Flying Through Fall

Fall is always a beautiful and busy time at Webb, and this year is no exception! While we’re still working out safe practices for some of our fall traditions like Quad Socials, there’s plenty of activity happening in Meadows and around campus.

Mid-Autumn Festival

Mid-Autumn festival is celebrated in several Southeast Asian cultures with a focus on family gatherings. At Webb, we saw digital presentations and performances from students, and our international students were treated to traditional delicacies by Mrs. Berzinskas. In Meadows, we read the legend of Chang’E and went out for a bit of moon observation, another common traditional practice for the holiday.

The Gentleman’s Primer

October is when we also begin formal work with The Gentlemen’s Primer, our character-building program that centers on our standards of Care, Compassion and Courage. During our first session, we discussed how the values and symbols of Meadows Hall fit into the bigger picture of Webb’s mission and Enduring Understandings. In dorm families, we gathered to discuss our own personal values and symbols. Next, we’ll be starting work with our standard of Care and examining how we show and build a sense of care in our shared community.

Gearing Up for Halloween

Bell Buckle is a great place to celebrate Halloween! There are things to see and do in town, just a short walk downhill from campus, and we’ll be celebrating Halloween in Meadows with dorm family pumpkin carving and treats left out for the faculty family children who trick-or-treat around campus.

Meet Our Prefects

We’re fortunate to have two in-house prefects in Meadows this year. While many of their duties occur outside of the hall as part of their service to our broader community, our prefects are a source of leadership and experience in Meadows and are always willing and eager to help all our gentlemen get their best academic and social experience at Webb.

Hello guys, I am Feynman Liu, a senior in the Webb School, from Beijing, China. This is my third year at Webb and it will be my pleasure to be a prefect in Meadows. Besides prefect, I am also the founder of the math competition club, co-founder of the computer programming club, and tutor for both of the Cascade Middle School and AP Physics at Webb. Physics and astronomy are my favorite subjects, and I plan to learn astrophysics in college. During my free time, I enjoy running, hiking, cooking, and watching movies.

Hello! My name is Chandler Vargas, and I’ll be one of your Meadows Prefects for the 2020-21 school year! I have been at Webb for four years and am in my senior year. I am from Birmingham, Alabama and have been a boarder in Chambliss for the past three years; I am so grateful to have the opportunity to live in Meadows for my final year here! I am a member of the Cross Country and Tennis team here, and am an Eagle Scout back home. I love to code, solve challenging math problems, and play video games with my fellow Meadows residents. I plan to study some form of engineering after graduating from Webb, and I hope to see the application of my work in person, as I enjoy seeing the fruition of my work. I am so excited to spend my final year at Webb in the best dorm on campus, Meadows!

Back to School 2020-2021

It’s far from a normal school year, but we’re kicking off 2020-2021 with the same sense of hopefulness and responsibility as always. There’s a lot of positivity to be found in Meadows this year, and while we’re all adjusting to new expectations like masks in common areas and increased room inspections, our gentlemen are handling these challenges with grace and a solid commitment to our dorm community. They’re willing to go the extra mile to have this opportunity to live together as a Webb family.

I’m looking for a good year. I hope we all get along well and I hope we just bond together like a team, because that’s what makes a good team—when we all bond together with good chemistry.

Jordan Jenkins (Antioch, Tennessee)

We’ve welcomed many incoming gentlemen this year. Several are new to Webb and boarding life in general, but they’re building strong friendships and finding much support from those who are familiar with life in Meadows Hall. We may be missing out on some of the usual first-week campus traditions, but the hall is still bustling with activity.

Life in Meadows for me, it’s been good but it’s been an adjustment just getting used to having my own dorm, washing my clothes, leaving at certain times. But it’s been fun and I’m looking forward for the year.

Evan Eursher (Jackson, Tennessee)

A common bond that all our gentlemen share is passing the test of life in Meadows Hall, balancing the level of freedom and responsibility that comes with living in Webb’s upperclassmen dorm. Our routines, expectations, dorm family meetings and character-building programs like The Gentleman’s Primer are all structured to help gentlemen learn to navigate this balance in a way that will enrich their personal and professional life even after graduation.

I’m excited to be in Meadows this year because you got a lot of increased freedom but a lot more responsibility as well. But I think it is very becoming of a gentleman to have these responsibilities.

Harry Clark (Lexington, Kentucky)

We’re also fortunate to have the majority of male prefects living with us in Meadows this year. Our prefects come from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, and each offers a unique perspective and excellent model for embracing and learning from boarding life at Webb.

I’m very excited to establish a camaraderie with the people I’m living with. Here in Meadows we’re held to a higher standard, and I’m very excited to serve as a leader for the greater Webb community. As a prefect, I hope to lead the people I live with as they strive to become Webb gentlemen.

Chandler Vargas (Birmingham, Alabama)

Looking back at our first week

Most of our attention this week has been devoted to one of our most important back-to-school traditions: getting to know our dorm families. Dorm families are groups of four or five gentlemen assigned to one of our Meadows dorm parents. These groups meet each evening when their family dorm parent is on duty in a smaller setting that allows for more bonding and deeper conversations. During our first dorm family meetings this week, gentlemen reviewed hall expectations with their family dorm parent, discussed the high and low points of the first week, and chose a mascot for their dorm family. Dorm family meetings will continue throughout the school year, providing a forum where gentlemen can talk about their joys and concerns and complete character-building activities from The Social Institute and The Gentleman’s Primer. Later in the year, we’ll begin dorm family competitions!

Below is a list of our dorm families for the 2020-2021 school year. Parents can find contact information for their gentleman’s dorm family head on our About page and are encouraged to reach out to the dorm family head as their first point of contact in Meadows.

  • Lions: Mr. Rose, Chandler, Jordan, Krish, Kevin, Roman
  • Yetis: Mr. Griggs, Feynman, Hudson, Junior, Sugri, Shawn
  • Honey Badgers: Mrs. Jensen, Cedric, Chris, Marc-Anthony, Evan P., Yaotian
  • Eagles: Mr. Simpson, Ari, Austin, Alex, Evan E., Harry

Gentlemen also completed roommate contracts this week. These contracts are meant to inspire discussion and positive communication between roommates as they share their space with people of other backgrounds, cultures and habits. This year, roommate contracts also included a space for gentlemen to make decisions about particular safety preferences within their room, like having guests and masking up.

Looking ahead

We’re very proud of our gentlemen for helping us get a new started with joy, humor and maturity. They’re already learning to live our standards of Care, Compassion and Courage, and each new week will bring experiences that deepen our gentlemen’s understanding of those standards and the role they play in a flourishing life at Webb and beyond. We’re excited to have a new revision of The Gentlemen’s Primer in print soon and will being working on that program in the next few weeks. We’ll also be kicking off birthday celebrations and quad socials soon and are discussing ways we can carry on these traditions safely.

Stay tuned for our next post, where we’ll meet this year’s dorm parents and prefects in Meadows Hall!

Safe Start 2020

We’re committed to providing a safe start to the 2020-20201 school year in Meadows Hall. Below are a few of the ways we’re preparing for a healthy and enjoyable experience in our hall.

  • Masks are required for students and faculty in all common areas at all times.
  • Room furniture has been arranged to provide maximum spacing between roommates’ beds and desks.
  • Room inspections will continue to occur nightly, with increased expectations for cleanliness and organization.
  • Dorm meetings will occur primarily among dorm families (4-5 gentlemen and a dorm parent) rather than in whole-dorm groups.
  • Kitchen and laundry schedules have been modified to give students more access to these areas so they can observe healthy routines when preparing food and have time to wash their clothes and face coverings.
  • Students will receive nightly temperature checks after study hours.
  • Boarders are encouraged to follow health and safety routines when going on leave.
  • As we continue educating our gentlemen on our standards of Care, Compassion and Courage, just as we always have, we’ll bring topics of health as well as physical and emotional wellbeing to the forefront.

Celebrating Lunar New Year

The Lunar new year, celebrated in countries such as China, Korea and Vietnam, began on Saturday, January 25. In the Chinese zodiac, this is a year of the Rat, an animal know for its wit and flexibility. The Webb community celebrated the event with a plentiful feast organized by Mrs. Berzinskas, presentations and performances in Chapel, and a fireworks display. Happy New Year from all of us in Meadows Hall!

Decking the Halls

Santa’s little helpers have been hard at work bringing plenty of holiday cheer to Meadows Hall! We’ve decorated the tree, put up the lights and hung our stockings, which Santa will come to fill with treats before we leave for Christmas Break. Our gentlemen also hosted a social for the ladies of Wendel Haynes Hall with s’mores, hot chocolate, games and a fire pit.

This Thursday, December 12, we’ll join the Webb community in Chapel at 7:00 pm for the annual Lessons & Carols program. On Monday, December 16, we’ll gather in the dining hall for Formal Dinner and then return to the dorm to swap our Secret Santa gifts.

Midterm exams begin on Tuesday, December 17, and students may depart for Christmas Break as soon as they’ve finished their last exam. We wish everyone a very happy holiday season!