For the 2022-2023 school year we have decided to experiment with replacing Biweeklies 8 and 16 with biweekly-long projects instead of regular Academic Work Time. Biweekly 8 will be an intersession project, decided on and executed by the whole group, and Biweekly 16 will be dedicated to a capstone or review project. Stay tuned for updates throughout the school year!

9/16/22: The whole class is busy planning the Winter Intersession for its inaugural debut. Our 8th biweekly this year is devoted to a student-planned project that they will explore and design as a group. They’ve been tasked with developing questions about topics they are interested in and presenting these at the end of October. Again, new to this year is an experiment in inquiry and collaboration, and we’re confident that these Four Winds students are up to the task.

12/16/22: We will be starting our first ever January Intersession on 1/9. The students pitched many ideas and ultimately voted on a theater and film based project.

1/17/23: Students began their Winter Intersession last week! The theme for this inaugural Intersession is film and theater, and students are putting on a production of Reverse Hamlet by George Freek. We’ve been able to use this as an opportunity to talk about adaptations, genre, drama, and visual art among many other topics.

1/24/23: After several snow day interruptions, we have finally finished up our Intersession project! Students performed our little production of Reverse Hamlet this afternoon to a miniature audience of the teachers and the stage crew. Over the last two weeks the crew worked on painting the backdrop, crafting props, and researching and assembling costumes, while the actors worked on learning about their characters, interpreting Elizabethan English, memorizing lines, and learning how to convey emotion onstage. We all learned a lot about Hamlet and Shakespeare, as well as all the many extra bits and pieces that go into a theater production!