Each year the Sixth and Seventh Grade students spend three days in the spring and the fall respectively, at Camp Triple C in Charlottesville, Virginia. Once at Camp, they engage in team-building activities focused on leadership, communication, and team work. Students also have a curricular tie to their science program through the concepts of physics and motion (Seventh Grade) or ecology and life science (Sixth Grade). The high ropes courses, canoe trips, talent shows, and camp fires provide students with the an opportunity to have fun in an outdoor extension of our school.
Chincoteague Island Environmental Trip (Fifth Grade)
Students in Fifth Grade go with their teachers on an overnight environmental and ecological trip to Virginia's Eastern Shore to learn more about our water shed, environmental stewardship, and marine life. Being both in a classroom and out on the water students have hands-on educational engagement about their coastal community.
Cultural Immersion Trip (Through Partnership with Cape Henry Collegiate School)
The Williams School is pleased to announce a joint cultural immersion and service learning program to the British Virgin Islands with Cape Henry Collegiate School in Virginia Beach, Virginia. On this ten day experience, students will participate in various service projects for the first half of the day, spending their afternoons and evenings engaging in cultural, scientific and social activities. Through this program, students will gain a better understanding of the ecological systems of the BVI and its people. In addition to guided bird watching, nighttime kayaking to learn more about bioluminescence, and a guided trek to discover more about the geology of the island, students will also work to repair local homes, volunteer at the Rainbow Children's Home and work on a local organic farm.
Disney Trip (Eighth Grade)
The annual 8th grade Disney Trip has become a hallmark of The Williams School experience. Students in the most senior TWS class spend the entire school year fundraising through snack sales at Middle School break, dance tickets for 6th to 8th graders, donuts and coffee at conferences, plant sales, dress down days, "Spirit Week" in February and many other activities. The class works together at every opportunity in order to keep adding to their "bottom line" and ultimate goal - going to Disney in May! On the trip, students have to budget their spending money and their time, compromise and converse as a group, "un-plug" at family-style dinner time cell-phone-free, and participate in Disney's Youth Educational Series Program (Y.E.S. Program). The Y.E.S. Programs vary from animation and computer generated images (CGI), to physics and material science, from zoology to Imagineering, from marine conservation to chemistry. These programs provide an extension of our TWS classroom and an enhancement of our curriculum. Not only does the trip allow students to show their independence and maturity before matriculating elsewhere, but it also proves to the chaperones (and all who meet our 8th grade TWS ambassadors) the school's mission is alive and well - our students have integrity, confidence, discipline and a love of learning...the foundational pieces of their academic, moral and social success.
Robert S. Sergeant Independent Schools Forensics Competition
For over twenty years students at TWS have competed in the Robert S. Sergeant Forensics Competition which showcases public speaking skills in the categories of Prose, Poetry, Storytelling, and Original Oratory. Students work with coaches during the school day up until competition time. Though the team has a limited number of spots, interested students can still receive feedback on how to become better public speakers through use of the afterschool Forensics Club (offered for students in Fourth through Sixth Grade). There are two divisions of competition: Lower Division (Fourth through Sixth Grade students) and Upper Division (Seventh and Eighth Grade students). For the past seven competitions, The Williams School has taken home first place!