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BERWICK A C A D E M Y
1791 L e t t e r
INTRODUCING OUR NEW TURF FIELDS
Berwick Academy is proud to introduce the latest additions to our campus. The state-of the art athletic turf ﬁeld is nearly complete and its mini version outside the Lower School will be ﬁnished within weeks. We are looking forward to getting our athletes onto these ﬁelds this fall!
Lower School mini turf
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MESSAGE F R O M
Head of School
SUMMER EPHEMERA When I was in high school, I vividly recall that our visual arts department sponsored a show entitled Summer Ephemera. For whatever reason, the two words have been inextricably linked in my brain ever since. At a minimum, the aforementioned art show forced me to look up another vocabulary word that I would see once again on the SATs later in my high school career. The words do coalesce nicely, as we all appreciate that summer universally possesses a ﬂeeting, magical quality, and we can never seemingly grab hold of it entirely nor have our ﬁll. For the Schneiders, there has been Kenna’s ﬁrst ride down the ﬂume at Storyland and her ﬁrst pull behind a motorboat on a tube with Mom in Lake Michigan. Avery has learned to stagger across warm grassy ﬁelds in July as she has become noticeably more mobile. And Amy and I have had a precious moment to appreciate all that we have to be thankful for within our family and within the Berwick community as a whole. Perhaps unlike any other year since my arrival, I cannot wait for your children to return. Thanks to Mother Nature, our turf ﬁelds are scheduled to be completed right on schedule, along with the incredible new entrance to the campus donated by BAPA this year. I have a suspicion that we will see a few awestruck eyes this fall (students and parents alike) as people return from their ﬂeeting vacations back to a Berwick reality that ﬁnds our campus experience enhanced dramatically. Watching these projects come to fruition has simply been fun in every sense of the word. It has reminded me what can actually be accomplished at an institution such as ours when we are able to discover the synergy between vision, generosity, and opportunity. The whole experience has been just a tad surreal for me, but when I walk across our new bulldog logo on the ﬁeld on steamy summer evenings with my daughters, I am convinced that it all will actually still be here when you return this fall. There have been dozens of other exciting improvements this summer, although slightly more subtle. We have drastically improved the security of the campus with a new electronic key system that allows us to monitor the access to buildings with far greater detail and conﬁdence than we have had in the past. We are dressing up the interior of Kendall Lower School with a new space for science and an emerging classroom for a Pre-Kindergarten program in the fall of 2011. Our marketing committee is hard at work in the hopes of launching a refreshed look to our website this fall along with some new videos to spread the word about the power of the Berwick experience to the Seacoast. We will welcome one of my favorite speakers, Rob Evans, to visit our faculty for some insightful conversations as we open the school year. As an exceptional psychologist and author of remarkable books like Family Matters, and The Human Side of School Change, Rob plans to engage all of us in some thinking about the challenges associated with change and 1791 Letter ~ August 2010 communication. His style always seems laced with stories and wit that allow teachers to achieve a new perspective about the meaningful work that we do while appreciating the limitations we all have when working with children and families. As we vault into this year with a new trimester calendar, the next phase of curriculum mapping, and a pending NEASC ten year evaluation, our faculty and staff truly deserve to be commended for the grace with which they have evolved in the last three years. Perhaps “ephemeral” also works for me in considering summer in that there is always a bittersweet aspect to changes in personnel at school. Last June we said difﬁcult goodbyes to some amazing Berwickians, but I now have the pleasure of announcing our new hires to you. When I consider the collective enthusiasm, passion, and talent of this group, I can’t help but be excited about what they will all bring to your children next year. With the addition of a new Lower School Academic support coordinator and new school nurse, for example, I hope that our parents will be particularly excited about the ways in which Berwick continues to enhance its services in the areas of support and wellness. As much as the new facilities are exciting this summer, we also know that reaching every child in this community is our most pressing goal of all. Please join me in welcoming our newest community members: STARTED IN JULY OF 2010: Jenni Franco With Colleen Meader’s move into the Head of School ofﬁce this
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summer, we are so thrilled to welcome Jenni back to Berwick Academy in our advancement ofﬁce. She is a graduate of Berwick (’03) and Simmons College, and she has been working in event planning at the Wentworth By the Sea Hotel in New Castle, NH for the past three years. In this role, she has garnered important technological and interpersonal skills that will serve her extremely well in the 1791 House. While at Berwick as a student, Jenni was an exceptional dancer and active member of this community in so many ways. She brings an incredible charisma, passion, and familiarity to the School that will be huge assets as we work to reconnect with our recent alumni and consider creative new technologies in this ofﬁce. Her excitement for Berwick’s mission is contagious, and she began her work in our advancement ofﬁce July 1 of this year. Fidel Piedra Fidel Piedra joined us this summer to take on the role of custodial supervisor. In the wake of some turnover in this department at the end of the year, Fidel has already done a wonderful job orchestrating a new approach to keeping our campus beautiful. His prior experiences includes a number of cleaning companies that included management and oversight roles. These positions included signiﬁcant periods of time doing cleaning work at the University of New Hampshire. His energy is inspiring, and he clearly takes great pride in our beautiful campus. STARTING IN SEPTEMBER OF 2010: Karen Chiang We are thrilled to welcome Karen as our new school nurse. A graduate of Yale University School of Nursing, Karen has worked at Rochester Hill Family Practice for the past fourteen years. As a licensed nurse practitioner, she brings a new level of training and skill to keep our students healthy and safe. She joins our Support Service team at a moment when major initiatives are underway to make our records electronic and clarify a number of medical protocols campuswide. In addition to her roles in interfacing with teachers and coaches, we are excited to watch Karen evolve into teaching roles across campus as our K-12 wellness program continues to grow; she represents a great resource for all sorts of health-related topics for this community. Karen lives in Nottingham, NH. Rory Early I am pleased to announce the hiring of our new Boys Varsity basketball coach, Rory Early. Coach Early takes over the reigns of our NEPSAC championship basketball team. Coach Early works at Phillips Exeter Academy by day and has coached at both St. Thomas and Spaulding High School in recent years. He is actively involved in the highly successful Integrity Hoops organization. A resident of Rollinsford, Coach Early brings a wonderful passion for basketball and sportsmanship to our basketball program. Maguerite Genest Marguerite joins us as our new Lower School Academic Support Coordinator. A graduate of Elms College, she also holds masters and a doctorate in Educational Psychology from American International College. For the past eleven years, Marguerite has worked at the Curtis Blake Day School, which is associated with AIC in Springﬁeld, MA. Curtis Blake is a small, independent day school that caters speciﬁcally to students with different learning challenges. Marguerite brings an incredible capacity to work with 1791 Letter ~ August 2010
students, parents, and teachers as we strive to meet the learning needs of every Berwick student. In addition to her work with literacy and academic challenges in our Lower School, she will also assist us with emotional counseling needs for our youngest students as well. She becomes another critical new member of our K-12 Support Services team. Marguerite also harbors a deep passion for fashion and design, and we want to welcome her to the Seacoast as she relocates this summer, which will include moving closer to family in the Kennebunk area. Marielle Johnson Marielle Johnson joins us in the Upper School this year as a oneyear interim replacement in the English department for Andrew Kasprzak, who is pursuing his graduate degree at Columbia University this year. Marielle graduated summa cum laude from the University of Indiana and completed her Masters degree from the University of Vermont this summer. Her passion for literature, writing, and adolescents are equally compelling. She has taught in a number of classroom environments, most recently at Montpelier High School, where she co-taught a number of upper level English courses. She is also an accomplished singer, and we look forward to hearing her talents in this capacity as well throughout the year. Marielle will be relocating from Burlington, VT to the Portsmouth area this summer. Amy Trueworthy Amy will be joining us as a part-time employee this year, teaching two sections of Spanish in our Upper School while offering needed additional stafﬁng in our library. She will also use her talents as a passionate runner to assist our students in coaching Cross continued on pg. 14... 3
Peter Saliba - Upper School Director
Upper School News
Dear Upper School Community; I hope this letter ﬁnds you enjoying a respite from the routines of the academic year. After a week-long camping trip on the coast of Maine, I can say that the Saliba family has had plenty of bonding time, and that we are all looking forward to getting back into the swing of things! Although classes are not in session, the Upper School is quite busy. Ms. Rouleau and Mr. Mansﬁeld have been working hard on your academic schedules, the work on the new turf ﬁeld is nearly complete, and summer camps, both athletic and academic, have brought students to campus. In the second week of August, you will receive your class schedules for the upcoming year. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Rouleau. If you are unsure about a course, please remember that you have an add/drop period in the beginning of the school year to try things on for size. I also trust you have had a good start on the summer reading, and will have it completed by the opening of school. Although the school calendars will be arriving soon, I wanted to give you some dates in advance that you should mark on your calendars: • Freshman Orientation Trip: Thursday, August 26, to Friday, August 27 • New Student Orientation (Grades 10-12): Thursday, August 26 4 1791 Letter ~ August 2010 • Varsity teams begin practice on Monday, August 30. • First day of school: Tuesday, September 7. • US Parent Back-to-School Night: Tuesday, September 14. A few weeks ago, the Academy hosted a 100th birthday celebration for former Head of School Stuart Chaplin. Fogg was crowded all day with alumni/ ae from the 1950’s. It was great to hear them speak about the school, and how Fogg had changed since their time. They had a number of stories that were all very different, but they did share a common thread. Most of the memorable stories started with words to the effect of “I had never done this before, but decided to give it a try.” I hope you will keep this in mind as you approach this upcoming school year. The Academy prides itself in giving students the chance to try new things, and I hope you will avail yourself of the opportunities we offer. I wish you the best for these precious days of August, and look forward to seeing you on campus in September! Warmly, Peter Saliba Upper School Director
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Rosemary Zurawel - Middle School Director
Middle School News
Welcome to the “Back-to School” issue of the 1791 Letter. As I write today, the number of perfect sunny beach days seem to be endless, and I hope that your families have been able to take advantage of many of these. Perfect days of relaxation may postpone the thought of heading back to classes, but it is that very day that marks the summer time for our Dean of Students, Mike Hannon, my Administrative Assistant, Laurie Beakes, and me. When the second week of August arrives, you will receive schedules for your children that represent many hours of collaborative work here on campus. We hope that these schedules are complete, but occasionally further “tweaks” can be made prior to the start of school. A new schedule will await each student on the ﬁrst day of school. For families of seventh and eighth grade students, please note our efforts to create a stable homeroom grouping. Class groupings will mix students in seventh and eighth grades somewhat during the day, but each will have a ﬁxed homeroom group that will be their focus for special events, projects, and service activities. Your child’s homeroom teacher will be your conduit for information; a “ﬁrst stop” for your questions. Fifth and sixth graders will be traveling to classes in their homeroom groups for the entire year. A huge change for our entire campus is the shift to trimesters. While this does not impact the placement of many of our Middle School traditions, it will inﬂuence a shift in timing our formal communications. Parents of Middle School students will continue to have two conferences with all of the core class teachers (English, Social Studies, Math, Science, and Foreign Languages). Conference dates may be found on the Berwick Calendar in November and late March. The ﬁrst set of written comments and grades will be mailed after Thanksgiving. Grades without comments will go home in March, and a ﬁnal set of grades and comments will be mailed in mid-June. For parents accustomed to two sets of conferences and two sets of written narratives about their children’s progress, there is no change in substance, simply in timing. In June, the faculty reﬂected at length upon the curriculum and the knowledge and skill proﬁciencies in the various disciplines. One major concern arose; the perceived disconnect between our standards of excellence and the fact that the Honor Roll needed to be consistent with those standards. After considerable discussion, we came to the same conclusion that our Upper School colleagues had arrived at a year earlier. In order to earn High Honors, a student must achieve a 93% or higher in all subject areas (i.e., core classes plus music, art, computer, health, physical education, etc.). A grade of 85% or higher in all subject areas will earn the student a place on the Honors list. Our Effort Honor Roll will not change. This change to the Honor Rolls also brought forth an interesting discussion of the differences between aptitude and achievement. We all know students who are talented in a number of areas. Those talents may be sometimes challenging to measure 1791 Letter ~ August 2010 in objective terms. What we do measure carefully and objectively is achievement. We consider formal assessments such as quizzes and tests, projects, performances, collected work in portfolios, and homework. In other words, achievement is earned based upon the evidence each student submits. Each September, we work to build a sense of community within every grade level. For the students in the eighth grade, there is the Leadership Retreat at Merrowvista in Center Tuftonboro, NH. This year, the trip departs at 7:30 (Please arrive at school no later than 7:00 a.m with gear.) on Tuesday morning, September 7. Students will return to school on Wednesday, September 8 at 4:45 p.m. The wonderful work of the staff at Merrowvista will go far in empowering the leaders of the Middle School to take up the challenge of year ahead. Students in seventh grade will go to the Browne Center at UNH for their one-day program of stewardship and collaboration on September 27. The sixth grade students will attend a “Focus through Adventure” program in Saco on September 17. Our ﬁfth grade students will remain on campus for their community-building day. One of our most exciting initiatives in the coming year will be the K-12 discussion and activities surrounding the book, Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortensen. A representative group of teachers form each division has been meeting to work on the plans for the day, and our campus should feel quite different when the “Tenth continued on pg. 14... 5
Joel Hawes - Lower School Director
Lower School News
As we neared completion of our morning ﬁeld studies at Big Heath Bog, I was a bit surprised by my botany professor’s casual directions: “Let’s each ﬁnd a dry spot, sit down, and write and sketch for a half hour.” While not a bad idea to get off our feet and reﬂect on pitcher plants, lichen and bog cotton, there was a simple challenge in Dr. Killenbeck’s request—dry spots did not exist in Acadia’s Big Heath, just damp, wet, wetter, muddy, and muddier possibilities. However in the spirit of the course (Field Botany and Creative Writing) raincoats served as ground clothes and mossy hummocks served as lounge chairs while we pondered this closed basin full of plants, insects, water and, did I mention, mud. Midway through a week-long College of the Atlantic science course, I was fully immersed in the role of botany student. The Lower School faculty and I travel in many directions after attending our year-end meetings and writing our year-end reports. While re-energizing for the coming year is an essential summer routine, so too is a calculated approach to engaging in various forms of professional development. Summer growth includes reading required professional books, attending conferences, and participating in oncampus meetings as we prepare for our upcoming academic journey. I enjoy choosing professional development experiences that will support my administrative leadership and science instructor skills. Reading Who Moved My Cheese and Three Cups of Tea were obvious choices, as all faculty were asked to read those texts in preparation for early-September book discussions. Attending meetings with administrative and faculty colleagues was also crucial to a smooth September opening. Besides quality time with family and friends, however, my most enjoyable summer routines involve attending off-campus conferences and courses in order to engage in new experiences and gain new perspectives from educators across the country. In early July, I attended the Responsive Classroom Institute, an amazing two-day leadership workshop based on the importance of classroom and school-wide social/emotional experiences supporting classroom- and school-wide community and ultimately individual and collective academic achievement. My second course, Field Botany and Creative Writing, used Acadia National Park as its outdoor classroom. While the intersection of botany and writing caught my eye, the focus on creativity was of greater appeal. Promoting the creative thinking process with students is an important component of the teachingthinking-learning process. In its basic form, student creativity involves developing innovative ideas from prior knowledge and then applying these ideas through original and meaningful ventures. While the degree to which one can teach creativity may be debated, the degree to which one may promote creativity is more apparent. As a science teacher, here is my short list: allow 1791 Letter ~ August 2010 students ample time to think, ponder, and muck around; connect science with other disciplines in order to broaden potential ideas and solutions; model and appreciate outside-thebox thinking; and, most importantly, develop real-life and/or meaningful problems for students to solve. As we wrote in the bog on that bright Acadia morning, I was reminded of how purposeful and how creative our students can be when involved in meaningful pursuits. Promoting the creative process is one of the strengths of our Lower School faculty: As I tour our classrooms, I see young artists making important artistic decisions; social studies students conﬁdently presenting projects; library and computer students making important research connections; musicians, physical education participants and dancers experiencing skills in real-life performance contexts, French, math and science students creatively using their skills in classroom simulations, and, ﬁnally, literacy students actively engaged in reading and writing discoveries. As the school year unfolds, I welcome your thoughts about creativity in the Lower School. And in the upcoming weeks, I look forward to welcoming faculty, parents, and, of course, students to a new Lower School year as we transition from summer-time preparation to school-year adventures.
Rob Quinn - Athletic Director
Santa’s Village I am sitting in Jefferson, NH writing this 1791 edition for athletics. I am with my family on vacation visiting Santa’s Village. For those veteran parents who have made the summer pilgrimage to the White Mountains, you can relate with my brief review of this family outing. First, I must admit when my wife had brought up the thought of traveling three hours into the heart of the Presidential Range to visit Santa and his merry elves, I was not doing cartwheels. But, as I sit here this evening still buzzing from my Yule Log ride - I am a believer! (They have recently added a water park which was a bonus activity.) This is a must do family event . We had a blast and to be honest, it was nice being “off the grid” for a few days with our children. Summer on the Hilltop The campus was alive again this summer with multiple camps ongoing throughout the summer. We had our dance, and multi-sport camps that were a great success. We also had a terriﬁc boy’s lacrosse camp and have a ﬁeld hockey and girl’s lacrosse camp planned for the ﬁrst week in August. The Seacoast United Soccer Club held its Training Academy on campus for the second consecutive year. The numbers were up from last year with over 140 campers attending each week. Among those campers were many BA students from the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools. This camp has taken off and the partnership between SUSC and Berwick Academy is going very well. Field(s) of Dreams It’s hard to be on campus this summer and not see the construction ongoing up on ﬁeld #3 behind Jeppesen and the Lower School ﬁeld. The ﬁelds are on schedule and look amazing. I have been greeting the construction workers everyday with a big hello and then saying “What are we doing today?” I have been so excited about the process that I need to know every detail of how these ﬁelds are made and maintained. They have been patient with me and put up with my curious behavior. It certainly has been a learning experience for me and sheer excitement for all of our students to see these “Fields of Dreams” in September. Bulldog Golf Classic The Athletics Boosters are hosting their Annual Bulldog Golf Classic at the Ledges Golf Club in York, Maine, on Thursday, September 23; with an 8 a.m shotgun start. Save the date, and plan to join the festivities with the many members of our Berwick community. We are currently coordinating sponsors and prizes. If interested, please contact Rob Quinn firstname.lastname@example.org Preseason Fall Sports Update Boys Soccer: Coach Patrick Connolly email@example.com Preseason: On campus preseason will run from Monday August 30 until Thursday September 2, 5:00-6:30 p.m. These sessions are for anyone looking to tryout for the varsity team. Tryouts will continue during the ﬁrst week of school. Girls Soccer: Head Coach Rich Weinrebe firstname.lastname@example.org Preseason: On campus preseason will run from Monday August 30 until Thursday September 2, 5:00-6:30. These sessions are for anyone looking to tryout for the varsity team. Tryouts will continue during the ﬁrst week of school. Field Hockey: Head Coach Tracey Kelly email@example.com and Ass’t Coach Stacey Sevelowitz firstname.lastname@example.org Preseason: On campus from August 30 - September 2 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Although this is not mandatory, as we are a JV team, it is highly encouraged that you attend some or all of this week. We are also holding a clinic on Tuesday, August 24 from 4:30-7:00 p.m. with pizza to follow. This is not mandatory, but it will be a fun time to reconnect and meet the newest team members. Boys Cross Country: Coach Jon Davie email@example.com Preseason: Practices begin on Monday, August 30 and run through Wednesday September 1 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Girls Cross Country: Coach Raegan Russell firstname.lastname@example.org Preseason: Practices be on Tuesday, August 31 and run through Thursday September 1 from 5:00-6:30 p.m.
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you gotta have Arts
Deloris White - Fine Arts Director
ARTS BOOSTERS Arts Boosters’ Variety Show Remember to mark your calendar to attend the Berwick Academy Arts Boosters’ Variety Show. This annual fund-raiser for the arts will take place on Friday, October 15, 2010, at 7:00 in the Patricia Baldwin Whipple Arts Center Theater. This night will be ﬁlled with song, instruments, dance, laughter and much more presented by staff, faculty and administration from each division. DANCE Dance Classes The dance classes will begin on Monday, September 13. You may register for dance classes any time prior to September 13. Please refer to the dance section on the Berwick Academy web site for detailed descriptions of the various dance classes. MUSIC Applied Lessons Berwick’s lesson program will begin Monday, September 20. You may register for music lessons with one of Berwick’s many professional musicians any time prior to September 20. Please contact Sally Wituszynski the Applied Lesson Program Coordinator for more information. After School Ensembles Music teacher Stephanie Sanders will offer Musicianship after school on three days TBD to Upper School students. This performance based offering will give students the 8 1791 Letter ~ August 2010 opportunity to develop both technical and musical skills through individual or group practice and occasional performance. Musicianship is an ideal opportunity for students to hone their audition skills for music festival auditions or musical theater auditions. It also provides a place for students who would like to form their own band. Participation in this activity fulﬁls a one-season afternoon activity requirement. Please contact Stephanie Sanders for more information regarding possible themes or concentrations for Musicianship during this school year. Also, please contact Ms. Sanders for more information regarding the Middle School Jazz Band. Festivals Any Upper School student interested in auditioning for the Maine District I High School Honors Festival for the Maine All-State festivals should check with Brenda LaForce regarding music preparation for these auditions. Students must be enrolled in a Berwick music course in order to audition. THEATER The Diary of Anne Frank, the powerful account of a young woman and her family forced into hiding during the Nazi terror of World War II, will be staged Friday and Saturday, October 29 and 30 by the Berwick Academy Upper School Drama Department. Auditions are open to all Upper School students and will take place Thursday and Friday, September 10 at 11 at 3 :00 p.m. on the third ﬂoor of Fogg. For more information, please be in touch with Liz-Anne Platt, director, lplatt@ berwickacademy.org
BAPA Notes - from the BAPA Board Members
Parents Association News
Division Coordinators. PRESIDENT’S NOTES I am sure all of you are enjoying a wonderful summer with friends and family, but September is just around the corner and the school year will be here before we know it. It will prove to be an exciting and busy time as we welcome new and returning families to the Berwick campus. Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have as the school year approaches. I look forward to seeing all of you in September, but be sure to enjoy the rest of your summer. Volunteering Berwick Academy Parents Association (BAPA) is always looking for parents to assist with a variety of volunteer opportunities during the school year. Whether we are looking for baked goods for a holiday celebration in your child’s classroom, assistance with costumes for school productions, or coordination of social activities in the Upper School, there are a variety of opportunities for parent volunteers. It’s a great way to get to know other BA parents, and a meaningful way to support your child’s school. August Events There are many back-to-school activities being planned in the different divisions. They are a wonderful way to get to meet other parents and students at Berwick. Be sure to check the Lower, Middle, and Upper school section notes in this publication for details regarding these gatherings. If you have not received information regarding these socials, feel free to contact me or your Parent Coffee/Orientation On September 7 at 8:20 a.m., please join us for a Lower School orientation for all families that are new to the Lower School, and a Middle School/Upper School coffee for parents of children in those divisions, on the B-D porch (the yellow and brick building). These gatherings are designed to allow new parents to meet and ask questions of veteran parents in a casual and relaxed atmosphere. Nonschool age children are welcome to attend. First BAPA Meeting of 2010 Please join us for the ﬁrst meeting of the school year on Monday, August 27 at 8:15 a.m. in the Commons Lounge. Mufﬁns and coffee will be served. By virtue of being the parent of a student at Berwick, all parents are members of the parents association. We hope you will join us for our ﬁrst general meeting where you will have the opportunity to meet other parents and the BAPA Board. Information will be given regarding future events and activities on campus. There will also be a Class Rep meeting following the General Meeting. If you are interested in serving as a Class Rep for your child’s grade or just want to ﬁnd out what the position entails, please join us for that meeting. Again, younger siblings are welcome at both meetings. BAPA Information on the Portal Be sure to look for BAPA news, announcements, budgets, board member contact information, meeting agendas, and schedules on the BA Portal. 1791 Letter ~ August 2010 Please contact Tracey Kelly if you have any questions regarding access to the portal at tkelly@berwickacademyorg. Lesli Friel email@example.com MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS We hope that you are all enjoying this beautiful summer. Before you know it, we’ll be packing backpacks, buying new school shoes, and gearing up for another fun-ﬁlled and exciting year in the Middle School. We have wonderful events scheduled for this upcoming year and are excited to welcome everyone back to the Hilltop. As is our tradition in the Middle School, each year we try to get the kids together before the start of the school year. We need a volunteer from each grade to coordinate a Back to School Gathering. In the past, parents have hosted gatherings at their homes, at local beaches, at parks... anywhere! This is a fun and easy way to reconnect and welcome new students. Normally, these gatherings are held a week or so before the start of school. If you are interested in coordinating a get together for your child’s class, please contact either Joanne Meyer (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Francee Quinlan (email@example.com). In addition, if you are interested in becoming a Class Rep for your child’s class, please do. It’s never too late to become a Class Rep. If you continued... 9
Treasurer’s Report June 30, 2010 BAPA Expenses: $2389.56 Proceeds from 8th Grade BBQ for Baccalaureate Lower School $193.43 $2795.00 $487.45 Total LS Middle School $663.00 $5000.00 $1333.00 $973.31 Total MS $7,969.31 Upper School $159.18 $1518.05 $526.88 $3391.00 Total US
have any questions or would like to sign up, please contact Joanne Meyer or Francee Quinlan. We are looking forward to seeing you on September 7 at the BAPA Coffee (held on the B-D porch). Please be sure to stop by and say hello! Until then, we send you best wishes for a fun, restful, and fabulous summer! Middle School Coordinators, Joanne Meyer Francee Quinlan firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com I hope that you have all been enjoying your summer. It doesn’t seem possible that we are turning our attention to the events and activities of a new school year. The time does ﬂy.... I’d like to start this note by extending a huge thank you to Suzanne McFarland, our outgoing BAPA Coordinator. We had a very successful year supporting our US students and faculty through numerous events. The spring US Forum set records for attendance and participation. We spent our funds carefully with parent input. The end of year Woofstock celebration was a great success. Much of this was due to Suzanne’s leadership, her outreach to parents, and her focus on enrichment for our kids. Mary Towey has stepped in to ﬁll Suzanne’s shoes and we are excited to continue many of the things that were started last year. Look for most of your information from us via email updates, push pages, and portal postings. We welcome all support and participation - if you can tackle a fundraising project or send in snacks for coffeehouse, please let us know! We
are hoping to have a full slate of class reps this year, an Auction Coordinator and a team to lead Woofstock next June as it continues to grow as one of our community celebrations. We are embarking on several new fundraising events this year - please look for more information on this soon. You will hear more from us as dates get closer and we thank you in advance for pitching in and for your support! A few dates to be aware of as your thoughts turn to the fall August 26 at 9:00 a.m. on the porch at B-D . Upper School will welcome all new parents at an gathering with coffee and mufﬁns. If you are a current parent, please consider joining us to extend a welcome to our new families and welcome them to the Berwick US community September 7 at 8:30 a.m., also on the B-D porch - BAPA will host their ﬁrst event of the school year with a Parent Welcome Back Coffee. Please join us. September 14 at 7:00 p.m. is Upper School Back to School Night. Mary and I will host a meeting beginning at 6:00 p.m. to provide an overview of the US events and budget, to hear parent suggestions and to discuss opportunities for involvement and participation. We look forward to seeing you on campus. Mary Pat Dolan and Mary Towey Upper School Coordinators NEW FAMILY NEWS I hope you are all enjoying a fantastic summer and starting to get excited about what the new school year will bring at Berwick Academy. I certainly don’t want to wish this beautiful
LS Author Program Family Fun Day caterer Plimouth Plantation trip $3,475.88
8th Grade Recognition Canobie Lake trip MS Ski trip buses MS Enrichment
Clubs/Extracurricular Freshman Orientation Senior Activities Wilderness Trip $5,595.11
Total Remaining Funds Remitted to BAPA General Fund $14,261.11 Total BAPA Expenses 5/1/10 – 5/31/10 $33,690.97 Balance at end of June 2010 $0 Nancy Murphy firstname.lastname@example.org Schools Treasurer
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summer away, and yet, it is my sincere desire to make sure your transition to Berwick Academy is a smooth one. Two years ago I arrived to the Seacoast area from London, England, with my husband and three children. It was an incredible transition year, and I am well aware of what anxious feelings may creep in during the upcoming weeks. That is exactly why it was important to me to reach out to new families to calm some of that “newbie” uneasiness. To that end, each of you should have been contacted by an existing Berwick parent who has volunteered to welcome you and answer any questions you might have, parent to parent. If you have not been contacted by anyone, please call or email me. Don’t be shy about this. That’s what I’m here for! Soon you will receive your school calendar which will arrive in the mail in August. I encourage you to review it carefully as it is very comprehensive
and an invaluable resource. You will have questions. Perhaps not now, but inevitably you will. That is completely expected. Again, don’t be shy. Call me. Email me. If I can’t help you, I will ﬁnd someone who can. I look forward to meeting you on the porch of the BD building on the ﬁrst day of school for a coffee after you have dropped off your child. Look for more details about this as we get closer to September. Until then, I hope you enjoy what remains of this exceptional summer weather. Katie Clark BAPA New Family Coordinator Kclark_uk@hotmail.com (207) 698-0080 BERWICK COMMUNITY BENEFIT NEWS It is hard to believe we are almost at the end of summer and already looking at a new school year. Andrea and I have already begun working on the Berwick 1791 Letter ~ August 2010
Community Beneﬁt for 2011. The event will be held on April 30 at the Red Barn at Outlook Farm. This event requires many hands so if you would like to get involved in the planning process our ﬁrst meeting is Thursday, September 16 from 8:30-10:00 in the BAPA ofﬁce in BD. We need people in all areas: decorating, marketing, solicitation, and logistics. This is a great way to get involved and meet new people while helping us raise money for the BAPA funded enrichment events at Berwick. Look forward to seeing you there and enjoy the rest of your summer. If you have any questions email Jean Jarvis at email@example.com or Andrea Bristol at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Cindy Briggs - School Counselor
We l l n e s s N e w s
your child’s anxiety tenfold. EASING THE TRANSITION BACK TO SCHOOL Believe it or not, in a few weeks we will all be making our way back up Academy Street to that beautiful school on the hill. Where has the summertime gone? It just seems like yesterday that we were saying goodbye, and wishing each other a restful vacation. Even for the best of us, returning to school can be a challenge. This challenge can be especially difﬁcult for younger students who are entering kindergarten, new ﬁfth graders (those who are transitioning from the Lower School as well as from other schools), or just the student who gets “the ﬁrst day jitters.” I thought it might be helpful to offer some hints on how to make this summer-to-school transition smoother. Transitions can be difﬁcult, particularly for those who are going into a new situation. The “fear of the unknown” is very common for the young and (sometimes) not so young student. Like most adults, kids like to know what to expect in a new situation. One of the most helpful things a parent can do for their kindergartener, ﬁfth grader, or a child who has a tendency to get nervous about transitions, is schedule a visit prior to the start of the school year. Take your son or daughter into their new classroom or their new building. Help them become familiar with their new surroundings. Show them where their locker or cubby is located, point out where the restrooms are located, and show them where they will come in and out of the building each day. Just getting a visual sense of their new surroundings can reduce 12 New and inveterate students sometimes worry about seeing their peers after a long summer break. “Will the other kids like me”; “Will my best friend from fourth grade still be my best friend in ﬁfth grade, even though new kids are coming this year?” Berwick does a great job of addressing these fears by scheduling ice cream socials and pool or beach parties before the school year begins. These events give the new students an opportunity to meet each other before the start of school, and returning students an opportunity to get reacquainted before their ﬁrst day back. It is also helpful for parents of new students to schedule play dates prior to the start of school. This will enable your child to make individual connections with classmates and see some familiar faces on the ﬁrst day of school. My suggestion is to keep these play dates “short and sweet” and structured, particularly for the younger student. Consistency and routine are two of the key ingredients for a smooth return to school. I try not to alter my sleeping schedule over the summer months. For many students this is not the case ~ my kids included! Unfortunately, many Lower, Middle, and Upper School students begin the new school year exhausted. Over the past three months many have gotten into the routine of staying up late and sleeping in the next morning. One of the best things a parent can do TWO WEEKS before the start of school is institute a regular bed time. This ﬁrmly established sleep schedule will assist your child in adjusting to the school year and its new challenges. Moving up from kindergarten to ﬁrst grade or from eigth to ninth grade creates anxiety for kids, and sometimes for parents too. “Will my child be able to keep up with the increased academic demands?”; “How is he/she going to do all of the required homework?” One of the best things a parent can do is to refrain from sharing their concerns with their child about the increased academic demands. Direct your concerns to the appropriate people such as the classroom teacher or the division director. Calm any “fear of failure” by assuring your child that you know they are ready for the next grade level, and if they need academic support, it will be made available to them. There is no doubt that Berwick Academy has a rigorous academic environment. For some students this reality creates a “double-edged sword,” one side being a healthy motivator and the other an unhealthy set of academic expectations. Assist your child in setting realistic goals for the school year. It may be a “set up” for your child to begin the school year with the attitude that anything less than high honors will not be good enough. The old cliché “All that I expect from you is to try your best” may be very calming, particularly for children who put a lot of pressure on themselves. Cherish the ﬁnal week of summer vacation! Schedule some time to just be with your child. Eat a continued on pg 14...
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Rachel Saliba - School Archivist
BA HISTORY TOP TEN Considering that Berwick Academy was established during President George Washington’s ﬁrst term as President of the United States, the history of Maine’s oldest educational institution is rich with many fascinating stories. It is my hope that the following list of Berwick’s top ten moments in history will whet your appetite for more information about Berwick’s proud history. 1. The school is located on land that was once called “Quamphegan.” It was purchased from Piscataqua Indian, Sagamore Roles in 1643 and then eventually donated to the school by founder, Judge Benjamin Chadbourne. 2. The idea to start Berwick Academy came from Reverend John Thompson from the Berwick Congregational Church. He convinced some of his parishioners (Chadbourne being one of them) and other community leaders in the Seacoast area to help him start the school with the “purpose of promoting piety, religion and morality and for the education of youth . . .” The following 14 individuals were part of the original group of founders: Reverend John Thompson Judge Benjamin Chadbourne, Esq. Doctor Ivory Hovey Mr. John Lord Reverend Benjamin Stevens, D.D. Judge Nathaniel Wells, Esq. Reverend Moses Hemmenway D.D. Judge David Sewall, Esq. Colonel Jonathan Hamilton Mr. John Haggens Judge Edward Cutts, Esq. Reverend James Pike Judge John Rollins, Esq. Mr. John Hale, Esq. 3. This group of 14 men wrote a petition for a charter to start the school and presented it to the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Maine Berwick Academy in 1855 was still part of MA then). It was approved and signed by Governor John Hancock on March 11, 1791. Berwick Academy was the ﬁrst secondary school to be founded in the District of Maine. As legend has it, Rev. Thompson rode to Boston and back on horseback two times during the winter in order to submit the petition and have the charter approved. 4. The ﬁrst Preceptor, Samuel Moody, started on May 6, 1793. We have not found records listing the ﬁrst students to attend, but we know from the Board of Trustees minutes that the school was limited to 40 students because of the small size of the 1791 House. At the beginning, each student was charged a fee of 6 pence (equivalent to almost 10 cents) each week for instruction and the only requirement for admission by 1800 was the ability to read English. 5. Due to demand and ﬁnancial need, the school started to admit girls in 1797 and then rescinded their acceptance in 1813. By 1828, the Board of Trustees reconsidered their decision and started the “South Berwick Female Seminary” that was housed in their new academic building. The girls were kept apart from the boys with separate classrooms and they had their own “Preceptress.” Things changed for the girls when the school became a boys-only boarding school in the fall of 1959. They continued to be admitted as day students, but their numbers were small. 6. To accommodate the new Female Seminary, the original academic building, the 1791 House, was sold and moved to Main Street in South Berwick in 1830. It was replaced continued on pg 14.. 13
The 1791 Building was the ﬁrst school building. It is recognized as the oldest framed schoolhouse still in use in the United States.
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HEAD OF SCHOOL NEWS...cont. from pg 3
Country. While holding undergraduate degrees from UNH in both English and Spanish, she is currently completing her Masters degree in Spanish. She serves as a graduate teaching assistant at UNH, teaching undergraduate courses while integrating her passions of literature and the Spanish language. A native of Rochester, NH, Amy brings an exceptional intellect and love of language to this new role. Please be sure to enjoy the ﬁnal, ephemeral days of summer to their fullest. Know that another exceptional year of stretching towards excellence awaits your children when they return. Up here on the Hilltop, we are counting the days. Health Form Reminder Just a ﬁnal reminder that the Emergency Permission form and the School Health Record update must be completed before your child can attend the ﬁrst day of class. These were sent in mid-April via regular mail. Blue and White Weekend Save the Date I am pleased to announce that we are expanding our programming this fall for Blue and White weekend, which will include some new activities for small children along with dedication ceremonies for the ﬁelds and a re-dedication of Whipple Arts center. Please mark your calendars for September 25, 2010 for this amazing event!
encourage you to proceed at 8:30 to the porch of the Burleigh-Davidson building for coffee and to meet other parents. We will begin our day with an assembly at 8:30 a.m. before sending students to classes for the day. The normal schedule of 3:00 and 5:00 p.m. buses will be in effect. By now, you should have a copy of the policy for students in the Middle School who will need to take the late bus or who will wait for a parent to pick them up. Please ﬁll out the enrollment form completely and send it in to my attention as soon as possible. Our strict school policy is that any Middle School child who must remain after school must be enrolled in the Supervised Silent Study Hall. The Study Hall is held until 5:00 p.m, Monday through Friday in Room 8 (lower level of the Middle School building). Teachers are assigned this duty and are available to support homework efforts and to ensure that students are in the company of an adult at all times. As the month of August draws to a close, please let me know of any questions or concerns that you may have. I will be away from campus on vacation from the 13th through the 24th. I wish you and your family many great beach days until we meet after Labor Day.
WELLNESS NEWS...cont. from pg 12 leisurely breakfast together, let your child take all the time he/she wants to get dressed for the day, take a car ride (preferably down Route 236) with no time constraints, ﬁx an incredibly delicious dinner for the whole family to eat together, and develop a transition ritual such as a special daytrip that you can repeat year after year to mark the end of summer and the beginning of the school year. Most importantly, enjoy the ﬁnal days of the summer because, before you know it, we will all be making our way up Academy Street for the ﬁrst day of school. See you in September! Cindy Briggs
ARCHIVES NEWS...cont. from pg 13
by three other academic buildings in the same location that Fogg is in today. The ﬁrst building was burned by rioters in the Rum Rebellion violence in 1851 (Maine was the ﬁrst state to adopt prohibition laws). The next school building, called the 1853 Building, was the school house for almost forty years until it was eventually moved and replaced by the current Fogg Memorial Building in 1894. Photos of three of our academic buildings are hanging in the lobby of the Commons. 7. Between the years of 1868 and 1959, the Board of Trustees maintained a policy that permitted students from local towns to attend Berwick Academy if the town paid the tuition for each student to attend. In keeping with public school curriculum guidelines, BA offered classes in typing, shorthand, home economics and industrial arts. Generations of South Berwick residents graduated from Berwick Academy as the school had become their “public school.” 8. Between 1957 and 1966, the school
ATHLETICS NEWS...cont. from pg 7
MIDDLE SCHOOL NEWS...cont. from pg 5
Day” arrives. Information will be forthcoming and posted on our portal. Parents, you are most welcome to come into the Middle School with your child(ren) at 8:10 on Tuesday morning, September 7 to greet friends and to meet this year’s teachers. We
Coed Golf: Coach John Downey email@example.com Practices will begin the ﬁrst day of classes. If you are interested in trying out for the team, please contact Mr. Downey via e-mail.
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acquired nine homes for dorms and faculty housing and built a gymnasium, the Commons and a hockey rink to accommodate the boarding program. 9. While the Academy has lasted centuries, there have been a few “difﬁcult” periods throughout its history. The ﬁrst major hurdle occurred Flanders House 1959 - The school purchased many of the six years after the Trustees buildings along Academy Street and turned them into dorms and raised enough money to faculty housing to accommodate the boarding program starting start the school. The home in 1960. of Board Treasurer, Dr. Ivory Hovey, burned to the illustrator Douglas Alvord from her ground with all of the school’s funds book, The Country of the Pointed Firs hang inside of it. The school hit hard times in the Burleigh Davidson Building. again during the War of 1812 and was Gladys Hasty Carroll – author of forced to close its doors for two years Dunnybrook and many other books and from 1817 until 1819. The most recent short stories. challenge was in October 1970 when Mike Eruzione – Captain of the U.S. the Board voted to close the school and Ice Hockey “Dream Team” that won then reconsidered their decision shortly the Olympic Gold Medal in 1980. afterward and voted to liquidate some of the school’s assets instead including If you are interested in learning Andrew Wyeth’s original painting more about the history of Berwick entitled “Fourchu Light” (Andrew’s son, Academy, I will be leading a Campus Nicholas, graduated from BA in 1963) Historical Tour for the South Berwick and most of the dormitories and faculty Historical Society on Saturday, houses. September 18 at 1:00 p.m. You can also contact me at 207-384-6330 or 10. Berwick Academy became an ofﬁcial firstname.lastname@example.org. The “country day school” with grades ﬁrst Berwick Academy Archives are located through twelfth by 1977. Then, over on the second ﬂoor of Jackson Library a 17 year period, the school built the and are open on Mondays and Fridays Patricia Whipple Arts Center, the from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. during the Kendall Lower School building, the school year. Clement Middle School, the Athletic Complex, the Jeppesen Science Center, and the Jackson Library to accommodate all of the students. A few of Berwick’s most noteable alumni: John Noble Goodwin – the ﬁrst territorial governor of Arizona Sarah Orne Jewett – author of the famous book, The Country of the Pointed Firs and many other nationally acclaimed books. Original prints made by the 1791 Letter ~ August 2010 15
Jedd Whitlock - Director of Advancement
Alumni and Development News
Greetings from the Hilltop! As we close the books on the 2009 – 2010 ﬁscal year, I want to thank the Berwick community for making this year’s campaign such a success. I am pleased and proud to report that we exceeded our goal in both parent participation (67%) and overall dollars raised ($634,994). I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude and congratulations to all who made it possible. I have included some important statistics that I thought you might be interested in: 2009 – 2010 Annual Fund Goal: $575,000 2009 – 2010 Annual Fund Year End Total: $634,944 2008 – 2009 Annual Fund total: $570,000 2009 – 2010 Participation Goal: 65% 2009 – 2010 Participation Year End Total: 67% 2008 – 2009 Participation Total: 60% Incidentally, the national average for Annual Fund parent participation in FY09 was 64%. I am currently waiting for FY10 parent participation statistics from NAIS (National Association of Independent Schools) but it is incredibly exciting to be above 65%. Additionally, I wanted to mention that the total number of alumni gifts to the Annual Fund is up 62% from last year. We still have work to do over the next few years to lift alumni participation above the national average, but we are headed in the right direction. The number of overall gifts to the Annual Fund saw a substantial increase. Last year, 493 gifts were made to the Annual Fund from parents, alumni, grandparents, parents of alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of Berwick. This year, a total of 600 gifts were made to the Annual Fund. All this is to say that we have an extremely philanthropic community! These investments in our students, faculty, and overall program ensure that Berwick will continue to provide one of the ﬁnest educational experiences possible. Although we are already planning for the upcoming Annual Fund drive, I hope you will take a moment to reﬂect on your collective accomplishments from last year’s campaign. Lastly, some of you may know that Colleen Meader has shifted roles and has been promoted to Executive Assistant to Head of School Greg Schneider. Colleen has been a vital member of the development team for the past four years, particularly valuable to me during my ﬁrst year. Although I will miss her in the 1791 House, I am excited for her new role in B-D where she will undoubtedly ﬂourish and be a tremendous asset for the School. As a result of this, I am pleased to announce that we have hired alumna Jenni Franco ’03 as the new Development Associate in the Development Ofﬁce. She will be working closely with me on the Annual Fund. If you are on campus, please stop by and welcome her back to the Hilltop. In the meantime, have a great summer and see you in September! Thanks again for your continued support on behalf of Berwick Academy. Best, Jedd
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