Hyde Weekly: March 30 – April 5, 2013


Hyde at the Merriconeag Poetry Festival

image002The aspiring honors students from English 11 recently participated in a poetry contest for the upcoming 6th Annual Merriconeag Poetry Festival.  The festival will be held on Sunday, May 5th from 3 to 4:30 PM.  Students’ works were anonymously reviewed, and 20 statewide finalists were selected.  I am pleased to announce that representing Hyde this year will be Junior Wyatt Lichtenger who will have the opportunity to recite his poem.  The following juniors should be congratulated on their efforts: Sonya Kobayashi, Talin Rowe, Jack Howarth, Matthew Lupovich, Hope Stinson, Brianna Reeves-Eliopoulos, Olivia Griffing, and Teo Meyerhoff.

Juniors Take the Lead

The juniors of the Hyde Leadership Society took charge Thursday by running the community meeting.  Junior leader Carolyn Moore shared, Wilson MacMillanHope StinsonJenny MorinOmar HarrisDarvin Anderson and I led the discussion about underclassmen taking ownership of our school. We kicked it off by diving into both the positive and the off-track attitudes in our community.  Questions raised included, ‘What do we take pride in this year?’ and ‘What do we need to work on as a community?’ We found many reoccurring themes in the responses to both of these questions.

At the end of the meeting, we had two results. First, everyone had a solid action step, big or small, pertaining to how they could personally take ownership of our campus. Some examples include passing inspection every day, taking the Jobs Program more seriously, or working on having deeper friendships in order to create a closer community.

Secondly, we came up with a positive motto to help us move forward as a community. Some suggestions were, ‘Do or do not, there is no try,’ ‘Treat others how you’d like to be treated,’ and ‘How can I help?’  In the end, we all got behind the motto ‘No regrets, just lessons learned.’   Looking forward, we’re excited about the positive direction we are headed in.”

Lacrosse Season Starts

The Phoenix men’s lacrosse team began league play this week with a solid 9-4 win over Kent’s Hill.  Hyde came on strong against the MAISAD foe with a 7-0 scoring run in the first half.  Strong defensive pressure from Omar Harris ’14Jack Howarth ’14 and Zac Messina ’15 kept the up-and-coming keeper, Andrew Davis ’15 relatively unscathed for the game.  The attack led the way in scoring for the Phoenix offense as Evan Robish ’13and Evander Lenardson ’14 both notched two scores.  Aidan Dorvee ’15 also found the back of the net for the Phoenix for his first score of the season.  Earning the co-game ball for the warriors in gold were Ethan Morrow ’13 and Wilson MacMillan ’14.  MacMillan’s hustle produced two goals, one assist, and nine groundballs.  Morrow dominated the defensive end of the field, as well as the transition game from the LSM position.

The Hyde Lady Phoenix Lacrosse team had a tough loss this past Wednesday afternoon for the first MAISAD conference game of the season.  Kent’s Hill netted 8 unanswered goals in the first half and another 8 goals in the second half.  Hyde’s Olivia Griffing ’14 scored her third of the season during an offensive attack in the second half for Hyde’s only point all game.  Griffing, who jumped in to play the first half as goalie, also tallied six saves in the losing effort.  Hyde defenders faced a lot of pressure but continued to adjust and improve throughout the match.  The final score was 1-16, Kent’s Hill.  The Lady Phoenix have a month before they face Kent’s Hill again and hopes are high for a drastic improvement.

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Season Opener

image004The men’s varsity lacrosse team traveled south on I-95 to Westport, CT to take on Greens Farms Academy in the season opener. Senior Joe Yanovitch took charge of the opening face-off and within 3 minutes into the contest, Jared Larsen ’13 found the back of the net for the first score
of the year. Moments later, Larsen ’13 once again drove from the left wing to put Hyde in the lead 2-0 in early action. Greens Farms battled back and tallied a score of their own minutes later to close out the first quarter with Hyde up 2-1. In the second quarter, Hyde was forced to play a man down most of the quarter but stellar play by senior goal keeper Peter Markham and defensemen Ryan Cassidy ’13 and John Nelson ’14 stalled the Greens Farms attack. Closing out the first half,Jared Larsen ’13 found the cage again followed by goals from Joe Yanovitch ’13 and Parker Roma ’14 to put Hyde in the lead at the break 5-2.

In the second half, the Wolf Pack took a commanding lead on goals from Jamal Fraser-Borden ’13Parker Roma ’14 and Jared Larsen ’13 to put Hyde up 9-3 going into the 4th quarter. During the 4th quarter, early goals from Roma ’14 and Fraser-Borden ’13 found Hyde ahead 11-5 with 9 minutes to go in the game.  Greens Farms, however, staged a huge comeback and within minutes found themselves trailing 11-9 with 2 minutes to go. Thankfully, Yanovitch ’13 won the face-off and Larsen ’13 sealed the victory with his 6th goal of the day to help the Wolf Pack capture their first victory of the year 12-9.

Hunger Games

Last week, our school had a themed week centered on the goal of raising hunger awareness. On the prior Friday, the trash was secretly weighed in the dining hall after each meal and collectively we wasted an astounding 165.2 pounds of food. With that information in mind, the morning meetings for the next week were based on the idea that 925 million people in the world suffer from chronic hunger.

The Hyde-Woodstock campus decided to do something fun to create more awareness about how much food we waste as a school. Five trash cans were set up in the dining hall. Freshman, sophomore, juniors, seniors and faculty each had a trash can.  Every day after each meal, students weighed each trash bin individually and recorded the data, keeping records of how much food was wasted per class each meal. After a lot of calculations to take into account the difference in sizes of each group, the sophomores wasted the least amount of trash closely followed by the faculty. Everyone got into the contest and our community became aware of the food we throw away. Everyone became more conscious of the amount of food they put on their plate because they knew their peers would be watching them to see if they would waste anything.

The week culminated in an Oxfam inspired Hunger Banquet that was completely student run. This was really a shining moment for our community. The banquet was an optional event that almost 100 people attended. As everyone entered the door, they randomly received a colored paper, which indicated their designated class. The three classes were seated in separate sections with different accommodations based on their class.  The upper class was served dinner by waiters (volunteers) and they ate pasta, salad, bread and juice. Middle class sat at long tables in hard chairs and had a buffet style meal of rice, beans, and water. The majority of the people were lower class and they sat on the floor and received rice without utensils.

Maureen Bellwoar ’13 organized the event and her commitment to take on this project inspired the school.      As she said, “I really put my heart into the hunger awareness week and I had high hopes; the reaction I received from my peers really made me proud. Everyone wanted to know more about what they could do and I saw many people have moments of conscience that inspired me to keep following my passions and bring awareness to the suffering in our world.”

Big Brothers, Big Sisters

This year, we are participating in the mentoring program with Woodstock Middle School. The mentoring program has steadily grown in size and interest since its launch in 2008. This year, the program has 25 student pairs.

The program was started with the purpose of continuing Hyde School’s philosophy of leadership and concern, and it has been well received by both Hyde School and Woodstock Middle School students. The goal of the program is to provide mentors to middle school students in order to develop skills for academic success and social and emotional growth.  Activities include weekly meetings between Hyde School students and WMS students for approximately 45 minutes to establish mentoring relationships.

Last week, mentors participated in a Middle School anti-bullying lunch.  The mentoring faculty Jill Walters said, “It went so well.  They were all awesome!”  Faculty member and Technology Director Donna Dubinsky who has led the program added, “Our kids never fail to rise to the occasion and represent our school well.”

Conscience Moments for the School

The week started out with some ethic violations raised in the school which led to an important school meeting that elevated the level of Conscience and Brother’s Keeper to a new level. We started the meeting with the importance of integrity in the Hyde education and discussed some of the issues in the culture with fallen leaders like Lance Armstrong. Instead of “pointing fingers,” we asked the students to walk to a section of the room if they needed to clear the decks.   It was a real test of conscience and many students found the courage to take this step. Later, we talked about what the Hyde education means to certain students. Aine Zaniewski ’13 said, “I have been at this school for a while and have not seen our student body handle something so maturely. I am really proud of us today.”

Two seniors Michael Dore and Rongpei “Tina” Zhang got comments in the meeting about their different journeys at Hyde. When Michael first came to the school, he struggled with meeting expectations and Tina was an achiever but lacked the courage to speak up as a leader. They both have grown and will represent Hyde School at Notre Dame and UC Berkley respectively next fall. This week was a powerful reminder that telling the truth is a core principle in life, not just truths about turning in ethic violations, but also truths about what your highest expectations are.   LDG/DM

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