Friday, April 17, 2015
Our spring term is unfolding and we are immersed in an exciting time of year at Suffield. I wanted to send along some campus news, and we look forward to seeing many of you here next weekend.
First, I am pleased to notify you that admissions results for the 2015-2016 academic year were exceptional. We had our largest-ever first round applicant pool and our yield on accepted students exceeded projections. More than two-thirds of the families participating in our admissions revisit program chose to enroll. The group will include around 80 freshmen, 30 new sophomores, and 12 to 15 new students in grades eleven and twelve. I was proud of how clearly and consistently our students and faculty articulated Suffield's philosophy and mission. It is great to see so many families eager to be part of our academically challenging, encouraging, and nurturing school.
Members of our Class of 2015 are making their final college decisions as the May 1 deadline approaches. Collectively, they sent more than 1,100 applications to nearly 300 schools. The list of destinations will reflect the talents and diversity of this year's class. Along these lines, next week we will host representatives from more than 150 colleges and universities for a fair involving several Hartford-area independent schools.
Despite the challenging weather conditions during the winter months, construction is unfolding well on the expansion and renovation of Brewster Hall. Stiles Lane is being converted to a central walkway and landscaping will soon begin. We will share an update at Friday evening's Parents' Association Auction, as well as emerging plans for the next steps in our campus evolution.
Students in our sophomore leadership courses are engaged in off-campus service projects. These include volunteer efforts with Suffield's elementary school and local childcare centers, animal rescue programs, and VA hospitals in conjunction with the Wounded Warrior Project. Several juniors have been helping lead efforts with Connecticut Special Olympics, and next week all members of our senior class will begin a three-part senior leadership seminar with presentations on financial management, sustaining relationships, and student conduct issues in higher education.
Our spring production of “Noises Off” continues tonight and tomorrow in the Jeanice Seaverns Performing Arts Center. It is a spirited farce featuring great acting and an elaborate set. Each act contains a “play within a play” and demands precise timing. Another artistic achievement is a new exhibit in the Tremaine Center. It includes outstanding work in various mediums from seven of our seniors, several of whom will major in the arts in college.
On Monday we will celebrate Earth Day during chapel, and upcoming meetings will feature traditional spring events including Alumni Leadership Day (May 4) and the Kent-Davis Oratory Contest (May 18).
As we look to next Friday's auction I want to again thank the many parents who have already supported the event through their time, auction items, and financial gifts for our Fund-A-Need Project. Proceeds are being directed to our Brewster Hall project and also to an endowment supporting our faculty summer sabbatical grants. These funds provide professional and personal growth opportunities for our teachers, and symbolize our appreciation for their excellent work.
If you cannot attend the event you can bid online until Wednesday at midnight on the auction website (suffieldacademy.org/auction). Others who cannot be here have generously sent gifts. Finally, tickets are still available and if you would like to join us please contact Beth Bailey (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The positive momentum of the school is evident in all areas of community life. Thank you for your enthusiastic partnership in all we are doing at Suffield.