On Thursday afternoon, they made final math presentations that ranged across subjects from yoyo’s to Ebola to popcorn to catapults. After lunch, they were busy using the two catapults (which look a bit like relics of a medieval battle) to lob balls high across the Quad. On Friday, they’ll travel to the ocean’s edge for their science exam, marking the end of exam period. Their vibrant art exhibition has just come down. The “yearbook” has just gone to the printer. It’s an emotional moment, with students, faculty, staff feeling tightly connected even as they know that on Dec. 17, this remarkable group of students will set forth to many different states and families and schools. Yet there is so much optimism and affection in this group that it’s not possible to feel wistful for long! The last days of the semester will include a lot of fun and celebration as well as discussions about making the shift back home and thinking about how to take what they’ve learned here out into the world. We look forward to following these students as they navigate their final semesters of high school, and then college, careers, relationships. We wish them well and trust that they’ll stay in touch with Chewonki when they can. They have added so much to community life here. We’ll send them off with every best wish. Learn more about Chewonki Semester School here.