Posted by: Mary Anna Thornton | March 2, 2013

Advisory Groups Whip Up Ice Cream

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Last night three different advisory groups joined forces to make ice cream, relax, and have fun at my campus apartment. Director of Admissions and Residential Life Phil DeLong, Spanish Teacher/Academic Dean Kathleen O’Connor, Graduate Fellows Bill Quade and Rebecca Deatsman, my husband Jack Weyrauch, my son John, and I all played host Saturday evening to our twelve advisees.

Each student at Conserve School is assigned a staff advisor. Advisors meet with each of their advisees regularly, check on their academic progress, help with problem-solving, and just generally serve as their advisees’  guardian angel, watching over them and helping out as needed. Our advisory program ensures that every student knows they have an adult on campus who is their advocate and with whom they can consult whenever they need support.

In addition to meeting one-on-one with advisees, staff members have lunch with their advisees once a week and plan social get-togethers for their advisory groups. Graduate fellows are assigned to advisory groups as well to be an additional support to students.

Ice-cream-making is an activity that my family really enjoys. We splurged on  a Kitchen Aid ice cream attachment as a holiday gift to ourselves this year. We never fail to be entertained by how quickly and easily it can whip up a batch of ice cream, and we have been looking forward to sharing the fun with students. As you can see from the accompanying photos, everyone had a wonderful time last night. Students enjoyed deciding what flavor ice cream they should make, mixing the ingredients, chatting with friends, and eating up the ice cream along with Kathleen’s homemade hot fudge sauce.

Making ice cream and sharing it with others is truly one of life’s simple pleasures!

– Mary Anna Thornton, Assistant Head of School

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