Tuesday, March 4, 2014
I wanted to send some news from Suffield as our winter term concludes. Next week you will receive winter term grades and comments from our Academic Dean's Office.
Tonight's telethon will be the second of three student-led fundraising activities in support of Hearts of the Father Outreach. Led by Stevie Eagan '14, Denny Smythe '14, and Sam Feldman '14, our student body has displayed sincere commitment to these efforts. Their dedication and persistence have been inspirational.
Last weekend brought two successful dance performances and outstanding results in the New England swimming and diving championships. Suffield's girls' swim team repeated as New England champions, and the boys' team again earned second place in the exceptionally competitive field. These events ended a season full of successful extracurricular programs in athletics and the arts, which also brought a New England Championship for the girls' ski team and a sixth-consecutive state championship for the riflery team.
Author Jean Clervil presented at chapel yesterday, bringing closure to a winter series highlighted by six guest-speakers and presentations by student musicians and faculty members. Our spring chapel dates will be filled with school-wide programs including our Earth Day celebration, Alumni Leadership Day, and the annual Kent-Davis Oratory Contest. A committee of students, faculty, and alumni chose two recipients for this year's Alumni Leadership Awards: Tom Greene '87 (author and president of Vermont College of Fine Arts), and Kristin Hostetter Pandit '88 (gear editor at Backpacker Magazine).
Many students will take part in trips over March vacation, including those on our girls' lacrosse and softball teams. A group of twenty-one will visit South Africa from March 9 to March 23. The itinerary features stops in Johannesburg, Kruger Game Park, and Cape Town, and community service activities at both the Kliptown and Gold Coast Youth Programs.
Our Admissions Office is finalizing first-round decisions, which will be sent next week both electronically and by mail. The pool is again quite strong, with roughly eight 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 Steve Root 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 29 to August 1. This program includes many current and future Suffield Academy students, and details can be found on our website at http://www.suffieldacademy.org/summer
We are looking forward to our annual Parents' Association Auction, scheduled for Friday, April 25. This is an important and enjoyable evening for the school, and proceeds from this year's auction will be used to help fund the Stiles Walkway and a major wireless internet initiative. I will share news about these projects at the event and hope you can help us by attending and participating. You can learn more about items that have already been donated and get ideas for gifts by visiting the auction website (auction.suffieldacademy.org) or contacting auction coordinator Penn Sullivan (email@example.com
). The auction site will be open for bids starting on March 10. Thank you to the many parents helping organize the event, led by co-chairs Kathy Doten and Janet Rosenkranz.
As we look to the spring, I wanted to note our 2014 Commencement speaker will be Walter Moore P'09, '14, Vice President of Federal Affairs of the American Chemistry Council (ACC). Walter has had a distinguished career focused most closely on healthcare and government affairs. He has held senior positions at Genentech, Eli Lilly, Pfizer, and the Federal Election Commission. In addition to commending our graduates, I hope Walter will share parts of his fascinating personal story. I know he will shape an excellent message for our seniors, faculty, parents, and guests.
Hillary and I send our best wishes to everyone in the Suffield Academy community as the school concludes a successful term.