Mini-term is a program unique to Bement and a point
of pride for our school. Inspired by the faculty’s recognition that
students are often distracted by the excitement of holidays which fall
between Thanksgiving and winter break, Mini-term invites the entire
school to participate in the study of the same topic chosen each year.
The daily schedule is often reinvented to make room for speakers,
performances, workshops, films, and field trips which bring the topic to
life. Students enjoy many hands-on activities and are often able to
choose electives not available at other times of the year. Mini-term
culminates in a final showcase of projects which demonstrate new
knowledge acquired from the three weeks. Often the topic is
transformative for the school, reshaping our practices and broadening
our awareness for the remainder of the school year and beyond.
In 2011-2012, our topic is Korea, celebrating a country which has brought many wonderful students and families to Bement. The following list illustrates the scope of our mini-term themes over the past several years:
- 2004- 2005 – The Ocean
- 2005-2006 – Medieval Times
- 2006-2007 – South America
- 2007-2008 - The Environment
- 2008-2009 - Diversity
- 2009-2010 - Dominican Republic
- 2010-2011 - Food
Former head of school from 1947-1971, Mary "Gug" H. Drexler, passed away on April 23, 2013 at the age of 101.
Remembrances of Gug's time as head of school can be found on the school's alumni facebook page.
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