TNN • Tiger News Network • 25 May 2018

Dear Parents,

While students and teachers rightfully look forward to adventures of summer, the end of the school year leaves me with bittersweet emotions. 

At Last Chapel next Friday, June 8, we will celebrate this year's noteworthy achievements of our students in all facets of school life. In addition, we will honor those faculty and staff members who have served Thayer Academy for milestone years of service, beginning at 20 years and continuing with each five-year increment. Joyous indeed. Then, we recognize and thank those teachers leaving or retiring from Thayer. Our team will never be the same.

Similarly, at Commencement the next day, we will joyfully celebrate the Class of 2018, as they receive their diplomas. Tempering that excitement, of course, is the recognition that those seniors won't be back next year. Our student body will never be the same.

While it can be tricky to simultaneously hold these conflicting emotions, the reception after Commencement changes everything. Watching the graduates and their families congregate with the teachers and staff who helped the students reach this moment transforms the joy and sadness into gratitude and hope. I am grateful to have worked with these students, and I know that these graduates are fully prepared to meet the challenges they will face, buoyed by what they have learned at Thayer.

-Highley Thompson P'20,'23

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No School Monday-Memorial Day

Reminder: Please do not park in the Braintree Town Hall parking lot when attending end-of-year events. Thank you. 

Summer Reading Lists- Click here to view the Middle and Upper School summer reading lists. 

Book buy-back information. Click here for instructions on the book buy-back process. This year, book buy back will only take place online- not at school. Contact AnnMarie Leonard with any questions.

Project Angel- Five students in Thayer's Global Scholars Program have recently launched Project Angel to support educational development in countries with populations that are under-served. Supporters can purchase an angel made by artists in Port-au-Prince, Haiti from upcycled oil drums. Proceeds from the sale will help fund educational opportunities in Haiti, Nepal, Peru, and Zambia. For more information and to purchase an angel, click here

Graduation gifts at the campus store! Check out the Thayer tote, make-up bag, and pillow (perfect for the new dorm room!). Tote, $68; makeup bag, $25; pillow, $60. To purchase contact AnnMarie Leonard, 781.664.2234.

This summer, Thayer Academy will be updating the 2018-2019 laptop program to 13" MacBook Airs for all students. Please see your individual school division section in the TNN for laptop drop-off times.  All laptops and chargers must be returned by end of school. If your child doesn't return the laptop and charger at the scheduled time it can be dropped off at the IT offices.  Families will be billed for laptops and chargers not returned or accounted for. If you have any questions email

June 18 - August 23, Thayer Academy Summer Workout Program for Strength, Speed & Conditioning, (10 Weeks), Monday, Tuesday, Thursday Evenings, 4-7pm. This is free to Thayer students. Open to all Upper School and rising 9th graders. Sign up for the whole summer or week-by-week. Go on vacation! Then come back and continue to train. For more information, click here

August 13-17, Thayer Football Camp for boys in grades 5-7. For more information click here


Commencement: Please note, Commencement will be held on Saturday, June 9 at 9:30 am, not 9:00 am as the printed Thayer calendar states. 

Notice to all students: All lockers must be cleaned out in the locker room and the locker room must be clear of all belongings by the end of the day on June 8th (Last Chapel). Anything left in locker rooms will be removed and disposed of appropriately.  All sports uniforms must be turned in to Mr. Spedden or Mrs. Leonard By June 8th. Anything missing after that date will be charged accordingly.

Field Hockey Families- The Athletic Department is pleased to announce Nate Coolidge as the new head coach. Mr. Coolidge is the Director of the Boston Field Hockey Club. He was an 8-time member of the United States Men's National Team, former assistant at Virginia Commonwealth University and former head coach at Newton North High School.

Photo request. The Black and Orange yearbook is looking for photos from the Short Play Festival (April 26) or any other spring sports or other events for the spring supplement we are currently creating. If you have any photos you can share with us, we would greatly appreciate it. Please send photos to our new address:

Parents of Juniors: This summer, as a special service to rising seniors, Thayer Academy will offer college essay writing workshops from June through early August, so that students may write their essays ahead of time, and thus focus on academics and the rest of the college application process during the busy fall term. For more information on these workshops, click here

Host family needed for the next academic year for a female Spanish student. There are also summer and semester study abroad opportunities in Spain next year. Please contact Marc Rando for more information, ( For more information, click here

May 25, Advisor Preference Forms Due today from 9th GradersNinth graders received Advisor Preference forms to indicate their advisor preferences for the next three years. Those forms are due today. Click here to download the form. 

May 29, Exams begin. Upper exams begin on Tuesday, May 29 and run through Monday, June 4. Students take one exam per day (either 8:15 or 10:45 am). Students are only required to be on campus to sit for their exams, but they may arrive early and stay after their exam to study. Lunch is available each day. Specific times and locations of exams will be posted at school.

June 4, Laptop drop-off. All freshman, sophomore and junior students will need to turn in their laptops and chargers to the school Monday, June 4 in the Tiger's Den before or after their exam. The technology team will be in the Tiger's Den starting at 8:00 am. An email was sent to the students on how to back-up their data off their laptop before the computer is returned for summer. New laptops will be issued in late August.  If you have any questions, please stop by the Tech offices or email

June 5, Build confidence! Be empowered! Feel strong! After a successful event last year, we are offering again this spring a self-defense class for junior and senior girls on June 5th at 12:30.  Because of the generous support of The Parent Association the cost for the class is only $25.  The class will take place in the Thayer gym and will last approximately 4 hours.  A self-defense class can educate our students on how to best protect themselves in difficult situations. This class should help our students to feel more in control of their life and to feel safer. If your senior is interested, they should contact Ms. Matzkin ( 

June 6, Thayer Pre-Prom Pictures beginning at 6:00 pm.  Thayer will host an on-campus pre-Prom photo opportunity again this year on the Teardrop for all students attending the Prom and their families and friends.  Students and families are encouraged to gather on campus for photos starting at 6:00 pm.  This a great chance for the students to meet on campus to capture photos together with the Thayer campus as the backdrop.  Complimentary trolley transportation, sponsored by the Thayer Academy Parent Association, will be provided for students to and from the Venezia.  The trolleys will leave from Thayer at 7:00 p.m. and return to campus at the conclusion of the Prom.  Students have been instructed to sign up for the trolley transportation with Mr. Murphy when they purchase their Prom tickets. 

June 8, Last Chapel, 8:30am. All Upper School students are required to attend Last Chapel, our final school gathering of the school year. Students should wear Monday dress, including long pants and ties.

June 9, Senior All-Night Party:  The Parent Association will sponsor the annual All-Night Party aboard the Spirit of Boston for graduating seniors on the night of Commencement (Saturday, June 9).  The moonlight cruise on Boston Harbor takes place between midnight and 2:00 a.m. and includes music, dancing, games, activities, and food.  A permission slip is required for this event:  Please click here to print one out.  Please sign and return the form by June 1 to the Alumni House, 745 Washington Street, Braintree, 02184 or by email to Chrissy Dahlheimer,  Volunteers are needed to make this event a success: please sign up here!


To view the 2018 Exam Schedule click here

The Middle School is accepting ongoing donations for our new TAMS Book Swap!  We held two this year, but plan to have them more often next year.  We are looking for gently used books of any genre and appropriate for grades 4 and up. Donations can be brought to the office.  Email Mrs. Francois or Ms. Soule if you have any questions.  Thank you for helping spread the joy of reading by sharing titles!

May 31 and June 1- Laptop drop off days in Thompson Hall. All Middle School students will need to turn in their laptops and chargers at the Middle School. There are two drop–off times-- Thursday, May 31 starting at 12:30pm and Friday, June 1, starting at 7:30am in Thompson Hall.  An email was sent to the students on how to back-up their data off their laptop before the computer is returned for summer.  New laptops will be issued in late August.  If you have any questions, please email

May 31, 10:15am, Thompson Hall, 8th Grade Guitar Show.  Mrs. Browne and the 8th grade will be rockin' out one last time at the 8th Grade Guitar Show! Parents and friends are invited!

June 4, 8th Grade rafting trip. The bus leaves at 7:15am. Cost, $120. For information on the trip and to download the permission slip, click here.

June 5, 8th Grade Canobie Lake Trip. Bus leaves at 8am sharp, returning approximately at 4:30pm. For more information click here.

June 7, Recognition Day, Center for the Arts, 10am

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Nancy Burgess, RN P'08, '11, School nurse, Sisters First: Stories From Our Wild and Wonderful Life  by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush 


​​​​​​Bill Stephenson, Business Manager, The Story of a Marriage, Andrew Sean Greer



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