TNN • Tiger News Network • 8 June 2018

June, 2018

Dear Parents & Guardians,

With end-of-the-year events almost complete and the allure of summer beginning to unfurl, it is timely to express how appreciative we are for all you do to help nourish our school’s culture. 

Thayer’s culture provides a healthy environment where aspiration is encouraged and achievement is nurtured.  To those ends, we all work together to place a high premium on the synergy that exists between participationaffirmation, and achievement.  Explicitly and – perhaps even more importantly –implicitly, our school culture makes it almost impossible for students to cut a narrow path.  Indeed, broad participation promotes investment in our communal life, places common purpose at the center of much of what we do, and promotes respect and regard for others who are contributing.  Plainly put, our students and your children are companions in a common journey, and they have walked in each other’s shoes. This, in turn, cultivates a sense of belonging and induces them to be appreciative and supportive of one another – imparting healthy doses of affirmation that each is a part of what makes all of us whole.  And, affirmation, we believe is the foundation of achievement, for it instills confidence and shapes purpose.

End-of-the-year events, of course, place into clear light the many ways our school culture encourages and celebrates communal and individual achievements – all of which are underscored by the rich and varied opportunities our students pursue so avidly.  We would be remiss, however, not to celebrate how thankful we are for the roles you play in encouraging your children to embrace the responsibility to reach and grow, and the equally important signals you frequently send to faculty and staff that we are working together in the mutual support of our young people. 

Thank you.


Ted Koskores ’70, P ’10, ‘13

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Please Note: This is the last TNN of the school year. Have a great summer, and congratulations to the Class of 2018!

Commencement live streaming- If you are unable to attend graduation, you can watch it streaming live on your computer or mobile device. To view the ceremony, visit After graduation, you will also be able to view the recording at this link.

Rising 9th to 12th grade boys-The Upper School boys cross country team is looking for runners from all grades. This fun fall sport is a great way to get in shape for a winter sport or to fulfill an athletics requirement. All interested students or parents are encouraged to contact Coach Joe Pelletier for more information.'

Family trip to Australia- Science teacher Steve Sirrico is organizing a trip to Australia for June 2019. This will be a family trip, meaning a parent (or 2) - or other adult needs to travel with the student. The trip would be for 14 days in Sydney to Cairns and The Great Barrier Reef -with lots in between. Please email Mr.Sirrico at if interested.

Reminder from the Nurses about Health Requirements for 2018-2019--Per usual, the annual health requirements for the next school year are due by 8/1/18, but you will be able to log into Magnus as of 6/18/18 . A few points to remember:

-If your child's physical exam is up-to-date and already uploaded to Magnus Health, you will see a green check mark next to that requirement. No further action is needed (until a month before a new physical exam is due). However, if you child is due for an updated physical exam over the summer, please be sure to schedule the appointment soon so that the physical exam is completed and uploaded by the deadline. If an appointment is scheduled for the month of August, please send an email to to let us know if the scheduled date.

-Please note that all forms need to be uploaded directly to Magnus Health, and not sent into Thayer's Health Office via mail or email. When you log into Magnus Health (by first logging into Thayer's website with your usual parent username and password), you will find helpful information here for contacting Magnus Health if you need assistance.

-All requirements as listed on Magnus Health need to be completed before your child will be allowed to participate in any pre-season activities, including sports, or attend school.

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 underserved. 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.

June 11 - August 30, Open Athletic Hours. The facilities will be open for individuals during the following times.

Fitness Center (Strength & Conditioning Program):

June 11th- August 30th (closed July 4th)

Monday- Thursday


Memorial Gym and Turf:

June 11th- August 30th (closed July 2nd- 5th)

Monday- Thursday


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. 

Senior Parents: In a few weeks, Thayer will be sending the Final Report form and the student's final transcript to the college where each student is planning to attend next year. This is required by every college and students will be receiving requests from the college where they deposited to submit these documents. Thayer automatically takes care of this step so a student doesn't need to make a request. Seniors should, however, make sure that college counseling is aware of their final plans - their destination should be up to date in Naviance. If there has been a change in the student's plans or the information in Naviance is incorrect, please contact Selene Eymer at or 781-664-2201. 

Auditions for the fall musical, Beauty & the Beast, begin the first Sunday after school begins. Click here for the information packet and music clips. The cast will be limited to the first 101 people who sign up, so auditions are strongly encouraged! Paper copies will also be available outside of the choir room or click here to access the packet on the student portal. 

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



Our friends from Deep Creek Middle School in Cape Eleuthera, The Bahamas, are looking for a homestay for a visiting student for a single night - July 20th. She will be studying at Deerfield Academy but will need to stay in the Boston area the night of the 20th (and would need a ride to Logan in the morning). If any families would be interested in hosting, please contact Carson Smith

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!


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Jess Leaver '00, Associate Director of Admissions, The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah 

Jon White, Director of Admissions, Enlightenment Now, Steven Pinker


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