Each day, after courses, students report to Community Meeting. There, the answer to the Daily Challenge is announced, the Minute-to-Win-It contest takes place, announcements are made, and much, much more. During the first Community Meeting of Session Two today, students learned the Numa —EXPLO's signature dance performed by everyone after lunch each day — and watched as three of their friends participated in the Minute-to-Win-It contest. Afterwards, students had time on the quad to relax and play games with friends.
The Quad is the center of the EXPLO campus and serves as the meeting point for every course, activity, and elective. Students meet here to play games, meet new friends, and learn about what's happening next after each meal.
As we reach the midpoint in session one, students and staff alike have grown more and more together with each passing day. Whether during floor time, quad time, each course and elective, at a meal, or simply during the transition periods between activities, students have learned more about themselves and one another as they revel in newly found friendships.
To round out their first week at EXPLO, students gathered on the quad for ice cream, dancing, singing, and lawn games. After an action-packed weekend of workshops and profession-for-a-day activities, students continued the fun before heading into Week Two, new courses, and new electives on Monday.
Tim has hit the ground running during his first week at EXPLO, making strides in his classes, Wilderness Survival and Theater Special Effects while making plenty of new friends along the way.
Students have done wonderfully during their first week at EXPLO. Electives, courses, and activities have been met head-on with focus, drive, and open-mindedness. During the less structured moments in the day, students have continued to thrive. Whether taking a moment to read a book, play a board game, run around the quad, chat with friends, or rejuvenate for the next activity, students have continued to grow, even in the times you might not expect.
Community Meeting today had a number of activities and competitions in addition to the daily Tutu the Turtle appearance and reveal of the daily challenge answer. Three students competed in the Rubik's Cube competition and another three in the minute-to-win-it challenge.
Arrival day can be a mix of emotions for students and parents alike. Meeting new friends, moving into a new home away from home for three weeks, and embarking on a new adventure all over the course of a few hours is a big step! The students at EXPLO at Wheaton have handled it gracefully, moving through their introductory activities, meeting new faces, and jumping right in to the world of EXPLO with courage and excitement.