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Applewild School M I S S I O N S TAT E M E N T At Applewild we believe that the ages of five to fifteen are the most important in a child’s education, the foundation upon which all further education is built. Here students discover their passion for learning and engage in the pursuit of excellence in academics, arts, and athletics in a supportive environment. The core values we promote and the relationships among all the members of our community prepare our students to be confident learners and responsible citizens.

Applewild School


Managing Editor . . . . . . . . . . .Kelly A. Jennison



Editorial Assistance . . . . . . . . .Anne Davenport

Board Transition..................................................... 2

Tally Lent

David Stone ‘73 President Sandy Dannis Vice President Ron Feldman Treasurer Kim Ansin ‘77 Secretary William Aubuchon IV, ‘92 Lisa Bakstran Todd Crocker ‘62 Wells Dow David Duval Mary Feeney Kathleen Giles

Head of School Message ..................................... 4-5 New Trustees ........................................................... 6

Contributing Writers: Jay Barman ‘91

Spencer Gregson ‘02

New Faculty and Staff............................................. 7

Liz Blake

Erica Hager

Graduation 2010 ................................................. 8-9

Liz Canner ‘83

Kelly A. Jennison

Recognition Day............................................. 10-11

Christin Catalano

Michael J. Lyons

Laverack Family Alumni Award .......................... 12

Janet Cowan

David Rabinow ‘89

Remarks by Andy Wexler..................................... 13

Christine Cline

Sara Sanford

Crocker Family Reunion................................ 14-15

Nate Donaldson ‘00

David Stone ‘73

Math Department Curriculum Review ........ 16-17

William Ellerkamp

Molly Tarleton ‘91

Language Curriculum Review....................... 18-19

Ron Feldman

Cady Wachsman ‘00

The Greening of the Apple............................. 20-21

John Forest ‘95

Andrew Wexler ‘67

Recycling at Applewild................................... 22-23

Todd Goodwin

Christopher B. Williamson

Don’t Drink the Water ......................................... 24

David Greco ‘96

Peggy Williamson

Applewild About Arts .......................................... 25

Dr. Sharon Jacques ‘73

Alumni Showcase ........................................... 26-30

Beth Lindstrom Joseph Lotuff Debbie MacDonald ‘80 Priscilla Melampy Dr. Robert Oot

President of Board Report ..................................... 3

Alumni Notes.................................................. 31-34

Photograhic Credits: Cheri Amarna

Jennifer Raterman

Sean Morrow

Yearbook Staff

Terry Perlmutter

Building Community Campaign ......................... 35 Fundraising Report 2009-2010............................ 36 Development Volunteers ..................................... 36 Fundraising Summary ......................................... 36

Atty. Susan Roetzer

Annual Fund Summary ....................................... 36

Carolyn Stimpson

Annual Fund Gifts.......................................... 37-38

Molly Tarleton ‘91

Applewild School, as a longstanding member of the Association

Parent Participation by Class .............................. 39

Honorary Trustees

of Independent Schools in New England, reaffirms our policy of

Alumni Participation by Class ............................ 40

Ronald Ansin

nondiscriminatory admission of students. We admit qualified

Faculty/Staff Support........................................... 41

Jeanne L. Crocker

students of any race, color, religious affiliation, national and

Restricted and Special Funds............................... 41

Allen Rome

ethnic origin, sexual orientation, and qualified handicapped

Parents Association Report ................................. 42

students to all rights, privileges, programs and activities

Wish List ............................................................... 43

generally accorded or made available to students at our school.

In Memoriam ....................................................... 44

Albert Stone

We do not discriminate in violation of any law or statute in the administration of our educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan program, and athletic or other school administered programs.

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Board of Trustee Transition

Board of Trustee Leadership By Christopher Williamson

Appreciation Dinner Remarks May 27, 2010

As part of a carefully planned Board leadership succession plan that has been in process since last October, Board President and alumnus David Stone ’73, will be stepping down as President, though remaining on the Board and as Chair of the Building Community campaign. Ron Feldman was formally voted in as our next Board President at the May 27, 2010 Board of Trustee meeting. At our year-end Trustee - Faculty Appreciation Dinner, perhaps because this would be his last year speaking at this affair, David spoke from the heart about Applewild. David is always eloquent about why Applewild matters, yet that night he was also very personal. I asked him if he would let me share his remarks more widely, and he graciously agreed. They speak to all of us, whether faculty, staff, parents, alumni, parents of former students, or students. It will come as no surprise to you that we have great appreciation for David’s leadership of the Board for the past five years. He is not leaving us, so no “fond farewells” (as Lower School uses) are necessary, and he and Ron have already been working with me on a seamless transition.

By David Stone ‘73 “I have decided to skip an attempt at the ‘State of the School’ this evening. . . . With your indulgence, I would like to speak on a subject I know best – why Applewild is worth the effort, and why my experiences have inspired a love for Applewild. I loved being a student here. While the school was different in some of the details back in the old days – coats and ties, weekly chapel and so on – it was the same in the most fundamental ways. The teachers, your predecessors, were very much like you. They helped us develop core skills in reading, math, science and language. They demanded our best, or perhaps I should say they coaxed the best out of us. We had big events – important soccer games, spring concerts, plays, public speaking contests, all of which seemed as epic at the time as I am sure they do today. But in the long run, the best part of Applewild lived in the details – family style lunches, announcements, celebrations, kindness, compassion. The school then as now provided a great foundation for future education, but it also provided a great foundation for life. I have loved being a Trustee here. I think the Greek poet Herodotus must have had us in mind when he wrote, “He is the best man [probably would have said ‘person’ today] who, when making plans, fears and reflects on everything that can happen, but in the moment of action is bold.” It has been a joy to work this way with you all – my fellow trustees, Chris and the Administrative Team, and many teachers – to carefully and fully explore each important issue, and then be willing to act decisively. I deeply appreciate the opportunity to work with so many generous, creative, committed people who share my commitment to Applewild and who want to help this school succeed. And I loved being a parent of an Applewild student – and being the uncle of three more is pretty fun, too. The big events here are so much like a family photo album – they provide snapshots which capture moments of progress and achievement. Seeing my seven-year-old son deliver his “speech” at the living wax museum, hearing him progress from a beginner on the recorder to a clarinet soloist, watching him play Varsity Soccer – these were big moments. But they weren’t nearly as big as the teacher conferences, when I learned not just about my son’s progress, but also how much time, effort and energy you put into making his progress possible. At dinner every school night it was a delight to hear how Mr. Brodeur or Mr. Gillis made the class laugh, or of how delightful it was to point out Mr. Palmieri’s spelling “mistake”, or of the daily raid on Mrs. May’s jar of mints. Most of all it is a moving sight to see my son, along with your daughters and sons, move on from Applewild as “confident learners and responsible citizens” – just like our Mission Statement says. I know that each of you has your own lists of reasons to love this school. Some may overlap with mine, others are uniquely yours. It is for these reasons, our shared experiences, and experiences which are unique to me and unique to you, that we work to sustain Applewild. We believe in the future of Applewild School, and in the future that an Applewild education makes possible. It has been a true pleasure to work this year together with all of you who share my love of Applewild. Thank you all for your efforts on behalf of Applewild School.”




A Message from the President of The Board

Fall 2010 By Ron Feldman

As this is my first communication as President of the Board I would like to thank the entire Applewild community for the chance to give back to the school and serve in this capacity. As a parent of two Applewild alumni, I know how lucky my family has been to be part of the Applewild family for the past thirteen years. The school has provided both of my children with a nurturing environment in which to grow, learn, and be challenged in their early years of education. The values the school has instilled in my children and their love of learning are a direct result of the excellent faculty at Applewild. As I begin my role as President I would be remiss in not thanking my predecessor, David Stone, who served in the role for the past five years. He has been part of Applewild first as a student, then parent and Board member, and his long association and involvement with the school serves as a role model for all members of the community. Luckily, I will be able to learn more from David as he will be remaining on the Board for another year and will continue to head up our present capital campaign. As I read the local newspapers, it seems like there is a daily headline of how cuts to local school budgets will impact the number of teachers and the offerings of the programs. Applewild has remained committed to providing a strong well-rounded academic curriculum combined with passionate offerings of arts and athletics. We are very fortunate to have an unbelievably dedicated group of teachers at the school. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them, for without this wonderful group, Applewild would not be the great school it is. Our teachers come to school every day and give our children their absolute best. They do this even with the challenge of a smaller instructional and support staff, which reflects the smaller enrollment. Applewild is a smaller school due to an expected drop in the number of school-age children combined with our present tumultuous economic climate. The good news is that we have planned for and are nearing the end of the demographic dip, and over the next couple of years there will be more young children attending schools. With this in mind, the key area the board is focused on right now is making sure that any family that is interested in private school education knows about Applewild. In the past we have relied mainly on word-of-mouth to spread the word about the excellent educational experience families can expect to receive at the school. We are now being more aggressive in our external marketing efforts. Those of you living within the Applewild catchment area hopefully have seen the increase in marketing the Board has approved. As the Board and administration have heard from me in every meeting, “Enrollment is a Top Priority for everyone involved

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with Applewild�. I ask you for your help in spreading the word about the excellent program we have. No family should feel that an Applewild education is out of their reach. The Board has increased financial aid to help those families that need assistance with the cost associated in attending the school. The school right now is benefiting from reserves created by the good stewardship and foresight of previous Boards. They are helping us to weather the storm and continue to provide an excellent program of which we are all proud to be part. Our endowment continues to be strong and, due to the generosity of some long time supporters, we have been able to add permanently endowed aid for faculty children and the early development scholars program. In terms of continuing investment in the school, many of you are probably aware we are presently engaged in a capital campaign to raise the funds for the building of a new dining hall. Please read David Stone's article in the magazine for more information on the campaign. We have had tremendous support already in this effort and I would like to thank those families who have already participated and urge those who have not to please take the time to understand why we are in this campaign and please do everything possible to support the school’s efforts to improve a key portion of the program. Applewild has served the area's need for independent education for more than the past 50 years and, with the strong base of alumni and present families, I look forward to being part of the school's planning process for the next 50 years. We have excellent faculty and administration, and we are committed to continuing to invest in our campus. With your participation we can continue to make Applewild an even better place. Thank you for all your hard work and support on behalf of Applewild.


A Message from the Head of School

By Christopher B. Williamson Dear Friends: How fitting that we celebrated Applewild’s 50th graduation on June 16, then the 100th anniversary of the construction of “Applewild,” the Crocker estate, with 86 members of the extended Crocker family back on campus for a reunion on June 26 – 27. My thanks to Les Meyer, ’60 for sending me some reflections for the Class of 2010 on their graduation from the vantage point of fifty years that were equally fitting for me to share with the Crockers with the perspective of 100. Les captured well the essence of Applewild through the years. His comments also resonated with me as I thought about the role the Crocker family has played in creating this school on a hill “full of voices, of happiness, of music – a place put to work.” In large part, this issue of the Cider Press reiterates our gratitude for the gift of our school and its on-going support, both from the Crocker family and from all of you who support Applewild’s “magical” environment: At whatever school you attend next, you’ll discover that you have received excellent preparation for the work and the school life. At Applewild there’s a magical way of making learning a joy, and of creating enthusiasm for academic subjects. But there’s also a rigor instilled that you will find serves you very well in the next chapters of your academic life. For that, you have your teachers to thank . . . It’s their dedication, their diligence, their creativity and their caring attitude that create this very special blend of experiences you know as Applewild. . . . You will remember Applewild, for many, many years. And as you look back on it, I believe you will value what you have received here more than you can possibly imagine today. In the meantime, however, enjoy today and this wonderful season in your lives. . . .Well done! (Les’ entire letter is available on our web site, in the alumni section.) Les, the Class of 2010 itself, numerous parents in testimonials about the impact of the school on their children, and the Crocker family in its commitment to education and the healthy growth of children all remind us of what is valuable and enduring. As we weather the demographic trough in elementary school age children, compounded by what Ben Bernanke recently called “unusually uncertain times,” I read with interest about Henry Petroski, as reported in the July 19 New York Times. Petroski is a historian of engineering at Duke University and author of Success Through Failure. He wrote, “Nobody wants failures. But you also don’t want to let a good crisis go to waste.” We are neither in crisis nor failing. In fact, I am pleased to announce that the Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE) this spring, in its standard three year review after our 2007 reaccreditation, affirmed the school’s strength and our progress on our Action Plan by extending our accreditation for the maximum seven years.


Even as we take pride in our enduring strengths, however, we are not “wasting” the opportunity to strengthen Applewild by examining our circumstances. As incoming Board President Ron Feldman indicates in his letter, this is a time when institutions that are intelligently governed will learn and grow. Applewild’s Board has done this in the past, responding to what actually was a crisis for the school in the 1970’s by affirming a commitment to programmatic excellence and becoming more expansive with financial aid. Even as those actions, coupled with Bill Marshall’s arrival as the new Head in 1979, led to a period of sustained growth, it was interrupted by the mid-1980’s recession and then the recession of the early 1990’s. In response to the latter, the Board began a prudent policy of setting aside reserves to help the school moderate the economic ups and downs that can undermine families’ abilities to choose Applewild. Together with prudent current management, the reserves assure our strong program at a time when many schools are making significant program cuts, increasing class size, or both. We are not “wasting” the opportunity to move ahead confidently with our Building Community campaign, either. This is a time when addressing key priorities positions Applewild well for the future. As campaign Steering Committee Chair David Stone explains in his summary, we have completed major goals of the campaign and are within a million dollars of moving to construction of the Dining Hall. This facility remains key even while we are for a time a smaller school. The calculus remains the same: a 100 year old kitchen, the “L” shape lay-out of space, and the limited room even with fewer students. In the coming year you will see us direct our attention on completing the campaign with the focus now being firmly on the dining hall. Because of the Board’s leadership, we have not only enjoyed significant success in our overall Building Community campaign, we have also



We’ve come to live by the values that Applewild has given us: Respect… Fairness… Responsibility… Compassion… Cooperation… Honesty… and Civic-Mindedness. These lessons and values will carry us through the ups and downs of life. Class of 2010

maintained our commitment to our strength of program and small class environment. This issue of the Cider Press highlights our initiatives in mathematics, resulting from the past year’s department review, that will enhance student learning. You will also read about the Language Department review and how we reached the decision to maintain three languages while fixing on two in seventh and eighth grades. Similarly, the decision to sunset the ninth grade program reflects our determination to target our resources to our largest number of students even as we recognized the historical benefit that has accrued to those who stay for ninth. We are not “wasting” the opportunity, in other words, to strengthen our offerings and focus. In that light, we have also returned to a model that existed at Applewild for many years in which administrators share the teaching load. I look forward to returning to my roots as a drama teacher, in addition to connecting to eighth grade in their graduation year and continuing my work with our last ninth grade in “Ethical Dilemmas” and Diplomacy. Tally Lent will return to teaching some Lower School science in addition to continuing with a reading group; and Erica Hager will continue to be involved in drama and will teach a section of Spanish. Our commitment to knowing, affirming and stretching each student endures. Our vibrant program, our excellent faculty, and our core values and healthy climate may be even more essential as an option for families in the area in these challenging times. As members of the Class of 2010 said in their closing remarks at graduation: We’ve come to live by the values that Applewild has given us: Respect, Fairness, Responsibility, Compassion, Cooperation, Honesty, and Civic-Mindedness. These lessons and values will carry us through the ups and downs of life.

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From here on our lives will go in different directions… But we will never forget the lessons, people, and places here at Applewild. For those of you who have made all of this possible, parents, teachers, and friends, we cannot even begin to thank you for all you have done for us. Thank you for investing both your time and effort to “A Belief in the Future.”


New Trustees 2010-2011

William Ellerkamp Bill Ellerkamp is a global executive with exceptional vision and leadership skills. He has extensive experience in senior management, strategy, business development, and international business, with a record of leading organizations into profitable positions in new markets. Bill lived in Europe for twelve years and continues to travel extensively throughout Europe and Asia. Bill is currently VP of Sales and Marketing at Bemis Associates in Shirley, MA, a thermoplastic adhesive film manufacturer serving multiple industries, where he also serves on the Board of Directors. Prior to joining Bemis in November 2009, Bill was Chief Executive Officer of ExtruMed, LLC in Anaheim, CA, a precision thermoplastic extrusion manufacturer. Before ExtruMed, Bill was Chief Operating Officer with Ranier Technology Limited in Cambridge, UK, a polyurethane materials science company. Bill holds a BA in International Relations/Economics from Colgate University and an MBA from the London Business School. Bill lives in Groton with his wife, Susan, and three children. Carl is an eighth grader at Applewild, Peter is a junior at Groton-Dunstable Regional High School, and Hannah will be a sophomore at St. Lawrence University.

Michael J. Lyons, M.D. Mike and his wife, Jannette, are the proud parents of three children. Michael and Grace are current students at Applewild; they are entering the eighth and fifth grades respectively. Brigid is three years-old and attends preschool at Burbank Child Development Center in Fitchburg. The Lyons’ family resides in Sterling, MA. Over the past few years, Mike has become involved in the Applewild community as a member of the Diversity Committee and the Board of Visitors. Mike is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the College Honors Program. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Mike also completed his residency in Pediatrics at UMASS in 1998. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Mike is President of Medical Associates – Pediatrics in Leominster, MA, the largest primary care practice in North Central Massachusetts. He is also Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Health Alliance Hospital in Leominster, MA. At Health Alliance, Mike is Vice President/President-Elect of the Medical Staff. In this role, he serves on the Medical Executive Committee and Patient Care Management Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Central Massachusetts Association of Physicians and is school physician for the Town of Lunenburg. In his free time, Mike enjoys traveling with his family and coaching youth sports teams.




New Faculty and Staff

Emily Bracchitta Director of Admission and Financial Aid Emily Bracchitta joined Applewild as the new Director of Admissions and Financial Aid. Emily served as Director of Admission and Financial Aid at School of the Holy Child in Rye, NY, Admission Associate at Trevor Day School in New York, and most recently was Middle School Director for the past five years at Cheshire Academy in Connecticut. She has also served as Upper School Director and Director of High School Placement at Village Community School in New York and was Founding Director of Kids Connection YWCA in White Plains. She earned a BA in Elementary Education from Skidmore College and has done graduate work at Teacher’s College-Columbia, Bank Street College and Hunter College. Emily’s specific experience with admission in grades K-8 and her knowledge of this age student, of schools and families, and of marketing and outreach will all be of immediate value to Applewild. In addition, her broad and deep experience in school leadership will help Applewild continue to strengthen both enrollment and program.

Amelia Herring Librarian Faculty will also be working with our new librarian, Amelia Herring, to assure her transition to Applewild. Amelia comes back to Massachusetts after having lived in Harvard and graduating from Bromfield High School. From there she went to Vassar, graduating in 2005 with a degree in Psychology. After working as a writer in Boston for four years, she moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington library program, from which she graduated in June 2010. Amelia was an assistant librarian at the Suzzallo Library at the University and did directed field work in a community library, where she worked with young children, and at University Preparatory Academy, where she worked primarily with Middle School students.

Sarah Wilson Spanish Intern Sarah Wilson will be joining us as an intern teaching Spanish in grades 7 and 8. Sarah grew up in Massachusetts and now lives in Somerville. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Middlebury with a Sociology/Anthropology major and Spanish minor in 2008. Sarah spent a semester at Universidad de Playa Ancha in Chile, living with a host family and also assisting with classes and coaching at Colegio de los Sagrados Corazones in grades 6 - 12. Sarah was Academic all-NESCAC in track and Field at Middlebury and also was all-New England Division III. A singer and violinist, she has also long been a gymnast, and she will continue coaching at Nashoba Gymnastics Academy in Westford, where she has been the Head Coach of four USA Competitive Teams from beginner through high level, ages 5 - 17, since 2008. Sarah's experience with middle school students extends to her work as Director of an eighth grade youth group at Winchester Unitarian Society since 2008.

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Graduation 2010

Nine ninth graders celebrated the completion of their Applewild days at the 50th Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday, June 16, 2010. Nina Duggan opened the graduation ceremony by welcoming the guests. Nina Duggan, Rebecca Gettys, Cameron Murphy and Riley Smith sang “Siyahamba.” Riley Smith, Cameron Murphy, Allie Goodrich, Jacob Bradley, Rebecca Gettys, Samantha Scholefield and Ethan Pailes gave the audience a glimpse into their Applewild experiences at each grade. Samantha Scholefield spoke of their ninth grade class trip adventures in Washington, DC. An instrumental number, “Chameleon” was performed by Jacob Bradley, Allie Goodrich, Gordon Lacey, Cameron Murphy and Riley Smith. Mrs. Hager and Mrs. Carr were chosen to speak on behalf of the faculty and they delivered heart-felt sentiments about each graduate. Nina Duggan, Gordon Lacey and Riley Smith gave the closing remarks on behalf of their classmates.




Members of the Class of 2010 and their Future Schools: Jacob Paul Bradley

The Winchendon School

Nina Abbott Duggan

Cushing Academy

Rebecca Jane Gettys

Concord Carlisle Regional High School

Allie Brown Goodrich

Lawrence Academy

Gordon Lacey

Concord Academy

Cameron Walker Lindstrom Murphy

Bishop Guertin High School

Ethan Davies Pailes

St. Mark’s School

Samantha Lee Scholefield


Riley Jeanne Smith

Bancroft School

Awards Presented at Graduation: William Laverack Award

Riley Smith

C.T. Crocker Award

Riley Smith

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Recognition Day

Outstanding performances in academics, athletics and the arts… Many students were recognized for their outstanding performances in academics, athletics and the arts at the annual Recognition Day Ceremony on June 15, 2010. The following awards were presented:




Cameron Murphy



Rebecca Gettys

Allie Goodrich


Gordon Lacey




Allie Goodrich

Allie Goodrich



Riley Smith




Riley Smith

Mitchell Lorden



Rebecca Gettys

Allison Feinberg


Daniel MacDonald Christopher Rizzo

Upper School – Zachary Sowerby Lower School – MacGuinness Galinson


HOLLOWAY BOOK PRIZE 4th Grade – Dagny Read 5th Grade – Jean Dale 6th Grade – Jonathan Chernoch

LACROSSE AWARD Taylor Greene Vincent Lewis


Jacob Murphy


Jacqueline Walton

Allie Goodrich

Shaylah O’Connor

Ethan Pailes




Conor O’Shea





2009-10 LOWER SCHOOL GREEN CAPTAINS Girls – Grace Lyons Boys – Aidan Zinck 2009-10 LOWER SCHOOL WHITE CAPTAINS Girls – Madison Lessard Boys – James Aciukewicz AMERICAN MATHEMATICS COMPETITION Top Scorers 1st James Harkins Ben Janoschek 2nd Jason Booth Emma Werowinski 3rd Anya Harter Zachary Sowerby Alexandra Waxman NEW ENGLAND MATHEMATICS LEAGUE CONTEST Top Scorers 1st Aidan Cyr 2nd Jonathan Chernoch Nathan Hillsgrove 3rd Miles Barker Caleb Chew Naomi Sierra NATIONAL LATIN EXAM Introduction to Latin: RIBBON AND CERTIFICATE Latin I: Silver – MAXIMA CUM LAUDE

Nikolai Syssoev

Sophia Barker Benjamin Janoschek Shaylah O’Connor Conor O’Shea


Daniel Mueller


William Anderson John Bourdelais Nicole Fleming Trevor Fry Aidan O’Shea


Rebecca Gettys


Gordon Lacey

NATIONAL SPANISH EXAM Silver Medal — Grade 7:

Lauren Sullivan

Certificate of Excellence — Grade 8:

Amy Fnine

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NATIONAL FRENCH EXAM Certificat de Lauréat National Grade 4 James Harkins Certificat D’Honneur Grade 8 Salimata Diakité Emma Werowinski Certificat de Réussite Grade 8 Daniel MacDonald Jacqueline Walton Paige Zeiler Grade 7 Anya Harter Grade 4 James Aciukewicz Sophia Chernoch Jackson Johnson Madison Lessard Certificat de Mérite Grade 9 Nina Duggan Riley Smith Grade 8 Sean Burke Alana Dermody Gabrielle Doben Elizabeth Feinberg Joshua Fichera Jason Karos Isabel Martinez Jane Melampy Grade 7 Nicholas Benham Joseph Bonanno Jason Booth Samuel Buck Courtney Catalano Patrick Critz Nicholas Niose Nathaniel Pappas

Grade 6 Luke Chapdelaine Jonathan Chernoch Caleb Chew Aidan Cyr Katherine Helmer Anna MacDonald Forrest Pailes Gwen Ream Connor Smith Emilia Strazdis Grade 5 Philip Albert Derek Balle Evan Benham Sarah Bourdelais Jean Dale Sarah Doben MacGuinness Galinson Annalise Groves Dennis Haughton Julia Hillsgrove Graham Hollinger David Janoschek Daniel Kozma Andrew MacDonald Zachary Martin Rebecca Nickerson Ryan O’Meara Myles Phillips-Wilcox George-Henry Werowinski Greer Woolley Grade 4 Miles Barker Andre Brady Jacob Brewster Brett Chapdelaine Chloe Cyr Ayla Dinda Juan Donahoo Lauren Lassila Clark Lotuff Grace Lyons Anthony Mitchell Benjamin Niose Michael Nowd Samvit Pisal Khampouvon Rattanasing Dagny Read Jacob Sutherland James Trieu Aidan Zinck 11

Laverack Family Alumni Award

Opening remarks by Molly Tarleton ’91 Alumni Council Chair

“ Good Morning. It is a pleasure to be here today to introduce this year’s recipient of the Laverack Family Alumni Award for 2010 — Andrew Wexler.” The Laverack Family Alumni Award was established by Applewild’s founding Headmaster, William Laverack, his wife, Persis Laverack, and his family to celebrate the values that Mr. Laverack held as most important in life: dedication and generosity – specifically, being generous with one’s time, one’s love and one’s life. The Laverack Family Alumni Award is presented annually to any alumna or alumnus whose life has, in an exemplary way, embodied Applewild's mission and core values. One of the core values that I want to highlight today is being civic-minded. What impresses me so much about Applewild today (versus when I was a student) are the many more numerous opportunities students are given to actively participate in the well-being of the community at large. Today students at Applewild take part in Hoops for Heart; raise money for UNICEF; support the Cleghorn Neighborhood Center; lead conservation projects; hold food drives; and complete recycling projects. Students as young as first grade even get involved with the local community by spending time at a local Head Start program getting kids (younger than they are) excited about reading. The history of Applewild students being civic-minded goes back to the days of Mr. Laverack and his family. And to before we were even an official school – when you think about the Crocker family donating this property as a school in service to the community. What impresses me even more about Applewild is that our alumni find themselves being worthy of this civic-minded heritage long after leaving the Applewild community. I was looking at the alumni spotlights that we have on the Alumni section of our website, and there is a strong theme emerging from these profiles. Many of our alumni talk about the sense of community they experienced at Applewild and some speak of Applewild as being a grounding force in their life. For some, Applewild has grounded them in a love of life-long learning; some talk about being grounded in learning how to present themselves in public and others for just being able to get grounded in knowing themselves and their passions. While there can be many factors that can influence a person to lead a life of service, I would argue that the sense of community that Applewild students experience—and sometimes that experience is just being part of a learning community as small as ours—gives Applewild students a willingness to explore further and give of themselves even more because they know the power of community. Applewild students, through service opportunities and just by being active members of the learning community, learn the intrinsic value of giving back and making a difference in the lives of others. Andrew Wexler is a shining example of Applewild’s mission and all of our core values. Throughout his career and in particular through his support of Operation Smile, Andrew has shown a commitment to being civic-minded. He has given most generously of his time, love 12

and life to making a difference in the lives of communities and families across the world. Andrew graduated from Applewild in 1967. He currently lives in Los Angeles, CA where he is a plastic surgeon who specializes in craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery. Andrew spends a part of every year lecturing and leading missions with Operation Smile – a non-profit organization comprised of medical professionals who provide safe, effective reconstructive surgery for children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate. According to the Operation Smile website: “More than 200,000 children are born with a severe cleft condition each year — often unable to eat, speak, socialize or smile. In some places these children are shunned and rejected. And in too many cases, their parents can't afford to give them the surgeries they need to live a normal life… — through the help of dedicated medical volunteers (like Andrew Wexler) Operation Smile has provided free surgeries to children around the world.” Over the years Andrew has been involved with Operation Smile, he has lead surgical missions in Kenya, Morocco, Brazil, Ecuador, Vietnam, the Philippines, Cambodia and India. And from 2006 – 2009 Andrew served as the International Chairman of the Surgical Advisory Board for Operation Smile. Andrew is a graduate of Phillips Academy in Andover who went on to graduate from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Greek Studies. Andrew received his Masters in Physiology and Doctor of Medicine from Boston University. He then did five years of Surgical Residency Training at the University of Massachusetts followed by two years of Plastic Surgery at the University of California at Los Angeles. Andrew has been featured on CNN News for his work with Operation Smile as well as on Discovery Health Channel, and The Learning Channel. He is the recipient of the Kaiser Permanente Physicians Exceptional Contribution (Physician of the Year) Award (1997); Angels on Earth Foundation: Angel of Mercy Award for work on children in the developing world (2002); and Everyday Heroes Kaiser Permanente recognition for volunteer work in developing countries (2003). Thank you, Andrew, for your service to children and families from around the world that would otherwise live in heartache and silence without your dedication, expertise, compassion and love. On behalf of the Alumni Council it gives me great pleasure to introduce Andrew Wexler---the 2010 Laverack Family Alumni Award Recipient.”



Remarks by Andrew Wexler ’67 Dr. Wexler described his work with Operation Smile, an international not-for-profit medical services organization that provides free surgery to children with facial deformities in developing countries. The problem, he explained, is that one out every 500 births in resource-poor countries results in a cleft lip or palate or other facial deformity. These children and often their families are frequently ostracized from their society and culture. They do not go to school and they often remain shuttered in their homes, unable to have a normal life simply because of their appearance. Dr. Wexler explained that by helping a single child return to a normal life, one also helps the family and, in turn, the community in which they live. “It is a little like throwing stones in a lake and watching the ripples move outward. With each surgery, we affect all those people who are connected with that child. If you do that enough times, in a small way you can change a bit of the world.” “My job,” he says, “is to stand on the shore of the lake and throw handfuls of stones into the water.” Dr. Wexler also emphasized to the students the importance of volunteering in one’s life to help others. The act of helping others creates a spirit of volunteerism that encourages others to contribute as well. “I always feel I get back so much more than I give when I lead these teams,” he said. ”There is a universal force that binds all people together no matter what their culture, and that is the love of parents for their children. No matter where you are in the world, parents want their children to be healthy, to have good lives, and to be happy. When you help a child, some of the energy of that love is passed on to you; and the feeling that one gets from that is as addicting as a drug and makes me want to return to volunteer again and again.” In a follow-up session with the seventh grade, Dr. Wexler showed his photos and discussed the lives of those living in the underdeveloped world and how “the majority of the world population of six billion people lives far removed from the life and resources we take for granted in the developed world. At least 80% of humanity lives on under $10 a day, and one billion of us live on less than $2 a day. Over one billion people have inadequate access to water of any kind. More than one and a half billion people live without basic sanitation. One quarter of the world’s population has no electricity. And, at the start of the 21st century, one billion people could neither read nor write nor even sign their name. As for health care, one million people die every year of Malaria, 80% of them African children; and 1.8 million children die every year from diarrhea, often from the lack of clean water. In 2003, 10.6 million children died before they reached the age of five.” Dr. Wexler went on to explain how much money it would take to fix some of these problems and the priorities of the developed countries when it comes to that money. “We can provide basic education for the world’s children for six billion dollars and clean water and sanitation for nine billion more. We can provide basic health care and nutrition for 13 billion. In 1998 in the United States we spent eight billion on cosmetics, and Europe spent 11 billion on ice cream. Japan spent 35 billion in business entertainment, and Europeans spent 50 billion on cigarettes. The poor of the world who hate us, don’t hate us for our freedom, as some have wrongly suggested. They hate us for our selfishness and the inequalities they see in the world they live in.” A lively question and answer period followed, with the seventh graders displaying an impressive range of understanding and knowledge gained from their current geography class. 2 0 1 0




Crocker Family Reunion — June 26-27, 2010

Crocker Family Celebrates 100 years of “Crocker Hill” Over the June 26 weekend, 86 members of the extended Crocker family gathered at Crocker House at Applewild School to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the development and construction of the “Applewild” estate. The estate was begun by CT and Fay Crocker in 1910. Construction of the estate was completed in 1911. Family members covered four generations and ranged in age from 92 years old to two months. Members came from as far away as San Francisco, Montana, Arizona, and New Jersey. The “elders” in the family shared remembrances of Fay and CT Crocker in their home. Former Crocker Burbank foreman and present Applewild employee, Joe Marabello, led a bus tour of the mills and various sites in Fitchburg. Professor William Kemp of Montreal and formerly of 91 View Street, Fitchburg, provided a history of “Crocker Hill” and the houses that several members present knew of or had lived in at one time. Meriwether Schmid, daughter of Darthea Crocker Cowgill and one of the donators of the estate to create the Applewild School, provided genealogies to all participants. She read a moving letter from Fay to her future son-in-law William Cowgill, written May 18, 1918, five days after William proposed to Fay’s daughter Darthea. Fay explained why she and her husband CT were so devoted to their children – both had lost their mothers on the same day, June 15, 1878. Fay was eight and CT eleven at the death of their mothers. Meriwether also explained her DNA project to find the possible link between the Crockers of the United States, through Sea Captain John Crocker, born in England in 1692 and died in Boston in 1763, and Crocker cousins in England. John was the grandfather of Deacon Samuel Crocker, born in Newburyport in 1772, who moved to Fitchburg and died here in 1836 – the first Fitchburg Crocker and father of Alvah (senior).


By Christopher Williamson

Bill Kemp was the catalyst for the reunion. He provided several photographs, a history of the development of “Crocker Hill,” and organized the event with the help of Applewild School staff. His wife, Lise, was videographer for the weekend. He presented Chris Williamson with a scrimshaw whale’s tooth that had originally been presented to Alvah Crocker by a whaling captain in the early 1800’s. The tooth is described in a note from CT Crocker dated February 15, 1952. Several members of the family enjoyed Sunday service at Christ Church, where they saw the stained glass windows provided by Alvah Crocker. After brunch at the school, Fitchburg resident, former Applewild teacher and longtime Stratton Players performer and director Janet Cragin, joined by colleague Bob Blake as a laconic CT, portrayed Fay Bigelow Crocker talking about the origins of the Stratton Players and other activities Fay was involved in creating. David Crocker read from a letter to one of Fay’s ancestors, Paul Bigelow, from his father Albert in c. 1900, describing an evening with Professor Calvin and Harriet Beecher Stowe in 1875 or 1876. Calvin and Albert shared a great-grandfather, Josiah Bigelow. Josiah’s son Converse was, according to family lore, the first to carry the news of the “Red Coats’” advance to Lexington. He and a friend arrived at the Green in Lexington to warn the families, broke into a powderhouse, and loaded an old-fashioned cannon on the green. “Not skilled in the artillery business, they overloaded it, and the recoil kicked the cannon about 20 feet and smashed the gun carriage. They had no time to waste anyway but this hastened their departure, and they raced back as fast as they had come.” The letter concluded, “Prof. Stowe said my grandfather was a good raconteur and his account was [far more] entertaining [than Longfellow’s later version]. Prof. Stowe had heard about it not only from grandfather but from others at Sherborn and Weston long before the story of Paul Revere’s ride was written by Longfellow.” A P P L E W I L D


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Curriculum Review

Mathematics Department The Mathematics Department conducted a Curriculum Review during the 2009-2010 school year. In truth, the process of reviewing our curriculum is an ongoing one, as the math faculty constantly considers ways to engage students and enhance their mastery and enjoyment of math. During this formal review, however, members of the department and members of our student support staff, assisted by Lower School Head Tally Lent, set out ambitious goals. Among the strategic goals was to review and adopt Applewild Benchmarks in Mathematics, evaluate our Upper School math curriculum, and reflect thoroughly on the change five years earlier to the Scott-Foresman program in grades kindergarten through six. On a more student-focused level, goals included considering supporting elements of the math curriculum: homework, technology, math competitions, and the use of manipulatives among these. Throughout the review, department members were united by their desire to provide appropriate challenge through our curriculum to each of our students during their years at Applewild. Applewild Mathematics Benchmarks As a result of the Mathematics Review, Applewild Mathematics Benchmarks have been adopted and are being put into use across grades K-9. The benchmarks serve to prioritize key skills students are expected to master at each grade level. While based on NCTM standards, the benchmarks are also influenced by Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and key skills identified by Applewild math faculty. The math faculty is creating a Benchmark Skill Inventory tool in order to put the Benchmarks into practical use. We expect the Benchmark Skill Inventory to assist in providing clear, objective identification of students’ grade levels all across the continuum of our mathematics program.


By Janet Cowan Math Department Chair

Lower School Program

Upper School Curriculum

A primary outcome of the prior Mathematics Curriculum review in 2004-2005 was the adoption of the Scott-Foresman program. This program has now been in use at Applewild for grades K-6 for five years. The current review provided an opportunity to reflect on this significant change in our math program.

The curriculum review reaffirmed Applewild’s commitment to providing a full year Algebra course in grade eight as the standard for our students. Preparing our students to access that curriculum remains one of the primary objectives of Applewild’s math curriculum.

Math faculty indicated general satisfaction with the Scott-Foresman program. Its logical scope and sequence, and varied and attractive materials help teachers reach students at all levels. The program also provides modern technology for students and teachers. It was noted that our current program could be further strengthened with the use of supplemental materials, both from the publisher and from other sources. Recognizing the vital role of manipulatives in math instruction, the department reviewed Digi-Blocks, a manipulative product and program that allows students a way to deepen their understanding of place value and its connection to computation as a fundamental component of elementary arithmetic. Originally viewed by faculty members who attended the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Conference in Boston in the fall of 2009, and after further research, Applewild teachers participated in an inhouse workshop with Digi-Blocks in April. In early May, a team traveled to see the program in use at The Meadowbrook School, which was an early adopter of this program. As a result of the Curriculum Review, Applewild has decided to adopt Digi-Blocks to complement our Scott-Foresman program. In July, Milissa Cafarella and Michelle Janoschek attended an implementation training program provided by the company, and the faculty looks forward to their leadership in this area as we implement the Digi-Blocks program in Kindergarten through grade four beginning in the fall of 2010.

As part of the review, we have evaluated the current Upper School text series and identified its strengths and weaknesses. It is a rigorous series that can be an excellent resource for our students, though it has few technological “bells and whistles.” We reviewed several more recent series from major textbook publishers, though we have not yet settled on one of them as a program improvement for Applewild’s Upper School. Key requirements for any replacement are that the series provide a strong foundation of skills in seventh grade in preparation for algebra, that it support a full year algebra course, includes modern technology, and maintains the mathematical rigor of our current series. The work of evaluating a replacement or supplement for our current series is ongoing. Supporting Elements Study during this curriculum review reinforced the role of homework in our math curriculum. Homework allows students to practice at home what they have learned at school. Usually, homework serves to reinforce mastery; sometimes, it highlights for students areas where they need to access teacher support. In all cases, homework is an opportunity for students to take responsibility for their own learning. Parents play a supporting role in homework, teaching their children good work habits. The progression from games, to packets, to planner assignments is developmentally appropriate as Applewild students move from Kindergarten through grade nine. A move toward grading homework for completeness rather than correctness has enhanced the educational value of homework and reduced grade pressure for Upper School students.



The use of technology is evident throughout Applewild’s math curriculum. Teachers continue to use technology to engage students and enhance their mathematical understanding. We are especially well supported by Applewild’s Activboards, Scott-Foresman materials, Brain Pop, First in Math, and various skill practice programs in use throughout our classrooms. In the Upper School, the use of spreadsheet programs is emphasized as part of the six grade Stock Market Game; mastery of graphing calculators and Geometer’s Sketchpad are emphasized in grades eight and nine.

work in math helps students solidify newly acquired skills and arrive in September ready to move forward. We will refine the selection and use of summer math packets in the year ahead.

Regional math competitions (such as the New England Math League) and national math contests (such as the American Mathematics Competition) provide students access to math challenge beyond our Applewild curriculum and provide a common middle school academic experience for our students. Annually, Applewild recognition is given to the winner of each test.

In October 2009, seven members of the math faculty attended the NCTM Regional conference in Boston. Altogether, they attended more than 20 workshops and lectures focused on topics connected with the curriculum review, including technology, differentiation, assessment, and early math development.

In an effort to expand math beyond the classroom experience, this year we offered “S’More Math,” an afterschool math club open to Upper School students. In a casual mixed grade format, S’More Math provided math content and creative problem solving opportunities typically not covered within our curriculum. Students investigated how many pennies could fit in the Ansin elevator, reproduced Fibonacci’s famous sequence as he did, by contemplating a growing rabbit population, and used Geometer’s Sketchpad to develop kaleidoscopes. We plan to continue and expand S’More Math, seeking to reach older levels of Lower School students as well in the coming school year.

Professional Development During the Curriculum Review, participants visited colleague’s classrooms within and outside of Applewild for observation and feedback. Teachers attended separate conferences on Math Anxiety, on Differentiation, and a week-long conference on Secondary School Mathematics.

This summer, many Applewild teachers are brushing up their professional skills in teaching Elementary Math and Algebra; they are learning about the pedagogy and

practical applications of Problem Based Learning; and are becoming experts in our new Digi-Block program. As with our students, teachers strengthen their own prowess and enjoyment of math through practice. As a department, we will continue to make this a priority, providing both formal and informal opportunities for adults to grow in mathematics. This summer, Applewild faculty and staff are working on their own summer math challenges of “Lemonade Fun” and “Telulah’s Tiles.” Summary This year’s Mathematics Curriculum review was a thought-provoking opportunity to assess the education Applewild provides in this important subject area. The process allowed faculty time to share their observations, fields of interest, and expertise for the benefit of all. We look forward to continuing and strengthening our math program in the years ahead, and to capitalizing on our teachers’ and students’ enjoyment of math.

Acknowledging the loss of math skill students exhibit over the summer, and the time spent reviewing each fall, one outcome of the Curriculum Review is a renewed commitment to providing summer math work for Applewild students at all grade levels. Just as we expect students to read over the summer to maintain their literary skills and to prepare for the year ahead, summer

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Curriculum Review

2009-2010 Foreign Language Department By Liz Blake The Foreign Language Department began its second review process in the fall of 2009, knowing that it was tasked with the challenge of identifying how to reconfigure our language offerings in order to focus on two offerings in Upper School as we move from being a K - 9 school to a K - 8 school. With this difficult task before us, and in conjunction with Upper School Head Erica Hager and Head Chris Williamson, we researched approaches by many other schools, read about best practices in language instruction, and discussed several approaches to reconfiguration of languages K – 8. Once we developed the plan to meet Applewild’s future vision of the language curriculum, the department then continued the specific review process within each language. We also refined our guidelines for trips abroad and committed to continuing to provide trips that enhance the foreign language experience at Applewild. As part of that commitment, the Department also embraced the notion of acting as the champion of global awareness within the school. Reconfigured Language Offerings After thorough research in early language literature, gaining access to two surveys of independent schools that encompassed over 40 schools throughout the country, interviewing language teachers and school administrators at several K – 8 schools and also secondary schools, we decided on the following approach: • We will continue to offer French in grades K – 5. • All students will have a year of Latin language and culture in grade six. • Students will then choose either Latin or Spanish for grades seven and eight. This change will better prepare our students for the broad range of language options they will have in secondary schools as we shift to being a K – 8 school.


We recognized three priorities. First, the entire language department agreed that our students’ performance would be strengthened if all students were to take some Latin, both for the valuable foundation in language, vocabulary and grammar and for follow up to the fifth grade focus on ancient civilizations as part of that grade’s social studies curriculum. Second, we agreed that grades seven and eight would provide a robust first year high school language option, preparing students to be highly successful if they continue in their language of choice in secondary school or to be ready to accelerate quickly if they opt for a new language as ninth graders. Finally, we were reminded from our research that early experience is essential to language study, but we learned it can occur in any language. This freed us to consider a variety of approaches. With those as our guiding premises, we then faced the difficult choice of what languages to choose. We looked at a variety of models and confirmed that there is no one right answer. We seriously considered a non-western language option. However, we decided that our students would have opportunities to choose those in secondary schools and that we should focus on what we were confident we could do well on a sustained basis. We considered focusing on one language K – 8 but decided that providing wider exposure would be better for students. We realized we could retain an experience in three languages by keeping French as the “early language” offered in Lower School, then offering Spanish in addition to formal Latin study in Upper School after the Introduction to Latin Language and Culture course in grade six. Both French and Spanish have historic roots in the founding of our nation, with French being particularly connected to the Fitchburg area early on and Spanish now very significant in the area and the country as a whole. Fitchburg, in fact, has recently opened a Uruguayan consulate, which adds to our opportunities to make real world connections for our Spanish students opting

for Spanish I in seventh and eighth grades. The Latin I option, always an important Applewild offering and one valued by secondary schools, will deepen the Latin background for those students opting for Latin. The “Language I” option will offer seventh and eighth graders a comprehensive first year high school language experience involving conversation, grammar, culture, and immersion techniques, preparing students to succeed in second year language in secondary school. At this juncture in their linguistic maturation, they will be better prepared to be the global citizens that Applewild trusts they will become and will be ready to accelerate and engage whatever second language they choose to pursue. We will transition to this approach over the next two years. Students rising into grade six will take the new Latin course starting this fall. Students already enrolled in French who are rising into grades seven through nine will continue with French until they graduate, and those in Spanish or Latin will similarly complete that language sequence. Review of Specific Department Offerings As part of our review within specific languages, the department completed the curriculum maps for French, Latin and Spanish and analyzed them using the National Foreign Language Standards and the Massachusetts frameworks. The national and state standards divide foreign language curricula into five strands: Communication: Communicate in Languages other than English Cultures: Gain knowledge and Understanding of other cultures Comparisons: Develop Insight into the Nature of Language and Culture



Connections: Connect with Other Disciplines and Acquire Information Communities: Participate in Multilingual Communities at Home and Around the World We found that the curricula in French, Latin and Spanish are strongly aligned with most aspects of the state and national standards. Our students are conversationally, culturally, and grammatically knowledgeable. The area in all three languages that needed to be strengthened fell in the Communities strand, just as the previous review showed. We can concentrate on more second language linguistic and cultural interactions within our community and we can broaden the Spanish language home-stay experience significantly. We will continue to discuss how to enhance the foreign language experience at Applewild as it relates to this strand by exploring and connecting with the community in our area as well as with global communities. We also realized that by focusing on assuring our students receive a global perspective, we can also enhance the Connections strand. As we move further into the 21st century with the technological advances and increased mobility, we become a more interdependent world. The department is exploring the possibility of engaging in an Internet-based program through the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) that brings students from around the globe together in an interactive dialog to learn from each other. We will be pursuing how we can accomplish this in an interdisciplinary way and at the same time lift up this thread for school-wide attention on a regular basis.

Former Applewild Faculty Reunion in Florida

By instituting these curricular visions, we will better prepare our students for the next step in their linguistic education. We will also better prepare them to be global citizens.

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Global Citizens


By Peggy Williamson

The 2009-2010 school year will be known as one dedicated to the greening of Applewild School. Several initiatives involving students, faculty, staff and parents got off the ground or in some cases, into the ground. A composting program was started in the second semester. Students in Julia Miles’ science classes developed projects to raise awareness of energy conservation and one group turned out to be a national award winner. Finally, two vegetable gardens were planted in May. COMPOSTING Thursday, January 21 was the kick-off day for the Applewild Composting Program. At lunches in both the Marshall and Crocker buildings, students began the process of separating their compostable and non– compostable waste. Planning for the project began in October when a group of interested faculty and staff met to brainstorm how the program could be developed. Paul MacMahan of the maintenance staff was the catalyst for starting the program. A long-time home composter, he began talking to key individuals at school in hopes of drumming up interest. Science teachers Maura Lyons, Tracy Reardon and Julia Miles were eager to help with the educational component. Chef Jeff Palmieri worked with the committee to figure out the logistics of the project from the kitchen perspective. Buildings and Grounds Manager Jim Palojarvi, teachers Jack Bowen and Ellen Schwartz, Head of Lower School Tally Lent, and Head of School Chris Williamson lent their support. Once a site for the compost bin was determined, MacMahan built the bins on the left hand side of the path leading up to the new wood shop. He even created a green and white painted sign saying “Compost Corner.”


As leaders of their divisions, fifth and eighth grade students took on the responsibility of being “compost captains”, overseeing the separation process at lunches as well as taking on the duties of disposing of the compost at the end of each lunch. The kitchen staff separated their compostable and non-compostable materials in their food preparation also. Students learned that the benefits of composting are numerous. Humus-rich compost suppresses plant diseases and pests, reduces the need for fertilizers, provides greater drought-resistance, and results in healthier plants. Using home-grown compost results in an economic benefit also. Finally, the process reduces the amount of food waste generated daily. It’s more environmentally sound. The compost that resulted from the breakdown of the composted materials was eventually used in gardens on the campus. Everyone at school had a role in this project. One day at a Marshall Lower School lunch, a student said, “Mrs. Lent, someone threw out a crust of bread in the waste bucket when it should be in compost! Want me to move it?” Everyone had a role. In June the Compost Committee met once again to review how the first months of the project had gone. Although the project was considered a huge success, there were some tasks that will be tweaked going forward. Most importantly, the creation of an additional compost site at the Marshall Building is under consideration. Previously, the compost from Marshall was put into Mrs. Lent’s little red wagon and pulled up to the compost site by Crocker. With the new site, this time-consuming and lengthy task would be streamlined.



“ Mrs. Lent, someone threw out a crust of bread in the waste bucket when it should be in compost! Want me to move it?”

Fall crops such as pumpkins and winter squash were to be grown over the summer and harvested for the school’s Thanksgiving meal.

ENERGY REDUCING CLASS PROJECTS Also in the second semester, students in Dr. Julia Miles’ eighth grade science classes were charged with designing a project proposal to improve Applewild’s environmental impact. The groups were required to make a formal proposal to Mr. Williamson and Dr. Miles for approval. Each proposal was to have clearly stated objectives with specific measures for assessing success. The variety of proposals included reduction of heating fuels, reduction of food waste, composting, investigating the Farm to School program, supported by the MA Department of Agriculture, and reducing electricity consumption. Two groups of students tackled the reduction of electricity. One made recommendations about the physical plant including working with the maintenance staff to remove half of the florescent lights in one of the campus buildings. Another group, consisting of Matt Wollrath, Spencer Rowden, Elizabeth Feinberg and Taylor Greene, enrolled the school in the Green Cup Challenge. The fourth annual Green Cup Challenge was designed to raise awareness about energy conservation and climate change. It supports efforts of teachers and students to incorporate their school’s green features into their curriculum. This year’s challenge called for measuring and reducing electricity use and greenhouse gas emissions during the peak usage month of February. The goal of the 2010 Green Cup Challenge was for all participating schools to work collectively to achieve an aggregated electrical energy reduction of at least 7%. The four students presented the challenge to all grades, kindergarten through ninth grade, offering suggestions of how to reduce electricity use, such as turning off lights.

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Therefore, everyone in the school had a role in the success of the endeavor. The group’s task was to read meters weekly and submit the readings of kilowatt hour usage to the Challenge website. At the end of the challenge, Applewild had reduced its usage by 8,538 kwh and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 11,440 pounds. This yielded a total reduction in energy consumption by 18.5%, far above the goal of 7% reduction, and earned a first prize in the Northeast Day Schools category. 161 schools in 10 regions across the country and Canada entered the challenge. The last green project was inaugurated on a rainy Saturday in early May. Several students and parents gathered to take part in the Fitchburg Civic Clean –Up and to create two campus vegetable gardens. Following the clean-up, a “Thanksgiving Garden” was created at the Lower School. Fall crops such as pumpkins and winter squash were to be grown over the summer and harvested for the school’s Thanksgiving meal. At the Upper School, raised beds were planted with cool weather crops such as lettuce and radishes. Just before school ended for the year, students got to eat a salad from the garden. The gardens were planned by parents Anna Barker, Kate Deyst and Kim Ansin with the help of Tally Lent and Paul MacMahan. These projects, like so much of what happens at Applewild, were wholeheartedly embraced by everyone at school. Without a supportive administration, open-minded teachers and staff, enthusiastic students and willing parents, eager to work together toward a common goal, the results would not have been nearly as successful. The “apple” is greener for their efforts.


Global Citizens

Recycling at Applewild By Todd Goodwin

“Hey, Mr. G”…


“What’s carbon paper and why can’t we recycle it?”


“How many trees do we save when we recycle all this paper?”


“Why do some soda cans have MA ME VT CT NY 5ct on them and some don’t?”

These are just some of the questions we have heard over the years as curious and enthusiastic students have gone around campus to collect recyclables. In the late 1990’s Susan Harden led this project as part of Middle School science, but since 2003 we have connected our recycling program in the Upper School to our World Geography curriculum. One of the essential questions in Geography is: What does it mean to be a global citizen? This leads to many wonderful and thoughtful discussions in and out of class and we’ve noticed students explore some of the answers to this question when recycling. We also make connections with this during the seventh grade orientation trip to the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Highland Center in the White Mountains of New Hampshire where we learn about wood waste fired furnaces and composting toilets as well as recycling. With these experiences in mind, squads of seventh graders and occasional other Upper School students collect paper, cardboard, cans, bottles and other items from classroom, office and hall collection bins and buckets for recycling once a week. The students take them out to a special dumpster behind the Crocker kitchen. We separate out the deposit bottles and cans for refund. (See question # 3 above; it is how we pay for Canada Mints or Swedish Fish to keep up our strength during this arduous work.) Then we weigh, add up, and log the amounts of materials collected. Since 2003, we have recycled over 24,367 pounds of paper, which means we have saved over 207 trees. (According to our textbook approximately 17 trees are saved for every ton of recycled paper. See # 2 above) (Gee, Mrs. Gregson is right; math is everywhere!)


Sometimes, when the dumpster gets too full to add more, Mr. Morse crushes it all down with the front end loader, but frequently energetic students volunteer to pack the dumpster using foot power! Students in the Marshall building are not left out of the fun. They, too, recycle in their classrooms by separating paper by color for a special purpose. Then the third graders have been collecting and weighing it before passing it on their ARC buddie who shred it for use as animal bedding. This is a nice way to strengthen our relationship with our ARC buddies who frequently visit on campus to enjoy our concerts and dramatic performances. Our wonderful kitchen staff members in both Crocker and Marshall have also joined in recycling cans, bottles and cardboard boxes that the students add to the collection. In previous years students, or Ms. Reardon at Marshall, took cans and bottles out for curbside collection, but since the spring of 2010, we have been able to put all items together in single stream recycling. As more and more towns and cities have gone to this method of collection, more and more of our students recycle this way at home so students, teachers and staff are very comfortable making this part of their school day routine. Far from being an odious job, recycling is a task students enjoy as a break from the classroom and a chance to visit out-of-the-way parts of the campus like the warm and welcoming Crocker building third floor. Many students are proud of the high number of times they have turned out. Some use it as a chance to catch up on the social scene when they buddy up; it’s easier for partners to collect together. Some students point out the various numbered triangles on plastic items, while others ask great questions which lead to thought provoking discussions as they work. (See # 1 above. Carbon paper is on the DO NOT COLLECT list, but since we rarely see it any more in the waste stream at Applewild, students wonder about this ancient and mysterious material. Ahhh, History is everywhere!)



So day in, day out, week in and week out Applewild is going Green with student enthusiasm and energy.

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Upper School Play


By Erica Reynolds Hager

It was great fun to return to directing our talented Upper Schoolers this spring! Our cast and crew consisted of some eighth and ninth graders as well as celebrity cameos by Mr. Goodwin and Mr. Williamson! The hilarious mishaps of the Hollinger family during their trip behind the iron curtain entertained our community for three performances in May. Woody Allen has an uncanny ability to illuminate man's foibles in his writing, and our stellar cast brought the characters to life in full color! In true Applewild fashion, it was a wonderful experience for our students to work side by side with Mr. Goodwin and Mr. Williamson on this production. Bravo to all!




Arts Night

Applewild About Arts By Sara Sanford On April 22, 2010, eight months of planning bloomed into a magical evening for our school called Applewild About Arts. The evening grew out of our Art department’s conversations and brainstorming sessions during our year-long curriculum review. How best to combine Clarence Rabideaus’s long held vision of a Fine Arts department with Sara Sanford’s plan to create a showcase celebrating art, music, drama, poetry, French, and woodworking? This was the seed to be germinated. The idea was simple. The children create and the adults give them an opportunity in showcase their efforts. An idea was born. The first annual Applewild About Arts happened to be a fine spring evening. Parents and students strolled about our campus eating ice cream provided by our Parents Association and taking in a wide variety of events. Dozens of our students sang songs in French, played Orff instruments, honed their improv skills on their instruments and in the theater, and recited their poems and writings. The Jazz band gave an open rehearsal to a full house. The “Bathtub” became a whimsical art installation from the Wizard of Oz. In the Marshall Building, 300 pieces of artwork were on display by our Lower School artists. Students eagerly shared their sculptures and paintings with their family members and many photos were taken! Some of our Applewild Alumni were on hand sharing the work they are now doing as artists themselves. Visitors joined our school for the evening, viewing the work of our children and learning about our school community.

“The arts at Applewild are not frills, but the foundation of creative learning…”

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Applewild prides itself on both its academics as well as its strong commitment to the arts. This special evening allowed our children to showcase the many ways in which they learn. Our students have a unique opportunity in their educational experience. The arts at Applewild are not frills, but the foundation of creative learning, or as the students view them, “a big part of our day”. Applewild About Arts took the first giant step into the future of this creative community. Our students look forward to building on this first step, creating both a tradition and a jumping off point for new adventures. Applewild About Arts 2010-2011, here we go! 25

Alumni Showcase on Arts

ALUMNI SHOWCASE DAVID RABINOW ‘89 David is currently a theatre artist living in Rhode Island. He works as an actor, musician, playwright, and teacher, and he helped found a small arts collective (Elemental Theatre Collective) that produces between two and four pieces every year in Providence. He is also a member of Improv Jones, a long-running local improv comedy troupe that also curates the annual Providence Improv Festival, featuring groups from all over the country performing and conducting workshops for a week every summer. When asked what inspired him to pursue the field of arts he responded, “I think that if you’re not engaged with life creatively, then you run the risk of missing a great deal of what life has to offer. So much of what we do puts a wall (or a screen) between us and other human beings – being a performing artist removes that barrier, and puts people face-to-face with one another. And working with other artists is one way to keep challenging yourself and your own worldview, and to keep learning and growing as a person.” David reminisces, “I remember Tad Wise’s English class, and being challenged to think in a brand-new way about literature and the power of the written word. And that talking about it could actually be a joyful experience. Betty Reheiser’s English class, and reading the works of Robert Cormier, still stick with me. Ray Collings taught a playwriting class that I loved (more than Latin! But I still come back to the Latin, so, yes, I concede: It’s useful.). Assad Chamas taught me a lot more about life than French! Jarvis Hunt’s style of teaching had a great impact on me, and gave me a real appreciation for science that I kind of rediscovered in the past few years. I think it was the way these teachers (and others) taught me how to think, and how to engage with the world in a collaborative way, that helped to make me the artist I am now.


I work with middle school students every day and I remember how hard that time was for me (and so many of us); I am grateful that I did receive support and encouragement from the teachers I mentioned, and from the friends I had – some of whom I am still close with. I don’t know if anyone has “fond memories” of junior high – but, all in all, I am glad I went through what I went through where I went through it.” After Applewild, he attended Lawrence Academy, then Wheaton College (in MA, Ann Curry!), and finally the Trinity Rep Conservatory/Rhode Island College for his MFA. His advice to students? “Do what makes you happy – even if there’s no money in it. There is always a way to support yourself, but you only get one crack at being alive, so make the most of it. Find out who you are and put that person into everything you do. And always surround yourself with people who care about you enough to help you grow as an artist.”

JAY BARMAN ‘91 Jay is a fiction writer, and is currently doing a lot of blogging while waiting to see if someone buys his first novel. He notes, “There is an agent working on this, though he likes to keep me guessing. Theoretically, I'm starting work on a second novel, but the blogging has occupied the lion's share of my time the last couple of years.” Currently, he is the sole editor of Grub Street San Francisco, a food and restaurant blog owned by New York Magazine. He also writes for, a San Francisco city blog, and does occasional other freelance work. He cycled through several career options before deciding, at around age nineteen, that he wanted to be a writer. He recalls, “At the time I graduated from Applewild I was still on an architecture kick, and later I thought about

filmmaking, but ultimately came around to the idea that being a writer was the only way I could ever keep complete control over what I made, and I've never been big on collaboration. My novel, which is titled Disaster Readiness, actually deals a lot with architecture – it centers on several characters connected to a building going up in Brooklyn in 2005, and deals a lot with the uncertain, mid-decade mood of New York and the culture at large.” He notes, “I owe a lot of encouragement and inspiration for my writing career to several teachers at Applewild. In particular I have fond memories of English classes with Tad Wise and Mrs. (James) Corbey. As far as instilling some confidence in me about pursuing a creative career, I owe a debt to Clarence Rabideau, who was a great art teacher and always a source of humor and insight into art. I have some incredibly fond memories of afternoons spent in Mr. Rabideau's Art Mentor program, avoiding sports, and devoting those hours every week to photography and ceramics. Also, I have great memories of reading Twelfth Night and To Kill a Mockingbird with Mr. Wise, and Very Far Away From Anywhere Else (LeGuin) with Mrs. (James) Corbey, which were all reading experiences that taught me to love literature. They were also my first two great creative writing teachers, never afraid to push or critique me, but also so generous and genuinely excited in their positive feedback that I felt, for the first time, like someone with a talent for something. Sometime in eighth or ninth grade I picked up a copy of Thomas Pynchon's Vineland in a bookstore, and encouraged by Mr. Wise and those early efforts to teach me critical thought, I wrote a book report about it that probably started me on the path to becoming an English major. He and Mrs. (James) Corbey, I believe, both had a good laugh about it.” A P P L E W I L D




Jay went on to Andover, where the foundations that these teachers gave him led to some formative experiences both in writing and reading. He pursued photography and did a lot of theater there, and came around to the fact that he loved talking about books, parsing ideas, and piecing together a history of society through fiction. Later, at Columbia (BA, '98), he majored in English and spent four good years reading and taking fiction workshops, while also discovering New York, going to a thousand parties, and slowly becoming an adult. And now he lives in San Francisco, where he has been for ten years, and where he finished an MFA ('07) in Fiction at the University of San Francisco. He states, “What I would say to anyone wanting to pursue a career in art is that you just need to decide to do it, and keep doing it, and keep doing it still even when it feels like you made the wrong choice. You may never be rich, but artists don't need to be poor – "the starving artist" is, as many have pointed out, a myth. Everyone has day jobs for a while, and everyone gets their breaks at different times. But being an artist is a journey with its own satisfactions and joys, most of which don't have to do with money. I recently heard a performer friend talk about how he loved his life, waking up, going for a walk, writing a bit, visiting with friends, going to a rehearsal. It's a life that can be, at least for some, divorced from the confused and stultifying affects of wage earning – even though you can still manage to make a living wage, and someday even do better than that. As the poet Theodore Roethke said, “Art is the means we have of undoing the damage of haste. It's what everything else isn't.” If you love what you do and you've had a few people whom you respect tell you that you're pretty good at it, that's all you really need. Figure out how to keep doing it, and you'll wind up with far fewer regrets than most.”

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LIZ CANNER ‘83 Liz explains, “I have focused my life on making art and film that investigates human rights issues and attempts to inspire social change. My projects have included community based digital public art projects on issues such as police brutality and housing (, Bridges) to more traditional documentaries which examine social problems such as globalization and world poverty. My documentary Deadly Embrace: Nicaragua, The World Bank and the IMF, one of the first movies to look critically at globalization, was used by over a thousand organizations worldwide as an organizing tool. Currently, I’m distributing a documentary that I produced on the medical industry, disease mongering and the pathologizing of female sexuality called Orgasm Inc. The Times (Uk) called it, “An extraordinary, revelatory documentary about female desire and the pharmaceutical industry” and Newsweek said it “is a desperately needed antidote to all the hype generated by pharmaceutical companies pursuing their holy grail: a female Viagra.” Her documentaries have been broadcast on television on PBS stations, cable, and internationally in many countries. They have screened at festivals like The New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center, Hot Docs and the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. She has also shown her work at numerous museums and galleries including Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the California Museum of Photography. She has served on the boards of directors of The Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers, the Boston Film and Video Foundation, White River Indie Films and Boston Cyberarts.

LIZ CANNER ‘83 and film teachers along the way such as Mr. Rabideau. He taught me about the importance of having a strong composition, that the last 10% in the production of a work of art will make or break it and the need for patience in the creative process. His knowledge about the creative process and art production provided me with a strong foundation that I use to this day.” She reminisces, “I enjoyed and learned from many of my teachers at Applewild including Mrs. Paiste, Mr. Dow, Ms. Marino, Mr. Chamas, Mrs. Reheiser, Mr. Rabideau and Mrs. Crow. They not only trained me in history, English, science, the arts, etc., they also taught me invaluable life skills. One of my fondest memories of Applewild was dancing and singing with my friends in the halls on the way to sports and class. In a wonderful way, the school gave us the freedom and confidence to be creative and expressive in our everyday lives.” After leaving Applewild, Liz attended Groton School and Brown University with a BA with Honors in both Visual Arts and Anthropology. She has also received over 50 grants, honors and awards for her work including: • Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship, Harvard University • Rockefeller Foundation Next Generation Leadership Fellowship • National Endowment for the Arts Grant • Visionary Award, Dartmouth College Liz notes, “I would advise anyone who wants to pursue a career in the field of the arts that it takes a lot of PPP – Passion, Patience and Perseverance.”

When asked what inspired her to pursue a career in the Arts she replied, “I grew up in a family of artists and I had no choice but to pursue a career in the arts. I was also encouraged and inspired by fabulous art 27

Alumni Showcase on Arts

ALUMNI SHOWCASE JOHN FOREST ‘95 Since graduating from Circle in the Square Theatre School in 2002, John has worked steadily in Television, Film, and Stage productions both in New York City and in Los Angeles where he has lived for the past four years. Some highlights include guest starring roles on House, Without A Trace, Numb3rs, Medium and Law & Order as well as about fourteen national commercials for companies including American Airlines, Mastercard and Coca Cola. He is also a lifelong musician and has performed all over New York City at venues such as the former CBGB's, Arlene's Grocery, and Mercury Lounge as well as Hotel Cafe and Spaceland in Los Angeles. John recalls, “As a kid, I was always mimicking. I'd spend a lot of time re-enacting stand-up comedy acts I'd seen on TV, committing large chunks of movies to memory and then reciting them ad nauseum, or crafting my own versions of impersonations I'd seen people like Dana Carvey do. I grew up in a household that valued the arts, especially performance arts like music and theatre. I had a healthy exposure to this world as a child, both at home and in school. As a result, performing was always something towards which I seemed to naturally gravitate.” He recalls that Applewild teachers absolutely had an influence on his decision to enter the art field. He notes, “With regard to music, there's no question that my involvement in Mr. Hamilton's jazz band gave me valuable early experience with improvisation as well as an important boost in confidence. In 1994, our Applewild band played at the Massachusetts Jazz Festival where I earned a "citation for outstanding musicianship" for a solo I had performed on the alto saxophone. It was thrilling to know that I could achieve recognition for something that felt like play to me. As for acting, there is no doubt that the productions I was in at Applewild under Mr. Gerstein, Mrs. Wise and Ms. (Reynolds)


Hager like Duck Soup, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown and The Boyfriend all helped solidify my love of being onstage. I can also vaguely remember as a fifth grader being brought in front of Mr. Jones by an upper classman with whom I shared a bus route so that I could perform my George H.W. Bush impression. For some reason, getting him to chuckle at it felt like a huge victory for me.” John notes that he was a big fan of Mr. Rabideau's classes. He recalls, “Getting to do things like portrait drawing, sculpture and photography for an hour out of the day absolutely blew my mind. It felt like an escape and was a decompression of sorts from the rest of the day's responsibilities. I would always feel more focused and present in the world after having been to it. My first year at Applewild, I had Mr. Mullins and will never forget how much fun he made our lives and how easy he helped make my transition to the school. And of course Mr. Jones' history classes were nothing short of brilliant as he'd incorporate the minutia of our day-to-day teenaged lives against the backdrop of periods like Russian Revolution. For a brief moment, our trials and tribulations didn't seem quite so serious.” During his ninth grade year, John formed a band with his classmates Nick Lombardi, Nate Brown and Mike Naparstek. He explains that they called the band Big Mother Futon based on a quip they had overheard Mr. Stancato make about someone's idea for a shop project. They convinced Mrs. Reheiser to let them play a dance that Spring. “Do you have enough material to play for a full two hours?” She'd asked us. “Oh yeah. Definitely. Not a problem,” we assured her. After a few weekend rehearsals in our respective basements, the big night came. I remember all of us looking with astonishment out of a window in the theatre at the assembled masses who had gathered to hear us. The doors open, the house filled, and we took the stage to thunderous applause.

After ripping through about three songs, all covers, which I think included tunes by Weezer, Jimi Hendrix, and Nirvana, it became painfully clear that we were going to need to hook up a cd player if we ever wanted to live this down. We tried taking some requests later in the night but I'm pretty sure everyone was glad we had that cd player. It was instrumental in salvaging the evening, not to mention softening the blow to our fragile egos.” John went to Middlesex after Applewild and continued to pursue music and theatre, taking advantage of the school's very strong Arts curriculum. He chose to attend Bates College after Middlesex where his desire to specialize in acting became too strong to ignore. After his sophomore year there, he convinced his parents to allow him to give it a shot in New York City at Circle in the Square Theatre School's two year acting conservatory program. In addition to his work onscreen, he has been fortunate enough to have spent four summers at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, MA. Starting as an apprentice in 2001, he eventually worked his way up through the festival's workshop to earn his membership in Actors' Equity Association by the summer of 2004. While there, he got the chance to work alongside some brilliant actors including Betty Buckley, Kate Burton, Jesse L. Martin, Michelle Williams, Chris Messina, and Nate Corddry. His advice to students, “Never give up. As with any profession, you have to really want it in order to succeed. But a career in the arts is twice as difficult because there are no guarantees that all of your hard work and long hours will necessarily pay off as they might in more traditional work environments. It is not unusual for one to pay one's dues indefinitely. Make sure it is something you absolutely HAVE to do - but once you're sure it is, never stop believing in yourself and never stop moving in the direction of your dreams.” A P P L E W I L D




DAVID GRECO ‘96 David is currently a Senior Concept Artist for THQ Kaos in New York City and he specializes in creating concept art for video game production and development. He notes, “Growing up, I already had a very strong attachment to drawing. It was something I was fortunate enough to have a natural aptitude and passion for – my parents recognized this and enrolled me in Applewild.” David recalls, “Mr. Rabideau, above anybody else in my life, helped me realize I could become something better with my art. Not only did he encourage and inspire me as a young man, but he opened up my eyes to completely different types of art that I didn't even know existed. In many ways he helped me lay the foundation for my career. Mr. Rabideau was obviously one of my favorite teachers and one whom I felt very close to. Mrs. Spiegelman was also someone whom I felt I could talk very openly to as well.” Some of his fondest memories of Applewild were during some of the Harvest Fairs, or during the lacrosse seasons. He recalls, “Our ninth grade year, we went undefeated on the Varsity Lacrosse team, and I remember that being an unbelievable ride. Mr. Rabideau also framed the first oil painting I ever created and gave me an award for it – it’s a moment that will always be with me.” He spent some time at Acton-Boxboro the year after graduating Applewild to continue to play lacrosse, but ultimately ended up at North Middlesex Regional to be closer to home and friends. He felt it was one of the best choices he has ever made. At North Middlesex he was given free reign to spend all his time in the art studios, and really focus on the career that he wanted to pursue. Towards the end of high school, he got into 3D animation and digital art and that really showed him the type of college he wanted to

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attend. He enrolled at the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida soon afterwards. He joined the illustration program there and from then on, he knew there was nothing else he wanted to do but paint. He notes, “It was towards 2003 that I really fell in love with creating concept art for games and film. It's a competitive field, but it is one that is completely rewarding and fulfilling for an artist.” He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ringling School of Art and Design in 2004 and was hired by Electronic Arts in Orlando after graduation. He worked on multiple titles including Madden, NCAA Football and Superman Returns. He has created titles on Xbox, Xbox 360, Ps2, Ps3, and Gamecube. After EA, he went on to work with THQ in New York City where he contributed to Frontlines: Fuel of War. He is currently working on Kaos' next title, Homefront. “When I was growing up, I always had the idea that to be an artist, you would end up being a starving artist. This is completely not the truth, but you have to work really hard for it. It's all about the time you spend in perfecting your craft. Bring your sketchbook along with you everywhere, never stop drawing! Draw from life as much as you possibly can, and really try to understand what you are drawing. How does light bounce from object to object, why does the ear fold in a certain place, and how does perspective work? Really try to analyze everything you are drawing, and to understand it. Stay clear of copying photographs, and really try to stick with life drawing. Also, if you can, pick up a wacom tablet and a copy of photoshop and practice there if you need to. The movie and game industry is about 99% digital now, and speed is the name of the game. You can create quick work on the computer, and it can be modified and tweaked according to your Art Director’s taste easily. When it comes down to the best advice I can give, it is to never stop drawing.”

CADY WACHSMAN ‘00 CADY WACHSMAN ‘00 Cady is currently working as a freelance Computer Graphics artist. She is trained in Computer Animation, which is a great mix of artistic freedom and technical know how. She notes, “I could be creating artwork for an iPhone game one day, a commercial the next, and a TV show after that.” When asked what inspired her to pursue a career in the arts, she replied, “The first time I saw Toy Story, I knew I wanted to do ‘that.’ Pixar is still my dream job!” She recalls that while attending Applewild she was able, as a teeny fifth grader, to take photography. Mr. Rabideau allowed students to explore the complex traditional photography process. She remembers being encouraged and proud of her photos. Cady recalls that she loved collecting vocabulary words. She notes, “When I moved to Florida at the end of my fifth grade year at Applewild, I sat in on a sixth grade class at the new school I would be attending. The teacher asked if I would take a vocabulary quiz with them just to see what it was like. I got 100%! Go Applewild! Mrs. Zavorski and Mrs. Spiegelman were so warm and wonderful.” Cady and Mrs. Zavorski a bonded over shared last names at the end of the alphabet, and sometimes she would call role backwards so she could be near the front. “I always wonder whether they know how much we students take away. I only had Mrs. Zavorski in fourth grade, and Mrs. Spiegelman in fifth grade, and yet I will always remember their influence,” she reminisces. She also holds a fond memory of a hot day at Applewild. She notes, We were supposed to be reading, and Mrs. Spiegelman asked us to follow her out of the classroom. She took us to the cool and comfortable stairway, and gave us all popsicles. We finished our reading lounging on the stairs with delicious cold treats.” After moving to Florida, she attended Pine View School in Osprey FL, and later Ringling School of Art and Design for her Bachelor 29

Alumni Showcase on Arts

ALUMNI SHOWCASE NATE DONALDSON ‘00 of Fine Arts in Computer Animation. After college, she worked on the pioneering iPod and iPhone games team at Apple Inc., during the exciting time when the first games were released for those devices.

who influenced me the most were Mr. Jones, Mr. Chamas, Mr. Walker, Ms. Taylor, and Mlle. Beard (Mme. Blake) who told me in sixth or seventh grade that I should be a comedian.

She encourages students pursuing a career in the field of art to ask their teachers about anything you want to learn, but if it's not available through them, find your passion online! Read tutorials, read blogs, save inspiring artists and emulate their style. She also highly recommends playing lots of video games.

Applewild taught me the importance of a well-rounded education. It also helped me find a passion. I'm not sure other schools these days can do that. Applewild helped me focus my unfocused energy. It helped me learn the importance of productivity and hard work, while demonstrating the value of a closely knit community.”



Nate recently moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting and he notes, “I am loving it! I just landed a role on an episode of the CBS TV show, Criminal Minds. Criminal Minds follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) at Quantico, Virginia. My episode aired this past May. I was also cast in a movie that is coming out called BoyBand. It is a comedy about a high school quarterback who quits the football team his senior year to turn his heavy metal band into the first ever boy band in 1982. It's really funny, and you should all go see it!”

Spencer graduated this past May with college honors from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Architecture. His thesis was the design of a primary school for the Middle East city of Doha, Qatar, which he developed while studying at Carnegie Mellon's Qatar campus. The goal of his thesis was to fit into the country's education reform currently underway while emphasizing sustainable relations to the children's natural environment, social collaboration and connections with the urban community. He was also a part of the first student team of the Urban Design Build Studio in Pittsburgh whose project “Hamnett Homestead Sustainable Living Center” was awarded the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture's Collaborative Practice Award. During his time at CMU, he was a selected participant of the Architecture Design Awards showcase in 2009, a course assistant for three courses, and has had welded steel work shown at the UnSmoke ArtSpace in Braddock, PA. He will be working this summer at the Boston-based multidisciplinary firm, over, under inc.

After leaving Applewild, Nate attended Middlesex School and then graduated from Wake Forest University in 2007 majoring in Business & Theatre. He reminisces about Applewild, “My favorite Applewild memory would be the Green versus White days. I loved going out and competing against the other kids. I was on the White team and every year we won! Go White Team! I also can remember getting hit by lacrosse balls while playing long pole in the back field. It is hard to say that one teacher influenced me while attending Applewild. There were a bunch of teachers whom I loved. The teachers



While he is very passionate about his work, he did not decide in a singular moment that he wanted a career in the arts. The arts have been a consistent and critical thread in his education that developed into a love of Architecture. At Applewild, the Art Mentor program with Clarence Rabideau – whom the students knew as “Mr. Rab”—gave him the opportunity to refine his love of oneand two-point perspective drawings, a drawing type he continues to use to visualize his architectural designs. The courses in photography taught him key elements of visual design and composition. His science courses honed his curiosity into a method. At his secondary school, Deerfeld Academy, he played trumpet in the band and contributed to many plays as a stagehand or light/sound technician. He also took his first drafting class, the first course in which he focused exclusively on Architecture and taught by a CMU alum. His combined interests in math, science and the arts strongly influenced his decision to attend Carnegie Mellon and ultimately to pursue a career in Architecture. Spencer notes, “At all institutions I've been a part of, especially Applewild, I've had many teachers who teach creative thinking and creative problem solving. I have found success and joy in the application of these ideas. I would encourage anyone interested in a career in the arts to think creatively in all of their studies and activities, no matter how tangential they may appear to the activity you love most. There exist significant connections between the many disciplines of the world, and a creative mind is all it takes to unify them. If you believe in the work you do, you will find success.”



Alumni Notes 2009 - 2010

1961 KATHLEEN CROCKER SMITH writes, “Enjoying our grandchildren! Fay and her girls are living with us for a while -- what fun! Katie is 5 1/2, Lilly is 2, Towner and her son Morgan, also 5 1/2, live in Shelburne Falls, MA, so each visit with them is special! I often think of the days I had at Applewild, being part of the first years -- Pam (W), remember our secret “hideout" upstairs? Too bad Mr. Laverack discovered us!” 1963 BY JOHN CHITTICK Many in the class of ’63 are reporting they are enjoying “summer vacation” and some even say -- “retirement.” What! Has it come so soon? LOUIE BLANCHARD was in Fitchburg last year on family business and ran into BUNNY BULLOCK. She says he lives in Vermont and is busy with his work. BILL GRAVES reported that he runs his own HVAC contracting company and is living in his family house in Pepperell. He has three grandchildren and during the summer runs “Dr. Davis’ Ice Cream Stand.” PETER WOODS is living in Colorado and has spent a quiet but busy summer at home. He is retired and finds a lot of time to spend with his six grandchildren. Once a year, he comes to Virginia to sail around Chesapeake Bay and loves being the skipper. For pure enjoyment he loves to cook having taken lessons from Le Cordon Bleu chefs. MITZI WARE lives in Charlottesville, Virginia and every summer is in Woods Hole at the family home. Last year, she hosted a mini-class reunion there with CHRISTIE ANDERSON TOTH, MARCY MCVICKAR MADDEN and LYNN “BUNNY” BURNHAM Lamar and their four husbands. Christie reported it was like a weekend pajama party. Next year, the four are meeting at Marcy’s home in California. Christie recently celebrated her 40th anniversary with Jeff and her two sons in the Big Easy. DAVID LONG is working on a new book and likes Washington where “you can see Mt. Ranier.” He has two grandchildren. He’s going to try and look up LIZ BOSK NICKLESS as she lives about fifteen miles away. BUNNY BULLOCK and I had a great lunch with Liz a few years ago at the Old Mill when she was back in Fitchburg. Dave said he heard from Mitzi that NORMAN CROSS is preparing for an Art Exhibit of his paintings. BILL HAYES is a very accomplished photographer in Chatham and loves the Cape. Until recently, he was an active participant in the local farmer’s market but is spending a lot of his time now serving on the Board of Pleasant Bay Community Boating that recently sponsored special needs children in a sailing regatta.

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ED POPOLI has his family close by and enjoys being the patriarch. He is excited about his first grandchild who was born this summer. He had a heart attack last January but is doing very well now. Reminiscing, he spoke about the females in our class, “all the girls were lovely young ladies.”


DAVE SHEA is our famous class meteorologist who helped me settle on my recent move to Virginia (warmer, sunnier and near the beach). His son recently graduated from West Point. I see Dave occasionally for dinner and we agree not to disagree about politics. JESSICA WAUGH has retired as Superintendent of Schools in Provincetown. She still owns a home there (Calvin Klein is her neighbor) but is taking care of her parents in Fitchburg. She had me in stitches during our phone conversation. SHARON PARNES took the month of June to travel on the Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow into Siberia. She was part of a traveling chorus that is dedicated to building cultural ties with other countries. One daughter graduated from high school and another from college this year.


I tried to reach the rest of the class but no luck due to vacation travel. We are all growing older yet still have that spunk that got us through Mr. Laverack’s math classes and Gus Stewart’s homeroom and home movies. When I was still living in Massachusetts, Gus and I would have breakfast regularly. He and ANNA GOULD ELIOT, ESQ. have dinner a lot too. He remains an active, avid tennis player.


It is difficult to acknowledge that we have lost three dear classmates so far: JILL SIMONDS COOK, STEVE ANDREWS and STEVE WILLIAMS. 1966

LAURA ROGERSON MOORE writes, “I am getting my first book published. It is a chapbook collection of poems called YAHOODIPS, written in memory of my father David Rogerson. The book is due out soon and is available at

SALLY CRAGIN writes, “My first full-length book, The Astrological Elements, a general interest guide to understanding friends, family and co-workers is forthcoming from Llewellyn Worldwide Publications in March. JAY HUNT is the Director of Sales Operations for General Motors International Operations in Shanghai, China. It was announced last year that GM was the industry leader in sales for China. 1976 JAMES HARDY, JR. writes, “Our older son, Will, is off to Connecticut College this fall, and our younger son, Ned, will be a 10th grader at Staples High School in Westport, CT.”

BENJAMIN BOLLES is an Advisory Council member, Bay Area Air Quality Management District ( which is a two-year appointment. 1978 CHRISTOPHER WISE is the founder and CEO of Wise Living, which is recognized as a leading developer and manager of independent senior living communities on Cape Cod. Since its inception in 1990, Wise Living has developed six independent senior living communities across the Cape and continues to provide professional property management to all of its communities.

GARY THARLER was married for the second time last October. His daughter, Jen, graduated from NYU with honors in May.




BERT HONEA III notes, “I continue to work as chief medical officer at my hospital. I am still enjoying medicine despite the upheavals. My spare time is spent with grandchildren and being outdoors.”

CHRISTOPHER RHOADS writes, “I recently had the chance to reminisce with my 1981 classmate, Margaret Williams, who was in NYC in connection with her work with the World Wildlife Fund, visiting from Alaska. Was great fun to see her.”

1970 CORNELIA KELLOGG writes, “I'm a school psychologist in Englewood, CO, where I live with my wonderful husband, Dale Bransvold.” 1973 REV. IAN DOUGLAS was elected to be next bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of CT on October 24, 2009. Ian is the Angus Dun Prof of Mission and World Christianity at Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, MA and associate priest at St. James', Cambridge.

KEN ANSIN recently had a baby girl named Libby with his partner Jane.

MARGARET WILLIAMS notes, “I'm living in Anchorage, AK, where I manage World Wildlife Fund's US Arctic field program. We have a great team and work closely with WWF in Russia, Canada and other Arctic nations. It's extremely challenging and also fun. We're focused on climate change, fisheries, shipping and offshore oil development as the main issues impacting some of our priority wildlife species -- salmon, polar bears, seabirds, walrus and others.”


Alumni Notes 2009 - 2010



JEFF CLAYMAN is now a staff cardiologist at the Lahey Clinic North in Peabody, MA. He notes, “I would like to hear from my classmates.”

CHERIE PAQUETTE, writes that she is now nearby her sister, STEPHANIE PAQUETTE, who is a VT dairy farmer selling to Organic Valley brand.

ROBERT-SCOT KRAEUTER lives in Savannah, GA with his wife, Christy, and three children: Caroline, age 5; Lincoln, age 4; and Charles, age 2-1/2.


1986 JEFF DOHERTY and his wife, Karen, have bought a beautiful new home near his work in Monterey Bay, CA. He is a dean for one of the Military Language Schools. They are expecting their first child in February. JONATHAN SANDLER writes, “Enjoying life in Brookline with my wife and two sons (ages 18 months and almost 5). I am still selling residential real estate in the area after almost twelve years. In touch with various Applewild classmates via Facebook and would love to see some of them before I'm completely bald!” 1988 MICHAEL DOW writes, “I still live in LA, it will be 15 years in September. I am still an eligible bachelor, and actually starting to think I should go on “The Bachelor,” or at least “The Bachelorette.” I work at Disney as the Director of Creative and Production for a web company creating web series and comedy videos for teens. And all in all, all is well, California is still fun and now my mom and brother both live in San Francisco, so I have 3/4 of my immediate family in my time zone.” JOHN WEIN writes, “My wife, Sara, and I moved from New York City to Raleigh, NC two years ago and are enjoying a decidedly different pace of life. We are excited also to announce that on August 1st our daughter, Sydney Annabelle was born. She is a sweetheart!” 1989 JENNIFER BARON REED was married in June 2009 to her husband, Mitch, and they now live in Scott, LA. Mitch was a Grammy Music Award winner in 2009 and does workshops at schools in LA as well as in other states. Jen lived in Alaska for about ten years and won a grant from the Rasmuson Foundation for her photography. 1990 JOCELYN DOHERTY married Jorgen Nieuwhoff on August 7, 2009, in Holland. She continues to teach in Newport, RI, where they live. ERIN O’NEIL ROWE moved to Knoxville, TN, (where her family is) two weeks ago to begin a one year clinical internship. She will be returning to CT in July 2011 to begin a four-year residency in radiology at University of Connecticut. She notes, “I still have same husband, one dog, and two cats. Best wishes to all classmates.”


KARA AUBUCHON just graduated in May 2010 from Western New England School of Law. She is a JD now! TUFFER DOW was married on October 25, 2009 in Kennebunkport, ME, to Erin. 1994 CHERIE PAQUETTE writes, “I have just started a residency in pathology at Fletcher Allen Hospital/UVM -- so I will stay put for the next 4-5 years.” NICOLE RAWLING ROTH and husband, Chris Roth, had a baby boy, Alexander, in November 2009. 1995 MICHAEL NAPARSTEK is starting his PHD work in Madison, Wisconsin at the university this fall. PARKER ASHER finished his MBA in New Haven and works and lives in Washington, DC. 1996 GHESSYCKA LUCIEN has been working at Generation Investment (Al Gore's foundation). She has recently been promoted and is now focusing on financial compliance. TYLER SIMONDS graduated from law school (St. John's in NYC) last spring and passed the NY bar. He is getting ready to take the MA bar. 1997 By the time you read this ABBIE COBB will be Abbie Savukoski! On August 8, she married her childhood friend and Fitchburg neighbor, Daniel. Congrats, Abbie! In addition to wedding planning, Abbie kept busy this past year teaching her first year of first grade in Melrose, MA. BRENDAN GALWAY wife, Nicole, are parents of Jack Tiernan Galway. COLIN GARSTKA is officially Colin FX now. He graduated from Milton Academy in Double 0 then from Boston College in 2004 with a dual degree in Computer Science and Theatre Arts. He lives in Madison under his new name where he has slaved away in health care software for the last five years. He is a platinum traveler, jetting to exotic places like NYC, San Diego and Evansville, Indiana. An avid volleyball and softball player, CFX spends his free time fixing up his friend's homes. Colin FX is addicted to running and has run three marathons as well as many costumed races in the Midwest. Big C has run into many former Wild Apples over the years and hopes the tradition continues until he finally finds Carlos Rijos again. Every winter, he

treks down Route 13 and sits at the old bus stop at 7am waiting for Terry. He writes, “All my love to the members of the Class of '97 and many wonderful years to come.” MATT HERWECK sends his well wishes to everyone. He is living in Merrimack, NH, with his fiancée Jennifer and their dog Ernie. Matt reports that business is great at Atrium Medical. He’s doing lots of international travel, especially in Europe and hopes to take some time to vacation there in the fall. Matt says if you are in the Lakes Region, give a call! JASON KRAMARCZYK writes, “Hello Applewild! It's been quite a year. I purchased a house in Littleton, CO and got married. I saw COLIN GARSTKA in California at my wedding. I hope everyone else is doing well, too. CHRISTOPHER RUSSELL completed his M.Sc. in global climate change at Edinburgh University, Scotland and works for the USDA in Sidney, MT. CAITLIN THIEM recently purchased a house in Ipswich, MA, with her boyfriend Ryan. They are renovating the antique house on nights and weekends and enjoying life on the North Shore with their dog Tela. Visitors and old friends are welcome! Caitlin works in fundraising at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA. 1998 KATE BABINEAU is a PhD fellow at the Children’s Research Center in Trinity College Dublin. She’s working on a project that explores integration in multi-ethnic elementary schools. ARALEE GALWAY is at Yale University studying for Masters of Nursing/Nurse Practitioner. MELISSA BELL LEWIS married husband Chris in 2005 and they have two daughters, Evelyn and Aurora. By Cider Press publication time, they will have welcomed Baby #3 to the family. The Lewis family lives in Goffstown, NH. DEBBIE LINDER is currently working at Tufts Vetinary School as a nutrition resident. 1999 BECKY LEE recently relocated to D.C. for grad school. EMILY LENT earned her MFA from Simmons in Writing for Children program. She is developing two or three books for possible submission to publishing houses. She also has written a piece on diversity for publication in Independent School Journal and it will be in print in the winter 2010-11 edition. FRANCISCKA LUCIEN is now at George Washington University in a Masters in Public Health graduate program, combining international policy and public health.



EVAN LLOYD has finished his first year of teaching in South Korea. He notes, “It has been pretty interesting and I plan to return in October for a second year.” His work with the Avalon Yeonsu Incheon Labor Union, consisting of expat English teachers in the Incheon area, was featured in the June 1, 2010 issue of The Korea Herald. ( BECKY MARTIN graduated with her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling in May. She is living in Gardner and is currently working as a fee for service clinician for the Y.O.U. Inc Gardner Family Center. LAURA NICKROSZ reports, “I am living in Philadelphia (a great city, despite the current heat wave!), working at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice as Assistant to the Dean. I’m also chipping away at my M.Ed in Intercultural Communications at Penn. Life is busy here in Philly but I try to make it up to Massachusetts as often as I can. Would love to hear from old Applewild friends – my email is” 2002 DIMITRY DOOHOVSKOY writes, “After graduating from Harvard in 2009, I was awarded the John Huston Finley Fellowship to fulfill a travel exchange project for one year. The theme of my project was building cultural bridges between Orthodox Christian communities in America, and Orthodox Christian communities in Russia, which are reviving after many years of political pressure. Leaving in September, I traveled across the Trans-Siberian Railroad from Vladivostok to Moscow, then on into Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, and Greece. On the final leg of my trip, I traveled to China and Japan, to visit the sites where my own family had escaped from Russia after the Russian Revolution and Civil War, a path that many Russians had taken at that time. I am now back home in Concord, figuring out my next steps for the next few years. I hope that all my old Applewild friends are doing well, and I would love to catch up with you anytime!” SARAH HOGAN is pursuing a Masters degree in Intermodal Expressive Therapies at Lesley University and starting intern field work this fall working with a school counselor at a local elementary school. Sarah is living in Cambridge and has adopted a cat which she named “Rocket.” BRITTANY HAWKS KEARNS graduated from Hellenic College in Brookline, MA, with valedictorian honors. ALEX LENT was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa at UMASS Amherst.

MATT MCELROY graduated from Boston College in May last year. This fall he will be entering his second year as a graduate student at Columbia Law School. He is focusing his studies on corporate law and plans on practicing in the private equity area when he graduates. ARI ROSENBLUM spent a gap year living and studying in Israel before graduating from Syracuse University in 2009 with a BA in public policy. She now works in International Education and lives in London with her husband. BERYL SINCLAIR writes, “I just graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a MA (Honors) in Philosophy. I am currently taking a CELTA course and plan to go to South Korea to teach English this autumn. 2003 SCOTT ANDERSON recently graduated from Warren Wilson College in North Carolina with a degree in Psychology. MURAT ARSLANOGLU recently graduated from Boston University. JULIA BERMAN graduated from Connecticut College with a degree in Theatre and Government. LAURA BRANNELLY recently graduated from the University of Tulane with a degree in Anthropology. She also received a degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. KRISTEN CARON graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in Political Science in 2009. She is getting her MPS at George Washington University in Political Management while working for the US Senate in Washington, DC. CAROLYN CHAPPEL graduated from High Point University in North Carolina. JEFFREY CHRISTENSEN recently graduated from Colby College. BRENDAN CONUEL graduated from Wesleyan University. SCOTT CRASNICK recently graduated from Union College with a degree in History and English. ANDREW DABROWSKI graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this past spring with a degree in International Economics and Spanish. JOSHUA DRESNER recently graduated from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem.. He majored in Animation. ERIC ELLIOT graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst this past spring. ELIZABETH HAWKS graduated from Gordon College with a degree in Psychology. EMMA LIPPINCOTT recently graduated from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, with a degree in Dance.

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ALEXANDER MACLELLAN graduated from Hampshire College this past spring. RICKY MALO graduated from DeSales University with a degree in Nursing. MICHAELA MARTIN graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree Animal Science and Pre-Veterinary. She plans on attending Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine for graduate school. MORGAN MCCLURE recently graduated from Case Western Reserve University in Clevleland, Ohio. He majored in Electrical Engineering and Systems & Control Engineering. SHARON MCELROY graduated from Stonehill College with a degree in Graphic Design and Psychology. SEAN MURRAY recently graduated from Vassar College. ALEC OOT graduated from Colby College Magna Cum Laude. He is moving to St. Louis to work for Microsoft. JORDAN RUNTAGH graduated from NYU in 2009 with a degree in Screenwriting. He now works for MTV Networks as a Photo Editor. CAITY SALVATORE recently graduated from Boston University with a degree in Finance. DAN SAVAGE recently graduated from the University of Richmond with a degree in Accounting. NATASHA SIVANANJAIAH graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in Political Science and Economics. TOMMY TESSIER graduated cum laude from Colby College, Waterville, ME, with distinction in his major, History, and minor, Education. STEFANIE TIGNOR recently graduated from Binghamton University with a degree in Psychology and Biology. 2004 ELIZABETH BARNES will enter her senior year at Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA in the fall. She is spending the spring semester in New Zealand, where she is seeing many things she dreamed of for years. RYAN COLLETTE is a junior at Rensselaer Polytech, majoring in nuclear engineering and maintaining a dean's list average. 2005 AMANDA DUGGAN is a junior at Boston College studying Environmental Geoscience. In the spring, she will be studying at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand for one semester. During the summer she was a counselor at the New England Music Camp.


Alumni Notes 2009 - 2010

JOE FAVINI is a junior at Mass Art majoring in film and art history. MATT GOGUEN is a junior at Fitchburg State majoring in History/Education. ARIEL MATISSE is living in Florida and working full-time riding horses. She is competing in many competitions and hoping to qualify for the Young Rider World Cup in Germany. She will be participating in a benefit for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on September 11th. Her team won the fundraising competition last year and hopes to do it again this year.

LILLIAN FEINBERG graduated from Middlesex School and will be attending George Washington University in the fall. Lilly will also be interning for Charlie Baker (R) as he runs for Governor of Massachusetts this summer. NICOLE JUUL HINDSGAUL graduated from Nashoba Regional High this past spring and will be attending UMASS Amherst in the fall. CODY LEARNED will attend Yale University in the fall of 2011. He will be majoring in Economics and playing ice hockey.


JAMES LIPPINCOTT will be attending Clark University in the fall.

CARA PAPAKYRIKOS will be a sophomore at BU majoring in Biology.

BEN LUTON graduated from St. Mark's School and will attend John Cabot University in the fall.

COLE PAPAKYRIKOS will be a sophomore at Cornell. He is rowing men's heavyweight crew and majoring in Biology.

MARIA MANDES-BRASILI graduated from Lawrence Academy and will be attending John Cabot University in the fall.


EDDIE MANZI III graduated from Bishop Guertin High School. He will attend Northeastern University in the fall.

ARIANA AUBUCHON graduated from Fitchburg High School and will be attending Suffolk University in the fall. SHAWN BENNETT graduated from Cushing Academy and will be attending Elon University on a Golf Scholarship. COLE BINGHAM graduated from Cushing Academy and will be attending the Berklee College of Music in the fall. SOPHIA BOGDANOV graduated from Lawrence Academy and will be attending New York University. LEAH BOVENZI graduated from Oakmont Regional High School and is attending the University of Connecticut in the fall where she hopes to eventually study nursing. JACQUELYN BRUGLIERA graduated from Wachusett Regional High School. She will be attending Bentley University in the fall.


MARISSA MARTIN graduated from Cushing Academy and will be attending Suny Purchase in the fall. ARJUN MATHUR graduated from Lawrence Academy this past spring and will be atteding WPI in the fall. TYLER MCKENZIE graduated from Proctor Academy and will attend Bates College in the fall. JEREMY MCMANUS graduated from Acton-Boxborough Regional High School and will be attending Hobart and William Smith College in the fall. PETER MCTIGUE graduated from Northfield Mount Herman School this past spring. He will be attending Reed College. AMANDA PAPAKYRIKOS will be attending Wellesley College in Fall 2010.

HALEY PICKFORD graduated from Cushing Academy. She is moving on to Wheaton College in the fall. KATIE REGAN graduated from Deerfield Academy and will be attending Connecticut College in the fall. JACK SISSON graduated from Cushing Academy and will attend the University of Massachusetts Lowell in the fall. JOHN STIMPSON graduated from Lawrence Academy and will attend Wheaton College in the fall. ANDREW TREXLER graduated as Valedictorian from Cushing Academy's class of 2010 this past spring. He is off to Wesleyan University this fall. EMMA ZEILER graduated from St. Mark's School with distinction on May 24th. She earned the French Prize as well as the Brantwood Prize for her volunteer commitment to Brantwood Camp, a camp for disadvantaged youths in Peterborough, NH. She will be attending the University of St. Andrews in Scotland this fall. 2009 STEVEN BOURDELAIS is singing baritone in an acapella group for Lawrence Academy. BRANDON KELEMAN writes, “Hi All. I am finishing up my sophomore year (IVth form) at St. Mark's School. Playing Varsity soccer and continuing with my community service -'Cleats for Kids'. I miss all of you.” ARCADIA KRATKIEWICZ performed in Macbeth this past fall at Concord Academy. NATHANIEL MARTIN was a member of the Mahar Regional High super bowl winning football team. It was the school's first perfect season. OLIVIA PAPAKYRIKOS will be a junior at Cushing Academy.



A Message from the Building Community Campaign Chair

Building Community Campaign By David Stone ‘73

As Ron Feldman so eloquently explains in the President’s letter in this issue, Applewild continues to be an excellent school which has maintained its strong program in difficult times. While we have responded to short-term economic and demographic challenges, the school has also continued our work on the goals of our Long Range Plan. We believe this work is essential, in good times and in challenging times, if we are to insure the future strength of the school. Last October we launched the final phase of the Building Community Campaign, an aggressive campaign to raise money to support Applewild’s Long Range Plan priorities. We set a campaign goal of $7.5 million, an enormous amount of money for our small school, along with a comprehensive set of plans to support our program. To date, we have received gifts and pledges which total $6.5 million, and have already put some of that money to work: • We have renovated the apartments at Flat Rock to provide an attractive housing option on campus for faculty and staff. • We have built an endowment to help fund an enhanced program of Financial Aid for our faculty and staff families. • We have built endowment which supports the Financial Aid program available to all Applewild families with demonstrated need. • We have built a new Wood Shop, dedicated last fall, to enhance our Upper School art program. What remains is our need for new Kitchen and Dining space. Building this space will serve two critical purposes: first, it will replace the inadequate space we now have. The kitchen in the Crocker building has not changed in many years – it is antiquated, cramped, and impossible to renovate. The Dining Room is too small to accommodate the entire Upper School, and we must maintain a second small kitchen and dining area in the Marshall Building as a result. Second, this new dining space will enhance the Applewild dining experience which is an important part of our program. Those who have attended Applewild or whose children have attended Applewild know how important our family style lunches are to supporting the core values and community experience at Applewild. So to support our program we have designed an efficient, attractive, cost-effective building large enough to accommodate the entire Upper School or the entire Lower School in a seating. Thanks to the support of our many friends, despite the challenges of a weak economy, we are in the home stretch of realizing this goal. We need to raise $1 million more to have enough to build a new Kitchen and Dining facility, to finish the Building Community Campaign, and to complete the planned improvements to Applewild. During this school year we will continue to reach out to the entire Applewild community to enlist support for the Building Community Campaign. To our many friends who have already given to the campaign, I want to offer my sincere thanks on behalf of the entire Applewild community. You have helped secure a strong, vibrant Applewild School for future generations of students. If you have not yet made a commitment to the campaign, I hope you will support our goals and make a pledge this year. Please help us insure a bright future for Applewild School.

“ We set a campaign goal of $7.5 million, an enormous amount of money for our small school, along with a comprehensive set of plans to support our program.”

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Fundraising Report 2009-2010 FUNDRAISING SUMMARY 2009-2010 Dear Members of our Applewild Community:


Despite the current economic challenges, our community successfully raised $255,298 for the 2009-2010 Annual Fund Campaign!

Annual Fund



RESTRICTED GIFTS: We would like to thank our trustees, parents, parents of alumni, grandparents, faculty, staff, and friends for their support. In addition, we would like to acknowledge and thank the parent, faculty, and staff volunteers for their commitment, hard work, and extraordinary efforts! The success of the campaign would not have been possible without the combined efforts of the generous gifts and volunteer work that were extended. Thank you! This year, three generous initiatives were extended to our campaign. Two anonymous families offered a Parent Challenge to help increase parent participation. We are proud to report that our families rose to the challenge and achieved an impressive (and historic) 91% overall participation! Through this challenge, we were able to raise an additional $10,000! Lastly, an anonymous donor offered an Alumni Challenge. This initiative added an additional $2500 to the campaign bringing our alumni participation to 10%. Thank you for your generosity and providing the campaign with these motivational tools! As you know, the Annual Fund is the most important fundraiser within our school. We are hopeful that you will continue to support Applewild in the upcoming 2010-2011 Annual Fund Campaign. With sincere appreciation,

Christin Catalano Chair of Annual Fund

Development Volunteers The Development Office was fortunate to have volunteers in the roles of Development Committee members, Annual Fund Chairs, Parents Committee members, Alumni Council, Building Community Steering Committee members and Alumni Class Agents. Thanks to the following for their tremendous support during the 2009-10 school year: Lucy Crocker Abisalih ‘73 Tom Aciukewicz Wendy Anderson ‘70 Kimberly Ansin ‘77 Kris Ansin ‘00 Elsie O’Brien Aubrey ‘73 Will Aubuchon ‘92 Lisa Bakstran Cathy Bennett Richard Buck Christin Catalano Colleen Chapedelaine John Chittick ‘63 Kyle Kelly Christian ‘69 Melissa Irving Christiansen ‘97 Jeff Clayman ‘84 Jacqueline Cleary ‘78 Ann Simonds Clifford ‘67 Christine Cline Margaret Cook ‘98 Janet Cragin Sally Cragin‘75 Todd Crocker ‘62 Colleen Chapdelaine Christine Cline Jeff Clayman ‘84 Sandy Dannis Greta Doctoroff ‘89 Christopher Dow ‘93


Wells Dow Leslie Duval Fran Feldman ‘08 Pia Ballarin Feldman Ron Feldman Shannon Galinson Deborah Kay Goldman ‘62 Matthew Goguen ‘05 Douglas Gray ‘78 Lynda Gregson April Groves Betsy Hamm ‘82 MarkAnthony Hardy ‘03 Gerri Harter Robin Tarleton Hengerer ‘87 Danielle Jennison ‘06 Chris LeBlanc ‘83 Alex Lent ‘02 Emily Lent ‘99 Katie Cobb Leonard ‘94 Darlene Lessard Beth Lindstrom Joe Lotuff Tia Lotuff Ghessycka Lucien ‘96 Jannette Lyons Debbie Stone MacDonald ‘80 Laura Markowitz ‘68 Jeanne May Brookie Chandler McColloch ‘64 June Menezes

Les Meyer ‘60 Laure Rogerson Moore ‘74 Andrea Mullin ‘05 Kathryn Niose Bob Oot Paula Salonen Paquette ‘76 Edie Sheerin Patterson ‘71 Zaneta Pinkey ‘04 Clarence Rabideau Liza Raboin ‘95 Tom Rantala ‘79 Christopher Rhoads ‘81 Michael Rome ‘85 Erin O’Neil Rowe ‘90 Jonathan Sandler ‘86 Jennifer Sarja ‘88 Ginger Sauer Elizabeth Simonds ‘72 Cindy Sowerby David Stone ‘73 Karen Stone ‘71 Scott Swain Molly Tarleton ‘91 Patsy Simonds Taylor ‘65 Valerie Templeton Gary Tharler ‘66 Caitlin Thiem ‘97 Patricia Smith-Petersen Ventry ‘61 Joshua Wein ‘88 David Wood

Building Community Capital Campaign

$ 2,200,700.81

Financial Aid/Scholarships



Parents Association






Total Restricted Gifts:

$ 2,540,388.07


$ 2,540,388.07

ANNUAL FUND SUMMARY 2009-2010 Trustees















Parents of Alumni






Former Trustees



Former Faculty/Staff






Matching Gifts



Parent Challenge



Alumni Challenge




$ 255,298.47

Please note: The trustees, parents, faculty and staff have individuals who fall into two or sometimes three of these categories. These individuals can only be placed in one category when reporting gift figures. When factoring in trustees, faculty and alumni parents, the total parent participation is 156 donors (91%) with gifts totaling $89,077. When adding alumni trustee & honorary trustee participation, the trustee participation is 24 individuals (100%) with a total of $127,500.



Annual Fund Gifts by Category

Gift Clubs were established to acknowledge those individuals who are leaders in the Annual Fund. Thanks to the following for their financial commitment to Applewild School. Please note that all Corporate Matching Gifts have been applied to the Applewild donor. A complete listing of Corporate Matching Gifts is reported separately in the fundraising report. APPLE ORCHARD Anonymous Ms. Kimberly Ansin ‘77 Mr. Ronald M. Ansin Mr. & Mrs. John Todd Crocker ‘62 Mr. & Mrs. Wells Dow Mr. & Mrs. David Stone ‘73 Mr. Steven Stone ‘75 1957 CIRCLE Mr. & Mrs. Steven Catalano Mr. & Mrs. Wells Dow Mr. Ronald Feldman & Dr. Piamarie Ballarin-Feldman Mr. William Hurd ‘60 Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Lotuff Mr. Scott MacDonald & Mrs. Deborah Stone MacDonald ‘80 Mr. & Mrs. Norman MacDonald Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Melampy Drs. Robert Oot & Carol Robey Mr. & Mrs. Steven Rizzo Mr. & Mrs. John Stimpson HEADMASTER'S HONOR ROLL Mr. Tom Abisalih & Ms. Lucy Crocker Absilah ‘73 Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Cline III Mrs. Jeanne Crocker Mr. & Mrs. Richard Husk Drs. Michael & Sharon Jacques GOLDEN APPLES Ms. Betsey Ansin & Mr. Joe Ferraro Mr. Kenneth Ansin ‘80 Mrs. Barbara Baker Dr. Eric Belsky & Ms. Cynthia Wilson Mr. & Mrs. Walter Bennett Mr. & Mrs. Francesco Colangelo Mrs. Sally Cross Mr. & Mrs. James Dannis Mr. & Mrs. Philip Dei Dolori Mr. & Mrs. David Duval Dr. & Mrs. Elliot Feinberg Mr. & Mrs. Brad Galinson Mr. & Mrs. Peter Hayden Drs. Karl Helmer & Ingrid Cruse Helmer Dr. Daria Karos Mr. & Mrs. Michael McNulty Mr. & Mrs. David Niose Mr. & Mrs. Brooks Read

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Mr. & Mrs. Jay Rhoads Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Allen Rome Mr. & Mrs. B. F. Saul II Mr. & Mrs. Albert Stone Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Williamson RED TAIL HAWKS Mr. Harold Anderson III & Ms. Cola Parker Mr. & Mrs. William Aubuchon IV ‘92 Mr. & Mrs. William Aubuchon III Mr. & Mrs. Kumar Chinnaswamy Mr. & Mrs. Joe Cobbe Dr. & Mrs. Carmine Colarusso Mr. & Mrs. William Ellerkamp Mr. & Mrs. David Fausch Mr. & Mrs. Ralph Giles Mr. & Mrs. Theodore Goodnow Mr. & Mrs. Paul Harter, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Robert Janoschek Ms. Lynn Burnham LaMar ‘63 Mr. & Mrs. John Learned Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Lotuff II Drs. Michael & Jannette Lyons Mr. & Mrs. Ward McLaughlin Mr. Mike Morrison & Ms. Mary Feeney Mr. & Mrs. Michael Mulligan Mr. Raymond Murphy & Ms. Beth Lindstrom Mr. Robert & Ms. Kit O'Meara Mr. & Mrs. Bernard O'Neil Oracle Corporation Matching Gifts Program Mrs. Paula Paquette ‘76 Mr. & Mrs. Dwight Sowerby Ms. Molly Tarleton’ 91 Dr. & Mrs. Edmund J. Taylor Dr. & Mrs. Yogendra Thaker Mr. Carl Werowinski & Ms. Sally Pendleton Mr. & Mrs. David Zeiler PROSPECTOR Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Aciukewicz Mr. & Mrs. Brian Bakstran Mr. Roland Bourque ‘92 Dr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Chapdelaine Mr. & Mrs. Richard Chew Mr. Thomas Clemens Mr. Thomas S. Crow Mr. & Mrs. David Cummings Mrs. Jeanne Troth Dowd ‘80 Mr. & Mrs. Winslow Duke Mr. Richard Fichera & Ms. Julie Rodwin Mr. & Mrs. Scott Foster ‘65 Mr. Louis Franco & Dr. Darlene Franco Mr. Aaron Harp & Ms. Heidi Berven Mr. Bert Honea III ‘67 Mr. & Mrs. Donald Irving Mr. & Mrs. Karl Klinkhamer Mr. & Mrs. Ora Lassila Mr. Thomas Laverack ‘76 Mr. & Mrs. John Lessard III Mr. & Mrs. Gary Lorden

Mr. & Mrs. Barry Maskas Ms. Lisa M. Mueller Mr. & Mrs. Michael Nolan Mr. & Mrs. James Palojarvi Mr. & Mrs. Steven Perlmutter Mr. & Mrs. N. Scott Pierce Mr. Christopher Rhoads ‘81 Mr. & Mrs. Bradley Rish Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Roetzer Mr. & Mrs. Peter Rowden Mr. James Short ‘83 Mr. & Mrs. William Spound ‘80 Mr. Lucius Strazdis & Ms. Vida Maria Juodaitis Mr. & Mrs. Scott Swain Venning & Jacques, P.C. Atty. & Mrs. Christopher Walton Mr. James Ware ‘66 Mr. & Mrs. L. Joshua Wein Mr. & Mrs. David Wood Mr. & Mrs. Robert Zinck GREEN & WHITE CLUB Mr. & Mrs. Carl Aciukewicz Mr. Iouri Alsov & Ms. Lynn Kremer Mr. & Mrs. Karl Anderson Dr. & Mrs. Gary Asher Mrs. Elsie O'Brien Aubrey ‘73 Ms. Laure Aubuchon ‘64 Mr. & Mrs. John Barker Mr. & Mrs. George Barnes Mr. Paul Benham & Ms. Kimberly Shea-Benham Mr. Charles Berman & Ms. Margaret Walsh Mr. & Mrs. Leigh Bilsbury Bishop Associates Mr. & Mrs. Meredith Bissell Mr. & Mrs. George Blanchard Mr. Benjamin Bolles 1977 Mr. David Bourdelais & Ms. Susan Wadsworth Mr. & Mrs. David Brewster Mr. Alexandar K. Buck, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Chester Buck Mr. & Mrs. Richard Buck Ms. Elizabeth Bullitt Mr. Logan M. Bullitt Mr. & Mrs. Robert Campolieto Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Cattel, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Chew Dr. & Mrs. Curt Clayman Mr. & Mrs. Philip Cole Mr. & Mrs. Wayne Collette Mr. & Mrs. Michael Conry Mr. Arthur Copoulos ‘73 Ms. Ann Corbey Mr. & Mrs. Samuel C. Davenport Mr. & Mrs. Frank DeLorey, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Irwin Doben Mr. & Mrs. Steven Doben Mr. & Mrs. Hayden Duggan

Mr. & Mrs. Sangiwa Eliamani Mrs. Caroline James Ellison ‘87 Ms. Francesca Feldman ‘08 Mr. & Mrs. Mark Fleming Mr. & Mrs. Lee Freeman Mrs. Sally Smith-Peterson Frkonja ‘70 Mr. & Mrs. Michael Gambuzza Mr. & Mrs. James Gettys Mrs. Deborah Kay Goldman ‘62 Mr. & Mrs. Theodore Goodrich Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Greene Mr. & Mrs. Richard Guerriero Ms. Bethany Guggenheim Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Hachey Mr. & Mrs. Donald Hager III Mr. Benjamin Haskell ‘79 Mr. William Hayes ‘63" Mr. & Mrs. James Hillsgrove Atty. Edwin Howard Mr. Jarvis Hunt III ‘75 Mr. & Mrs. George Hynes III Mr. & Mrs. Stirling Ince Mr. & Mrs. Larison Johnson Mr. Brandon Kelemen ‘09 Mrs. Rosemary Kemp Mr. Michael Kilian & Ms. Valerie Hurley Mrs. Mary G. King Mrs. Annelotte Kozma Mr. & Mrs. Janos Kozma Mr. & Mrs. Lincoln Kraeuter Mr. & Mrs. Gary Kratkiewicz Mr. & Mrs. John Lamoureux Mr. Norman LeBlanc Mr. & Mrs. Richard Lent Drs. Robert Levine & Rebecca Kadish Mr. & Mrs. Jack Lyons Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Maciejowski Mr. Paul MacMahan Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Marcus Mr. Miguel Martinez & Mrs. Amy Reynolds Martinez Mr. Andrew Mason & Ms. Susan Lindeberg Ms. Katrina McCarty & Mr. Daniel Goldrick Mr. & Mrs. Colin Menezes Mr. Jeffrey Mitchell & Mrs. Ann-Margaret Tessi-Mitchell Mr. & Mrs. Michael Montuori Mrs. Laura Rogerson Moore ‘74 Mr. & Mrs. Kelly Morgan Mr. & Mrs. Russell Murray Ms. Myhanh Nguyen Mr. & Mrs. Frank O'Brien Ms. Barbara Paisner Mrs. Barbara Kemp Palm ‘64 Mr. Nicholas Papakyrikos & Ms. Judith Normandin Mr. Eric Park Mr. Herschel Parnes ‘66 Mr. & Mrs. James Patierno Ms. Haley Pickford ‘07


Annual Fund Gifts by Category

Mr. Edward Popoli ‘63 Mr. David Post & Ms. Barry Weyburn Mr. & Mrs. Peter Quagliaroli Mrs. Rebecca Ratana Mr. & Mrs. James Ream Dr. & Mrs. Michael Remar Mr. Peter Rome ‘62 Ms. Eladia Romero Mr. Jonathan Sandler ‘86 Mr. & Mrs. Conrad Sanford Mrs. Ginger Sauer Mr. Kenneth Shapiro ‘85 Mrs. Jennifer Simensen Siemon ‘84 Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Sierra Mr. & Mrs. Jimmy Smith Mrs. Kathleen Crocker Smith ‘61 Mr. Kelly Smith & Dr. Debra Twehous Mr. & Mrs. Michael Spano Ms. Karen Stone ‘71 & Mr. David Schulz Mr. & Mrs. Michael Sullivan Mr. & Mrs. Jacob Sutherland Mrs. Patricia Simonds Taylor ‘65 Mr. & Mrs. John Templeton Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Tessier Mr. & Mrs. Louis Thiem Mr. & Mrs. Edward Thomas Mr. & Mrs. Jay Titcomb Mr. & Mrs. Michael Ussrey Mrs. Patricia Smith-Petersen Ventry ‘61 Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Washabaugh Mr. Roger Waxman & Ms. Karen Kranak Waxman Ms. Margaret Williams ‘81 Mr. & Mrs. Maynard Williamson Mr. & Mrs. John Wollrath Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Wolski Mrs. Sara Doak Wood ‘62 Mr. & Mrs. Keith Woolley Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Yardley Ms. Elizabeth Zephir ‘99 Ms. Julia Zephir ‘08 Ms. Katherine Zephir ‘03 CONTRIBUTORS Mr. Brian Aho ‘86 Mr. Michael Aho ‘86 Ms. Cheri Amarna Anonymous Mrs. Despina Koules Anton ‘75 Mr. & Mrs. Frank Antonelli Ms. Morgan Bakstran ‘10 Mr. Mitchell Balle & Ms. Faith Boothman Mr. & Mrs. Norman Banville Mr. Stephen Belsky & Ms. Katherine Dennison Mr. F. Benton, Jr. ‘63 Ms. Cynthia Benton-Groner ‘61 Ms. Tracy Blanchard Mr. & Mrs. Frank Bonanno Mr. & Mrs. Michael Booth Mr. & Mrs. John Bowen Mr. Bryan K. Bradley


Mr. Michael Brady & Mrs. Michelle Belletete-Brady Ms. Joan Brewer Mr. Kevin Brodeur Mr. & Mrs. David Brown Mr. & Mrs. John Burby Mr. & Mrs. John Burke II Mrs. Milissa Cafarella Mr. & Mrs. Bart Calder Ms. Jennifer Caldwell Mr. & Mrs. Carl Canner Mr. Conrad Carlson Mr. & Mrs. Roger Carr Mr. Joseph Chamas ‘92 Mr. & Mrs. John Chernoch Mrs. Melissa Irving Christensen ‘97 Mr. Peter Church & Ms. Jennifer Nash Mrs. Ann Simonds Clifford ‘67 Mr. Kieran Cloonan ‘88 Mr. Ray Collings Ms. Elizabeth Courtney ‘68 Mrs. Janet Cowan Ms. Janet Cragin Ms. Sally Cragin ‘75 Mr. Richard Critz, Jr. & Ms. Kristina Isakovich Mr. Alan Crocker ‘64 Mr. & Mrs. Kristopher Cyr Mrs. Suzanne Slarsky Dael ‘95 Mr. & Mrs. Richard Dale Mr. & Mrs. Irvin Dallas Ms. Erin Daly Mr. & Mrs. Dwight Davenport Mr. & Mrs. Michael Depasquale Mr. & Mrs. Michael Dermody Mr. & Mrs. Mahamadou Diakite Mr. Robin Dinda & Ms. Renea Waligora Mr. James A. Doherty Mr. & Mrs. Paul Dorian Rev. Ian Douglas ‘73 Mr. Christopher Dow ‘93 Mr. Connor Dow ‘02 Mrs. Erin Kelley Ernst ‘84 Ms. Cassie Feinberg ‘09 Ms. Lillian Feinberg ‘07 Mr. Robert B. Field, Jr. Mr. Mohamed Fnine & Ms. Deborah Carle Fnine Mr. & Mrs. Robert Follett Mrs. Nancy Forrest Mr. & Mrs. James Fortin Mr. Peter Fry & Ms. Gretchen Hummon The Honorable & Mrs. Richard Galway Mr. & Mrs. Geoffrey Ganem Ms. Rebecca Gettys ‘10 Mr. Daniel Giles ‘06 Ms. Kaitlyn Giles ‘03 Mr. Kyle Gillis Mr. Todd Goodwin Mr. Michael Grant & Mr. Rob Kendall Mrs. Donna Graves Ms. Lydia Graves ‘67 Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Gregson, Jr.

Dr. & Mrs. Keith Groves Ms. Kathleen Grzewinski Mr. James Hardy, Jr. ‘76 Mr. MarkAnthony Hardy ‘03 Mrs. Rosemary Hardy Mr. & Mrs. James Harkins III Mrs. Jane Weller Harman Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Hawks Mr. Christopher M. Heinz Mr. Jorgen Hindsgaul Madsen & Ms. Susan Juul Christoffersen Col. & Mrs. Calvin Hosmer J. D. Despres Roofing, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. Ashraf Javaid Mr. & Mrs. James Jellison, Jr. Mr. Cody Jennison ‘04 Ms. Danielle Jennison ‘06 Mr. & Mrs. Michael Jennison Mr. & Mrs. Scott Johnson Ms. Nicole Juul Hindsgaul ‘07 Ms. Cornelia Kellogg ‘70 Mrs. Frances Ross Kipp ‘62 Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Klinoff Mr. Andrew Klopfer ‘97 Mr. & Mrs. Michael Knight Mr. Jason Kramarczyk ‘97 Mr. & Mrs. Neil Lacey III Mrs. Janis Lafferty Mr. Carl Lanza III ‘81 Ms. Elizabeth Laverack ‘74 Mr. Alexander Lent ‘02 Ms. Emily Lent ‘99 Mr. & Mrs. David Linabury Ms. Deborah Linder ‘98 Ms.Emma Lippincott ‘03 Mr. James Lippincott ‘07 Mr. & Mrs. Wang Lo Mr. & Mrs. Robert Lyons Mr. Christopher MacDonald ‘09 Mr. Joseph Marabello Ms. Jennifer Marshall ‘80 Dr. & Mrs. William Marshall Mr. & Mrs. Byron Martin Mr. & Mrs. William May Mrs. Sharon McGowan Mrs. Pam Meehan Dr. Julia S. Miles Mrs. Erika Ferlins Mills ‘96 Mr. & Mrs. Jay Moody Mr. & Mrs. Tito Morales Ms. Samantha Morrison ‘09 Mr. Sean Morrow Mr. Charles Morse Ms. Sherri Moyen & Ms. Christina Caron Ms. Andrea Mullin ‘05 Mr. & Mrs. Charles Mullin Mr. & Mrs. Michael Mullins Mr. Cameron Murphy ‘10 Mrs. Sally Muspratt Mrs. Deborah Nelson Ms. Sarah Neroni ‘82

Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Nowd Mr. & Mrs. Matthew O'Connor Drs. James & Dana O'Shea Mrs. Dorothy Page Mr. Aaron Pailes & Ms. Gillian Townsend Davies Ms. Catherine Paiste & Mr. Dillwyn Paiste Christopher Palmer ‘93 Mr. Jeffrey Palmieri Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Pappas Ms. Cherie Paquette ‘94 Ms. Ellen Paradis Ms. Maria Patriacca Ms. Pamela Pelletier Ms. Nancy Pendleton Mr. & Mrs. Dhiraj Pisal Mr. & Mrs. Kerry Planitzer Mr. Duane Purvin ‘60 Mr. Tomi Rantala ‘79 Ms. Jennifer Raterman Mr. Khamphouvong Rattanasing & Ms. Cynthia Rattanavong Mr. & Mrs. James Ray Ms. Tracy Reardon Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Reida Ms. Jessica Roetzer ‘99 Mr. Christopher Russell ‘97 Mr. Edward Russell ‘08 Mr. & Mrs. Louis Russo Ms. Maria Santiago Mr. & Mrs. Colin Scholefield Mrs. Ellen Schwartz Mr. & Mrs. John Selinga Mr. Louis Sierra Ms. Elizabeth C. Simonds ‘72 Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Steim Mr. Gustav L. Stewart Mr. Christopher Stimpson ‘08 Mr. John Stimpson ‘07 Mr. Sam Stimpson ‘11 Mr. Thomas Stone ‘10 Mr. Mark Hager & Ms. Stephanie Syre-Hager Mr. & Mrs. Sergei Syssoev Mr. & Mrs. Charles Tarleton Mrs. Fotini Tassos Maria Graceffa Taylor ‘85 Mr. Thomas Tessier ‘03 Mr. Gary Tharler ‘66 Mrs. Diane Toolin Dr. & Mrs. Frank Weisner Mr. Charles Whipple & Ms. Randi Von Steinwehr Mr. Anthony Wilcox & Ms. Anna Phillips Ms. Catherine Wildman ‘13 Ms. Elisabeth Wildman ‘11 Mr. Nathaniel Wilkie ‘08 Ms. Deborah Woodsome ‘70 Mr. Griffin Woolley ‘08 Mr. & Mrs. Victor Zelny



Parent Participation by Class

Applewild was fortunate to have two anonymous families sponsor a Parent Challenge for the 2009-10 Annual Fund. The donors agreed to donate $10,000 to the Annual Fund if the parent community reached at least 90% participation. We are pleased to report that our parents responded to the challenged and reached 91%. Thanks to the challengers and all the parents who participated! NINTH GRADE – 100% Mr. Bryan K. Bradley Mr. & Mrs. Hayden Duggan Mr. & Mrs. James Gettys Mr. & Mrs. Theodore Goodrich Mr. & Mrs. Neil Lacey III Mr. Raymond Murphy & Ms. Beth Lindstrom Mr. Aaron Pailes & Ms. Gillian Townsend Davies Mr. & Mrs. Colin Scholefield Mr. Kelly Smith & Dr. Debra Twehous EIGHTH GRADE – 97% Ms. Kimberly Ansin Ms. Barbara Baker Mr. & Mrs. John Burke II Mr. & Mrs. Frank DeLorey, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Michael Dermody Mr. & Mrs. Mahamadou Diakite Mr. & Mrs. Steven Doben Dr. & Mrs. Elliot Feinberg Mr. Ronald Feldman & Dr. Piamarie Ballarin-Feldman Mr. Richard Fichera & Ms. Julie Rodwin Mr. Mohamed Fnine & Ms. Deborah Carle Fnine Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence Greene Dr. Daria Karos Mrs. Mary G. King Mr. & Mrs. Wang Lo Mr. & Mrs. Scott MacDonald Mr. & Mrs. Norman MacDonald III Mr. Miguel Martinez & Mrs. Amy Reynolds Martinez Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Melampy Ms. Lisa M. Mueller Mr. Raymond Murphy & Ms. Beth Lindstrom Mr. & Mrs. Matthew O'Connor Drs. James & Dana O'Shea Mr. Eric Park Mr. & Mrs. Steven Rizzo Mr. & Mrs. Peter Rowden Mr. & Mrs. Colin Scholefield Atty. & Mrs. Christopher Walton Mr. Carl Werowinski & Ms. Sally Pendleton Mr. & Mrs. John Wollrath Mr. & Mrs. David Zeiler

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SEVENTH GRADE – 100% Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Aciukewicz Mr. Harold Anderson III & Ms. Cola Parker Ms. Kimberly Ansin Mr. & Mrs. John Barker Mr. Paul Benham & Ms. Kimberly Shea-Benham Mr. & Mrs. Frank Bonanno Mr. & Mrs. Michael Booth Mr. David Bourdelais & Ms. Susan Wadsworth Mr. & Mrs. Richard Buck Mr. & Mrs. Steven Catalano Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Cattel, Jr. Mr. Richard Critz, Jr. & Ms. Kristina Isakovich Mr. & Mrs. William Ellerkamp Mr. & Mrs. Mark Fleming Mr. & Mrs. James Fortin Mr. Peter Fry & Ms. Gretchen Hummon Dr. & Mrs. Keith Groves Mr. & Mrs. Paul Harter, Jr. Mr. & Mrs. Robert Janoschek Mr. & Mrs. Gary Lorden Drs. Michael & Jannette Lyons Mr. & Mrs. David Niose Drs. James & Dana O'Shea Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Pappas Mr. & Mrs. Dwight Sowerby Mr. & Mrs. Michael Sullivan Mr. & Mrs. Scott Swain Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Washabaugh Mr. Roger Waxman & Ms. Karen Kranak Waxman SIXTH GRADE – 90% Dr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Chapdelaine Mr. & Mrs. John Chernoch Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Chew Mr. Peter Church & Ms. Jennifer Nash Mr. & Mrs. Kristopher Cyr Mr. & Mrs. Richard Dale Mr. & Mrs. Dwight Davenport Mr. & Mrs. Paul Dorian Mr. & Mrs. Robert Follett Mr. & Mrs. Michael Gambuzza Mr. & Mrs. James Gettys Mr. & Mrs. Theodore Goodrich Mr. & Mrs. Richard Guerriero Mr. & Mrs. Donald Hager, III Drs. Karl Helmer & Ingrid Cruse Helmer


Mr. & Mrs. James Hillsgrove Mr. & Mrs. George Hynes, III Mr. Michael Kilian & Ms. Valerie Hurley Mr. & Mrs. Gary Kratkiewicz Mr. & Mrs. Scott MacDonald Ms. Katrina McCarty & Mr. Daniel Goldrick Mr. & Mrs. Michael McNulty Mr. Kenneth Nickerson & Ms. Katherine Deyst Mr. Aaron Pailes & Ms. Gillian Townsend Davies Ms. Jennifer Raterman Mr. & Mrs. James Ream Dr. & Mrs. Michael Remar Mr. & Mrs. Conrad Sanford Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Sierra Mr. Kelly Smith & Dr. Debra Twehous Mr. Lucius Strazdis & Ms. Vida Maria Juodaitis Mr. & Mrs. Sergei Syssoev Mr. & Mrs. John Templeton Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Wolski FIFTH GRADE – 95% Anonymous Mr. Mitchell Balle & Ms. Faith Boothman Mr. Paul Benham & Ms. Kimberly Shea-Benham Mr. David Bourdelais & Ms. Susan Wadsworth Mr. & Mrs. Richard Dale Mr. & Mrs. Steven Doben Mr. & Mrs. Brad Galinson Dr. & Mrs. Keith Groves Mr. & Mrs. James Hillsgrove Mr. & Mrs. Robert Janoschek Mr. & Mrs. Janos Kozma Mr. & Mrs. Norman MacDonald, III Mr. & Mrs. Byron Martin Mr. Kenneth Nickerson & Ms. Katherine Deyst Mr. Robert O'Meara & Ms. Kit O’Meara Ms. Maria Santiago Mr. & Mrs. Jay Titcomb Mr. Carl Werowinski & Ms. Sally Pendleton Mr. Anthony Wilcox & Ms. Anna Phillips Mr. & Mrs. Keith Woolley

FOURTH GRADE – 100% Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Aciukewicz Mr. & Mrs. John Barker Mr. Michael Brady & Mrs. Michelle Belletete-Brady Mr. & Mrs. David Brewster Dr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Chapdelaine Mr. & Mrs. John Chernoch Mr. Peter Church & Ms. Jennifer Nash Mr. & Mrs. Kristopher Cyr Mr. Robin Dinda & Ms. Renea Waligora Mr. & Mrs. James Harkins III Mr. & Mrs. Larison Johnson Mr. & Mrs. Scott Johnson Mr. & Mrs. Ora Lassila Mr. & Mrs. John Lessard, III Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Lotuff Drs. Michael & Jannette Lyons Mr. Jeffrey Mitchell & Mrs. Ann-Margaret Tessi-Mitchell Ms. Myhanh Nguyen Atty. & Mrs. David Niose Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Nowd Mr. & Mrs. Dhiraj Pisal Mr. Khamphouvong Rattanasing & Ms. Cynthia Rattanavong Mr. & Mrs. Brooks Read Mr. & Mrs. Jacob Sutherland Atty. & Mrs. Christopher Walton Mr. & Mrs. Robert Zinck THIRD GRADE – 86% Mr. Iouri Alsov & Ms. Lynn Kremer Mr. & Mrs. Norman Banville Ms. Tracy Blanchard Mr. Logan M. Bullitt Mr. & Mrs. Steven Catalano Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Cline, III Mr. & Mrs. Dwight Davenport Mr. & Mrs. David Duval Mr. & Mrs. Brad Galinson Mr. & Mrs. Theodore Goodrich Mr. Christopher M. Heinz Drs. Karl Helmer & Ingrid Cruse Helmer Mr. & Mrs. Robert Janoschek Mr. & Mrs. Michael Knight Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Lotuff Mr. & Mrs. Barry Maskas Mr. & Mrs. Colin Menezes Mr. & Mrs. Tito Morales Mr. & Mrs. N. Scott Pierce Mr. & Mrs. Brooks Read Mr. & Mrs. Bradley Rish


Parent Participation by Class (cont.)

Alumni Participation by Class

THIRD GRADE – (cont.) Mr. & Mrs. John Templeton Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Washabaugh Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Yardley

Class of 1960 William Hurd Duane Purvin

SECOND GRADE – 100% Anonymous Dr. Eric Belsky & Ms. Cynthia Wilson Dr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Chapdelaine Mr. Richard Critz, Jr. & Ms. Kristina Isakovich Mr. & Mrs. Stirling Ince Mr. & Mrs. Ashraf Javaid Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Klinoff Mr. & Mrs. John Lessard, III Mr. & Mrs. David Linabury Mr. & Mrs. James Ray Ms. Eladia Romero Mr. & Mrs. Michael Ussrey Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Yardley FIRST GRADE – 83% Mr. & Mrs. David Brewster Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Chew Mr. & Mrs. Sangiwa Eliamani Mr. & Mrs. Donald Hager, III Mr. & Mrs. Karl Klinkhamer Mr. & Mrs. Ora Lassila Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Lotuff Mr. & Mrs. Ward McLaughlin Mr. & Mrs. Dhiraj Pisal Mr. & Mrs. Kerry Planitzer Mr. & Mrs. Peter Quagliaroli Mr. & Mrs. Conrad Sanford Mr. & Mrs. William Spound Mr. Mark Hager & Ms. Stephanie Syre-Hager Mr. & Mrs. Sergei Syssoev KINDERGARTEN – 78% Ms. Kimberly Ansin Dr. & Mrs. Carmine Colarusso Mr. & Mrs. Kristopher Cyr Mr. Louis Franco & Dr. Darlene Franco Mr. & Mrs. Brad Galinson Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Hachey Mr. & Mrs. John Lessard, III Mr. & Mrs. David Linabury Mr. Jeffrey Mitchell & Mrs. Ann-Margaret Tessi-Mitchell Mr. & Mrs. Kelly Morgan Ms. Sherri Moyen & Ms. Christina Caron Mr. & Mrs. Peter Quagliaroli Mr. & Mrs. James Ray Atty. & Mrs. Christopher Walton


Class of 1961 Cynthia Benton-Groner Kathleen Crocker Smith Patricia Smith-Petersen Class of 1962 Todd Crocker Deborah Kay Goldman Frances Ross Kipp Peter Rome Sara Doak Wood Class of 1963 F. Benton, Jr. William Hayes Lynn Burnham LaMar Edward Popoli Class of 1964 Laure Aubuchon Alan Crocker Barbara Kemp Palm Class of 1965 Scott Foster Patricia Simonds Taylor Class of 1966 Herschel Parnes Gary Tharler James Ware Class of 1967 Ann Simonds Clifford Ms. Lydia Graves Bert Honea III

Class of 1975 Despina Koules Anton Sally Cragin Jarvis Hunt, III Steven Stone Class of 1976 James Hardy, Jr. Thomas Laverack Paula Salonen Paquette Class of 1977 Kim Ansin Benjamin G. Bolles

Class of 1980 Kenneth Ansin Jeanne Troth Dowd Deborah Stone MacDonald Jennifer Marshall William L. Spound Class of 1981 Carl Lanza, III Christopher Rhoads Margaret Williams

Class of 1996 Erika Ferlins Mills Class of 1997 Melissa Irving Christensen Andrew Klopfer Jason Kramarczyk Christopher Russell

Class of 1999 Emily Lent Jessica Roetzer Elizabeth Zephir Class of 2002 Connor Dow Alexander Lent

Class of 1982 Sarah Neroni

Class of 2003 Kaitlyn Giles MarkAnthony Hardy Emma Lippincott Thomas Tessier Katherine Zephir

Class of 1983 James Short

Class of 2004 Cody Jennison

Class of 1984 Erin Kelley Ernst Jennifer Simensen Siemon

Class of 2005 Andrea Mullin

Class of 1968 Elizabeth Courtney Class of 1970 Sally Smith-Peterson Frkonja Cornelia Kellogg Deborah Woodsome

Class of 1986 Brian Aho Michael Aho Jonathan Sandler

Class of 1971 Karen Stone

Class of 1987 Caroline James Ellison

Class of 1972 Elizabeth C. Simonds

Class of 1988 Kieran Cloonan L. Joshua Wein

Class of 1974 Elizabeth Laverack Laura Rogerson Moore

Class of 1995 Suzanne Slarsky Dael

Class of 1998 Deborah Linder

Class of 1979 Benjamin Haskell Tomi Rantala

Class of 1985 Kenneth Shapiro Maria Graceffa Taylor 1

Class of 1973 Lucy Crocker Abisalih Elsie O'Brien Aubrey Arthur Copoulos Ian Douglas Sharon Wechsler Jacques David Stone

Class of 1994 Cherie Paquette

Class of 1991 Molly Tarleton Class of 1992 William Aubuchon IV Roland Bourque Joseph Chamas Class of 1993 Christopher Dow Geoffrey Ganem Christopher Palmer

Class of 2006 Daniel Giles Danielle Jennison Class of 2007 Lillian Feinberg Nicole Juul Hindsgaul James R. Lippincott Haley Pickford Class of 2008 Francesca Feldman Edward D. Russell Nathaniel Wilkie Griffin Woolley Julia Zephir Class of 2009 Cassie Feinberg Brandon Kelemen Christopher MacDonald Samantha Morrison Class of 2010 Morgan Bakstran Rebecca Gettys Cameron Murphy Thomas Stone



Restricted & Special Funds Faculty & Staff Participation

Congratulations to the Applewild School faculty and staff for achieving 81% participation to the 2009-10 Annual Fund.

Cheri Amarna Anonymous Kay Asher Frank Bonanno John Bowen Kevin Brodeur Jennifer Buck Christine Burby Milissa Cafarella Jennifer Caldwell Judith Carr Colleen Chapdelaine Ray Collings Janet Cowan Erin Daly Anne Davenport Kyle Gillis Todd Goodwin Michael Grant Donna Graves Lynda Gregson Kathleen Grzewinski Erica Hager Michelle Janoschek Kelly Jennison Janis Lafferty Tally Lent Maura Lyons Paul MacMahan Joseph Marabello Jeanne May

Sharon McGowan Pamela Meehan Julia S. Miles Sean Morrow Charles Morse Michael Mullins Deborah Nelson Kathryn Niose Barbara Paisner Jeffrey Palmieri James Palojarvi Kristen Palojarvi Ellen Paradis Maria Patriacca Pamela Pelletier Terry Perlmutter Jennifer Raterman Tracy Reardon Sara Sanford Ginger Sauer Ellen Schwartz Carol Selinga Stephanie Syre-Hager Fotini Tassos Edward Thomas Diane Toolin Christopher B. Williamson Peggy Williamson David Wood

Restricted Gifts Mr. Tom Abisalih and Mrs. Lucy Crocker Abisalih ‘73 Anonymous Mr. Kenneth Ansin ‘80 Ms. Kimberly Ansin ‘77 Mr. & Mrs. Assad Chamas Just Give Parents Association Mr. & Mrs. Craig Rantala Mr. & Mrs. David Stone ‘73 Ms. Amy D. White Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Williamson

Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts Program Mr. David Schultz & Ms. Karen Stone ‘71

Anonymous Ms. Kimberly Ansin '77 Mr. Ronald M. Ansin Mr. & Mrs. Brian Bakstran Mr. & Mrs. Eric S. Belsky Mr. & Mrs. Kumar Chinnaswamy Mrs. Ann W. Clifford The Crocker Family: Mr. Tom Abisalih & Mrs. Lucy Crocker Abisalih ‘73 Mrs. Jeanne L. Crocker Mr. David Crocker ‘64 Mr. & Mrs. Todd Crocker ‘62 Ms. Martha Crocker ‘67 Mr. Charles Richey & Ms. Susanne Crocker Richey’60 Mrs. Norman Cross Mr. & Mrs. Richard Dale Mr. & Mrs. James Dannis Mr. & Mrs. Thomas G. Dexter Douglas & Isabelle Crocker Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Wells Dow Mr. & Mrs. William Ellerkamp Enterprise Bank Mr. Ronald Feldman & Dr. Piamarie Ballarin-Feldman Mr. & Mrs. Ralph W. Giles Mr. & Mrs. Theodore B. Goodnow The Hunt Family: Mr. & Mrs. Christopher N. Hunt ‘76 Mr. & Mrs. Jarvis Hunt Mr. & Mrs. Jarvis Hunt III ‘75 Drs. Michael & SharonJacques Mrs. Rosemary Kemp Mr. & Mrs. Arnold S. Lerner Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Melampy Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts Mr. & Mrs. B. F. Saul Mr. & Mrs. John Stimpson The Stone Family: Mr. Scott MacDonald & Mrs. Deborah Stone MacDonald '80 Mr. David Schultz & Ms. Karen Stone '71 Mr. & Mrs. David Stone '73 Mr. & Mrs. Steven Stone '75 Mrs. Susan Stone Titterton ‘69 Mr. George Vaill Mr. Carl R. Werowinski & Ms. Sally Pendleton Mr. & Mrs. David Wood

Raytheon Company Mr. Gary Kratkiewicz

Gifts in Kind

Gifts for Financial Aid/Scholarships Anonymous Mr. Ronald M. Ansin (Early Childhood Scholars) Ms. Kimberly Ansin ‘77 Mr. & Mrs. James Dannis Enterprise Bank Mr. Ronald Feldman & Dr. Piamarie Ballarin-Feldman Fidelity Bank Mr. & Mrs. Allen Rome (Early Childhood Scholars) Mr. John Simonds, Jr. ’66 (JH Simonds Scholarship) Mr. & Mrs. John Stimpson Mr. & Mrs. David Stone ‘73

Bill & Donna Marshall Fund for The Creative Arts Mr. & Mrs. Richard Lent Mr. & Mrs. James Palojarvi

Corporate Matching Gifts Dell Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Washabaugh Fidelity Foundation Mr. Robert O’Meara and Ms. Kit O’Meara Mr. & Mrs. Steven Rizzo Genentech Mr. Geoffrey Ganem ‘93 GE Foundation Matching Gifts Program Mr. & Mrs. Michael Gambuzza Oracle Corporation Matching Gifts Program Mr. & Mrs. Paul K. Harter

Tyco Matching Gifts Program Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Wolski Verizon Mr. & Mrs. Michael Sullivan

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Building Community Capital Campaign

Mr. & Mrs. Mark Hollinger Mr. Michael Nolan Mr. & Mrs. Christopher Williamson


Parents Association Message

By Christine Cline President

As we reflect on Applewild’s 2009-2010 school year, the Parents Association Executive Team would like to thank families, faculty and staff for support of the PA throughout the past school year. We enjoyed a fun and successful year full of events that continued to strengthen our sense of community. The PA Executive Team is deeply grateful for your generous involvement and support. Thank you all! Throughout the year Mother Nature was on our side as we had beautiful weather for each and every event. It was quite interesting that it snowed the day before and after Harvest Fair, but the weather was beautiful for our Harvest Fair day community building event – phew! We are so grateful to Aimee Dancause and Michelle Bilsbury for their hard work in organizing the much anticipated yearly event. They worked very hard! Innisbrook Wrap was a nice offering this past year for families and the Rummage Sale was a huge success. Thank you to all who volunteered your help for the Rummage Sale. We added some new events this past year: Barnes and Noble Bookstore Gift Wrapping Day where we were able to show our school pride to the greater community and Applewild Day at Barnes and Noble Bookstore where the students had the opportunity to showcase their talents to the community at large. The young children especially enjoyed seeing Winnie the Pooh! Thank you to Rashmi Pisal for organizing the Box Tops program this year, which was highly successful. It was an honor to be asked by school to help support the first annual Applewild About Arts program. With the gracious donation of ice cream from the Catalano Family we were able to offer the students ice cream during the arts event. Thank you to all who volunteered their time to scoop ice cream! May and June were a flurry of activity for the PA. The Applewild Golf Tournament was a picture perfect day. We cannot thank chair John Lessard enough for his leadership and dedication to putting on such a fantastic tournament at Oak Hill Country Club. I also need to thank the golf committee members Kelly Jennison, Darleen Lessard, Eladia Romero, Leslie Duval, Diane Toolin and Christin Catalano for their hard work as well. We had happy golfers, lots of great auction items and most importantly, a great time was had by all. Thank you to all who helped the day of the event as well!

The grand finale is always the Faculty/Staff Appreciation Luncheon. This is a time when the Parents Association gets to thank all of those individuals who put their tireless energy into helping our children grow. It was a pirate theme this year and it appeared that everyone had a tremendous time. A big thank you to our chairs Darleen Lessard, Cheryl Hollinger and their parent volunteers. At our year-end Parents Association Breakfast we made contributions to two local community non-profit organizations. We presented a check for $375 to the ARC of Fitchburg who has a long standing partnership with our students at Applewild. We also presented a check of $375 to the Ryan Joubert Skate Park, which is in need of repairs. At Recognition Day the PA was pleased to present a donation to the school on behalf of those faculty and staff who were moving on from Applewild. Books were purchased for the libraries in honor of those individuals. For her ten years of dedication to Applewild, we honored Stephanie Syre-Hager with a $100 donation to the Applewild Garden, which she personally chose. The PA could not be successful without the support of the dedicated faculty and staff at Applewild. Thank you to Chris Williamson, Erica Hager and Tally Lent and their amazing teams, to Chef Jeff Palmieri and staff, to Jim Palojarvi and staff, to Kelly Jennison and the Development Office, to Dave Wood and the Business Office, to Jeanne May, Carol Selinga and Jen Raterman. No matter how busy they were, they always found time to support the Parents Association in any way they could. Thank you!

The Book Fair was a great way to offer families books for their children. It was a nice change to hold the event in the Laverack Room. Thank you to Jane Rish for chairing this event and for all the numerous volunteers for helping make the event a fun time for all.

Our treasurer, Jane Rish, and I met in late June to close out the books, and we are pleased to present a check to the school for $5,000 to the Wish List and $15,000 towards the Building Community Campaign. Thank you and congratulations to the families, faculty and staff that helped us bring this year to a successful close.

A huge thank you to Darleen Lessard and Cheryl Hollinger for surprising staff with a luncheon for Teacher Appreciation Week. We also wish to thank the parents who helped with the children’s lunch so the faculty could have some quiet time together to enjoy their meal.

I’d like to take the opportunity to thank the PA Executive Team this past school year for their very hard work: Heather De Jesus, Leslie Duval, Rashmi Pisal, Jane Rish, Eladia Romero and Marcia Lassila.




Applewild Day at Barnes & Noble Bookstore

Please join me in welcoming the new 2011-2012 Parents Association Team who will be joining me: Vice President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Leslie Duval Treasurer

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jane Rish

Secretary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shannon Galinson Co-Volunteer Coordinators . . . . . . Eladia Romero and Darleen Lessard Thank you to the Nomination Committee for their hard work on securing the team for next year – Chris Williamson, Kelly Jennison, Leslie Duval, Ron Feldman and Darleen Lessard. Thank you, Applewild community, for your widespread support and shared belief in the future.

WISH LIST Music Supplies/Repair ............................................................. $450 Katie Router Table Handles for Shop ........................................ $43 Projector for Classroom in Ansin Building ......................... $1,000 Orph instrument additions ........................................................ $64 Engraved Tree Markers for Science ......................................... $203 Additional Laptops for Cart ................................................. $3,240 TOTAL:................... $5,000

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In Memoriam

We are sad to report that Applewild lost three members of our Applewild family this past year.




Christopher Hartley Ganem, 28 years of age, beloved son of John and Barbara Ganem of Pepperell, MA passed away suddenly in his home in Beaufort, NC on Tuesday, November 24, 2009. A 2004 graduate of Bates College in Lewiston, ME, Chris also attended Applewild School and St. George’s School in Middletown, RI. Chris was a gifted athlete and enjoyed playing soccer, lacrosse and skiing. Chris spent the last summer of his life restoring a 22-foot sailboat and exploring Core Sound in his new surroundings in North Carolina. An avid reader, Chris aspired to being a writer and had both a book and short story in process at the time of his death. He took great comfort in the love and loyal companionship of his dog Jenny and cat Nola.

Brent A. Homoleski MD of New Boston, NH, died of natural causes May 14, 2010, at his residence, after a sudden illness. He attended Applewild and graduated from Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, CT. He earned his bachelor's degree from Tufts University and received his Doctor of Medicine from the Chicago Medical School.

Frederick Louis Reynolds of Lunenburg, formerly of Groton, died May 21, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Fred is the son of Joan Reynolds of Groton and Topsham Maine, and the late Frederick L. Reynolds of Groton.

In addition to his parents, Chris leaves his brother Geoffrey Ganem ’93 of San Francisco, CA, grandfather William Veague of Harborside, ME, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Chris was a kind, sensitive, and caring young man who will be lovingly remembered and sorely missed by his family and friends. Donations in Chris’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice or to the Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society, PO Box 319, South Deerfield, MA 01373, where Chris adopted Jenny in 2005.


After serving a four-year residency at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, (where Brent served as Chief resident in Psychiatry), Brent held the position of Assistant Chief of Psychiatry at the Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, NH. Most recently, he was employed by Dartmouth College as a Psychiatrist at the NH Hospital in Concord, where he chaired the Pharmacology and Teaching Committee. He was the recipient of the Dartmouth 2010 Physician of the Year Award. He also loved his work as an associate professor at Dartmouth Medical School.

He graduated from Simon's Rock College and Bard College. Fred spent his career as an exotic flower importer with a passion for orchids. Fred is survived by his wife, Tammie Guerard Reynolds; his daughters, Teale and Mia Reynolds and his son, Frederick Louis Reynolds. He is also survived by his brother, Matthew Reynolds and his wife, Denley of Freeport Maine; his sister, Tori Reynolds of Durham, North Carolina; and his sister, Erica Reynolds Hager and her husband, DJ ‘85 of Groton. He is also survived by four nieces and nephews, and many cousins.

Family members include his wife of seven years, Karolina (Radziszewska) Homoleski of New Boston; his parents, Bruce and Dianna Homoleski of Pepperell, MA; one sister, Beth Ann Homoleski of Boston; & his maternal grandmother, Irene Martin of Winchendon. Donations may be made to the Applewild School, Prospect St., Fitchburg, MA 01420 or the Cardiomyopathy Awareness Program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756.




At Applewild School we believe that a diverse community enhances and enriches our educational experience. We strive to create an inclusive culture of mutual responsibility where all people are valued and respected. Our goal is to recognize and acknowledge our shared humanity while understanding and respecting differences as we learn, live and grow together.

Applewild School 120 Prospect Street • Fitchburg, MA 01420




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