Open House

Spend the morning meeting faculty, students and see our beautiful 125 acre campus! Monday, January 18 9:00am – 12:00pm

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. Students make their Winterim selections during the Course Sign-Up Process in the spring with input from the Director of Studies, their advisor and their family. Parents should take an active and early role in helping their children select a Winterim project that will be engaging and beneficial. 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.


 

2018 Winterim Offerings

* On campus
** Off campus

 

 

Art Galore 2018*

Cost $500 - $1000
Days off campus: 5-8 days

Off campus locations: New Milford, Litchfield, Riverton, New Haven.


The nooks and crannies of the Connecticut Northwest Hills are home to an abundance of artists of many mediums. In this Winterim course, students will learn about a variety of art and craft forms including glass blowing and stained glass, metal sculpting, ceramics and painting. For the most part, artists will visit us on campus for two-day workshops that will consist of a presentation by the artist, followed by a hands-on workshop so students can try the craft for themselves and create a finished piece to take away.

Several workshops will be held off-campus at an artist’s studio. This course will also include several on-campus mini-workshops that include making soap and creating a dream catcher.

Students do not need to have experience in specific skills such as drawing. The student that enrolls in Art Galore 2018 should be interested in the history and exploration of the arts and crafts movement and be invested in the development of his/her own creative process. Each student will need to have an iPad or laptop. Don't miss out on this fun adventure through the creative minds and studios of locally renowned artists.

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 course/trip. Each case will be determined on an individual basis in consultation with parents. Yearly Flu Vaccine is recommended.

A Cinematic Experience of World War II*

 

Cost:$250-500
Total Days Off Campus: 2 day-trips

 

Locations Off Campus: Day trip to USS Intrepid, NYC, and 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 (The Big Red One, and Memphis Belle), 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 present to the class in order to demonstrate knowledge gained.

Travel will be in vehicles or on trains. Students should be able to walk without difficulty. 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 course/trip. Each case will be determined on an individual basis in consultation with parents. Yearly Flu Vaccine is recommended This Winterim is only available for Juniors.

College Tours of New England*

 

Cost:$250-500

 

Total Days Off Campus: Day trips traveling to colleges in nearby locations, these will be 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.

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 course/trip. Each case will be determined on an individual basis in consultation with parents. Yearly Flu Vaccine is recommended.

Students with chronic and/or complex medical conditions that require immediate access to medical care should a problem arise may be excluded from this course/trip.

Discovering and Uncovering Museums*

 

Cost:$250-500

 

Total Days Off Campus: 2-night stay in Boston and numerous day trips

Locations Off Campus: Litchfield Historical Society, New Haven and Cheshire, Connecticut Springfield, Massachusetts

 

Overnight Trip: Sturbridge Village and Boston, Massachusetts: 3 days, 2 nights

 


According to the American Alliance of Museums, more people visit American museums annually than attend all major league sporting events and theme parks combined. So what is it that attracts people to these cultural institutions? What is involved in working in a museum?

While taking part in this Winterim, students will appreciate that learning can take place outside the classroom. They will have a chance to integrate learning into their lives in a holistic way by visiting a variety of museums. In addition to viewing the museum exhibits, they will meet with curators, docents, and resource staff to learn about the many responsibilities of setting up and directing a museum. They will have an opportunity to use their creativity in designing a hands-on activity to enhance the visitor’s museum experience.

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 course/trip. Each case will be determined on an individual basis in consultation with parents. Yearly Flu Vaccine is recommended.

Forman Cuts A Record*

 

Cost:$250-500


 

The digital age has transformed the creation and production of music. Computer recording has given anyone with an iPad more flexibility than was available to The Beatles while they were recording their legendary albums in the 1960’s. Using digital technology, students will be able to take their musical creations and record them, creating a fully produced album by the end of the Winterim period. In addition to cultivating their musical creativity, students will learn professional recording techniques for various instruments and situations.

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 course/trip. Each case will be determined on an individual basis in consultation with parents. Yearly Flu Vaccine is recommended.

Forman Makes a Movie*

 

Cost:$250-500


 

The goal of the Winterim is to give students a first-hand experience in making movies. Filmmaking is not the work of a single individual, but the combined efforts of many, many people. Allowing students the opportunity to be behind the camera would be immensely educational as well as fun. Film sets are exciting and this project will deliver the same thrill.

Forman students will fill all the necessary roles for production of a short film, to be made over the course of the two weeks of Winterim. The film will be entirely shot at Forman School and at various locations around it.

Students will fill all the various roles, including in front of the camera (acting) and behind it (camera, sound, etc.). While it would be ideal to have one student per role, it’s expected that students may have multiple responsibilities. The film will be shot over two weeks, and then edited over the course of the spring, and presented at Parents’ Weekend Winterim Showcase.

It will then be presented to the school at a red-carpet ceremony, complete with movie snacks, a post-screening Q&A, and an actual red carpet.

 

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 course/trip. Each case will be determined on an individual basis in consultation with parents. Yearly Flu Vaccine is recommended.

 

 

 

Graphic Novels 101*

 

Cost:$250-500

 

Total Days Off Campus: 1-3

Locations Off Campus: publishing house visit in NYC, Barnes and Noble bookstore, Farmington CT, and Fun Home musical, tour location and schedule permitting.


This Winterim will explore the history and world of graphic novels from creation to publication. Students will learn the basics of creating, analyzing, and enjoying graphic novels and their adaptations. After visiting Barnes and Noble and a publishing house, students will use Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud to create/propose their own graphic novel and will submit their final proposal to a publishing company.

Winterim activities will include the readings of: Fun Home by Alison Bechdel; reading one of the following novels and viewing its adapted movie: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World; Ghost World by Daniel Clowes. Possible inclusion (movie is rated R) V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd. Viewing of Fun Home musical adaptation, schedule permitting; Arena: Art Spiegelman’s Maus; Converstion: Graphic Novelist Director Marjane Satrapi.

We will visit Barnes and Noble store to see the variety of options and marketing of graphic novels and also visit a NYC publishing house (to understand the process of book creation)

We will pose the questions: What makes up a graphic novel? In what ways do graphic novels tell stories? How is this genre similar and/or different from traditionally written texts? Why do you think graphic novels have become popular over the last twenty-five years? Why might an author choose to write in this medium? What is my story? How can I tell my story through the graphic novel medium?

Students will need a laptop or tablet to use Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud and will need to purchase the software and a one-month subscription.

Health concerns such as epilepsy (videos) must be made known and understood. 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 course/trip. Each case will be determined on an individual basis in consultation with parents. Yearly Flu Vaccine is recommended.

 

Industrial Furniture: a Combination of Metal and Wood*

 

Cost:$250-500

 

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, night stand, coffee table, or chair, using a combination of steel and hardwoods.

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 course/trip. Each case will be determined on an individual basis in consultation with parents. Yearly Flu Vaccine is recommended.

Introduction to Sports Journalism*

 

Cost:$500-1000

 

Total Days Off Campus: 3-4 day-trips

Locations Off Campus: Boston or New York, schedules permitting


This course will introduce students to the hard work that goes into all of the sports media they enjoy. We will study classic examples of sports journalism and break them down and analyze what has allowed them to stand the test of time. We will also look at current stories, tracking one “live” each day to see how stories move and evolve in real time. We will consider examples of great journalism from print, digital media, and television.

The course will explain the evolution of sports journalism from the quaint idea of a newspaper “scoop” in 1957 to the world of Twitter, in which stories explode across the world in minutes and hours, with accuracy not always the highest priority.

Potential trips will be to Boston or New York to spend a night on the job with a sportswriter at a basketball or hockey game. We may also do the same at UCONN for men’s or women’s basketball, schedules permitting.

Two or three guest lecturers will be brought to campus to discuss their work or work they admire, as their schedules permit.

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 course/trip. Each case will be determined on an individual basis in consultation with parents. Yearly Flu Vaccine is recommended.

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

 

Cost:$500-1000

 

Ingenui-Ski: Custom Skis Designed and Built by the Engineer and Artist in You #3

Total Days Off Campus: 1-2 days to ski, if skis are completed on time Locations Off Campus: Mohawk Ski Resort, CT


Students are tasked with designing and fabricating their own pair of custom, modern skis. Skis will be made with a poplar core, fiberglass, P-Tex top sheet, metal edges, P-Tex base, P-Tex sidewalls and custom printed graphics designed by the student. Students will utilize CAD software to design the ski’s length, dimension and side cut 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, Kevlar, 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 sheet material. Step 6: Pressing the Ski -The prepared materials are 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 room temperature. Step 7: Finishing Process -This final process involves trimming the excess materials after the ski has been pressed.

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 course/trip. Each case will be determined on an individual basis in consultation with parents. Yearly Flu Vaccine is recommended.

No Impact Man: A Sustainable Life at Forman*

 

Cost:Under $250

 

Total Days Off Campus: 2-3 day-trips

Locations Off Campus: Arethusa Farms, Mohawk Bison Farm, a Hartford Urban Farm, and a Berkshire Maple Syrup Producer


After viewing the film No Impact Man students will look at the five lessons of how to truly have no impact on the environment. With using the Forman campus as our guinea pig, students will start with consumption. How much does Forman School consume and what is the most consumed product on campus? Then we will take a look at energy: at how much energy is used and more importantly, we will try to answer the question of how much energy is wasted. After energy we will learn about how the students at Forman School get their energy…i.e. Food.

The study of Food will be complex as it not only looks at what students consume but also at what makes up what students consume and why. We will explore the idea of transportation and sustainable modes of transportation at Forman. We will look at water waste and how we can improve how much water is wasted on a daily basis at Forman School. This course will explore what students can do as individuals and how they can make less of an impact and even determine if it is entirely possible to have no impact.

Students must be able to be detached from electronics for 24-plus hours.

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 course/trip. Each case will be determined on an individual basis in consultation with parents. Yearly Flu Vaccine is recommended.

The Riddle of Steel*

 

Cost:$1000-200

Total Days Off Campus: 10 day-trips

 

Locations Off Campus: Dragon’s Breath Forge, Old Sturbridge Village, and Worcester Art Museum


In this course, we will explore the history and practice of metalworking from a hands-on, practical perspective. Working with the experts at Dragon’s Breath Forge, the students will build their repertoire of metalworking skills over the first week, and will individually complete a number of simple, practical household items. During that same week the students will see a working forge at Old Sturbridge Village to gain connection to the historical place of metalworking in day-to-day life.

During the second week, students will focus on the more specialized skill of bladesmithing. The students will see examples of larger blades being forged, and will complete a small, practical cutting tool of their own. During this week the students will also travel to see the Higgins Armory collection to see examples of the evolution of the arts of blade-smithing and armoring. Students will need to complete a daily journal of their experience including photographs, drawings and/or other media describing their experience and techniques learned. Students will be expected to produce a variety of items demonstrating mastery of metalworking techniques.

This trip will involve fairly intense activity, including wielding hammers and pounding heated metal. Lengthy walking will occur during our site visit days. Students should dress for extensive walking. 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 course/trip. Each case will be determined on an individual basis in consultation with parents. Yearly Flu Vaccine is recommended.

Science of Strength and Fitness at Forman*

 

Cost:$250-50

 

Total Days Off Campus: 7 day-trips

Locations Off Campus: Litchfield Athletic Club, Northwest CT YMCA, Blue Boy Boxing Club (Torrington), yoga studios, White Memorial, Mount Tom


In this course, students will explore the physiology of building muscle, while coming to their own conclusion of what it means to be "Physically Fit." Students will experience a variety of physical exercises through daily training sessions, as well as learn some of the science and culture of strength and fitness through multi-media presentations. Students will be responsible for a daily journal to record their workouts and daily nutrition. Finally students will demonstrate proficiency in various compound exercises through different forms of media.

Students must be able to perform a wide range of physical motions and be able to endure extended physical workouts.

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 course/trip. Each case will be determined on an individual basis in consultation with parents. Yearly Flu Vaccine is recommended.

Storytelling*

 

Cost:Under $250

 

Total Days Off Campus: 1 day-trip to see a Moth live performance, schedule permitting Locations Off Campus: New York City or Hartford depending on availability of a Moth Radio performance.


Since 1997 “The Moth” has hosted events where participants tell true stories in authentic voices that create events that “dance between documentary and theater, creating a unique, intimate, and often enlightening experience for the audience.” The Moth’s mission is “To promote the art and craft of storytelling and to honor and celebrate the diversity and commonality of human experience.”

Forman students will embark of the journey of becoming storytellers during this Winterim. Students will create and share stories, learn the craft of storytelling, and become comfortable speaking in front of an audience. Students will record their final stories to be shared on the school website and also perform stories at a live event. Along with the work on campus on their own stories, students will travel to attend a regional Moth storytelling event.

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 course/trip. Each case will be determined on an individual basis in consultation with parents. Yearly Flu Vaccine is recommended.

Wall Street and the Business World 101*

 

Cost:Under $250

 

Total Days Off Campus: 1 day-trip Location Off Campus: Manhattan


This course will be an opportunity for students to learn about the financial industry, particularly Wall Street and the Stock Market, as well as other financial fields. Through real-world simulations and hands on exercises, students will delve into the stock market and explore its various tenets. Participation in industry analysis, creating their own portfolio, and simulating trading sessions would be the crux of the Winterim. Students will develop a formal presentation that explains their reasons for investment selections, including a detailed financial analysis of at least one Fortune 500 Company. The Winterim will also include a trip to NYC and a possible tour of the trading floor. Experts from the financial/business industry will also be providing lectures and discussions. We will spend a few days discussing what it takes to open up and run a small business from scratch. Participants will be exposed to the small business world within Litchfield County and learn the basics of being a small business owner.

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 course/trip. Each case will be determined on an individual basis in consultation with parents. Yearly Flu Vaccine is recommended.

Australia: Awesome Aussie Animal Adventure!**

 

Cost:$4000-6000

Total Days Off Campus: 14 days, including a day on a boat Locations Off Campus: Sydney & Cairns, Australia


 

Australia has unique wildlife and this Winterim means to drive animal lovers wild with all the up-close-and-personal encounters with Aussie animals, through which we learn about the history, biology and ecology associated with the legendary coastal regions of Sydney and Cairns!

Sydney (Sydney Harbor Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Margaret River caves, Taronga Zoo) Dolphins: Port Stephens Kangaroos: Blue Mountain National Park

Cairns -Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling, Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation and Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary Day Tour, Barron Gorge and Kuranda National Park Rainforest and Waterfall 4WD Tour

Each student will choose an animal native to Australia to focus on during our travel and study, and document the habitat, diet, behavior, reproduction, and conservation efforts into a collage with captions, which will be the culminating project for this Winterim.

Students who do not wish to go on boats are not advised to consider this program. Students should have a valid passport and will be required to go to a travel clinic. Students must be in good physical condition: outdoor walking several hours of the day.

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 course/trip. Each case will be determined on an individual basis in consultation with parents. Yearly Flu vaccine is recommended for all international travel. Students with chronic and/or complex medical conditions that require immediate access to medical care should a problem arise may be excluded from this course/trip. Students should dress for extensive

Barrier Reef Belize**

 

 

Cost:$2000-400

 

Total Days Off Campus: 9 days

 

Locations Off Campus: Dangrigia, Belize: Blue Marline Reef Resort


The students will learn what is happening to the coral reef ecosystems around the world. The reefs are considered the canaries of the sea, meaning that if they are dying out, then we must be damaging our own biosphere. Students will view a video documentary showing the story of what one country did to improve their reef system.

After an introduction to Coral Reef Ecology, students will choose which micro-system they want to study, create a testable hypothesis and then design and execute the experiment. Students will then choose their form of presenting their finding to the rest of the group, through a formal Power Point presentation, a teaching presentation, a video presentation or a lecture, or a in a paper.

This is trip is a snorkeling trip; therefore, strong swimming skills are required. Students will also need to provide their own snorkel gear. Since we are traveling to Belize, students need to make an appointment with a Travel Clinic in order to make sure they are up to date on all vaccination requirements.

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 course/trip. Each case will be determined on an individual basis in consultation with parents. Yearly Flu vaccine is recommended for all international travel. Students with chronic and/or complex medical conditions that require immediate access to medical care should a problem arise may be excluded from this course/trip. Any student who does not meet the CDC guidelines for travel to a specific region or country will not be allowed to go on the trip.

Wild India**

 

Cost:$4000-6000

Total Days Off Campus: 14 days


 

India is home to wide range of animals, including tigers, leopards, wild dogs, sloth bears, elephants, and many more. This Winterim explores the wildlife of India. We will visit different parts of the country to explore the incredible diversity of wildlife in India, including the national park that inspired the writing of Jungle Book. We will track animals on safari with the hope of getting up close to some of these amazing creatures.

Students will also have the opportunity to witness some of the wonderful cultural attractions of India and learn more about the history of India. Students will work to develop their wildlife photography skills and will develop a small portfolio during their time in India. Students should have their own camera, preferably a DSLR, and be aware this trip will run right into vacation to take full advantage of the time away.

Searching for Lemurs: Discovering the Flora and Fauna of Madagascar**

 

Cost:$4000-6000

Total Days Off Campus: 15 days


 

Lemurs, wild landscapes, village culture, beaches – Madagascar might be an island but there’s nothing small about it. For those who like to be remote, this isolated island is packed with wildlife, landscapes and people you’ll find nowhere else. (And everybody loves lemurs!) You’ll be able to embrace local life and meet with the local residents who will be a link to the unusual and extraordinary culture of this island country. We will visit two national parks, visit extraordinary beaches, meet with local Artisans, explore a colonial city and see some of 100 different subspecies of Lemurs that are native to the country.

The island of Madagascar has been described as an "alternate world" or a "world apart" because of the uniqueness and rarity of many of its plant and animal species. Their characteristics are believed to reflect the island's origins as a part of Gondwanaland and its many millions of years of virtually total isolation following the breakup of the landmass. Thus, certain plants, including the "traveler's" tree (so called because its trunk holds potable water), are found both in Madagascar and on the South American continent, but not in Africa. Many of the most characteristic African species, particularly such large mammals as the elephant, rhinoceros, giraffe, zebra, and antelope and such beasts of prey as the lion and leopard, do not exist in Madagascar. In addition, the island has been spared the great variety of venomous snakes indigenous to the African continent. Although it is assumed that most life forms on the island had an African (or South American) origin, many millions of years of near-complete isolation have allowed old species--elsewhere extinct--to survive and new species unique to the island to evolve. Thus, a great number of plant, insect, reptile, and fish species are found only in Madagascar, and all indigenous land mammal species--sixty-six in all--are unique to the island. The rain forest on Madagascar contains a great number of unique plant species. The country has some 900 species of orchids. Bananas, mangoes, coconut, vanilla, and other tropical plants grow on the coasts, and the eucalyptus tree, brought from Australia, is widespread.

An entry Visa from the Madagascar government is required. Cost per student for a visa is about $30. Parents must obtain Visas from the Madagascar Embassy in Washington, D.C.

The U.S. State Department recommends that all vaccination be up to date. Hepatitis A and B, Polio, Rabies, Yellow Fever and Malaria may be required by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). All students should consult with a Travel Clinic for up to date immunization requirements. Any student who does not meet the CDC guidelines for travel to a specific region or country will not be allowed to go on the trip. Yearly Flu vaccine is recommended for all international travel. 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 course/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 course/trip. Students should dress for extensive walking.

 

Experience the Land, Art and Culture of Georgia O’Keeffe and Northern New Mexico**

 

Cost:$1000-2000

 

Total Days Off Campus: 13 days Locations Off Campus: Ghost Ranch, Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico


If you like making art and being in nature, this Winterim is for you. Come join us as we follow the footsteps of Georgia O’Keeffe, make art and paint and explore the breathtaking landscape of Ghost Ranch, next to Abiquiu New Mexico. We will have the opportunity to trek and make art and also learn the process of painting in the great outdoors in this enchanted place of “red canyons, majestic mesas, and amazing big skies.” Come explore what O’Keeffe coined “A sense of place” and broaden your perspective investigating the geologically unique expanse with a diverse history and culture of artists, writers and free thinkers such as Georgia O’Keeffe, D.H. Lawrence, Ansel Adams and George R. R. Martin. We will enjoy much of what the Ranch has to offer, as well as day trips to Santa Fe and Taos and possible other points on interest. We will experience many activities the Ranch has to offer. Our instructor will demonstrate a Native

American style pottery project for the students to experience.

Students should know Ghost Ranch is a semi-rustic, ranch-style retreat. Students should be ableto endure a little rigor as we hike up “Chimney Rock” (. day hike) to paint, draw and photograph the marvelous views. Only the very interested art student who likes to paint and draw and be outdoors most of the time need apply.

Students should dress for extensive walking/hiking. 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 course/trip. Each case will be determined on an individual basis in consultation with parents. Yearly Flu Vaccine is recommended

Peru – An Andean Adventure**

 

Cost:$4000-6000

 

Total Days Off Campus: 9 days Locations Off Campus: Peru


The essential Andean experience – combining classic destinations while offering unique educational student travel enhanced by the opportunity to experience and authentically engage in a cultured indigenous point-of-view. Savor the ambiance of the Sacred Valley, find yourself surrounded by breathtaking scenery, and begin your exploration of the Inca’s legacy through their Quechua descendants. Immerse yourself in the spirit of this Inca land. Discover the profoundly elegant simplicity of Andean people and celebrate their customs, cuisine, music and dance. Admire their arts. Assist in plowing the soil with ancestral tools. Engage in adobe bricks and mud plaster. Delve into their philosophy; understand their history and way of life. Discern the incomparable continuity and vitality of an ancient living culture.

Advisory Considerations: The flight to Peru is a full day adventure; students need to be prepared for a lengthy trip, but there is no change in time zone, so jet lag should not be a factor. Second, the food in Peru will be very different from what they are used to and students must forgo all fears of trying new foods. This is not a trip for the faint of heart. The students need to be prepared for an extensive list of tasks, activities, and travel. There will be very little down time and they will need to keep a sense of awareness of them at all times and a sense of respect for those around them.

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 course/trip. Each case will be determined on an individual basis in consultation with parents. Yearly Flu vaccine is recommended for all international travel. Any student who does not meet the CDC guidelines for travel to a specific region or country will not be allowed to go on the trip.

A Tale of Two Cities: History & the Rise of Technology**

 

Cost:$2000-4000

 

Total Days Off Campus: 10 days Locations Off Campus: Seattle, WA and Vancouver, BC; technology companies of the U.S. Pacific Northwest and Vancouver, Canada


Seattle and Vancouver -the Emerald city and Gastown. Two late-blooming frontier towns -now two of the fastest growing cities in North America. Understanding a city’s history can often be best understood through images. On this trip we will use the art of photography to help us tell the rich history of the Pacific Northwest. We will visit both historical and modern points of interest and will attempt to bridge the gap and explain how the area’s history helped define its future. We will combine our own images with historical images to paint a clear picture of how the past and future connect in this fast growing region.

This Winterim course will examine how these two port towns, both staging areas for the Alaskan gold rush, have transformed themselves from hubs of the logging industry to centers of technology, arts and culture. The area is home to the worlds most recognizable and innovative technology companies and our group will make stops at as many as we can fit in during our time in the Pacific Northwest.

All students will be required to bring a digital camera.

Food allergies must be made known and understood. Passports will be needed. 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 course/trip. Each case will be determined on an individual basis in consultation with parents. Yearly Flu Vaccine is recommended. Students should dress for extensive walking.

Scotland Travel Journalism**

 

Cost:$4000-6000

 

Total Days Off Campus: 12 days Locations Off Campus: Scotland


Scotland is a country of deep history, rugged beauty and natural wonder. Students will photograph and journal their trip from Edinburgh and the surrounding areas, through The Trossachs and Loch Lomond National Park, up the western coast through Oban, Glencoe, and Skye, Culloden and Inverness, The Cairngorms National Park, and other areas of history and beauty in Scotland. Students will work for 1-3 days with a local photographer to maximize their skills for the final project. Academically, students will study the history and geography of Scotland as well as skills connected to travel journalism.

Students will need to bring a DSLR camera. Students will need to bring a laptop/iPad, and students will need a power converter for UK power needs. Students may need a visa to travel to the UK if they do not hold a US or UK passport.

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 course/trip. Each case will be determined on an individual basis in consultation with parents. Yearly Flu vaccine is recommended for all international travel. Students with chronic and/or complex medical conditions that require immediate access to medical care should a problem arise may be excluded from this course/trip. Students should dress for extensive walking.

Tennessee and Kentucky -Great American Music Tour**

 

Cost:$4000-6000

 

Total Days Off Campus: 10 days Locations Off Campus: Nashville, Memphis, TN, and Louisville, KY


This trip will cover a history of American music in the cities where various styles developed. Students will learn the history of Jazz, Blues, and Rock and Roll through trips to museums, interviews with musicians and historians, and a great deal of time in live music venues.

This will be travel-intensive and will also include much touring time on foot. Students should dress for extensive walking.

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 course/trip. Each case will be determined on an individual basis in consultation with parents. Yearly Flu Vaccine is recommended.

Tennessee -The Trout Ecosystem -Fly Fishing the Tennessee Valley**

 

Cost:$4000-6000

 

Total Days Off Campus: 5 days Locations Off Campus: South Holston River Lodge, Bristol, TN


Students will learn the lifecycle of trout, gain an understanding of how stocking works and benefits the stream ecosystem and cold-water conservation, gain a better understanding of Sportsman etiquette, learn fly-fishing techniques and implement their knowledge of the trout lifecycle to choose flies that are effective for best practices for catching trout.

We will begin our Winterim with a trip to the Burlington, CT Trout Hatchery. Classroom sessions will cover trout ecosystems, gear set-up and basic fly-fishing techniques. Casting sessions will be arranged to hone our skills before heading to the Orvis-endorsed South Holston River Lodge in Bristol, TN to put our knowledge of trout and fly-fishing to work. Several days will be spent fishing the South Holston and Watauga Rivers, wading to find pools and runs or in drift boats with local guides in search of Rainbow and Brown Trout. Upon return, students will create researched-based presentations in the form of website design, public service announcements, or brochures to educate the public.

Must be outdoors several hours of the day, in good physical condition. Students should dress for extensive walking/hiking.

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 course/trip. Each case will be determined on an individual basis in consultation with parents. Yearly Flu Vaccine is recommended.

Washington, D.C. National Treasure**

 

Cost:$2000-4000

Total Days Off Campus: 5 days

 

Locations Off Campus: Washington, D.C.


The students will view the National Treasure films as a basis for learning about key events in American history such as the creation of the Declaration of Independence and the Lincoln assassination. While on campus, students will choose a research topic related to the films and generate a research presentation on the topic of their choice. 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. Classroom learning will be enhanced by a weeklong trip to Washington, D.C. We will travel by train to D.C. While in Washington, students will visit the White House, the Capitol Building, the National Archives, along with other national monuments and several museums of the Smithsonian Institution.

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 a proposed White House visit.

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 course/trip. Each case will be determined on an individual basis in consultation with parents.


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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