Summer Session thrives in its second year
On the weekend of July 26-28, the Mountain School hosted its second Summer Session, a special weekend of workshops and activities open to all alumni and their families. Thirty alumni (plus their spouses, partners, and children) from around the country gathered on campus for a weekend of fascinating educational sessions, children's activities, entertainment, and relaxation. About half of the attendees were returners from the first Summer Session in 2018 and half were new; all left with inspiration, new knowledge, and new connections.
"Summer Session is fantastic," said Molly Venter s97, who led a songwriting workshop and emceed and performed at the Saturday night coffee house. "It’s not a reunion. It’s a weekend-long experience with folks of different ages who share a love of this place and a longing to live a passionate, mission-driven life! We took classes, had seriously stimulating conversations, ate scrumptious veg-forward food, looked at the stars, and even made our own entertainment. Oh, and our kids were whisked away—and had their own glorious experience of the campus."
Sessions included a range of interests and disciplines from alumni, faculty, and former faculty:
View photos of Summer Session 2019 here.
It's never too early to start thinking about Summer Session 2020! If you would like to express interest in leading a session or attending, please contact Annie Janeway, Director of Alumni Relations.
NEWS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Annual Fund Update
In 2018-2019, three of every ten graduates made a gift to support the annual fund, giving an impressive $261,463. A huge thank you to the 847 alumni who showed just how much they dig the Mountain School by giving to support the common good.
From a single donation to quarterly giving, each contribution enables us to provide empowering experiences in the most inspiring surroundings. With a million-dollar difference between tuition income and the funds needed to ensure our mission is met, alumni and parent giving is paramount.
We celebrate not only each and every gift directed to the school's operations and the Garden Hill Fund, but the leadership of the semester representatives who encourage these gifts to begin with. Semester agents share their semester's updates and stories to spark continued dialogue and connection to the school as a whole. One such example, Caroline Rex Waller s04 and Ezra Hagerty s04, showed how a reunion year is a prime time to galvanize semester spirit, with close to 60% of their semester giving. Congratulations to this 15th-year semester for staying current and invested in the Mountain School.
A spring Sugaring Challenge shout out goes to first-time agents, Jillian Lombardi s18 and Dahlia Lyss s18, who rallied 55% of their semester to contribute to the annual fund. Both of our youngest semester cohorts are off to a sterling start.
Thank you to all who joined these important efforts. We hope to spread the giving spirit even wider this fall, winter, and spring. Mark your calendar for Giving Tuesday on December 3. The fiscal year 2020 is July 1, 2019 until June 30, 2020. Contact Annie if you wish to check on your giving record, or sign up for recurring gifts here.
From the Admissions desk
We're already ramping up our recruiting for the Fall 2020/Spring 2021 semesters! Mountain School faculty will be visiting schools from October through January. There are always places that we have a hard time getting to, or conflicts in our schedule that make it challenging to be in two places at once. We're looking for alumni volunteers to give presentations this year at schools in any of the following locations: northern Connecticut, Boston area and greater Massachusetts, Baltimore, DC, San Francisco Bay Area, and Los Angeles.
If you currently work at a high school or with sophomores in an after-school or sports program and would like to share the Mountain School with them, let us know! We are happy to send you materials including brochures, stickers, posters and a Powerpoint presentation you can use, and we'll be hosting webinars later in the fall on how to give a presentation. Please reach out to Emily Adler Boren (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information and to get involved.
The Mountain School bids farewell