Tuesday, February 17, 2015
I wanted to share some news as we head into the final three weeks of the winter term. Our community is doing a nice job staying disciplined and spirited during this period of frigid temperatures where we are forced inside far too frequently.
Science Department Chair Volker Krasemann gave a wonderful chapel presentation yesterday. He focused on his childhood in East Germany, his interest in Native American culture (he authored a book called Powwow), and his arrival in America as a graduate student. Next week's chapel will highlight the performing arts and feature nearly 30 students. This will be followed by a visit from actor-speaker Mike Fosberg on March 2.
Our students will soon prepare for a variety of end-of-term assessments including oral presentations, extensive essays, and multimedia projects. These began with terrific 11th grade Area Studies presentations on January 29. Aligned with our students' language study, the area studies courses seek to integrate a traditional history and language curriculum with art, literature, music, politics, and contemporary culture. The winter trimester ends on March 6 and grades and comments will be sent to parents late in the following week.
We are having a strong winter athletic season with teams excelling at all levels. Postseason play awaits our swimming, diving, riflery, boys' basketball, and girls' and boys' squash teams. You will see details about these tournaments and contests in upcoming notes from the school. Last week was highlighted by several achievements including Western New England wrestling tournament titles by Drew Mahoney '15 (tournament's outstanding wrestler) and Trent Bellows '15, New England championship ski runs by Maggy Skaugen '17 and Zach Mooney '17, a Quinnipiac Division championship for our riflery team, and Christian Wilkins' 1,000th point on our varsity basketball team. The end-of-term dance performances will be held in the Seaverns Performing Arts Center on February 26 and 27.
Several students are working on plans for a fundraising telethon in support of Spouts of Water, a nonprofit aimed at offering greater access to improved and affordable clean water. This is one of three activities supporting Spouts of Water; the fall color course took place in October and several games will be part of May's Chill on the Hill. The telethon will feature live student and faculty performances and will be streamed on the Suffield Academy website on Thursday, March 5 from 7 to 10 PM.
Our Admissions Office continues working on first-round decisions for the 2015-2016 academic year. The candidate pool is again quite strong with roughly nine 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 Sam Stone 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 28 to July 31. This program includes many current and future Suffield Academy students, and details can be found on our website at www.suffieldacademy.org/summer
. Please contact Kyle Vigneault with any questions about Summer Academy (email@example.com
Twenty-four members of the Class of 2015 have been accepted in binding early decision programs at both small and large schools including—among many others—Brandeis, Colgate, Connecticut College, Elon, George Washington, Gettysburg, Hamilton, Hampshire, Lafayette, Middlebury, New York University, Pitzer, Richmond, Rollins, Skidmore, Southern Methodist, and Syracuse. Other students have been admitted through rolling or non-binding early action programs to schools including Berklee College of Music, College of Charleston, Denver, Miami University, Michigan, North Carolina, Northeastern, Southern California, Tulane, and Wisconsin. Members of our Class of 2016 are in the middle of the "College-101" Program, and approximately 100 parents of juniors attended the January 17 program on campus.
Many Suffield students will take part in trips over March vacation, with the largest group heading to Europe. They will visit several sites in Switzerland and the Lakes Region of Italy, and spend five days in Nice, France. They will hike in Italy's Cinque Terre and France's Calanques National Park. Other students will take part in athletic trips (softball and baseball) to Florida.
We are looking forward to our annual Parents' Association Auction on Friday, April 24. This is an important and enjoyable evening for the school, and proceeds from this year's auction will be used to support the ongoing renovation and expansion of Brewster Hall. I hope you can help us by attending and participating. You can get ideas for auction donations by visiting the Suffield website (www.suffieldacademy.org/auction
) or contacting auction coordinator Penn Sullivan (firstname.lastname@example.org
). The auction site will be open for bids in early April. Thank you to the many parents helping organize the event, led by co-chairs Kathy Doten P'14, '16 and Janet Rosenkranz P'15, '17.
As I mentioned in our recent school magazine and we see reflected in the words above, Suffield is prospering right now due to an effective blend of academic rigor in an encouraging, nurturing environment. Thank you for supporting the school and for your partnership in our work with your daughters and sons.