Project Week: Symposium Day

Each year, while semester conferences are taking place, all students at the academy will take some time to read and annotate a shared literary work. (The seniors also use time during Symposium week to work on their senior theses.) On the first day following that week, students and faculty will come together for a series of discussions and activities called Symposium Day.

For the 2017-2018 school year, students and faculty will join in a shared activity: reading a classic text, and then coming together for seminar discussion and workshops exploring this text. This year, all students and faculty will read William Shakespeare’s comedy Much Ado About Nothing, a text that is sufficiently accessible to all and offers different levels of enjoyment to each age group. Students from 6th through 12th grade already read other works by Shakespeare in class, while this particular play has not been a part of the curriculum. Teachers have helped select this text and are excited to share this additional work of beauty with their students, outside of class, for the sheer enjoyment of it.

During the week from January 2 – 5, students are asked to read carefully, annotate, and prepare their thoughts on this play. Further guidance will be shared as the date approaches. We understand this involves the purchase of a text, but we hope this will be a minimal burden, and easier on the budget than some projects assigned in the past. The edition we plan to use is the Mass Market Paperback Folger text, ISBN # 978-0743482752 (on Amazon here).

After winter break, on Symposium Day, January 8 (12:30pm release), students will break out from their usual class sections into groups from different grade levels, organized by middle school and high school. These groups will participate in workshops and seminars on Much Ado About Nothing.

For practical information on the 2018 Symposium Day, click here.