- Hyde 4 Haiti- In response to the earthquake and devastation in Haiti, a group of students have organized a series of fundraisers. This Friday, students will be able to pay $5 for the privilege of having a “dress down” day to support the effort; next week a 3 on 3 basketball tournament, with a small entry fee is planned, and all students and faculty have been invited to participate; and finally, there are preliminary plans for a faculty auction in which teachers will offer services to be bid on such as laundry for a week or a home cooked meal. The students spearheading the effort, Brendan Hyland ’11, Trevor Magloire ’11, Mike Kean ’11 and Sofia Beishline ’12, have done an outstanding job of inspiring the Hyde community to help. These students also extended an invitation to the parents of Hyde students to join their efforts. All proceeds will be donated to the relief efforts in Haiti via the American Red Cross. For parents who wish to support the fundraising, checks can be made out to Hyde School with Hyde 4 Haiti written on the memo line.
- MLK Day-As a school, we observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day in two ways, one planned and the other impromptu. As a school, we planned to use the scheduled school meeting time to talk about and honor Dr. King’s legacy, and each history class had also planned a lesson around the day. A group of students felt we needed to spend more time to observe the day and in an act of civil disobedience, they met in the dining hall and prepared a presentation to accompany the planned event at the school meeting. The combined efforts- discussion questions about Dr. King’s legacy, viewing the “I have a Dream” speech, a song performed by the students and the sharing of personal letters written by students to Dr. King- were much better than what was originally planned. A second hidden benefit of the day was that a committee of students has already been identified to help plan our observance for next year.
- Seniors to Augusta- The senior class traveled to the seat of state government in Maine on Tuesday as part of their government class. The students received a tour of the capital building, met with State Senator Seth Goodall and were allowed to sit in live committee meetings and hearings. The trip was a great opportunity for the students to have a firsthand experience of how part of our government works on a daily basis.
- “I have a Dream” – The school opened the week with MLK day; we observed the powerful lessons of leadership that one individual can make. Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” speech was viewed along with John Singleton’s movie, Higher Learning. Students and faculty met in Discovery Groups to discuss the film followed by the community gathering to see a performance of scenes from the Civil Rights movement, songs and a hip-hop dance. Comments included:
“I would give all my athletic ability in exchange for MLK’s ability to lead.” – Charles Watson ’10
“Knowing what MLK did gives me inspiration to fight through what I need to do on a daily basis.” – Evan Berger ’13
“Labeling someone prematurely means they are not being judged by their character.” – Kevin Madigan ’11
“My mother is white, my father is black; I would not be here if MLK didn’t do what he did.” – Michael Cannon ’11
- We are family – 18 siblings ranging in age from 12-25, participated with their Hyde brothers and sisters in the Family Learning Center weekend. Seminars focused on relationships and roles within the family and fun activities included bowling and team building. All agreed that it was a powerful experience and reinforced the special bonds that siblings share. Scott McNeil ’11 had a productive weekend with his sister Natalie and commented, “It helped me communicate and open up to my sister. I didn’t think that we could talk the way we did to each other.”
- College prep – This week Woodstock parent, Sharon DeNunzio (mother of Sarah ’11), met with English and math teachers to discuss ways to include the teaching of SAT and ACT strategies in the daily class exercises. Faculty member and college counselor Dan Osar said, “The presentation was beneficial and helped demystify standardized tests for the students.” Thanks so much Sharon!
- Wrestling rivals –We opened up with our yearly rivalry against a tough Bath lineup at the quad meet in Andover. We found ourselves at an 18 point deficit as the Phoenix wrestlers came out strong in the lower weights, but then we returned with six consecutive wins from the 152lb weight class through the 215lb weight class. Mac McGuire ’11, John Masland ’10, and Justin Konda ’10 all received pins and Jake Schuster ’10 beat his opponent by 15 points resulting in a win by technical decision worth 5pts. We needed to win at the heavyweight class to ensure victory, and Forrest Smith ’12 answered the call with a stunning last second pin in the third period against an equally tough opponent. As all Hyde rivalries go, the sportsmanship was great and we look forward to seeing them again on February 6th, when we host the Northern New England Tournament on our home turf!
Malcolm and I returned from our international trip to Japan, Korea, China and Hong Kong. It was enlightening and energizing to meet with many of our current families, interview potential Hyde students and visit schools to share our Hyde concept and learn as well. The highlight of the trip for me was listening to parents, through translation, share their hopes and dreams for their children. Hyde’s mission states that we strive to be the world class leader in family-based character education. There is a global connection to the Hyde approach and we look forward to exploring it!