Hyde Weekly, October 13 – 19, 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.


Bath Family Weekend Wrap-Up

Thanks to all of the parents and other family members who helped to make it a great weekend!  Along with the highs and occasional lows that come with family seminars, the chance to get re-acquainted with old friends and meet new ones and cheering on the teams, the weekend was memorable for our guest speaker, Frank Abagnale of Catch Me If You Can fame.  Other highlights included visits to classes on Friday morning, regional cheers on Saturday night, and surpassing our Fair Share goal on Sunday afternoon.  While the parents were traveling or already back to work on Monday, the students and teachers enjoyed a day of relaxation and recuperation (and sunshine!) before settling in for the last few weeks before final exams.


On a Roll!

The Women’s varsity soccer team has gone on a mini-winning streak this week.  First, the team beat the Hyde-Woodstock team during Family Weekend by a score of 5 – 0, and followed it up on Wednesday with a 7 – 1 victory over Carrabassett Valley Academy.  The offensive eruption has been led by Carolyn Moore ’14, Kara Fischer ’13, Shannon Ward ’14 and Olivia Griffing ’14.  Julia Jackson ’14, has been a solid performer at midfield and the defense has been strong under the play of Mady Preece ’13 and Katie Comeaux, ’13in net.


Freshman Rock Climb

On Wednesday, while the sophomores and juniors sat for the PSAT, and the seniors worked on college applications, the freshmen had a morning of bonding and fun.  Freshmen English teacher Mary Moore writes of the day:  “This morning all frosh conquered the Alumni Rock at Hyde Bath. Our courage was tested and perseverance won the day!  Afterwards, we ate Frosty’s doughnuts (a famous delicacy from Brunswick, Maine) and watched the fantasy movie Earthsea. This movie is based on the book our honors English class members are reading A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin.”

To see pictures of the day, go to Hyde Schools’ Facebook Page.




 Running Uphill

Hyde Cross Country travelled to Marianapolis Prep to compete against Williams, Worcester Academy, PCD, Winchendon, MacDuffie and Putnam Science Academy.  The team finished sixth, just behind Marianapolis and Winchendon and ahead of MacDuffie and PSA.  The team had set a goal to finish fourth and chase after PCD, but fell short.  As has been the case frequently, we were missing members of our team including two of our top seven, with a third varsity runner taking it easy in the back of the pack due to an injury.  The remaining runners were led by Scott Leonard ’14 who completed the course in 19:15, a personal record for him by 40 seconds.  Matt Wysocki ’13 also showed improvement completing the course in 20:20, as did Sean McCrystal ’13 who came closer to breaking the 21:00 mark.  Duo “Edison” Yin ’15 also took a big step forward in his attitude and effort, completing the course in around 31:00, an improvement of over 5 minutes from last week.  Coach Welch commented, “The big picture for the meet was while the guys didn’t perform as well as they would like to have, the effort was excellent and they are beginning to rediscover the attitude that was bringing them success early in the season. We are moving in the right direction.”


Be a Giver

On Oct. 11th, the school hosted the local Red Cross Blood Drive. The Hyde seniors helped to set up for the Blood Drive and pitched in wherever the Red Cross worker needed them. Students volunteered to serve snacks for those people who donated. Many seniors and juniors offered to donate blood for the very first time. So many students walked away realizing that their involvement will help people in need.

Veteran member Terry Walsh said, “I was very proud of my students. I heard many of them share that this was their first time giving in this way. It clearly affected our students and it was a win-win.”

The students who participated were: Jenna Dubinsky ’14,  Jessica Schwartz ’14Jay Watkins ’13Daniel Palmer ’13, Alex Holland ’13,  Jing “Janet” Yang ‘’13, Patrick Kane ’13,  Connor McLaughlin ’13, Rongpei “Tina”  Zhang ’13, Graham Davidson ’13, Peter Markham ’13; Nicola Gomez ’13; Jane McCaffrey ’13; Chris Travis ’13; Julian Goldenberg ’13; Jared Larsen ’13; Yiren “Tony” Shao ’13; Aine Zaniewski ’13 and Johnnie Watkins ’13.

 Faculty and Senior Sharing

This week, the seniors and faculty had a partnership seminar where the group discussed deep attitudes that can become stumbling blocks in life.  Each person was asked to identify a few such attitudes and journal on their origins and how these attitudes affect us in our daily lives.  The deep attitudes include:

  • “Taking it personally”
  • “Taking on too much responsibility of others”
  • “Fear of success”
  • “Fear of failure”
  • “Be humble”
  • “I’ll take what is left”
  • “I can absorb it myself”


After breaking up into small groups of faculty and seniors, the large group convened and shared their take away.  There were many commonalities among the comments that were expressed:

  • I show a different side of myself than what I am feeling and at times, it is exhausting.”
  • “I could relate to the faculty in my group and that was a great feeling.”
  • “I am uncomfortable with praise and yet I want to be recognized.”
  • “I didn’t realize that I am a perfectionist and could use some help with this.”
  • “I need to have a conversation with my parents.”
  • “This was energizing to me.”

We end the week welcoming the Woodstock parents we begin Fall Family Weekend. Here we go!  LDG/DM


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