Hyde Weekly: April 27 – May 3, 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.


Pat Damon Day

The Bath campus gathered together for the sixth annual Pat Damon Service and Leadership Day on Tuesday.  The Pat Damon Service and Leadership Day was established at Hyde School as a way of remembering, honoring and continuing to highlight the importance of commitment and service to our families, our local communities, our country and the greater world in which we live.  The award’s namesake, Patrick D. Damon, a Maine native, graduated in Hyde School’s Class of 1984.  Damon lived a life of service and commitment to others, working tirelessly, unselfishly and with humility to make a difference in any capacity in which he served.   The annual spring event consists of the students and faculty taking part in local community service projects.  This year’s projects included working with the cities of Bath and Phippsburg, Bath’s town arborist, Maine Maritime Museum, Coastal Humane Society, Kennebec Estuary Land Trust, as well as hosting a Red Cross blood drive on campus and doing a clean-up at Popham Beach State Park.  This year the seniors took an active part in connecting with the community and setting up the volunteer opportunities.  Below are a sample of the great testimonials received from students and faculty about the day:

Senior Erika Corely wrote:  “Our group traveled to the Coastal Humane Society, a small non-profit animal shelter in Brunswick.  We cleaned out the bunny and guinea pig room while others re-organized their dry food storage closet. Our entire group had a great attitude and put in a strong effort to help out the shelter.”

Faculty intern and Hyde alumnae Zoe Dorian ’10 shared:  “I had a lovely walk to Big Apple/Dunkin Donuts with a great group of students on Tuesday. We spent the day picking up trash and enjoying each other’s company. Shout-outs go to the students for their happy to do it attitudes despite the thorny areas they encountered. They were a lot of fun to work with and represented Hyde through hard work and class. I think we all learned that taking your job seriously, not yourself, can be really rewarding and fun!”

From Faculty member Richard Polgar:  “The group that went to the Mobile Food Truck did an outstanding job.   The Food Truck organizers said that we were the largest crowd ever and the volunteers literally applauded when we arrived.   Our students represented Hyde and themselves beautifully.  They were tireless in their physical contributions and enthusiastic in their interactions with the clients.   Overall, it was an excellent 3 hours spent at the site, and based on the enthusiasm shown on the bus ride back, it was clear that the students were proud of the work they did.”

Pat Damon Day and community action faculty leader Peter Rowe received several calls and emails after the event from the organizations that the students gave assistance to, expressing thanks and sharing how impressed they were by the students’ enthusiasm and diligence in their work.

Nashville Bound

nashvilleFaculty members Matt Newberg and Rose Dorian and Hyde-Bath students Tia Bauer-Hummel ’13Bailey Evans ’15Matt Lupovich ’14Sonya Kobayashi ’14Qin “Sabrina” Wang ’14Olivia Griffing ’14 and Hyde-

Woodstock student Evan Berger ’14 flew south after Spring Family Weekend to participate in the annual trip to Music City, Nashville, TN.  The trip began with two days of demo recording in Richard Downs’ studio outside of town.  Students created demos with the help of Hyde alums Dylan McDonald and Brian Thompson as well as a host of talented studio musicians.  The songs will be mixed in Bath at the school studio to be posted on theNashville page of the Hyde website.

The group then spent two days touring various music industry spots such as Sony Music Publishing and SESAC performing rights organization.  Both lunch meetings were hosted by legendary music producer, writer and HAPA Don Cook.  New this year was a session at Soundshop Studios where the students were treated to a presentation from two-time Grammy winning songwriter John Jarvis.  After visits to The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the famous Broadway lined with honky-tonks, the trip was complete.  It was an exciting week with a very talented and energetic group of music students.

Senior Class Storming & Norming

With graduation weeks away, the senior class has begun to increasingly feel the urgency of finishing well.  As most groups do, the class went through some turbulence this week as they were establishing the level of honesty and openness needed for evaluations.  This included changes in the schedule, i.e., meeting Thursday morning with the faculty, and changes in agenda, i.e., the faculty removing themselves Tuesday night while the seniors proceeded to “clear the decks” with themselves.  The net result has been a deeper investment by the seniors in themselves, each other and their class.

Boston College Fair

Forty-two juniors traveled to Boston on Tuesday for our annual trip to the National College Fair, where over 400 colleges and universities were represented. It’s a great way to help make the college search real for the juniors and to introduce them to the value of face-to-face contact with admissions officers. There was much excitement throughout the evening as students shared their reactions: “I did not realize how many choices I have. I learned what different schools have to offer.  I was nervous about applying to college, but now I’m excited.  Now I have an idea of what I’m expecting.  Everyone should come here; it was great!” High hopes abound in the Class of 2014!

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Rising Seniors

As the seniors continue their extensive evaluation process, the class of 2014 met to focus on their hopes and fears for the upcoming senior year.  They answered a series of questions by placing themselves in categories.  Some of the questions included:

  • Where does your greatest strength lie?
  • In what area of the school are you most challenged?
  • In what area of the school do you see yourself taking ownership?
  • What aspects of your character will lead the community next year?

The juniors were thoughtful and participatory discussing freely their feelings about the upcoming year.  In the final question, they were asked to place themselves where their greatest hope lie: in being a role model, in being excited about their college acceptances, in a renewed relationship with their family, and in earning greater confidence.  Quite a few students wanted it all.  Junior Curriculum Head Pam Bertschy shared with them, “I believe there are nine words that will insure you meet your hopes and dreams.  They are ‘don’t lie, don’t quit and do the hard thing.’”  Some of the hopes that were expressed about the senior year include:

I want to be a role model for younger students.”

“I am working for a college acceptance that excites me.”

“I want to build on the developing relationship with my parents.”

“I want to be really confident in a genuine way.”

Shall we Dance?

image004On Thursday night, the senior class and their dates got cleaned up and went to their Prom. We have hosted this for many years at the beautiful Lord Thompson Manor where the students are treated like old world ladies and gentlemen in a beautiful setting.

As we have done for the last few years, we have challenged the cultural excesses of this high school ritual by doing away with limos and “over the top” scenarios that set up a pecking order within the students. Hyde’s students board a bus and head off for a night of synergy and positive energy. Of course, there is nothing wrong with a special hair style! Much thanks for the dynamic duo of Susie Racine and Sue Schofield who always are there for the students. Susie spends the year helping the seniors pick out their tuxes, find the courage to ask someone to be their date and generally, provides that “mothering” touch to the whole affair. Congratulations to the class of 2013!

Track and Field

The Hyde Track and Field team hosted their final home meet of the season on Wednesday, competing against teams from Moses Brown School, Bancroft School and Wheeler School. With the weather in their favor, the Wolf Pack continued to demonstrate solid effort and grit through the course of the meet.

The boys’ team placed second in the meet, falling to Moses Brown by 15 points. The streak of record breaking continued as the boys 4 x 100 team broke the school record, finishing in a time of 44.76 seconds.Jay Watkins ’13 led the scoring, placing first in the long jump, triple jump, and 200m as well as participating in the 4 x 100 team. Jesse McKiernan ’15 fought hard in the 800, earning a personal record and third place overall. Other strong performances included Feda Durisic ’14, who placed second in the 300 intermediate hurdles and first in the high jump, Zeyi “Kenny” Zhang ’14, who placed third in the 100m and fourth in the 200m, running strong races in both, and Brendan Murray ’13, who placed third in the high jump and second in the pole vault.

The girls’ team was missing a few key athletes, ultimately leading to their fourth place finish. Participating in the triple jump for the first time, Jessie Schwartz ’14 placed fifth and showed great effort.  Grace Briggs ’14 continued to lead the girls with her leadership and placed fifth in the 200m. Rounding out the score for the girls was Janicha Diaz-Carrion ’14, who placed second in the 300m intermediate hurdles.  Both relay teams placed third.

Overall, it was a great final meet for the Hyde Track and Field team, and both the boys and the girls are working hard to prepare for the SENE meet and to finish qualifying for New Englands. Their last competition before these final championship meets is this Saturday against Wilbraham & Monson Academy and Suffield Academy.

Decision Day

An exciting week for the seniors who deposited at the following institutions of learning:

Maureen Bellwoar                          Drexel University

Ryan Cassidy                                      High Point College

Graham Davidson                            Wheaton College

Nick Davis                                            Ithaca College

Alina Donnelly                                   Ithaca College

Michael Dore                                     College of Notre Dame

Christian Ejiga                                    University of Maine – Orono

Julian Goldenberg                           SUNY Pottsdam

Nicola Gomez                                    Lynn University

Katherine Hagood                           University of South Carolina

Alex Holland                                       College of Charleston

Owen Jean-Jacques                        Marywood University

Yoomi Ji                                                Rutgers University

Yiren Jiang                                           Michigan State University

Jenna Kowalski                                 Sacred Heart University

Ben Krassner                                     Lynn University

Jared Larsen                                       Whittier College

Rong “Martin” Ma                           Indiana University at Bloomington

Julian Mardenli                                 Wheaton College

Peter Markham                                University of Hartford

Jane McCaffrey                                SUNY Purchase

Sean Michael McCrystal                Norwich University

Connor McLaughlin                         Endicott College

Greg Munetz                                     Tabor College

Brian O’Dea                                        Lynchburg College

Hannah Peters                                  Wheaton College

Tom Rockoff                                      Musicians Institute of California

Yiren “Tony” Shao                            UC San Diego

Chris Travis                                         Drexel University

Sam Valentine                                   Penn State – University Park

Xingkai “Steve” Wang                    University of Kansas

Jay Watkins                                        Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Wei Wei                                               University of Kansas

Matt Wysocki                                    Hampshire College

Xiaofend “Jack” Yan                        Rutgers University

Jing “Janet” Yang                              Rutgers University

Kuo Hsiang “Stanley” Yao             University of Oregon

Aine Zaniewski                                  Dickinson College

Rongpei “Tina” Zhang                     UC Berkeley

Hao “Van” Zhou                                Michigan State University


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