WINTERIM

All Forman students and faculty participate in Winterim, the centerpiece of Forman School’s commitment to experiential education. Winterim is an exploration of subjects and ideas not taught in a traditional classroom setting, allowing for examination of important issues and the pursuit of new endeavors. Because students with different learning styles tend to excel as innovators, entrepreneurs, creators and leaders, Winterim is designed to give students experience in and opportunity for applying skills that lay a foundation for their talents.


Winterim is more than a timely and educational break in the academic routine. It is an intentional program designed for students to discover and develop their individual interests and talents.

The prices quoted are estimates. Registrations usually determine final costs and parents will be notified of the actual cost when permission forms are signed, schedules are finalized and itineraries are produced.

Winterim Course Selection

Winterim classes are graded and earn a .5 credit that is reported on transcripts. Parents should take an active and early role in helping their children select a Winterim project that will be engaging and beneficial. Students make their Winterim selections during the Course Sign-Up Process in the spring with input from the Director of Studies and their family. 

It is important for students to carefully consider their first and second choices, as they may not get their first choice. Students may not enroll in the same course twice during their time at Forman School. Changing a Winterim selection after deadline will result in parents being financially responsible for both choices. Winterim deposits are non-refundable.


2019 Winterim Offerings

* On campus
** Off campus

*Animation History & Appreciation

Cost: $250-500
Days off campus: 1 day

Location Off Campus:  Cheshire, CT - Barker Character Comic and Cartoon Museum


This Winterim allows students to study the world history of animation and its overlap with film history. The course will explore the origins of animation pre-1900, film animation and the era of experimentation, the golden age of cartoons, and the television age, leading up to modern digital animation. Students will spend a majority of the course exploring media from each era and drawing parallels to the time and state of the country of origin. The course will cover large studio animations, as well as independent filmmakers and animators. Students will visit the Barker Character Comic and Cartoon Museum to learn about animation studios. Students will then learn the basic techniques of animation to learn how these films were made, and create their own digital animations using Adobe Animate inspired by a particular animated film reviewed in the course.

Course Considerations:

  • Yearly Flu Vaccine is recommended. 
  • Food allergies must be made known and understood. We need to know exactly how the allergy presents itself. We also need to know exactly what foods the student is allergic to. If the student has used an Epipen the details of those incidents must be shared with the Student Health Center.

*Art World - NYC & New England

Cost: $500-$1,000
Total Days Off Campus: 2-3 overnights, off-campus, and day-trips 

Locations Off Campus: North Adams, MA to MASS MOCA, Boston-Museums, New York City Museums and Galleries


This Winterim focuses and explores the contemporary art world with day trips and possibly one to three overnights in New York City. We’ll start with a general modern art history crash course and take to the road to seek out and experience Contemporary art in all its public and intimate places.

The integral focus of this Winterim is to make contemporary art less of a mystery and begin to develop a vocabulary and knowledge of all the possibilities that make up what is Contemporary Art.  Why we should care about Contemporary Art? Is it still relevant and important today? Should we even care about it? What really is its place in the world?

We will travel to various art museums and galleries throughout the greater New York and New England area; with trips to MASS MOCA in North Adams Mass, Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the ICA, also possibly Providence: RISD Museum 

and then to New York City: MOMA, Whitney, Guggenheim and the New Museum.  We’ll venture to see some of the city’s most well known art galleries and centers and visit with art dealers, collectors and artists, and possibly visit some art studios; all the while enjoying the sights, sounds and tastes of NYC.

Course Considerations:

  • Students should be prepared for extensive walking. 
  • Yearly Flu Vaccine is recommended. 
  • Food allergies must be made known and understood. We need to know exactly how the allergy presents itself. We also need to know exactly what foods the student is allergic to. If the student has used an Epipen the details of those incidents must be shared with the Student Health Center. 

*So You Think You Want To… Be a Marine Biologist

Cost: $1,000-$2,000

Total Days Off Campus: 3 to 6 days

Locations Off Campus: A 3-day trip to Boston Aquarium, The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod, a 3-day trip to Washington, D.C. to the Smithsonian Institute, Natural History Museum, The Oceanarium, and a day trip to the Norwalk Aquarium.


In this course, students who think they want to be a marine biologist will learn first hand, the courses they will be required to take in college, the types of research they will be conducting and the various jobs they may have with degrees in Marine Biology. Students will travel to Boston to see the Boston Aquarium and go behind the scenes to see what it takes to maintain an aquarium or students will go to the Norwalk Aquarium to see the same. Students will then visit a current Marine Biologist at Woods Hole Research Center to see what he/she is studying and will participate in helping conduct the research. Students will also read the book The Secret Life of Lobsters andPirates, Poaching and the Perfect Fish. The ultimate goal of the course is for students to learn first hand what a research biologist does and the course work needed to truly be able to have a career as a Marine Biologist. 

Course Considerations:

  • Yearly Flu Vaccine is recommended.
  • Tetanus immunization must be up to date.
  • Food allergies must be made known and understood. We need to know exactly how the allergy presents itself. We also need to know exactly what foods the student is allergic to. If the student has used an Epipen the details of those incidents must be shared with the Student Health Center. 

*A Cinematic Experience of World War II

Cost: $250

Total Days Off Campus: 2 day-trips

Locations Off Campus: Day trip to USMA at West Point, Day trip to New England Air Museum, at Bradley International Airport


The students will view films about World War II and the post-war era in order to gain a deeper understanding of the conflict and its aftermath.  The selected films will depict the Allied view (Saving Private Ryan, Dunkirk), the Axis view (Das Boot and Letters from Iwo Jima) and the experience of returning veterans (The Best Years of Our Lives). Classroom learning will be enhanced through visits to local museums so that students may gain a better understanding of living conditions in wartime. Students will choose a topic centered on World War II or the post-war era and write a short research paper. The concluding assessment will be a PowerPoint project in which the student will do an oral presentation in order to demonstrate the knowledge gained during the class.

Course Considerations:

  • Travel will be in vehicles or on trains. Extensive walking will be required.
  • Yearly Flu Vaccine is recommended.
  • Food allergies must be made known and understood. We need to know exactly how the allergy presents itself. We also need to know exactly what foods the student is allergic to. If the student has used an Epipen the details of those incidents must be shared with the Student Health Center. 

*College Tours of New England

Cost: $250-$500

This Winterim is only available for Juniors

Total Days Off Campus: Traveling to colleges in nearby locations, all day trips.  

Locations Off Campus:  CT, NY


What type of college is the best “fit” for me? What type of college will give me the best education and jump start on life? What are the different types of colleges? What if I choose the wrong college? What characteristics should I be looking for in a college? 

This Winterim will attempt to answer these questions and more for students. Students will develop a solid understanding and foundation of the many different options that are available to them at the collegiate level.  By visiting a variety of different colleges, students will gain the knowledge necessary to make educated decisions regarding their post-secondary options. The goal of this Winterim is to help students see that having a college that fits their needs is far more important then having a college with a popular name. This Winterim is only available for Juniors.

Course Considerations:

  • Students should be prepared for extensive walking.
  • Yearly Flu Vaccine is recommended.
  • Food allergies must be made known and understood. We need to know exactly how the allergy presents itself. We also need to know exactly what foods the student is allergic to. If the student has used an Epipen the details of those incidents must be shared with the Student Health Center. 

*Early Childhood Education Experience

Cost: $250

Total Days Off Campus: 10  (all mornings)

Locations Off Campus: Head Start in Torrington, CT, Imagine Nation in Bristol, CT and Kids Play in Torrington, and local libraries


In Early Childhood Education, students learn about the developmental stages from birth to age five, concentrating on pre-school ages. They then apply that knowledge by volunteering at Head Start in Torrington, CT for eight days as a teacher’s assistant.  Student learn about the many techniques Head Start teachers use to establish a positive and caring learning environment for the children and the values of being a teaching professional.  This Winterim will give students valuable insight about understanding and dealing with young children, whether they are aiming for a career involving children or are interested in parenting skills.  

Students will develop communication and teamwork skills over the course of the Winterim.  These skills are essential on three levels: in supporting pre-school children in the classroom, when assisting the needs of the primary care teachers, and working in collaboration with fellow classmates and Winterim advisors.  Students need to anticipate issues that might arise when working with the pre-school children and know how to troubleshoot challenging situations.  The teachers at Head Start and the Forman Winterim instructors will evaluate how effectively the student worked in the classroom.

Students must have the patience and desire to work with pre-school children for three consecutive hours each morning.

Yearly flu vaccine is recommended for all students, as well as DPT shot for this course, as young children are at a very high risk for flu.

Tetanus immunization must be up to date.

Peanut and food allergies must be made know and understood.  We need to know exactly how the allergy presents itself.  We also need to know exactly what foods the student is allergic to.  If the student has used an Epipen the details of those incidents must be shared with the Student Health Center.  

*Forman Makes a Movie

Cost: $$250-$500

Total Days Off Campus: 1 day-trip

Locations Off Campus: Local shopping for props, if needed


This Winterim offering provides students with an opportunity to experience the production of a feature-length film in all phases of its development. As of 2018, FMAM has produced three feature-length pictures, and aspires to improve in scope and quality each year.

Leading up to Winterim, students will participate in story development and production planning, working with the program’s coordinators to put together a script and full production breakdown, such as equipment and materials lists. During Winterim, students will fill all the necessary roles for principal photography, both behind and in front of the camera, as they shoot the film at breakneck speed. After Winterim, students will aid in the editing and distribution of the film, commencing with a school-wide, red-carpet premiere, where students will demonstrate their hard work and participate in a post-screening Q&A session with the audience.

To see previous years’ films, check out: vimeo.com/formanmakesamovie

We hope you’ll join our team!

Course Considerations:

  • Yearly Flu Vaccine is recommended.
  • Tetanus immunization must be up to date.
  • Food allergies must be made known and understood. We need to know exactly how the allergy presents itself. We also need to know exactly what foods the student is allergic to. If the student has used an Epipen the details of those incidents must be shared with the Student Health Center. 

*Industrial Furniture: A Combination of Metal and Wood

Cost: $250-$1,000

Total Days Off Campus: 1 day-trip

Locations Off Campus: Studio Garcia in Simsbury, CT 


This course will create functional furniture using a combination of metal and wood.  Students will learn the basics of welding, plasma cutting (cutting metal), grinding, basic woodworking skills, and design. This Winterim will take place on campus in the Olsen Outdoor Center wood shop and in the Ingenuity Lab. We will take a day trip to Studio Garcia in Simsbury, CT. At the studio, students will see first-hand what a real-life metal artist does. They will earn knowledge in regard to welding and metal design.Each student will hand craft a piece of functional furniture such as an end table, nightstand, coffee table, or chair, using a combination of steel and hardwoods.

Course Considerations:

  • Yearly Flu Vaccine is recommended.
  • Tetanus immunization must be up to date.
  • Food allergies must be made known and understood. We need to know exactly how the allergy presents itself. We also need to know exactly what foods the student is allergic to. If the student has used an Epipen the details of those incidents must be shared with the Student Health Center. 

*Ingenui-Ski: Custom Skis Designed and Built by the Engineer and Artist in You

Cost:Under $500-$1,000

Total Days OffCampus: 1 day-trip

Locations Off Campus: Mohawk Ski Resort


Students are tasked with designing and fabricating their own pair of custom, modern skis. Skis will be made with a P-Tex base, poplar core, fiberglass, Iso Sport top sheet, metal edges, P-Tex sidewalls and custom printed graphics designed by the student. Students will utilize CAD software to design the before utilizing the machines in the Ingenuity Lab for fabrication. The details of the fabrication process are as follows:

Step 1: Ski Design The design process is the first step. In this step, a ski is designed and the process takes into account a ski's dimensions, flex, stiffness, camber, materials, tip/tail curvature, etc. Once the ski has been designed, the next steps are to cut/prepare the materials.

Step 2: Base Preparation The base material is cut to the desired shape, and pre-bent edges are temporarily attached to the base using superglue.

Step 3: Core Preparation Vertically laminated wood is the most common material of a ski's core. A blank wood core is profiled to achieve the desired vertical dimensions to determine its overall flex and stiffness. Sidewalls, tip spacers, and inserts are also attached to the core.

Step 4: Composite Preparation The composite material (e.g., fiberglass, carbon fiber, etc.) is selected and cut to shape. Step 5: Top Sheet Preparation A top sheet is used to form a protective layer on the top of a ski, and it's also the layer above the graphics. For example, graphics can be either printed on the bottom side of the top sheet material or they can be placed below the top sheetmaterial.

Step 6: Pressing the Ski The prepared materialsare then arranged and placed on top of the bottom mold (Figure 1). Epoxy is used to glue the layers together. Then the materials and mold are placed in the press to squeeze the materials together to form a ski. The materials are squeezed together until the epoxy cures, usually for 8-12 hours at roomtemperature.

Step 7: Finishing Process This final process involves trimming the excess materials after the ski has been pressed, sanding, grinding and routing the 17-degree bevel on the sidewalls.

Students will find themselves problem-solving throughout the design and fabrication process and will have plenty of opportunities to overcome setbacks in a safe environment as they pursue the construction have a truly unique piece of usable art. 

Course Considerations:

  • Yearly Flu Vaccine is recommended.
  • Tetanus immunization must be up to date.
  • Food allergies must be made known and understood. We need to know exactly how the allergy presents itself. We also need to know exactly what foods the student is allergic to. If the student has used an Epipen the details of those incidents must be shared with the Student Health Center. 

*Molecular Gastronomy

Cost: $250-$500

Total Days Off Campus: 3 day-trips

Locations Off Campus: Grocery Stores, specialty shops and possibly 1 restaurant


This Winterim is based around cooking with molecular gastronomy. Students will learn how to use various tools and substances to enhance their cooking. They will make ice cream without ice crystals, foams, spheres and gels.  Not only will they learn to make food in these interesting ways, they will also learn the science behind what is happening.

We will use the new Lion’s Den Bistro as our base of operation, as it is a small full commercial kitchen in the Student Center.

Course Considerations:

  • Yearly Flu Vaccine is recommended.
  • Tetanus immunization must be up to date.
  • Food allergies must be made known and understood. We need to know exactly how the allergy presents itself. We also need to know exactly what foods the student is allergic to. If the student has used an Epipen the details of those incidents must be shared with the Student Health Center. 

*Sports and American History

Cost: $250

Total Days Off Campus: 2 day-trips

Locations Off Campus: Springfield, MA Basketball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY, Baseball Hall of Fame


In this Winterim, students will learn the histories of different sports like soccer, baseball, basketball, football, tennis, golf, hockey, college athletics and the Olympics. Not only will students learn about the history of these sports, but they will also learn about the relationship of sports and society. In today’s world, sports have evolved into something more than just people getting paid to play the game they love. Instead, sports have been used as a platform to promote so many social platforms. An example of some of the topics that we will look at are stories of Arthur Ashe and his rise to tennis fame, Women’s role in sports during World War II, Muhammad Ali and his decision to stand with his religion as a conscientious objector, avoiding the Vietnam draft, Colin Kaepernick and how he brought a protest to bring the subject of equality to a national debate, and the Women’s National Soccer Team fighting for equal pay. Athletes over the years have become models for social change and have played a pivotal role in breaking down barriers for all. 

For the two day-trips to the Baseball Hall of Fame and the Basketball Hall of Fame, students will be given a scavenger hunt to solve as they go through the exhibits. This will ensure that they are going through every exhibit and using the information that they learn to answer questions. At the end of the course, students will choose a person for a biographical presentation, highlighting someone who had used their platform as an athlete to bring attention to a social issue. For example, a student could create a presentation on Jackie Robinson and how he became the first African-American in the MLB.

Course Considerations:

  • Students should be interested in sports and history. Students should bring their own spending money for souvenir shopping. 
  • Yearly Flu Vaccine is recommended. 
  • Food allergies must be made known and understood. We need to know exactly how the allergy presents itself. We also need to know exactly what foods the student is allergic to. If the student has used an Epipen the details of those incidents must be shared with the Student Health Center. 

*Charleston and Savannah: A Tale of Two Civil War Cities

Cost:Under $2,000-$4,000

Total Days Off Campus: 10 

Locations Off Campus: Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA


The primary focus of the trip will be examining the relationship between Charleston and Savannah, and their roles during the Civil War.  Students will learn about the response to changing social, economic, and political conditions that led to the start of the Civil War. We will travel to a number of different sites within these cities and immerse ourselves in Civil War history and Southern culture.  The itinerary will include visits to famous historical sites, and allow for the discovery of cultural and culinary experiences.  

We will journey from Charleston to Savannah and learn about Southern culture at plantations, Civil War forts, Low-country landmarks and landscaped gardens. We will hear tales of centuries past and experience elegant architecture and culinary delights in these waterfront cities where cobblestone streets and historic homes spill over with history and charm.
 
Known as the ‘Cradle of Secession’, Charleston was the epicenter of the break-up of the Union.  With the secession convention of 1860, South Carolina became the first state to remove itself from the union of United States.  Exerting its self-proclaimed state’s right to withdraw from a government it deemed tyrannical and overbearing, the new Southern republic proclaimed its independence and its right to maintain that property it most coveted: slaves.
 
For Savannah, the Civil War began in January of 1860, with the seizing of Fort Pulaski by Georgian troops. It preceded the attack on Fort Sumter in Charleston, often recognized as the official start of the war, by three months. Students will learn about Savannah’s role in the Civil War, the military strategies of the North and the South and how the locals dealt with the many hardships during this time of tribulation in the South. Will see the houses of the South’s most famous generals and marvel at the architecture that was present during the Civil War era.

As part of their trip, students will be expected to keep both a written and photo journal of the different historical and cultural sites and places of significance that we visit. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of how and why the Civil War started.

Travel Advisory Considerations: 

  • Students should be prepared for extensive walking.
  • Yearly Flu vaccine is recommended
  • Food allergies must be made known and understood. We need to know exactly how the allergy presents itself. We also need to know exactly what foods the student is allergic to. If the student has used an Epipen the details of those incidents must be shared with the Student Health Center. Students requiring an Epipen for a food allergy may be excluded from this trip. Each case will be determined on an individual basis in consultation with parents.

**Chile: Past and Present

Cost:Under $2,000-$4,000

Total Days off campus: 10

Locations off campus: Chile, South America


While in Chile, students will experience the cultural contrast of Mestizo and Indigenous cultures within the region. The historical study of music, dance and indigenous culture will build a foundational knowledge for its influence on modern culture in South America. Highlights of the course will include experiencing traditions of the native people of Chile’s south and the contrasting daily life rhythms of its modern cities, primarily Santiago.

Travel Advisory Considerations:

  • Students should be prepared for extensive walking.
  • Yearly Flu vaccine is recommended for all international travel.
  • Tetanus immunization must be up to date. 
  • Food allergies must be made known and understood. We need to know exactly how the allergy presents itself. We also need to know exactly what foods the student is allergic to. If the student has used an Epipen the details of those incidents must be shared with the Student Health Center. 
  • Students with chronic and/or complex medical conditions that require immediate access to medical care should a problem arise may be excluded from this trip.

**Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland The Holocaust in Europe

Cost: $4,000-$6,000

Total Days Off Campus: 13

Locations Off Campus: Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland 


Explore the European cities where some of history’s darkest moments took place. In this 10-13 day trip, students will be traveling to different cities in Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, and Poland to take in the different cultures of these countries, as well as learn about their past in relation to the Holocaust. All four of these countries during the late 1930’s through the mid-1940’s were areas in which Jews and other ethnic minorities were persecuted by Hitler during his reign of Germany.

Students will be able to explore Berlin and learn about the tearing down of the Berlin Wall. Then they will travel to Warsaw and Krakow to gain a perspective about life for Jews during the 30s and 40s by traveling to the Warsaw Ghetto and take a tour through the former concentration camp of Auschwitz and Birkenau. From Poland, we would then travel to Prague to take is Czech culture and travel to the former capital of the Holy Roman Empire. In Prague, students will also take a guided tour around the historic city to learn more about the architecture and history of the Czech Republic. The last leg of the trip, students will then travel to Nuremberg and Munich. In these two cities, students will be able to visit where the Nuremberg trials took place, where Nazi war criminals were put on trial for war crimes in World War II. In Munich students will also take a trip to the former concentration camp, Dachau. The trip will end with a trip to Salzburg to visit the “Eagles Nest”.

This thirteen-day excursion through Europe, students will through important places during the 1930s and 1940s. Students will gain more knowledge about the Holocaust and have a deeper understanding what Jewish people and other ethnic minorities went through at this time. During this trip, students will have to fill out a daily journal entry describing the places that they visited and what they learned during the trip. They will have to put in 2-3 pictured from each day into their journal entry. Journal entries will have to be about 150-200 words each.

Travel Considerations:

  • Yearly Flu Vaccine is recommended.Tetanus immunization must be up to date.Food allergies must be made known and understood. We need to know exactly how the allergy presents itself. We also need to know exactly what foods the student is allergic to. If the student has used an Epipen the details of those incidents must be shared with the Student Health Center. 
  • Students should be prepared for extensive walking. Students should be aware that this Winterim will visit monuments and museums that contain very sensitive and emotional material regarding the Holocaust. 

**Ireland: The Vikings

Cost: $2,000-$4,000

Total Days Off Campus:  7

Locations Off Campus: Ireland (Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Waterford)


This course of study will investigate the Viking dominion of Ireland over 200 years in the first millennium CE.  Several museums in Dublin and Waterford have exhibits dedicated to the Norse presence on the island, and locations such as Glendalough Monastery and Clonmore Monastic Site allow students to wander within the walls where Viking massacres took place.  Dublinia Museum in Dublin shows a still-life version of the times.  Rotating through the cities of Dublin, Waterford, Cork, and Limerick, students will be able to visit round towers designed to give a bird’s eye view of approaching Viking fleets and walk on the field where the Battle of Clontarf was fought, decisively repelling the Viking forces.  Prior to leaving and after returning from Ireland, students will work on research projects related to our travels, which will lead to their investigation while in Ireland. 

Travel Advisory Considerations:

  • Yearly Flu vaccine is recommended for all international travel.
  • Tetanus immunization must be up to date.
  • Food allergies must be made known and understood. We need to know exactly how the allergy presents itself. We also need to know exactly what foods the student is allergic to. If the student has used an Epipen the details of those incidents must be shared with the Student Health Center. 

**Israel: Ancient to Modern Culture

Cost: $4,000-$6,000

Total Days Off Campus:  10

Locations Off Campus: Various sites in Israel including: Tel Aviv/Jaffa, Haifa/Acco, Jerusalem, Tiberias, Dead Sea/Masada, Golan Heights


This Winterim will explore evidence of ancient cultures that existed throughout Israel and how these ancient cultures are linked to modern Israeli culture.  How does history shape the present?  What are the links between historical cultures and current culture?  In order to answer these and other questions, we will visit numerous historical and archeological sites.  For example, in Jerusalem we will see the underground tunnels and foundation of the Temple Mount, and the Via Dolorosa and Mount of Olives.  In Acco we will see ancient sea walls built by Crusaders. At the Dead Sea we will visit Masada, a fortress in the Negev built by King Herod between 31-37 A.D. These are just a few of the sites planned.  We will also learn about the tools and methods of modern day archeologists. 

Students will be asked to keep a blog and photo journal and we will participate in an archeological dig for a day. Students will read and use critical thinking skills for discussions about the impact of ancient history on current politics and culture.  Students will begin to develop the ability to see the present as a continuation of history and to appreciate the historical significance of ancient cultures.  They will be asked to collaborate with one another to produce a visual representation of history, whether a photomontage, multimedia timeline, PowerPoint presentation, etc.

Travel Advisory Considerations: 

  • Yearly Flu Vaccine is recommended.
  • Tetanus immunization must be up to date. 
  • Food allergies must be made known and understood. We need to know exactly how the allergy presents itself. We also need to know exactly what foods the student is allergic to. If the student has used an Epipen the details of those incidents must be shared with the Student Health Center. 
  • Students with chronic and/or complex medical conditions that require immediate access to medical care should a problem arise may be excluded from this trip.

**Italy: Cucina Italiana/Emilia Romagna

Cost: $4,000-$6,000

Total Days Off Campus: 14

Locations Off Campus: Milan, Bologna


We will start our travels in Milan and work our way throughout the Emilia Romagna region and finish in Bologna. Along our educational adventure we will be learning about the history, culture, production and the future of Italy’s most fertile food region. The students will make stops in small countryside towns visiting farms, restaurants, chefs, old friends of mine and producers of classic Italian cuisine such as, Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma, Culatello, Pecorino, Balsamico di Modena and finally finish things off with a 3 day visit to Eatly’s  agricultural park. While visiting Eatly’s park we will have the opportunity to take many history, cooking and farming classes that they offer as well as go deep inside the city of Bologna’s culinary offerings. During our many stops it will give us an opportunity to eat at small Enotecas, Trattorias, and also a few Michelin Star restaurants like “Osteria Francesca” former #1 in the world. 

Travel Advisory Considerations: 

  • Yearly Flu Vaccine is recommended.
  • Tetanus immunization must be up to date. 
  • Food allergies must be made known and understood. We need to know exactly how the allergy presents itself. We also need to know exactly what foods the student is allergic to. If the student has used an Epipen the details of those incidents must be shared with the Student Health Center. Students requiring an Epipen for a food allergy may be excluded from this trip. Each case will be determined on an individual basis in consultation with parents.
  • Students with chronic and/or complex medical conditions that require immediate access to medical care should a problem arise may be excluded from this trip.

*National Treasure: Washington, D.C

Cost: $1,500-$2,000

Total Days Off Campus: 4-5 overnights

The students will view the National Treasure films and other films as a basis for learning about key events in American history such the creation of the Declaration of Independence and the Lincoln assassination, and many others. While on campus, students will choose a research topic related to the films and create a brief research presentation on the topic of their choice. The concluding assessment will be a presentation project in which the student will do an oral presentation in order to demonstrate the knowledge gained during the class. We will be visiting a wide variety of sites including Arlington National Cemetery, The Spy Museum, Newseum, The Holocaust Museum, Ford’s Theater and several of the Smithsonian museums. and hopefully, the Capitol Building and The White House,

Course Considerations:
Students should be prepared for extensive walking.
Food allergies must be made known.
Students must provide personal information (SSN or passport number) to gain clearance for a possible White House visit.

**Prague, Vienna and Budapest: The Architectural East

Cost:$4,000-$6,000

Total Days Off Campus: 14

Locations Off Campus: Prague, Vienna, Budapest


The primary focus of the trip will be examining the relationship between architecture, identity, and culture. Students will delve into how architecture was used to shape and form national identities at various historical periods in response to changing social, economic, and political conditions. We will travel to a number of different sites within these cities and immerse ourselves in how major historical events influenced buildings and architecture. The itinerary will include notable examples of architecture and famous cultural sites, and allow for the discovery of marketplaces as well as cultural and culinary experiences. The time span will encompass the Renaissance, Baroque, Gothic, modern, and contemporary periods. 

As part of their trip and as a catalyst for creation of an end-product, students will be asked to keep both a written and photo journal of the different architectural sites/places of significance that we visit. Students will draw connections between how different cultural time periods developed mindsets in architects that then in turn influenced their design choices. Additionally, we will also explore and document how city markets and business venues have served as places of communal gatherings and social experiences for centuries.

Students will experience city markets first-hand and observe how they define the people and culture of the surrounding geographical area.

The overall goal of the Winterim is for students to gain an in-depth understanding of how societal and cultural trends within a geographical region are reflected in architectural design, notonly of buildings and monuments, but also of town centers and market locations.

Travel Advisory Considerations: 

  • Students should be prepared for extensive walking.
  • Yearly Flu vaccine is recommended for all international travel.
  • Tetanus immunization must be up to date.
  • Food allergies must be made known and understood. We need to know exactly how the allergy presents itself. We also need to know exactly what foods the student is allergic to. If the student has used an Epipen the details of those incidents must be shared with the Student Health Center. 

**Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina South America: The Human Atlas

Cost: $4000-$6,000

Total Days Off Campus: 14 

Locations Off Campus: Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina 


Certain areas of the globe are incredibly photogenic. The people and places frequently grace the covers of magazines and show up in professional portfolios. Travelling to these areas allows the developing photographer an opportunity to refine their skills in an ideal environment. Focusing on street and travel photography, this Winterim aids students in developing these photographic skills. 

Students will learn more about such topics as composition, aperture, exposure, prime and macro lenses, and lighting.  Students will travel to Salvador da Bahia, Brazil; Montevideo, Uruguay; and Buenos Aires, Argentina over the course of this Winterim. They will learn to be patient observers and use the full functionality of their camera to record the world they encounter. Students will be required to own their own DSLR camera for this Winterim.

Travel Considerations:

  • Yearly Flu Vaccine is recommended.
  • Tetanus immunization must be up to date.
  • Food allergies must be made known and understood. We need to know exactly how the allergy presents itself. We also need to know exactly what foods the student is allergic to. If the student has used an Epipen the details of those incidents must be shared with the Student Health Center. 

**Thailand and Cambodia: Journey to Ancient Asian Cultures

Cost: $4,000-$6,000

Total Days Off Campus: 14 

Locations Off Campus:  Chiang Mai,Thailand; Cambodia


In exploring longstanding cultural sites in Thailand and Cambodia, students will develop their appreciation of how the politics, religions, environmental and historical influences shape human society in these countries. In this fourteen-day journey, students will visit venerated temples, and engage in local traditions and cuisines.

This trip will emphasize an in-depth exploration of a number of sites to provide a rich understanding of the influences of each region. Thailand’s Chiang Mai features a number of Buddhist temples in the Old City and the chance to ethically interact with elephants at the Elephant Nature Park. Cambodia’s Siem Reap offers access to the Angkor Wat temple complex, and the Landmine Museum affords a look at how outside forces have changed the landscape, which in turn impacted cultural memories and understandings. In Phnon Penh, students will learn to cook Cambodian food and explore the Mekong River. Sihanoukville, a seaside town where the United States fought its last battle in the Vietnam War, is lauded as one of the best places to visit in Cambodia after the Khmer region and other major attractions. 

The goal of this Winterim is to equip students with an increased knowledge of the impact of ancient civilizations, and colonial empires on the architecture and operations of the modern world.

Travel Advisory Considerations:

  • Walking will be a primary mode of transportation in cities and cultural destinations so students must be prepared for extensive walking.
  • Yearly Flu vaccine is recommended for all international travel.
  • Tetanus immunization must be up to date.
  • Food allergies must be made known and understood. We need to know exactly how the allergy presents itself. We also need to know exactly what foods the student is allergic to. If the student has used an Epipen the details of those incidents must be shared with the Student Health Center. Students requiring an Epipen for a food allergy may be excluded from this trip. Each case will be determined on an individual basis in consultation with parents.
  • Students with chronic and/or complex medical conditions that require immediate access to medical care should a problem arise may be excluded from this trip.

**Spain and Portugal: Miles of Tiles - Art and Azulejos

Cost: $4,000-$6,000

Total Days Off Campus: 14 

Locations Off Campus: Southern Spain and Portugal

Total # of Students:  10


The Iberian Peninsula, which is principally made up of Southern Spain and Portugal, is a region of the world steeped in history and imbued with an innate cultural pride. The Moors ruled over the Iberian Peninsula and greatly influenced the art, architecture and culture of the Andalusian region. During this Winterim, we will see the art and experience the culture that makes the Iberian Peninsula region unique. The azulejo, or “small, polished stone”, is a tile art form specific to the Iberian Peninsula and we will use the history and creation of this iconic tile art to guide our travels throughout these regions of southern Spain and Portugal. 

As we travel, we will learn about the Iberian region’s Mediterranean history and how this area was once a world superpower and trade route mecca. We will study the culture, rich with Roman and Moorish influences, while visiting castles and cathedrals reflecting both architectural styles. In addition, we will participate in art workshops to learn about “azulejos” ceramic tiles, learn to create local cuisine, hike ancient cities, practice the traditional flamenco dance and learn about Fado music. In an effort to best assimilate the culture, we will stay in the Pousadas of Portugal, hotel accommodations created in medieval castles, historic palaces, monasteries and mansions, as much as possible. 

In Spain we will visit the places in Andalusia where we can best see the influence of the Moorish culture: Seville, Cordoba and Granada. Traveling then to Portugal we will spend time in the port town of Porto, the hilly coastal capital city Lisbon, and also visit Sintra and Coimbra where the Moorish influence is most evident. 

Travel Advisory Considerations:

  • Walking will be a primary mode of transportation in cities and cultural destinations, so students must be prepared for extensive walking.
  • Yearly Flu vaccine is recommended for all international travel.
  • Tetanus immunization must be up to date.
  • Food allergies must be made known and understood. We need to know exactly how the allergy presents itself. We also need to know exactly what foods the student is allergic to. If the student has used an Epipen the details of those incidents must be shared with the Student Health Center. Students requiring an Epipen for a food allergy may be excluded from this trip. Each case will be determined on an individual basis in consultation with parents.
  • Students with chronic and/or complex medical conditions that require immediate access to medical care should a problem arise may be excluded from this trip.
  • Students will participate in art workshops, cooking classes, dance classes and rigorous activities that require physical activity. They should expect extended walking as we visit archeological ruins, cathedrals and castles. All students will be responsible for keeping a daily journal with impressions and photos. Much more than a more typical art trip visiting museums, this Winterim will be a hands-on discovery of art as we walk tiled streets, visit historical tiled castles and wander ancient structures depicting historical events on walls of mosaics and tiles. Blogging responsibilities will be shared by all. Students will need passports, which have been issued at least 3 months before travel.

**Washington, D.C. - National Treasure

Cost: $1,000-$2,000

Total Days Off Campus: 5

Locations Off Campus: Washington, D.C.

Total # of Students: 10


The students will view the National Treasure films and other films as a basis for learning about key events in American history such the creation of the Declaration of Independence and the Lincoln assassination, and many others. While on campus, students will choose a research topic related to the films and create a brief research presentation on the topic of their choice. The concluding assessment will be a presentation project in which the student will create an oral presentation in order to demonstrate the knowledge gained during the class.

We will be visiting a wide variety of sites possibly including but not limited to Arlington, The Spy Museum, the Newseum, The Holocaust Museum, Ford’s Theater, several of the Smithsonian museums, and hopefully the Capitol Building, and the White House.

Travel Considerations:
Students should be prepared to do extensive walking and food allergies should be made known. Students must provide personal information (SSN or passport numbers) to gain clearance for White House visit.


Academic Credit

Winterim is a graduation requirement for each year that a student attends Forman. If a student does not earn credit for a Winterim course, he or she will be required to make up the missing requirement during the following summer. To make up this obligation, students must work with the School to find an appropriate summer course for credit.

Students must understand that all School rules, including the prohibition of alcohol and illegal drugs, remain in force during Winterim for both on-and off-campus Winterim projects. Any violations will result in disciplinary action and could also result in the loss of Winterim credit, which will need to be made up.

Absences

Given the short, intensive nature of the program, students are not permitted to miss class days. Any absences may result in the loss of Winterim credit and will require summer make up. Legitimate illnesses and emergencies will be dealt with on an individual basis, but there may come a time when too much of the course has been missed. Early departure for vacation may result in automatic loss of credit.

Behavior Considerations

Students need to be in good standing to participate in a Winterim that involves more than three days of off-campus travel. At the time of their Winterim selection, or at the time of the Winterim in March, students must not have been on social probation during the past 6 months. Students wishing to appeal this consideration need the permission of both the Dean of Students and Director of Studies.

Travel Considerations

Any Winterim involving three or more days of off-campus travel requires a non-refundable deposit of $1,000.00. Deposits are due within two weeks of Winterim selection to reserve a space in the course. Failure to provide a deposit will result in the student being placed on a waitlist. All Winterim courses involving international travel require students to have a valid passport. Some Winterim trips may also require a visa or visas. It is the responsibility of the student and their family to obtain a valid passport and any necessary visas.

Health Advisory Considerations

Winterim courses involving travel have additional health and safety considerations that both students and parents need to be aware of when selecting a Winterim. Parents need to make the Health Center aware of any allergies or food restrictions. As some Winterim trips are far from medical services, the Health Center may restrict travel for students with certain medical issues. Parents should follow the CDC guidelines regarding travel outside the United States and be aware of all requirements and recommendations for the countries their child will visit. Parents should consult with their physician and/or a travel clinic on these considerations. It is strongly recommended that students have an annual flu vaccine.

Financial Risk and Insurance

Once a student has enrolled in a Winterim, the School begins to make financial commitments based on the expectation of the student’s participation in that course. For this reason, the family is responsible for the cost of the Winterim even if the student drops the course, regardless of the reason.

Additionally, if their child needs to enroll in another course, the family is also obligated to pay for the cost of the new course. Parents will receive a Winterim Commitment Contract, an Assumption of Risk waiver, a Medical Decision Authorization form, a daily schedule of events and more Winterim project details by mail.

Winterim Class Times

The Winterim program runs Monday through Saturday for two weeks. Monday through Friday class times are from 9:00-3:00, and 9:00-11:45 on Saturday. Students are required to be present for every day during the entire Winterim period, and are graded for this course, earning a .5 credit that is reported on transcripts. Early departure for vacation may result in automatic loss of credit. Legitimate illnesses and emergencies will be addressed on an individual basis.

Students who are not in a traveling Winterim and are participating in an On-Campus Winterim must attend their sports commitment from 3:30-5:30 weekdays, and from 1:00-3:00 on Saturday.

There are several on-campus venues open during the evening hours for students from 6:30 - 9:30 pm. In-town shuttles and frequent trips to the movies, the mall, etc. will also be offered.

Important Points to Think About When Choosing a Winterim Course For Parents and Students

  • Parents should actively help their children choose the courses that are best for them and affordable.
  • Students should follow their own interests when choosing courses. Courses popular with their friends may not truly match their own interests.
  • Read course travel advisories carefully. They provide necessary information about health and skill requirements.
  • Select all Winterim course choices carefully, as you may be placed in any of them, not necessarily your first choice.
  • Families will be advised to purchase travel insurance for courses that require air travel. If your student is placed in a travel trip, you will receive further information about this.
  • Once students are placed in a course, families become responsible for course tuition, even if students later want to switch courses, or for discipline reasons, must change courses. Again, consider course choices carefully.
  • Students choose Winterim courses when they sign up for all of their next year courses with the Director of Studies in the Spring.
  • Absences of any length may result in losing Winterim credit and will require summer make-up work. Legitimate illnesses and emergencies will be dealt with on an individual basis.
  • Winterim credit is a requirement for graduation. If a student does not earn credit for a Winterim course, he/she will be required to make up the missing requirement during the following summer, according to specific program guidelines, and approved by the School.
  • Internships Internship proposals, in lieu of a Winterim course, must be presented to the Director of Studies and the Head of School by October 23, to make sure they meet specific guidelines.
  • Students should understand that all School rules, including the prohibition of alcohol and illegal drugs, remain in force during Winterim, (both on and off campus). Violations will result in disciplinary action and could result in the loss of Winterim credit, or other disciplinary consequences.

 

Forman School
12 Norfolk Road, P.O. Box 80, Litchfield, CT 06759
Phone: 860.567.8712
Fax: 860.567.8317

 

Forman School is a coeducational, preparatory boarding and day school for grades 9-PG exclusively dedicated to empowering bright students who learn differently.

 

 

 

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