Hyde Weekly: January 3 – 11, 2013

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.


Moral Dilemmas

A teacher inadvertently hands a struggling student a copy of the final exam.  As the student, what should you do?  What would you do?  Does it matter if your grade is a solid C or a solid B?  What if you might potentially fail the class?  The school meeting focused this week on these types of situations and there was plenty of discussion from both students and faculty.  Another situation discussed was knowing about a friend’s paramour being flirtatious and having to make the decision to say something or not.  A third situation was having to choose between two jobs, one which was higher paying and more stable vs. a risky opportunity with more upside.  When asked what had been gleaned from the discussion, a number of students said they were able to see multiple sides to the situations that were not visible initially, and that in general, it made them realize it is important to be thoughtful.

Performing Arts Picks Up

A challenge was thrown out to the students and faculty before vacation to create a performing arts show that could be put on the road.  From that simple statement, a group of about 45 faculty and students threw themselves into producing a 30 minute performance to be presented on MLK Day at the Chocolate Church, the performing arts venue in Bath.  This group is melding dramatic readings, music and song, dance numbers, and theatrical skits to tell part of the story of the civil rights movement in the United States.  Under the direction of faculty member Matt Newberg, the ensemble is devoting some week-night time and valuable weekend time to ensure a great performance in a little over a week.  The performance will be part of a MLK Day observance that includes a march and presentations by a local social justice group.

Hyde Hoops on a Roll

Last Friday, both the men’s and women’s varsity basketball teams played Valley Bingham, each bringing home victories. The Hyde Phoenix men’s varsity team (5-0) defeated Valley Bingham in an exciting double overtime game by the score of 72-69.  Valley took an early lead and held on for a 16-13 score after one quarter of play.  Not to be denied, Hyde fought back.  The team was led by Ryan Cassidy ’13 who finished with 14 rebounds and 19 points.  Junior Warsame Mohamed showed himself to be an impact player as he scored 12 of his game high 20 points in the 4th quarter and overtime periods.  Valley struggled late with handling Hyde’s pressure defense which allowed the Phoenix to rally.  Kiefer Cundy ’15Talin Rowe ’14 and Wilson MacMillan ’14 all had key defensive contributions during the Phoenix run.  The score was tied at the end of regulation 53-53.  However, the story late in the game was the sharpshooting of Evander Lenardson ’14 who caught fire to lift the Phoenix.  Lenardson scored 9 of his 13 points in overtime to lead Hyde to the win.

On the women’s side, the Hyde team offered a raucous home crowd an entertaining and dominating victory over the visiting Valley Cavaliers 48-16 and improved their season record to 5-0.  Freshman Diamond Brown led all scorers with 13 points.  Kara Fischer ’13 again controlled the tempo of the basketball game on both ends of the court while tallying 10 points.  Katie Comeaux ’13scored 11 points and played her best game of the season.  Her defense was outstanding and critical in limiting the opponent to 16 points.  Overall, this game was an absolute team victory with 8 different players scoring points and the entire team making valuable contributions.  Chloe Blaylock ’16 and Allie Helfrich ’15 each scored 4 points while Emma Leonard ’14, Shannon Ward ’14 andJailene Martinez ’15 each added 2 points.  In the end, the team celebrated what it rightly saw as its best performance thus far on the path to meeting its unique potential.

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While the students traveled back to school from the holiday break, the Woodstock faculty returned to campus with a full day of professional development. They spent the morning reviewing safety procedures, discussing specific protocols both on and off campus.  John Rigney is leading a group reviewing all Hyde emergency preparations.

The afternoon was about creativity and getting in touch with our “childhood spirit.” After watching a clip from noted educator Sir Ken Robinson, faculty members took time to reconnect to their own unique imagination.  Using a brown paper bag – and a colorful assortment of arts & crafts items – each person created a piece to celebrate his or her special childhood spirit. Everyone then shared their creations. As Cindy Warnick said, “It brought us all back to the place we needed to be to welcome the students back.”


  Grads Winter Weekend

No sooner had the students unpacked when the alums started arriving.  Over thirty alumni from recent years attended and reconnected throughout the weekend with peers, faculty and staff. The group led a panel discussion on Saturday with the school where they talked about lessons learned from their Hyde education. Some of the comments included:

I learned how to have relationships with adults and that has served me well in college.

Hyde taught me to try new things.”

“There is so much free time that it is easy to get lost. The college lessons we learned have stuck in my head!”

“I feel I have more emotional intelligence than most of my other peers at school.”

My mother has gotten sick and I learned to focus on what I could control. I decided to do well in school to lighten her load. Without my Hyde education, I would not have handled it this way.”

These words and principles that we talk about have caused me to look at people in a deeper way. Life will have its highs and lows and adhering to a set of principles is the key to living your life.”

Much thanks goes to Joy Bengtson, Susie Racine and Terry Walsh for organizing the weekend and making it such a success! As veteran Pam Bertschy said to the group, “Seeing all of you again makes me realize why I teach.”

Twenty-six Acts of Kindness

After sharing reactions at a school meeting to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, our students and faculty committed to doing “26 Acts of Kindness” to honor the precious lives lost. Joining a global effort to acknowledge the heartbreak by expressing gratitude and trying to “make the world a better place,” our 21 Discovery Groups – as well as the Family Ed, Admissions, Development, Head’s Office, and Susie Racine –will be doing acts of kindness in this community or beyond the gates. We will be putting each act up on the board to inspire all of us to remember the defenseless victims of Newtown.

Getting to Know You

As we begin the winter stretch, we decided that in order to promote synergy, we needed to learn a bit more about some members of the community. During the school meeting, we put the faculty and sophomore class up on stage and several seniors asked us all questions, some thoughtful and some very funny. A few examples:

  • “What were you like as a child?” 
  • “What was a defining moment in your life and how did it shape your character?”
  • “Describe your high school prom night?” 
  • “What was your personal dress code when you were younger?” 
  • “What student reminds you of aspects of yourself?” 
  • “Why do you work at Hyde?” 
  • “What inspires you and what challenges you?” 
  • “If you were on a deserted island, who would you take with you from this community?”

There was plenty of laughter and listening as some surprising answers came out of everyone.  It was a great way to kick-off the start of the new year.   Seniors, Elaina GoldbergTyquan EkejiubaConnor McLaughlinJoey Fan and Aine Zaniewski led the meeting and the overall take away was expressed by Anton Bockmeyer ’14 when he said, “This meeting shows us that we care about each other and have a foundation to build upon in the school.”

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