TNN • Tiger News Network • 26 May 2023


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There are no more spring season home games, but the girls & boys varsity crew teams head to the New England Interscholastic Rowing Association (NEIRA) Championships tomorrow (Saturday, May 27) at 9 a.m. at Lake Quinsigamond. Also, three cheers for the girls varsity track & field team which recently earned their 22nd straight ISL Championship and their second straight NEPSTA DI Championship (it should be noted that prior to that, the girls had won 22 straight NEPSTA DII championships as well). Go, Tigers! 

No School May 29
There will be no school Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day. Administrative offices will be closed. 

Please Return Athletics Training Gear
Students are reminded to please return any athletic training equipment that may have been issued to them over the course of the year. This includes items such as walking boots, crutches, knee braces, slings, and Cryo-Cuffs, to name a few. The athletic trainers will also accept gently used items students may no longer need. The athletic trainers —Ellen Malloy, Garett Butkuss P '26, and Anne Lally —would also like to thank students and families for their support this year. 

Gallery Display of Student Artwork; Senior Exhibition Is June 1
The Upper School’s Student Art Show is now on display at the Karen & Ted Koskores Art Gallery. 

In addition, “Exploring The Arts,” an exhibition celebrating Senior Projects which focuses on visual and performing arts, will be held Thursday, June 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the lobby of the CFA. The senior artists who are curating the show are: Alenka Cetkovic, Lucky Eschauzier, Scott Lowe, Tucker Chanenchuk, and Ty Mainini. 

Perfect Participation Score for Class of 2027 Parents & Guardians
The parents and guardians of the Class of 2027 reached 100% participation in the Middle School Legacy Campaign. They are the first such class to reach that goal in the 21-year history of legacy campaigns or any parent-giving campaigns! 

Thayer’s Advancement & Engagement Office congratulates the parents/guardians of the Class of 2027 and thanks them for their commitment to the campaign. This is an accomplishment in which all families in the class should take great pride. 

Summer Reading Requirements Online
Information regarding summer reading requirements for both the Middle School and Upper School is available on Thayer's website.

Please note: For World Languages, only some Upper School courses have summer reading requirements - and additional updates were made this week. There are no World Languages summer reading requirements for the Middle School.

Summer Sports Clinics
Thayer Athletics is offering sports clinics for new and returning Thayer students from June 20 through Aug. 10. Learn more and sign up at

Please note: Clinic offerings are dependent on registration numbers, so be sure to sign up by June 1. 

Summer Opportunities for Middle and Upper School Students
Are you a Thayer student looking for a meaningful summer opportunity? The Pulsifer College Counseling Center has developed a database of summer programs for students in both the Middle School and Upper School. This database will be updated as new information about summer program opportunities is received.

Summer programs are a great way to stay engaged during the summer months, develop a passion, or try something new. Please check the list periodically for new updates. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Shaw in the College Counseling Office.  


Final Exam Info
Final exams at the Upper School begin Tuesday, May 30, and end Monday, June 5. The list below indicates the exam day for each subject. Students will need to consult the master exam list to determine the specific time and location of their exams.  

Exams begin at either 8:15 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. on the designated day (except for Tuesday, May 30, when exams begin at 9 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.). Students are not expected at school until the beginning of their exam, and they may leave school immediately after they complete their exam. Lunch will be served on all exam days for any student who does choose to stay on campus to eat.

If a student is ill on an exam day, please be sure to notify Mr. Murphy. Makeup exams are scheduled for Tuesday, June 6, at 8:15 a.m. in Room 104 Main.

Exam Day Schedule

  • Tuesday, May 30: World Languages (9 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.)
  • Wednesday, May 31: Science (8:15 a.m. or 10:45 a.m.)
  • Thursday, June 1: History (8:15 a.m. or 10:45 a.m.)*
  • Friday, June 2: Math (8:15 a.m. or 10:45 a.m.)
  • Monday, June 5: English (8:15 a.m. or 10:45 a.m.)
  • Tuesday, June 6: Makeup Exams

*Some history exams are presentations or debates and may not follow the set times as other exams. Students should consult with their teachers to confirm meeting times.

Last Chapel; Assembly Dress Required
Last Chapel — which will take place Friday, June 9, at 8:30 a.m. in Alumni Gymnasium — is the final school gathering of the year where many members of our community are recognized for their achievements. All Upper School students are expected to attend, and this is considered an Assembly Dress occasion.  

Return Those Library Books
The library staff of Southworth Library remind Upper School students to please return all library books before they leave for the summer. Thank you and happy reading!

Prom Info for Juniors and Seniors
Attention, Juniors and Seniors: The Prom will take place Wednesday, June 7, from 7:30 to 11 p.m. at Gillette Stadium. Pre-Prom photos begin at 6 p.m. on the Teardrop. All are encouraged to gather for pictures. As in years past, it is mandatory that students and their dates take bus transportation to and from Gillette. This transportation is sponsored by TAPA and is complimentary. Bus service back to Thayer will begin at 10:45 p.m. (Buses will all leave at the same time, so no need to get in line early). 

Tickets will be available by credit card online or by cash or check, payable to Thayer Academy, at Mr. Murphy's desk in the Student Commons. Tickets are $110 per person. You may bring an outside guest, but if you do, please see Mr. Murphy for a guest form. Tickets sales will close today (Friday, May 26). 

If you have any questions or need assistance covering the cost of the ticket, please do not hesitate to let Ms. Wheeler, Ms. Gately, or your advisor know.

College Essay Writing Workshops for Class of 2024
Attention, juniors and their families: Thanks to a partnership between the Pulsifer College Counseling Center and Thayer's English department, college essay writing workshops will be available to rising seniors in the months of June and July. Please click here for dates, details, and registration information.   

Dates of Note
As the school year comes to a close, please remember: 

  • The Upper School's second semester ends today (Friday, May 26). 
  • Senior Projects end Friday, June 2. 
  • Last Chapel is Friday, June 9. 
  • Commencement is Saturday, June 10. 

Info on Senior Return of Laptops
Chief Information Officer Theresa Jay recently emailed students in the Class 2023 about returning their laptops, chargers, and cases when their classes ended May 5. Seniors can, however, apply for an extension until Friday, June 9. Her email contains links to a laptop extension form as well as a video demonstrating how to upload files to Google. Please note that on page 29 of the Student Handbook, it states:

The email accounts and data of graduating 12th graders will be deleted the week after graduation.

This year, the deletion of accounts is scheduled for Friday, June 16.

Graduating students must return laptops, chargers, and cases to Thayer Academy before graduation. Failure to do so will lock the laptop, and that account will be billed. There is no buy-out program. 

Info on Return of Middle School Laptops
At the end of the school year, Thayer Academy's technology team will collect student laptops from 5th, 6th, and 7th-grade students. They will need to turn in their 13" MacBook Air laptops, case, and charger at the Middle School after the last day of exams on June 1 and June 2. After the last exam, Middle School faculty advisors will collect the chargers and case-covered laptops.   

Over the summer, the technology team will update operating systems, assess any damage, and make repairs. The Middle School summer return program ensures Middle School students start the 2023-24 school year with fully functional, secure laptops.

During the summer, Middle School parents and guardians will receive an email to register for laptop distribution from Aug. 21 through Aug. 23. If you have any questions, please email

Middle School Dismissal Reminders and Study Hall Info
Middle School families should make note of the following dismissal times:

  • Today (Friday, May 26) 
    • 11:30 a.m. dismissal
    • Study hall until 6 p.m.
  • Monday, May 29: (Memorial Day) No School
  • Tuesday, May 30
    • 5th, 7th, 8th grades: 11:30 a.m. dismissal
    • 6th grade: 2 p.m. dismissal
    • Study hall until 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 31 
    • 11:30 a.m. dismissal
    • Study hall until 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 1
    • 7th graders should follow the special science schedule 
    • 5th, 6th, 8th grades: 11:30 a.m. dismissal
    • Study hall until 6 p.m. 
  • Friday, June 2: (Tiger Games & final day of school)
    • 1:30 p.m. dismissal 
    • Study hall until 6 p.m.
  • Please note:
    • Students are permitted to wear athletic attire or academic dress for the remainder of the year.
    • Buses will run as normal with 4 p.m. pickup during this time.

End of Term & Honor Roll Certificates
The Middle School's third term will end Friday, June 2. 

If Middle School parents and guardians would like their students to receive an honor roll certificate for the third trimester, please email Ms. Tenney in the Middle School Office. These certificates will be mailed home, as the school year will have concluded.

Recognition Day Rehearsal Is June 7
In preparation for Recognition Day, 8th graders and singers will attend a rehearsal Wednesday, June 7, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on the Main Campus front lawn.

This will also be the final opportunity to return laptops at the CFA. 

Recognition Day Is June 8
Recognition Day, the culminating event of the Middle School's academic year, will take place Thursday, June 8, at 10 a.m. outdoors on the Main Campus front lawn. All Middle School students are to be in attendance. 

Students should arrive by 9 a.m. Eighth graders should wear a suit, white shirt, and tie; a dark blazer with dress pants, white shirt, and tie; or a white dress. All other students should wear Assembly Dress. Students should be able to sit and to walk distances and stairs comfortably in their attire and shoes.

Each 8th grader will be given a flower or boutonniere upon arrival.

Thank-You Notes Due May 30
TAPA and the Middle School are excited to bring back the Thayer tradition of showing appreciation to the Middle School faculty/staff through the collection of handwritten notes from the students. Notes can be written to teachers, coaches, music directors, nurses, etc. — whoever the student (and parent/guardian, too) feels has made a difference in that student's life this year.

Please encourage your child to write a thank-you note. These simple gifts are so very appreciated. After writing the note, please place each one in an individual envelope with the recipient's name written on the front. 

Tuesday, May 30, is the last day to submit notes. If you have any last-minute submissions, please reach out to Middle School President Heidi Barry P ’26, ‘28.

For a list of Middle School faculty and staff, please click here

New Women’s Affinity Group
TAPA would like to invite women of the Thayer community to the Thayer Academy Women's Affinity Group on Tuesday, May 30, at 6:30 p.m. in Southworth Library. 

TAPA recognizes that self-care is necessary for community care and seeks to create a space for women in the Thayer community to gather for self-inquiry and mutual support. 

If you have any questions, please contact Laurie McTeague P '24 or Brynn Wartman P '30.

Here to Help
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at

Martha McNally P ’22, ‘24, ‘27: President
Caroline Kuhlman P ’25, ‘28: Vice President
Lee Sentnor P ’21, ‘24, ‘26: Treasurer
Kaityln Aiello P ’26, ‘28: Secretary
Heidi Barry P ’26, ‘28: MS President
Colleen Hernandez ‘90 P ’26, ‘28: MS Vice President
JoAnn Brown P ’27: MS Secretary
Sharisse Cail Perry P ’24, ‘24: DEIB Coordinator
Kim Millian P ‘26: Volunteer Coordinator
Dasan Harrington P ’27: Volunteer Coordinator
Nicole Arnold P ’24, ‘25: Parent Athletic Coordinator (PAC)
Yemi Talabi-Oates P ‘26, ‘29: MS DEIB Coordinator

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