Tuesday, October 21, 2014
It was great seeing so many of you on campus for Parents' Weekend. Thank you for being a part of a special few days at Suffield. We are having a successful fall term and I trust that last week you received advisor comments and midterm grades.
There have been some wonderful recent events on campus that I wanted to highlight in this letter. Last week our cross country teams and other students ran in a friendly race with the Special Olympics of Connecticut (SOCT) Distance Running Team. Students in a sophomore leadership class taught last spring by Tim Cleary helped organize the run. On Sunday, several students worked with faculty members Liz Warren and Gis-Xi Nahmens to host a "South of the Border Street festival" that included games, music, dancing, music, and zumba.
The first of a three-part, year-long student fundraiser for Spouts of Water took place on October 18. Led by Nick Alfano '15 and Baek Kang '16, participants on Saturday traveled through a color run under the lights. It was well attended and a great deal of fun. Programming also began during the past few days in the Balance Barn, as more than thirty students took part in yoga classes with Bobby Hoyt '87 and Hillary Cahn '88. Bobby has generously volunteered to be at Suffield for the academic year and help establish a series of initiatives in the facility. Like Hillary, Bobby is an experienced yoga instructor and enthusiastic Suffield alum.
Activities this week include today's Grandparents' Day, Friday's Parent & Alumni Golf Outing (October 24), and Saturday's Admissions Open House (October 25). More than seventy families are touring campus this week as the admissions process for next year heads into high gear. We are confident our applicant pool will again be quite strong.
Along these lines, admission officers from more than 120 colleges and universities are visiting Suffield this fall to meet and recruit members of our Class of 2015. Our seniors are in the midst of the college application season, working both individually and at the College Application Nights in Hoffman College Counseling Center. The college counseling staff is executing our four-year program, and juniors will have the ten-week College 101 course during the winter term. Members of the Class of 2016 took the PSAT on October 15.
Rehearsals are in full swing for our winter musical, "In the Heights," scheduled for December 11, 12, and 13. The show is quite an undertaking, with more than forty students and six faculty members involved.
Finally, construction continues on a major expansion of Brewster Hall and conversion of Stiles Lane to a central campus walkway. This is a challenging, ambitious series of projects. Originally constructed in 1960, Brewster's uses have remained consistent over fifty-four years: a dining room, kitchen, and lounge on the main floor, a ten-bed dormitory and faculty apartment upstairs, and a student union and snack bar on the lower level. The expansion is designed for all of these uses and more, as Suffield's enrollment has grown from under 200 boys when the building was initially constructed to 410 girls and boys today. Most importantly, the expansion will ensure that all students and faculty can comfortably be part of our family-style lunch, a key component and highlight of the Suffield experience.
The school's momentum is very positive, and we are grateful to Suffield parents for their partnership.