Hyde Weekly: April 13 – April 19, 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.

BATH CAMPUS HIGHLIGHTS

The Different Sides to Science

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Anatomy students Kara Fischer ’13, Katie Comeaux ’13 and Eduardo Gadsden ’13 at work dissecting.

A lot of activity has been happening in the various science classes on the Hyde-Bath Campus.  Here is a glimpse of just three:   Faculty member Jen Liu writes, Period 3 Environmental Science class worked with Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) this week on stenciling storm water drains around Hyde campus. More than half of the drains in Bath discharge water directly to the Kennebec River without flowing through the sewer system. The project hopes to educate the public on the effects of littering.”

Chemistry faculty member Randy Smith writes, “Chemistry students recently completed a unit on classifying chemical reaction and predicting the products of chemical reactions. They did a small-scale lab that focused on double replacement reactions of ionic compounds in aqueous solutions. The lab required them to perform four chemical reactions and correctly identify the products of the reactions and provide complete balanced equations for each.”

Colin Foye shares about his class, “Anatomy is one of those courses that is predominately memorization. Get a list of structures, match them to a
picture, memorize, and then test. It is interesting material but it can be boring at times. The trick is to associate the list with real structures. Nothing helps more than dissection. This term, we are utilizing the physical structures of cats to help drive the memorization of the muscular system. For the past week, students have been working in teams to explore the feline musculature. Because of their similarity to our own system, students have a unique insight into their own bodies.”

“We Have a Dream” Goes On the Road

IMG_2741This past Monday, 48 members of the Hyde-Bath community left campus to take their original production, “We Have A Dream,” on the road.  The piece highlights major moments in the civil rights movement in America, featuring historical figures such as Rosa Parks, Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther King Jr., President Obama and Malcolm X.  This was the second opportunity for the actors to perform their show, the first being the showcase at the Chocolate Church Arts Center in Bath on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  The show has grown since that first performance, with the group incorporating new material and refining the pre-existing work and the ensemble was very pleased with the outcome.  After giving their first performance of the day at our sister school in Woodstock, the group immediately headed out again, this time to the Hyde Leadership Charter School in the Bronx for their second show.  Even though they had traveled many miles and had already done one show that day, the group rallied and put on another fantastic performance.  Both shows concluded with a Question and Answer session where issues of civil rights and race relations in America were discussed.  Performing the show in the Bronx had special significance for Hyde-Bath Senior Billy Martinez who was from that neighborhood.  Billy said of the performance, “It was great to be back where I am from, having shaken off the image of who others thought I was.  I was able to apply who I am to my work in the show and be proud of what we did.  It was also a lot of fun.”  The show will next be performed for students of Maine’s Valley High School then one last time at Spring Family Weekend.

Photos from the “We Have a Dream” Performance at Hyde-Woodstock

 

Not to Miss:

Athlete of the Week: Andrew Davis

//www.hyde.edu/2013/04/16/athletics/phoenix-athletics/aow-bath/0415-0421-andrew-davis/

Mal’s Blog: Sketches of Spain

//www.hyde.edu/2013/04/16/uncategorized/sketches-of-spain/

PBJ: Attitudes – Productive and Unproductive http://www.biggestjob.com/2013/attitudes-productive-and-unproductive/

Touching intro to Joe Gauld’s Lance Armstrong article

http://knox.villagesoup.com/p/lance-armstrong-and-teaching-students-the-meaning-of-integrity/984578

Facebook Pic – Thank you card from Fisher Mitchell students https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=395902180517703&set=a.194183644022892.42141.192689317505658&type=1&theater

Summer Challenge 2013

//www.hyde.edu/admission/hyde-schools-summer-programs-2013/

 

 

WOODSTOCK CAMPUS HIGHLIGHTS

Inspiration, Job One!

We started the week with a first rate performance from our sister campus in Bath. A group of students and faculty traveled down to share the performance they created for the MLK day back in the winter. It was clear that the group had worked extremely hard and their efforts were both educational and entertaining. The Woodstock community was enthusiastic in their follow-up remarks about the show:

“Everyone on the stage was totally into the performance.”

“All of the speakers took their roles really seriously.”

“Thanks for coming and this has gotten us excited about putting together our show.”

Photos from the “We Have a Dream” Performance at Hyde-Woodstock

Academic Awards

Earlier in the term, we paused and celebrated those students who set the bar for academic effort and achievement. The following students were acknowledged.

High Honors – The following students earned 90 or better in Effort and Achievement in every class during the winter trimester:  Zehua “Steven” Chen ’14, Nicholas Davis ’13, Yuxin “Frank” Dong ’14, Feda Durisic ’14, Zhixin “Sarah” Fan ’15, Lucas Richards ’15, Yingrui “Lily” Sun ’14, Matthew Wysocki ’13, Yulong “Mike” Yao ’15, Rongpei “Tina” Zhang ’13.

Honorable Mention for Academic Excellence for Winter Trimester –The following students showed solid effort and achievement in all areas of study.  They demonstrated hard work, intellectual resilience, and a well-rounded academic pursuit.  The students are as follows:  Richard Fagan ’14, Rodney Felder ’14, Connor McLaughlin ’13, Marcos Mercado ’14, Destin Oliveira ’14, Aine Zaniewski ’13.

Academic Excellence – The following students were nominated by teachers for their exceptional performance through the winter trimester:  Hagop Ahrens ’14, Zehua “Steven” Chen ’14, Feda Durisic ’14, Nicholas Davis ’13, Zhixin “Sarah” Fan ’15, Amelia Lyle ’14, Anqi “Angel” Sima ’15, Matthew Wysocki ’13, Yulong “Mike” Yao ’15.

Academic Improvement – The following students demonstrated notable improvement during the winter trimester to more closely reflect their academic potential:  Martin Joey Burns ’14, Junyan “Jeremy” Gu ’15, Jonathan White ’14.

 

Lady Wolf Pack Wins in Overtime

The women’s lacrosse team traveled to St. Andrews for a league match-up that would prove to be very exciting.  The women’s team had been winless up until that point and struggling with rudimentary skills and belief in themselves.  St. Andrews scored the first goal and it went back and forth the entire first half.  At halftime, Hyde had a two goal lead.  St. Andrews would fight back and tie the game up in the waning moments of the game.  St. Andrews was first to score in overtime but they were not the last.  Alina Donnelly ’13 scored on a free position shot to tie the game at 10-10.  In the last thirty seconds of the game Alina Donnelly ’13 traveled the length of the field and passed the ball to Katherine Hagood ’13 who scored to put Hyde up 11-10. Jenna Dubinsky ’14 had her best game of the season in goal saving 20 shots on goal.  Marcy Altobello ’13, a newcomer to the game, was critical in securing ground balls with a total of seven in the midfield.  The defense led by seniors Yoomi Ji and Rongpei “Tina” Zhang shut down St. Andrew’s scorers at crucial points of the game. It was an outstanding win which should pay dividends in confidence and morale.  The Wolf Pack faces sister school Bath on Saturday.

Track and Field Update

The Hyde School track and field team had their first home meet this past Saturday, competing against athletes from Kingswood Oxford School and Paul Cuffee School.

The men’s team again had a solid performance, winning the meet with a score of 95 points over the second place finish of 62. The men dominated the field events, taking first in most events as well as a number of seconds and thirds. Highlights included the high jump, where Jared Larsen ’13, Feda Durisic ’14, and Brendan Murray ’13, a first time high jumper, swept first, second, and third places.  These performances were supported by Graham Davidson ’13 and Sean Michael McCrystal ’13, who took first and second place in the javelin, and Greg Munetz ’13, Evan Berger ’14 and Cheng “Kevin” Wang ’16 who took first, third, and fourth in the discus.

In the running events, the men had a strong showing, getting a number of key places to ensure their win for the meet. Jared Larsen ’13 broke the school record in the 400 by about 2 seconds, running a time of 51.61 seconds, and placed third in the 200. Jay Watkins ’13 placed second in the 100, first in the 200, and was a member of the winning 4 x 100 relay team. Brian O’Dea ’13and Thomas Nixon ’14 continued to show their strong athleticism, taking first and second in both the 110 high hurdles and the 300 intermediate hurdles. These performances were rounded out by the efforts of Jesse McKiernan ’15, who placed second in the 150 and third in the 800, Felipe Azevedo ’14, whose strong race in the 3000 earned him second place, and the 4 x 400 team that placed first.

With a relatively young team, the women’s team brought a solid effort to the meet, ultimately finishing second out of three teams.  Key scorers included Lila Paulsen ’15 and Amelia Lyle ’14,Lila placing third in the shot put, second in the discus, and second in the javelin, and Amelia winning both the javelin and the pole vault. Supported by Megan Belka ’14, Gaffney Tucker ’14,and Jamie Zins ’16, the women dominated the shot put, discus, javelin, and pole vault, earning most of the places in each event. On the running side, Janicha Diaz-Carrion ’14 and Amanda Diedrick ’13 earned points for the team with their respective fourth place finishes in the 400 and 1500, and both relay teams earned second place in their events.  Overall, it was a great day for the Hyde Wolf Pack and a strong first home meet of the season!

We finish the week heading into the two Spring Family Weekends which is always a special time at Hyde. The schools are abuzz with class presentations getting polished, performing art dance steps being rehearsed, and students excited about seeing their parents.  As Hyde is a family school, there is nothing more important than bringing the entire community together. Here we go!    LDG/DM

Not to Miss:

Senior Maureen Bellwoar appears in local news article about her work on Hunger Week http://marplenewtown.patch.com/announcements/hyde-school-senior-and-newtown-square-resident-organizes-hunger-awareness-week

Mal’s Blog: Sketches of Spain

//www.hyde.edu/2013/04/16/uncategorized/sketches-of-spain/

PBJ: Attitudes – Productive and Unproductive http://www.biggestjob.com/2013/attitudes-productive-and-unproductive/

Touching intro to Joe Gauld’s Lance Armstrong article

http://knox.villagesoup.com/p/lance-armstrong-and-teaching-students-the-meaning-of-integrity/984578

Summer Challenge 2013

//www.hyde.edu/admission/hyde-schools-summer-programs-2013/