- Women’s JV Soccer: The women came up short in the first round of the MAISAD tournament, but it was memorable contest and a fitting end to a great season. In the end, they lost to Hebron by a score of 3-2. Getting to that end, though, meant playing an entire regulation game, two overtime periods, two sudden death periods and finally having a penalty kick shoot-out. Standouts for the game included goalie Sofia Beishline ’12; Kayla Sheldon, ’11 and Andrea Snyder, ’11, who each scored a goal; and the overall leadership of Captain Julia Herman, ’10.
- Leaders and Learners: In their weekly meeting, the group viewed and discussed a video of international security strategist Thomas Barnett outlining a post-Cold War solution for the U.S. military. Thomas Barnett has advised US leaders on national security since the end of the Cold War. His bold ideas about the future of warfare and the military are spelled out in his best-selling book The Pentagon’s New Map.
- Leadership Styles: Assistant Head of School Rich Truluck conducted a school meeting on leadership styles. The meeting began with thoughts and reactions to a quote by Lao Tzu, “A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” This was followed by the students analyzing their own leadership by filling out a Leadership Wheel (attached). The meeting wrapped up with a poem by William Stafford:
You Reading This, Be Ready
Starting here, what do you want to remember?
How sunlight creeps along a shining floor?
What scent of old wood hovers; what softened
sound from outside fills the air?
Will you ever bring a better gift for the world
than the breathing respect that you carry
wherever you go right now?
Are you waiting for time to show you some better thoughts?
When you turn around, starting here, lift this
new glimpse that you found; carry into evening
all that you want from this day. This interval you spent
reading or hearing this, keep it for life –
What can anyone give you greater than now,
starting here, right in this room, when you turn around?
- Trick or Treat – Hyde-Woodstock celebrated Halloween in style this week. We opened the theatre dressing rooms to create a “hallway of hell” that was patrolled by the pick-axe wielding dean. The rooms each had a separate theme, ranging from the dean’s office (with a student in the torture rack) to the doctor’s office where they found a blood soaked room and a demonic nurse carving up her next victim. The tour was led by Blake Bohls ’10, who told the story of Top Hat, the theatre’s urban legend, and brought the unsuspecting students from room to room. Students also carved pumpkins, had a screening of The Haunting in Connecticut as well as a dance party in the Wolf Den.Whether it was decorating and setting up, dressing up as funny or scary things, or just fully enjoying the events offered, the community showed a spark of enthusiasm and fun on this day. Thanks to all those who helped make this truly great!
- Attitude is everything! – The men’s varsity soccer team pulled a reversal of fortune this week when they tied the score against Williams and then two days later met on the Wolf Pack turf field with a different attitude. Under the senior leadership of Jake Lifson, Tyler Case and Hunter Carruthers, the team took on a new persona and executed a deceptive 3-0 victory. As Matan Peltier ’11 stated at the morning meeting, “When we do not play as a team, we can lose to the weakest team and when we play as a team, we can beat our toughest competition.” All teams are gearing up for SENE tournament play with the women’s cross country in contention for top honors. Good luck!
- Spirit and Guts – In the school meeting this week, we talked about the connection between childhood spirit and finding the courage to persevere. Assistant Head John Rigney and Dean Kevin Folan led the discussion on the following journaling questions:
1. Describe yourself as a child.
2. What were some of the wild childhood dreams that you had?
3. What was a defining moment in your childhood?
4. Where in your life have you stuck with something? What happened?
5. Where in your life have you quit and what happened?
As students and faculty shared their thoughts on these questions, it became clear that there are some universal feelings that we all share when we talk about ourselves as a child. Descriptions included: tomboy, tree climber, joyous, adventurous, hyper, dreamer, reader, shy, and social. There was also general agreement that when we fought through the “urge to quit,” we usually looked back on the experience as character building.
We ended the week at Hyde hosting the Board of Governors at the Woodstock campus. LDG/DM