TNN • Tiger News Network • 15 December 2017


Happy Holidays from the Thayer Communications team! The next TNN will be published on January 5, 2018. Enjoy the break!


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Girls Hockey, Saturday, Dec. 16 @ Boch Ice Center (Dedham) Thayer v. Kimball Union Academy @ 8am. Go Tigers! See upcoming games for Thayer teams by clicking here on the Athletics page.

Feb. 3--Boston Stair Climb, For Parents, Students, Faculty, Friends of Thayer, Please consider joining Team Thayer in the American Lung Association’s FIGHT FOR AIR CLIMB on February 3 at One Boston Place! This is a 41-story (that’s 82 flights or 789 steps!) stair climb that raises funds for life-saving education, research, and advocacy so we can beat lung disease. For more information, click hereContact Debbie Siegel with questions at

Click here to see the winter break tournament schedule for girls and boys basketball and hockey teams.

Click here for the exam and winter break fitness center schedule. Holiday Give and Save Program:  Thank you to those who ordered their holiday cards and gifts from  With your help, we raised $568.00 for Thayer Academy!

Jan. 4, 6pm For Parents of Juniors: College Counseling Presentation and Admissions Panel Thompson Hall - Thayer Middle School. The college counselors will provide a brief overview of the college counseling program, including the college search process, the timeline, and standardized testing options. There will also be a panel of college admission representatives who will provide insight on exploring college options and guidance on the admission process. We hope you and your juniors are able to attend!

Attention Parents of Seniors: Most of your kids are taking at least one new elective next semester and will need to order new books. The bookstore is now open. Please have your child order his/her books as early as possible so that the books may arrive in time for the start of classes. Here is the LINK to the bookstore. Happy holidays!

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

Revolution Test Prep Classes and Gift Card: In the interest of providing Thayer students with more options for standardized test preparation, the College Counseling Center has partnered with Revolution Prep, a well-known national college readiness educational company. For general questions about class options for the next academic year please contact Jake Miller, Regional Academic Advisor, at 617.977.4460 or He can help guide you and your child if you have specific questions about any of Revolution Prep’s programs. For a gift card of $250 for use toward a class, click here.  The expiration deadline is 12/22. In addition, students who receive financial assistance from Thayer are eligible to receive a discount on the cost of the group courses. Please contact the Pulsifer College Counseling Center if you think you may be eligible.


January 9, 3:45-4:45pm Declamation Time is Coming!  Students can join the Hale Learning Center staff for a Snack and Study focusing on memorization skills!  Even if they have not finalized their selection, it's never too early to learn strategies for memorization.  Have them join us to learn a variety of methods for memorizing to ensure their presentation is flawless!
From 3:45 - 4:45 (immediately following sports) in Room 105 (Mr. Cibelli's room). Please have them bring the piece or pieces they are considering so that we may practice with them. Click here to sign up.  Please be sure to sign up so we have an accurate count for snacks.  Email Maryann Shafter with any questions.

January 20, 11am-2pm, Thayer Academy SCIENCE! Book Fair, Braintree Barnes & Noble. To celebrate and support the new Middle School C.D.L. this book fair will feature guest speakers from the S.T.E.M. fields. The goal of the fair is to raise funds to help update the science and S.T.E.M. section of the Middle School Library. For more information, email Middle School Librarian Blodine Francois.

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 either in the Tiger's Den or PA Conference room 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) when they get back from break. Click here for the schedule for December.

We are excited to introduce the PAC! The Thayer Parent Athletic Council (PAC) is a newly created group of Thayer parents whose mission is to improve the overall sports experience for our children. This simple mission involves the pursuit of two objectives: improve two-way communication between the school and parents regarding sports activities and foster a culture of team spirit that mirrors the school’s already-strong sense of community. This mission is accomplished by the volunteer efforts of our Thayer parents working as a team with both administrators and students.  

We would like to direct you to our new FAQ section under Athletics in the Parents section of the website for any sports-related questions. Please reach out to us at for any additional questions or concerns.  We look forward to working with you.

Thayer Academy Parent Athletic Council: Jeff Frankel, Katie Freidel, Julie Gilbert, Kari O’Donnell, Tom Swaney, Mike Wilmot

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.

Thad Robey, Director of College Counseling, Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson

Maureen Keleher, Upper School Dean, foreign language and English teacher, Wait, What? And Life's Other Essential Questions, James E. Ryan


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