With the start of J-term on January 18, Blair teachers and students across the globe have reunited in virtual classrooms. Distance learning will continue through mid-February, but even as community members come together online to study and learn, the student life office has planned numerous opportunities for fun, friendship and camaraderie.
The slate of virtual, faculty-led events began with science teacher Nadia Abascal’s CrossFit class and English and religion and philosophy teacher Sarah O’Neil’s power yoga practice. Associate Dean of Students and science teacher Rod Gerdsen hosted a Kahoot trivia night, during which students competed for bragging rights and prizes. Later in the week, Associate Dean of Admission and Director of Financial Aid Tim Goggins led a discussion of the NFL playoffs and science teacher Michael “Doc” Sayers delved into “Conspiracies Among Us.”
Drawing lessons with fine arts teacher Evan Thomas and a coffee house led by English and theatre teacher Craig Evans were offered to student and faculty artists and musicians. Upcoming virtual sessions include several food-themed events, such as bread baking with language teacher Tim Devaney, “Cookies from Scratch” with a senior chef from Sage Dining Services and mozzarella making with Big Mozz’s Matt Gallira ’08.
“The Blair community is all about personal connections,” said Mr. Gerdsen, who is looking forward to leading a “Make Your Own Hot Sauce” class in early February. “Even though we are not currently on campus together, the student life office is committed to creating opportunities to help keep those connections strong.”