WVA PERSPECTIVES
Hi everyone,

Last weekend (Civil Rights weekend) one of my (own) kids tested positive for Covid. My husband, my other child, and I have all tested negative, and there seems to be no risk that I transmitted anything to the WVA "bubble". However, given my family exposure, we are all in quarantine as close contacts of a person with Covid for approximately another two weeks, (10 days following on the heels of the initial contagious period). Thus far symptoms have been quite mild, and we have lots of reasons to feel lucky. 

However, it's a really challenging time of year for me to be stuck "away" from our school community, right in the heart of the winter! I miss seeing my colleagues and deeply miss the energy of our incredible student-athletes. After so many months of getting accustomed to going back to work, it's a bitter pill to be back in isolation - my heart goes out to all the kids (and parents!) who have been doing this for almost a year now. I appreciate our community more than ever, and can't wait to get back to where the action is. Reach out anytime if you have questions.

Thanks,
Tory
Student Involvement
WVA Winter Carnival -
Friday, February 12th
**note the date change**

Team activities planned from 1-5 pm! Bring your competitive spirit! Teams can be found in the link below.

Can Drive Contest
Can drive contest will begin on Monday 2/8. Bring your non-perishable food items to the WVA community room!
Civil Rights Day
Thank you to everyone who attended the Civil Rights day speech by WVA teacher Ben Bacote. For those who missed it, you can watch the video recording below.

Title- "Where do we go from here?: A Survey of current events--civil rights' history, leaders, and past successes--and potential courses for future engagement."
 
Abstract- "In celebrating Civil Rights Day, I believe it is essential to know what, who, and when you are celebrating. This talk is intended to further discussion, research, understanding, and debate. This talk is intended to further engender civic engagement. And, although my topic is ranging, I will provide a brief survey of seminal people, places, and events focusing particularly on African American History. I will do so to contextualize the past's successes, contrast our present dilemma, and provide models for future civic action."
 
Ben Bacote Bio- Education- BA- English PSU 2014; MA English SNHU 2020; Experience - Humanities Instructor 8 years Waterville Valley Academy- Father, Snowboarder, Writer, Activist
We also want to give a big shout to Ben and his son Elijah for their contribution to NHPR this week! Thank you for keeping the conversation going. The story can be found here

Clay Day Video Contest!
The Clay Soper Memorial Weekend has been an essential piece of WVA/BBTS culture and community bonding for the past five years. Unfortunately, due to our current global situation, Clay Soper Memorial Weekend has been canceled. 

However, the Soper family wants to continue celebrating Clay’s Legacy and perpetuating his values of friendship and community. So this year we won’t be having races or gatherings to show that, but instead, every team apart of WVA/BBTS will make a one minute video depicting their version of #HaveAClayDay. This video can be anything you want that shows the values that Clay was known for #trust #adventure #kindness and #passion! A dance you guys find on TikTok, your team skiing or riding, or encapsulation of what it means to be part of BBTS. The videos will be evaluated by a group of panelists, where they will choose a winner. The winning team will get Clay Soper Merchandise, and their video will be posted on the website.

These times have been tough for all of us, but we still hope to find joy as Clay did for our community.
The folder above will be updates through out the year with updated photos from events, competitions, trips, and more! Check back often to see the latest!