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For Parents of 9th Grade Students

We hope the list of events below will give you a sense of the Thayer freshman experience. Before you know it, your freshman will be a senior applying to college, so enjoy the next four years!

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s advisor or one of the Freshman Class Deans:

Highley Thompson (hthompson@thayer.org)

Maureen Keleher (mkeleher@thayer.org)

Click on any of the topics listed below for a detailed explanation. Topics are arranged by keyword, in alphabetical order.

Academic Support

Academic Support

Thayer prides itself on the relationships that teachers establish with their students. While teachers will certainly have high expectations for your child, they will also be there to support your child when he or she needs it. Most freshmen have between two and seven study halls a week, and teachers will encourage, or in some cases, require, your child to meet with them during one of these study hall periods. If your child’s study halls do not match up with a particular teacher’s free periods, then most faculty will arrange to meet your child either before or after school. For students who are still struggling despite working hard in several classes, it may be appropriate for your child to work with one of the teachers in the Hale Learning Center.

The Academic Year • Terms vs. Semesters

The Academic Year (Terms vs. Semesters)

Thayer’s academic year is divided into two semesters and three terms, and this is often a point of confusion for both students and parents.

Term 1
A student’s first-term grade is based on all of the work done from the first day of school in September through the last day of classes in December.

Semester 1
A student’s first-semester grade is a weighted average of the first-term grade and the mid-year exam in December. While the weight of the exam is up to the discretion of each individual teacher, most teachers count the exam as either 20% or 25% of the first-semester grade, and they count the term grade as 75% or 80%.

Term 2
A student’s second-term grade is based on the work done from the first day of classes in January up to Spring Break in March.

Term 3
A student’s third-term grade is based on the work he or she does from Spring Break until the end of the year.

Semester 2
The second-semester grade is a weighted average of the second-term grade, third-term grade, and the final exam. Only semester grades appear on a student’s official transcript, and they are the grades used to calculate a student’s grade point average (GPA).

Advisors

Faculty Advisors

Your child’s advisor should be your first line of contact at Thayer, as this is the person who has the broadest perspective on a student’s Thayer experience. Because this is such an important relationship, the first official conferences of the school year take place between parents and the advisor. (See Parent/Advisor Conferences below.)

There are sixteen faculty and staff members who serve as advisors to the freshman class. Your child will be assigned to one of these advisors. Each advisor usually works with seven or eight students (advisees), monitoring their academic and social progress. Opportunities for advisors and advisees to interact include:

  • Meeting four mornings per week for a five-minute homeroom session where advisors…
    • Check in with students
    • Read the daily announcements
    • Take attendance
  • Friday class meetings
  • One-on-one advisor meetings
  • Advisee group meetings
  • Meetings with individual advisees during a study hall period

Advisor Options After Freshman Year

Choice of Advisor After Freshman Year

While freshmen are automatically assigned a faculty/staff advisor, freshmen do indicate their preference for a new faculty advisor for their sophomore through senior years. In the spring of freshman year, the faculty and staff members who will serve as sophomore advisors the next year come to a freshman class meeting to introduce themselves. The freshmen then list their top six choices for their advisor and the Class Deans try to match the students' choices as closely as possible. Once the advisor/advisee match is made, students stay with that advisor through graduation. 

Camp Bournedale & Freshman Orientation

Camp Bournedale & Freshman Orientation

Camp Bournedale is in Plymouth, Mass., and is the site for Thayer's Freshman Orientation. Students in the freshman class, peer advisors, and faculty advisors spend three days and two nights at Camp Bournedale right before Labor Day weekend (August 27-29, 2014). During this orientation period, freshmen spend much of their time getting acquainted and building class unity by participating in team-building activities. There is also some free time when the students can play street hockey, beach volleyball, or Frisbee, use the waterfront, or just sit around talking. Everyone stays in cabins with bathroom facilities and all of the meals are prepared and served by the camp staff.

A few weeks before the start of school, you will receive a letter from the class deans, Highley Thompson (hthompson@thayer.org) and Maureen Keleher (mkeleher@thayer.org). This letter will provide information about the trip to Camp Bournedale. In that mailing, you will also find a health form and a permission form that must be filled out in order for your child to attend Orientation. If you do not receive these forms, or if you need additional copies, please call the Admission Office (781.664.2221). Also, if you will be picking your child up at Camp Bournedale, please be sure to notify Highley Thompson.

Celtics Game • Freshman Class Trip

Freshman Class Trip to a Celtics Game

For the past several years, the freshman class has been able to obtain a block of tickets to attend a Celtics game - usually in March or April. Students leave when sports practices are over, traveling on Thayer buses, and they usually return around at 10:30 in the evening. This is not a mandatory event for freshmen but about half the class attends in any given year.

Clubs

Clubs

Each year in mid-September, at one of the first Monday Meetings, students hear about all of the different clubs and organizations they can participate in at Thayer. Officers or representatives from each of Thayer’s 30+ clubs make a short presentation explaining the club objectives, meeting times, and meeting locations. Many of Thayer’s clubs meet during our Club Period on Thursday afternoon (3:05 to 3:35). On Thursdays, athletic practices do not start until 3:40 so that all students have the opportunity to go to a club meeting as well as an athletic practice. Clubs can also meet on other days either after school or during morning break. While participation in a club is not required in the Upper School, it is strongly encouraged. Students do not ‘join’ any one specific club at Thayer, they attend meetings of any clubs that interest them. It is totally acceptable for a student to attend the Games Club one week, Habitat for Humanity the next, and then not attend any club meetings at all the following week. If students have a particular interest and would like to start their own club, they need to find a faculty member to act as club advisor and submit a club proposal to the Community Council. To see a list of Thayer's Clubs & Activities, click here.

In homeroom every day, advisors read the morning announcements. There is always a section in the announcements dedicated to clubs. Every club meeting for that day is listed. Advisors will remind the freshmen of what each club is all about and encourage their advisees to get involved.

Community Service by Advisee Group

Advisee Group Community Service

Thayer sponsors many different kinds of community service events throughout the school year. These events are often explained at Monday Morning Meetings and then listed in the daily announcements. Almost every one of these opportunities is open to all students in the Upper School. When the 16 peer advisors are selected, they sign a contract that lists all of their job responsibilities, one of which is to coordinate a community service activity for their advisee group. At some point during the school year, your child will bring home a permission slip giving the details of the trip. Your child’s peer advisor will do his best to find a time that works for the majority of advisees in the group.

Conferences • Parent/Advisor Meetings • Oct 15, 2014

Upper School Parent/Advisor Conferences ♦ Wednesday, October 15, 2014 ♦ 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

In late September or early October, your child’s advisor will contact you to set up a 30-minute conference for Wednesday, October 15. Prior to the conference date, you will receive a set of progress reports that will serve as the basis for your discussions with the advisor. When you meet with the advisor, you will discuss your child’s academic performance to date. This conference time is ideal for discussing the overall transition from middle to high school. In addition to academics, you may want to discuss your child's social life as it relates to Thayer, and his or her connection to the greater Thayer community. Establishing good communication between parents and advisors is essential, as the advisor is the first person you should contact if you have any concerns. If, after Parent/Advisor Conferences are over, you feel the need to meet directly with a specific teacher, the advisor can facilitate the communication between you and that teacher.

Conferences • Parent/Teacher Meetings • January 20, 2015

Parent/Teacher Conferences • January 20 and 22, 2015

Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on Tuesday, January 20 (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and on Thursday, January 22 (3:30-6:30 p.m.) in Cahall Dining Room.  Parents will receive information about how to sign up for a ten-minute slot with each of their child's teachers. 

Course Selections for Sophomore Year

Course Selections for Sophomore Year

Starting in late March, the freshmen begin their academic planning for sophomore year. It is the responsibility of the freshman teachers to speak to their students, either individually, or as a group, about their academic options for the sophomore year. The teacher then makes a recommendation as to which course each student should take for the next year. Over 90% of the time, the teacher and student agree on what this course should be. In the event that there is a disagreement, the student should speak to the teacher and the appropriate department head to try and work out a solution.

Starting in mid-April, students officially register for courses online. The registration page can be found from Thayer's homepage, under Upper School > Course Registration. Note: This page is usually live only during the registration period. When students log in to the course registration website, they will see that they are pre-registered for the five academic courses recommended by their teachers, plus a course called Nutrition. Not everything is pre-determined, however, as students do have a choice of electives from the arts department.

Course descriptions are provided in the course catalog that all students receive at the beginning of this process, and a link to the online version of the catalog will be posted on the registration page. Once students have completed the registration, they should print out a receipt to be signed by student, parent, and advisor. When working through the course selection process, students and families often find it helpful to look ahead not just to the next year but to the next three years. 

Elections for Freshman Student Leadership • in October

Student Leadership Elections for Freshman Year

In mid-October, the freshman class elects 12 of its members to leadership positions. Four students are elected to serve on the Community Council, four are elected to serve as Class Officers, and four are elected to serve on the Disciplinary Committee.

Community Council is an organization that represents the entire student body in the Upper School. The Council is the primary student link to the administration. They sponsor and organize many school-wide activities throughout the year. Some of these activities include Homecoming, Spree Day, dances, Monday Morning Meetings, and the Mr. Thayer Pageant. The four representatives from the freshman class will join representatives from the sophomore, junior, and senior classes to form the 16-member Council. Community Council members are outgoing, energetic, and natural leaders.

Class Officers work closely with the class deans to organize and sponsor freshman class events such as a community service activity, a fund-raising event to increase the class treasury, or the Frog Pond ice-skating trip. Class officers are also responsible for organizing and motivating classmates during Winter Wars in February. Students interested in becoming a class officer should be motivated, energetic, responsible, and creative. Officers who work hard and collaborate well can greatly enhance the freshman year experience for their class.

The Disciplinary Committee is a group comprised of faculty members and students who hear disciplinary cases involving serious misconduct. Representatives listen to allegations, student statements, and statements of witnesses. They then discuss the case among themselves in a closed hearing and make recommendations to the Upper School Director and the Headmaster about appropriate disciplinary actions. When a case is being heard, one representative from each of the four grades is selected to serve alongside three faculty members. Students who serve on the Disciplinary Committee should be open-minded, thoughtful, and trustworthy; they should also be good listeners.

At a class meeting in early October, some of the peer advisors who are currently Community Council members, class officers, or Disciplinary Committee members speak to the freshmen about what it means to serve in each of these capacities. Students interested in running for any of these positions must obtain a nomination form from one of the class deans (Highley Thompson, or Maureen Keleher) or from the freshman bulletin board in the Glover building. This form requires the candidate to obtain the signatures of  20 classmates and to write a Statement of Purpose no longer than 10 sentences. The statement of purpose should describe what the candidates wish to accomplish during the year and why they think they are good candidates for the position. The Statement of Purpose should be typed and double-spaced. No student may hold more than one position.

Elections for Sophomore Student Leadership • in May

Student Leadership Elections for Sophomore Year

Just like the elections that take place at the beginning of the school year, the freshmen conduct a second set of elections in May so that their leadership is in place for the start of sophomore year. The twelve elected positions are the same for sophomore year as they are for freshman year. If your child didn’t run for a leadership position in the fall, or ran and didn’t get elected, you may want to encourage him or her to try again in the spring. The nomination process and voting is done in the same way as in the fall.

Exams • Midyears • Dec 12-18, 2014

Midyear Exams ♦ December 12, 15, 16, 17, 18 (2014)

During the last five days of the first semester (December 12-18) all students take a two-hour mid-year exam in each of the five academic disciplines. This is the schedule for this year:

Exam Schedule ♦ December 2014

FriDec 12

*Foreign Language @ 8:15 or 10:45 a.m.

MonDec 15

♦ English @ 8:15 a.m.

♦ Math @ 12:30 p.m.

TuesDec 16*History @ 8:15 or 10:45 a.m. 
WedDec 17*Science @ 8:15 or 10:45 a.m. 
ThursDec 18Make-up Exams
   
  • *For the exams scheduled at 8:15 or 10:45, students will be assigned to one of the two time slots by their teachers.
  • There is no homeroom on exam days nor are there any other classes.
  • Lunch is served on all exam days.
  • Buses run on a modified schedule.
  • On Monday, when students take two exams, they do not have to remain on campus, although they may stay, study in the library, and eat lunch in the Dining Hall. 

Exams • Finals • May 26– June 1, 2015

Final Exams ♦ May 26– June 1, 2015

Final exams will take place starting on Tuesday, May 26 and finish on Monday, June 1. Unlike midyear exams, where students may have two exams on one day, only one final exam is scheduled per day. Final exams are two hours long and run from either 8:15 to 10:15 or from 10:45 to 12:45. Teachers will inform students of the time and location for each exam.

For final exams, most teachers will only assess their students on the material covered during the second semester (January-May). However some teachers will assess students on the entire year or on just the third term (late March-May). It is the responsibility of every student to know what material will be covered on the final exam.

  • No homeroom on exam days
  • No academic classes on exam days.
  • Lunch is served on all exam days.
  • Buses run on a modified schedule.

Frog Pond • Freshman Trip • Dec 18, 2014

Freshman Class Trip to the Frog Pond ♦ After Exams on December 17, 2014

Shortly after the last midyear exam, the freshman class traditionally boards two school buses and travels to Boston to skate at the Frog Pond. Students can bring their own skates or rent them at the pond - the cost is the same for all students. Before skating, students and advisors head Quincy Market where they spend about an hour of free time to grab lunch or do some shopping before walking to the Frog Pond for skating. This is not a mandatory trip, but the majority of the class generally attends.

Freshman Seminar: Foundations of Learning

Freshman Seminar: Foundations of Learning

This required course for freshmen meets once per week for the first semester and lays the foundation for success in the Upper School academic program.   Students learn the technology skills and study skills required for their coursework.  Technology topics include iPad use and orientation, digital citizenship and etiquette, research skills, basic coding and programming, and iPad based applications.  Taught by Hale Learning Center staff, the study skills portion of the course provides metacognitive strategy instruction in a variety of different areas. Topics include time management, active reading, note taking, and exam preparation. 

 

 

Grades & Comments

Grades and Comments

You will receive official grades and comments from your child’s teachers four times during the school year:

  1. Prior to Parent/Advisor Conferences in October
  2. At the end of the first semester
  3. At the end of the second term
  4. At the end of the school year

In addition to these four formal reports, you may hear from your child’s teachers via written progress report, email or telephone. However, you should never wait to hear from the school if you want an update on your child, please call or email any of your child’s teachers at any time.

Hale Learning Center (HLC)

The Hale Learning Center (HLC)

Staff members in the HLC work with students who have officially-diagnosed learning differences, as well as with students who do not have any official diagnosis, but who are struggling to keep up academically. A student must be referred to the Learning Center by a teacher or advisor, and a committee then decides on a plan of action to help each student. Students might make only a single visit to the Learning Center or the staff might decide it would be more beneficial to schedule regular small-group or one-on-one meetings with an HLC teacher. The goal of the Learning Center is to provide students with the tools they need to be successful at working independently. In addition to working directly with students, the HLC staff also collaborates with faculty and parents to support them in guiding students who learn in different ways. If you have any questions about the Learning Center, please contact HLC Director Erica Archabal (earchabal@thayer.org).

Handbook

The 2014-2015 Handbook will be available near the end of August 2014.

Thayer Academy Student Handbook – The 2013-2014 Student Handbook can be downloaded here.»

The Handbook provides a wealth of essential information all in one place. To give you an idea of the topics covered in the Handbook, the Table of Contents is copied below.

All-School Topics
Essential Information
  • Telephone Hours & Numbers
  • Messages for Students
  • Attendance Desk
  • Emergency Closing Information
  • Class Year Guide

Thayer Academy Mission Statement

  • Purposes & Objectives
  • Thayer Academy Honor Code
  • General Information for all Students Upper & Middle Schools
    • Thayer Libraries & Their Resources
    • Hale Learning Center
    • Lockers
    • Health Services & Medical Emergencies
    • Medical Requirements for School Attendance
    • Verification of Immunizations
    • Yearly Physical Exam & Medical Consent Forms
    • Children With Special Health Care Needs
    • Medications
    • Minor Illness or Injury During the School Day
    • General Guidelines for Student Dismissal or Absence Due to Illness
    • Medical Appointments
    • Extended Absences
    • Social Events on Campus
    • School-Sponsored Off-Campus Trips
    • Buildings & Facilities
    • Descriptions of Buildings & Facilities
    • School-Wide Policies & Procedures
    • Community Values & Expectations
    • Harassment & Anti-Bullying Policies
    • Bullying
    • Sexual Harassment
    • Hazing
    • Illegal Drug & Alcohol Policy
    • Appropriate Use Policy (Technology AUP)
    • Parental Communications Guidelines
    • Attendance Procedures
    • Attendance, Late Arrivals & Early Dismissals
    • Transportation
    • School Buses
    • MBTA Passes
    • Cars on Campus
    • Interscholastic Athletics
    • Overview of Interscholastic Athletics
    • Rules & Guidelines
    • ISL Sportsmanship Creed
    • Varsity Teams
    • Sports & Teams
    • Parking at Thayer Athletic Sites

Thayer Academy Parents’ Association (TAPA)

  • Parents’ Association Executive Board
  • TAPA Volunteer Committees & Chairs
Middle School Policies & ProceduresUpper School Policies & Procedures
  • General Information
  • After-School Study Hall
  • Arrival
  • Bookstore
  • Computer Use
  • Dismissal
  • Lockers
  • Lost & Found
  • Lunch
  • Recess
  • Study Periods
  • Telephone Use
  • Valuables & Non-Essentials
  • The Advisor System
  • Conference Periods
  • Parent Conferences
  • Parent Awareness Forms
Middle School Academic Program
  • Homework
  • Guided Study
  • The Hale Learning Center
  • Placement (Accelerated Math & English)
  • Effort Grades
  • Effort Honor Roll
  • Achievement Grades
  • Achievement Honor Roll
  • Academic Warning
  • Academic Probation
  • Exams
  • Promotion
Middle School General Conduct Guidelines
  • Middle School Dress Policy
  • Behavior
  • Food in School
  • Conduct Marks & the Detention System
  • Disciplinary Probation
  • Discipline Committee
Middle School Extra-Curricular Programs & Athletic Programs
  • Health & Wellness
  • Inter-Scholastic Teams
  • Eligibility for Inter-Scholastic Competition
  • Conduct & Athletics
  • Attendance & Athletics
  • No Middle School Sports Between Seasons
  • Activities • Middle School
  • Student Ambassadors Program
  • Social Life

Advising & Counseling

Academic Life & Expectations

  • Requirements for Graduation
  • Credit Value for Courses
  • Study Hall
  • Senior Independent Study Project
  • Course Selection
  • Add/Drop Policy
  • Honor Roll
  • Grade Point Average
  • Academic Probation
  • Attendance & Class Credit
  • Late Work
  • Promotion to Next Grade 
  • Incompletes

Conduct & Expectations

  • Upper School Dress Policy
  • Scholarly Integrity & Responsibility

Health & Wellness Classes

The Hale Learning Center

Schedules

Test Day Schedule

Lunch Schedule

Upper School Daily Bell Schedule

Upper School Disciplinary Policy
  • General Expectations
  • Definitions of Disciplinary Infractions & Possible Consequences
  • Serious Offenses
  • Very Serious Offenses
  • Definitions of Some Important Disciplinary Consequences
  • Disciplinary Procedures

Upper School Extra-Curricular Programs

  • Activities, Organizations, Clubs & Community

Upper School Community Leaders

To confirm that you have read the Handbook,
 please complete the online Handbook Agreement at www.thayer.org/HandbookAgreement.

History Research Paper

History Research Paper

All freshmen write a research paper during the second term in their world history classes. This paper is the focus of the course for the entire term. While the exact length of the paper and the choice of topic may vary slightly from teacher to teacher, the concept of the project is the same for all classes. To prevent students from feeling overwhelmed by the project, the research process is broken up into manageable steps. Throughout, students have time to meet regularly with their teachers to master the steps. The term begins with how to choose a topic and moves through finding scholarly sources, note taking, thesis writing, outlining, writing, documentation, and revising. The goal is that each student gains greater confidence in his or her ability to find and process information and to synthesize it in written and spoken forms.

As part of this process, students work closely with the Upper School librarians, who in turn collaborate with the teachers. The librarians prepare individualized library orientations for each freshman during the first term or at the beginning of the second. All students set up a NoodleBib account, which allows them to document their sources, create bibliographies, and take notes. Teachers are able to look at their source lists and provide feedback. More information about resources available through the library can be found in Tigerguides.

Homecoming • Oct 25, 2014

Homecoming ♦ Saturday, October 25, 2014

Homecoming this year is on Saturday, October 25. If your child plays on any fall sports team, that team will have a home game on this date. There are also several other activities on campus throughout the day, many of which are fun for younger siblings. Many of the school’s clubs and organizations will set up booths, and food is served throughout the day. In the evening, there is usually a dance for all Upper School students.

Last Chapel • June 5, 2015

Last Chapel ♦ Friday, June 5, 2015

Last Chapel is an awards and recognition ceremony to end the school year. It is the final event of the year for all Upper School students, and attendance is mandatory. This year, it is on Friday, June 5. At Last Chapel, faculty members who are leaving Thayer, retiring, or who have reached significant milestones in service to the school are recognized. Then, a faculty member (chosen by the seniors) addresses the entire student body. Finally, awards are given to students in grades 9-12 for excellence or improvement in academics, arts, and community service. If your child is receiving an award, you will be contacted by the school and invited to attend. Students should dress in Monday Morning Meeting attire for Last Chapel.

Monday Morning Meeting

Monday Morning Meeting

Every Monday at 10:00 a.m., students gather in Hale Theater for a meeting where the entire Upper School has a chance to come together and learn something new through a medium outside the classroom. Thayer often invites outside speakers or performers to make presentations to the student body. Some examples of outside performers from the past years are The Call Backs, an a capella group from Harvard, and ex-NFL player Max Lane, who gave a motivational speech about leadership.

Perhaps even more entertaining at Monday Morning Meetings are the presentations from the different members of the Thayer community itself. The faculty talent show is always a favorite, with athletic director Matt McGuirk playing the piano and history teacher Larry Carlson singing “A Boy Named Sue.” Students always enjoy seeing a scene or two from an upcoming student theater production or hearing selections performed by one of Thayer’s three choirs or its numerous jazz combos. Some community members make short speeches about what they stand for or what is important to them. In short, you can never go wrong by asking your child about Monday Morning Meeting at the Monday dinner table – you’ll get a different answer every week.

Peer Advisors

Peer Advisors

In addition to a faculty advisor, every freshman is also assigned a senior peer advisor. It is the job of the peer advisors to act as a role models for the freshmen. Freshmen like having an older student to talk to, especially when that student can also help guide them throughout the freshman year.

PSAT • Oct 15, 2014

PSAT ♦ Wednesday, October 15, 2014

In October, freshmen, sophomores, and juniors all take the PSAT at Thayer. The main reason we ask freshmen to take this test is so they can become familiar with the format and length of this type of assessment. The PSAT is purely experiential for the freshmen. The only people who see the scores are the students' parents and their teachers or advisors at Thayer. No college or university will ever see the PSAT scores from freshman (or sophomore) year. Having a set of scores from freshman year also provides ninth graders with a baseline against which to measure their scores in future years. In the junior year, the PSAT score is a decent predictor of what a student will earn on the SAT in the senior year. Freshmen should not spend any time preparing for this test, nor should they fixate on the scores when they come out in December. Calculators are not necessary for the PSAT, but are permitted. We strongly encourage every student taking this test to bring a calculator, some number 2 pencils, and a good eraser.

The Semi • Nov 25, 2014

The Semi-Formal Dance ♦ Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Semi is a dance that always takes place on the Tuesday prior to Thanksgiving – this year Tuesday, November 25 - from 7:30 to 11 p.m. This dance is open to all students in the Upper School and has been held at Lombardo’s in Randolph for the past several years. While some students choose to go with a date (an outside guest is allowed), a date is not required, nor is it the norm. On average, about 75% of students do not bring a date. The class deans and freshman advisors encourage all 9th graders to attend, whether they come by themselves or with a group of friends. While dinner is not served at the Semi, there are plenty of hors d’oeuvres and desserts throughout the evening. All students must arrive by 8:30 p.m. and can leave no earlier than 10:30 p.m. Girls tend to wear nice dresses while boys wear jackets, shirts, and ties. Please review Thayer’s rules regarding alcohol, drugs, and tobacco with your child prior to this evening. These rules can be found in the student handbook.

School Supplies, Textbooks & Summer Reading

School Supplies, Textbooks & Summer Reading

Many freshmen (and their parents) find themselves wondering what to bring to school on the first day. Most teachers have specific requirements that will be conveyed during the first day or two of classes. However, it is important that students show up on the first day of school with the following:

  • A backpack
  • Pens, pencils, a highlighter, and an eraser
  • A notebook
  • A folder for each class

A Note on Calculators: Some freshman mathematics courses require a graphing calculator while others only require a four-function calculator. Please do not buy any calculator until your child receives specific instruction from his or her teacher about what to buy. No student will need a calculator in the first week of school, so you will have plenty of time to obtain one if necessary.

If the need for certain school supplies arises at the last minute, please remember that Thayer’s Campus Store carries notebooks, 3-ring binders, pens, pencils, index cards, batteries, and much more.

If you have not already ordered textbooks, please do so as soon as possible. You should have received a letter from the school over the summer with your child’s schedule. When you log in to Classbook.com (using the student's first and last name) simply type in the name of each course that your child is taking, and the list of required books will appear.

Finally, please check in with your child to make sure that he or she has finished the summer reading. You might want to consider reading one or more of the selections at the same time as your child so that you can discuss the book. This can be a very meaningful experience for both the parent and the child. English teachers start the school year by discussing the summer reading, so it is imperative to complete the assigned books. The summer reading list can be found on the website.

If you have any questions specific to a particular discipline, please contact the appropriate Department Head:

Six Flags • Freshman Class Trip • June 1, 2015

Freshman Class Trip to Six Flags ♦ After Exams on Monday, June 1, 2015

The freshmen always have the early time slot (8:15-10:15) for the last final exam (Monday, June 1). Once that exam is over, freshmen board two Thayer buses and spend the remainder of the day at Six Flags amusement park in Agawam, Mass. This is not a mandatory trip, but it is a nice way to end the year - the vast majority of the class usually attends.

Sports

Sports

Thayer Academy has a rich athletic tradition. There are many opportunities for freshmen to get involved during one or more of the three athletic seasons. While participation in interscholastic sports is not mandatory, it is highly encouraged, and many of our students compete in all three seasons. This link will take you to the Athletics section of the website.

Winter Wars • February 9-13, 2015

Winter Wars • February 9-13, 2015

Winter Wars is a spirited week-long competition in mid-February, where freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors compete in crazy games, each class hoping to earn the most points by the  end of the week. On each of the five days, each class can earn points for community service, class spirit, and a variety of creatively-designed competitions. For community service, students bring in items that are requested by different charitable organizations in the greater Boston area. For example, in past years, we’ve collected canned goods for the Braintree Food Pantry, toiletries for local shelters, and children’s books for ReadBoston.

If you see your child leaving the house in the morning dressed all in blue, or wearing a diving mask and bathing suit on a day when the temperature is hovering in the teens, not to worry, he or she is just trying to earn spirit points for the freshman class. Each class is assigned a different costume theme for each day of the week. When the students gather for the daily competitions, the faculty votes to determine the class that has done the best job of dressing up and the class that has the most spirit. Finally, points can also be earned for winning different competitions like tug-of-war, the Olympic Relay, and the Great Race.

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