Tuesday, March 1, 2016
I wanted to share some news as we head into March. Our students and faculty have been busy with end-of-term projects, arts events, and athletic contests. The spring break begins on Friday. Many Suffield students will take part in trips over the vacation with the largest group heading to Spain and Portugal. They will visit Madrid, Seville, Costa del Sol, and Lisbon.
Author and journalist Christine Brennan was yesterday's chapel speaker. Christine grew up as a huge sports fan in Ohio and turned this interest into a career despite the challenges she faced in a field populated largely by men. Christine highlighted the importance of resilience and dedication, and noted the massive impact Title IX has had on American culture.
Culminating winter term events began with 11th-grade Area Studies presentations on January 25 and 26. Aligned with our students' language study, the Area Studies courses seek to integrate a traditional history and language curriculum with art, literature, music, politics, and contemporary culture. These were followed by our winter guitar show and dance performance, and several end-of-season athletic events (skiing, wrestling, riflery, squash). Girls' and boys' basketball head into tournament play tomorrow and our divers have the New England's (at Suffield), and our swim teams have the New England Championship meet at Deerfield this weekend. We saw outstanding performances on many teams last week including senior Emma Tryon's runner-up finish in the top seed bracket at the girls' squash championships and Zach Mooney's '17 and Maggy Skaugen's '17 first-place finishes in the Class A New England and Brigham Ski League Championships.
Many students are working on plans for Thursday's fundraising telethon (March 3) in support of Circle of Care, a nonprofit that provides immediate and ongoing support to families of children with cancer. This is one of three activities supporting Circle of Care; the Color Course took place in November and several games will be part of May's Chill on the Hill. The telethon will feature live student and faculty performances and will be streamed on the Suffield Academy website on Thursday beginning at 7 p.m.
Our Admissions Office continues working on first-round decisions for the 2016-2017 academic year. We have our largest-ever candidate pool with roughly ten applicants for each available space. Thanks to the parents who have offered to make follow-up calls to accepted families. If others would like to help with this, please contact Sam Stone in our Admissions Office (firstname.lastname@example.org). We are also focused on enrollment for the Summer Academy at Suffield, which will run from June 26 to July 29. This program includes many current and future Suffield Academy students, and details can be found on our website at www.suffieldacademy.org/summer. Please contact Kyle Vigneault with any questions about Summer Academy (email@example.com).
Twenty-nine members of the Class of 2016 have been accepted in binding early decision programs at both small and large schools including—among many others—Bates, Bentley, Brandeis, Bucknell, Connecticut College, Elon, Fordham, Lafayette, NYU, RPI, Skidmore, SMU, Tufts, Wesleyan, and Williams. Other students have been admitted through rolling or non-binding early action programs to schools including College of Charleston, Denver, Michigan, North Carolina, Northeastern, Penn, Tulane, Wisconsin, and Yale. Members of our Class of 2017 are finishing the "College-101" curriculum, and approximately 100 parents of juniors attended the January 16 program on campus. Parents of seniors should have received a mailing yesterday about plans for the 2016 Commencement.
We are looking forward to our annual Parents' Association Auction on Friday, April 22. This is an important and enjoyable evening for the school, and proceeds from this year's auction will be used to support a renovation and expansion of Memorial Building. I will share more information about this project at the event and hope you can help us by attending and participating. You can get ideas for auction donations by visiting the Suffield website (www.suffieldacademy.org/auction) or contacting auction coordinator Penn Sullivan (firstname.lastname@example.org). The auction site will be open for bids in early April. Thank you to the many parents helping organize the event, led by co-chairs Kathy Doten P'14, '16, Allison Gearing-Kalill P'17, and Janet Rosenkranz P'15, '17.
In the coming days you will receive the fall/winter issue of Suffield magazine. As I mention in my column, our school is prospering because of a crystal clear philosophy of how to best help people navigate the adolescent years. Thank you for supporting Suffield and for your partnership in our work with your daughters and sons.