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Volume XXVII, Number 4 March-April 2013

Celebrate the Arts with Falmouth Academy on April 27 at our Fundraising Auction! See Pages 15 & 16 For Details


GAM: a social meeting of whaleships‌ with all the sympathies of sailors [and] all the peculiar congenialities arising from a common pursuit.


From the Headmaster At this time, we are well into our last trimester. June is fast approaching and with it the end of another successful school year. In March and April, we also start hoping for the successful end of our 2012-2013 Annual Fund and encourage all members of the Falmouth Academy community to participate. If you haven’t yet contributed, please join us. Our Annual Fund is an important support for every aspect of a Falmouth Academy education and has always relied on the generous consideration of parents, alumni, grandparents, friends of the school, and foundations. We hope that you are, or will be, among them. I am proud to tell you that every member of our faculty, staff, and board of trustees has already contributed to The Annual Fund. It follows the school year, running from July 1, 2012 through to June 30, 2013. Annual Fund gifts ensure that Falmouth Academy can continue to have the close teacherstudent relationships that are the foundation of our culture and our success. It allows us to attract and retain the best teachers and to offer a program of the highest quality in safe and updated facilities. The Falmouth Academy Board of Trustees and I are committed to keeping our school affordable and able to serve area families regardless of their economic circumstances. Although our current tuition is significantly less than any comparable independent school, tuition revenue still doesn’t cover all of our costs. The Annual Fund is critical in helping us cover these costs and increase our accessibility. Your participation is as important as the size of your gift. Foundations, which play an important role in providing annual fund support, are always particularly interested in parent and alumni participation levels. Last year we received nearly $1 million from foundations. High participation levels help us compete successfully for important grants and position us to be invited to reapply. For all of our faculty, staff, and students, I thank you all who have supported and will support the 2012-2013 Annual Fund. You are part of our success.

Stephen Simon in Memoriam


Falmouth Academy deeply regrets the passing of Maestro Stephen Simon, January 20, 2013. With the Simon Sinfonietta, Stephen generously shared his immense talent and infectious joy in music with Falmouth and all of Cape Cod. Certainly, we members of the audience treasured our evenings with Stephen and his musicians. Adding to our pleasure were the visible reactions of these musicians, who clearly respected Stephen’s skill and his kindness. The admiration of fellow musicians is great praise, indeed. Falmouth Academy is honored to have been a beneficiary of Stephen’s generosity as well as host to his Sinfonietta. We are equally honored to call Stephen and Bonnie friends. We will miss Stephen, and we will miss his joy in giving the gift of music, his wit, and his generous, positive nature.

Falmouth Academy Community Series Presents:

Geoffrey Wolff April 23, 7:00 p.m. American novelist Geoffrey Wolff will speak about his memoir, The Duke of Deception: Memories of My Father. Runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize, Mr. Wolff ’s memoir describes growing up with his conartist father. When the book was published in 1979, New York Times reviewer Christopher Lehmann-Haupt wrote, “The only difficulty I face in praising Geoffrey Wolff ’s remarkable [book] is deciding what about it I admire most... The son has paid whatever debts he owes the father by immortalizing him in this touching, funny, sad, and all together irresistible memoir.” Please join us in the Buxton Library at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 23. Admission is free. The public is welcome.

In This Issue Falmouth Academy Community Series - 2 From the Dean of Students - 3 From the Counselor - 4 Scenes from Gala - 5/6 FA and the Arts - 7 Record Number of Music Festival Participants - 8 Refrigerator Calendar - 9/10 Alumni Notes - 11 Alumni All-School Meeting - 12 Alumni Spotlight - 13 Annual Fund - 14 Falmouth Academy Celebrates the Arts - 15/16 From the Director of Athletics - 17 From the Director of Admissions - 18 The GAM is published six times a year for the community of Falmouth Academy. David C. Faus ~ Headmaster Michael J. Earley ~ Director of Admissions Sarah Pring ~ Director of the Capital Campaign Barbara Campbell ~ Director of Alumni and Parent Relations Tucker Clark ~ Assistant to the Headmaster Dave Ellis ~ Director of Communications


From the Dean of Students

Dean of Students, Ben Parsons

Like every other school in the country, Falmouth Academy is having renewed conversations about how to keep our campus safe. With our collective conscience rattled and our grief-stricken hearts stirred, impassioned discussions on gun control, the state of our nation’s mental health system, and crisis planning have filled the void left by 26 untimely deaths in Newtown, Connecticut. Schools across the country have found themselves at the center of these discussions, having to weigh decontextualized fear-mongering and militarized riskaversion strategies with cost, feasibility, and common sense. Sadly, I believe the current debate largely ignores the goal of reducing school violence by creating internal cultures and climates of respect, deep connections between students and adults, and direct communication. Fortunately, I am not alone in my beliefs; the United States Department of Education and Secret Service support the same findings. In a joint publication entitled, “Threat Assessment in Schools: A Guide to Managing Threatening Situations and to Creating Safe School Climate,” the two agencies remind us that the vast majority of school violence is a result of “pain, loneliness, desperation, and despair that many students in this nation’s schools deal with on a daily basis.” In other words, according to policy experts, violence-reduction strategies in schools should not focus on the external as much as on the internal culture of schools. Therefore, instead of heightened security 3 measures like armed

police on campus, bullet-proof doors and windows, or lock-down procedures, the Threat Assessment Report suggests that schools should focus their efforts on: 1) fostering a culture of respect; 2) creating connections between adults and students; and 3) breaking the “Code of Silence” (a tacit code among students that they keep their concerns about their peers’ behavior from responsible adults). Last week, a retired Secret Service officer and trustee emeritus of Massachusetts Maritime Academy visited our campus to speak with our college advisor, Julia Taylor. As an expert in the field of security, he was deeply impressed with Falmouth Academy for fostering a climate of safety and a culture of respect, emotional support, and direct communication. He praised as threat deterrents our shared open lockers, the conversations witnessed in the halls between teachers and students, and our daily forum of exchange at All School Meeting. These are the most easily recognizable characteristics of a school that values personal relationships, personal growth, and personal responsibility. I would add that our advisory program, our faculty-student ratio, and our curriculum are also elements of our mission-driven effort to foster empathy, respect, and safety. Importantly, neither our adherence to the Threat Assessment Report’s findings, nor the recent visit of a security specialist to our campus leaves us naïve about the threat of violence in the larger society or within these walls. We have an active Safety Committee that has already taken steps to improve our security, including installing telephones in every classroom and locking external doors during the school day. In addition, we also have a school full of adults who constantly work with each other and with their students to assess and support Falmouth Academy’s internal culture of respect and direct communication.

From the Counselor

As February rolls around, I usually notice that stress levels are heightened. Science fair presentations and college acceptances are pending, we’re tired of the cold and early darkness, and our March break seems a long way off. As stress heightens, our fuses shorten. We have less patience and may feel as if we aren’t heard, that our needs aren’t met, and that the people in our lives become more a source of contention than a resource for support. It might seem easy to “let it go,” not discuss it, and wait for the dust to settle, but the issues will resurface later. When I think about difficult conversations that I must have with the people in my life, I remember strategies I learned from the wonderful little powerhouse of a book: Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most, and I feel better about being prepared. When I was an intern at the Community Health Center of Cape Cod, my supervisor gave me the book and said, “This is going to be on your bookshelf forever. It will change the way you manage and work with people in your own life, and it will guide you in how you work with your clients. It will infiltrate every aspect of your life.” She was right. I have read Difficult Conversations three times and listened to it on audio, so I am comfortable saying, “Everyone who communicates with human beings needs to read or listen to this book.” It has helped me deal with tough issues, both professionally and personally.

A “difficult conversation” is defined as covering anything we find hard to talk about because we’re afraid of the consequences. The dilemma is: should we avoid or confront? If we avoid the problem, we will feel taken advantage of, ill feelings will gnaw away at us, and we may feel bad that we didn’t stick up for ourselves or that we didn’t confront the problem and give the other person the opportunity to improve or change things. We worry that if we choose to confront a certain problem, things may get worse. Difficult conversations are a part of life. The problem is not in our actions but in our thinking, so it makes sense to shift from a “message delivery stance” to a “learning stance.” I found these concepts particularly useful: • Contribution versus blame: admit your own contributions to a situation and ask for others’ contributions, exclusive of blame. • Focus on “and” instead of “but.” Acknowledge that two things can be true simultaneously. • Approach a situation from a neutral, curious stance rather than from your own point of view. • Enter a conversation with questions and a sincere desire to understand the other person, rather than with a need to “prove” your point of view. So, I want to help prepare you as we face winter’s last stretch and as the need for difficult conversations may increase. This book will lighten the emotionally draining load you may be carrying around with you and give you strength to confront a difficult conversation.

Stephanie Mastroianni


Scenes From Gala always features something for everyone, and this year was no different. From bowling and ping pong, to casino games and the thrilling and highly competitive swing dance competition, it was definitely an evening to remember. Some Gala attendees even went home with something extra thanks to the highly anticipated raffle. There were baskets donated by each class filled with everything from spa and beauty items, to all the ingredients for a great night out on the town including a $100 gift certificate to the Coonamesett Inn and baby-sitting provided by an FA student! Other prizes included gift certificates to local eateries and shops, as well as donated crafts. As always the evening was a success, and as these pictures show, it was the place to see and be seen!


1. Theo Guerin ’17 and Isabel Davern ’17 burn up the dance floor during the swing dance competition! 2. Kayla Sheehan ’17 and Shawn Trieschmann ’17 danced their way into the final round of the contest. They finished in third place; quite a feat, considering the competition!



3. Seniors, Dan Sakakini, Ryan Ackell, Nick Scharr, Christina Nunley, Luka Catipovic, and Graham Littlehale savor their final year at Gala as students!


Gala 2013


4. Huang Huanting and Shen Anxin, freshmen who come to Falmouth Academy all the way from China take in their first Gala experience! 5. Kayla Tashjian and Isabel Davern both ’17 enjoy the type of nightlife that only Falmouth Academy’s Gala can provide!


6. Alex Trotter ’15 prepares to jump in on the piano with jazz band directors, Paul Weller and George Scharr, as they entertain in the Buxton Library!



FA and the Arts

The 2013 Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards recognized 19 Falmouth Academy students with awards, including two Gold Keys and five Silver Keys. Gold Key winners’ work will travel to the National Scholastic competition in New York this spring. Falmouth Academy Gold Key winners:

Lauren Hoyerman’13, North Falmouth, for her photograph “Backhand Onion” Helena Oldenbourg ’14, West Falmouth, for her photograph “Oysters”

Silver Key winners:

Hope Allison ‘15, Woods Hole, for her photograph “Still” Lauren Hoyerman for her photograph “Fruit Fly” Pai-Lin Hunnibell ’15, West Falmouth, for her photograph “Braid” Aidan Huntington ’15, West Tisbury, for his drawing “Cabbage” Ethan Mendez ’17, Vineyard Haven, for his ceramic and glass piece “The Apple”

Honorable mentions:

Catherine Aviles’14, East Sandwich, for her painting “Heron Pond” Stephanie Aviles ’17, East Sandwich, for her drawing “Tomato Slice” Abagail Bumpus ’14, Woods Hole, for her photograph “Two Trees” Isabel Davern ’17, East Falmouth, for her drawing “A Quiet Branch” Tasha Garland ’16, West Falmouth, for her photograph “Into the Sunset” Lauren Hoyerman for her photograph “Glimpse” Pai-Lin Hunnibell for her photograph “Relevé” Noah Lovell ’17, Falmouth, for his drawing “Egg Still life” Michael Mangalo ’17, Osterville, for his painting “Quiet Mountain” Helena Oldenbourg for her photograph “Perspective” Lela Sethares ’14, East Falmouth, for her drawing “The Inside of a Tomato” Kayla Tashjian ’17, Hatchville, for her photograph “Driving on a Rainy Morning” Susan D. Moffat teaches photography, Lucy B. Nelson teaches studio arts and Arts-inHumanities, and Marite Burns teaches ceramics. An exhibit of Gold Key and Silver Key winners will hang at the State Transportation Building in Boston from February 11 to April 19, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, 12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m. No Saturday or holiday hours.


From left to right: Nick Scharr ’13, Grania Gallagher ’16, Aidan Huntington ’15, Emma Rogalewski ’14 Guy Knapp ’15, Ronna Ten Brink ’13, Jessica O’Malley ’13, Catherine Aviles ’14, Elizabeth Stimson ’13, Savannah Maher ’13, Chase Gibson ’14, and Samuel Graber-Hahn ’17

Record Number of Students Qualify for Cape and District Music Festivals

Falmouth Academy has had a record number of students participating in music festivals this year. Student musicians qualify for participation in the local Cape and Islands Festival and Southeast Regional festivals through competitive auditions held in November. Violinists Guy Knapp ’15 and Ronna ten Brink ’13 participated in the Senior District Festival in January, performing an unusual repertoire including Huapango, an orchestral version of a traditional Mexican folk dance, full of lively and challenging Latin rhythms. The composer is Jose Pablo Moncayo García, one of the most important representatives of 20th century Mexican nationalism in music. Currently 8th grade violinist Samuel Graber-Hahn ’17 is preparing for the Junior Southeast Festival, which takes place in March. All twelve FA students who auditioned for Cape and Islands were accepted: flutist Jessica O’Malley ’13, timpanist Nicholas Scharr ’13, and trumpeter Chase Gibson ’14 for the band; Catherine Aviles ’14 and Savannah Maher ’13 for the treble (women’s) choir; and Elizabeth Stimson ’13 for the mixed chorus. Violinists Ronna ten Brink ’13, Guy Knapp ’15, Aidan Huntington ’15, Grania Gallagher ’16, James Abdu ’13, and cellist Emma Rogalewski ’14 auditioned successfully for the orchestra.

The students all enjoyed the Festival. Senior Elizabeth Stimson commented, “It was exciting to see how a chorus of one hundred voices could progress over just two days, working with a fabulous and patient conductor.” Junior Catherine Aviles enjoyed the opportunity to sing with a large women’s choir and commented on what a joy it was to spend three days just “making music for the sake of making music together.” The band students were impressed with their conductor. “He asked students what they felt they needed to go over. This made us really care about the music and think about how to perfect it for the concert,” said senior Jessica O’Malley. Chamber Orchestra director Dr. Deborah Bradley, who has involved Falmouth Academy students in music festivals for decades, commented enthusiastically about these programs: “Everything we do at Falmouth Academy is on a small scale. The music festivals offer an invaluable opportunity for our student musicians to perform with full-scale groups of fifty to one hundred under the batons of outstanding and inspiring conductors. We’re proud to have so many participants. My colleagues George Scharr ( Jazz), John Yankee (Chorus), and I enjoy preparing our students for the auditions and festivals and accompanying them to these events.” Dr. Bradley also pointed out that the festivals, particularly Cape and Islands, allow Falmouth Academy students and teachers to become involved with the larger educational and musical community in which we live.


Falmouth Academy Re

March 2013 Sun






1 nd End of 2 trimester


2 SSAT Admissions Test 9-12:15 pm

New England Prep. Championship Dance 7-10 pm   Basketball Tournament 3


5 SAT Prep. (verbal) for Juniors, periods I-III

6 Dress Rehearsal for Midwinter Performance 3 pm Board of Trustees meeting 6 pm

10 11 FA Admissions and Financial Aid Decision Letters Mailed 17



7 Faculty Meeting (early buses 2:30 pm)

8 9 SE District Junior SE District Junior High Music High Music Festival and Festival and Concert Concert

Midwinter SAT I Performance of Advisors Music and Distribute Report Southshore Drama (II) Cards Regional Science Fair Early Buses 2:30 pm 14 15 16

March Vacation (offices will remain open)







March Vacation (offices will be closed) 24

25 School resumes after march vacation




26 Admissions Visiting Day for th accepted 9 graders

27 28 29 30 Senior Teaching Admissions Course Day Visiting Day for Registration Day th Accepted 9 Graders Parents Association Faculty Appreciation Brunch

efrigerator Calendar Sun



April 2013 Tue

2 3 7th grade field trip to Boston MFA for The Asia Exhibit






5 Registration Deadline for May 4, SAT I and II


10 11 Signed Contract and Tuition Deposit, for 2013-14 Due

12 SAT Prep. (Math) for Juniors Periods V-VII

13 Alumni Event in New York, walking the High Line



19 Progress Report Writing Day – No Classes

20 SSAT Admissions Test 9-12:15 pm

25 German Theatre Festival @ Mt. Holyoke

26 Progress Reports Distributed

27 FA Celebrates the Arts Dinner and Auction 6 p.m.

Spring Canned Food Drive 7


14 Prom (10,11, and th 12 Grade) 7-10:00 pm

15 16 Patriots Day No Classes Offices Closed





9 Faculty Meeting (early buses 2:30 pm)

23 24 Falmouth Academy Community Series Presents Geoffrey Wolff 7 p.m. 30

Spirit Week

Tech. Rehearsal for Spring Play



Alumni Notes Jana Pickart ’05 is very busy these days. She teaches adults and seniors about blogging, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Marketing for Bloggers, Facebook for Grandparents, and building websites at Cambridge Community Television, the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, and Brookline Community and Adult Education. “I credit FA with teaching me what good teaching is and now I have the chance to give back and share my love of social media and blogging with the local community.” Jana is also working as a research assistant at Brandeis University’s International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life’s Peacebuilding and the Arts Program. She hopes to attend graduate school and pursue a Ph.D. in anthropology. Katy Hickman ’04 married Andy Prosser (of Bournemouth, England) at the Captain Linnell House in Orleans last June. “We celebrated with several FA alumni: Blake Pearlstein ’04, who was my maid of honor, Leslie Bullis ‘04, Emily Denham ‘04, Whit Russell ‘04, Matt Waterbury ‘04, Phil Logan ‘05, and, of course, my brother Tyler ‘02. My husband and I live with our dog Bennie in Cambridge. I will be graduating from Emerson College with a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders this May, and then hope to gain a position as a speech-language pathologist somewhere in the area. Speech pathology is a surprisingly wide-reaching field. I am still determining what working environment I would like to pursue upon graduation. Currently, my strongest interest is in working with young children with feeding and swallowing disorders (including, but not limited to medically complicated children who are being weaned from g-tube feeding to oral feeding). I worked with this population in my most recent clinical placement and found it to be extremely interesting and rewarding.” Tony Bowen ’05 has a new job in Baltimore at the Annie E. Casey Foundation as a Program Associate for the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. A private national philanthropy that creates better futures for American children, the foundation helps strengthen families, build economic opportunities and transform neighborhoods into safer and healthier places. The Grade-Level Reading Campaign is a 10-year effort to increase reading proficiency for low-income kids across the country. There are local campaigns in 123 cities. “We partner with more than 30 consultants and 10 grantees to carry out this work,” said Tony. “I manage the contract, invoicing and grant making processes for these partners, and also a few technology projects that will increase the capacity of the Campaign. One of our goals is to increase the level of philanthropic dollars that are supporting literacy for low-income kids and the areas listed above. I’ll be the lead on coordinating and tracking this effort of the Campaign.” To learn more, visit the web site: Bronwen Prosser (Armstrong) ’99 added sparkle to the lives of many Cape Codders this winter! She not only filled in as FA middle school play director, for alex Crowley who was on maternity leave, but, as a member of the Brazen Belles burlesque troupe, was recognized as one of the 28 “People to Watch” by Cape Cod Magazine. She also taught classes at the Cotuit Center for the Arts on writing and creating solo shows and screenplays. See the descriptions at Edmund E. Cole ’88 wrote to let us know that he is working at Stop and Shop. The former Honor Society President and Valedictorian said, “I was inspired to share by the New Year’s GAM publication. Like the many before me and the many after me, FA gave me a head start unlike any other. Thank you, FA.”


Alumni All-School Meeting Contact Barbara Campbell at for more information on any of these items and to RSVP for events (*). *April 13 - Alumni Event in New York City We will stroll the High Line in New York City, rain or shine. Meeting places and times will be emailed to those in the area. April 27 - 2013 Falmouth Academy Auction: Celebrating The Arts Do you have a piece of art or a service you would like to donate to the Auction? You are invited to contribute artwork (your own or another artist’s), photos, ceramics or sculpture, a service or a product. Consider having your business sponsor the event. It’s a great way to promote within the FA community! (For sponsorship opportunities and donation forms, visit waves_auction.) Don’t forget to purchase a ticket. How about sharing a sponsored table with your friends? Highlights of the event include Fred Meltzer ’83 providing musical entertainment. May 18 - National Alumni Day of Service FA Alumni groups in Boston, New York, Washington, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and on the Cape will offer a day of service with local organizations. Regional captains will be in touch with what’s happening in your area. (If we don’t have a regional group near you, check into your own day of service and send us the pictures!) *June 7 - Alumni Night at FA Connect with classmates and FA friends and faculty the night before Graduation. If you are in the Classes of 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, or 2008 this is your reunion year! Use this event as a gathering point. All alumni are invited to celebrate and honor Headmaster David Faus and his wife Holly for their service to Falmouth Academy.

Michael Murray ’96 is joined by Olivann Hobbie and Marite Burns at the Boston event for Falmouth Academy alumni at the Museum of Fine Arts.

Charley Cumming’s wife Kristen, Cady Cummings-Audette ’98, and Kristen Roupenian ’99 joined FA photo teacher Susan Moffat as she led FA alumni through the Boston Museum of Fine Arts exhibit, Mario Testino: In Your Face.


Alumni Spotlight Melillo Recognized with Writing Prize Ted Melillo Ph.D. ’92 received the Alice Hamilton Prize, awarded each year by the American Society for Environmental History for the best article published outside its journal, Environmental History. Ted’s 33page piece, “The First Green Revolution: Debt Peonage and the Making of the Nitrogen Fertilizer Trade, 1840–1930,” appeared in the October 2012 issue of the American Historical Association’s American Historical Review. Ted digs deeply into Abolition-era labor practices to discover what he calls the first Green Revolution, which occurred prior to the late-twentieth-century explosion in agricultural productivity. From 1840 to 1930, hundreds of millions of tons of nitrogen-rich guano and sodium nitrate were mined and then transported from South America to farms in the northern hemisphere. The practice of importing slaves had been banned by this time, so this intensive labor was only made possible by the hundreds of thousands of people, many from China, who were coerced or who sold themselves into bondage to pay off their debts. In his article, Ted summarizes, “the relationship between new forms of servitude … and the concurrent development of a worldwide fertilizer trade reveals that the changing nature of work is inextricably intertwined with the work of changing nature.” This comprehensive understanding of the first Green Revolution fuses two emerging research areas, global environmental history and transnational labor history. It also offers a new understanding of the roles that labor systems and resources in the Pacific world played in global agricultural transitions. Ted is Assistant Professor of History and Environmental Studies at Amherst College.

Alumna Sees Impact of Good Teaching When Anne (Burns) Diaz-Matos ’97 and her husband, Alexander, moved to farming country in New York, she knew she wanted to weave her interests in farming and science together, and a masters degree in elementary education seemed like the perfect way to do that. (She initially graduated from Oberlin College after majoring in art history and environmental science.) “Ultimately, I want to teach children about science as well as sustainable farming and living practices through farm to table programs and community gardens all while creating a strong environmental science curriculum.” Having just finished her student teaching, Anne is on track to graduate from SUNY New Paltz in May and will be inducted into the Kappa Delta Pi Honors Society for outstanding education professionals. As a student teacher in the “high needs” Newburgh School District, Anne taught in a fifth-grade classroom full of children from diverse backgrounds. She taught English/Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, and Science. “I focused on perfecting my science lessons and making science exciting for the students.” She was thrilled to teach her students about tectonics, Pangaea, volcanoes, and earthquakes. “Teaching is an incredibly rewarding and gratifying experience. In the moment, you don’t always see how you touch the lives of your students, but when I left the children to start my next placement, I saw just how much I had impacted their lives.” Cont. on page 14


Many students wrote her letters and commented extensively on her science lessons, and her “underdog” student made huge strides in his learning and his effort to be successful academically. “One of the most important things you can do for a child performing well below grade level is show that you believe in him and take extra time to scaffold and support that child’s learning. I think that my attitude towards and relationship with him pushed him to succeed,” she said. Excited about the possibilities, Anne said she is looking forward to implementing a strong science curriculum. “That is an element that I miss after going to FA and living so close to the Woods Hole community.”

Annual Fund

Investing in Inspiration What makes a difference in student’s lives? A teacher who inspires them to reach their full potential. Falmouth Academy teachers work closely with their students, and, because they know them so well, challenge them and show them how to reach higher. That close attention produces results: Every member of the Class of 2012 who applied to a college or university that offered financial aid based purely on merit, received merit aid. Just as an inspiring teacher can change a student’s life, so can you with your gift to the Annual Fund. We are excited to report that faculty members and trustees achieved 100% participation by the end of 2012. In addition more than 75% of the parents of the Class of 2013 have given to the Senior Parent Gift Fund. A panel of senior parents will meet in early April to review the faculty applications and decide, as a group, how to allocate the available funds. Begun by the Class of 2010 parents, this fund allows Falmouth Academy faculty members to pursue opportunities that bring further inspiration to their classrooms. Since 2010, 16 proposals have been funded. Inspiration and imagination abound – especially at this point of the school year! Please participate in the Annual Fund. Monthly giving and online giving opportunities are available through our web site: Or, you can send a check directly to Development, Falmouth Academy, 7 Highfield Drive, Falmouth MA 02540.


Falmouth Academy Celebrates the Arts

Kick up your heels and open your hearts at the Falmouth Academy Celebrates the Arts fundraising auction. Find yourself wandering through a Parisian street (in the FA gym) sampling a deliciously inspired menu from Jacqueline’s Catering. Fred Meltzer ’83 will perform old favorites and original songs on his guitar. John Schofield of Eldred’s will be our auctioneer. Save the date - April 27 - and prepare to be entertained.

Many imaginitive items have been donated and new things are coming in daily, so please visit our auction page on the web ( php/parents/2013_making_waves_auction) to get updates. All proceeds will benefit the Falmouth Academy Annual Fund.


Fund Raising Auction April 27, 2013 To tempt you, we offer a sampling of items below that will be up for bid. There are many ways to sponsor this auction, and we invite you to visit the web site for more information. • Paintings by Joseph McGurl and Max McGurl ’09 • Bronze Bas-Relief by Sarah Peters • Tiger maple Porringer-Top tea table with spoon feet by James Livsey of Rochetser Cabinet Shop • Photo by Whit Russell ’04 • A painting by FA Parent, Jason Eldredge • Fly Fishing trip for two on Duxbury Bay • Percussion Lessons from Nick Scharr ’13, a Boston Youth Symphony member • Whale Tail sculpture made by Otto Reber • Gorgeous array of hand-blown items from Fritz Glass, including a one-of-a kind snakeskin incalmo vase, silver blue vase, candy dishes, marbles, a cobalt blue marble bowl, glass ornaments and more • Ed Lott’s Beer! • 4 occassions of Truffles, handmade by Andrea Gosselin • Beautiful student art and photos from Carlo Bocconcelli ’13, Isabelle Camarra ’13, Isabel Davern ’17, Briana Feldott ’14, Lauren Hoyerman ’13, Pai-Lin Hunnibell ’15, Lily Patterson ’14, Coco Raymond ’15, Elizabeth Stimson ’13, and more • 3 livery round-trips to Boston or Providence • Consulting Service by Jill Neubauer Architects • Family Photo Journey by Jane Ginsberg • Painting by Linda Walker, member of Falmouth Artists Guild • Clarinet and lesson from FA jazz teacher Paul Weller • And…an exciting Fund-a-Need opportunity!


New Coaches Bring Excitement and Energy to Falmouth Academy Sports Programs A note from the Director of Athletics

Left to Right: Liza Schalch, Sarah Knowles, Katie Curtis, and Henry Stevens

One of the pleasures of this academic year for me has been the chance to mentor and watch new, young coaches in action. We have four first-year teachers and coaches experiencing their first taste of leading a team and teaching the skills and values of a game to their players. Watching Henry Stevens and Sarah Knowles tackle the roles of Boys’ Varsity basketball coach and Girls’ Middle School basketball coach respectively this winter has been invigorating. The same was true in the fall as Katie Curtis and Liza Schalch took the reins of the Middle School and Junior Varsity girls’ soccer teams. The excitement and sense of newness that these young coaches bring to their jobs takes me back to my first coaching experience at FA more than twenty-five years ago. In my case, it came as a complete surprise. One morning in March, with the spring season already underway, Bruce Buxton called me in and informed me that he wanted me to take over coaching girls’ middle school softball. A parent had been serving as a volunteer coach, but his work commitments had become too great a conflict for him to continue. So, the job was now mine and I was starting immediately! I had played baseball growing up, and I was quite excited, though also quite aware that I knew nothing about the very elaborate and complicated pitching mechanics of fastpitch softball. I can’t say that I know much about them now either, but I remember, in that “dark age” before the internet, racing out to get some books and video cassettes! I also remember how much I loved it. I can easily recall most of my position players even today. Jodi Kopke ’92 was at shortstop. Sarah Chalmers ’92 was at first base, and a big left-handed bat in the lineup. Teresa Wessling ’93 manned the “hot corner” at third base, and Caitlin Schwarzman ’88 was our top pitcher. The catcher was Annette Eckler ’88, an exchange student from Germany who had never even seen softball before, but who turned out to be a very solid, and eager,


player. It was a magical experience, completely akin to those classroom experiences that all dedicated teachers know well and cherish. All schools benefit from an influx of young, talented teachers at somewhat regular intervals. They bring new energy to a community that sees and “catches” their sense of wonder and excitement. All schools also tend to speak of coaching as teaching and of the playing fields as another classroom. Some schools live those words more deeply than others, but the best schools, and the best teacher/coaches, know how analogous the roles of coach and teacher are. We are very fortunate right now to have these four young teacher/coaches at FA. They have all been wonderfully devoted to our students in the classroom and on the fields or in the gym. Furthermore, they all have a significant degree of experience with athletics. Coach Stevens, who has the heightened challenge of coaching at the varsity level, has the benefit of having played the game at the collegiate level. A school like ours that is committed to nurturing students very successfully and to offering them excellence in the instruction and guidance they receive, needs to have both excellent teachers and excellent coaches. Consider that our classroom teachers see their students for 200 minutes per week in class, and this being FA, often for additional time in ad hoc, one-on-one meetings outside of class. Then consider that during an athletic season a coach spends on average about 450 minutes a week working with students, not including the time on bus rides to away games, and the importance of talented and inspiring coaches becomes quite clear. I am thrilled that we have such coaches at FA, both rookie and veteran, but it is a special joy to watch the younger coaches taste the wonderfully rewarding experience of coaching for the first time!

From the Director of Admissions

Dircctor of Admissions, Mike Earley

We are very pleased to announce the four winners of our 2013 Scholarship Exam: Emma Stillman of Plymouth and Rising Tide Charter School; Zoe Boardman of South Orleans and Nauset Middle School; Sam Cranston of Vineyard Haven and Tisbury School; and Devin Waite of Edgartown and Oak Bluffs School. Each winner will receive a $3,000 merit scholarship toward his or her first year’s tuition at Falmouth Academy. While we congratulate the winners, I also want to explain that Falmouth Academy teachers design the Scholarship Exam to recognize scholastic merit, and we celebrate all of the students who sit for it. Taking that risk on a Saturday morning suggests the students already value learning. In fact, a secondary goal of the exam is to encourage excitement about ideas. If your child took the exam, and you had a conversation on the way home about rice, you know what I mean. As teachers, we enjoy celebrating all student successes. We are not a test-driven school. We use class tests as only one way for students to demonstrate their understanding. They express their comprehension and progress through class discussion, group projects, essays, homework assignments, oral presentations, Arts-in-Humanities projects, and conversations with Science Fair judges. They do not take MCAS tests, and we do not designate our courses as Advanced Placement.

We know from experience that when our talented teachers design their own curricula — free from bureaucratic influence — their students will have a deeper, more authentic, and imaginative learning experience. This is why we also look beyond the SSAT scores when we review each application file. We carefully consider school transcripts, three writing samples, and three recommendations, as well as the student’s interview and fullday visit to understand if a student is a good match for this challenging environment. Tests mean something to us, but we know that they don’t provide a complete assessment of learning. Although the official deadline for application for next year was March 1, we will continue to welcome visitors and applications for certain grades after the March 1 deadline. If you have not yet begun the process, call us soon to get started.

Join us for our Spring Admissions Open House May 11, 2013 Visit the school and learn about a Falmouth Academy education from 1:00- 3:00 p.m. Check out FA’s lacrosse team in action at 2:00 p.m. and our Spring Play at 7:00 p.m. 18



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Falmouth Academy Past Parents - A Gathering

Falmouth Academy invites past FA parents to an evening of reminiscing and looking forward. Wednesday, April 3, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Buxton Library at Falmouth Academy Please join other past parents for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres to reconnect and hear what’s new at FA. RSVP to Chelsea Downing 508-457-9696, x. 309 or

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