Hyde Weekly – 10/16 – 10/22


From the Frying Pan into the Fire
Family Weekend proved to be a success on many fronts and so, on Monday, we enjoyed a Headmaster’s Holiday.  After a mid-morning brunch, students were able to enjoy the nice weather, catch up on some sleep or do a little homework.  As we swung back into a semi-regular schedule on Tuesday, we had to quickly shift our focus to our New England Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation visit which begins Sunday night.  The accreditation visit occurs once every ten years.  A team of nine teachers and administrators from colleague schools will spend three days reviewing our self-study, interviewing teachers, staff, students and parents, and finally writing their own report.  We should get their findings in a few weeks.

Discovery Group Competition

After having plenty of reflection time during the recent Family Weekend, the school meeting time this week was geared towards some friendly competition.  Each Discovery Group answered the same 15 multiple-choice questions about varied topics such as the BP oil spill, US unemployment rates, cell phone ownership and college graduation rates as well as some plain old general trivia questions.  After a heated contest, Mrs. Coleman’s group prevailed- Yousuf Al-Taie ’14; Gabi Harvie ’11; Elvis Leng ’12; Courtney Mulherin ’12; Kevin Oh ’11; Maddy Preece ’13; Brendan Trometer ’11 and Austin Walls ’12.  A sample of the questions, with answers, is below:

  1. What percentage of American adults own a cell phone?- 82%
  2. What percentage of last spring’s college graduates planned on moving back home with their parents?- 85%
  3. How many dollars are added to the average American’s yearly shopping bill due to theft?- $423
  4. What percentage of the American population has a college degree?- about 28%
  5. For 2009, the median household income in the US was- about $50,000
  6. On average, how many barrels of oil were released per day during the Gulf oil spill- 58K

Afternoon Support Study Hall
In an effort to help students finish well academically during the fall term, an afternoon study hall, proctored by available faculty members, began this week for those with outstanding assignments. Students will attend the study hall twice per week until all of the assignments are completed.

COOL LINKS: Holy Photos! | Malcolm’s Bloggin’ | Share Open House | Game Reports | Family Weekend a Success!


Learning Takes to the Road

Two classes took field trips this week to capitalize on the historical offerings in the area. To culminate their study of the revolutionary war, Kevin Folan’s AP U.S. history class took a trip into Boston to walk in the footsteps of some of the Founding Fathers.  Exploring such historical sites as the Bunker Hill Monument (yes, they climbed all 294 steps to the top!), seeing the U.S.S. Constitution herself, and perusing Faneuil Hall, the class had an opportunity to make history come alive.  With 16 stops on the Freedom Trail, each student prepared a brief presentation for each historical place to educate the group. Dean Folan said, “With the beautiful weather, our trip was educational and fun.”

On Monday, a group of 40 students accompanied by faculty members Pam Bertschy, Bill Fabiano and Wes Jenkins, left the campus at 8:30am to go back in time.  The students were part of an annual U.S. History class trip that traveled to Old Sturbridge Village to get an experiential lesson on life in the 1830’s.  Students walked through buildings and structures of the mid-19th century from all over New England, and enjoyed a quieter period of American history.  The lack of electricity and technological conveniences allowed students to see how much more of a community these small towns would need in order to function as a successful unit.  Students also each had a job that they were responsible for researching in more depth to better understand what it was like to be employed during this time.  Jobs ranged from farm wives to potters and coopers, to the most popular, blacksmith.  After a long day of walking, many students commented on how they learned a great deal from their experience.  Faculty member Jenkins added, “It was refreshing to see how well they all represented Hyde through their politeness, curiosity and respectful conduct for the day.”

JV Nicknaming Ceremony – Only @ Hyde

Following a time honored Hyde Tradition, this week the JV Football players went from “boys” to “men” as they received their monikers. Started at Hyde by beloved faculty member Mike Dawes, this rite of passage provides the opportunity for the JV athletes to engage their deeper gridiron selves. As Mr. Dawes would say in his bellowing voice, “We come together to transform in order to transcend our everyday problems. Let the naming begin!” Some of this year’s names include: Jimmy Neutron, Predator, Junkyard, Dash, Mr. President, Rice-A-Roni, La Bamba.

The Biggest Job We’ll Ever Have
Tuesday evening, 140 parents from the West Hartford community took part in a Biggest Job Workshop held at the Kingswood-Oxford School.   The workshop was the vision of HAPA parent Lori Warchol (Max, Bath ’10), who began garnering interest last spring.  The parents who attended were excited to learn parenting excellence tools through the 10 Priorities of the program; they understood the need for a new emphasis on the character culture over the achievement culture in their homes and schools.  They laughed at some of the parent mantras, like “Never negotiate with a terrorist attitude,” and took seriously the advice given in “Believe in your child’s unique potential and the larger forces at work,” and “Raise your child to be accountable to life.”

If you are interested in bringing The Biggest Job to your community, please contact Pam Hardy at phardy@hyde.edu.

COOL LINKS: Photos Galore | Heather Cavali ‘Chimes’ in | Share Open House | Team Hoyt to Speak at Hyde | Game Reports