. The winning group was Noli’s, dancing to “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People.
Featuring: Theodor, Liam, Noli, Katie, Eliza, Charles, Sam K, and Ariana.
Saturday, March 1st, students took to the ice for an epic all-school broomball tournament. First round games were played in the afternoon. Then, after dinner, there was a torch lighting ceremony and a procession down to the pond for the finals, played by torch and moonlight.Jacob’s team conquered in the end, led to victory by the light of his flaming red hair. Californian Sam surprised everyone with four goals. He turns out to have a secret ice hockey past, which no one knew about because do they even have ice rinks in California?? (Apparently they do). Ben G., also known as “the Mid-Western Wall,” was the MVP for the tournament, in recognition of his exceptional goal tending and facial hair. Feel free to be jealous that whatever you did on Saturday night was not nearly as epic.
“It doesn’t matter/Who you are, where you come from./Here, broomball is life.”