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Hyde Weekly #5

Friday Night Clubs

This month, we took the Friday night time slot and created a space where students and faculty could enjoy past interests and explore new ones. It was a great way to start the year, get to know more people through shared interests, and have some fun. Of course, it was Hyde-style “ mandatory fun,” yet each person could choose the club they were interested in.


Sports Club

The sports club personified the idea of fun, friendly competition. Some nights, the group enjoyed playing various games while also discussing the benefits of lifelong athletic endeavors. The group also explored how competition and sportsmanship are integrated. 


Cooking Club

Led by faculty member Mary Agnes Edsall, the cooking club kicked off with crispy chocolate chip cookies hot from the oven. Other dishes made included bruschetta, tortilla Española, and crêpes, to name a few. The club learned about the origins of different foods as well.



Chess Club

Zach Lane ‘24 boasted, “The chess club is the best!” Students of all skill levels gathered to match wits and battle it out through the timeless game of chess. Under the guidance of faculty member Justin Siekierski, students have enjoyed taking the time to learn about the game while improving their skills.



Music Club

This lively group met at the Gauld’s house along with music teacher Liz Rhaney. The first night, everyone discussed their connection to music and favorite genres. Subsequent sessions included listening to songs, and watching music movies, and learning to produce a “beat” in the sound production room. Snacks were also a big hit! 



Board Games

In this club, groups of students could be seen in animated discussion gathered around tables where they were playing both new and traditional board games. Board games are a great recipe for laughter and “good clean fun."


Art Club

Artists with all levels of skill and background worked each week on various assignments including sketching, paintings, digital drawing, and collage. The sessions also included sharing individual work and receiving feedback.


Movie Club

This group met to view classic movies and share insights. On the last night, they watched the crime thriller 21 Bridges, starring the late, great Chadwick Boseman.  Student reactions to the movie were enthusiastic, and discussions were lively as students left the Chase Wing.


Video Gaming Club

A crowd favorite with the students, this club enjoyed classic video games as well as current games that the students were passionate about and were also deemed “appropriate.” Student leaders played a role in making the club exciting.


Like so many “mandatory fun” activities, there may not be great buy-in on the front end, but almost everyone enjoyed these Friday night opportunities! We move on to new all-school activities on Friday night but will revisit these clubs later in the year.  Great stuff!



Laura D. Gauld '76
President & Head of School


Fall Family Weekend

Thursday, October 13 – Sunday, October 16, 2022


Dear Parents, 


As fall arrives, we are well on our way toward building a dynamic school culture focused on character and excellence.  It is exciting to see the returning students with more confidence in themselves and their leadership, and to meet the new students who are full of energy and ready for a challenge.   


In just a couple of weeks, you will be joining us for Fall Family Weekend. 

Thursday, October 13 – Sunday, October 16


Our theme for the weekend is Biggest Job priority #4 – Set High Expectations and Let Go of Outcomes. When we aim higher than we think we can reach, and if we give our best, we will ultimately feel good about the outcome whether or not we actually accomplish our intended goals. 


If you are at Hyde, you are a high-expectation family.  While this can inspire the best effort and lead to achievements, it can also challenge our attitudes.  We may want to win at all costs or give up when something gets difficult.  We may try to control and manipulate.  We may compare ourselves to others and feel inadequate, or lower the bar because we are afraid.  As parents, it is important that we believe in our child’s best and set the character bar high, while also stepping back so they can wrestle with issues and learn life lessons.      


The Family Weekend activities will include academic class rotations, family seminars (Please answer the attached homework questions, and bring them to the Friday seminar), athletic events, a workshop on the college process, and regional activities. Siblings older than twelve, who are ready and willing to complete the homework, are encouraged to participate in the seminars. We ask parents to bring jeans and a white t-shirt for our Saturday night “mandatory fun.” 


We look forward to your arrival on Thursday – registration begins at 3 pm, and students will be available around 5 pm to go out to dinner with their families.  The packet you receive at registration will have all the details for the weekend.  We ask that all parents return to campus by 7:45 pm that evening.


If you have any questions regarding the weekend, please do not hesitate to contact me. 


When entering the Family Weekends, I have found that having an attitude of, “What can I learn about myself and my family?” has helped me tremendously.   Strive to demonstrate the same attitude and level of effort you expect of your child.  Have a safe trip, and we look forward to seeing you soon.


For Parents of International Students:

Please complete the attached homework. Your student will call you at 9:30 am EST on Saturday, October 15th to discuss this homework with you.




Katherine Mondanaro

Director of Family Education



Friday HW_Seminar Worksheet_FINAL.pdf









Fall College Visits


Over the course of the fall, Hyde welcomes admissions counselors from colleges and universities across the country. This week we hosted Lynn University and University of New England. These visits are a wonderful opportunity for Hyde students to learn more about colleges and explore their interests.



Lynn University, Boca Raton, FL




University of New England, Portland and Biddeford, ME

Wolfpack Recap




Saturday, September 24, cross country competed in the small school varsity division at the Manchester Invitational.  Alyssa Sigfridson ‘23 and Paula Jakobi ’24 came within the top fifty runners with Alyssa placing 26th and Paula 43rd out of 181 runners.  Jayshawn Bruce ’24 had the fastest run time for the boys coming in 136th out of 209 runners.


Wednesday, September 28, all three soccer teams competed against Kents Hill.  Boys Varsity Soccer were home on the turf taking another win 5 - 0.  Boys Junior Varsity and Girls Varsity teams played away at Kents Hill both taking a loss.  The games were not shutouts as each team scored one goal - Leonardo Broccoli '23 for BJVS and Amalia Hanlon ‘25 assisted by Aree King ‘23 for GVS.




Ignacio "Nacho" Ruiz Garcia '23



Zane Boulet '23



Upcoming Games and Meets:

Friday, September 30
GVSOC vs Wiscasset 3:30pm (home)
VFB vs Greely 7:30pm (home Mt. Ararat HS)
Saturday, October 1
CC vs MAISAD/Hebron 1:30pm (home)


Wednesday, October 5

BVS vs Gould 3:00pm (home) 

BJVS vs Gould 3:00pm (home)

GVS at Gould 3:00pm (away)


Friday, October 7

VFB Mt. Ararat/Hyde vs Spruce Mountain Phoenix (away Livermore Falls)


Saturday, October 8

CC at Hebron 11:30am (away)

BVS at Hebron Noon (away)

BJVS at Hebron Noon (away)

GVS at Hebron 2:00pm (away)

*Schedule subject to change, please check the Hyde School Athletic Calendar website and Hydeschool_Athletics Instagram for updates. 


Please join Laura Gauld for this year’s first Hyde Parenting Webinar: Parenting Boot Camp

Wednesday, October 5th at 7:30 PM EST

No need to pre-register, just click the Zoom link below on October 5th. 


Parenting Boot Camp Zoom Link