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 CAMPUS HIGHLIGHTS
On Monday, the school took time to reflect on the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Students and faculty attended special workshops that addressed themes related such as:
- Current Civil Rights Issues
- Stereotyping and Stereotype Awareness
- A Civil Rights Timeline
- Jim Crow Laws
Afterwards, the school attended the performance, “We Have a Dream: Images from the American Civil Rights Movement.” This show was created and performed by Hyde students and faculty at the Chocolate Church Arts Center, a visual and performing arts center in Bath. It was part of the annual MLK Day observance sponsored by the Morse High School Student Leadership Council. In front of a packed auditorium, the performance began with images from the slave trade in Africa and slavery in America and went on to highlight key events and personalities through President Obama’s first inaugural address. The 55+ students and faculty who were in the cast, band, tech crew, stage managers and set designers were thrilled with what they produced and enjoyed the well-deserved accolades from the audience.
To the view the show, click on the link below or copy and paste the link into your web browser. An article promoting the production from the local paper is also included below:
Basketball Teams Continue to Roll
Both the men’s and women’s varsity basketball teams are steaming through their regular season schedules with great success. Hyde participates in the Maine public school basketball league which wraps up the season in the first week of February. In what has become a bit of an annual tradition, our school travels to Augusta during the public school February vacation week to support our teams in the Western Maine tournament. This year, it appears both the men’s and women’s teams will qualify. The men’s team is currently the top seed and the women are a solid three-seed with a couple of weeks to go. Both teams are currently undefeated. Along with unblemished records, the teams share another similarity, namely having players take turns being the star. Both teams have deep benches and a lot of players seeing court time which makes it difficult for other teams to defend them. They are having a memorable season and we look forward to throwing our full support behind them next month as they face their toughest opponents yet.
WOODSTOCK CAMPUS HIGHLIGHT
The Boys 3rds basketball team travelled over the river and through the woods to Valley View School on Saturday, January 19th. After some poor shooting in the previous two contests, the Wolf pack was eager to compete and walked away with a well-played 47-45 victory. Hyde raced out to a twelve point lead to end the first quarter, but Valley View responded with a flurry of three-point shots to even the game at the break. Despite letting the home team out to a quick six point lead at the start of the third quarter, Hyde did not panic and slowly chipped away at the lead with great low-post play and foul shooting. The 3rds made key foul shots down the stretch to stay ahead of their competitors and got back to their winning ways.
This matchup was extremely balanced and was a true team win. Zheng “Kevin” Ge ’15 led all scorers with 13 points and controlled the floor with poise, handling the ball well through traffic. Drew Handley ’14 dominated the paint with 11 points and 20 rebounds, while Kal Lemoine ’14 and Junyan “Jeremy” Gu ’15 stepped up with great defensive efforts when Dumisani Samuels ’16 fouled out midway through the 3rd quarter.
Hyde-Woodstock wrestling team traveled to the Brunswick School this past Saturday, January 19th, to compete in the annual Brunswick Invitational. The tournament is composed of 13 schools, mostly from southwestern Connecticut, as well as New York. The BIT has always been a great tournament to attend since it gives our wrestlers a chance to compete against new opponents that they usually don’t see during the regular season. Although we have a very young squad, the Hyde wrestlers all did their part to put some points on the board. Doug Main ’15, Paul Randall ’15, Dylan Marx ’14, Stephen Southwell ’14 and Jonathan White ’14 all went 1-2 for the day. Their wins helped Hyde move into 8th place, and were important for the team morale. Brian O’Dea ’13 went 3-2 for the day, and unfortunately lost his last match which would have put him into the consolation finals for third and fourth place. Colin Studwell ’14 also went 3-2 for the day, but since his first lost came in the championship quarter finals, he was eligible to wrestle in the consolation finals. After a tough loss, he ended up earning a fourth place trophy. Team captain Marcos Mercado ’14 wrestled very well for the day and earned yet another champion bracket in the BIT. He had won this tournament two years ago against the same exact Brunswick opponent, Jimmy Bell, but later lost to him in the New England Tournament. It was apparent that Marcos had put in a tremendous amount of work in the off-season and he dominated over Bell in the finals with a 10-6 win. Hyde parent Scott Frisoli was in attendance and commented that after watching two hours of wrestling, Marcos seemed to be in a league of his own when comparing him with other matches. The team rallied around our champion and the spirits were high even after being in the Brunswick gym for 13 hours. It was a solid day with great effort by all.
I Have a Dream
This past Monday, January 21st, Hyde-Woodstock took a break from our usual routine to honor the life and legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The day began with a short meeting led by the Topics in Critical Race Relations class. They presented a brief biography of Dr. King’s life and a piece about non-violent campaigns. They also put together a short skit for the school to simulate a sit-in, as well as a slide show set to the song “A Change is Going to Come,” by Sam Cook. After the meeting, students broke into smaller groups to go through a series of short clinics that focused on topics of race, injustice and social reform. These topics included;
- Hip-Hop’s Political & Social Context
- Racial Stereotypes, Disease & Social Stigma
- Prudence Crandall, Jewish Resistance during the Holocaust
- Social Darwinism, and “The Have’s & Have Not’s”
At the end of the day, the school met to discuss what was learned from the sessions. Several students talked about how they were surprised that prejudice and judgments based on race were still prevalent today. Others noted that they learned more about how some people are lucky enough to be born into privilege while others may not be, yet those are things that are out of everyone’s control. Faculty member Wes Jenkins, who organized the day’s curriculum commented, “Overall, the day opened everyone’s eyes to the fact that although we are all different in a variety of ways, we can come to an understanding that we are all part of a greater community that needs tolerance. We can honor Dr. King’s legacy every day by committing to our higher selves.”
Connection to Conscience
This week, the student body took some significant steps towards setting a standard for student leadership. While the Hyde ethics are in many ways very similar to other schools, at the core of the Hyde principles are the concepts of integrity and helping each other achieve our best, which we call ‘Brother’s Keeper’.
It started with a few seniors who decided that in order to really have the senior year they wished to have, they needed to clear up their ethical dishonesties. This set off a series of student-to-student interactions which resulted in more seniors coming forward and even underclassmen deciding that they wanted to clear their conscience. As one senior said, “I decided that I needed to actually try what we are being taught here, which is to be a person who tells the truth.” Another junior came in and said, “When I heard that this person decided to get honest, I realized that I didn’t want to hang onto anything that would hold me back. This student encouraged me to come and see you.”
As adults who are committed to the best in our students, there is always the challenge to acknowledge the growth that comes from individual conscience, even when we are disappointed in some of the actions of our students. In our culture, the students don’t always want to tell us the truth and the adults don’t always want to hear the truth. As Malcolm Gauld said to the students, “If you do not value telling the truth, than you may miss the whole point of a Hyde education.”
While telling the truth does not negate poor decisions, it is the foundation of living a life of excellence. We learned this week that individual conscience and Brother’s Keeper create a synergy.