Monday, April 18, 2016
We are nearing the middle of spring term and are looking forward to seeing many of you on campus this weekend. In advance of parents' weekend I wanted to send news about various events.
First, I am pleased to notify you about admissions results for the 2016-2017 academic year. We had our largest-ever first round applicant pool this year with more than ten candidates for each available space. This understandably led to competitive admission decisions but we are very pleased with the group of new students joining us in the fall. It will include around 70 freshmen, 35 new sophomores, and 10 to 15 new students in grades eleven and twelve. Our students and faculty did a wonderful job welcoming these families to Suffield and clearly communicating the special attributes of our school.
Many of our seniors are making final decisions about where they will attend college as the May 1 deadline approaches. Collectively, they sent more than 1,000 applications to nearly 300 schools. The list of destinations will reflect the talents and diversity of this year's 117 seniors.
Students in our sophomore leadership courses are immersed in community service projects. These include volunteer efforts in elementary schools and at local farms and parks, involvement at Loaves and Fishes and the school's childcare center, and maintenance efforts at our community greenhouse/garden and our outdoor volleyball pit. Next week the senior class will begin a three-part senior leadership seminar. The topics are on financial management issues, Title IX and realities of sexual misconduct, and the emerging importance and growth of mindfulness. We briefly discussed these with members of the Class of 2016 at the recent 50th Night dinner, and I am pleased we will more directly focus on these important items with our seniors prior to their graduation from Suffield.
Our returning students will soon work on course selections for next year. The process begins with recommendations from each of their current teachers and then includes personal meetings with a member of our academic deans' office. I encourage you to talk with your child about this topic in the coming weeks.
Three performances of the award-winning “One Man, Two Guvnors” took place in the Jeanice Seaverns Performing Arts Center last week. It was a fantastic mix of satire and music that involved more than forty students and faculty members and showcased the immense artistic talent on campus. Along these lines, I hope you will take time to see a wonderful visual arts exhibition in Tremaine Arts Center. Other upcoming arts-related events include the spring guitar show (May 6) and a performing arts showcase on May 20.
As we look to Friday's auction I want to again thank the many parents who have already supported the event through their time, auction items, and financial gifts for our Fund-A-Need Project. Proceeds are being directed to a complete renovation and expansion of Memorial Building. This is a next step in executing Suffield's 2011 Campus Master Plan (www.suffieldacademy.org/page/Master-Plan). Completed projects identified in the plan include Hoffman College Counseling Center, Holcomb Science, the expansion of Brewster Hall, and the conversion of Stiles into a central campus walkway. We are doing well with fundraising for Memorial and hopefully the auction will be of great support in these efforts.
If you cannot attend the event you can bid online on the auction website (suffieldacademy.org/auction
). Others who cannot be here have generously sent gifts. Finally, tickets are still available and if you would like to join us please contact Penn Sullivan (email@example.com).
The positive momentum of the school is evident in all areas of community life. Thank you for your enthusiastic partnership in all we are doing at Suffield.