Hyde Weekly: September 22-28, 2012

 Hyde Weekly

September 22-28, 2012

This is an informal e-communication from Hyde-Bath and Hyde-Woodstock, intended to share highlights, signs of growth, issues that are being addressed and thoughts from the Heads of School. Its purpose is to bring the Hyde parents and the larger community into the school culture.


Academic Honor Guard Announced

About every three weeks each student is evaluated by his classmates and teacher, as well as a self-evaluation, in each class.  The evaluation is primarily based upon the attitude and effort the student has put forth in the preceding weeks.  The following students are being recognized for receiving 4 or more honors:


Lutes Bartlett ’16

Wilson MacMillan ’14

Chloe Blaylock ’16

Austin Makris ’15

Erika Corley ’13

Carolyn Moore ’14

Kiefer Cundy ’15

Jennifer Morin ’14

Moises Diaz ’13

Griffin Palola-Harriman ’14

Kara Fischer ’13

Isaac Preston ’13

Imani Hiller-Bateau ’15

Sagel Prosser ’13

Max Kaplan ’15

Brianna Reeves-Eliopoulos ’14

Emma Leonard ’14

Joseph Romo ’15

Chang-Hao Li ’13

Ou Wang ’13

Jiamei Li ’14

Fangfei Yin ’13

Liu Yilong ’14

Ziwei Zhao ’13

James Lynch ’15



Running From Bath to Woodstock

This year as a school community, the Bath campus has partnered with the Bath Area Mobile Food Truck as part of our community service program.  The Mobile Food Truck is able to buy food in bulk at a reduced rate from the Good Shepherd Food Bank and then distribute it to hundreds of families in need in the Midcoast area.  On the last Tuesday of each month, a group of students and faculty spend a few hours helping to unload and distribute the food.  This month, Joey Romo ’15, Ryan Cassidy ’13, Imani Hiller-Bateau ’15, Max Kaplan ’15, Austin Wang ’13, Brian Edwards ’14, Kiefer Cundy ’15, Katerina Ellison ’14, Claire Yin ’13, Zeyuan Tang ’15, Billy Martinez ’13, Talin Rowe ’14, Kellin Sweeney ’14, and Purple Zhao ’13 volunteered their time.

In addition to volunteering, our community has also pledged to raise $1,000 for the Mobile Food Truck which will cover the cost for one truck.  That $1,000 buys almost $9,000 worth of food through the food bank for those in need. The major fundraiser will be a long-distance relay run from the Bath campus to the Woodstock campus. The event, which will take place at the beginning of the Thanksgiving vacation, is being spearheaded by faculty members Colin Foye and Peter Rowe.  Faculty and students have already committed to being part of the team and will soon begin looking for pledges to support their run.  There will be more information in the coming weeks.


Teams on a Roll

It has been a good week on the athletic field for a number of our teams.  Last Saturday the football team opened the season with a 28-16 win over Tilton. The offense was led by the running attack of Steven Dwight ’13, TJ Norris ’13, and Troy Jones ’13, while the defense was bolstered by the play of Zach Messina ’15 and Austin Makris ’15.  The cross-country team also opened their season with a victory on the hilly Gould Academy course.  The team was led by Isaac Preston ’13 (2nd overall) and Cody Mitchell ’13 (4th overall), as the team placed 6 runners in the top 14 place finishers.  The boys varsity soccer team claimed two overwhelming victories this week, the first by the score of 7 – 0 and the second by a score of 7 – 2, over High Mowing School and Putnam Science Academy respectively.  The offensive punch was provided by Ethan Morrow ’13, Jamal Frazer-Borden ’13, and Zach Leighninger ’13, along with solid midfield play by Kiefer Cundy ’15 and Eduardo Gadsden ’13.  All three teams are in action this Saturday and are looking to extend their good fortune.


“Catch Me If You Can” Frank Abagnale to Speak at Fall Family Weekend

The Bath campus is in the midst of planning for Fall Family Weekend and we are particularly excited to announce the guest speaker for the Friday night meeting, Frank Abagnale.  Between the ages of 16 and 21, Mr. Abagnale successfully posed as an airline pilot, an attorney, a college professor and a pediatrician, in addition to cashing $2.5 million in fraudulent checks. After being apprehended, he served five years in prison. Upon his release, Mr. Abagnale assisted the federal government by teaching and aiding law enforcement agencies. He is now one of the world’s most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement and secure documents. Mr. Abagnale’s rare blend of knowledge and expertise is depicted in the best-selling book, film and musical “Catch Me If You Can.”

During 2012 Fall Family Weekend, Hyde School welcomes this special presentation by Frank Abagnale as he speaks about his experiences and redemption. We are honored that Mr. Abagnale has found his way to Hyde, volunteering his time and travel to share within our character-based learning environment.





Run Boys Run!

The cross country team made the long trek to New Milford, CT to compete in the Canterbury Invitational.  They competed against 17 teams from Division III and IV in the NEPSTA league as well as teams from New Jersey and New York.  Each team was only permitted to run their 7 best runners, creating a race of 116 of the best runners in those divisions.  Our guys held their own finishing 10th as a team, only 2 points behind Cheshire with 17 teams participating.  Of those teams who finished ahead of them, only two were from Division IV, a good sign as we prep for our division’s championship race at the end of the year. Brendan Murray ’13 led our pack finishing the hilly course in 19:14 and placing 19th overall; this would indicate a likely top 10 finish among runners from our division.  Matt Marshall ’14 followed just behind finishing in 19:45 and placing 39th.  Our most improved this race was Dylan Marx ’14 who dropped his time down to 22:20, over 30 seconds faster than his previous race at PCD, which is an exceptionally fast course.  This is the tightest our pack has been this season with an average team time of 20:13 and only 1:33 seconds separating our first and fifth runners. Good start to the season!


 Chinese Culture Celebrated

The first year Chinese students, led by the seniors, created a 35 minute performance about the Fall Festival also known as the Moon Cake Festival.  Angel Sima ’15 and Tiffany Liu ’14 played background music for the entire performance.  Lizzie Xu ’14 and Kenny Zhang ’14 were the masters of ceremonies quizzing the audience about their knowledge and handing out gifts for right answers.   The students acted out the legend of the Moon Festival with Chris Xu ‘16 taking the role of the hero and Jessica Shao ‘14 playing the role of his wife.  Ms. Shih’s mandarin classes also participated with a song and a poem.  Everyone involved worked hard to make sure that the performance was done well.  Special mention should go to those students that worked hard to lead the performance.  Those students included Steve Wang ’13, Lizzie Xu ’14 and Lily Sun’14.  The performance was met with a great deal of enthusiasm by the students.  When asked why he thought it was important, Steve Wang ’13 replied, “To give students more knowledge about our culture so we can come together.”


Teamwork Pays Off

On a clear and warm fall afternoon in Woodstock, the Wolf Pack football team started off the 2012 season with a convincing 34-6 wins over Evergreen League divisional rival Dexter School. After a scoreless first quarter, Hyde found the end-zone first when Jay Watkins ’13 scored on a long run. Ben Krassner ’13 added the extra point to give Hyde the early 7-0 lead. On the ensuing kick-off, Dexter responded and took it 85 yards to close the gap 7-6.

Senior cornerback Tyquan Ekejiuba ’13 contributed a 70 yard interception return in the third quarter to stretch the lead and Watkins added two more scores in the second half. Daniel Palmer ’13 added a touchdown run of his own and Connor McLaughlin ’13 ran in the two point conversion to finish the scoring.

Defensively, Palmer was all over the field and registered roughly 15 tackles. Kyle O’Keefe ’14 intercepted a pass deep in Wolf Pack territory at a critical juncture in the second half to stall a Dexter momentum shift. Quarterback Connor McLaughlin ‘13 had a great day at free safety, making tackles and batting down passes all afternoon.

When a team registers more than 300 yards rushing, special consideration must go out to the offensive line. Led by senior Greg Munetz, the group of Michael Dore ’13, Joe Yanovitch ’13, Jon White ’14, and freshman Omri West opened holes and sustained blocks on a big Dexter defensive line. Coach Sean Saucier said, “I am proud of the young men and their determination.”


Ladies and Gentlemen

In this week’s morning meeting, we divided up into gender groups and talked about our definition of young men and young women. Some of the wisdom shared is as follows:

Definition of a lady

  • Stay true to yourself
  • Put your highest potential on the front burner
  • Take responsibility for yourself and give back to others
  • Stay above gossip
  • Make your decisions based on conscience and not ego
  • Look and act with class
  • Be self-reliant but always accept help from others
  • Develop female mentors in your life
  • Command respect which starts with self-respect
  • Educate yourself
  • Never give up


Definition of a gentleman

  • Be respectful to self and others
  • Keep your ego in check
  • Open doors and use your manners
  • Chivalry never goes out of style
  • Put others first
  • Be an individual yet also a team player
  • Your integrity will define you as a man
  • Confidence comes from within

Overall, a great month of Hyde to build a foundation for the year!  LD/DM


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