Wednesday, October 31, 2018
I wanted to send news from Suffield as we proceed through the final part of the fall term. It has been a productive time on campus and the school’s trajectory is outstanding.
A current family made it possible for painter Sebastian Heiner to spend two weeks on campus as a visiting artist. Sebastian worked with our students and faculty and created some original pieces. Sebastian’s work combines colors and texture with the paint often protruding up to an inch from the canvas. Sebastian was born in Berlin, Germany in 1964 and studied at the Berlin University of the Arts from 1984 to 1991. He has worked in studios in Berlin, Beijing, Shanghai, and Bangkok. Recent travels have taken Sebastian to Israel and Jordan.
Geoffrey Rockwell ’82 installed a remarkable mural in Brewster Hall that precisely captures Suffield Academy. It has elements of Suffield’s past and present and graces the wall of our east lobby. Geoff’s love of the school is clearly evident in the work, which is fascinating our community and guests. You can learn more about the mural and Sebastian’s visit on The Arts
section of our website.
A series of events in support of a nonprofit organization called TeamBrent
began on October 20 with a color course paint run. Presented by Madi McCreesh ’19 as one of three possible charities to help, TeamBrent was our students’ clear choice. They provide support in various ways for pediatric cancer patients and research. Community Charity
efforts aimed at supporting charitable organizations beyond our campus have become a great tradition at Suffield and brought inspired leadership from our students. The next event for TeamBrent will be a winter telethon of live arts performances.
More than 200 students had grandparents on campus last Thursday. Our guests visited classes, learned about Suffield’s philosophy and programs, and joined us for lunch. It was fun for everyone here to welcome grandparents and reminded us again what a friendly and warm community we have.
Our seniors—with the support of their college counselors and recommendations by their teachers—have been closely focused on college applications with two big deadlines approaching (November 1 and November 15). The growth of early action, early decision, and rolling admission programs has accelerated the application process. This was part of what led to Suffield’s comprehensive four-year approach to college counseling. More details about the program can be found in the College Counseling
section of our website. Seniors are also signing up for Winter/Spring English elective courses next week. Fall term grades for all students will be sent the week of Thanksgiving.
In preparation for winter, parents should be aware that the school will send texts to all domestic parents with mobile phone numbers in our database when there are announcements related to scheduling and inclement weather. We will soon be sending a message to test the system. Since the majority of Suffield Academy’s students reside on campus, we do not normally suspend classes or activities during snowstorms or other extreme weather conditions. Although classes and school activities will occur, day student families are asked to make their own decision regarding the safety of travel. In the case of absences due to inclement weather please notify the Dean of Students’ Office (860-386-4492). Our faculty understands there will be no academic penalties for excused absences and will offer appropriate help for any missed classes.
We send our best wishes from Suffield.