We are all looking forward to Parents' Weekend on April 21 and 22, and I wanted to send along some news regarding our spring term.
First, I am pleased to notify you about admissions results for the 2017-2018 academic year. We recently completed three extensive revisit days and have a talented group set to join us in September. We will have more than 70 new ninth graders, around 30 new sophomores, and 10-12 new students in grades eleven and twelve. Our students, faculty, and many parents did a wonderful job welcoming these families to Suffield and clearly communicating the special attributes of our school.
Our seniors are finalizing their college plans and we are excited about the many fine schools they will attend. The list of acceptances is long and impressive with an interesting variety of colleges and universities. While the final destinations are still taking shape in many cases, we know students will likely head to large universities like NYU, Colorado, Indiana, Syracuse, and UCLA, smaller universities including Bentley, Brown, Bryant, Columbia, Denver, Georgetown, George Washington, Northeastern, Tufts, and Wake Forest, and colleges including Bowdoin, Dartmouth, Dickinson, Hamilton, Ithaca, Middlebury, Pitzer, and Wheaton. As with admissions, I will report more news about college placement when the decisions are finalized at the end of the month.
Construction of Brodie Hall is proceeding on schedule. This 13,000 square foot building will house beautiful temporary classrooms during the 2017-2018 academic year, and then be converted next summer to a dormitory and two faculty residences. You can track the construction on our school's webcam
. The Memorial Building expansion and renovation is scheduled to begin on June 1 and I will share more details about this exciting project at Friday's auction in Brewster Hall.
In the coming days you should receive our fall/winter issue of Suffield magazine. It includes features about various programs, updates on campus events, and news about many Suffield alumni. An electronic version can be seen on our website
Our senior speaker series concludes with talks today and on May 1. As we hoped, this has been a nice addition to our chapel program and helped strengthen the bonds of our community. Many of the talks are online
. Our other remaining chapel meetings will feature traditional spring-term events including student council election speeches, the Kent-Davis Oratory Contest, and our Alumni Leadership Day presentation. This year's alumni leadership awards committee was comprised of David Emerson '17, Chris Ennis '17, Morgan Islam '17, Zach Mooney '17, Chloe Rogalin '17, Tyreek Scott-Grayson '17, faculty members Dave Rockwell '58 and Phil Riegel '87, and alumni representative Ed Kaplan '77, P'08, '12, 17. They chose two recipients (David Holmes '60 and Janice Lee '96) and fortunately both can join us on May 15. David was Suffield's headmaster from 1992 to 2004. He also was head of Community School in Sun Valley, Idaho, held various positions in higher education (at Columbia, Lewis University, and University of Vermont), led a government agency focused on educational innovation, and directed the Lee Pesky Learning Center. David is currently co-director of the Institute on Character and Admissions. Janice Lee is an intellectual property lawyer focusing most frequently on biotechnology, chemistry, and materials engineering matters. She guides clients through patent procurement and litigation matters. Prior to becoming a lawyer Janice developed bio-synthetic hybrid polymer materials and coculture systems for musculoskeletal tissue engineering.
We have arts and athletics events scheduled throughout the spring. Our spring play ("Diary of Anne Frank") will take place May 18, 19, and 20, and we will have several other arts events in April and May. All of our spring athletic teams are competitive and are in the midst of their interscholastic schedules.
As we look to Parents' Weekend, I want to again thank everyone helping with Friday's auction. Our co-chairs (Mary Bonavita P'18 and Maureen Moryto P'16, '18) are working with many other volunteers to help ensure a great evening for the school. I hope you can join us and have had a chance to look at the auction catalog online
The overarching themes in our admissions revisit program centered on how Suffield's clarity of purpose and warm community have helped elevate the school in all ways. Thank you for your partnership in making these important attributes a reality. Hillary and I look forward to seeing many of you on campus this weekend.