Vol. XIII Issue XLII
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
As the summer unfolds I wanted to send along some news from Suffield. We are looking forward to all that lies ahead during the 2016-2017 academic year.
Our five-week Summer Academy concludes on Friday. Students joined us from around the country and the world, and several Suffield faculty members and recent graduates helped make the program a great success. Various camps will be on campus during the next few weeks and several campus maintenance projects are unfolding as we gear up for the start of the school year. Planning continues for the extensive expansion and renovation of Memorial Building, which we hope will begin next summer.
As we look to the fall, we will again have an enrollment of around 410 students—our fifteenth straight year at this size. Admission to Suffield was highly selective as over 1050 students interviewed for the 130 spaces we filled. We will be joined by students from 22 states and 29 countries, with 65 freshmen, 32 new sophomores, 15 new juniors, and 12 postgraduates. Interestingly, 88 students are Suffield siblings or legacies. We will also be joined by four new faculty members and brief profiles of them are included below.
We have several guests set to visit campus this fall to help us explore the 2016-2017 school theme of service. The theme is tied directly to our school mission, which speaks to preparing students for a lifetime of learning, leadership, and active citizenship. Mark Shriver, the author of our community text (A Good Man), will join us for a chapel talk in December. We are looking forward to the start of a new tradition this year as our guest speaker series at chapel is supplemented by brief presentations from each member of the senior class. Seniors will work on these with their faculty advisors, and our hope is they will share interests and stories about their background with our community.
The most up-to-date materials related to the upcoming school year are on the Suffield website (suffieldacademy.org/studentforms). Please contact Kim Goodwin (email@example.com) if you need any help completing the various forms. Several additional pieces will be released in late August including the updated Student & Parent Handbook, academic schedules with textbook ordering information, and housing assignments for boarding students. You will also receive the summer issue of Suffield Magazine next month, focusing on several alumni, spring term events, and the 2016 Commencement.
I want to thank everyone that helped us achieve our ambitious goals for the 2015-2016 Annual Fund. These resources supplement tuition and help make possible everything we do at Suffield. In addition to meeting our financial goals the 89% parent participation, 42% alumni, and 100% faculty participation figures are particularly noteworthy and symbolic of the wide support of the extended Suffield Academy community. Our sincere appreciation goes to all those who helped with this ambitious and successful effort.
Next month I will share additional news about the upcoming school year. In the meantime, we send all best wishes from Suffield.
Annabelle Hicks will join our Languages Department as a French teacher. Annabelle is a graduate of Gould Academy and Colby College, where she was a French major and Music minor. She has worked at Phillips Academy, the Cardigan Mountain School Summer Program, and St. Johnsbury Academy. Annabelle was an All-New England track and field athlete at Colby and has an extensive background in skiing and music. In addition to her teaching, Annabelle will coach track and alpine skiing and be a dorm associate.
Mary Mitchell '10 returned to Suffield this summer as the coordinator of social media and our website. Mary will also teach in the Leadership Program. Mary is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College where she captained the women's lacrosse team. She worked for the past three years at CBS Interactive in New York, most recently as advertising sales account coordinator. In addition to her work in Marketing and in Leadership, Mary will coach lacrosse and be a dorm associate.
Naomi Noyes is joining our Languages Department as a Spanish teacher. Naomi is a graduate of University of North Carolina Asheville, where she double majored in Spanish and International Studies. She studied in Spain and Portugal and lived on the Azores islands. Naomi has taught Spanish since 2014 and is also pursuing her Master's Degree at Middlebury College. Naomi will coach field hockey and be a dorm associate.
Will Powers '05 will be an assistant director in our admissions office. Will is a graduate of Santa Clara (Economics Major) and has a Master's in Educational Psychology from University of Colorado Denver. He studied abroad in Barcelona. Will has an extensive background in teaching and coaching swimming, and he has been deeply involved with the Boys and Girls Club of Denver. In addition to his work in admissions, he will coach water polo and be a dorm parent in Fuller Hall.