TNN • Tiger News Network • 1 December 2017

Dear Parents,

A special thank you to the athletic department staff and a sincere thank you to all the athletes, coaches, teachers, staff, administrators, maintenance crew, fans, and friends of Thayer Academy for a great fall athletic season. Your support, hard work, dedication, and pride is greatly appreciated and an exciting privilege to be a part of.

Highlights of the fall season include: 

FIELD HOCKEY: JV Field Hockey finished with a rewarding 5-8 record. Led by captains Julia Cochran, Ilona Perry and Stephanie Lyons, Seniors Molly Mullally, Marianna Tsoumbanos, Arianna Sougarides and Leanne Hayden, Samantha Rando and Emily Smith the Varsity team battled through injuries but maintained a strong spirit finishing with 4-11-1 record. Highlights included a dominating win against Cushing and league wins against Groton and St. George’s.

BOYS SOCCER: The JV team was 3-12-1. The Varsity season started with some great expectations but unfortunately was stung by the injury bug. The highlight of the season by far was the 1-1 tie at Nobles. I would like to thank the 8 seniors Declan Havlicek, Connor Rotondi, Sean Kennedy, Conor Sage, Will Linell, Duke Lenaghan and our 2 Captains Eoin O’Sullivan and Patrick Shiel, for their dedication, hard work, and leadership this season and over their 4 years at Thayer, you will be missed!     

VOLLEYBALL: The JV team was very competitive throughout another season of growth. The Varsity team began the season with a very new and young team, many of whom were totally new to volleyball. Captains Caroline Leta, Izzy Gomes, and Kendall Roland led the team well, helping the new players learn positions and techniques. By the end of the season, we started winning a lot of sets and a couple matches, finishing the season 2-13 overall, 1-8 in the league. We will miss our departing seniors Jianing Hu, Caroline Leta, Abby Nelson, and Tessa Schneider.

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY: The JV team continued to improve. The Varsity had a great season. Senior captains Nick Dawson, Eli Dow, Caleb Farwell, and Drew Kelner motivated the team to train hard over the summer. The team finished 10-5 in the league, and 12-5 overall. They placed well in the ISL championships on Lawrence's hilly course. At the New England Championships, held at Berkshire School, the team did even better, bringing home a fourth-place plaque. This year, we say goodbye to eight seniors, many of whom have been with the program since ninth grade: Nick Dawson, Eli Dow, Collin Drooff, Caleb Farwell, Hunter Gu, Drew Kelner, Simeone Montrond, and Ian Thompson.

FOOTBALL: The JV team finished with an impressive 5-1-1 record. The Varsity team had an excellent season. They shut out their first three opponents this fall, outscoring them 95-0. In addition, a solid come-from-behind 22-12 Homecoming victory over Roxbury Latin in week 5 and a fourth shutout, 28-0, at Groton on week 7 were highlights. Senior quarterback Cole Roland led the ISL with 11 TD passes. Sophomore Jack Schneider was electrifying, scoring six touchdowns receiving, one rushing, and two on kickoff returns.  The Tigers finished with a winning 5-3 record and the most wins in a season since 2007. In addition to Roland and Schneider, seniors Kevin Deree, Michael McDonough, Max Storch, Drew Callahan, Stephon Kindle, Devon Mann, Nick Fiorentino and Charlie Wichern were stars all season. 

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY: The JV worked hard on a daily basis. The Varsity led by senior Captains Katherine Stanwood, Cassie Kearney, and Annie Huycke, the girls XC team had an outstanding season. They finished with an 11-1 record in the regular season, took 2nd place at the ISL Championship Meet, and then won the New England Championship with one of the most dominant races in Thayer history. This was the 4th straight New England Championship for the team and a great way for these seniors to finish their Thayer career.

GIRLS SOCCER: The JV team had an outstanding 10-3-2 final record. The Varsity was able to put together the most successful season in program history in 2017. Led by Junior Captain Brittany Raphino (30 goals, 7 assists) and Senior Captain Emma Steffan, we had great leadership. We finished our regular season with a record of 11-2-3, finishing third in the ISL and earning the 2 seed in the NEPSAC Class B tournament. We defeated Pingree School in the semifinals,  by 3-1 score lines before matching up against the 1 seed, Pomfret. We took home the title in a thrilling 2-1 OT victory, the first NE Title in GVS History for TA! We are sad to bid farewell and good luck to our seniors, Marlie Dennett, Niamh Griffin and Emma Steffan and thank them for all of their dedication and hard work.   

Congrats to all of the athletes on a great season!


Rick Foresteire P'19, '21

Director of Athletics

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JV Boys Hockey Game v. Governor's Academy tomorrow at 2:45, Boch Ice Center, Dedham. Go Tigers! See upcoming games for Thayer teams by clicking here on the Athletics page.

Nov. 13-Dec 14, The John Judge exhibit is open at the Thayer Gallery.

Dec. 5, Admissions Evening Reception in Dedham, 6:30-8pm, please contact Admissions for more information (781-664-2221) and to RSVP (

Dec. 5, Thayer Global Scholars Film Series, Bending the Arc, Southworth Library, 7-9:30pm. Discussion and reception to follow. This is the second movie in the Global Scholars Film Series. Parents, friends, and alumni are invited and encouraged to attend. Free of charge. For more information, email Aidan Rooney.

Dec. 5 & Dec. 14, Holiday Shopping Days at the Campus Store! Mark your calendars for the upcoming holiday shopping day from 9am-1pm & 2pm-4pm both days. Contact AnnMarie Leonard with any questions,

Dec. 8, Middle School Admissions Coffee, 8:30am at the Middle School. Please contact Admissions for more information (781-664-2221) and to RSVP (

Thayer is looking for a family to host a female freshman international student from Jan. 1 to June 15. Please consider opening your home and family to this amazing experience. Host families receive a stipend for room and board and  transportation (though students can use the Thayer buses, the T with Thayer shuttles, and carpools to get to and from campus). Please contact Director of International Student Enrollment Jennifer Welch ( / 781.664.2219) if you're interested or have any questions!

Thayer Coat Drive-Although the coat drive has officially concluded on campus, the drive itself doesn't end until January 7th. Please feel free to drop off coats at Anton's Cleaners, Enterprise Bank or Jordan's Furniture and let them
know you are dropping off for Thayer Academy. Collect a receipt and take a photo of it and email it to 
Ms. Clifford at So far, we've collected and donated 125 coats!!! GO TA!! Holiday Give and Save Program - If you are planning to order holiday cards, artwork, or custom gifts this season, is offering 15% off to you as well as a 15% donation to Thayer on all orders placed in November using the code FUNDRAISETHAYER. If you have questions about this promotion, please contact Lesley Snyder in the Alumni House at or 781-664-2512.




Monday Morning Meeting: Fall Sports

Dec. 1, Model UN Training from 6-9pm in Main 113 for students interested in Model UN and Boston Model UN event. Email Aidan Rooney with any questions.

Dec. 1 is the deadline for Applications and Financial Aid Requests for the Summer Trip to Spain and all Sr. Project Trips. Parents can view the application here. The Spanish trip will cost approximately $4,000. Two-week extended language classes are not yet confirmed and would be at additional cost. Financial Aid requests should be sent by email to Mr. Koskores. Students should explain in a brief paragraph why they want to go on this trip. For more information email Jake Diamond or Gloria Blanco. For more information on the Spain trip, click here.

Dec. 4 is the deadline for students to drop off toys for the Holiday Toy Project. Wrapped toys, with the index card that the student received attached, may be dropped off to the bench outside Mrs. Legg's office.

Dec. 4-8, The Hale Learning Center (HLC) will be hosting a week-long Open House in preparation for mid-year exams. If your child has a study hall or free period the week of December 4th-8th, please encourage them to stop by to discuss things like study strategies, exam planning, time management, or ways to mitigate the anxieties associated with major assessments. We'll also have plenty of mindfulness activities if they're looking for stress relief!

Dec. 11-Mid-Term Exams, This year’s December exams begin on Monday, December 11 and run through Thursday, December 14.  On most days, exams begin at either 8:15am or 10:45am on the designated day. Please note: students who use bus transportation will need to arrange alternate travel to get home after their second exam on Monday. Students are not expected at school until the beginning of their exams, and they may leave school immediately after they complete their exams. Lunch will be served on all exam days for any students who choose to stay on campus to eat. Each exam session lasts two hours. For more info on exams click here. For specific subject exam schedules and locations, click on the following links: Science, Math, History, Foreign Language, English.

Dec. 14 Ninth Grade Frog Pond Trip-On December 14, after the last exam, the ninth grade will head into Boston for lunch and skating at the Frog Pond. Buses will leave Thayer at 11:30 am and will return at 4:30 pm. Please click here for the permission slip, which is due back to advisors by Friday, December 8.

Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder: Applications Are open! Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder is now accepting applications for its 2018 summer courses.  You can find information about the 10 courses offered by SStS here, and you may submit your online application by visiting  Through Thayer's membership in SStS's Global Schools Coalition, at least one spot in each of the 10 SStS courses is reserved for a Thayer student as long as applications are submitted by February 15.  Programs can fill up fast, though, so do not procrastinate!  If you have any questions, contact Ms. Archabal



Dec. 1, Sign up deadline for talent show. The 19th annual TAMS Talent Show will be December 15th at 1pm. Students wanting to share their talents should sign up with Mr. Gibson by 2:15PM on Friday December 1st. Singing, Dancing, Karate, Instruments, Solo or Groups. We are looking for all kinds of acts. For more info, click here or email Andy Gibson.

Dec. 1 PSAT, for information on the upcoming PSAT for 8th graders, click here.

Dec. 4, 3:45-4:45, Room 105. The Hale Learning Center wants to help students be successful in term two! Tell them to come to a Snack and Study on Goal Setting. The second term has just begun so now is the time to set some goals for yourself. Whether you were happy or not with your grades from term one, everyone can benefit from setting concrete goals for themselves. Goals provide a target for which to aim and a "road map" to get us there. Join us to learn how to set realistic, achievable, and measurable goals. Your term two grades will undoubtedly improve! Click here to sign up. Email Ms. Shafter ( with questions.

Annual Toy Drive for Head Start: The Middle School is once again doing a toy drive for Head Start in Braintree/Quincy. We are looking to match our goal of last year and get toys for 200 local boys and girls. Students can pick up an index card with the name and age of their recipient from Mr. Reid or Mr. Wyche. This year, Head Start has asked us to leave the presents unwrapped. If you would like to have a card or two, please email Mr. Reid at and he would be happy to send you the info. A great way to get into the holiday spirit! Thanks in advance.

The TAMS Science Cafe is a program that brings in female scientists to talk with any interested Middle School students during a "lunch bunch". These will take place during lunch on the scheduled days; students would eat their lunch in the Hanflig Technology Center while the scientist gives their presentation. The hope is to celebrate female scientists while introducing students to various STEM careers. Students will be able to sign up on a sheet on Ms. Young's classroom door (room 205) starting a week before the scheduled meeting time. Click here for the schedule for December.

The yearbook wants to thank all the eighth grade parents for their help supplying baby pictures and for purchasing ads.  Any baby pictures that were submitted in print form have been returned.  Please ask your son or daughter about it if you need it returned safely.

Thayer Middle Schoolers were featured in this Fox25/Nissan promotion, filmed at Community Servings during the 7th grade service outing last month!

AUCTION 2018 - VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED! Shannon Cashman P '19, '21 and Krista DiRico P '18, '18, '23 are excited to chair Thayer Auction 2018 on Friday, March 2nd at Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy. The Auction is Thayer's premier fundraising and social event of the year. Shannon and Krista are actively looking for volunteers to help with his wonderful school event. Committee meetings will begin in early January and involvement is needed from Thayer's Middle School and Upper School families. Please email or if you would like to help out with the Auction. We are also in need of donations for the Auction beginning in early January. We welcome tickets to sporting events, gift certificates, artwork, vacation homes, boating adventures, and whatever your creative minds come up with! This special night includes an elegant dinner and a silent and live auction for all our guests to delight in. Please mark your calendars for March 2 and join our entire community as we come together in support of Thayer's Faculty Excellence Fund, which supports professional development opportunities for all of Thayer's faculty, allowing them to continue to learn, and in turn, to inspire every Thayer student.

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Click on the book or article titles for the book review or full article.

Maureen Keleher P'24, Upper School Dean, Foreign Language and English teacher, The Madwoman Upstairs, Catherine Lowell

Denise King P'08, '10, Upper School English teacher, A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway


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