Get to know this semester’s cast of lovable characters – our chess masters, our knitters, our big hair club, our dancers, our weight lifters, our soccer players and our gigglers – in this introductory video. Keep an eye out for our queen circa 1:30.
Video made by the Spring ’15 video club (Liam, Amir, Sam, Losel) and Emily!
The Mountain School: where we get lost enough to find ourselves, and strive tirelessly to improve our dance moves
Shout out to our rockstar chef Justin for filming!
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…
Thanks KOA for the photos and filming!
In this 12 minute video, filmed over the course of the fall semester at TMS, the seasons change before your very eyes and students seem to grow up on screen as they learn to know a place and take care of it. The students’ eye view allows you to see for the first time (or remember) what it is like to live in such a unique setting. Experience the joy of frolicking in the woods, the intensity of snowball fights, the quiet peace of strumming ukuleles by the fire, and the adrenaline rush of dodgeball.
Carved into the headboard of one of the beds on campus is the question, What will you do with this one wild and precious life? The answer: Live.
Rated PG for outrageous dance moves, students falling off of sleds, spilled milk, and an adorable small child enthusiastically eating a muffin.
Thank you MAS for putting this video together!
Alden’s tracking activity had a rare treat last week: they saw a coyote in the Bear Orchard! +10 to the boys of the tracking crew for being stealthy enough to actually see a live animal! Put that on your resume.
Brad and Mikaela, accompanied by Erica, sing Mumford and Sons “Winter Winds” before dinner. Are they talented or are they talented? Live music before dinner is wonderful.
Welcome to the Mountain School, where our students are casually incredibly talented in all sorts of random ways, such as, you know, playing the harmonica.
Julian rocked our socks at the Farm Fantasia Spectacular:
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.
“OK so we’re singing Landslide… and I know that’s SO Tobold of us, but…”
In honor of their beloved dorm-mama, Lauren. Creds to Ruby for the guitar and harmonies.
Everyone in New England appreciates that spring brings warmer weather, flowers and longer days. Those things are all nice. But here at the Mountain School, spring brings something significantly MORE important: BABY ANIMALS. 20+ lambs, 3 calves, baby chicks and now piglets! There’s nothing like a mid-day visit to the sheep barn to calm any anxieties and fill you with joy and happiness.
Photo cred to Charles.
And now introducing my latest project: the Mountain School Lamb Cam, a compilation of adorable ovine moments, unnecessarily set to famous pieces of classical music.
Lamb Cam #1, rated G for sneezing, aggressive nursing, and many high kicks
Lamb Cam #2, rated G for yawning, needy attention seeking lambs, and some high kicks
Lamb Cam #3, rated PG for hiccups, feisty play, more needy attention seeking lambs, too much testosterone, and excessive scampering
For his second humble, Theo performs Simon and Garfunkel’s “The 59th Street Song (Feelin’ Groovy)” with Bruce.
OMG NINETIES CHILDREN/TEENS, THE BACKSTREET BOYS CAME TO THE MOUNTAIN SCHOOL. IT WAS THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE.
I have to say… they didn’t quite live up to their former singing glory, but – more importantly – their dance moves are still on point. That’s what makes them Larger Than Life. (See what I did there?)
Thank you for bringing so much joy to our lives!
Incidentally, Nick Carter just got married, and all the band members went to his wedding.
The Spring ’14 downtown dorms have a pretty cute relationship. They rigged up a pulley system between the dorms for no particular reason. They yell goodnight out of their windows to each other. They hang out in the laundry room and laugh for hours when they should be doing homework. (Just kidding. But not really). And then things escalated: on Valentine’s Day eve, the Tobold girls declared a “Love War” on the Miles boys. The next day Miles dropped by dorm meeting to serenade them. A few days later, the girls sang to them during a talent show. The boys surprised Violet with a guitar version of Kanye’s “Heartless” on her birthday, and most recently, the girls surprise-serenaded Leo on his birthday. And they chose, of course, a song by his favorite artist: Theo, his dormmate and other half of the -Eo Duo.
Here is the Tobold girls’ performance for Leo during dorm meeting (pros: better picture quality, Leo/Theo looking uncomfortable, and Ben’s snarky commentary):
Here is the same song performed the next day as a humble (pros: BABY ALDEN DOING KARATE during the performance, excellent harmonies; cons: picture quality is not as sharp):
The song is called “Fit for Kings” and you can hear Theo sing it here, or listen to his sound cloud.
If you think the Mountain School is about cows or hiking or finding yourself, you’re wrong.
It’s actually about Boraxo, the miracle cleaning product of the modern world.
Behold the wonders of Boraxo, as presented in this commercial by spring ’14’s Theo, Ben Y. and Elyse’s feet:
For their final project, the Fall ’13 AP French class filmed a murder mystery entirely in French! (Don’t worry, there are subtitles). Rated PG for intrigue, hints of violence, painfully beautiful scenery, and a lot of gratuitous dancing.
Starring: Isabella (the daughter), Hannah (the police chief), A.J. (the inspector), Maggie (the farmer) & Kareen (the dancer) with cameos by Ethan, Praz, Ryan and a dancing flash mob.
Rotten tomatoes score: 89%
“Highly suspenseful plot that ends in a dancing montage. I haven’t enjoyed a movie this much since Slumdog Millionaire.”
“Should be in the running for best foreign film of the year. Can’t believe those kids aren’t native French speakers. Their accents are impeccable!”
“Kareen definitely has an Academy Award nomination coming her way with that performance.”
“Lead actors are strong, and the supporting cast is hilarious. Should have given Praz a bigger part!”