In this issue: Innovation, Design Thinking, and Fay’s New iLab A Life in the Arts: André Bishop ’62 The Drama Program at Fay
How teachers are repurposing a space in Reinke for exciting new projects and modeling strategies for problem solving and innovative thinking
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How to Start a Fifth Grade Book Group
How one intrepid fifth grader started a book club for her entire class
Making History a (Virtual) Reality
Innovative uses of the iPad in a new Upper School history course taught by a Fay alumnus
Kathryn Gaska Director of Constitutent Relations
Rob Crawford Director of Marketing and Public Relations
The World is Our Classroom: Upper School Field Trips
A new initiative at Fay: multi-day field trips in the spring for grades seven, eight, and nine
Photos, awards, and information about our graduates’ secondary school and college destinations
Nicole Casey Stephanie Levine Publications Associates Magazine Design Michele Page Design Communication
The Play’s the Thing: Drama at Fay
A look at how Fay’s drama program provides opportunities to build confidence and presentation skills
Ann Wardwell Director of Advancement
Erin Ash Sullivan Editor, Director of Communications
Seeing the Wire: André Bishop ’62 on a Life in the Arts
The artistic director of Lincoln Center Theater reflects on the creative spirit, the importance of the arts in education— and a very unusual Mikado encore
Robert J. Gustavson, Jr. Head of School
Gail Duffney Cirillo Director of Annual Giving
New Spaces, New Inspiration: Creativity, Innovation, and Design Thinking
Photography: Nick Agee Tyler Auer Peter Fearey John Giordano Ellen Harasimowicz A.J. Purcell III ’77 Erin Ash Sullivan
News about fighter pilots, remote-controlled airplanes, and NESCAC standouts Also in this issue: 2 Head’s Notebook 18 Breaking News! Excerpts from Moose Mag, the second grade newspaper 24 Fay in Brief
26 Earth Day at Fay 32 Sports Spotlight 34 Color Competition
On the cover: Keziah Clarke ’13 and Francesca D’Angelo ’14 in Fay’s spring production of Annie. Photo by Ellen Harasimowicz. Inside front cover: Faculty member Greg Mertz belays sixth graders as they explore an indoor ropes course at Chewonki, a camp and outdoor classroom in Wiscasset, Maine. Photo by Tyler Auer.
36 Founders’ Weekend 2013 38 Introducing New Trustees 50 Primary and Lower School Closing Exercises 59 In Memoriam Back Cover: The Pre-Kindergarten Team
A Message from Rob Gustavson, Head of School
Knowing Your Role Or what I learned from the Grinch, the Master of Ceremonies, the Bookseller, the Townsperson, and the Apple Seller Each spring for the past five years I have had a small part in the Upper School Musical. It began as a gesture of support for our music and drama programs during my first year at Fay, when I asked Katie Long and Stephen Buck if they would be willing to give me a cameo in Seussical. Although they were initially somewhat hesitant because previous performances had not included adults, their reluctance dissipated when they identified the need for a brief appearance by the Grinch. While I’d like to think Katie and Stephen’s growing enthusiasm reflected their confidence in my acting and singing talents, I suspect it had more to do with the prospect of covering the new Head of School with green makeup and putting him in a fur suit on a sweltering May afternoon – as well as the rich potential for typecasting jokes. In truth, these elements made the part even more appealing to me, as I hoped they might underscore my willingness to be a good sport. My cameo quickly became a tradition, and I have appreciated the opportunity to appear in four subsequent productions. Although my motivation may have been symbolic at first, it has evolved over time. Participating alongside students in rehearsals and shows has provided some amazing moments of insight, enjoyment, and pride, and I hope my presence has enhanced their experience in some small ways. My lack of background in musical theater has enabled me to observe the creative process with fresh eyes. Three impressions are particularly strong. First, since performing requires vulnerability and risk-taking, humility is essential. Any
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perceived standing I may have had as Head of School evaporated instantly when a patient eighth grade girl was appointed my tutor for a simple dance routine and each time I needed help applying eyeliner.
There is nothing quite like preparing to go onstage when you know you’re just not very good. Second, courage—and encouragement—come in many forms. In the words of Harper Lee, courage is “knowing you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.” There is nothing quite like preparing to go onstage when you know you’re just not very good. When a seventh grade boy asked me if I was nervous while we waited for our cue (and my honest answer was “Yes!”), I felt a remarkable lift when he told me I’d be great and gave me a high-five. And as a former athlete and coach, I have always believed in the value of accepting your limitations and knowing your role. In sports, not trying to do too much can be as important to your team as playing your position well. This is equally true on stage, where collaboration and mutual respect are paramount. My most important goal each year has been not to ruin the show. By this measure, at least, I must have been successful thus far. They keep inviting me back.
New Spaces, New Inspiration: Creativity, Innovation, and Design Thinking
Two classrooms on the second floor of Reinke have become the hub this spring for an exciting range of learning activities. Since January, this versatile new learning space, dubbed the Innovation Lab (or “iLab”), has served multiple purposes: a TV studio, woodshop, web design workshop, science lab, and art studio, just to name a few examples. Students and teachers from every division have used the iLab as a place to brainstorm, collaborate, build, test—and develop critical thinking and problem solving skills using a conceptual model called design thinking.
If You Build Itâ€Ś
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he idea for the iLab came about during the winter break, when Director of Technology Peter Fearey, Math Department Chair Julie Porrazzo, and Science Department Chair Tim McCauley were inspired to transform what had previously been an underutilized space in Reinke. “
“Our goal was to create a physical space that would give teachers more flexibility in terms of how and what they taught, and that would challenge them to think beyond the bounds of a traditional classroom setup,” Peter explains. With permission from the administration to take over the space—and the challenge of outfitting it using only repurposed materials already on campus—the three set to work. They moved out desks and chairs and moved in couches, armchairs, and worktables. They attached wheels to the furniture to make everything easy to move and brought in a computer and projector on a cart. They painted whiteboard paint on most of the walls and tabletops to maximize writeable spaces for brainstorming, and they painted one wall bright green for video projects using “green screen” technology. Each of the two rooms developed a specialized purpose. One room became the “Design” room for brainstorming and collaboration. The other became the “Create” room, outfitted for building and construction, with plenty of space for students to implement large-scale projects. With the iLab up and running, what remained was the most important ingredient of all: teachers and students ready to jump into the design thinking process. www.fayschool.org | 5
What is Design Thinking? Design thinking was originally developed at the d.school, the Institute of Design at Stanford University, as a way to systematize a “solution-oriented” approach to solving a range of design problems, from mechanical and software engineering to industrial design. Over the years, the design thinking model has also emerged as a meaningful, structured approach for “non-designers” to generate and develop ideas.
Design Thinking in the Classroom The classroom may not seem like an obvious fit for the design thinking process, but the skills involved in thinking like a designer—listening, analyzing, creating, testing, revising—all represent the kinds of enduring skills about which Head of School Rob Gustavson speaks frequently. Assistant Head of School David Liebmann explains that in addition to the enduring skills that students learn as part of a traditional curriculum—critical reading, clear and effective writing, number sense and mathematical thinking—young people also need real-world, meaningful experiences where they
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The steps of the process involve identifying and understanding the problem to be solved and then quickly generating and testing solutions—with the emphasis on quick. “One of the most effective aspects of the process is the fast transition from idea to prototype to test,” Peter says. “In this way, designers get immediate feedback, which can inform the problem solving process.”
can learn how to collaborate effectively with others, independently generate solutions to problems, and demonstrate ingenuity and resilience in the face of challenges. “The old model of education was more passive, with students asked only to learn and remember a body of knowledge,” David says. “While there is great value in knowing the fundamentals in any academic discipline, the design thinking model challenges students to be active learners and mirrors the real world, where people are constantly required to think on their feet and solve problems based on feedback from peers and their environment.”
Not Just for Students Design thinking isn’t just for students—it’s also a valuable process for Fay’s teachers, who constantly review and refine the academic program. At a professional development day this spring, Peter Fearey led the faculty and staff through the design thinking process with a handson classroom redesign project. Faculty and staff worked in small, cross-divisional groups to focus on the design of one colleague’s classroom. First, each group visited a classroom and listened to the teacher’s reflections on how the room’s layout helped or hindered student learning. Then the group used this information to define problems, generate solutions, and ultimately create and test prototypes by moving or modifying furniture. “Teachers were excited to see tangible results of the design thinking process,” Peter says. “They could immediately see its application in their work with students.” Julie Porrazzo points out that whether or not teachers are consciously aware of “following the steps,” Fay teachers are always doing design thinking as they work to meet their students’ needs. “It’s important to think about where we want our students to end up and to use that information to be reflective and deliberate about our curriculum,” she says. “We also have to be willing to constantly test and revise as we move forward. That’s what good teaching is.”
NEW TITLE, NEW CHALLENGES: PETER FEAREY BECOMES FAY’S FIRST DIRECTOR OF INNOVATION What’s in a name? A lot! Director of Technology Peter Fearey takes on a new title this fall as Fay’s first Director of Innovation. In his modified role, he’ll continue to oversee all technology available to students, faculty, and staff while also providing support and encouragement for faculty implementing new curricula and teaching approaches. “Fay is grounded in rich traditions and core values. At the same time, we believe strongly in the importance of ongoing growth and improvement,” says Head of School Rob Gustavson. “This positive, creative tension is reflected in our tagline, ‘Where tradition meets innovation.’ Peter’s new role demonstrates our commitment to seeking meaningful and innovative ways for students to learn that will prepare them for secondary school and beyond.”
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DESIGN THINKING IN ACTION The iLab has certainly provided inspiration for innovative teaching and learning this spring, and the design thinking model is taking root throughout the school, with exciting results. Here are just a few examples:
BROADENING HORIZONS WITH THE GREEN SCREEN: Teachers across grade levels have jumped at the opportunity to enhance their curricula with green screen technology. To complement the second grade’s study of Massachusetts, students wrote and produced short public service announcements about different destinations in Massachusetts, using different locations for backgrounds. Fifth graders wrote personal essays that they presented on camera using a format inspired by TED
Talks. In the Upper School, English students performed selections from Romeo and Juliet and imported backgrounds from Verona, while students in a Spanish class wrote and produced their own commercials to reinforce vocabulary skills. Scan this QR code to see the Spanish commercial Click hereorto see the at for yourself, visit us online Spanish commerical for www.fayschool.org/magazine/more. yourself!
THE BANNER PROJECT: The Athletic Department wants to display banners representing Fay and its competitor schools in the gym. What’s the ideal size for the banners, and what should the layout look like? This was the challenge presented to the sixth graders, who took on this open-ended (and, as it happens, true-to-life) design challenge and generated their own proposals. According to Julie Porrazzo, who introduced the project, “The students loved that it had a real-world application, and because they had ownership, they were totally engaged. Students embraced the iLab for the project—the wide-open space helped foster creative problem solving.”
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A SPACE FOR BUILDING AND MAKING: Science students used the iLab for the Firemouse Project, where they applied their knowledge about simple machines to design, build, and test Rube Goldberg-esque machines that enabled a marble to extinguish a lighted candle after a series of at least four steps. Geometry students also used the space to design and craft large-scale blocks that, together, formed a Roman arch. WEB DESIGN IN THE REAL WORLD: A group of ninth graders partnered with Peter Fearey and Travis Warren, president and founder of WhippleHill (the designer of Fayâ€™s website), to reconfigure Fayâ€™s parent/student portal based on anecdotal feedback. Among other things, the group is using the iLab for Skype conversations with Travis about the challenges of web design.
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Seeing the Wire André Bishop ’62 on a Life in the Arts by Erin Ash Sullivan
hen André Bishop was six years old, an aunt took him to see the Broadway musical Peter Pan. As Peter Pan “flew” through the air, something caught André’s eye. “I saw the wire,” he says, referring to the harness that hoisted actress Mary Martin into the air to create the illusion of flight. “I saw the magic, but I also saw how that magic was created,” André explains. “And that moment completely defined my life.”
pictured left: In 1962, André Bishop performed the lead role in Fay's production of The Mikado. “I stopped the show and had to do an encore,” he recalls. “I was vain enough to think that I had to figure out a new way to perform my song, so the second time around I did ‘My Object All Sublime’ as a striptease—it was quite a scandal.” pictured below, (left to right), Lincoln Center productions of Contact, War Horse, and South Pacific.
TODAY, DECADES LATER, André Bishop has become one of the defining figures of American theater. As Artistic Director, first at Playwrights Horizons and currently at Lincoln Center Theater, André has developed and produced a number of influential new plays and musicals, including The Heidi Chronicles, Sunday in the Park with George, and Driving Miss Daisy. He has overseen the revival of iconic Broadway shows such as Carousel and South Pacific. Over the years, his productions have won 13 Tony Awards and four Pulitzer Prizes. André has also received the Margo Jones Award for contributions made to the American theater; the Lucille Lortel
Award for Outstanding Achievement for a Body of Work, specifically in the development of new American plays and playwrights; a special Drama Desk Award; and he was recently inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame. For André, a life in the arts bears a remarkable similarity to that Peter Pan moment so many years ago: a simultaneous embrace of the magic inherent in the creative process and a clearheaded awareness of how the pieces in the puzzle all need to come together. “You have to have vision,” he says, “but you also have to keep your feet on the ground.”
ANDRÉ CAME TO FAY as a fifth grade boarding student and stayed through eighth grade, graduating in 1962. His recollections include memories of influential teachers, such as the “legendary and colorful” Dr. Seaver Gilcreast, who taught English and directed the winter operetta, and whom André describes as “a great mentor to me and many other boys. He was very literate, with a certain glamour and outside-the-box irreverence. He was the kind of teacher you wanted to see after graduation: you wanted him to be proud of you.” André also remembers the performance opportunities that enabled him to excel and that reinforced his love of the theater. André was at Fay in the days when Gilbert and Sullivan musicals were an annual tradition, so he was part of the casts of Patience, The Gondoliers, H.M.S. Pinafore, and in eighth grade The Mikado, in which he played the lead role. André is quick to point out that Fay in those days was not intrinsically an “artsy school,” but rather a place where far more emphasis was placed on academics and athletics. Interestingly, he believes that it was this very structure that drove his desire to pursue a life in the arts. “Artists are outsiders,” he says, “and nothing fuels that interest more than being ‘outside’ rather than ‘inside.’” And even while arts were outside the regular program, André says, he always felt encouraged and supported in his endeavors. Even more importantly, he says, Fay provided a broad and deep academic foundation that fed his intellectual and artistic pursuits in later years. “Many actors seem uninterested and impatient with the idea of a liberal arts education, and that’s a real mistake,” he says. “The most successful actors I know are those who received good liberal arts educations and then made their hobby their livelihood. The best thing Fay gave me was a well rounded, disciplined, literate, and mind-stretching education.”
LIKE MANY WHO FIND SUCCESS pursuing their passions, André’s official entry into the New York theater world is not a story of cold and calculating career steps. “What happened to me,” he says, “is that I was the right person in the right place at the right time—and I didn’t know it. There were all these opportunities, and opportunities create artists.”
“The most successful actors I know are those who received good liberal arts educations and then made their hobby their livelihood. The best thing Fay gave me was a well rounded, disciplined, literate, and mind-stretching education.” After Fay, André attended St. Paul’s School and went on to graduate from Harvard. After college, he moved to Manhattan and spent the next few years studying acting, doing radio work, tutoring French, even working for the Book of the Month Club. The pivotal moment came when a friend introduced him to Robert Moss, who had recently founded Playwrights Horizons, a not-for-profit theater dedicated to producing work by new American playwrights. “Bob said, ‘What do you want to do?’ and I said, ‘I don’t know,’” André recalls. “Bob told me to come and hang out, so I started by answering phones and sharpening pencils. I started reading plays, and one day, I asked if I could write a report on what I had read.”
In that moment, André became one of the first literary managers in the American theater, and he served in that capacity at Playwrights Horizons for the next six years, at which point he took over from Moss as the organization’s artistic director. André was making his mark just as the American theater was undergoing unprecedented changes—from a mainstream Broadway with for-profit theaters limited to 20 blocks in the middle of Manhattan to a broader theater world that also included not-for-profit theaters and a much greater diversity of repertory. André’s leadership at Playwrights Horizons played a huge part in this sea-change, as he chose productions and nurtured artists that in turn inspired another generation of writers and actors and ultimately changed the definition of what “good theater” could be.
This spring, André Bishop spoke with members of the Fay community at a reception held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
supervises LCT’s fundraising, educational programs and publications, and the Director’s Lab, an intensive training program for young directors that takes place over three weeks each summer. When it comes to choosing the shows for each season, André has to factor in a wide range of criteria. For one, the physical structure of the theaters provides unique opportunities and challenges. Two of the three theaters have thrust stages—meaning that three sides of the stage extend into the audience—which drives the design and feel of each production.
“What’s important to me,” André explains, “is that we choose plays for reasons other than just doing a play. I’m not a very political person, but there always has to be some other point to make.” In 1992, André moved to Lincoln Center Theater, where his role as Artistic Director has involved a host of new challenges. LCT is the nation’s biggest theater organization, and it is home to three different theaters: the Vivian Beaumont Theater, a 1060seat theater; the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, a 300-seat theater; and the Claire Tow Theater, a 112-seat theater that is home to LCT3 and showcases works by young writers and directors. André is responsible for the artistic arc of each season: he picks the shows and oversees casting, design, and directing. He also pictured left (left to right) Jason Butler Harner, Ethan Hawke, and Adam Dannheisser in Tom Stoppard’s Shipwreck. Photo by Paul Kolnik. Pictured above, left to right, Madeline Kahn, Jane Alexander and Frances McDormand in The Sisters Rosensweig.
It is also important to André to keep the big picture in mind, in terms of how Lincoln Center can shape people’s understanding of theater. “What’s important to me,” he explains, “is that we choose plays for reasons other than just doing a play. I’m not a very political person, but there always has to be some other point to make.” So, for example, André made the choice to do Broadway revivals of Golden Boy and Awake and Sing! in order to revive the reputation of 20th-century playwright Clifford Odets. Similarly, he has overseen revivals of classical Broadway musicals in order to “make them live again.” He has also brought challenging new work to LCT’s stages, such as The Coast of Utopia, Tom Stoppard’s trilogy of plays about Russian intellectuals in the 19th century. André continues to push the boundaries at Lincoln Center, and he notes that there is a central truth about the arts that makes their pursuit rewarding and meaningful for all artists, whether they have chosen acting as a profession or are just suiting up for an amateur Gilbert and Sullivan revival: “The arts lead to discovery,” he says. “They help us find things in ourselves that we didn’t realize were there.”
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The Playâ€™s the Thing:
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Drama at Fay
sk first grader Kenley Giblin about her favorite part of the year, and the answer comes quickly: the first grade play!
“I loved being in Nuts!” she says, which tells the story of a wacky collection of woodland creatures. “I loved singing the songs and making up the movements. I felt proud when we did the play for our parents.” Drama is an important part of every Fay student’s experience, whether it’s imaginary play inspired by Blue Man Group in the Pre-K’s dramatic play area or the musical produced by the Upper School each spring. While the activities vary across the grades, the goals of the drama program are consistent: to help students build confidence and presentation skills, to practice working together, and to experience the joy of performance. www.fayschool.org | 15
PRIMARY SCHOOL The first and second grade plays are a rite of passage at Fay. First grade teacher Jill Gibbons explains how the teachers select the plays: “We look for a fun and entertaining play with a lot of parts, so that everyone has lines and feels like an important part of the show—there are no stars.” Over two and half weeks following Spring Break, the teachers rehearse with the children. The children paint scenery during art classes and practice musical numbers with music department chair Philip Montgomery. Their work culminates with a performance in Harris Theater for parents and students. It’s amazing what the students are able to pull together in such a short period of time, and the teachers note how much the children take from the process. “It’s their first exposure to public speaking,” Jill says. “Watching the shy students come into their own and find confidence—that’s exciting.”
LOWER SCHOOL New to Fay in 2012-13 was a structured drama program for the Lower School. This past year, fourth, fifth, and sixth graders each met with drama teacher Katie Long for one trimester. “Our goal is to build excitement for drama and to let the students be creative on stage in a low-pressure setting,” Katie explains. “We focus on process rather than product.” 16 | Fay Magazine 2013
A typical Lower School drama class includes improv games that encourage students to take creative risks. “The best thing about improvisation is that it forces students to listen to each other,” Katie adds. “They learn to collaborate and compromise.” Fourth graders devote much of their drama time to preparing for the fourth grade storytelling festival, where each student prepares a storytelling performance based on a classic folktale. For the past few years, Katie has worked with storyteller-in-residence Karen Chace, coaching the students on using expression and gestures to bring a story to life. Fifth graders spent the fall term focusing on poetry and turned Walter de la Mare’s spooky piece “The Listeners” into a choral, spoken-word performance. The students directed the piece themselves, figuring out how to stage the poem, distribute the lines, and use flashlights to light the performance. Sixth graders turned to silent films for inspiration. After watching a scene from Charlie Chaplin’s The Circus, students worked in pairs to extend the scene using pantomime and then used the Silent Film app on the iPads to create short silent movies of their own. Scan this QR code to see the sixth grade Clickmovie hereyourself, to silent or visit us online at see the sixth www.fayschool.org/magazine/more. grade silent movie!
UPPER SCHOOL Upper School students have two drama opportunities each year. In the winter, students may select drama as their afterschool “sport,” with daily afternoon practices in conjunction with either fitness or dance. “Winter drama is very student-centered,” says Katie, “with lots of drama games and improvisation.” The students also rehearse two short one-act plays that they present at the end of the trimester. This year, under the direction of Katie and faculty member Kelly Porter, the students performed Robert Swift’s If These Walls Could Talk, as well as an original play, Just Us Girls, which was written by the female students in the group. In the spring, students put on a musical. This year, the Upper School musical was Annie; previous years have featured performances of Aladdin, Guys and Dolls, and Seussical. What makes these shows so special is the attention to detail that goes into every aspect of the production, from lighting and sets to music and costumes. “We want the students to know what it feels like to put on a full production,” says Katie.
“This has been my first time taking an actual drama class, or even being in a drama performance. I have found out that I love drama, thanks to Mrs. Long. I had so much fun as a jury member in last year’s play, The Goldilocks Trial, and I’m excited to get more involved next year!” — Will Tosti ’16
Katie is impressed each year with the students’ high level of commitment. “The spring musical is on top of everything else they do—after sports, in the evenings, on weekends,” she says. “Their dedication is incredible—and the final product always showcases their talent and effort.” It doesn’t matter to Katie whether her students ultimately choose drama as their first love—more important to her are the long-lasting skills they take from the experience: poise, confidence, the ability to take a creative risk, and a collaborative spirit.
An Update on the Second Grade Newspaper It’s been a busy—and informative—spring for the second graders, who wrapped up their newspaper studies this year with an in-depth “exposé” on life at Fay School. Students generated questions about topics on life at Fay, interviewed on-campus experts, and wrote articles for the spring issue of Moose Mag, their class newspaper—some of which are excerpted below.
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Then, second graders took the multimedia route, filming their articles for a second grade newscast that was shared with family and friends at the Primary School Closing Exercises. (You can scan the QR code at the end of this article to see the newscast for yourself or find it online at www.fayschool.org/magazine/more.) Students also took a closer look at the anatomy of a headline and practiced creating some headlines of their own by imagining themselves in the future, and their future achievements. We’ve included some of their predictions here—it will be interesting to see what actually comes to pass twenty years from now!
BEING A BOARDER AT FAY
by Emma Berdou
What would it feel like to be living with friends from all over the world? Being a boarder at Fay is fun and challenging. I talked to two boarders named Celine and Anissa. I also interviewed Mrs. Gleason, the Director of Residential Life. I learned that the best thing about being a boarder is living with friends and learning about their experiences. I also learned that you can choose if you want to be a roommate with someone or not. I found out that the most annoying thing about being a boarder is getting sick and arguing with friends. I was surprised that the boarders sometimes argue with each other like brother and sister. I wonder what it would be like to live away from your parents.
YOU CAN FIND YOUR SPORT AT FAY
by Ben Hack
Do you like football or hockey or basketball? You can find your sport at Fay. There are a lot of sports at Fay so everyone can find something they can enjoy. I talked to Mr. Feingold, the Athletic Director at Fay. I learned that girls varsity basketball got first place out of eight teams. Fay’s rivals are Fenn, Fessenden, Shore, and Nashoba Brooks. I also learned that you only get trophies if you are good. And cross country won a big tournament! I didn’t know that there were 17 sports, and I wonder, how do the students change into their sports gear?
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LIBRARIES AT FAY by Brady Johnsen
There are so many books in the libraries at Fay. But do you want to know more? This is some information about the libraries at Fay. I talked to Miss McNally, and she told me all this information. I asked her because she is the librarian in the Primary School. I learned that there are 6,000 books in the Primary School. I asked her to list some of the sections. Some sections are fiction, nonfiction, poetry, technology, comics, magazines, math, and sports. I know there’s more. I learned that nonfiction is the biggest section, and I also learned that there are 15,000 books in both libraries! I was really surprised when I learned that Fay has so many books. I wonder how many words are in both libraries!
PRIMARY SCHOOL UPDATE
LIAM HALLOWELL INVENTS TIME MACHINE THAT CAN GO BACK TO 1912
ALEXANDRA SCHMIDT TEACHES ELEPHANT TO TAP DANCE
BEN HACK WINS STANLEY CUP
MORGAN MAGLIERI TEACHES KIDS WITH NEEDS
DAVIN SICCHITANO INVENTS PLAYDOUGH THAT ACTUALLY SMELLS GOOD
KANAV SAHANI TRANSFORMS INTO HUMAN SKYLANDER
ALEXANDRA FERRIS COOKS STEAK TIPS
JOSH FURMAN INVENTS FLYING CHAIR
AVERY KING DISCOVERS TALKING ANIMALS
CAROLINE HODI INVENTS 14 MONTHS IN A YEAR
CHRIS MACARTHUR DEFEATS TRUMAN
HANA BOIS DISCOVERS NEW PLANET
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Lower School Q&A with Andrea Reynolds ’17:
How to Start a Fifth Grade Book Group If you’ve ever been part of a successful book group, you know that the magic ingredient is often one individual who keeps the group going with his or her initiative, curiosity, and sheer love of books. This year’s fifth grade class had one such person—fifth grader Andrea Reynolds—and thanks to her efforts, the fifth graders participated through the winter and spring in an exciting series of student-led lunchtime book groups. We met with Andrea and Lower School reading teacher Dava Dunne to learn more about how the book groups came to be, what the students read—and what they took away from the experience.
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LOWER SCHOOL UPDATE
second book—we ended up choosing Above World by Jenn Reese, a book set in the future about a girl who lives under the ocean but discovers a secret world above the water. It was fun to come up with the choices and interesting to see what everyone ended up picking.
How did you come up with the idea for the book group? Andrea: I really love to read, and I was actually reading about a book that had a book group in it! I talked to Mrs. Dunne and [Head of Lower School] Mrs. Schuster about starting a book group in fifth grade, and they both thought it was a great idea.
How did you choose the books? Andrea: For the first book, I tried to read as much as I could to see what I liked. I came up with three very different choices: a science fiction story, a sports novel, and some realistic fiction. The group voted for Lian Tanner’s Museum of Thieves, which is a mystery/thriller. We went through the same process for the
Who participated in the book groups? Andrea: Almost everyone in fifth grade! We had so many kids that we ended up breaking into three groups that met during three different lunch periods during the week.
How did the book groups run? Dava: The students would grab their lunches and come back to the classroom, where they had about half an hour to talk about what they had read the week before. The conversations were fantastic: everyone had so much to say and such interesting opinions to share. I was there as a book group participant, but Andrea was the facilitator. She made the groups, attended every
session, and even came prepared with questions to ask if the students ran out of things to talk about. Andrea: But we never really ran out of things to talk about! It wasn’t hard to get the conversation going—it was an environment where you really had to listen to other people.
What was the best thing about the book groups? Andrea: I loved that so many kids got involved, and the fact that it was all volunteer—that made it seem different from a classroom, more relaxed and casual. And we learned a lot about listening to each other. Dava: I loved watching how the students took what they were learning in a formal classroom setting and applied it to their personal time. During class, we worked a lot on how to have meaningful conversations about books and how to treat each other during the process. They brought that understanding to their own book club—and that’s what made it so successful.
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Making History a (Virtual) Reality:
Using iPads to Make the Past Come to Life Imagine that you are President John F. Kennedy, and it’s October 1962. The U.S.S.R., led by Nikita Khrushchev, rules over the Eastern Hemisphere, and Fidel Castro leads a Communist Cuba. After the failed attempt to destabilize Castro’s regime at the Bay of Pigs, the risk of nuclear holocaust seems more real than ever. One morning, your military advisor, Kenneth O’Donnell, enters the oval office with big news. O’DONNELL: It’s the Soviets, sir. It looks like they are setting missiles in Cuba capable of reaching our eastern seaboard. We think some of these are equipped with nuclear warheads. Estimated time of completion: 12 days. Your options: (a) (b) (c) (d)
Gather more information Respond militarily Call the Executive Committee of the National Security Council Impose a naval blockade
What do you do?
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The Cuban Missile Crisis became a very real problem to solve for Fay’s ninth graders this year, thanks to a new iPad app that became an integral part of the curriculum for Topics in Modern America, a 20th-century history course taught by faculty member John Beloff ’88 (pictured left). Topics in Modern America—fondly referred to as TMA—is a special history course offered only to ninth graders that focuses on foreign policy, cultural and societal changes, and economic and domestic growth in the United States from 1945-1998. This year, John set out to make the best use of the iPads that were issued to every ninth grader in the fall, and he found ways to implement history-specific apps, as well as apps for productivity and organization, to enhance the students’ learning and make history come alive. One hugely successful app was Cuba’s Days, a first-person simulation in which players take on the identity of President Kennedy and make a series of decisions that ultimately lead to a range of different outcomes. “Their homework for a week was to play the game,” John says. “I encouraged them to go with their gut instincts and play multiple times, so they could see what all of the possible outcomes were. The process helped them to understand the actual events in a more meaningful context.” Students also used their iPads as a complement to their traditional textbook, The Cold War: A History. John collected primary sources relevant to each topic of study and created packets that the students could read using iBooks. He also showed students how to make the digital texts their own by highlighting important passages on screen, annotating, sharing selections with classmates, and even moving portions to a digital notebook.
“Teaching how to use the technology is just as important as what you’re using it for,” John says. Evernote became the “go-to” app for organizing materials. At its simplest, this app operates as a storage and organization tool for a wide range of media, including audio, video, images, and text. Students can create “notebooks” that contain all the media related to a particular topic of study. For example, John gave students a list of key events from 1963 and then challenged them to create a “1963 notebook” that included credible resources to document each event—newspaper clippings, radio interviews, television reports, photographs, and class lectures notes. John found the student iPads to be instrumental in the success of this year’s course. “The students were extremely engaged with the content because of the way we were able to move beyond the traditional textbook and incorporate a range of media,” he says. “There’s no greater way to learn about the Vietnam protest movement, for example, than to watch it. The footage resonates more than if the students were just reading about it in a textbook.” The iPads were also hugely helpful from an organizational and productivity perspective. “It was much easier to disseminate content,” John explains, “because I could easily share an article with the students digitally, have them annotate it in Evernote, and then bring it to class for discussion. The process of sharing information was much smoother in general.” John also points out that the iPads facilitated important critical thinking and discussion about how to interpret media. “In today’s world, students are exposed to so much visually,” John says. “One key life skill they need to develop is how to understand and process visual content.”
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FAY IN BRIEF FAY STUDENTS HONORED FOR ACHIEVEMENTS IN LATIN, MATH, AND ART Twenty-seven Upper School students took the National Latin Exam this spring, and a number of Fay students were recognized for their achievements. Yao Shin Daphne Huang ’13 and Jack Shakin ’14 earned Maxima Cum Laude and the Silver Medal for missing only one out of forty questions, and Carl Kim ’13 and Chiho Im ’13 earned Summa Cum Laude and the Gold Medal for receiving a perfect score on the exam—an honor earned by less than 1% of all participants. The National Latin Exam is offered under the joint sponsorship of the American Classical League and the National Junior Classical League; this year over 154,000 students from across the United States and 15 foreign countries took the test. Chiho Im also represented Fay with great success in a series of competitive math exams this year. In the fall, his performance on the American Mathematics Contest 10A placed him among the top 2.5% of test takers across the nation, which qualified him for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME). His performance on the AIME qualified him for the USA Junior Math Olympiad, a nine-hour test administered over two days at the end of April. Only 230 students across the United States qualified for the Olympiad. Alma Hong ’14, Daniel Hahn ’14, and Suzy Shin ’14 were awarded the Silver Key and Gold Key Prizes in Massachusetts for their achievements in the visual arts by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. In addition, Alma received national recognition for her painting and received a Gold Medal. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards were established in 1923 and provide an opportunity for teens to be recognized for their creativity and talent in visual arts and writing.
FACULTY RECOGNIZED Pre-Kindergarten teacher Lauren Roby is featured in a new textbook on teaching primary science. Her reflections on teaching and inquiry-based learning appear in Marcia Talhelm Edson's Starting with Science: Strategies for Introducing Young Children to Inquiry. Lauren has taught at Fay since 2010; she earned her bachelor's degree and master's degree in education at Boston University.
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Latin teacher Emily Gifford was selected this spring to receive Boston College’s 2013 Distinguished Student Teacher Award. The award is given to student teachers who have "distinguished themselves through their ability to instill confidence, create a community of learners, use a conceptual knowledge base, model ethical behavior, and reflect deeply on school and classroom culture as well as their own teaching." Emily has taught at Fay since 2010 and earned her bachelor's degree from Tufts University; she completed her master's degree in education at Boston College this past spring.
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NINTH GRADERS MAKE POETRY PERSONAL Fay’s ninth graders put a creative spin on their personal narratives this spring, thanks to a weeklong poetry workshop with artists in residence, Shakespeare to Hip Hop. The students met with Shakespeare to Hip Hop teachers Marlon Carey and Regie Gibson for a series of interactive workshops, where students explored strategies for brainstorming creative ideas, getting their ideas down on paper, and presenting them in an engaging and compelling way. At the end of the week, the ninth graders gathered for a special evening to share the work they produced. With the help of art teacher Billy Claire, the Mars Room was transformed into an art gallery and coffee house—perfect for the poetry reading—and each student shared his or her work at the microphone. Students read their own narrative, portrait, apology, and free-form poems, and each poem told the student's own story: sometimes sad, sometimes funny, always inspiring.
FAY COMMUNITY GOES “MAD FOR PLAID” It was a feast for the eyes at the Fay Parents’ Association Spring Gala, the theme of which was “Mad for Plaid.” The event, coordinated by Gala co-chairs Kelly Asherman P’15, ’19 and Nell Reynolds P’15, ’17, ’19, brought together members of the Fay community, who bid on numerous donated items to benefit the School. Highlights of the evening included a live performance by the Moose Daddies (a band composed of Fay parents) and a live auction that included Head of School Rob Gustavson quite literally auctioning the plaid jacket off his back!
WHAT THEY SAID…. Excerpts from this year’s speech winners “As teenagers, we may think that we cannot change the world, but we can start by identifying and taking advantage of all the privileges that we have, and try to bring equality to others.” -—from “It is Time to Acknowledge What We Have,” by first place winner Emilio Castillo ’14 “If I asked you all to write with your weak hand, you could do it. It would be uncomfortable, but you could do it. Why would you, though? Why should you? I could live my life identifying as a female. It would be more than uncomfortable, it would be suffocating. I could do it. But why would I? Why should I not be able to live the life you do?” —from “Escaping My Twin Sister,” by second place winner Michael Tobin ’14 “There will always be people who do terrible things, but that should not, cannot jade our ability to trust. We have to consciously alter and change our perceptions of the world, on our own, as individuals. We just have to be willing, like Menelaus, to take that leap, remind ourselves to keep moving society forward, and refocus our perspectives.” —from “Do You Trust Me?” by third place winner Keziah Clarke ’13 Scan this QR code to read the speeches in their entirety find themthe online at www.fayschool.org/magazine/more. Click hereorto read winning speeches in their entirety.
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Earth Day 2013 at Fay “We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors. We borrow it from our children.” –David Brower
ay students celebrated Earth Day 2013 with a host of activities designed to celebrate the planet and learn more about ways each person can do his or her part to make the world a better place.
Faculty members and Earth Day organizers Andy Long and Diana Zito put together a program that included something for everyone— from science and technology to art, woodworking, and drama. Primary students participated in Earth Day activities in and around their classrooms, which included nature walks and art activities. Third and fourth grade students worked on gardening and cleanup activities around campus, while fifth grade students spent part of the morning in Framingham improving trails and beautifying an area maintained by the Sudbury Valley Trustees. Upper School students began their day with a special presentation from John Kassel of the Conservation Law Foundation, who spoke to the group about the history of environmentalism and sustainability since Henry David Thoreau. From there, Upper School students divided into small groups for half-day workshops that included campus and town cleanup, fishing, organic cooking, yoga, tree planting, birdhouse building, ropes course adventures, reservoir cleanup, and work in Fay’s organic garden. Students also took field trips to places such as Overlook Farm, a sustainable demonstration farm affiliated with Heifer International, and the E.L. Harvey Waste and Recycling Center. In the afternoon, students from Pre-K through ninth grade came together for an interactive community reading of Dr. Seuss’ classic, The Lorax. This proved to be an entertaining and thoughtful way to close out this year’s Earth Day festivities, and it gave students the chance to consider ways to make the coming year an even better one for sustainability on the Fay campus and beyond.
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Upper School Class Trips
The World Is Our Classroom
vernight trips have long been a part of the Fay program, but the 2012-13 school year marked the first time each Upper School grade (from seventh to ninth) participated in its own all-class, multi-day trip.
The trips are now an established part of each grade’s curriculum (and included with annual tuition), and this past year, nearly every one of the 227 students in the Upper School participated in “Trip Week,” which took place in mid-April. The seventh grade trip to Chewonki, a camp and outdoor classroom in Wiscasset, Maine, focused on team building and environmental issues, while the eighth and ninth grade trips to New York City and Washington, D.C., respectively, introduced students to historical and cultural landmarks. According to Assistant Head of School David Liebmann, there are many good reasons to build travel into the academic program. “The students learn a lot about the sites that they visit,” David says, “but even more importantly, the trips provide an opportunity for students to practice independence and connect with their classmates.” David notes that the destinations for future class trips may change, and that the School is currently exploring ways to integrate more service learning with these experiences. And while the educational benefits to these trips are clear, any Upper Schooler will also happily tell you that the class trips are just plain fun! 28 | Fay Magazine 2013
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7th Grade: Chewonki Wiscasset, Maine Fay’s seventh graders spent three days at Chewonki, a camp and outdoor classroom located on the Maine coast. Its 400-acre campus is home to native wildlife, pristine campsites, a working organic farm, buildings that model the latest innovations in sustainability, and miles of undeveloped shoreline. The students spent three days living, working, and learning about teamwork and sustainability. They participated in both classroom programs and hands-on activities, which included chopping wood, setting up their own tents, visiting the animals on the farm, exploring an indoor ropes course, and cooking their
own meals over an open fire. According to trip leader and seventh grade dean Dan Roy, students thrived on the challenges and enjoyed new responsibilities, despite the chilly, rainy weather they faced that week. “Students had to collaborate even to meet their basic needs,” Dan says, “such as at the beginning of the trip, when each group had to work together to figure out how to transport water to their campsites.”
The most memorable part of my trip was arriving at my campsite and setting up the tents. It was a lot of fun hanging out with my tent mates and my group members.” –Andrew Daphnis ’15
Students also embraced the opportunities to get to know classmates better in a new context. For many, the highlight was the campfire on the last night, where participants shared original, creative, and entertaining skits. Said seventh grader Jenny Steinberg, “We loved bonding as a group and enjoyed the challenge of living in the outdoors for the first time.”
Photos of Chewonki trip by Peter Fearey.
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"The New York trip was a highlight of my eighth grade year. It gave me a unique way of getting to know my peers more in depth or even for the first time, as we learned more about each other outside the classroom walls.” – Meg Fearey ’14
8th Grade: New York City Fay’s eighth graders conquered the Big Apple in a whirlwind four days that included visits to numerous cultural and historical landmarks. After an early morning bus departure from the Fay campus, the group arrived in time for lunch at Grand Central Station. Students then ventured downtown to visit Chinatown and the 9/11 Memorial, and later that evening they headed to the theater district for a performance of The Phantom of the Opera. The next two days were jam-packed with activities, including a cruise on the Statue of Liberty ferry; visits to the Museum of Jewish Heritage, the Museum of Math, and the Museum of Natural History; a scavenger hunt at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and a tour of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. While some Fay students had already been to New York City, there were a number of students for whom this was their first exposure to the city. “Being
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able to tour New York with their friends was a highlight for all of the eighth graders,” says eighth grade dean Emily McCauley. “Our goal for this trip was to share some of the best-known landmarks of the city, like Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, while also introducing some new experiences, like the Museum of Math.” While it may seem an overwhelming task to bring 100 teenagers to New York City, the faculty chaperones found the Fay students to be engaged, enthusiastic, and delighted to be on a journey together. This observation was echoed by Michael Donovan, the president of the tour company organizing the trip: “I must say that your students were absolutely THE nicest, and THE most manageable large group of kids I've ever spent a weekend with,” he wrote. “I was quite taken by how much they all seemed to like each other, and how well they got along and worked together during the activities.”
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9th Grade: Washington, D.C. While seventh graders were shivering up in Maine, Fay’s ninth graders were reveling in a warm cherry blossom season down in Washington, D.C. Over the course of four days, the students saw the nation’s capital at its best. They visited numerous memorials, including the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, the World War II Memorial, the Korea and Vietnam Memorials, and the new memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Students also went to the Mall to see the American History Museum, the Natural History Museum, and National Gallery
of Art; they also visited the Newseum and the Bureau of Printing and Engraving. Students and chaperones agreed that the highlight of the D.C. trip was the group’s visit to Arlington National Cemetery, where Fay students had the honor of laying a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Representing the School during the ceremony were class president Ho Eun Jessica Lee, Red color president Tiquan Ewell, and White color president Terryl Wilson. The three marched with the honor guard and stood at attention while Taps was played.
“Laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on behalf of the entire Fay community was not only an honor, but a time to remember and appreciate those who fought for the United States.” – Ho Eun Jessica Lee ’13 Photos of Washington, D.C. trip by Nick Agee ‘13.
“The students were incredibly moved by the whole opportunity,” says ninth grade dean and trip leader John Beloff. “It was an experience they’ll never forget.”
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ay Athletics celebrated a strong spring season, with winning records for nearly every team in baseball, track and field, softball, lacrosse, and tennis. The 5/6 athletics program, established this fall, has only continued to strengthen the program, as it helps Lower School students build a competitive foundation before moving into the Upper School athletics program.
Softball and Baseball Varsity softball enjoyed a winning season with a 7 - 4 record, while varsity baseball took first place at the New England Junior School Baseball Tournament at Fessenden School on May 18. Team captain Ryan Gibbons ’13 pitched a masterful game one against Fessenden, striking out eight batters and scoring Fay’s first run of the day with a textbook hook slide at the plate in the third inning. In the championship game against Shore Country Day School, seventh grade pitcher Andrew Daphnis shut down the opposition, allowing three hits and one unearned run, while Fay’s offense pounded out 13 hits en route to a runaway victory and their first tournament title in recent memory.
Track and Field On May 18, Fay’s top track and field athletes competed in the annual Hillside Jamboree against nine other schools. Fay’s boys won first place and the girls took second place, and there were numerous individual medalists, personal bests, and even five meet records. Tiquan Ewell ’13 won a bronze medal in the 100-meter dash and a gold in the long jump. He also set a meet record for this event with a jump of 19’5”. Terryl Wilson ’13 won the bronze medal in the 200meter run, while seventh graders Shivam Sharma and Jonathan Walker took silver and bronze, respectively, in the mile run. In the shot put event, Nick Agee ’13 set a
meet record with a gold-medal winning throw of 42’11”. Fay’s girls dominated the 100- and 200meter races, with Yana Serry ’13 winning gold and Kolbi Bradley ’13 winning silver in each race. The 400-meter race also belonged to Fay, with the gold, silver, and bronze medals going to Anikka Fredricksen ’15 (who set a meet record of 1:07), Carrie Moore ’14, and Sarah Pearson ’14, respectively. Meanwhile, Isabelle Giordano ’14 took the gold medal and set a meet record in the 800-meter race. Field events were also a strong suit for the girls, with Victoria Steelman ’14 taking the bronze medal in the shot put, and Anikka Fredricksen and Carrie Moore earning the silver and bronze medals, respectively, in the long jump. Both relay teams continued their undefeated seasons and successfully defended their gold medals from the year before, with the girls’ relay team setting a meet record in the 4x100m race.
Tennis Girls tennis shone this spring, boasting an amazing 7-0-1 season record. In the firstever Fay Tournament, Catherine Qiao ’15 won first place, and Amanda Christy ’14
and Victoria Waterfall ’15 claimed first and second, respectively, in the consolation bracket. The boys also had an excellent season, finishing with a 7-3 record after a valiant showing at the Fessenden Tournament.
Lacrosse Fay’s lacrosse program continues to grow: for the first time, Fay fielded three teams for both boys and girls lacrosse. Girls varsity lacrosse finished with a 5-3-1 record, while boys varsity finished with a 4-7 record. The girls 5/6 team boasted an undefeated season, indicating future strength for Fay teams and a promising outlook for the 2013-14 season.
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Color Competition 2013: Red vs. Whites
he weather was perfect for Foundersâ€™ Weekend 2013 and the Color Competition. Reds and Whites from Pre-K through ninth grade streamed onto the field to show their athletic prowess and their school spirit. Led by color presidents Tiquan Ewell (Reds) and Terryl Wilson (Whites), each team gave their allâ€”with the Whites taking the day with a final score of 897-743.
Grade 9: Class of 2014 President: James Chou Vice President: Dawon Annie Lee Secretary: Yoon Soo Suzy Shin Treasurer: Yuwon Elaine Moon Grade 8: Class of 2015 President: Tigran Markaryan Vice President: Corina Kotidis Secretary: Ji Yoon Ahn Treasurer: Hae In Katie Chung Grade 7: Class of 2016 To be elected Fall 2013 Reds President: Francesca Dâ€™Angelo Vice President: Min Joon Park Officer: Joseph Pape Officer: Sophie Ruzecki Officer: Daniel Stern Whites President: Savion Rivers Vice President: Seo Ho David Moon Officer: Margaret Fearey Officer: Kyuri Celine Kim Officer: Noah Traylor
Reconnect, Remember, Celebrate: Founders’ Weekend 2013
early 100 alumni gathered on campus for this year’s Founders’ Weekend celebrations, with the classes of 1978, 1988, and 1998 showing an especially impressive turnout! On Saturday, the Class of 1988 held a special tree planting ceremony in front of Steward Dormitory to honor those members of their class who have passed away: Omari Carrington, Cesar Cruz, Dave DeWolf, and Chris Petty. And on Saturday night, alumni came together for dinner in the Dining Room, where classmates reconnected and reminisced.
Members of the Class of 1988. Front row: Jim DeSimone, Kristen DeSimone, Lucie Cannady, Blair Newberry, Colby Beserra, Brandon Bush, Angie Bush (wife of Brandon). Back row: Kevin Hill (husband of Debbie Siegel), Debbie Siegel, Ben Pieper, Amy Kit McDowell, John Beloff, Leah Colangelo, Daintry Duffa Zaterka, Jason Duncan, Preston White, and Chris Milliken
At this year's dinner, the Fay Alumni Council honored faculty member Billy Claire with the Faculty Recognition Award for his dedicated work as an art teacher over the past 31 years. And archaeologist Dr. Michael Coe '41 received the Alumni Award for his dedication to Fay and his groundbreaking contributions to the study of ancient Mesoamerica. David Paquette ’87, president of the Alumni Council, said of Dr. Coe, “His professional experience certainly demonstrates the Poteris Modo Velis mindset—in his tireless search for a deeper understanding of Mesoamerican civilizations, and in his belief that through dedicated study and exacting scholarship, you can shed light on ancient mysteries.”
Preston White ’88 with Chris Black ’88, P ’19
Michael Coe ’41 and Alidad Hakimi ’83.
John Beloff ’88, Steve DeWolf ’90, and Debbie Siegel ’88.
Cathy Logan, Maggie White, and Sarah Priest Veld ’78.
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Members of the Class of 1998. Front row: Andrew Sutryn, Chip Lockwood, Megan Greenberg Lockwood. Back row: Kelley Connelly, Jon Nichols, Matt Godoff, Caitlin O’Hara, Alexandra Nichols, Christie Granfield (fiancé of Adam Benson), Adam Benson, Allison Stoner Godoff, Kenley Bradstreet, Jacqui Hamilton.
Tin (husband of Leah Colangelo), Leah Colangelo ’88, and Amy Kit McDowell ’88, with alumni children (including Aly Beloff ’21)
Debbie Siegel ’88 speaks at a tree-planting ceremony to remember the members of the class who have passed away: Omari Carrington, Cesar Cruz, Dave DeWolf, and Chris Petty.
Michael Coe ’41 accepts the Fay School Alumni Award for his achievements as a Mesoamerican scholar.
“With this year’s school theme “Be Creative!” as a backdrop, the timing of this award couldn’t be more fitting. Billy’s gift for really getting to know his students makes it possible for him to inspire creativity in every child and to help all Fay students express themselves through art.” —Matt Godoff ’98, on presenting the Alumni Council Faculty Recognition Award to longtime faculty member Billy Claire
Members of the Class of 1978 and friends. Front row: Lansing Smalley, Sarah Priest Veld, Holly Curtis Parmenter, Beth Anderson, Greg Cappello (guest of Beth Anderson). Back Row: Renee Dextradeur (guest of Joe Chaivarini), John Cibelli, Dawn Cibelli (wife of John), Joe Chaivarini, Tim Arnold, Tom Fraser, William Stockwell, Libby Harlow Robinson, Ron Lovell, Laura Clark, Colin Blight, Emily Roberts Wick, Tom Almy, and Breck Baldwin
Faculty member Billy Claire accepts the Alumni Council Faculty Recognition Award.
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Fay Welcomes New Trustees Fay is delighted to welcome three new members to the Board of Trustees. As past and current parents, alumni, and friends of Fay, they bring an impressive breadth of experience and wisdom, and we are grateful for their dedication and commitment to the future of Fay.
NOREEN REILLY HARRINGTON, PH.D. P’15, ’17, ’22 Southborough, MA Noreen is a clinical psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. She is a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and specializes in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, focusing on bipolar
VICKY ROBINSON P’13, ’17 Boxborough, MA Vicky received her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and she is a business owner and consultant. Previously, she was Vice President of Business Development at CYTYC Corporation of Marlborough, a
STEVEN B. TOBOLSKY, PH.D. Newton, MA Steve is Head of School at Chestnut Hill School. He joined Chestnut Hill in 2007 after eleven years as Head of Lower School at Horace Mann School in New York. He is a graduate of Princeton
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disorder. She has coauthored numerous books and scientific articles and she serves as the Director of Training and Assessment for the Bipolar Trials Network, a national collaborative of research scientists. She received her B.A. from University of Pennsylvania and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Temple University. Since joining the Fay community in 2009, Noreen has served as an Annual Fund
company engaged in the design and development of clinical products focused on women’s health. Since joining Fay in 2004, Vicky has served as a room parent, an Annual Fund volunteer, and a member of Fay’s Board of Visitors. She also coaches girls’ basketball and volunteers her time at a
University, where he received an A.B. in Philosophy. He also holds an M.A. in Curriculum and Teaching and a Ph.D. with a concentration in Philosophy and Education, both from Columbia University Teachers College. Steve has held numerous leadership positions in the field of education, including Head of Middle School at
volunteer, a member of Fay’s Board of Visitors, a room parent, a new family mentor, a parent ambassador for the Office of Admission, and a member of the senior committee for the 2011 and 2013 Parents’ Association Gala Auctions. Noreen’s three children currently attend Fay: Owen (entering grade one), Kevin (entering grade six), and Joe (entering grade eight).
number of Boston-area organizations focused on children’s education and welfare. Vicky’s daughter, Lara, is entering grade six at Fay, and her son, Joseph, is a member of the Class of 2013.
Dedham Country Day School; Secondary School Principal at Oakwood School in North Hollywood, CA; Academic Dean/Dean of Faculty at Foxcroft School in Middleburg, VA; Head of Lower/Middle Schools at Elgin Academy in Elgin, IL; and Director of the Center for Exemplary Teaching at Horace Mann School.
Fay’s Board of Visitors
ay’s Board of Visitors has wrapped up a year of discussion and discovery focused on this year’s schoolwide theme, “Be Creative!” At three round-table discussions during the year, members addressed topics including the importance of creativity as a community philosophy and teaching 21st-century skills through creative approaches. At their half-day annual meeting in April, the Board of Visitors visited
classrooms, met campus leaders, and heard presentations from drama teacher Katie Long and Director of Technology Peter Fearey on real-world approaches to integrating creativity and innovation in the classroom.
Back row: Shari Crotty P’11 , Emily Hunnewell P’13, A.E. Rueppel P’13 ’15 ’20 (trustee), Jo Greystone P’18 (trustee), Rich Flathers P’12 ’16 ’18, David Franklin ’16, John Warren. Middle row: Jim Shay ’78 P’15 ’17 (trustee), Rich DeMello P’02 ’11, Steve Hodi ’81 P’20, Christopher Fang P’16 ’19, Jim Vogel ’71 P’07, ’09, ’12, Bill DePietri P’11 ’12 ’15 ’16, Justin Reich ’92. Seated: Laura Myers ’20 ’22, Noreen Harrington ’15 ’17 ’22 (trustee), Vicky Robinson P’13 ’17 (trustee), Andrew Abu P’07 ’09 ’10, Laura Housman P’19, Kevin Holmes P’18.
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T Class president Ho Eun Jessica Lee.
he skies cleared just in time for Fay's 147th Commencement exercises on Saturday, June 8. The School's 55 ninth graders were honored for their achievements, including Keziah Clarke, who won the Edwards Award for Citizenship; Terryl Wilson, who won the Jopling Thoughtfulness Award; and Kanin Biggy Nandabhiwat, who won the Founders' Medal, which is awarded to the member of the graduating class who has excelled with respect to academic average, effort, and citizenship. Ho Eun Jessica Lee, president of the Class of 2013, spoke to the group and shared that this year’s class gift would be two permanent bike racks on campus to hold the bikes donated by the Class of 2012, in honor of late faculty member Dick Upjohn. “It is our hope that this gift will
th Fay Celebrates 147 Commencement “I look at creativity as a muscle, there for each of us to stretch and strengthen, but only if we give it constant and focused attention.” –Brandon Bush ’88
be enjoyed by all the members of the Fay community and will help to beautify the campus and enhance the overall community life of Fay for years to come,” she said. Brandon Bush '88 was this year's Commencement speaker. A graduate of Choate Rosemary Hall and Washington University, Brandon is a songwriter, studio musician, and performer who has performed on over 100 recordings, including Grammy-nominated and winning releases by John Mayer, Sugarland, and Shawn Mullins. He was a member of the rock band Train and is currently playing keyboards for the country music duo Sugarland. In his speech, Brandon challenged the traditional definition of creativity as an inborn trait, saying, “I look at creativity as a muscle, there for each of us to stretch and strengthen, but only if we give it constant and focused attention. The people who seem to abound in creativity are not blindly and unconditionally gifted with creative energy, but are instead the people who have dedicated the time and effort to develop those muscles.” Another key to creativity, he said, is maintaining the delicate balance between confidence and humility: “Confidence is the fuel you need to keep creating…and yet humility is essential to judge how you can improve. Without humility, your art, your ideas, your work will never be better than your last failure. In fact, the time that we spend not knowing is just as important as the time that we spend knowing.”
Fay “niners” (who have attended Fay since first grade) Lydia Masri and Ryan Gibbons.
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Commencement speaker Brandon Bush ’88.
Longtime lead groundskeeper Nils Elander was the recipient of this year’s Laura Ducey Dedicated Service Award.
Board chair Tom McKean ’64 awards the Founders’ Medal to Kanin “Biggy” Nandabhiwat.
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Fay Students Excel in the Secondary School Placement Process by Stuart H. Rosenwald, Director of Secondary School Placement
Fay students achieved brilliant results during the 2012-2013 secondary school placement process. When decisions came out on March 10, our students had many great options from which to choose. As usual, Fay students were coveted by secondary schools because they work hard in academics, athletics, and extracurricular activities, and they involve themselves in important serviceoriented pursuits. Secondary school admission
officers appreciate the positive yet honest letters of recommendation that they receive from Fay faculty members, and our placement counselors maintain close contact with admission officers, particularly in the advocacy phase of the process. On April 10, Fay students made their choices, and their selection of a wide range of secondary schools indicates that they are making informed decisions about where they will thrive as students and as people.
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Faisalhaq Faisal Abhar Kents Hill School
Keziah Esther Clarke Choate Rosemary Hall
Abbie Elizabeth Klein Loomis Chaffee School
Kanin Biggy Nandabhiwat Taft School
Delaney Tantillo Groton School
Nicholas Robert Agee Middlesex School
Ri Xin Eric Dai Wilbraham & Monson Academy
Timothy C.Y. Koay Hotchkiss School
Jiho Olivia Park St. George’s School
Young June Tylor Koh Phillips Exeter Academy
Shawn David Preval New Hampton School
Cameron John Turnbull St. Andrew’s School, Delaware
Nichakarn View Kuphirun Middlesex School
Madison Taylor Reed Concord Academy
Chae Myung Eunice Lee Westminster School
Colin James Rioux Concord Academy
Chae Young Lee St. Mark’s School
Evans Francisco Riviere Woodberry Forest School
Ho Eun Jessica Lee Phillips Academy
Henry Daniel Schubert Acton-Boxborough High School
Seung Hwan David Baek St. Mark’s School Seung Woo William Baek Middlesex School Jiayue Cindy Bai Madeira School Aidan James Baxter Dexter School Gabrielle Allen Bonavire Westover School Kolbi Alanjai Bradley Milton Academy Liam Anthony Busconi St. Mark’s School Chase Fannon Carter Portsmouth Abbey School Eduardo Checa Irish Institute, Mexico Joyce Cheng Westminster School
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John Henry de Jong, Jr. Brooks School Tiquan Rahmain Ewell Suffield Academy Ryan Patrick Gibbons* Noble and Greenough School Miguel Gonzalez Pena Irish Institute, Mexico Julia Harvey Worcester Academy Ryan Dennis Hoffman Hotchkiss School Yao-Shin Daphne Huang St. Mark’s School Chiho Im Choate Rosemary Hall Carl Changmin Kim St. Paul’s School
Tianyi Liam Li St. Paul’s School Lois Elinor Chun Lo Hotchkiss School David Hsu-Tai Lo St. George’s School Lydia Monica Masri* Loomis Chaffee School Josiah Samuel McFarlane New Hampton School
James Henry Scott Phillips Exeter Academy Yanakoray Serry Masters School Morgan Treacy Smith Pomfret School Yoon Joo Ashlyn Song Brooks School
Terryl Jah-son Wilson Berkshire School David Young St. Mark’s School Chayanit Jenny Yung Concord Academy Jessica Huiting Zhao Phillips Exeter Academy Zixuan Oasis Zhen St. George’s School Jinglin Jimmy Zhou Northfield Mount Hermon School Alfonso De Jesus Zorrilla de San Martin Escobar Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico *“Niners,” students who have attended Fay since first grade
2013 Secondary School Placement Statistics:
Eighth grade applicants:
Ninth grade applicants: Secondary schools receiving two or more Fay graduates: St. Mark’s School (5), Hotchkiss School (3), Middlesex School (3), Phillips Exeter Academy (3), St. George’s School (3), Brooks School (2), Choate Rosemary Hall (2), Loomis Chaffee School (2), New Hampton School (2), St. Paul’s School (2), Westminster School (2).
40 of 100 eighth graders went through the application process – 34 will attend a secondary school; 6 will return to Fay. Secondary schools receiving two or more Fay eighth graders: St. Mark’s School (8), Phillips Exeter Academy (6), Groton School (2), St. Paul’s School (2), Tabor Academy (2).
Michael Eugene Barshteyn* Bancroft School
Ian Charles Gobron St. Mark’s School
Min Ji Cindy Koh Phillips Academy
Isabel Basow Milton Academy
Jimena Gonzalez Borja Instituto Highlands, Mexico
Jayune Jane Lee Undecided
Isabel Clark Bitman Phillips Exeter Academy
Grace Kathleen Gorman St. Mark’s School
Afoma Dora Maduegbuna Governor’s Academy
Jennifer McFarlane Breen Phillips Exeter Academy
Nicholas F. Hadlock* St. Mark’s School
Andres Martinez Del Campo Instituto Cumbres Vista Hermosa
Alejandro Capdevielle Instituto Cumbres Vista Hermosa
Jhi Seung Daniel Hahn Phillips Exeter Academy
Gabrielle McCarthy Noble and Greenough School
Emilio Castillo Instituto Cumbres Oaxaca
Katherine Reagan Hartigan* St. Mark’s School
Sarah McClung Algonquin Regional High School
Amanda Ellen Christy St. Mark’s School
Isabel Rozsa Herczeg Algonquin Regional High School
Caroline Parkhurst Moore Groton School
Yewon Chun St. Paul’s School
William Scott Hollinger* St. Mark’s School
Sarah Merritt Pearson Hopkinton High School
Youheng Yolanda Dong Groton School
Ivy Hong Phillips Exeter Academy
Stephanie Abbott Pearson Hopkinton High School
Nicholas Paul Drepanos St. Mark’s School
Isabella Rose Humphreys Suffield Academy
Abigail Reddington Rogers Middlesex School
Andrew Joseph Estella St. John’s High School
Sebastian Jaramillo Gulliver Academy
Aurdric Campbell Sandoval New Hampton School
Liam Barry Fitzgerald* Tabor Academy
Samuel Kemelman Undecided
Christian Voyagis Schoen Rivers School
Isabelle Grace Giordano Hopkinton High School
Byung Jun Steven Kim Phillips Exeter Academy
John Thomas Shakin* Tabor Academy
Lea DaEr Steinberg Buckingham Browne and Nichols School Shinnosuke Taniya Thacher School Matthew Daniel Thalmann* St. Mark’s School Alejandro Vargas Correa, Jr. Instituto Asunción de México Jillian Catherine Venditti* Westborough Middle School Jimena Villarreal American School Foundation of Monterrey Noah Lee Winer Newton South High School Rudi Ying Phillips Exeter Academy Eduardo Jardim Zhang St. Paul’s School
* “Octavi,” students who have attended Fay since first grade
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COLLEGE DESTINATIONS Madeline Beecher George Washington University
Miranda Kotidis Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Julia Bretz Duke University
Anna Lu Yale University
Emily Carroll Tufts University
Jake Lynch Oxford College of Emory University
Tsz Fung (Kenny) Chan University of California, Los Angeles
Emily Michelson University of St. Andrews
Kuan-Chen (Jeffrey) Chen University of Southern California
Allison Morgan Northeastern University
Gabrielle Edzie Amherst College
George Mosko University of Virginia
Kathryn Firstenberger Oberlin College
Rosemary Mulholland Bates College
Olivia Fleming Northeastern University
Erica Ott University of Richmond
Lindsay Gibbons Bates College
Sirin Ruckpanich University of Richmond
Nicholas Giordano Boston College
Michael Sullivan Indiana University
Emily Guanci Texas Christian University
Joseph Tosti University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Agustina Hobbs Cornell University
Christopher Uhl Florida State University
Katherine Isbell Fairfield University
Hale Webster Lynn University
Se Hwan (William) Kim Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
Christopher Wells Northeastern University
Ye Jee (Jennie) Kim Columbia University Young Seo (Chloe) Kim Barnard College
Bo Hyung Yoon Cornell University Hae Soo Yoon Boston College
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NINTH GRADE SPECIAL AWARDS
NINTH GRADE ATHLETIC AWARDS
ELIZABETH REINKE SERVICE AWARD: Julia Harvey
CRUMP-MOODY AWARD FOR EARNEST EFFORT IN GIRLS’ ATHLETICS: Julia Harvey
WINDELER IMPROVEMENT AWARD: Josiah Samuel McFarlane THE A. BROOKS HARLOW, JR. FLAG AWARD: Delaney Tantillo M.J. LAFOLEY POTERIS MODO VELIS AWARD: Henry Daniel Schubert JOPLING THOUGHTFULNESS AWARD: Terryl Jah-son Wilson
AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN GIRLS’ ATHLETICS: Morgan Treacy Smith
DEPARTMENTAL AWARDS CHOATE PUBLIC SPEAKING AWARD: Emilio Castillo
EDWARDS AWARD FOR CITIZENSHIP: Keziah Esther Clarke
SCULL AWARD FOR COMPOSITION: Min Ji Koh
FOUNDERS’ MEDAL: Kanin Biggy Nandabhiwat
ANNIE LEAVITT MEMORIAL AWARD: William Michael Mandelbaum
DRAMA AWARD: Madison Taylor Reed ART AWARD: Zixuan Oasis Zhen ARION FOUNDATION AWARD (MUSIC): James Henry Scott SEAVER R. GILCREAST ENGLISH AWARD: Keziah Esther Clarke PHILIP G. STEVENS ’14 SCIENCE AWARD: Keziah Esther Clarke MATHEMATICS AWARD: Chiho Im THE ARLINE AND HARVEY STEINBERG HISTORY AWARD: Ryan Dennis Hoffman WORLD LANGUAGE AWARD: Ryan Dennis Hoffman ESL AWARD: Jinglin Jimmy Zhou WELLNESS DEPARTMENT AWARD: Henry Daniel Schubert
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MORRIS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN BOYS’ ATHLETICS: Evans Francisco Riviere
HEAD OF SCHOOL AWARD: Joyce Cheng Chiho Im
NINTH GRADE DEPARTMENTAL AWARDS
WHITEHOUSE AWARD FOR EARNEST EFFORT BOYS’ ATHLETICS: Kanin Biggy Nandabhiwat
MORRELL AWARD FOR AMERICAN HISTORY: Catherine Leigh Kasparyan
SCHOLASTIC AWARDS Highest Cumulative Average GRADE NINE Scholar: Keziah Esther Clarke Honorable Mention: Delaney Tantillo
GRADE EIGHT Scholar: Jhi Seung Daniel Hahn Honorable Mention: Francisca Sofia Weirich Freiberg
GRADE SEVEN Scholar: Catherine Leigh Kasparyan Honorable Mention: Zijian Mark Wang
SCHOOL COMMUNITY AWARDS EARTH DAY AWARDS: Emma June Gustavson Yewon Chun FRANCIS H. TOMES MEMORIAL AWARD: Emilio Castillo BRUCE HIGBEE STORKERSON MEMORIAL AWARD: Kaelyn Marie Jadul WALDO B. FAY MEMORIAL AWARD: Jonathan Stuart Lamson HARVARD CLUB BOOK AWARD: Francisca Sofia Weirich Freiberg HENRY U. HARRIS SR. AWARD: Isabelle Grace Giordano
DORM CITIZENS EAST HOUSE: Jimena Gonzalez Borja
MIDDLE FLOOR BOYS: Avery Joseph Nasworthy
TOP FLOOR BOYS: Kanin Nandabhiwat
TOP FLOOR GIRLS: Joyce Cheng
VILLAGE BOYS: Zijian Mark Wang
VILLAGE GIRLS: Ji Yoon Ahn
Francisca Sofia Weirich-Freiberg
Left to right: Julia Harvey, winner of the Elizabeth Reinke Service Award and the Crump-Moody Award for Earnest Effort in Girls’ Athletics; Kanin Biggy Nandabhiwat, winner of the Whitehouse Award for Earnest Effort in Boys’ Athletics, Founders’ Medal, and Dorm Citizen Award; Morgan Smith, winner of the Award for Excellence in Girls’ Athletics, and Evans Riviere, winner of the Morris Award for Excellence in Boys’ Athletics.
Primary School Moving Up Ceremony
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Lower School Closing Exercises Special Awards Citizenship Awards Grade 3:
Sixth Grade Scholar Award: Amy Huijie Lu
Sarah Nancy Diamond Tyler Jameson Bois
Elizabeth H. Scattergood Memorial Prize
Elizabeth Claire Flathers Meenakshi Raghu Menon
Grade 5: Ulisses Franco Pereira Andrea Grace Reynolds
Megan Ann Christy
Eunseo Julie Jin
Eugene Kim O’Donnell Memorial Award Angela Catherine Scumaci
Grade 6: Cameron Erik Sullivan Olivia Hanna Hammond
Effort Awards Grade 3: Elizabeth Crawford Carter Hudson Pomponio Marianne Vance Lyons Sofia Ann Mongillo
Grade 4: Thomas Joseph Flathers Sophia Marie McGeehan Demitra Moutoudis William John McCarthy
Grade 5: Avery Lauren Walker Sofia Diana Lopez Alexandra Brennan Mohn
Grade 6: Kaitlyn Marie Macdonald Laura Margaret Drepanos Geethika Bathini Robert Christian Petracca
“This class is unique. We are not afraid to show others who we truly are. We are fearless, ready for adventure and any task the world throws at us. We are the Class of 2016— the first Lower School sixth grade class—almost seventh graders and ready to conquer the world.” –Sophie Banas ’16 and Sophia Shaikh ’16
Sixth grade Top Scholar Amy Huijie Lu and runnerup Megan Ann Christy.
Angela Catherine Scumaci, winner of the Eugene Kim O’Donnell Memorial Award
Eunseo “Julie” Jin ’16, winner of the Elizabeth Scattergood Memorial Prize.
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CLASS NOTES 1936
FAIR GOODALE has this news: “In September 2012 we moved from South Carolina to Duxbury, Massachusetts, to be nearer immediate family—24 in all, most of whom live in New England. Our health remains reasonably good. In November 2012, I had a pleasant visit from Stephen Gray, Fay’s Advancement Officer, who brought me up to date on the remarkable recent changes at Fay; outstanding changes since my day. I continue to work on a sequel to my 2005 memoir The Absolute Truth, and Other Uncertainties.”
AMOS HOBBY’S succinct response to our plea for Class Notes was as follows: “Closing down my practice and aiming to retire by August 1st. Whew.”
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1953 DAVID WHITTEMORE sent us this news: “Had a great cruise last July from Athens to Istanbul, Turkey. Awesome!” LUIS DOMINGUEZ was featured in a recent issue of Rollins Magazine, in which he reflected on his exciting career in magazine publishing. Luis joined the New Yorker in 1965 and spent the next four decades publishing magazines
An egg tempera work by Lisa Williams Piasecki ’91. Lisa is now working as a painter in New York City; see her Class Notes entry for more details.
including Town & Country, Harpers & Queen (a U.K. version of Harper’s Bazaar), and The Spectator, in addition to serving on the advisory board of the Institute of U.S. Studies at London University. After living in London for 35 years, Luis retired in 2006 and now lives in Florence, Italy, where he enjoys the flexibility of being able to travel with ease throughout Europe and takes advantage of every opportunity to visit his two daughters (who live in London) and two sons (who live in the United States). You can read Luis’ profile yourself at http://www.rollins.edu/magazine/fall2012/luis-dominguez.html.
CURT CURTIS has been elected to the National Skydiving Hall of Fame and will be inducted in September in a ceremony to be held in Chicago. The
THOMAS BARBER has this news: “I've been living in Andorra for the past ten years after having spent 18 years in Taiwan and China. I'm happily divorced, in good health, very busy, and enjoying life in Europe. I guess that with age our thoughts turn to the past, and I think of all of you, dear friends, and of the few years that we shared so long ago, in a time that was both wonderful and so frightening. Do you remember the Cuban Missile Crisis and how Mr. Reinke would have atomic war drills, and we'd rush down to the basements, home of the "wombats"? I pray that you're all well and happy. I'd love to hear back from you!”
1973 Curt Curtis ’57
Hall of Fame recognizes and honors those, who through leadership, innovation, and/or outstanding achievements have defined, promoted, inspired, and advanced skydiving at the highest and sustained levels in the past, present and for future generations of skydivers. In addition, Curt has been named chairman of The Middlesex School Athletic Hall of Fame Nominating Committee. “It is a terrific committee,” he writes, “and I look forward to being a part of it and to working with my colleagues over the coming years.”
1959 DANIEL GOMEZ writes, “Difficult to believe, but we are having our 50th class reunion at Tabor Academy, the school I graduated from after graduating from Fay. After the great effort that represents flying from Colombia, I can't miss visiting Fay. So I'm looking forward to visiting campus sometime this summer.”
Jeffrey Jay ’73 in Aspen, where, he says, there was “loads of powder snow and plenty of sun.”
1978 JOHN CIBELLI checked in briefly with this note: “Loved the Class of '78 reunion—thanks to JIM SHAY for the reception, and thanks to TIM ARNOLD for the after party.”
Sir Richard Saltonstall, one of the individuals featured in Scott Steward ’78’s book on the Saltonstall family.
SCOTT STEWARD has this news: “My latest book, on the Saltonstall family of Massachusetts, has been published. The title is The Descendants of Dr. Nathaniel Saltonstall of Haverhill, Massachusetts, and it is published by Newbury Street Press here at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. The book covers the Saltonstall ancestry and the descendants of Dr. Nathaniel Saltonstall (1747-1815), the great-great-grandfather of the late Senator Leverett Saltonstall of Massachusetts.” BRECK BALDWIN also checked in: “I have been busy finishing a book titled DIY RC Airplanes from Scratch: The Brooklyn Aerodrome Bible for Hacking the Skies. It is now available at Amazon. The book is Breck Baldwin dedicated to Mr. new book, avai ’78’s lable Parsons, who got me at Amazon. flying at Fay.”
1979 From SCOTT BREWITT: “It's been great to reconnect on Facebook and see what old friends are up to. My son finished up at Kents Hill and started his first year in college. Time flies. I run a small Internet ad operations business and that—and really everything—is going very well.”
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1982 We heard news from CAROLE SULLIVAN: “I'm a realtor at Keller Williams Realty in Beverly, Massachusetts. I'm living in Rockport now after spending six years in North Carolina. NONG TUMSUTIPONG, a fellow alumna, and I got together this fall.”
1987 Here’s the latest from PHILIP HALL: “After Fay, I moved to Sydney, Australia, where I now live. I currently work as a lawyer in an investment bank in Sydney and live by Bondi Beach. My wife, Bronwyn, and I have two little girls: Harper, who is two, and Grace, who is six months old. Aside from work and spending time with the family, I enjoy surfing, road cycling, and following the Sydney Swans football team. I would be thrilled to hear from any Fay alumni who remember me.” DAVID PAQUETTE writes, “Just wanted to pass on that we welcomed our second child, Lucien Paquette, to the family on April 3, 2013. Mom and baby are doing well! He was born at 10 pounds and is hoping to play football for Fay in the future!”
1990 DAN MCCOY, who is the Assistant Director of Campus Recreation at the University Dan McCoy ’90. of Wyoming, has this news: “I’ve been admitted to the Ph.D. program in educational administration at the University of
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An egg tempera work by Lisa Williams Piasecki ’91.
Wyoming and will begin in the fall. I’m also graduating with a master’s degree in education from the University of Wyoming this May. Professionally, we will be breaking ground on a $27 million renovation/addition to the building where I work; I’ve been on the planning team for this project for the past few years.”
Steven Gambrel; La Formentera, which features a client’s beautiful house and gardens; and also Thom Filicia's new book American Beauty. So creatively it's been a busy and exciting time.”
1991 LISA WILLIAMS PIASECKI wrote in with this update: “I'm living in the West Village in New York City, and after many years working as a graphic designer and production artist at publishing houses in New York, I'm now working as a painter out of my studio in Long Island City. You can find more information on my website at www.lisapiasecki.com. My husband, Eric Piasecki, is a photographer shooting for magazines like Architectural Digest and Elle Decor. We are having a blast traveling the world on shoots and gathering inspiration from our adventures. Eric has a few wonderful photo books out this year: Time and Place by
Amy Collins ’92 at Glacier National Park in Colorado with her father.
We’ve received news that AMY COLLINS is now Executive Director of TreeUtah.org in Salt Lake City.
www.collectedthreads.com, and he is also working to get the undershirt into major retailers.
Ariette, daughter of Nathaniel Johnson ’93.
1993 Happy news from NATHANIEL JOHNSON: his wife Lindie gave birth to their daughter Ariette on October 1. JESSE SZYNAL has embarked on an entrepreneurial venture—he has developed the jT, an “invisible” undershirt for men. The invisible jT can be found online at Jesse’s website,
MIGUEL PAYANO, who is a visual artist living in Asia, had a show earlier this year at LDX Gallery in Hong Kong. LDX said of Miguel that he “translates the qualities most celebrated in traditional Chinese Gongbi paintings, reinterpreting the majestic movement and poise of the creatures in his own visual language. The American Dominican artist’s fluency in the Chinese language, combined with his extensive study of its history and culture, has enabled him to fully acclimate to China’s rapidly changing environment. His love affair with the Chinese culture sinks deep into his works and enriches his imagination, originality and vivacity.”
1997 THOMAS MOSCHOS writes, “On September 15, 2012, I married Erin Hickey on Cape Cod. We have moved to Southborough, the town Erin grew up in! It is a small world to be back in the town where I attended middle school and high school.” ROB TRUMBULL was married to Allison Kent on September 22, with AMY TRUMBULL ’92, MATT GODOFF ’98, and DAVE WITTMER in the wedding party.
Cam Fulrath ’98.
Work by Miguel Payano ’95.
SARAH LONG COHEN and her husband have announced the birth of their second son, Braden Asher Cohen, in February. She will be going back to work at her husband’s law firm, and she writes that she is looking forward to spring and summer for boating and vacations! CAM FULRATH writes, “Still currently stationed at Naval Air Station Lemoore in California flying the F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet. Before leaving my last squadron, we
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began the position of Associate Manager for Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, overseeing events, membership, and recruitment for Modern and Contemporary art patrons. I thank [former faculty member] AMY DIBUONO GRAHAM ’82 and Billy Claire for encouraging me to pursue my love of art professionally...it all started at Fay!”
Sally King McBride ’00 and her husband, Adam McBride.
spent portions of the past few years deployed on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and flying combat missions over both Iraq and
Keep in Touch! Send your news and photos to Erin Ash Sullivan, Director of Communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Afghanistan. More recently, I graduated from the US Navy Fighter Weapons School/TOPGUN at NAS Fallon, Nevada, and I am currently back in California working as a Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor for F/A-18 squadrons preparing for upcoming deployments. On February 17 of this year, my wife Lauren and I also welcomed our first baby girl, Harper Grace Fulrath! She is an absolute blast; we couldn't be any happier. Hope everyone else is doing well!”
2000 From SALLY KING MCBRIDE: “On March 23, I married Adam McBride at Christ Church in Greenwich, Connecticut. A short video about our engagement is featured on The New York Times’ ‘Vows’ website. In January, I
Dan Mandell ’02 proposing to Riley McLean
New Year’s Eve was a big night for DAN MANDELL: he proposed to Riley McLean at the New Year’s Eve celebration in Jackson Square, New Orleans. Riley and Dan met during their first semester at University of Massachusetts Medical School and will graduate in May of this year. Riley plans to pursue her residency in dermatology while Dan will specialize in orthopedic surgery. A June wedding is planned.
2006 TOMMY FERGUSON graduated from St. Lawrence University and is now working for a small high-tech startup called Veracode in Burlington.
Team Women's Soccer AllConference) squad this fall. Annie, who is a junior at Colby College, helped her team earn the sixth seed in the NESCAC playoffs this year. She had a breakout year after leading the Mules in scoring with seven goals and three assists for 17 points. She had two game-winning goals and heads into her senior season next year with eight goals and six assists for 22 career points.
Annie Papadellis ’07.
2007 Congratulations to ANNIE PAPADELLIS, who made the NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference Second
Although her NESCAC record includes all games, including non-conference match-ups, 14 of Annie's 17 points were garnered in conference contests, including tallies against eventual NESCAC champions Williams, Bates, Trinity, and Tufts, and assists versus Wesleyan and Connecticut College. At Colby College, she is majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing and a minor in cinema studies. She is also creating a website for the English Department, which is scheduled to debut in January.
2008 SCOTT ISBELL writes, “I have been studying at Berklee College of Music, focusing on music business and voice. I received a Music Marketing Specialist Certificate from Berklee, and now I’m studying marketing communication and voice at Emerson College. I still rehearse and study music over at Berklee and just started a job there as the marketing assistant to the CMO of Berkleemusic. I also am pursuing my dream as a professional singer and will be recording and singing on some tracks with Barbadian-born singer Rayvon, who is famous for singing the song “Angel,” which reached number one on the Billboard charts. Lastly, I have been doing marketing and promotion for my friend, Justin Willman, who is the host of the hit Food Network TV show Cupcake Wars. I urge all Fay students to follow their dreams and make them come true.” ALASTAIR HEWITT has this news: “I have an internship in Spain this summer in the marketing strategy department of an event company in Barcelona. However, I am leaving this Friday with a friend to backpack around Europe for a bit and might write about the experience for another friend's start up magazine in NYC.”
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Emily Guanci ’10 in front of Il Duomo in Milan.
We heard from MIRANDA KOTIDIS, who writes, “I'm currently a senior at Middlesex with fellow classmates GABBY EDZIE, JENNIE KIM, AGUS HOBBS, CHRISTIAN PAPADELLIS, and APRIL SIMMS. I am the captain of the crew team, and I have rowed on the varsity team for all four years. This coming fall, I will attend MIT and will be a part of their rowing team.” Here’s the news from EMILY GUANCI: “I am now a senior at the Westover School in Middlebury, Connecticut. I will be graduating in May, and in September, I will attend Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. At Westover, I toured Italy with the Glee Club, where we performed in Rome, Florence and Milan.”
EMMA BAUMBACH wrote to us with this update: “During my year living abroad in France, I have done so many amazing things. I visited Berlin, Germany with my host family a few weeks ago. We saw a lot, and I enjoyed my time there. With my classmates I spent a week in the south of France. We did a lot of fun things including a hike though the Verdon Gorge. If you ever have the chance to visit the Verdon Gorge, do it! It is one of the most amazing things I have seen in my life. On this trip we also visited Monaco. My year is almost over, and I feel so lucky to have had the chance to participate in School Year Abroad. If you want to hear more about my year, feel free to Sam Vogel ’12 in a recent production of The 25th Annual contact me!”
From MOLLY CURLEY: “I will be attending Bentley University next fall. I wish all my Fay friends the best!” HANNAH AUERBACH writes, “I'm halfway through my first year at University of St, Andrews, and I'm pursuing a degree in neuroscience. I've been having a fantastic time in the UK, but I'm hoping to visit good ol' Southborough soon!”
Putnam County Spelling Bee.
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Eugene Amankwah ’12 receiving the Ray Brown Prize at Choate Rosemary Hall.
2012 Here’s the latest news from LAURISSA MADDOCKS: “I made the varsity basketball team at my new school, and we are doing really well. I'm really happy I took the opportunity to go to school out of the country; even though it is only Canada, it is so different. I have friends here from 40 different countries! I hope everyone enjoyed their year at Fay! I cannot wait to come visit!” TARUN BANGALORE checked in to let us know that he is loving St. John’s High School and that he has been accepted as an intern at Caperberry, a five-star restaurant in Bangalore, India. SAM VOGEL writes, “I am at Brooks School now, and I had a great time participating in this year’s winter musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. I played the role of Douglas Panch, the grownup who pronounces all words for the bee. Every actor was really talented, especially with singing and dancing. It was very hard work, and I’ve never done such a big production!” We received word that EUGENE AMANKWAH received the Ray Brown Prize at Choate Rosemary Hall’s Prize Day, given to the fourth form boy "who shall have distinguished himself by the enthusiasm with which he has applied himself to his studies and his extracurricular interests."
In Memoriam DAVID H. HUNTER '33 September 21, 2012 David H. Hunter of Worton, Maryland, died September 21, 2012 in Chester River Hospital at the age of 93. Mr. Hunter was born on August 3, 1919, in Connecticut, son of the late Louis and Mary Hunter. He lived in New York, Florida, and Maryland. He owned and operated Minosa Farm, a cattle farm in Kent County. He is survived by his wife, Kohar Alexanian.
ROBERT RAMSDELL ’43 August 24, 2010 Robert Adam Ramsdell, Jr. died August 24, 2010. Born in Buffalo, New York on May 9, 1928, Robert was the son of Robert A. and Evelyn Yerkes Ramsdell and had lived in Wilmington, Delaware, since 1937. After Fay, he was educated at Westminster School and the University of Virginia. After service in Hokkaido, Japan, during the Korean War, he worked in the trust department of the old Equitable Trust Co. (PNC Bank today). Later, he formed a tax and accounting firm specializing in small businesses in New Castle County. He was a member of the Society of Colonial Wars and was for many years a member of the Recess Club. He is survived by his wife, Janet Cozart, three children, three stepchildren, and six step-grandchildren.
PIRIE MACDONALD TUTCHINGS ’46 April 19, 2013 Pirie MacDonald Tutchings died at the age of 81 in New Milford, Connecticut, after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, ceramic artist Elizabeth MacDonald. Educated at Fay (where he was the 1946 Founders’ Medal winner), Deerfield, Harvard, and the London Academy of Dramatic Arts, MacDonald, as he was known professionally, followed a stint in the Armed Forces with his Broadway debut in the original 1957 production of Under Milk Wood. Over the next eight years he was cast in six more Broadway productions, including Henry IV, Big Fish, Little Fish, and as Howard Wagner in the 1975 production of Death of a Salesman. His work as a television and film actor began in 1976 when he appeared as James Forrest in the mini-series The Adams Chronicles. Other work included roles in the films Network (1976), Masquerade (1988), and See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989), as well as an episode of "Law and Order.” From 1965 to 1968 he was associate director of the Seattle Repertory Company, and he was a longtime member of the New York Ensemble Studio Theatre. He also worked regularly at leading
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In Memoriam regional theatres around the country. In 1990 while rehearsing a play in Dallas, Texas, MacDonald survived a gunshot wound to the head in a mugging that killed a fellow actor, but his career was severely curtailed by his injury. Nevertheless, for several years he remained active, performing in and directing numerous staged readings in New York City as well as various local productions in and around his hometown of Bridgewater, Connecticut, and assisting playwrights in the development of theatrical projects.
ROBERT W. DANIEL ’50 February 4, 2012 Robert Williams Daniel, Jr., of Brandon Plantation, Prince George County, Virginia, died of cardiac arrest February 4, 2012 at Hobe Sound, Florida. Mr. Daniel was born March 17, 1936 in Richmond, Virginia. He was a farmer, businessman, teacher, and politician who served five terms in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican from 1972 until 1983. After Fay, he graduated from Woodberry Forest School and earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Virginia, where he was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society and was a member of Phi Psi fraternity. He then earned an M.B.A. from Columbia University, was a financial analyst, and taught economics at the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond. Mr. Daniel served in the U.S. Army and CIA from 1964 to 1968. While in Congress, he was a member of the House Armed Services Committee. He later served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense from 1984 to 1986, and as the Director of Intelligence, Department of Energy, from 1990 to 1993. He was a recipient of the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal. Mr. Daniel was the owner and operator of Brandon Plantation, a U.S. National Historic Landmark and one of the oldest continuous agricultural operations in the United States. He served on Fay’s Board of Trustees for fifteen years. Mr. Daniel is survived by his wife, Linda Hearne Daniel, two daughters, two step-daughters, and nine grandchildren.
JAMES D. STANLEY ’51 February 24, 2013 James Dowdell Stanley died peacefully on February 24, 2013 in San Jose, California, after a long illness. The son of James Selwyn Stanley and Sara von Schilling Stanley, he was born in Richmond, Virginia, on June 4, 1937. After Fay, he attended Deerfield Academy and Harvard University. An All-American swimmer on the Harvard swimming team, Jimmy set several breaststroke records and was ultimately inducted into the University's Varsity Hall of Fame. Also a talented cartoonist, he was elected president of the Harvard Lampoon as a second year student. After college, he lived in New York City making documentary films and was an active member of the vibrant New York art scene. Jimmy took an interest in Chinese culture, taught himself the language, and relocated to Taiwan, where he taught English. There, he married and had two children. Returning to the United States and eventually settling down in California, he became interested in computers and wrote two published books on computer programming. Friends and family remember him as possessing a brilliant, encyclopedic mind, an extraordinary sense of humor, and a gentle, congenial personality. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Liang Stanley, who devoted the last several years to caring for him; and his two children, Richard Charles Stanley and Christine Sara Stanley. He was predeceased by his brother, Peter von Schilling Stanley ’53.
ANDREW RISEBERG ’85 January 28, 2013 Andrew Kenneth “Andy” Riseberg of Sudbury, Massachusetts, died on January 28, 2013. After graduating from Fay, he attended Lawrence Academy and the University of Rochester, where he was a proud member of the Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity. He pursued a successful career as a sales professional, most recently at the Oracle Corporation. He was avid about a wide range of passions, including music, golf, cooking, and boating. Through his relationship with his wife Andresa and her friends, he recently became fluent in Portuguese. Everyone who met Andy came away touched by his zest for life and his warm heart. In addition to Andresa, Andy leaves his mother, Marilyn Riseberg, his sister and brother-in-law, Jocelyn and Eric Sheirer, his niece and nephew, and his aunts and uncle.
Meet the Pre-Kindergarten Team: Yuka Terada, Lauren Roby, and Jennifer Sparadeo team·work /ˈtēmˌwərk/ Noun. The combined action of a group of people, esp. when effective and efficient. In Fay’s Primary School, you can see teamwork in action in every classroom. Teachers collaborate within the classroom, within each grade, and across grade levels to make learning effective and meaningful for every student. Case in point: the amazing Pre-Kindergarten teaching team of Yuka Terada, Lauren Roby, and Jennifer Sparadeo. Yuka and Lauren came to Fay in 2010, the year the Primary School opened, and Jennifer joined the team in September of 2012. Together, they’ve created a joyful classroom community that promotes inquiry-based learning, Fay Magazine spoke with the Pre-K team about what brought them to education, and the art of collaborative teaching.
Yuka: I always wanted to be a teacher, and I spent six years teaching kindergarten in Japan before I came to Fay. Lauren: As a teenager, I babysat a lot for my neighbors, which
Yuka: What makes our team so successful is that we’re always
made me realize that I wanted to work with children. It was clear to me after I started working at Boston University’s Early Childhood Learning Lab that teaching was what I wanted to do.
working to make sure that we’re on the same page. We make the most of our different strengths, and we share duties equally. We each take time to get to know every child in our classroom, and we’re constantly sharing our perspectives with each other.
Jennifer: While I was at Smith, I spent my junior year abroad
Lauren: We also check in frequently with each other about
in Florence and worked at an early childhood center that used an inquiry-based learning approach. As a teacher, I wanted to find a school with a similar philosophy.
where student interest is going, and we use this information to plan our program. While it’s a lot of work to design curriculum that connects directly to the children’s interests, in some ways it’s easier. The children show us what they want to explore, and we figure out how to connect those interests to the skills that they’re building.
Jennifer: As a team, we need to be flexible—responsive to the children’s needs and responsive to each other. Yuka: We’re lucky that we understand each other so well. We all know that each of us is putting one hundred percent into making sure that the classroom experience is great—and that we’re all totally committed and working as hard as we can.
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Design thinking and the new Innovation Lab • an interview with Andre Bishop '62 • the drama program at Fay • Commencement News 2013