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Weekly #21

Dinner With The Founder

Hyde's Founder, Joseph Gauld, has formally retired from his teaching roles at the school, yet he is seen around the campus taking walks or enjoying one of his favorite activities, a Hyde soccer or basketball game.


This week, some members of Hyde's Wolfpac Council met at the Head's House to have dinner with the Founder. It was a lively evening with lots of laughter, stories, and meaningful conversation. Each student talked about the challenges they are working on when it comes to their leadership roles within the school and about what they were learning. Then Joey asked them to share what we needed to do to improve the school community.


Joey shared the founding story and the challenges he encountered while working to found a school based on the concept of Unique Potential. He started out by trying to build that vision in an established school, but he quickly learned that he was envisioning a shift that went far beyond the traditional focus on academic performance and innate abilities. As he said to the students, "I remember what I felt like as a kid and believed that the educational system did not honor the deeper aspects of a student's full potential. I thought we could do better than what we were doing for kids. I didn't know if it would work, but I wanted to try. I found this property in Maine and knew it would be an amazing place for a school. Unfortunately, I didn't have the finances to make it happen. I tried three times and got rejected each time. Finally, I decided to try one more time. The local community joined me, and we procured the Hyde mansion." Stories were also shared about how the five character words were chosen and about important moments in the school's history.


Each student shared something that they were learning from their Hyde experience. Examples included:

  • I have learned to have an open mindset and change the way I approach new challenges.
  • I have been able to have difficult conversations, and I was not able to do that before coming here.
  • Speaking in front of other people was always a challenge for me in settings that were not sports related. I have found my voice in other areas.
  • I have learned to handle myself with confidence and how to be more patient.
  • Getting used to getting out of my comfort zone in order to grow has been a real lesson for me.
  • Hyde has been an opportunity for me to grow into a more assertive person who isn't afraid to speak her mind.

Joey was excited about meeting with the students. As he said at the end of the evening, "The students were impressive and there was a deeper maturity that I saw in them. It was great to hear their thoughts about what they were experiencing as well as their ideas for making their great school even stronger."


For me, it was an important reminder that it doesn't matter if we are 95, 65, or 17. We can connect when we share our deeper selves with each other.


Laura D. Gauld '76
President & Head of School




Hyde Highlights


Super Bowl Sunday 

Students and faculty gathered in the Student Life Student for wings, pizza and football.  An American pastime and tradition enjoyed by our students - domestic and international.  Kansas City beat the Philadelphia Eagles in a close game 38 - 35. 




Valentine's Day

The Friday night activity kicked-off with students creating Valentines in the Dining Hall.  On Valentine's Day Camryn Lewis '23 and Bailey Burke '23 organized notes of appreciation to be given out during lunch, and Baker Katie made Valentine inspired cupcakes for the school.   

Spring Break March 3 - 20, 2023



Students will be released for Spring Break on Friday, March 3, 2023.  Hyde will be chartering a bus Friday morning departing at 7:30 AM.  Please make your travel plans for this day.  The charter bus will be making stops at the following locations:


Portland and International Jetport - 8:30 AM

Logan International Airport - 11:00 AM

South Station - 11:30 AM


We will be chartering a return bus through the same company (Custom Coach & Limousine) for Monday, March 20, 2023.  Please make sure that your child is at the return meeting location at least a half hour before the bus is scheduled to depart.  The departure times and meeting locations are as follows:


South Station - 3:30 PM (Atlantic Avenue bus lane)

Logan International Airport - 4:00 PM (Terminal B bus parking on lower level)

Portland International Jetport - 6:30 PM (small, uncovered parking lot across from baggage claim)


Please keep in mind a few things:  If flight or travel arrangements change after students are dropped off at their travel locations, parents will be responsible for making new arrangements.  There will be faculty members on duty on travel days and they can be reached by calling the duty phone.


Please make sure to send your student's travel information by Friday 02/24/23.  For transportation costs, sign-up, questions and concerns, please contact Sydney Wall in the Dean's Office. Thank you. 

Spencer LeClair '23 takes first place at the Class A New England Wrestling Championship 


Spencer LeClair'23 is the 2023 Class A New England Wrestling Champion! Hyde Wrestling had a strong showing last weekend at the Class A's with three wrestlers placing top six, and LeClair taking the gold in the tournament.

Spencer LeClair ' 23 1st Place 
Zach Lane '25 6th Pace 
Eli Remekie '26 6th Place 
Erez Shetreat-Klein '26 6th Place

Spencer LeClair ' 23 1st Place  



Zach Lane '25 6th Pace  





Eli Remekie '26 6th Place  




Erez Shetreat-Klein '26 6th Place  




Next stop is the New England Preparatory School Wrestling Association (NEPSWA) Championships.  The competition is being held on February 17th & 18th at the Snyder Athletic Center in Andover, MA.


Competition Schedule

Friday 2/17 - 4:30pm to 8:30pm (All times are approximate)

Round of 32: 4:45pm

Round of 16: 5:15pm

Consolation First Round: 6:30pm

Consolation Second Round: 7:45pm


Saturday 2/18 - 8:30am to 4:30pm (All times are approximate)

Quarterfinals: 8:30am

Consolation Third Round: 10:15am

Semi-Finals & Consolation Quarterfinals: 11:45am

Consolation Semi-Finals: 1:15pm

Finals: 2:15pm




Wolfpack Recap



Friday, February 10

Swim Meet vs KVAC at Bath YMCA


Saturday, February 11

BVBB vs LCA 54-43  

Boys Ice Hockey Mt. Ararat/Hyde vs Kennebunk/Wells at the University of New England 4-6


Class A Wrestling Championship Recap

Spencer LeClair ' 23 1st Place 
Zach Lane '25 6th Pace 
Eli Remekie '26 6th Place 
Erez Shetreat-Klein '26 6th Place



Monday, February 13

Boys Ice Hockey Mt. Ararat/Hyde vs Edward Little HS at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee 1-9


Wednesday, February 15

BJVBB vs Kents Hill 22-35

BVBB vs New Hampton Varsity 47-43

GVBB vs Berwick Academy 40-54

Boys Ice Hockey Mt. Ararat/Hyde vs Windham/Westbrook/Bonny Eagle/Sacopee at USM Ice Arena 3-4


Upcoming Games and Meets


Friday, February 17

BVBB vs Bradford Christian 4:00pm home

New England Preparatory School Wrestling Association (NEPSWA) Championships at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA



Saturday, February 18

Boys Ice Hockey Mt. Ararat/Hyde vs Bangor at Sawyer Arena 1:00pm  

New England Preparatory School Wrestling Association (NEPSWA) Championships at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA  


Tuesday, February 21

Boys Ice Hockey Mt. Ararat/Hyde vs Thornton Academy at Bowdoin College 1:30pm  

GVBB vs Penguin Hall 3:15pm away

State Swim Meet at Colby College 


Wednesday, February 22


BVBB MAISAD Semifinals (Senior Day) - TBD


*Schedule subject to change, please check out Hyde Athletics and Hydeschool_Athletics Instagram handle for updates.