Hyde Weekly: January 12 – 18, 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.


A Little Down Time

While we were preparing in case the flu should hit campus, a different virus took hold and landed a number of students on bed rest for a day or so.  To help minimize the effects, we had a “sleep-in” day on Tuesday.  After a good night’s rest, the student’s first obligation of the day was attending lunch, followed by a couple of classes and sports practices for those able to participate.  Many of the students took advantage of the time to rest and recover while others used the opportunity to catch up on some school work or have conversations with peers and teachers.

Cows & Wows

Part of being a student at Hyde School includes participating in the jobs program.  Students clean classrooms, take care of the Student Life Center, the Student Union, and work in the kitchen/dining hall doing dishes, scrubbing pots and pans and wiping down tables.  For some students, the jobs program helps to instil a healthy work ethic, and for others, it is a first opportunity to be a leader while working as a job captain.  Each week, the jobs program coordinators select a COW (Crew of the Week) and WOW (Worker of the Week).   This week the WOW award was given to Fangfei “Claire” Yin ’13 (breakfast pots and pans).  Other nominees for the week were:  Zeyuan Tang ’15 (library assistant); Zac Messina ’15 (Student Union); Jack Howarth ’14 (Student Life Center); Sagel Prosser ’13 (dinner clean up – tables);  Nicky Li ’13 (lunch salad bar).

The COW recognition went to Men’s Basketball Lunch crew with special recognition to the pots & pans crew of Moustapha Niang ’13, Ben Burlock  ’13, Wondo Shaw ‘13 and Evander Lenardson ’14.

Early College Acceptances

A significant number of this year’s senior class applied to college using the early decision or early action option.  As a result, about a third of the class has already been accepted to schools, many of them to their top choice.  Congratulations to the following seniors on their recent acceptances:

Ethan BlattUniversity of Maine & University of New Hampshire; Tia Bauer Hummel University of Maine, Orono & University of Maine, Farmington; Ryan CassidyHigh Point University;  Katie Comeaux Knox College & Lake Forest College; Erika CorleyUniversity of Arkansas & College of Charleston; Connor Champagne Louisiana State University; Nabil Eshraghian Nichols College & New England College; Kara FischerUrsinus College; Troy JonesCurry College; Zach Kreig University of Central Florida; Zach LeighningerUniversity of Alabama; Billy Martinez High Point University; John McManus Fisher College; Thomas Pennington High Point University; Wondo ShawColby Sawyer College & New England College (NH); Alex TreatUniversity of Maine, Orono & University of Maine, Farmington; Claire YinFordham University; and Purple ZhaoBoston College.


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Bronx Seniors Visit Woodstock

Last weekend, the entire senior class from Hyde-Bronx came to Woodstock for the weekend. The 66 students – along with 8 Bronx faculty members– launched their Senior Process program and participated in activities on their own as well as with the Woodstock seniors.

A high point of the weekend was a “senior meeting” for the two groups of students. Putting themselves in small groups made up of both Bronx and Woodstock seniors, the students brainstormed how they would handle different situations that challenged their leadership. In every scenario, the students talked about Brother’s Keeper and its importance to the Hyde school culture. They also reaffirmed the importance of truth and honesty among peers. Hyde President Malcolm Gauld shared a few “pearls of wisdom” which included:

  • In life, you need to play the hand you have been dealt to the best of your ability.
  • The goal is not to fit in, but rather to stand out.
  • When the brass ring of opportunity swings around, feel worthy to grab it.

It was exciting to see friendships being formed between the two schools and to realize that each group of seniors has something to share and learn from each other.  “I love seeing the Bronx students,” said Woodstock junior Jenna Dubinsky. “We always have fun and get a lot out of talking about our Hyde experiences.”  Special thanks to Family Education faculty members Cindy Warnick and Lori Cooke for helping out with our sister school.

Open Forum at the Head’s House

A new opportunity for reflection started this term, spear-headed by Lucas Richards ’14.  As he said, “I would like to have a time in the busy schedule to talk at a deeper level in a relaxed setting.”  The topic of the first meeting was the issues around divorce. It was open to anyone regardless of their own experiences with divorce. Some of the themes discussed were:

  • Childhood reactions to divorce
  • Anger and blame
  • Taking hold and letting go challenges
  • Challenges of marriage in general

The discussion was enlightening and flowed easily.  It was great to see students that might not be seen as “friends” learn about each other and make connections. The series will continue throughout the winter term with the next topic centering on body image and how the media contributes to negative perceptions about individual uniqueness.

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

The Hyde-Woodstock varsity wrestlers traveled to Deerfield Academy on Saturday, January 12th, to face off against Hyde-ME, Philips Academy, and the host school.  We have had some tough practices leading up to this meet which included partnering up with Woodstock Academy, as well as a Cross-Fit conditioning day with Hyde Alum, Chris Dik ’06.  It was obvious that the sweat and pain of the weeks practice prepared our young men for the day as they squared up first against their sister school, Hyde-Bath. The team was nervous going into the first match since the Phoenix had bested us at home with a 65-18 win, but that did not make our grapplers think themselves beat at the onset.  The grit and determination of the Wolfpack was inspiring.   Cheering from both sidelines rose to a deafening level during the heated contest.  Starting at the 106 lb. weight class, we found ourselves at a 12pt deficit by the 126 lb. class, but an amazing pin by Scott Leonard ’14 turned the momentum around in our favor.  Scott was a new edition to the line-up; he asked last minute to come help us fill a weight class.  His win was pivotal, along with others, in beating our sister school.  Team captain, Marcos Mercado ’14 easily pinned his opponent, and was followed with a great pin by Dylan Marx ’14 to bring Hyde-Woodstock in the lead with the team score at 18-12.  After losing the 152 lb. match, Brian O’Dea ’13 stepped up to earn a pivotal win against a second tough opponent.  This win was not foreseen, and tipped the scales a little more in our direction.  The score was now set at 24-18.  Quyan “Andrew” Wang ’14 followed Brian with a pin of his own, separating our teams by 12pts.  With three matches left, we only needed one more victory to win the match.  With three of our newer wrestlers in these weight classes matched against two of Bath’s seasoned wrestlers, the match turned into a nail biter.  After Doug Main ’15 had fallen to his opponent by pin, and Jon White ’14 was slated to wrestle Bath’s top wrestler, the final chance to beat the Phoenix was heaped on the back of Stephen Southwell ’14.  We were unsure about this match, and knew the athleticism of his opponent, former Woodstock student Will Davis ’13.  Stephen wrestled tough and stunned us all when he rolled out of a cradle and pinned Will Davis to give the Wolfpack a six point advantage for the win.  Southwell was truly the hero of the match and the team rallied around him.  With a huge win against a tough Bath squad, we geared up in preparation for our match against our next two opponents.

Hyde-Woodstock: 18

Philips Academy Andover: 57

Although we had the momentum going into the next match against Andover, we lacked the experience to earn us more wins.  Andover forfeited to our two stronger wrestlers, Marcos Mercado ’14 and Brian O’Dea ’13, thus not allowing us the wins by pin in their weight classes.  One wrestler after another fell to pins, but a few matches stood out.  Dylan Marx ’14 wrestled like a man possessed.  He looked like a kid who had wrestled for years, and hit some solid moves.  He wrestled a tough match at the 138lb weight class and lost by only a point in the end, almost earning a takedown as the final buzzer rang out.  If he keeps this up, he will be a point earner in the coming tournaments.  Dawit Kiflemariam ’15 was our only true win of the day, and it was nice having him with us since he sat out for the start of the season due to a shoulder injury.  He worked hard and listened to the sideline advice to earn his first pin and win of the season.  Although thoroughly beaten by the Andover squad, we set our sights on Deerfield.


Hyde-Woodstock: 48

Deerfield Academy: 30

After seeing Hyde-Bath lose to Deerfield 36-39, we knew we were in for a close match.  Several wrestlers stepped up yet again, and this turned the momentum in our favor.  Scott Leonard ’14 earned another pin on the day, earning him a 2-1 record.  Marcos Mercado ’14 earned an easy pin against his opponent, allowing him to go 3-0 (with one forfeit) for the day.  Dylan Marx ’14 stepped up yet again and wrestled a great match, earning a solid pin.  He went 2-1 for the day as well.  Brian O’Dea ’13 earned a 30-second pin bringing his record for the day to 3-0 (with one forfeit).  Quyan “Andrew” Wang ’14 earned a solid pin to go 2-1 for the day as well.  An impressive pin came from Paul Randall ’15, who has struggled to earn many wins this season.  He came out like a fireball against his opponent and pinned him in an astounding 19 seconds!  With 6 pins and 3 forfeits in our favor, we ended the day with our second team win.

As Athletic Director Sean Saucier noted to the young men, “You saw your best effort this weekend. Never forget it!”

Happy to Do It!

This simple phrase has been a mantra for our campus. This week, Hyde’s Leadership Society put their own spin on the concept.  Assistant Head, John Rigney created the following diagram and has challenged the leadership group to, “operate in the top two sections of the pyramid.”  Only @Hyde.

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