M-Term Students Explore, Observe, Create, and Study with Masters

IMG_8461 The 2014 Midwinter Term, or M-Term, began on February 24 and runs through March 14. M-Term is a time when Ross Upper School students and teachers are able to work intensively in classes or on individual projects. The courses provide in-depth studies of subjects that may lead to possible college and career paths, volunteer opportunities, or recreational pursuits.

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The students are currently immersed in their studies both overseas and in our local communities. Students who traveled to in Mo’orea, French Polynesia, spent their first days getting acquainted with the Tahitian culture, customs, and people, including the mayor of Faa’a, who introduced the class to what some consider the most beautiful church in French Polynesia. The class also toured U.C. Berkeley’s Gump Research Station, where they will assist with marine science studies during their stay.

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The Ethnomusicology in Cuba course is exposing students to opportunities to learn about the history of Cuba’s music and arts, including early Cuban dance and Afro-Cuban culture. In London, England, students have already packed their first days with activity, exploring Hyde Park, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, and Covent Garden. They also walked down the Thames Embankment and Fleet Street to hear Evensong at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Next, they will begin their 87-mile (140-km) hike along The Ridgeway Trail.

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The Ross School Tennis Academy students arrived in Athens, Greece, and are excited to learn more about the history of the Olympics and sports. In Belize, seventh and eighth graders kicked off their M-Term with studies of various cultures, languages, and ethnic groups in Central America.

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Students taking on-campus courses or who have not yet embarked on their M-Term travels cleaned East Hampton beaches, observed local birds and wildlife, and conducted engineering experiments in the Innovation Lab. Arts and Community class students made box art with local artist David Slater.

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Several students are pursuing independent study courses, including sophomore Emma Engel who was accepted to the prestigious Martha Graham Company's All-City Panorama Project. During her Independent “Dance Immersion” course she will be rehearsing and taking ballet and modern dance classes. The program will culminate with four performances, which will be filmed and submitted as her M-Term project.

OFF-CAMPUS COURSE BLOGS Adventure on the South Pacific: Founder’s Trip to French Polynesia  Read blog The Coastal Ecology of St. John, U.S. Virgin Island  Read blog Ethnomusicology in Cuba  Read blog An Exploration of the Culture, History, and the Environment of Panama  Read blog Hiking the Ridgeway: Sustainable Travel on the Oldest Road in Europe  Read blog Isolated Like an Island in the Planetary Sea: Myanmar  Read blog RSTA Travels to Greece: The Olympics and the Meaning of Sport  Read blog Grades 7/8: Ethnology and Sustainable Ecology in Belize  Read blog