- The Tradition of Headmaster’s Holiday Continues- Students kicked off Headmaster’s Holiday with a Tuesday night “Sock Hop” dinner, served by the faculty. Following the 50’s style fun, “Dorm Olympics” ensued, with events such as a Three Legged Race, a Pie Eating Contest and a Dorm Dance-Off. Though the gold metal winners have yet to be named, much fun was had by all. On Wednesday morning, students headed out on a variety of trips and excursions- the city slickers headed to Boston, skiers to Sunday River and shoppers to the Maine Mall.
- Thursday Night Hoops Action– During the final contest of their season, against all odds and with very little fanfare, the Hyde Lady Phoenix lived out one of the principles of the Hyde School, turning challenge into opportunity. Newly-appointed Senior Captains Scout Gauld ’10, Hailun Ni ’10 and Brittney Harris ’10 led the Phoenix to the strongest and most impressive victory of their 2009-2010 season, beating the Old Orchard Beach Seagulls 48-37. JV Players Aneth Batamuliza ’11, Liberty Alfredsen ’13 and Emily Rose ’11 joined the varsity team and gave it their best shot. Sage Harris ’11 led the team with a career-high 19 points. Junior Captain Alyssa Thomas ’11 chalked up a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Scout Gauld ’10 had 8 points and 3 rebounds, and Brittney Harris ’10 had 9 points, 2 steals and 2 rebounds. One of the highlights of the evening was a basket, her first of the season, from Hailun Ni ’10, who as a senior has shown dedication, defensive leadership and consistency all season long.
- Bronx FLC – 21 families, four faculty and two student interns travelled to our campus from Bronx, NY to participate in a three-day Family Learning Center. The families completed a trust walk and several seminars where family principles, hopes and fears were shared. Marcos Mercado ’13 and Woodstock faculty member Ian Matthew Harrington served as interpreters for those families with limited English skills.It was humbling to see what these families wrote on their Family Timelines as they have faced real tragedy and hardships while turning obstacles into opportunities. A mom who has been at the Bronx school for four years and now has two students attending said, “I never want to miss the opportunity to come here and really focus on myself and what I can learn about my children.”
Woodstock students Jabon Chubbuck ’11, Marcos Mercado ’13, Maddy Schley ’10 and Jasmine Staley ’10 all gave up their weekend to facilitate the FLC. Also hosting this weekend were Chris Velez ’10, Adam Carreau ’11, Nas Ibrahim ’12, Allie Dubinsky ’10, Jenna Dubinsky ’15, Mike Cannon ’11, Mari Barnett ’11, Lisa Bertschy ’10, Cassis Hoering ’12 and Tom Tarricone ’10. As Mike Cannon said, “It was great to see the kids. They remembered my name and it made me feel like I had an impact on them.”
- Camera crew on campus! – On Wednesday, the local NBC affiliate came to the campus to film a segment on schools that work. The anchor Brad Drazen sat in on the morning meeting, viewed classes and even saw a wrestling session. Seniors Will Sobo and Simi DeAngelis along with Will’s Dad, Bill Sobo shared their perspectives on the Hyde experience. The show will probably air in two weeks, but we will keep you posted. Also highlighted on Wednesday, was the involvement of senior Shawn Campbell, who participated in National Letter of Intent signing day. Shawn stood with his mother to receive a full scholarship to play division one football at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. We are so proud of you Sean and all that you have accomplished with a great attitude!
- Time with the Founder – Joey Gauld traveled down to the campus this week to meet with the students. He shared the founding story of the school along with some of his defining moments as a teacher. Students asked questions and shared some of the challenges of being at Hyde such as understanding and practicing the Brother’s Keeper ethic. Joey emphasized the importance of commitment in one’s life. As he said, “Commitment is a powerful thing. When you really commit to something, amazing things can happen.” Some of the comments from the students included:
“You helped me understand brother’s keeper in a new way.”
“Thanks for starting a school that really believes in the potential of kids.”
COOL LINKS: PG Shawn Campbell Receives Full Boat to UMass | Summer Challenge brochure (share with families that are looking for an exciting summer opportunity for their teen) | Got Drama – Woodstock PA Gallery | Spread the word about out upcoming open houses